Day 1B of MPNPT Prague saw the fun really begin – yesterday’s Day 1A field of 111 players comfortably dwarfed as a throng of players descended on the Rebuy Stars Savarin Casino to do battle at the felt. The aim was once again to play through 14 levels and that plan was put into effect – 227 buyins tallied once the day closed in the early hours of the morning.
Stories aplenty unfolded as the day progressed. There was a surprise as November Niner, and one of the UK’s most celebrated players, James Akenhead joined proceedings. A train driver in a former life, Akenhead’s challenge ran out of steam mid-way through the day – his aces undone by a flush to derail his MPNPT title bid.
David Lappin and Dara O’Kearney – podcast partners and fast friends – set aside all amity as they shared a table today, squaring up in one critical hand over a 4-4-7-4-7 board – O’Kearney damaged but ultimately managing to find a fold with aces as Lappin piled on the pressure with a juicy 4-5 for quads.
O’Kearney couldn’t recover from that setback, his initial batch of chips drying up – though he parlayed a second bullet into 72,700 by the close. David Lappin navigated through the day with 44k chips, following a stint on the live-streamed feature table (twitch.tv/thrillofpoker.com.)
There were numerous other familiar MPNPT names in contention, including talented Lithuanian crusher Mantas Urbonas (152,900) and consistent UK performer Colin Guthrie (147,700) – who both prospered and will return refreshed for day 2 after a well-earned night’s sleep.
Ultimately Finn Kasper Mellanen was the man who headed the 73 survivors from the day – his thick stack of 298,100 pipping Marko Keskel (288,400) and Vrána Vilém(238,900) for the chip lead.
Tomorrow more fireworks are promised with a snappy Turbo Day 1C beginning at 11:00, which will be wrapped up just in time for survivors from the three Day 1s to coalesce and begin Day 2 at 17:30. Registration will be possible all through the first level of Day 2 – so any last minute hopefuls will have a final chance to spin up a stack.
We can’t wait to see how things play out.
Also worth noting in your diaries, the €20,000 guaranteed Hendon Mob Championship will be taking place at 19:00. Winning a flag from the world-famous Hendon Mob is the kind of feather in the cap few players can resist. We expect a big field to contend the title and with 30,000 in chips, there’s good reason to jump in and aim to earn yourself a Czech flag from the official flag distributors.
See you there but for now, thanks for following and good night poker fans.
Final Chip Counts:
|Star Eion Thomas||141,000||IRL|
|Andersson Lars Jonas||131,500||SWE|
|Zarbo Maria Angela||97,500||ITA|
|De Jong Dehlia||93,300||NL|
|Rattya Jari Peka||82,600||FIN|
|Catalan Diego Domingo||39,100||ESP|