Luik Plays Major Role - Leads MPNPT Tallinn Day 1A

Day 1A of MPN Poker Tour Tallinn has drawn to a close and Roland Luik is the man who has finished on top of the remaining 53 players to head the chip counts.

The day opened 2019’s tour in style – a healthy throng visiting the snowy capital of Estonia and gathering in the Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel to do battle for the trophy and the title. With a €200,000 guaranteed prizepool to fight for, the €500+50 tournament was keenly contested – an impressive 154 entries in total building throughout the day, as new players joined and freshly eliminated players invested another bullet in their bid for glory.

Keep up Mateusz!

Amongst their number were some familiar, experienced faces. Mateusz Moolhuizen has had several deep runs at MPNPT events – his best showing a 4th place finish in Morocco last year – and despite a shakey start, he survived the day to finish with 56,400 chips.

Meanwhile Moolhuizen’s girlfriend Dehlia De Jong was also showing her own poker chops, as she too bagged up a fine 89,600 come the end of the day, giving her bragging rights for now over her beau.

Keimo Suominen has fond memories in Estonia, having won MPNPT Tallinn in 2017. He’ll have some work ahead of him however as he didn’t make it through the day so he has until the end of level 13 on day 2 to fire another bullet. Alex Hendriks was another who can point to an MPNPT victory on his poker CV having scooped the 2018 Bratislava title. The dream of an unprecedented MPNPT double title remains in reach as Hendriks bagged up 107,700 once play had closed for the day.

However it was local boy Roland Luik who spent the day springboarding up through the counts to finish with a magnificent 219,700 – which will give him every shot at mounting a challenge for the title. He finished just a whisker ahead of MPNPT regular Jari Hurri – whose early misfortune in busting several bullets was transformed later in the day as he accumulated a giant stack that will see him return with a good chance of a deep run.

The poker today was fun, friendly and filled with drama. We anticipate more of the same and an even larger field tomorrow as Day 1B kicks off. Join us at 12:00 sharp for the resumption and for now thanks for following. Full chip counts below:

Player Chips Qualifier Qualifier Country
Roland Luik 219700 Olybet Estonia
Jari Hurri 218200 Olybet Finland
Nick Glushchenko 189100 Redstar Poker Israel
Anneli Mägi 168900 Olybet Estonia
Igor Pihela 165000
Stanislav Smeljov 160600
Kalle Saar 149500
Touko Berndtson 146000
Vasilijus Piskunovas 145700
Thomas Morstad 141700 Guts Norway
Martin Tano 136800 Olybet Sweden
Ermo Kosk 126800
Juho Sallinen 121200
Marek Põldroos 116500
Johan Goslings 114000 Betsson Poker Netherlands
Werner Lootsma 112600
Tunnet Taimla 111300
Maksim Petrov 108400
Erki Andressoo 108200
Alexander Hendriks 107700
Mart Rinken 107700
Aris Rozentals 105800
Intars Vladimirovs 105500
Antti Takala 104700
Triinu Karulin 103200 Betsson Poker Estonia
Gleb Bugajev 90900
Dehlia de Jong 89600 Netherlands
Ottomar Ladva 87200
Mathias Frojd 85000 Olybet Sweden
Fredrik Akerholt 79600
Andrei Mjagkov 74600 Paf Estonia
Janne Siljamaki 68300 Coolbet Sweden
Klavs Kukainis 61000
Philip Huxley 60500 32Red UK
Mateusz Moolhuizen 56400 Betsson Poker Netherlands
Eirik Presterud 55300 Guts Norway
Kalle Suvi 49600 Olybet Estonia
Jelco Burger 44500
Andres Aro 43200 Olybet Estonia
Fredrik Karvall 39100 Olybet Sweden
David Docherty 37900 Redkings UK
Ola Heggen 37000 Guts Norway
Tõnis Tilk 33900 Olybet Estonia
Urmo Einard 30100
Pasi Sallinen 28000
Kristian Onstad 23700
David Korn 22800
Kaido Mikk 22800
Jack Hardcastle 22700
Silvio Domingues Costa 21600 Betsson Poker Portugal
Sergei Karanin 20700
Mantas Gausas 15000
Danel Kunman 10500

(Day 1B)


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