Day 2 was always going to be critical in deciding the direction the MPNPT Tallinn trophy would head and so it proved as we returned with 184 players, whittled down after 11 frantic levels of play to a final 18. Rebuys were still in effect for the first level of the day but once that had passed, we had a tangible prizepool, concrete list of payouts and the bubble point had been determined – 71 players would be paid.
It took several levels to reach this point – Mika Paasonen the “unlucky” soul to miss out on direct remuneration. The pain of elimination was softened by the news bubble boy Paasonen had won a €550 seat to MPNPT Prague in May as well as a €1,100 package from Olybet for his troubles. Even the bubbles are fun on the MPNPT tour!
Shackles off, the traditional domino effect ensued, shortstacks finally freed to risk their tournament lives in search of a double and a number of quickfire eliminations followed – players such as Microgaming qualifier Dehlia De Jong (50th – €1,100), Day 1A and Day 1B chip leaders, Roland Luik (44th – €1,250) and Ilija Savevski (69th – €900) all securing paydays for their efforts.
The rest of the evening’s poker was fiercely but amicably contested – some players seeking to stave off the pressure with a few libations (with occasional comical results.) Proceedings were remarkably civilised even as the stakes rose – eliminations often punctuated by fist-bumps between victors and vanquished. It was truly a pleasure to see such geniality displayed in the competitive crucible of a poker tournament at its business end.
Eventually, the pleasantries and coinflips melted away leaving a field trimmed to two remaining tables of players. Peter Pihlstrom was an unlikely hero – emerging near the top of the chip counts having at one point faced almost certain elimination, his coat in his hand as he prepared to hit a local hockey game. Despite his opponent hitting a set, four diamonds saw Pihlstrom saved by a winning flush – and he parlayed this turn of fortune into nearly two million chips at the close of play.
It was Luke Martin however who showcased some advanced poker skill to top the counts once the day was called with a mountainous 2,900,000 chips. Congratulations!
Martin will return favourite for the title and the €51,000 first prize but with talented players such as tour regular Johan Goslings, the jovial and gregarious Declan Rice and 2018 MPNPT Bratislava runner-up Jussi Mattila waiting in the wings to take advantage of any slip ups, we won’t be foolish enough to make any cast-iron predictions. The final 18 warriors will return tomorrow to battle to a winner and line up as follows:
|Cody Wagner||Grosvenor Poker||1,708,000|
|Jorn Inge Hval||Guts||658,000|
|Declan Rice||Betsson Poker||413,000|
|Johan Goslings||Betsson Poker||212,000|
We’ll be back to cover all the action at the later time of 2:00pm and we’ll have a cards-up twitch stream with commentary running on a 20 minute delay all day. Make sure you tune in for the lowdown!
For now thanks for following, here’s the full list of cashers from today. Join us tomorrow as we conclude MPNPT Tallinn and crown a new champion on the first leg of 2019’s tour. We can’t wait to see how it plays out!
|19||Daragh Davey||€ 1,600|
|20||Werner Lootsma||€ 1,600|
|21||Jari Hurri||Olybet||€ 1,600|
|22||Andreas Wiborg||€ 1,600|
|23||Aleksandr Konstantinov||€ 1,600|
|24||Saku Turtia||Olybet||€ 1,600|
|25||Stefan Hansen||Guts||€ 1,600|
|26||Gunnar Wedde||€ 1,600|
|27||Roman Korkin||€ 1,600|
|28||Tanel Adson||Olybet||€ 1,400|
|29||Elias Arild Torgersen||Coolbet||€ 1,400|
|30||Tunnet Taimla||€ 1,400|
|31||Markku Koplimaa||€ 1,400|
|32||Viacheslav Sultanov||Betsafe||€ 1,400|
|33||Aleksandr Andreks||€ 1,400|
|34||Ola Heggen||Guts||€ 1,400|
|35||Carl Gustaf Lundstrom||€ 1,400|
|36||Jan Christopher Inerud||Olybet||€ 1,400|
|37||Lars Jonas Andersson||€ 1,250|
|38||Petri Blomdahl||Paf||€ 1,250|
|39||Ronnie Nestor||Paf||€ 1,250|
|40||Adam Smyth||32Red||€ 1,250|
|41||Leo Pietila||Paf||€ 1,250|
|42||Jan Sore Inerud||€ 1,250|
|43||Erik Ronning Braten||Guts||€ 1,250|
|44||Roland Luik||€ 1,250|
|45||Edgaras Bucinskas||32Red||€ 1,250|
|46||Tonis Tilk||Olybet||€ 1,100|
|47||Giuliano Marr Travella||32Red||€ 1,100|
|48||Akseli Paalanen||€ 1,100|
|49||Rain Moldarkivi||Paf||€ 1,100|
|50||Dehlia de Jong||€ 1,100|
|51||Vasilijus Piskunovas||€ 1,100|
|52||Jorn Bye||Guts||€ 1,100|
|53||Kalle Saar||€ 1,100|
|54||Madis Herkul||€ 1,100|
|55||Seppo Lehtonen||€ 950|
|56||Aris Rozentals||€ 950|
|57||Olav-Andre Lovaas||NordicBet||€ 950|
|58||Bjornar Kvamme||Guts||€ 950|
|59||Oleksii Lubnin||Olybet||€ 950|
|60||Timo Jamsen||€ 950|
|61||Agnius Ismailovas||€ 950|
|62||Gleb Bugajev||€ 950|
|63||Kaspars Renga||€ 950|
|64||Aleksei Matt||€ 900|
|65||Tomas Molcan||€ 900|
|66||Tomas Fredrik Karvall||Olybet||€ 900|
|67||Jelco Burger||€ 900|
|68||Maarten Joosten||€ 900|
|69||Ilija Savevski||Redstar Poker||€ 900|
|70||Thomas Morstad||Guts||€ 900|
|71||Tony Andre Westby||€ 900|