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Luke Martin Leads Day 2 Charge on Final Table at MPNPT Tallinn 2019

Bubbles are rarely as well paid as this!

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.

Missed the hockey but rode his puck.

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:

Name Qualifier Status Chips
Luke Martin 2,900,000
Peter Pihlstrom Paf 1,927,000
Cody Wagner Grosvenor Poker 1,708,000
Arunas Garunkstis 1,463,000
Jussi Mattila 1,453,000
Virginijus Lapenas Guts 1,387,000
Maarten Wichgers 853,000
Alar Neemsalu 771,000
Tiit Piller 764,000
Jack Hardcastle 730,000
Eirik Presterud Guts 702,000
Tarmo Tammel 692,000
Jorn Inge Hval Guts 658,000
Rikard Andersson Paf 582,000
Declan Rice Betsson Poker 413,000
Paul Johnson 32Red 362,000
Andrejs Perederejevs 349,000
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!

Position Name Qualifier Site Payout
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

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