The final table of MPNPT @ Battle of Malta is set!
Sixty players returned for Day 3 with Lithuanian Mantas Urbonas leading the charge – and following level 34, we were left with just nine survivors – one of whom will walk away with a historic win and the juicy €300,000 first prize.
The day started fast – a situation that has become the norm here in Malta. Player after player was shipped unceremoniously to the rail and within two levels 25% of the field had been shorn away. Overnight chip leader Urbonas started poorly but survived the carnage and re-established himself in the middle section of the day, eventually finishing up with nearly 16 million in chips – good for third place in the standings. He will have his sights firmly set on the title when the players resume tomorrow.
Sofia Lövgren’s talent has created a huge base of poker fans and she made it competently through to the latter stages before Andy Hills put paid to her chances, eliminating the talented Swede just before dinner.
Grosvenor-sponsored Hills had started the day in 2nd place and this KO helped his cause as he converted his strong day 2 performance into a final table berth, finishing up with over 17 million in chips. UCOP league winner Mateusz Moolhuizen survived some difficult spells in the day, emerging from the chaos at the close with 8.5 million chips – good for 5th. He will be another strong contender for the title when play begins.
The last two tables were packed with tough, uncompromising poker but the deadlock was broken once Andrew “Picasso” Hedley was eliminated on the bubble of the final table.
He was a victim of the rampaging Frenchman Maxime Canevet – who took no prisoners as his stack blossomed and ballooned toward the end of the day. Finally, we were left with 9 potential champions, who will line up tomorrow as follows:
|#2||United Kingdom||Andrew Hills||17,125,000||1||3|
The players will return tomorrow at the slightly later time of 2:00pm – and the entire final will be streamed on www.twitch.tv/thrillofpoker with cards up and commentary on a 30 minute delay.
It’s been an incredible tournament – the numbers of participants here in Malta have blown us all away. It’s created this record-breaking 3,815-strong field – the largest €500 poker competition Europe has ever seen – and the winner will walk off with a huge €300,000 score. We’ll be tracking events right here – make sure you follow the stream and catch our commentary for what promises to be a memorable and historic final.
Get some sleep and we’ll see you tomorrow for the run-in to crown the MPN Poker Tour @ The Battle of Malta champion. We can’t wait! See you soon.
(The players will be playing for the following prizes:)