Day 2 of MPNPT Manchester saw the 60 players who had survived the opening two days coalesce at the Grosvenor Casino where they were joined by three late-registering hopefuls, including Dara O’Kearney, holding hopes of parlaying this shortstack into an MPNPT cash.
After nearly 12 hours of poker, this talented group had been whittled down by the inevitable hand of variance to our final nine warriors, with Birmingham-based poker pro Yiannis Liperis leading the charge – his 1,813,000 good for the chip lead.
Just behind him lies Sebastian Gruszczynski, who will return tomorrow well-placed for his own shot at the title with 1,738,000. Gruszczynski has not only secured a final table berth but was also crowned the Last Longer King, out-lasting all his rivals to secure a free package to play at MPNPT Tallinn.
Before the final table was set though, there was a full day’s poker to play through. The start to the day was fast and frenetic with a whirlwind of knockouts seeing the field reduced by a third in the opening few levels.
The cash spots were quickly reached – Jorge Sevillano Rosa the man to fill the unwanted bubble position, though his misery was tempered with the ever-present MPNPT bubble-consolation prize – a buy-in to the next leg – MPNPT Tallinn. Not to be sneezed at!
Dara O’Kearney couldn’t quite turn his late registration into a cash spot, a fate mirrored by fellow Irishman David Lappin, who also finished just short of the payout slots. In contrast, popular Twitch streamer Monika Zukowicz converted her impressive poker efforts into tangible remuneration – a deep run that almost yielded a final table spot.
There were hopes of a fraternal flavour to the final table with 2015 MPNPT Dublin champion Daniel Tighe and his brother Cieran Tighe both threatening to make the final together. Unfortunately Daniel narrowly missed out, busting in a coin-flip to Cody Wagner in 10th place on the final table bubble. He can cheer brother Cieran on though, as he looks to add a second MPNPT title to the family mantelpiece.
Chip counts for the finalists are given below. We’ll be back tomorrow at 2:00pm to see who will be crowned champion – a Twitch stream with a 30-minute delay will be broadcast so you can catch every twist and turn.
Click here for the stream, available from 2:30pm.
Of course, your humble blog team will also capture the action in written form. We hope you join us for the thrilling denouement to what has proved a fascinating tournament.
Until tomorrow, sleep tight guys.