The MPNPT @ Battle of Malta returned to the Eden Arena at the InterContinental Hotel yesterday to play out the last two starting flights of the Main Event. The combined Day 1a and Day 1b fields already comprised 1,855 entries – but Day 1c almost overwhelmed the facilities, as well over a thousand poker players had registered before the start of play, and a large number of alternates milled around the bar while the registration queue still snaked out into the hallway.

Records & Guarantees Smashed as MPNPT @ Battle of Malta Main Event Attracts 3,815 Entries.

By the close of registration at the end of Level 10, Day 1c had garnered 1,548 entries – just as the turbo-format Day 1d was beginning. Day 1d added another 412 entries to the total, and the final numbers for the Main Event came to 3,815 – almost twice the previous record for a tournament in Malta, which, incidentally, was this event last year. The record-breaking field generated a total prize pool of €1,850,750, completely eclipsing the €1,000,000 guarantee.

Day 1c chip leader at the close of play was Ondrej Jacubcik on 632,000; Flaviano Cammisuli topped the Day 1d chip counts with 808,000, which gives him the overall chip lead going into Day 2. A total of 572 players progress from the four starting flights to today’s Day 2; all of them are already in the money, with first prize expected to be worth over €350,000.

Meanwhile, the €100 + €10 Ladies’ Event drew 104 entries and paid out 15 places. The final table featured Mad Harper (10th place, €240) and Ana Marquez (2nd, €1,715), and was eventually won by Sviksa Madara for €2,533. The €150 + €15 PLO pulled in 125 entries to pay out 16 places, with the top spot going to Daniel Hoyesveen for €5,092.50.

Away from the tournament area, eligible MPNPT qualifiers were treated to air hockey, PlayStation and complimentary refreshments in the VIP Chill Out Area adjacent to the Casino Malta. This was also the venue for the ever-popular Live Fish Party sit’n’go, where players spin for the chance to play for prizes, including a jackpot prize of a package to the next MPN Poker Tour festival in Tallinn, in January 2019.

The side events and entertainments continue today with the €220 + €25 NLH Siege of Malta at 3pm and the €1,200 + €120 High Roller at 5pm. MPNPT qualifiers are also invited to enjoy the free bar in the VIP area at the official Battle of Malta party tonight – no matter how things go at the tables, everyone’s a winner at the MPNPT.

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