Day 2 of the MPNPT @ Battle of Malta Main Event yesterday saw 570 players return to the Eden Arena at Malta’s luxurious InterContinental hotel. With all of them already in the money and guaranteed at least €700, they proceeded over the course of nine one-hour levels to whittle themselves down to just 60 survivors.
UCOP Main Event Winner Mantas Urbonas Leads Day 3 in the MPNPT @ Battle of Malta Main Event.
Chip leader going into Day 3 is none other than recent UCOP Main Event champion Mantas Urbonas who qualified through Olybet on 7,090,000. In second place is Grosvenor Poker Ambassador Andy Hills on 5,260,000. Also of particular note in the chip counts are MPNPT Sunny Beach runner up Borislav Yosifov (3,980,000), UCOP Leaderboard winner Mateusz Moolhuizen (990,000), John “Picasso” Hedley (1,845,000), Sofia Lövgren (1,275,000) and Gary Banks (395,000).
The €500 + €50 NLH Main Event is taking place over six days, October 25-30, and with 3,815 entries over four starting flights has smashed the previous record, last year’s 2,074-entry Battle of Malta Main Event. It has generated a prize pool of €1,850,760, nearly twice the €1,000,000 guarantee, with first place set to pay out €300,000.
Notable players who have already cashed in the Main Event include WPTDeepStacks Player of the Year Rex Clinkscales, Austrian poker veteran Ivo Donev, and vlogger and Instagram influence Dehlia de Jong, who at one point found herself seated at the same table as her partner, Mateusz Moolhuizen, for the very first time!
Meanwhile, the €1,200 + €120 High Roller event drew 241 entries including the likes of Daragh Davey, Henri Kasper, Manuel Zapf and Ana Marquez, while the €220 + €25 NLH Siege of Malta event garnered 501 entries. Both events will be returning at 2pm today (Monday), when the Siege of Malta will be playing down to a winner while the High Roller will play down to a final.
Today’s side event schedule also features the €135 + €15 NLH MPNPT Battle starting at 6pm with 197 MPNPT package holders already holding seats they won in online qualifiers. As always, cash games are available 24/7 downstairs from the tournament area, in the Casino Malta.
Away from the tables, MPNPT players came out in force for the official Battle of Malta Player Party at the InterContinental Hotel's exclusive, private Paranga Beach club. Fire dancers, a free bar and an exclusive VIP area in the balmy Malta night air may lead to the odd hangover today, but there will be no regrets among the throngs of enthusiastic party attendees.