Massive Field Turns Out for MPN Poker Tour @ Battle of Malta Day 1a. Yesterday saw a mammoth 451 entries for Day 1a of the €1,000,000 Guaranteed Battle of Malta Main Event – a massive increase on last year’s 320 Day 1a entries, suggesting that this poker event could well be on track to break the record for final numbers by the end of registration on Saturday.

Chip leader at the end of Day 1a was Alexander Koops on 497k; he, along with the 67 other Day 1a survivors, will be back for Day 2 on Sunday. Other Day 1a survivors include Ting Ho and Clint Sammut. Players who fell by the Day 1a wayside – but we suspect may re-enter over the next two days – include Ivo Donev, Joe Grech, Espen Jørstad, Sofia Lövgren and Albert Sapiano.

The €500 + €50 NLH Main Event is taking place over six days, October 25-31, at the Intercontinental Hotel, hosted by Casino Malta. There are four poker start days in total, including the turbo-format Day 1d due to start at 9pm on Saturday. Unlimited re-entries are permitted up to Level 10 on each start day, and play ends on each start day when the field has been reduced by 85%, with the remaining 15% of players from each start day picking up at least €500 and progressing to Day 2. A feature table is being live-streamed throughout, and the final table will live-streamed on Tuesday, hole cards and all.

Just like all the MPN Poker Tours there is much more than just the Main Event. Side events include the €100 + €10 Ladies Event at 5pm on Saturday, the €220 + €25 NLH Siege of Malta at 3pm on Sunday, and the €1,200 + €200 at 5pm on Saturday. In addition, the ever-popular Live Fish Party jackpot sit’n’go will be running in the MPNPT VIP Chill Out Room from Saturday, where beer and PlayStation games will also be available for those between-tournament moments.

A separate promotion is offering players the chance to simultaneously support a good cause, play a sit’n’go against tennis legend Boris Becker, and potentially win a poker package to next year’s Battle of Malta. Tickets and more information for that promotion can be obtained from the dedicated desk in the lobby, with proceeds going to breast cancer awareness charity Pink October Malta.

Away from the tournament area, the entertainment continues with the MPNPT Players’ Welcome Party tonight at the Casino Malta, as well as a VIP area for MPN Poker Tour qualifiers at the official Battle of Malta party on Sunday night. With bumper player numbers already, and the very best of Malta’s nightlife right on the doorstep, MPNPT@BoM is just getting started.

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