Hendriks Leads Baker’s Dozen into MPNPT Main Event Final Day Day 2 of the €550 MPN Poker Tour Bratislava Main Event coincided with the Bratislava marathon, a different sort of endurance test than that faced by the 106 returning online poker players. Now just 13 remain, with their hopes pinned on an MPNPT title and the €30,000 top prize that accompanies it. In the lead is Alex Hendriks with 1,145,000, closely followed by Day 1a’s chip leader Danijel Kucurski.
It was a hard fight around the bubble, culminating in the elimination of Georgios Drakakis in 46th place. He received a surprise consolation entry into the next MPNPT stop in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria (5-8 July), which softened the blow of missing out on a €900 min-cash.
Finishing in the money, but shy of making the final day were Ian Simpson and Mantas Urbonas (42nd and 40th, for €900), Day 2 entrants Dara O’Kearney and Dara Davey (taking home €1,200 for 26th and 22nd respectively), and Monika ‘HeyMonia’ Zukowicz (16th for €1,600). Keimo Suominen, MPNPT Tallinn champion, saw his hopes of another final table fail as he busted in 14th place (€2,000).
Suominen may have been the longest lasting player wearing the Paf qualifier logo, but the prize (a package for the next MPNPT stop worth €1,500 courtesy of Paf) went to Jari Hurri, who was playing his original buy-in. The Betsson Group’s last-longer, also awarding a package, is still up in the air, with three players left in contention.
A total prizepool of €159,565 was generated by a 329-entry field, representing dozens of nationalities and every sort of player from the professional to the local recreational poker enthusiast. Click here for a review of Day 2 and payouts from the Main Event thus far.
Side events kicked into high gear on Saturday, with three tournaments catering for all tastes – the two-day €150 Slovakia Poker Cup, €330 MPNPT Bounty event, and €40 All-in or Fold tournament for those who preferred a quick poker fix before heading out into the city to enjoy weekend Bratislava. The Slovakia Poker Cup attracted 128 entries, and will award the winner €4,279 today, from a total prize pool of €16,141. Alternatively, the Cash Game Festival, running in harmonious parallel with the MPNPT this week, provided round the clock cash action with a stream of its own.
All side event entrants receive a free LIVE Fish Party ticket, which awards a three-handed turbo shot at prizes ranging from MPNPT merchandise to the Jackpot – a €1,500 MPNPT package for an upcoming stop on the tour.
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