The start of MPN Poker Tour London’s Main Event Day 2 coincided with the close of late registration, and after several tables’ worth of last-minute entrants had paid £480, collected their 30,000 starting stacks and taken their seats, the total number of entries was tallied at 649.
That figure easily outstrips the record of any previous stand-alone leg of the MPNPT: Tbilisi in 2015 (610 entries) as well as the £200,000 guarantee. A total of £280,368 will be awarded to the top 80 finishers, with today’s champion lined up to take home £50,000. Click here for the full prizepool breakdown.
David Gee Leads Final 28 in the Quest for the MPNPT London 2019 Title and £50,000
An extended bubble period halfway through Day 2 saw four all-in competitors survive before one short-stacked player was finally eliminated. That person was Rouzbeh Faramarzian, who guaranteed the remaining players a payout of at least £700, himself picking up an unexpected seat in the MPNPT @ Battle of Malta Main Event courtesy of MPN to ease the blow of elimination.
Once in the money, the field devoured itself until just 28 remain for the final day. In the lead is Grosvenor Poker qualifier David Gee with 1,860,000 chips, followed by four other chip millionaires: Nikolay Ponomarev, Andreas Johannessen, Caglar Genc and Chris Da-Silva. Gee is no stranger to the live UK tournament circuit and used his experience – and huge stack – to pick up chips late on Day 2, especially around the tense bubble period.
Lying in seventh overall with 950,000 chips is Gary Miller, who has had great success previously here at Aspers Casino, winning the WPT500 last year for £114,000. Interestingly, a fellow finalist in that event is still in contention here: Sang Leung (745,000). Click here for full chip counts and seat draw for the final day.
Finishing in 49th place, Oskar Wedde picked up not only £1,170 but a free €1,500 package to MPNPT @ Battle of Malta for winning the Birthday Boy last longer against four others who amused the MPNPT poker community most successfully with short videos.
Wedde will join Paul McTaggart and Heiki Raidlepp, who outlasted their own group of All Roads Lead to London winners, in Malta. A further package that includes buy-in to the €1,000,000 guaranteed €555 MPNPT @ Battle of Malta Main Event, travel, and accommodation (17-22 October) will be awarded in tonight’s €2,500 Live Stream Freebuy online tournament.
The two-day £200 Mosh Pit side event began yesterday, attracting 133 entries, and will pay the top 18 finishers from its £23,940 prizepool. Today 22 returning players will compete for a side event-sized version of the coveted MPNPT trophy and £6,260.