Yesterday’s flights in the MPN Poker Tour London’s £480 Main Event saw entrants pour in to this fifth anniversary tournament in numbers not seen since the busiest-ever leg in Tbilisi in 2015 (610 entries). That event was surpassed as with over 615 entries between Day 1b and 1c, with the exception of the MPNPT @ Battle of Malta, this became the most well-attended stop in the tour’s history.

Golovanovs Retains Lead Despite Vaid’s Day 1b Challenge as the Fifth Anniversary MPNPT London Breaks Attendance Records

The £200,000 guarantee was left in the dust by the dinner break and when registration closes at 13:00 today players will find out exactly how much prize money they will be competing for over the next two days.

Combining with the 52 Day 1a survivors will be 128 from Day 1b and 44 from 1c. Click here for the full list of Day 2 players so far, in chip count order, and a recap of the day on the MPN Poker Tour Blog.

Leading the hefty returning group is still Day 1a’s chip leader Dmitrijs Golovanovs with 274,000, but Day 1b’s Sankalp Vaid put in a good show as he battled his day’s 352-strong field to bag 239,000. Day 1c, being a Turbo, did not allow for quite such a level of chip accumulation, and it was Zhongming Liao’s 126,000 stack that topped the final set of counts.

Plenty of stories developed during the day, including the last-longer challenge for the winners of the Birthday Boy competition. There were three players left in contention at the close with Oskar Wedde (135,000), Yonatan Strosberg (114,000) and Mairold Millert (36,000) still fighting for the MPNPT @ Battle of Malta 2019 package. Meanwhile, both Paul McTaggart (59,000) and Heiki Raidlepp (149,000) progress to Day 2 safe in the knowledge that they’ve locked up Malta packages of their own having already won their All Roads Lead to London last-longer.

Outside the tournament area, those for whom the velvet rope on the live Fish Party sit’n’go was lifted as they picked up free tickets via their side event entry or social media interaction with #MPNPT played the raucous game that has become such a tour favourite. Adrian-Daniel Rachiteanu’s spin and subsequent three-handed win bagged him an MPNPT online weekly freeroll ticket worth €200, prompting an energetic rail to form around the game.

Those consigned to that rail by their fortune in the Main Event last night can still buy in directly, however, as registration remains open until the start of Day 2 at 13:00 today. As entries cease, the MPN Poker Tour Blog resumes with live coverage, while the livestream kicks off at approximately 16:00 featuring the world-renowned commentary combo of Jesse May and Padraig Parkinson.

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