Good Luck on Day 1a: Estonian Qualifier Roland Luik Holds MPNPT Tallinn Main Event Day 1a Chip Lead. The MPN Poker Tour starts the new year with a return to Tallinn, the picturesque capital of Estonia and perennially popular location on the European poker circuit. The €550 Main Event’s guarantee has been upped from its 2017 incarnation to €200,000, and Day 1a has already showcased the sort of mixed field of online poker qualifiers, pros and holidaying amateurs that makes the atmosphere on the MPNPT second to none.

Day 1a entries totalled 154, with 53 surviving to return on Saturday’s Day 2. Joining them will be those who make it through Day 1b, plus late registrants who have until the end of Level 1 (14:00) on Saturday to buy in.

Leading the Day 1a survivors is Olybet online qualifier Roland Luik with 219,700 chips, a whisker in front of MPNPT stalwart Jari Hurri (218,200). No one else broke the 200,000 barrier, but hefty stacks also belong to Nick Glushchenko (189,100), Anneli Mägi (168,900) and Igor Pihela (165,000). Notable shorter stacks include those of David Docherty (37,900), Mateusz Moolhuizen (56,400) and Phil Huxley (60,500). Full chip counts and a recap of the day can be found on the MPNPT blog.

The MPNPT Tallinn Players’ Party took place last night in the Olympic Casino, giving a chance for those busted from Day 1a to relax before taking to the tables once more – back in the Main Event (which features unlimited re-entry), tomorrow’s €55 side event or €75 High Roller Satellite. Photos from the party will be posted on the MPN Poker Tour Facebook page, along with daily galleries from the Main Event.

The side event schedule not only features the two-day €1,300 High Roller (26-27 January), but the first ever MPNPT Hendon Mob Championship. This €220 buy-in, two-day event (beginning on Saturday 26 January at 19:00) provides a 25,000 starting stack and half hour blinds, plus the chance to win special bounty hoodies and exclusive flags on the Hendon Mob website.

Last time the MPNPT visited Tallinn, Finn Keimo Suominen took the trophy and €45,200 in prize money from a total prize pool of €258,990 after the Main Event attracted 534 entries. With such a turnout for the first starting flight, 2019 looks on track to surpass this number of Main Event runners. This year’s prize pool will be announced on Saturday after close of registration.

The livestream from MPNPT Tallinn begins today (Friday 25 January), with a Main Event Day 1b feature table (cards up) from 14:50 on Facebook and Twitch and continues right through until a winner is decided on Sunday.

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