Category Day 1A

Indre Stanaityte Bags Day 1a Chip Lead

Indre Stanaityte & Elvijs Kuceruks

Day 1a of the 2024 Malta Poker Festival Spring Edition €550 Grand Event was a huge success with 177 entries getting into the action during the first of the six opening flights. Players battled during 14 blind levels until the field was down to just 27 players, each of which collected a €900 min-cash before even sitting back down into the action for Sunday’s Day 2.

Indre Stanaityte and Elvijs Kuceruks were sitting side-by-side during the late portions of Day 1a and were the only players to advance with at least 800,000 in chips. Local hero Oliver Said and Boban Stevanovic each managed to parlay their 50,000 opening stack into at least 700,000, while Fabian Biel ended the day in fifth place.

The action resumes tomorrow at 1 p.m. for the start of Day 1b. In the meantime, check out the final chip counts from Day 1a below:

PlayerChipsBig Blinds
Indre Stanaityte858,00086
Elvijs Kuceruks807,00081
Oliver Said706,00071
Boban Stevanovic701,00070
Fabian Biel650,00065
Daniel Maunders484,00048
Daniel Pereira Henriques403,00040
James Clarke368,00037
Michele Adamo306,00031
Danny Smith290,00029
Hendrik Remmerde287,00029
Anca Eggenberger286,00029
Rimko Meijer254,00025
Danas Dambrauskas243,00024
Marcus Larsson239,00024
Johannes Grootelaar230,00023
Adam Milewski226,00023
James Ablott219,00022
Jan Scheldorf216,00022
Baris Topuz177,00018
Kevin Quinlan163,00016
Samuel Goodman160,00016
Bartilomiej Grabowski130,00013
Alessandro D’Amore129,00013
Tanguy Pellerin128,00013
Marcos Perez Padron106,00011
Ian Gascoigne84,0008
Oliver Said

Nial Mullally Bubbles Day 1a

Level 14: 5,000/10,000 (10,000)
Entries: 27/177

Nial Mullally got his last 4 big blinds committed on the 573 flop and was called by both Oliver Said and Adam Milewski. Both the K turn and J river completed the board while Mullally got his jacket on ready to go.

Said turned over the 72 and split the pot with Milewski who held 74 Mullally attempted to muck his hand but the dealer turned it over to show he didn’t get there with A10 to bubble Day 1a.

The final 27 players each locked up a €900 min-cash when the return for Day 2 on Sunday. Stay tuned for the final chip counts of the Day 1a field.

After bagging their chips, players will head to the cashier to collect their €900 min-cash in hopes of earning much more on Day 2 and beyond.

Oliver Said – 706,000
Adam Milewski – 226,000
Nial Mullally – 0

Nial Mullally

Armanavicius Runs Into Kuceruks’s Big Slick

Level 14: 5,000/10,000 (10,000)
Entries: 28/177

The action is hand-for-hand on the money bubble after Lithuania’s Liutauras Armanavicius hit the rail in 29th place. Armanavicius open-jammed for about 12 big blinds from the hijack. Elvijs Kuceruks came in over the top for more than 600,000 from the button. Baris Topuz tanked for a minute before flashing ace-queen to the table and folding.

Liutarauas Armanavicius: A10
Elvijs Kuceruks: AK

Topuz would have won the hand if he stayed in the pot but instead it was Kuceruks taking out Armanavicius after the Q8984 ran out on the board.

Elvijs Kuceruks – 725,000
Baris Topuz – 190,000
Liutaruas Armanavicius – 0

Liutauras Armanavicius

Adamo Doubles Through Quinlan

Level 14: 5,000/10,000 (10,000)
Entries: 29/177

Kevin Quinlan opened for a min-raise from the hijack before Michele Adamo three-bet jammed for 78,000 from the button. Quinlan asked for a count before he opted to call.

Michele Adamo: K9
Kevin Quinlan: Q10

Adamo was ahead the entire way and doubled his stack with two pair after the K410A9 ran out on the board.

Michele Adamo – 181,000
Kevin Quinlan – 140,000

Kevin Quinlan

“I Always Get it in Behind”

Level 13: 4,000/8,000 (8,000)
Entries: 29/177

Henriques Pereira min-raised from the hijack before Danas Dambrauskas three-bet shoved for less than 20 big blinds. Pereira went into the tank for about a minute before he opted to call.

Danas Dambrauskas: A6
Henriques Pereira: 99

Dambrauskas was out of his seat and ready to leave after the 710J flop and was still behind needing a three-outer after the 3 followed on the turn.

However, Dambrauskas fist-bumped the air after he survived and doubled up after the miracle A spiked the river to give him a better pair.

“I’m running good today,” Dambrauskas said.

“No shit,” said someone else at the table.

“I am always getting it in behind,” Dambrauskas said near the end of Day 1a.

Meanwhile, Janet Kosloff hit the rail in 30th place leaving just 29 players remaining on Day 1a.

Henriques Pereira – 370,000
Danas Dambrauskas – 300,000
Janet Kosloff – 0

Danas Dambrauskas

Meijer Doubles Through Adamo

Level 13: 4,000/8,000 (8,000)
Entries: 30/177

Rimko Meijer was in danger of being one of the final three players to go home from Day 1a empty-handed but got there in the end to save his stack and gain some breathing room.

Meijer three-bet jammed for 65,000 from middle position and was called by Michele Adamo who opened from early position.

Rimko Meijer: AQ
Michele Adamo: QQ

Meijer’s ace connected twice on the JAA flop to have his opponent unusually drawing dead thin to a Broadway chop with Meijer improving to a better full house from his trips if the case-queen popped its head on the board.

Adamo was drawing dead on the 6 turn and Meijer officially doubled his stack after the 7 river completed the board.

Rimko Meijer – 150,000
Michele Adamo – 140,000

Rimko Meijer

Bone Loses Short Stack to Stevanovic

Level 12: 3,000/6,000 (6,000)
Entries: 31/177

Anthony Bone had less than a big blind left in his stack from the big blind before the cards were dealt. Boban Stevanovic opened for 13,000 from middle position and was called by Danas Dambrauskas from the cutoff and James Clarke from the button.

Stevanovic fired out for 14,000 on the 268 flop. Dambrauskas jacked it up to 45,000. Clarke folded and a few moments later Stevanovic found a call before leading out for 45,000 on the [invalid notations] for the top two pair before the dealer mucked his hand. Shortly after, Stevanovic and Bone tabled their hands.

Anthony Bone: 93
Boban Stevanovic: QJ

It was a great fold by Dambrauskas as Stevanovic turned over a flush. Bone was drawing dead and was officially on the rail after the 4 river completed the board.

Boban Stevanovic – 700,000
Anthony Bone – 0

Boban Stevanovic