Category Day 1C

Ashley Harrison Leads the Way After Bagging Day 1c Chip Lead

Ashley Harrison

Day 1c of the 2024 Malta Poker Festival Spring Edition €550 Grand Event was a massive success at Portomaso Casino as the €300,000 guarantee was smashed with 277 entries bringing the total in the kitty up to €360,000 with still three opening flights to go on Saturday and Sunday.

Ashley Harrison surpassed the 1,269,000 in chips bagged by Matte Karjalainen on Day 1b to not only finish on top of the 42 survivors but to also take the overall chip lead after ending the day with a massive stack of 1,648,000. Harrison was relentless near the end of the day, putting pressure on all of his opponents, and will be a force to watch out for on Sunday’s Day 2.

Kelly Kellner also bagged more than 1 million in chips with Jamie Scannell, the entertaining Colin Cooper, and Jorgen Jessen rounding out the top five players on Day 1c.

Meanwhile, perhaps Amanda Smith was the happiest to find a bag despite there not being a ton of chips inside of it. She qualified through a raffle to play in her second live event ever outside of a pub and was elated to earn the €900 min-cash that players already earned simply by finding a bag into Day 2.

The action resumes tomorrow for Day 1d at 1 p.m. In the meantime, check out all of the chip counts below from Day 1c.

PlacePlayerChipsBig Blinds
1Ashley Harrison1,648,000165
2Kelly Kellner1,190,000119
3Jamie Scannell656,00066
4Colin Cooper507,00051
5Jorgen Jessen504,00050
6Petteri Miettinen500,00050
7Paul High458,00046
8Oliver Mihajlovski445,00045
9Boro Skalonja434,00043
10Eddy Shaw393,00039
11Thomas Jakobsen384,00038
12Stuart Oliver367,00037
13Yves Thalmann364,00036
14Daniel Stacey340,00034
15Jonathan Schuman328,00033
16Piotr Kuszczak325,00033
17Wai Man Kwan305,00031
18Colin Bidwell290,00029
19Jozsef Dobos282,00028
20Tomasz Brzezinski277,00028
21Frank Hofener273,00027
22Ashley Scott273,00027
23Andrea Agnoletto271,00027
24Antonio Merone256,00026
25Domenico Gala254,00025
26Liutauras Armanavicius247,00025
27Mark Vella242,00024
28Florian Guertler241,00024
29Sebastian Pfeiffer233,00023
30Jordi Ribatallada Ruiz218,00022
31George Warnock189,00019
32Wilhelmine Connolly178,00018
33Thomas Hofmann174,00017
34Ludovic Uzan149,00015
35Florin-Radu Postole135,00014
36Pontus Magnusson122,00012
37Alex Montgomery108,00011
38Julien Da Silva100,00010
39Alex O’Brien95,00010
40Daniel Kuhlmann86,0009
41Amanda Smith73,0007
42Salvatore Dimartino63,0006

Gala Ousts Bruno to End Day 1c

Level 15: 6,000/12,000 (12,000)
Entries: 42/279

Massimo Bruno jammed for 42,000 from early position and was called by Domenico Gala from the small blind. A hand at another table was taking its time to play out while a crowd emerged around this table.

Massimo Bruno: 63
Domenico Gala: AQ

Bruno bricked the J10J7Q board and the rest of the field celebrated that they were in the money for at least a min-cash of €900.

“Oh wow!” said the short-stacked Amanda Smith who was playing in just her second tournament outside of pub league games. “I can’t believe it!”

Stay tuned for the final chip counts from Day 1c of the Main Event and see you back on the floor for Day 1d starting on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Massimo Bruno

Only Quads for Jessen

Level 15: 6,000/12,000 (12,000)
Entries: 43/279

The first hand in hand-for-hand mode took a bit of time to play out on Table 2. Domenico Gala was put to the test after betting 65,000 into a pot of a lot more with the 10QK210 on the board after the turn.

Jorgen Jessen jammed over the top for 187,000 and Gala tanked for more than five minutes before he folded.

A crowd emerged during this hand in anticipation of something big. While they didn’t get the all-in and call they were searching for they were still dazzled after Jessen opted to table his 1010 for quad tens.

Jorgen Jessen – 500,000
Domenico Gala – 150,000

Jorgen Jessen

Scott Ousts Lambrechts

Level 15: 6,000/12,000 (12,000)
Entries: 45/279

Nico Lambrechts jammed for about six big blinds and was called by Ashley Scott from the blinds.

Nico Lambrechts: A7
Ashley Scott: AJ

Lambrechts was out the door near the Day 1c money bubble after his ace-seven suited didn’t pull ahead of ace-jack on the 89345 board.

Meanwhile, Jason Ekridge also hit the rail to leave 45 players remaining and 42 advancing to Day 2.

Ashley Scott – 237,000
Nico Lambrechts – 0

Nico Lambrechts

“Book Says I Shouldn’t Call But I Haven’t Read the Book”

Level 14: 5,000/10,000 (10,000)
Entries: 47/279

A bit of fun broke out on Table 2. It began when Colin Cooper opened for 25,000 from the button. Domenico Gala three-bet shoved for 120,000. Cooper was in the tank for about five minutes, during which time tons of banter took place.

“What do you have?” asked Cooper. “Pocket nines?”

“No,” responded Gala after rechecking his cards.

“Do you have tens?” asked Cooper. “Check your cards again.”

Gala checked his cards before denying he had tens.

“Do you have jacks?” Cooper was quick to ask. “Check again.”

The entire table erupted in laughter at this point and Cooper went back into the tank.

“Book says I shouldn’t call,” Cooper humorously said. “But I haven’t read the book.”

“I will show you one card if you fold,” said Gala. “You get to see two if you call.”

Cooper folded about a minute later and Gala was a man of his word. His opponent chose the A.

“What did you have?” asked Gala.

“A lot of paint,” responded Cooper before the entire table laughed. “Was hoping for undercards to my paint.”

Meanwhile, Marcin Jaworski, Karl-Heinz Metz, Paul Hunt, Roy Trickett, Mattias Andersson, Timothee Rey, and Jakub Chmelensky were all eliminated during the early portion of Level 14 to leave just 47 players remaining with 44 reaching the money.

Colin Cooper – 375,000
Dominico Gala – 160,000

Final Break

The final 54 players are on their final 15-minute break of Day 1c. Blinds will increase to 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 big blind ante.

Theo Drach hit the rail just before the break and will have to try again during one of the other three opening flights if he wants another chance at advancing to Day 2 and beyond in the Grand Event.