Category Day 1D

Richard Koppel Snags Overall Chip Lead on Day 1d

Day 1d of the 2024 Malta Poker Festival Spring Edition €550 Grand Event was the biggest opening flight yet with 413 more entries getting into the mix to witness the prize pool already soar past €550,000 with still two opening flights to go.

Estonia’s Richard Koppel not only performed the best of the 62 Day 1d survivors that collected at least a €900 min-cash for their efforts but also was the first player to surpass 2 million in chips in the Grand Event. Koppel won a massive pot near the end of the day to eliminate a big-stacked Michael Stewart after barrelling away out of position on the turn and river with a flopped full house holding ace-jack only for Stewart left emptyhanded with trips holding big slick.

Roar Flotre, Kevin Rothlisberger, and Phillip Drayer all joined the chip millionaire club, while Simon Lauchernauer, Joel Happio, Sven Meschede, Grant Campbell, Marco Meisser, Jake Caldwell, and Vikram Digpal all found bags north of half a million.

While our reporting will resme tomorrow for Day 2, we will also share the final chip counts and crucial stats from the two turbo flights tonight and tomorrow morning.

In the meantime, check out the final Day 1e chip counts below:

PlayerChipsBig Blinds
Richard Koppel2,266,000227
Roar Flotre1,300,000130
Kevin Rothlisberger1,062,000106
Philipp Drayer1,008,000101
Simon Lauchenauer649,00065
Joel Haapio630,00063
Sven Meschede613,00061
Grant Campbell569,00057
Marco Meisser552,00055
Jake Caldwell551,00055
Vikram Digpal510,00051
Fabio Berti490,00049
Massimo Bruno486,00049
Nial Mullally480,00048
Marco Patane470,00047
Koen Volckaert450,00045
Bernardo Boria420,00042
Dario Marinelli406,00041
Rosario Saddemi389,00039
Thomas Hardt383,00038
Jari Hurri377,00038
Evy Albrigtsen373,00037
Mateusz Piwowarczyk329,00033
Chuan Kim Ooi307,00031
Roderick MacNeil302,00030
Johann Telser258,00026
Kathleen Padovani250,00025
Stavros Andreadis226,00023
Fabian Maser226,00023
Jack Triggs213,00021
Steven Penney206,00021
Maxime Delhommeau198,00020
Stephen Dishman190,00019
Kenneth Bailey187,00019
Stevan Gvozdenovic172,00017
Nidal Dawoud171,00017
Junyu Liu171,00017
Benedetto Caruso158,00016
Jarrad Fayez156,00016
Peter Perceval156,00016
Roy Trickett143,00014
Flaviano Cammisuli142,00014
Roberto Zuffo125,00013
Yannick Rohrbach124,00012
Lars Wandmaker124,00012
Timothy Jones123,00012
Svajunas Seduikis108,00011
Marco Herman106,00011
Tomasz Kokoszka90,0009
Keith Smith87,0009
Dario Filippelli84,0008
Marco Siciliano82,0008
Sander Ostlyngen77,0008
Torsten Klingels73,0007
Christian Ruopp67,0007
Beverley Nicholson66,0007
Sonia Padovani66,0007
Martin Kirchbaumer60,0006
Luigi Nucifora55,0006
Daragh Davey48,0005
Jasmin Scheiffele48,0005
Marcello Favaloro37,5004

Meschede Delivers Bad Beat to Bubble Thoni

Level 15: 6,000/12,000 (12,000)
Entries: 62/413

There were several short stacked players doubling up on the pure money bubble while getting it in good. Johannes Thoni also got it in good. He jammed for 95,000 from early position and was called by Sven Meschede from one seat over. The hands at the other tables were being finished out before the cards were tabled.

Johannes Thoni: QQ
Sven Meschede: AQ

Thoni was ahead after the J82 flop. However, that all changed in front of a big crowd around the table after Meschede improved to a better pair on the A turn and was left with just a one outer on the river.

No miracle saved Thoni as the 5 river completed the board for Thoni to bubble Day 1d.

Stay tuned for the final chip counts of Day 1d.

Sven Meschede – 400,000
Johannes Thoni – 0

Johannes Thoni & Sven Meschede

D’Urso Loses Short Stack to Lauchenauer

Level 15: 6,000/12,000 (12,000)
Entries: 63/413

The short stack of Salvatore D’Urso was in the middle with A6 and was up against the 98 held by Simon Lauchenauer.

Lauchenauer’s nine connected on the 46Q9K runout to hit the rail and the clock was stopped in preparation for hand-for-hand during the money bubble.

Simon Lauchenauer – 700,000
Salvatore D’Urso – 0

Simon Lauchenauer

Koppel Ousts Stewart in a Nearly 2 Million Pot

Level 14: 5,000/10,000 (10,000)
Entries: 65/413

Fireworks erupted on Table 8 and it all started simply enough with Richard Koppel calling an open by Michael Stewart. Both players checked the JAA flop before Koppel bet 200,000 on the 5 turn.

Stewart called before Koppel jammed for more than around 500,000 his opponent had behind on the 4 river. Stewart made the call and instantly shouted “I’m out” to his friends on the rail after the cards were turned over.

Koppel flopped the goods with a full house holding AJ. This was more than enough to beat the trip aces held by Stewart with AK to hit the rail, while Koppel was the first player climbing over the 2 million chip mark.

Richard Koppel – 2.1 million
Michael Stewart – 0

Richard Koppel

Cowboys Good for Liu to Oust Jeffery

Level 14: 5,000/10,000 (10,000)
Entries: 67/413

Junyu Liu opened for 21,000 from middle position. Clint Jeffery three-bet shoved for about 80,000 from the small blind and Liu snap-called.

Clint Jeffery: 77
Junyu Liu: KK

Cowboys were good enough for Liu to felt Jeffery a few players away from the money bubble after the 9Q10104 ran out on the board.

Junyu Liu – 300,000
Clint Jeffery – 0

Junyu Liu

Flotre Continues to Roar Sending Houghton to the Rail

Level 14: 5,000/10,000 (10,000)
Entries: 68/413

Kevin Houghton got his stack of around 170,000 in on the a nine-six-four flop with top pair holding nine-seven and was up against the pocket rockets of newly minted chip millionaire Roar Flotre.

Things went from bad to worse for Houghton after a six paired the turn and a needling seven came on the river for Roar to win the hand with a better two pair than Houghton.

Roar Flotre – 1.3 million
Kevin Houghton – 0

Kevin Houghton

Klingels Ousts Pecelj

Level 13: 4,000/8,000 (8,000)
Entries: 77/413

Torsten Klingels min-raised the button before Pavle Pecelj three-bet jammed from the small blind for about 15 big blinds. Klingels called and the cards were turned over.

Pavle Pecelj: AK
Torsten Klingels: QQ

The ladies won the flip to eliminate Pecelj short of the money after the 59J77 ran out on the board.

“Nice hand,” Pecelj gentlemanly said.

Torsten Klingels – 420,000
Pavel Pecelj – 0

Pavle Pelcelj

Flotre Off to Broadway

Level 12: 3,000/6,000 (6,000)
Entries: 97/413

Roar Flotre opened for 13,000 from under the gun and got three callers including Luigi Nucifora from the big blind.

Flotre continued for 20,000 on the 10KQ flop and got one caller in Nucifora. Nucifora check-jammed a bet by Flotre from 45,000 to about 100,000 after the 3 followed on the turn and Flotre called.

Luigi Nucifora: K5
Roar Flotre: AJ

Nucifora was drawing dead and was officially on the rail after the Q river paired the board. Meanwhile, Flotre had one of the bigger stacks from around the room just before the start of Level 13.

Roar Flotre – 770,000
Luigi Nucifora – 0

Roar Flotre

Rabiian Loses Flip & Stack to Kokoszka

Level 12: 3,000/6,000 (6,000)
Entries: 110/413

Daragh Davey opened for a min-raise from middle position before Makan Rabiian jammed for more than 20 big blinds. Tomasz Kokoszka four-bet jammed for a bit more from the button and Davey got out of the way.

Makan Rabiian: 99
Tomasz Kokoszka: AK

Rabiian got out of his chair after Kokoszka connected with his ace on the 24A flop and was eliminated before the money on Day 1d after the 10 turn and 3 river completed the board.

Meanwhile, Evy Albrigtsen has chipped up nicely since the break at the same table and was at around 470,000.

Evy Albrigtsen – 470,000
Tomasz Kokoszka – 350,000
Daragh Davey – 100,000
Makan Rabiian – 0

Tomasz Kokoszka