Day 1A – MPF Spring 2024

Day 1A

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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

Final Break

Players are on their final 15-minute break of Day 1a with 29 players remaining. The action will move hand-for-hand after one more elimination and Day 1a will conclude when there are 27 players or less remaining.