The 2023 Malta Poker Festival (MPF) Autumn Edition €550 Grand Event powered by the Unibet DeepStack Open (USDO) has been a success by any measure with 1,444 entries creating a huge €693,120 prize pool to not only blast past the €500,000 guarantee but also set a new gold-standard for the festival.
The second day began with 361 players advancing from the seven opening flights but just 159 of them would finish in the money. It was a brutal finish for Nicolaj D’Antoni as he finished on the stone-cold bottle in 160th place when his cowboys failed to hold against Unibet Poker Qualifier William Johnstone’s queens.
Players began to hit the rail shortly after that and after ten blind levels of 50 minutes each, the Grand Event trimmed down to just 49 hopefuls entering the final day in hopes of winning this history event.
Cyprus’ Antonios Onoufriou (feature image) ended the day in the captain’s chair after earning a 4,645,000 stack for 77 big blinds to lead the way. Both Romania’s Paul-Vlad Craciunas (3,990,000) and Poland’s Kamil Skawinski (3,150,000) advanced with more than 3 million in chips whie Allan Arjut (2,625,000), Alessandro La Cava (2,385,000), Kjetil Hanstvedt (2,370,000), Salvatore Incardona (2,300,000), Robert Kontkanen (2,275,000), Dan Miron (2,220,000), Andreas Liperis (2,050,000), and Clausin Sanz (2,035,000) all bagged more than 2 million.
William “Nine-High Like a Boss” Kassouf wasn’t too far behind this pack with 1,910,000 while Guts Poker’s Jonathan Briscoe White (1,070,000), Junyu Liu (1,020,000), Samuel Biland (780,000), Mark Attard (680,000), and Thomas Harnes (480,000) were among the players on the lower-end of the totem pole of the chip counts.
Meanwhile, FLIP ambassador Ann-Roos Callens and Unibet Poker ambassador and The Chip Race co-host David Lappin both had deep runs only to go out during the final moments of the day for a €1,790 cash each.
The action is set to resume for the final day on Monday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. with blinds at 30,000/60,000 along with a 60,000 big blind ante and increase every hour.
The remaining 49 players each locked up a €1,710 payday on Monday with the payjumps going up fast from there. Tomorrow’s winner will not only win a UDSO and MPF trophy but also are slated to go home with a whopping €140,000 top prize.
Check out all of the remaining payouts on the line on tomorrow’s final day:
Full Chip Counts Entering Final Day
|5||Alessandro La Cava||2,385,000||40|
|26||Dani Kass Gergi||1,165,000||19|
|27||Jonathan Briscoe White||1,070,000||18|
|41||Guilio Di Salvo||715,000||12|