Buss Bags the Most on Day 1c of the MPF Grand Event; €300K GTD is Smashed!

Maik Buss

Day 1c of the MPF Grand Event powered by the Unibet DeepStack Open was a roaring success from the start at Portomaso Casino with the €300,000 guarantee smashed before the start of the day with still Day 1d and the turbo-charged Day 1e running tomorrow.

The third opening flight attracted 330 players to bring the field up to 799 entries and counting. Meanwhile, the prize pool will continue to grow but is already at €383,520 and counting.

Maik Buss (pictured above) had a substantial chip lead heading into the final break of the day and cruised along to end the day with the biggest stack among the 97 survivors in the room with 618,000 in chips. As of now, Buss will head into Day 2 in third place among the 214 players to find a bag only behind Day 1a chip leader Marko Luksa (687,000) and Day 1b chip leader Shaun Halliday (656,000).

Johannes Grootelaar (423,000), Lorenzo Di Blasi (419,000), and Ulf Andersson (410,000) all bagged more than 400,000 with James Thrody (390,000), Andrei Mjagkov (384,000), Kjetil Hanstedt (374,000), and Koen Meustege (372,000) all just behind.

The formidable Katie Swift, who is here with her mother Sue O’Connor and also hosted the Ladies First! event last autumn, bagged the most chips of the many women in the Grand Event today with 308,000 in chips. Swift had a big hand just before the final break where her cowboys were good against ace-queen and king-queen to send two players packing.

Katie Swift

Final Day 1c Chip Counts

PlayerChipsBig Blinds
Maik Buss618,000124
Johannes Grootelaar423,00085
Lorenzo Di Blasi419,00084
Ulf Andersson410,00082
James Thody390,00078
Andrei Mjagkov384,00077
Kjetil Hanstvedt374,00075
Koen Meustege372,00074
Joaquim Ferriera319,00064
Giovanni Nava319,00064
Sasa Drca315,00063
Katie Swift308,00062
Benjamin Rensen304,00061
Daniele Degennaro295,00059
Humberto Galido286,00057
Mark Vella281,00056
Sirin Ongorur280,00056
Rob Van Embden257,00051
Davide Iannaco255,00051
Erik Ostergaard255,00051
Presiyan Tsvetanov253,00051
Peter Miskei249,00050
Jonathan Therme244,00049
Boris Zismanov241,00048
Cedric Offner236,00047
Paolo Rando236,00047
Thomas Hofmann233,00047
Karl Heinz Zimmer232,00046
Colin Cooper228,00046
Alessandro Furneri219,00044
Samuel Dray218,00044
Stepan Brychta207,00041
Daniel Toffel202,00040
Ashley Wilson193,00039
Carl Holmes192,00038
Dror Krici190,00038
Giuseppe Signorelli185,00037
Frank Bastow183,00037
Oliver Said176,00035
Simon Dunevein171,00034
Grant Pirie170,00034
Mirko Mostaccio167,00033
Raoul Van Wersch159,00032
Giuseppe Florio156,00031
Erik Lindqwist152,00030
Arno Kungl138,00028
Samuel Biland133,00027
Angelo Mirabella129,00026
Roberto Zuggo128,00026
Albert Coppens127,00025
Michal Kulesza127,00025
Mike Blomvall123,00025
Corentin Viaud123,00025
Per Moller119,00024
Julian Capone111,00022
Robert Teunissen111,00022
Domenico Zappia110,00022
Jan Swan109,00022
Luke Pace105,00021
Edward Hodge104,00021
Daniel Kalinowski102,00020
Manoel Filho99,00020
Per Gaassand99,00020
Hans Nothofer96,00019
Thomas Jakobsen95,00019
Bakir Saranovic93,00019
Alessandro Forleo91,00018
Antonin Hays90,00018
Patrick Mateos89,00018
Nicky Molmans86,00017
Voitk Andero84,00017
Daoud Abu82,00016
Steven Goose81,00016
Dario Barone80,00016
Manuela Hartmann80,00016
Dewi James80,00016
Moses Moshi79,00016
Fabio Berti78,00016
Daniel Pereira Henriques77,00015
Pierre Jeffredo74,00015
Paul Fisher73,00015
Frank Robotka73,00015
Susan Williamson69,00014
John Sadler68,00014
Thomas Petit66,00013
Ivan Picavet66,00013
Anastasios Apostolou64,00013
Thomas Noske64,00013
Miro Kaarna58,00012
Oliver Mihajlovski58,00012
Marius Jankauskas55,00011
Ruben Perez55,00011
Giuseppe Simeone55,00011
Marton Lugosi53,00011
Ilana Belsky51,00010
Mathias Scharbatke48,00010
Soren Wagner47,0009

Tons of Action at Portomaso Casino on Saturday

Saturday will be another busy day at Portomaso Casino. We will be covering Day 1d similar to the other opening flights starting at 2 p.m. while providing just the final chip counts of the turbo Day 1e kicking off at 9 p.m. The turbo flight will work a little different as instead of playing 13 blind levels of 40 minutes each, players will play down the average stack from the first three opening flights with much faster 20-minute blind levels.

There will also be tons of exciting side events with many of the female players in attendance looking forward to the €150 Ladies First! powered by Chris Read at 4 p.m. Before that, men and women are invited to join in on a Valetta City tour at 10:45 a.m. Players and guests alike can purchase their tickets to the tour for just €35 on our landing page. Meanwhile, at 1 p.m. AJ Rudolph will be representing Poker Power with an interactive poker seminar for ladies only. You can read more about that and learn a bit about Rudolph’s history in poker and with Poker Power in an article written before the event at MPF’s Official Travel Partner Main Event Travel.

Also taking place tomorrow will be the second and final day of the €230 The Hendon Mob Championship at 1 p.m., the first of two days of the €120 APAT Maltese Championship at 5 p.m., and the €250 MPF Seniors Event powered by Jackie “Poker Mama” Cachia at 8 p.m.

While the Grand Event satellites are in the books, there will be a €150 satellite to the two-day €1,100 MPF High Roller also taking place tomorrow at 7 p.m.

Come drop by to say hi to this reporter if you are in town. Otherwise, we wish you the best from wherever you are tuning in from. Have a good night and see you again when cards are back in the air for Day 1d of the MPF Grand Event starting at 2 p.m.

Chris Read

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