Category Day 2

Antonios Onoufriou Leads Final 49 in Grand Event

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.

David Lappin, Jonathan Briscoe White, & Ann-Roos Callens chilling on the bubble

Remaining Payouts

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

PlacePlayerChipsBig Blinds
1Antonios Onoufriou4,645,00077
2Paul-Vlad Craciunas3,990,00067
3Kamil Skawinski3,150,00053
4Allan Arjut2,625,00044
5Alessandro La Cava2,385,00040
6Kjetil Hanstvedt2,370,00040
7Salvatore Incardona2,300,00038
8Robert Kontkanen2,275,00038
9Dan Miron2,220,00037
10Andreas Liperis2,050,00034
11Ciro Perna2,050,00034
12Clausin Sanz2,035,00034
13Damien Labaune1,955,00033
14William Kassouf1,910,00032
15Krasen Pendov1,785,00030
16Marko Cosic1,730,00029
17Gianluca Pagliaro1,710,00029
18Sebastian Mortensen1,660,00028
19Nidal Dawoud1,650,00028
20Alessandro D’Amore1,640,00027
21Patrick Schindler1,600,00027
22Sabatino Pascarella1,385,00023
23Marco Cipriani1,370,00023
24Leif Hetland1,175,00020
25Georgios Zachmanidis1,175,00020
26Dani Kass Gergi1,165,00019
27Jonathan Briscoe White1,070,00018
28Romain Nardin1,050,00018
29Lars-Magne Johansen1,045,00017
30Aladin Mrkaljevic1,045,00017
31Paul Theeman1,030,00017
32Junyu Liu1,020,00017
33Filippos Avramidis1,015,00017
34Giovanni Piccione900,00015
35Arthur Navellou870,00015
36Stig Eketrapp805,00013
37Soren Dalgaard785,00013
38Samuel Biland780,00013
39Ionut Dinu750,00013
40Flaviano Cammisuli720,00012
41Guilio Di Salvo715,00012
42Jake Allen700,00012
43Mark Attard680,00011
44Boro Skalonja620,00010
45Andrei Roman-Tamaduianu575,00010
46Markus Ganglbauer480,0008
47Thomas Harnes480,0008
48Fabian Bartuschk460,0008
49Giorgio Accardi295,0005

Day 2 Payouts

50Lorenzo Pannunzi€1,790
51Ann-Roos Callens€1,790
52Pavle Pecelj€1,790
53Martin Ganchev€1,790
54Raijmond Slabbekoorn€1,790
55Leonardo Armino€1,790
56Magnus Pukk€1,790
57Gioacchino Lionte€1,650
58Lege Sayed€1,650
59Randy Marschall€1,650
60Tonny Krijn€1,650
61Vito Romei€1,650
62David Lappin€1,650
63Kristian Hagevik€1,650
64Cedric Chevalme€1,650
65Eros Nastasi€1,530
66Cristiano Blanco€1,530
67Angelo Mirabella€1,530
68Andrew Murphy€1,530
69Congliang Lyu€1,530
70Gianmarco Scannapiego€1,530
71Anthony Swain€1,530
72Daniel Gatt€1,530
73Georgios Mellidis€1,420
74Domenico Gala€1,420
75Guillaume Bessolles€1,420
76Charif Akhoun€1,420
77Yan Pelletier€1,420
78Moreno Ferrari€1,420
79Lois Dufouleur€1,420
80Colin Cooper€1,420
81Salvatore Dimartino€1,310
82Giovannidario Bocchicchio€1,310
83Andrea Melluzzo€1,310
84Noam Fater€1,310
85Tayfun Rodoplu€1,310
86Candido Cappiello€1,310
87Arthur Israel€1,310
88Kevin Quinlan€1,310
89Niel Adams€1,310
90Bartolo Truglio€1,310
91Bo Torstensson€1,310
92Antonio Scala€1,310
93Miguel Martinez€1,310
94Igor Bukowsi€1,310
95William Johnstone€1,310
96Karl-Heinz Metz€1,310
97Ronald Zapantis€1,210
98Adam Bromley€1,210
99Carmelo Polimeni€1,210
100Wiesebrock Fernandez€1,210
101Antonio Brancati€1,210
102Francesco Biribao€1,210
103Giorgio Bellanca€1,210
104Daniel Kuhlmann€1,210
105Antoine Talvard€1,210
106Martin Danielsen€1,210
107Paiman Sakhi€1,210
108Thomas Lange€1,210
109Giovanni Nava€1,210
110Dimitrios Panagopoulos€1,210
111Giovanni Palma€1,210
112Marnin Santandrea€1,210
113Marc Schembri€1,110
114Michel Glansberg€1,110
115Christina Read€1,110
116Andre Grech€1,110
117Samuel Tebege€1,110
118Babak Movazzafi€1,110
119Brieuc Broudic€1,110
120Jonathan Stoll€1,110
121Jiany Lu€1,110
122Dario Sorrenti€1,110
123Michael Fohs€1,110
124Ralph van Veen€1,110
125Jeppe Bisgaard€1,110
126Alain Monluc€1,110
127Stefan Bormann€1,110
128Bengt Hallner€1,110
129Adam Diamond€1,110
130John Madden€1,110
131George Waud€1,110
132Luka Urosevic€1,110
133Alberto Galluzzo€1,110
134Vincent Calenti€1,110
135Istvan Krizsan€1,110
136Petter Erlandsen€1,110
137Joost Idema€1,110
138Andrew Cutajar€1,110
139Ali Bozdogan€1,110
140Greger Larsson€1,110
141Petrus Berkhout€1,110
142Rosarie Roberts€1,110
143Tugce Hallner€1,110
144Andrea Agnoletto€1,110
145Garry Spinks€1,110
146Saverio Giuzio€1,110
147Anders Karlsen€1,110
148Giuseppe Incognito€1,110
149Nico Seghorn€1,110
150Alex Montgomery€1,110
151Antonin Hays€1,110
152Leon Gerada€1,110
153Oyvind Stangnes€1,110
154Nicos Sotiriou€1,110
155Manfred Quint€1,110
156Vytautas Rubeziu€1,110
157Dylan Cechowski€1,110
158Daniele Grasso€1,110
159Vincenzo Scarpitti€1,110

Final Three Hands

The floor announced that players will play three more hands before bagging and tagging their chips for the end of the day. Unfortunately, Ann-Roos Callens won’t be coming back for the final day as she hit the rail in 51st place for €1,790 after losing her short stack.

Stay tuned for all of the second-day payouts, the final Day 2 chip counts, and the final day seat draw before we call it a night ourselves.

Ann-Roos Callens is last lady standing in Grand Event

The Hendon Mob Championship ITM

The €250 The Hendon Mob Championship was another success at the Malta Poker Festival with 211 entries getting into the mix on the opening day to create a €44,563 prize pool.

The first day concluded with the 31 players remaining in the money for at least a min-cash of €330. They will be playing for much more tomorrow with a €10,000 top prize on the line, a special The Hendon Mob flag, and two trophies (one from Malta Poker Festival and another from The Hendon Mob).

Ashley Scott is in the driver’s seat seat with a 68 big blind stack of 679,000. He is followed by Manuel Zapf (450,000), Julien Laudat (370,000), Mikael Viggander (345,000), and Patrick Wulf (345,000).

The Hendon Mob’s Hans Kleinsman (121,000) made another run in the money. Check out the photos from The Hendon Mob championship below:

13 Left in the Seniors

The €230 Seniors Event proved to be popular with 151 entries from players at least 50 years of age got into the mix to create a €28,992 prize pool.

There are just 13 players remaining including Canadian Salvatore Villaluz, affectionately known in the poker community as Bingo Buddy. He is joined by Andrew Aldred, Ingo Bluhm, Lawrence Bonnici, Max Eberle, Maria Isabella Freifrau von Perger, Clint Jeffery, Darren Knaggs, Michael Kuczka, Bjarke Matthiesen, Peter Schmitt, Dennis Spacy, and Dane Tallen.

Check out photos from the Seniors Event below:

“It’s a Really Weird Spot”

Level 23: 25,000/50,000
Entries: 61/1,444

Unibet Poker ambassador and The Chip Race podcast host David Lappin ended another deep run here at Portomaso Casino in 62nd place for €1,650.

“It was a really weird spot,” Lappin shared after he hit the cashier.

Lappin shared that a player opened from under the gun with a 15 big blind stack and he defended with fives from the big blind.

“I decided I would go with any non ace-king type of board,” said Lappin. “But then again, he has such a strong range with a min-open from under the gun.”

The jack-jack-four flop with two diamonds was as good as Lappin could hope for without hitting his five. Lappin shared that his opponent fired out a pot-sized bet of 250,000.

“I had so much already in the pot and decided to go for it,” Lappin shared about his jam to 370,000.

Unfortunately for Lappin his opponent had cowboys. But with a ten on the turn and another ten on the river it wouldn’t have mattered what his opponent had as long as he could be a five kicker.

“I might enter the High Roller tomorrow,” Lappin shared. “It won’t be too bad to get in for 17.5 big blinds.”

We wish Lappin the best of luck if he decides to hop into the High Roller.

David Lappin, Jonathan Briscoe White, & Ann-Roos Callens

Eliminations During Level 22

70Gianmarco Scannapiego€1,530
71Anthony Swain€1,530
72Daniel Gatt€1,530
73Georgios Mellidis€1,420
74Domenico Gala€1,420
75Guillaume Bessolles€1,420
76Charif Akhoun€1,420
77Yan Pelletier€1,420
78Moreno Ferrari€1,420
79Lois Dufouleur€1,420
80Colin Cooper€1,420
81Salvatore Dimartino€1,310
82Giovannidario Bocchicchio€1,310
83Andrea Melluzzo€1,310
Charif Akhoun eliminated in 76th place

High Roller Final Day Seat Draw

The €1,100 High Roller attracted 88 entries on its opening day for a €84,480 prize pool. These figures will grow more as late registration will remain open for the first two blind levels of Day 2.

Luigi D’Alterio leads the way with 189,500 in chips. Check out the final day seat draw along with their chip counts below:

11Luca Beretta41,00021
12Sylvere Paillot131,00066
13Lanh Van Bui41,00021
14Garry Spinks41,00021
15Henri Piironen39,00020
16Koen Meutstege39,50020
17Vanessa Webley59,50030
21Nuno Oliveira80,00040
22Tomasz Brzezinski92,00046
24Rami Awad98,00049
25Xavier Zuczkowski66,00033
26Joshua Stewart104,00052
27Richard Williamson118,00059
31Samuel Tebege51,00026
33Arnoud Capellen101,50051
34Biagio Sereno59,00030
36Oliver Molyneaux114,00057
37Jason Riley66,00033
38Giuseppe Gallo18,0009
41Steinar Utland124,00062
42Yvonne Horning100,00050
43Luigi D’Alterio196,50098
44Robert Sampat36,00018
46Jasper van Moorsel27,00014
48Nicolas Broudic28,00014
51Patrick Thurner12,5006
52Manuel Blaschke87,00044
54Mehdi Rebai22,50011
55Alex Montgomery40,00020
56Martin Wolff70,00035
58Kristian Dahl75,00038
62Konstantinos Chionidis139,00070
64Rolands Norietis138,00069
65Christina Read47,00024
66Maxime Chilaud14,5007
67Alexandre Jourdain89,50045
68Petter Redemo43,00022

Pagliaro Ousts Swain

Level 22: 20,000/40,000 (40,000)
Entries: 70/1,444

Anthony Swain got his short stack in with QJ on a Q510 flop and was up against the KQ held by Gianluca Pagliaro.

No save came on either the 3 turn or the 2 river and Swain was out of gas and on the rail in 71st place for €1,530.

Gianluca Pagliaro – 1.2 milion
Anthony Swain – 0

Gianluca Pagliaro