Day 2 of the MPF Grand Event Begins at 1 p.m.

The Malta Poker Festival (MPF) Spring Edition €550 Grand Event powered by the Unibet DeepStack Open has been a massive success with 1,226 entries coming out in full force during the five opening flights to generate a huge €588,480 prize pool. This not only smashed the €300,000 guarantee but also nearly doubled it.

A total of 331 entries or 27% of the field survived and are ready to battle for the next two days until the latest MPF champion is crowned.

Day 1a chip leader Marko Luksa bagged the biggest stack of 687,000 with Day 1b chip leader Shaun Halliday (656,000) and Day 1c chip leader Malik Buss (618,000). Here is a look at the top 10 chip counts on Day 2.

PlacePlayerChipsBig Blinds
1Marko Luksa687,000137
2Shaun Halliday656,000131
3Maik Buss618,000124
4Michal Gavurnik577,000115
5Ertan Cicekdemir523,000105
6Chris Da Silva500,000100
7Alex Montgomery499,000100
8Kaloyan Kirov472,00094
9Paul Young459,00092
10Noel Studer447,00089

Players will have a little more time on Day 2 than the opening flights with 50-minute blind levels throughout Day 2. In addition, players will enjoy a smooth 8-max format the rest of the tournament.

The payouts will be announced shortly after cards are in the air. Day 2 is scheduled to conclude the sooner of 14 blind levels or when a final table of nine players is reached.

Head to the Seat Draw post to check out the Day 2 seat draw for the final 331 players.

Meanwhile, the €120 APAT Maltese Championship will crown a winner on its second and final day with cards in the air at 2 p.m.

Several new side events kickoff today as well including the €250 Sunday Deep Stack powered by Stanleybet at 5 p.m., the first of two days of the €1,100 MPF High Roller at 6 p.m., the €200 PLO Knights Crusaders at 7 p.m., and the €150 Win the Button at 8 p.m. Additionally, there is a €150 turbo satellite to the High Roller at 2 p.m. for those looking for a chance to get in for a fraction of the cost.

We will be back on the floor when cards are in the air at 1 p.m. for Day 2. Stay tuned to the Malta Poker Festival blog for all of your updates.

Andrew Cutajar

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