The €550 Grand Event at the Malta Poker Festival is headlining the poker world. The first day was good but, the second day got better with 451 entries registering for the event. On one hand, Domenico Gala claimed Day 1B chip lead. On the other, his Italian comrades, Emanuele Napolitano, and Claudio Pagano followed right behind to secure second and third place, by day end.
The Grand Day 1B Standing
The Grand Tournament
The second starting flight saw 451 entries coming through the first eight levels of the day. After fourteen 45-minute levels and some interesting hustle, the field whittled down to 78 contenders.
It was on this day that Italian pro, Gala, found his shot to glory as he bagged 329,000 chips to end as Day 1B chip leader. It would be nice to see Gala run deeper in the event as he fights for a live championship title.
Quite a few known faces who made into Day 2 after grinding hours on Day 1B include Monika Zukowicz, Traian Bostan, Alex Brand, Gabriele Re, Paul Romain, Espen Uhlen Jorstad, Daiva Byrne, and Daniel Stacey.
The Grand Schedule
|Day||Date||Starting Time||Late Reg||Entries||Survivors||Further Information|
|1A||Thursday, November 1||14:00||~21:30||302||64||75 minute-dinner break after Level 6|
|1B||Friday, November 2||14:00||~21:30||451||78||75 minute-dinner break after Level 6|
|1C||Saturday, November 3||14:00||~21:30||–||–||75 minute-dinner break after Level 6|
|2||Sunday, November 4||13:00||N/A||–||–||20-minute breaks and 75-minute dinner break after Level 23|
|3||Monday, November 5||14:00||N/A||–||–||20-minute breaks and 75-minute dinner break after Level 35|
|4||Tuesday, November 6||14:00||N/A||–||–||Play down to a champion|
Day 1C will see a few hopefuls returning to redeem their status in the tournament. David Lappin, Andy Hills, Ronni Borg, Andrew Hedley, Niko Koop, Fabrice Soulier, Jon Kyte, and a bright lot of Israelis are the ones to watch out for!
Let’s join hands in wishing them luck at the tables.