Thursday was the hump day of the festival and it was a hump with a bump, with a full schedule of events and buy-ins ranging from €70 to €5,300. The €3,000 MILLIONS main event was one of the events that started today, in parallel with day 2 of the €5,300 Hydra Entertainment High Roller. Starting days for the Grand Prix also resumed and mixed game fans were sated with a €330 single day Omaha freezeout.
One of two events to reach its conclusion, the €5,300 Hydra Entertainment High Roller saw Belgian Bart Lybaert outlast a field of 44 players to take down the €72,864 first prize and a rather magnificent looking trophy. Second place went to Michel Molenaar of the Netherlands, who was looking to make it a second €5k event win in Malta this year.
Party Poker MILLIONS Malta 2023 – #13 €5,000 + €300 Hydra Entertainment High Roller
MILLIONS Day 1A
Sebastian Mortensen leads the field after the day 1a of the Party Poker MILLIONS Malta Main Event. The Danish player will take a 165k chip stack into Saturday’s Day 2 along with 26 other players who made it through the day from the 51 who started. Party Poker Team Pro Matt Staples also secured a safe passage into day 2, finishing well on 85k. Also still in contention is Dzmitry Urbanovich, who had entered the Hydra High Roller earlier in the day.
Party Poker MILLIONS Malta Day 1A Survivors
Villr Jyrki santeri Pohjalainen
Enrique Mayor Martinez
Jun Beum Chun
Ferran de Antonio Canela
Diego Santos Ferreira
Martin Emmanuel Planiscig
Ricardo De la Roas Moran
Grand Prix €1m GTD Day 1C
After a 3-day hiatus, play in the €1m guaranteed Party Poker Grand Prix resumed, with the 3rd of its eight starting days. 23 out of the 151 players (15%) who started the day secured their ongoing participation in the €550 buy-in tournament and will return on day 2, which takes place on Sunday. The chip leader from day 1C is Austrian Daniel Montagnolli, who is the second player from the live starting days to breach the 1m chip barrier. There have now been 581 entries across the three live day 1s to have taken place so far, with another five yet to come.
Party Poker Grand Prix Malta Day 1C Survivors
Luigi Mario Grisa
Single Day Omaha
Today saw the first of the two Omaha tournaments on the schedule take place. This was the lower buy-in of the two, with a €330 price tag to enter, while Sunday’s version costs €1,100 to get a seat at the table. Many of the players who had participated in Tuesday’s H.O.R.S.E event were amongst the 52 players who took part today, vying for the €5,245 first prize. Play started off quite seriously, but the appearance of Martin “Franke” Von Swiegbergk provoked a jovial atmosphere. Despite taking numerous lengthy breaks from the table during the tournament Franke, renowned for loose play favouring re-entry tournaments, somehow managed to make the final table, but narrowly missed the money, finishing 9th. The top honours went to two Danish players, who fought it out for the trophy. Pater Kramer Sandberg outlasted countryman Martin Buur Christensen after a 30 minute heads up battle, to take the title.
Party Poker MILLIONS Malta 2023 – #18 €300 + €30 Omaha Freezeout
Peter Kramer Sandberg
Martin Buur Christensen
Joaquin Matias Ruiz Travi
Today is the 7th day off the festival and its a busy one! There are two Grand Prix starting days, another MILLIONS starting day and the side event is a turbo version of the MILLIONS, but with a more accessible buy-in at €275+€25. Here’s the schedule for today, Friday 29th September, 2023:
Grand Prix $1m GTD Day 1D
Grand Prix Satellite to event #3
Grand Prix $1m GTD Day 1E
MILLIONS Day 1B
Turbo Millions Single Day
Grand Prix Hyper Turbo Satellite to event #3
The full festival schedule of events can be found here
Photos from the event can be found here
Photography by Jean Marc Zerafa
Party Poker MILLIONS Malta Media Coordinator