The MPN Poker Tour returns to Tallinn this week with a €150,000 guaranteed Main Event running Oct. 19-22 alongside a series of side events including Saturday’s €110 Estonia Poker Cup and the popular spectator-guaranteeing Doubles team event on Sunday. The luxurious Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel will host hundreds of poker players from around Estonia – and the world – who enjoy the MPNPT as much for its atmosphere and camaraderie as the challenge at the tables.
Day 1a brought 106 entries into the €550 Main Event, with nearly as many players turning out for the last €35 super satellite into Friday's Day 1b. The satellite carried on well into the night after 12 45-minute levels played out in the Main Event, giving a good indication of how busy the card room will be Friday at noon for the second starting flight: a total of 14 seats were awarded.
At the top of the Day 1a chip counts overnight is Terje Torstensen with 357,200 chips, over 100,000 more than his nearest rivals Alexey Manuyko (231,400), Janis Zablovskis (216,300) and Ermo Kosk(201,700). They will return at 13:00 local time on Saturday for Day 2, along with whomever survives Day 1b. Among those not making it through today (but able to re-enter the Main Event right up until start of play on Day 2) were last year’s winner Ranno Sootla, Espen Jorstad, Anne Meri, Andy Hillsand Edgaras Bucinskas, whose best result on the MPN Poker Tour thus far has been a third place finish in St Julians worth €20,000.