The third day of the 2024 OlyBet Showdown Vilnius Ace Breaker was full of excitement despite this being one of the rare days where there were no multi-day events taking place.
Poker coach and podcaster Andrius Bielskis added another trophy to his resume after winning the €350 Monday Special. Meanwhile, Edigijus Asmena is making himself heard loudly in Vilnius after winning his second Vilnius Ace Breaker trophy out of six total trophy events thus far after coming out on top of the €150 Monday Express.
The OlyBet Showdown Vilnius Ace Breaker boasts 26 numbered events from Jan. 27 until Feb. 4, highlighted by the €555 Main Event starting on Tuesday and the €1,100 High Roller starting on Friday at Olympic Casino Lietuva, located in the heart of the beautiful Lithuanian capital of Vilnius.
The first three days boasted six trophy events, all of which were awarded to Lithuanian players. Will Tuesday be the day this streak breaks or will more local players walk away with trophies?
Read on to learn more about what transpired on Monday:
Andrius “Benislovas” Bielskis Shines Again
The one-day Event #8: €350 NLH Monday Special proved to be worth its billing as the marque event of Monday. After nine hours of play, two well-known local players out of the 84 entries were remaining in Martynas Racinskas, who won the 2020 Fisherman’s Challenge in Vilnius among other victories, and Andrius Bielskis, who just about has done it all both online and live including winning a special anniversary Sunday Million under the nickname “Benislovas” for $848,000 more than a decade ago in 2013.
The duo agreed to an ICM deal that guaranteed that Racinskas would be the big-money winner. However, there was still €500 and the trophy to be played for. Bielskis mounted comeback and claimed the trophy to win the extra money after about a two-hour heads-up battle to win €5,561 and the trophy, while Racinskas still can hold his head up high as the biggest money winner after securing a healthy €5,881 payout.
OlyBet Showdown Vilnius Ace Breaker Event #8: €350 NLH Monday Special
84 entries, €25,402 prize pool
- Andrius Bielskis (Lithuania) – €5,561
- Martynas Racinskas (Lithuania) – €5,881
- Raimondas Zilenas (Lithuania) – €3,430
- Rokas Barzdzius (Lithuania) – €2,590
- Romualdas Masiulis (Lithuania) – €2,030
- Lukas Kviecinskas (Lithuania) – €1,570
- Egidijus Digrys (Lithuania) – €1,220
- Bahadir Hatipoglu (Turkey) – €910
- Jukka Juvonen (Finland) – €790
- Rinatas Suleimanovas (Lithuania) – €710
- Tomas Bassus (Lithuania) – €710
Eligijus Asmena Wins Second Trophy
Eligijus Asmena might be known as a nightly turbo specialist after what he has accomplished thus far at the 2024 OlyBet Showdown Vilnius Ace Breaker. Asmena was relatively unknown internationally with just one recorded poker tournament cash at The Hendon Mob.
He dazzled the field on Saturday by winning a trophy in the €150 Saturday Express for €1,496 after agreeing to a deal with Liudas Slikas. The local player did it once again two evenings later as he defeated Vladimiras Meckovskis heads-up to win Event #9: €150 NLH Monday Express for €1,986.
Main Event Begins Tuesday (Jan. 30, 2024)
Tuesday is the day many poker players have been anxiously awaiting as it marks the start of the first of three flights on the €555 Main Event at 4 p.m. This author, Jason Glatzer, will be live reporting both the Main Event and the High Roller to bring you all the big highlights at OlyBetTV. Players will strive to crack aces as they will be awarded a special Vilnius Ace Breaker cocktail which is only available during the festival to gloat in all of their glory. This proved to add some excitement to the amazing action at the tables.
Tuesday’s schedule also boasts two €30 satellites to the Main Event at noon and midnight, while perhaps Asmena will be able to solidify his spot as the turbo beast in the €120 NLH Tuesday Express at 10 p.m.