Juha Helppi’s Stellar Performance at the 2024 World Series of Poker

Poker Jason Glazer 09.07.2024

The 2024 World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Tallinn is just two weeks away with 53 action-packed events from July 19-28 at Olympic Park Casino and the adjoining Hilton Tallinn Park. The festival boasts 12 chances for players to win a coveted WSOP Circuit gold ring including in the €1 million guaranteed WSOPC Tallinn €1,500 Main Event.

Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Juha Helppi has created waves in Tallinn in the past including winning the 2018 Kings of Tallinn €1,100 Main Event for €62,000 and we hope to see him back battling for a chance to add to his WSOP hardware collection with his first WSOP Circuit gold ring. Meanwhile, the legendary Finnish player notched up a remarkable summer in Las Vegas. Possibly his best World Series of Poker (WSOP) to date, even without claiming a new bracelet, while he came agonizingly close several times.

With a fourth-place finish in the $1,500 Limit Hold’em event during the first week of the series, Helppi set the tone for an incredible run as he went on to cash four more times and reached three additional final tables.

In the headline-breaking $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout event, where Antonio Galiana defeated Johan “YoH ViraL” Guilbert in heads-up play with one of the craziest bluffs in WSOP history, Helppi secured another fourth-place finish, earning $151,592. He was knocked out by Jeremy Ausmus, who, like Helppi, has had a standout series with six final tables but no bracelets.

Helppi made yet another final table in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship event just days later. This event saw Australian James Obst return to poker felts from professional tennis, capturing his second bracelet, while Helppi finished in sixth place for $46,084.

However, Helppi’s most significant result of the summer came recently when he recorded his best live career cash, finishing fifth in the prestigious $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller event, taking home a massive $524,911. Entering the final day as the shortest stack among five players, Helppi built his stack but ultimately lost a huge pot to Poker Hall of Famer Brian Rast. Helppi bet and three-bet all-in with a set of tens against Rast’s flush and gutshot straight draw. Despite being almost a 2:1 favorite on the flop, the river card eliminated him in fifth place for half a million dollars. With Helppi’s chips, Rast became the big chip leader and eventually finished as the runner-up to David Eldridge.

With $785,207 in earnings from this year’s WSOP, Finland’s Number 2 All-Time crossed $9 million in live tournament earnings, distancing himself from Joni Jouhkimainen ($6.7m) and Eelis Pärssinen ($6m), and trailing only Patrik Antonius with close to $23 million in career winnings.

With five top 10 finishes at the 2024 World Series of Poker, Helppi is also 31st on the Player of the Year leaderboard, not far from the top elites. Only the ten best results count towards the leaderboard, so he could make significant ground with some additional cashes. Helppi is one of the highest-placed players who hasn’t won a bracelet, with one of the best point averages.

While time is running out for Helppi to secure a third bracelet this year, more than a dozen events remain on the 2024 WSOP schedule, several of which suit him perfectly. We wish Juha Helppi the best of luck in the remainder of the series!

Juha Helppi’s 2024 WSOP Results

Event #73: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha5th$524,911
Event #42: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship6th$46,084
Event #34: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout4th$151,592
Event #19: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship10th$24,740
Event #9: $1,500 Limit Hold’em4th$37,880

World Series of Poker Circuit Tallinn Up Next (July 19-28, 2024)

While the poker action is soon coming to a conclusion at the WSOP in Las Vegas, it is about to heat up in the summer in Europe with the return of the WSOPC Tallinn at our flagship casino, Olympic Tallinn Park. The festival boasts 53 action-packed events from July 19-28, 2024, including a dozen opportunities for entering poker immortality with 12 ring events.

Several players have already secured their seats to ring events in Tallinn. At the same time, many more will continue to win satellites online at OlyBet Poker and Olympic Casinos across the Baltics.

Hotels are selling out like hot cakes. Head to OlyBetEvents to learn more about accommodations, the schedule, a players’ guide, and more.

Jason Glazer

Poker journalist Jason Glatzer boasts more than a decade in experience in poker media and operations. He is well-known in Europe for providing quality reporting, editorial, and commentating at a wide variety of events from around the world including at all major events at our flagship venue Olympic Park Casino


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