Records were broken and a new Kings of Tallinn legend was made in the 2023 Kings of Tallinn Summer Showdown €555 Championship Event. Estonia’s Maikel Homin (pictured above) began the final day with the second shortest stack of the final 14 players and dazzled both spectators and his opponents with an amazing performance to win the event for €56,900 at Olympic Park Casino and the Hilton Tallinn Park.
The event not only was the largest of its kind at the Kings of Tallinn Summer Showdown but proved to be the biggest in Kings of Tallinn history with 573 entries creating a huge €269,310 prize pool. This was even more than the record established in February to create a new gold standard when France’s Benjamin Gros defeated a field of 559 entries to win the €55,500 top prize.
“I’m very happy about the win,” said Homin. “Although I would have to win two or three more similar events to consider moving up stakes.”
From an observer’s point of view, it appeared that Homin didn’t make any mistakes, at least any major ones. This was a concern of his at the start of the day, especially with a short stack.
“In my head, I understood I can’t be making the same mistakes I make sometimes while playing online poker,” Homin shared. “I often make silly moves when running deep.”
The heads-up affair against Finland’s Henri Antikainen spanned a few hours with the lead change going back and forth. Homin noticed his opponent changing up his style, and it was one of the more entertaining heads-up matches to follow in recent history.
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