Martynas Kaulakys Leads OlyBet Vilnius Showdown Jacks of June Main Event

Poker Jason Glazer 07.06.2024

The action became hot and heavy at the 2024 OlyBet Vilnius Showdown Jacks of June with the €555 Main Event breaking a new OlyBet Vilnius Showdown record with 390 entries getting into the mix to create a €187,200 prize pool.

The field was deep in the money Thursday evening with just 21 players remaining, led by Lithuania’s Martynas Kaulakys.

Meanwhile, basketball fans also enjoyed the atmosphere at Olympic Casino Vilnius thanks to OlyBet celebrating its partnership with the Euroleague with a special tournament awarding added autographed basketballs. Matas Sabulis came out on top for a memorable evening for many in attendance.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Dewerdt and Liutauras Armanavicius won tickets valued at €1,500 each to the 2024 WSOP Circuit Main Event. The festival returns to Tallinn for an extended week of action deep into the summer from July 19-28.

Who Will Win the Jacks of June Main Event on Friday?

The Jacks of June witnessed players battle for nine blind levels of one hour each on Thursday, with the action ending with just 21 hopefuls set to battle on Friday’s final day, with the action recommencing on Friday at 12 p.m. with blinds at 10,000/20,000 and a 20,000 big blind ante.

Local hero Martynas Kaulakys will kick off the action with a substantial chip-leading stack of 1,975,000 after ending the day picking off chips from his opponents. Two other players are chip millionaires to start Day 2, including Lithuania’s Rokas Skridulis (1,170,000) and Greece’s Enea Subashi (1,025,000).

Just three players in the field wave flags outside the home country of Lithuania, and all are in the top 10. In addition to Subashi, Germany’s Fabian Bartuschk (590,000) and Sweden’s Johan Aakesson (490,000) are hopeful to deny the Lithuanian poker community yet another big title on their home soil.

Meanwhile, a pair of brothers are in the mix with the start of Day 2 chip leader Rytis Sandaras bagging up 555,000 and his brother Aistis Sandaras bringing in one of the shorter stacks with 320,000.

WSOP bracelet winner Karolis Semeika is hoping to add a local title to his impressive poker resume with a fourth-place stack of 980,000 while many other popular players are still in the mix, including Ovidijus Berenes (885,000), Vasilijus Piskunovas (630,000), Tomas Bassus (440,000), 2020 Fisherman Challenge Main Event champion Martynas Racinskas (390,000), Vitalijus Kuzmicius (385,000), Vytautas Kacerauskas (335,000), Paulius Mikaliunas (255,000), and Stanlislovas Vinicenka (140,000).

Several other big names were among the 47 players to make the money only to fall short of the final day including Modestas Kryzanauskas (25th – €1,450), Algirdas Saveikis (31st – €1,450), Laurynas Cerniauskas (32nd – €1,450), Deividas Daubaris (40th – €1,270), Vygerdas Jonikas (41st – €1,090), and James Grogan (46th – €1,090).

In the case of Grogan, he had the chip lead throughout most of the opening hours of Day 2 but shared multiple times during the day that all he wanted to do was min-cash as he had an early flight he didn’t want to reschedule. He had a small sweat on the money bubble after he lost a good portion of his stack but squeezed in at the end and was thrilled to cash after qualifying to the event via a €30 live satellite at Olympic Casino Vilnius.

Jacks of June Main Event Final Day Chip Counts

PlaceNameCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Martynas KaulakysLithuania1,975,00099
2Rokas SkridulisLithuania1,170,00059
3Enea SubashiGreece1,025,00051
4Karolis SereikaLithuania980,00049
5Ovidijus BerenisLithuania885,00044
6Vasilijus PiskunovasLithuania630,00032
7Fabian BartuschkGermany590,00030
8Rytis SandarasLithuania555,00028
9Johan AakessonSweden490,00025
10Tomas BassusLithuania440,00022
11Audrius NavickasLithuania405,00020
12Martynas RacinskasLithuania390,00020
13Vitalijus KuzmiciusLithuania385,00019
14Vytautas KacerauskasLithuania335,00017
15Aistis SandarasLithuania320,00016
16Paulius MikaliunasLithuania255,00013
17Vytautas LaurinaitisLithuania252,00013
18Marius MaciukasLithuania215,00011
19Rokas AsipauskasLithuania205,00010
20Stanislovas VinicenkaLithuania140,0007
21Edikas JurgutisLithuania120,0006

Matas Sabulis Celebrates Euroleague in Style

The one-day Event #19: €150 Celebrating OlyBet x Euroleague Basketball Premium Sponsorship brought a health mix of 107 poker players and local celebrities into the mix to create a €13,354 prize pool.

The top three players in Matas Sabulis, Vilnius Zamzickas, and Linus Lauermann all were awarded autographed basketballs in addition to winning a lion’s share of the prize pool. Eventually, Sabulis defeated Zamzickas heads-up to win the €3,474 top prize in what became a fun and friendly poker battle.

Event #19: €150 Celebrating OlyBet x Euroleague Basketball Premium Results

1Matas SabulisLithuania€3,474
2Vilius ZamzickasLithuania€2,400
3Linus Hans Ludwig LauermannSweden€1,680
4Andrei KorobeinikEstonia€1,280
5Vladislav SenkevicLithuania€1,010
6Darius JacukeviciusLithuania€790
7Domantas SeskusLithuania€610
8Karolis UrbonaviciusLithuania€480
9Eugenijus  CerniusLithuania€390
10Pijus JonikasLithuania€310
11Dominykas SmilgisLithuania€310
12Arunas AstrauskasLithuania€310
13Rokas BarzdziusLithuania€310

Friday, June 7 OlyBet Vilnius Showdown Jacks of June Schedule

12:00Event #13: €555 Main Event Day 3
12:00Event #21: €30 Satellite to €1,100 High Roller – 1 SEAT GTD
13:00Event #22: €80 Low Roller
16:00Event #23: €1,100 High Roller Day 1
18:00Event #24: €250 Friday Deepstack
21:00Event #25: €150 Friday Mix Turbo

Jason Glazer

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