The action keeps getting hotter as players continue to file in for the 2023 Kings of Tallinn Summer Showdown at our flagship venue Olympic Park Casino and the adjoining Hilton Tallinn Park.
Robert Relander was the star of the day after defeating a field of 334 entries to win the Kings of Tallinn Summer Showdown €250 Mystery Bounty for €7,500 plus a bit more after collecting several mystery bounty envelopes along the way on Day 2 for each player he eliminated. It was more or less a €5,000 heads-up battle with €2,500 in mystery bounties still in play along with a more than €2,500 difference between the first and second-place prizes. Although Raimonds Ozolins was unable to defeat Relander in the heads-up action, he did win the runner-up prize of €4,955 in addition to any mystery bounties he collected.
Meanwhile, Kasper Mellanen was one of the early players to hit the rail in this event but still had a day to remember as before he hit the showers he eliminated one of his opponents and managed to pull the top €5,000 mystery bounty prize.
Event #3: Kings of Tallinn Summer Showdown €250 Mystery Bounty
334 entries, €69,071
1. Robert Relander (Finland) – €7,500 + bounties
2. Raimonds Ozolins (Latvia) – €4,955 + bounties
3. Jukka Juvonen (Finland) – €3,550 + bounties
Full Results HERE
The €150 Open Face Chinese Pineapple (OFCP) was a new event on the schedule with the usual €350 OFCP taking place on Saturday. Players enthusiastically responded with 69 entries getting into the mix to generate a €8,432 prize pool.
Simo-Pekka Aalto and Roland Luuk agreed to a heads-up deal awarding each player €2,240 with Aalto crowned the official champion.
Event #10: Kings of Tallinn Summer Showdown €150 Open Face Chinese Pineapple
69 entries, €8,432
1. Simo-Pekka Aalto (Finland) – €2,240
2. Roland Luuk (Estonia) – €2,240
3. Lena Bjorn (Sweden) – €1,200
Full Results HERE
The €150 PL Omaha 4/5/6 was an even bigger hit than the OFC with 166 entries creating a €20,285 prize pool. Omaha enthusiasts battled for 9 ½ hours before Juho Heiska defeated Sven Omland heads-up to win the title along with the tasty €5,050 top prize.
Event #11: Kings of Tallinn Summer Showdown €150 PL Omaha 4/5/6
166 entries, €20,285
1. Juho Heiska (Finland) – €5,050
2. Sven Omland (Norway) – €3,440
3. Antton Gustavsson (Finland) – €2,410
Full Results HERE
Meanwhile, the €555 Championship added more than €100,000 to the prize pool during the first two of four opening flights on Sunday with Finland’s Roope Tarmi leading the way after catapulting his 30,000 opening stack into a 161 big blind stack of 257,000. Fellow Finn Sami Saananen was the only other player to advance with more than 200,000 after leading the way on Day 1b with 206,500.
The final opening flight begins at 12 p.m. on Monday and you can follow along the action after the first break in our dedicated blog. A turbo-charged Day 1d kicks off later in the evening at 9 p.m. with players still able to late register and re-enter before the conclusion of the first blind level of Day 2. Surviving players will then battle it out for two more days until a champion is crowned on Wednesday.
In addition, players can battle for Kings of Tallinn Summer Showdown glory on Monday in the €250 NLH Knockout at 3 p.m., the €350 PL Omaha Deepstack 4 & 5 Cards at 5 p.m., and the €250 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw at 9 p.m. Players can also choose to try to save a few bucks by playing a couple of satellites to later events today and the cash games will continue to rock the casino floor throughout the day and evening.
Best of luck to everyone and be sure to come back tomorrow for another update about what transpired on Monday.