Evely Pihela @ KOT 2023 555€ Championship Day 1a. Photo: Elena Kask.
Evely Pihela @ KOT 2023 555€ Championship Day 1a. Photo: Elena Kask.

Vassin, Morel, and Sandvik Win the Kings of Tallinn Titles on Saturday

Poker OlyBet Poker 27.02.2023

The 2023 Kings of Tallinn has drawn in players from around the globe, with many more still to come, with the action still heating up. Saturday featured tons of action with an exciting buzz, with players enjoying a variety of cash games and tournaments.

Juri Vassin Leads Event #7: Kings of Tallinn €555 Championship

The €555 Championship kicked off the first of its four opening flights on Saturday with a banner field of 113 entries getting into action. This means it will be much bigger than last year’s affair, which attracted 193 entries. Australia’s Rasmus Sepping shipped last year’s event for €27,140, with this year’s edition shaping up to pay much more to the eventual winner.

Juri Vassin (211,500) and Gediminas Dirmantas (209,000) led the 50 survivors of the day and will get a few days off to play other events, with Day 2 resuming on Tuesday. Sunday will boast the second of the opening flights, with the final two opening flights taking place on Monday.

Event #7: €555 Championship Day 1a
107 entries, 44 Survivors

  1. Juri Vassin (Finland) – 211,500
  2. Gediminas Dirmantas (Lithuania) – 209,000
  3. Juris Hlibovs (Latvia) – 185,500

Full Day 1a chip counts HERE.

Local Hero Marius Morel Wins Event #8: €250 PLO4 8-Max

The first non-NLHE event took place on Saturday and proved to be popular, with a cool 100 entries getting into the mix in Event #8: €250 4-Card PLO 8-Max to create a €20,680 prize pool.

Local Estonian Marius Morel finished on the top of the pack after defeating Vesa Leikos heads-up en route to the title.

Event #8: €250 4-Card PLO 8-Max Results
100 entries, €20,680 prize pool

  1. Marius Morel (Estonia) – €5,860
  2. Vesa Leikos (Finland) – €4,100
  3. Stanislav Parkhomenko (Bulgaria) – €2,650

Full results HERE.

Espen Sandvik Wins Event #10: €250 NLH Progressive Bounty

Norway’s Espen Sandvik has done it once again. The 2019 WSOP Europe 8-Game bracelet winner once again was the last player standing after navigating through a field of 140 entries to win the €3,450 top prize + bounties.

Meanwhile, another player, well-known for their mixed-game prowess in Risto Ponnio, also finished near the top of the pack with a runner-up performance, with Arto Lehtonen also on the podium after bowing out in third place.

Event #10: €250 NLH Progressive Bounty Results
140 Entries, €15,792 prize pool + bounties

  1. Espen Sandvik (Norway) – €3,450 + bounties
  2. Risto Ponnio (Finland) – €3,450 + bounties
  3. Arto Lehtonen (Finland) €2,017 + bounties

Full results HERE.

The best is yet to come for the 2023 Kings of Tallinn, with plenty more on the line, including the €555 Championship heading advancing to its second of four opening flights. This is not all, as the highlight of the festival in the €500,000 guaranteed Kings of Tallinn €1,100 Main Event begins later in the week on March 1!

 You can find a complete Kings of Tallinn 2023 schedule of 53 events here: https://kingsoftallinn.com/en/schedule 

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