Kings of Tallinn Main Event Day1a. Ilari Sahamies. Photo: Elena Kask.
Kings of Tallinn Main Event Day1a. Ilari Sahamies. Photo: Elena Kask.

Westby, Lunde, and Komoroski Win Kings of Tallinn Titles

Poker OlyBet Poker 02.03.2023

Wednesday was another thrilling day at the Kings of Tallinn 2023 with three new winners crowned. In addition, the €500,000 guaranteed Kings of Tallinn Main Event was off to a rocking start with 227 entries getting into the mix.

Julien Tihonen Leads the Kings of Tallinn Main Event

The Kings of Tallinn €1,100 Main Event boasted a €500,000 guarantee for the second time in its illustrious history. The guarantee is on its way to being smashed with the first of three opening flights attracting a banner field of 227 entries. 

Finland’s Julien Tihonen leads the way by parlaying his 30,000 opening stack into 244,000 in chips after eight blind levels of an hour each on Day 1a.

No other player bagged more than 200,000 on Day 1a but Tihonen’s early lead isn’t safe with Thursday boasting the final two opening flights. Also bagging big stacks out of the 117 survivors were Tommi Lankinen (174,800), Roberts Rumba (168,700), Francisco Blanco (144,300), and Anthony Kauzloric (137,100).

We won’t know the final prize pool and payouts for this event until Friday’s Day 2. This is thanks to the event allowing unlimited re-entries not only during all the opening flights but during the first two blind levels of Day 2.

Event #27: €1,100 Main Event Day 1a Chip Leaders

227 entries, 117 survivors

  1. Julien Tihonen (Finland) – 244,000
  2. Tommi Lankinen (Finland) – 174,800 
  3. Roberts Rumba (Latvia) – 168,700

Full list HERE.

Tony Westby Wins Event #29: €250 Sviten Special

The €250 Sviten Special attracted players from all corners of the globe including players coming from all over the globe. ‘Sviten Special’ author Martin Smith flew out from Malta with this event as one of his highlights but unfortunately was unable to cash in this tourney. 

Players came from even further places than Malta with two Americans including Timothy Dallas coming from the States just to play in the Sviten event after falling in love with the game in home games. Dallas made the most of his visit as he advanced to the podium to take down the third-place prize of €1,635.

The event attracted 55 entries to create an €11,374 prize pool. The title went to Norway with Tony Westby winning the top prize of €4,100 after more than nine hours of play. 

Event #29: €250 Sviten Special:

55 entries, €11,374 prize pool

  1. Tony Westby (Norway) – €4,100
  2. Fuad Gotovusa (Sweden) – €2,550 
  3. Timothy Dallas (USA) – €1,635

Full results HERE.

Sondre Lunde Wins Event #25: €440 4&5 Cards PLO Mystery Bounty

The €440 PLO Mystery Bounty added quite the buzz on its second and final day as players not only were playing for big cash prizes but also were collecting random cash prizes each time they eliminated an opponent.

Mohammed Halafi perhaps was the most excited as he was the lucky recipient of the €5,000 top bounty. However, Sondre Lunde was ultimately the star of the event after winning the €5,800 top prize from the prize pool.

Event #25: €440 PLO Mystery Bounty Results:

117 entries, €43,992 prize pool

  1. Sondre Lunde (Norway) – €5,800
  2. Matti Lasanen (Finland) – €3,900 
  3. Matias Arouso (Finland) – €2,485

Full results HERE.

Maciej Komorowski Wins Event #31: €550 8-Max

Last night also boasted a one-day, turbo-charged affair in Event #31: €550 8-Max. The field attracted 99 entries to generate a €46,530 prize pool.

Poland’s Maciej Komorowski defeated Lithuania’s Martynas Racinskas heads-up in a quick fashion to win the tasty €12,000 top prize. Italy’s Allesandro Giordano was also on the podium with a third-place performance.

Event #31: €550 NLH 8-Max:

99 entries, €46,530 prize pool

  1. Maciej Komorowski (Poland) – €12,000
  2. Martynas Racinskas (Lithuania) – €5,050 
  3. Allesandro Giordano (Italy) – €6,140

Full results HERE.

KOT 2023 - €150 GG Poker Flip & Go. Photo: Tambet Kask

GGPoker Ambassador Niall Farrell Advances in the Flip&Go Mystery Bounty

The €150 GGPoker Flip&Go Mystery Bounty has been featuring one-table opening flights throughout the week. A total of 15 players have already advanced with more to come.

Perhaps the most excited player to advance yesterday was GGPoker Ambassador Niall “Firaldo” Farrell, who took a quick break during the Main Event to flip. After he won, he was quoting some of his favorite wrestlers and broke out into a song. You can watch it on the Kings of Tallinn Instagram and Facebook stories.

Dainius Antanaitis, Allan Arjut, Max Avela, Mauri Dorbek, Egon Kaljulaid, Jussi “Potti-Jussi” Mattila, Giovanni Nava, Gatis Reigass, Toivo Rinne, Roberts Rumba, WSOP bracelet winners Espen Sandvik and Ranno Sootla, Sondre Stormyr, and Paulius Vatiekunas were among the players that will join Farrell on Friday’s Day 2.

A top mystery bounty of €5,000 is guaranteed in one of the most exciting and unique events on offer at the 2023 Kings of Tallinn.

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