After 5 days and four and half hours of play on the final table, Ronny Kaiser, 21, from Switzerland, had all the chips and was crowned emperor of Estonia and EPT. For the win of the EPT Tallinn Main Event, Kaiser received the biggest paycheck in his poker career, €275,000. But that's not all! He also became the first champion of European Poker Tour's season 8!
The Main Event' player-field was narrowed down to only 63 players during Day 2 and we're now, most probably, only a day away from the final table where some nice cash prizes are up for grabs - more about that further down. Now, the one who will bring the largest stack (460,200) to Day 3, which starts in few hours, is Nikolas Liakos from Sweden, followed by Lari Sihvo, from Finland, with just about 400,000 chips.
The EPT Tallinn Main Event has a new leader, Oscar Lima, as Day 1b and both starting days are in the books. Oscar Lima, 23, from Spain, is playing his first ever EPT - and his first major tournament - and he will return today with 132,200 chips and play Day 2 of the tournament. Jani Sointula is Lima's closest opponent with a 123,950 stack.
Examples on big names that will return today are Ville Wahlbeck, JP Kelly and Dario Minieri. However, not so many notables will return to Day 2 with lots of chips to work with. We will return with an update as soon as Day 2 is over. Stay tuned!
Only 24 players got knocked out during the first starting day of the EPT Tallinn Main Event. This means that 68 players are through to Day 2 of the tournament. In a big lead is Maksim Kolosov from Russia with a 102,725 stack. Kolosov played fantastic poker during Day 1a and has a 20,000 lead over Robert Romanello, from UK, in second place with 83,175 chips.
Today, the EPT Tallinn crew are expecting a greater field than the first starting day and also more notables. We will return with an update as soon as Day 1b comes to an end. Stay tuned!
The final table of the EPT Main Event begins in a few hours. Eight players are about to battle for the first place prize of €400,000. The fact that most of them aren't used to play final tables where so much money is up for grabs might be something that can affect the quality of the game. However, I'm sure it will be an extremely interesting and thrilling final table to watch no matter what. No doubts about that! May the best poker player win!
420 players entered the EPT Tallinn Main Event this time. Day 1a and 1b of the tournament are both already in the books and at the moment 210 players are seated as Day 2 is about to start. In the top of the field are Perica Bukara 210,600, Ali Tekintamgac 203,200 and Matvey Linov 193,400 followed by many not so familiar faces. In general there were very few notables that took part in EPT Tallinn this year and unfortunately 2 of the biggest names were sent packing during the very first day of the tournament. I'm talking about the EPT veterans Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Dario Minieri.
I have a feeling that we are going to see many new faces on the final table in the EPT Tallinn Main Event this year. But it doesn't mean that it will be a boring one to watch. A final table with lots of money up for grabs is always enjoyable to watch (at least if you ask me).
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