Norway’s Eirik Kristiansen sat down at The Festival Tallinn Main Event final table and a minor blip aside, came out on top to capture the €56,100 top prize, his largest-ever score, the title of champion, and the all-important winner’s trophy. Before this event, Kristiansen’s live tournament earnings tipped the scales at only $2,209. That sum is far more substantial after he outlasted 551 opponents in this exciting Estonia-based event.
The Festival Tallinn Main Event Final Table Results
The final table lost its first player on the first hand of the day. Sascha Manns could not win a coinflip against Kristiansen, with the latter’s king-jack melting Manns’ snowmen.
Eighth place went to Gregory Partridge who also lost a coinflip against Kristiansen. All the chips went into the middle with Patridge holding ace-queen against the pocket jacks of Kristiansen. No help arrived for the ace-queen, and the players received a little more elbow room.
The final seven became six with the elimination of Toivo Ojasoo. Ojasoo committed the last of their chips having paired their ace on an all-diamond flop. Mikael Viggander called the shove with a flush draw, which came in on the turn.
A relative cooler of a hand sent Rando Liiber to the cashier’s desk to collect the last four-figure prize of the evening. Liiber opened then four-bet all in with pocket jacks when six-handed but ran straight into the pocket queens of Kristoffer Winterstein. A jack on the flop looked to have secured a double for Liiber, but a queen on the turn left him drawing to a single out, which did not arrive.
Finishing in fifth place was Jero Keitaanranta who three-bet all-in with pocket fives only for Kristiansen to cold-call out of the blind with a superior pair of eights. A double paired board resigned Keitaanranta to an early visit to the showers, although it came with €12,100 in prize money.
Kristiansen then eliminated Viggander in fourth place when he flopped top pair and turned a straight when Viggander had turned an expensive bottom set.
Heads-up was set when Winterstein ripped in 22 big blinds from the button with king-six, and Jari Mahonen called from the big blind with king-queen. Winterstein was drawing dead on the turn.
The one-on-one battle between Mahonen and Kristiansen initially began with both players being cautious. However, the final hand threw that caution to the wind. A three-times the big blind raise with nine-five of hearts from Mahonen was three-bet by Kristiansen with queen-deuce, and called by Mahonen. a five-four-trey board saw Kristansen over-bet jam for almost three-times the pot, but Mahonen called. The turn bricked but the river completed Kristansen’s straight, and secured him the title.
The Festival Tallinn Side Events Results
|Sviten Special||€250||77||€16,632||Frans Jonsson||€4,012|
|NLH Knockout||€60||83||€4,150||Koen Roos||€476|
|PLO Masters||€250||63||€13,608||Mohammed Halafi||€4,768|
|Win the Button||€115||114||€10,944||Kristoffer Winterstein||€1,794|
|NLH Progressive KO||€225||184||€17,664||Serguei Palomera||€3,207|
|PLO High Roller||€1,050||35||€34,560||Georgi Voomets||€10,909|
|Half and Half (NLH/PLO)||€115||113||€10,848||Arild Torgersen||€2,708|
|PokerListings Deepstack||€250||252||€54,432||Kalle Ly||€10,736|
|Open Face Chinese||€330||37||€10,656||Vladislavs Petrovs||€3,568|
|NLH High Roller||€1,050||41||€39,360||Aleksi Naski||€10,860|
|PLO Turbo||€115||93||€18,528||Sami Kumpulainen||€4,058|