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The Coolbet Open Olympic Park Casino €550 Main Event on its inaugural run at the Olympic Park Casino and Hilton Tallinn Park registered 521 entries. Dominating this large field was Finland’s Mathias Siljander (cover image) who defeated Norway’s Anders Auset heads-up to win the event for €60,100.
By far Siljander’s best live cash to date, this also happens to be his second live title victory. He had in 2015, won the €320 NLHE Turbo at the Midnight Sun in Helsinki for €11,655. Siljander, however, had even more reasons to celebrate given how last year he just about missed winning this very title with a third place for €26,700. The Finn sure made up for that near-miss this time around!
The event was live streamed and in the commentary box was Brandon Allen.
130 entries came in on Day 1A, and Day 1B saw a much bigger turnout of 315 hopefuls. Only 211 players returned on Day 2 and with late registrations open till the end of the first level of Day 2, an additional 86 entries made their way in creating an unexpectedly large field of 521 entries.
Talking about the event, Coolbet CMO Ervi Jarvlepp said, “A year ago, we hosted the very first Coolbet Open where we saw a prize pool of €206,125 and had 425 entries. For this event, we hoped to at least match those figures. It seems that players appreciate what we’ve been doing as all our expectations have been exceeded with 521 entries a prize pool of €252,685!”
Even before the hand-for-hand round could begin, the money bubble burst.The hand in question played out towards the end of Day 2 when on separate tables, start-of-day chip leader Tobias Revenas was booted out in 50th place, followed by Vallo Maidla in 49th place, leaving the remaining 48 players in the money.
By the time Day 3 began, the field had trimmed down to the final 34 players. Hitting the rails on Day 3 were Jaana Kindsigo (16th for €2,350), Mate Mecs (20th for €1,950), Estonian poker legend Markku Koplimaa (44th for €1,055), and Coolbet Open Founder Jan Svendsen (47th for €1,055).
The third and final day began with Johny Lindroos in the lead who would eventually go on to finish at 15th place for €2,350.
Bubbling the final table was Martin Nygaard (10th for €4,150).
Final Table Recap
Fan Chunsan, Tarmo Tammel, and Pyry Kekalainen were the first three casualties on the final table, earning payouts for ninth to seventh places respectively.
Siljander then became a one-man wrecking crew, knocking out three of his final table opponents in quick succession. Siljander cracked Erik Lovgren’s pocket sixes with his pocket jacks, sending the latter out in sixth place.He then booted Chriss Jonassen out in fifth place after Jonassen jammed the button with , and Siljander called with . The board didn’t help Jonassen.
The very next hand saw Adam Shriki crash out in fourth place after his 1 million shove from under the gun holding found a caller in big blind Siljander`s . Siljander’s ace paired on the flop ,and with Shriki failing to improve on the turn and the river, the play was down to three-handed.
Mats Albertsen was eliminated in third place after moving all-in with his 12 big blinds stack from the button with . Anders Auset made an almost immediate call from the big blind with . The former Coolbet Open Main Event champion bricked the board and fell agonizingly short of a second Main Event title.
Anders Auset was trailing Siljander in chips when the heads-up play began and fought hard to cover the distance, but Siljander proved a tough opponent. Eventually, Auset opened the button for 250,000 with and was called by Siljander holding . Siljander checked top pair on the flop , and Auset led out a bet of 200,000 with two pair. Before long all the chips were in the middle as Siljander jammed, prompting Auset to make an almost instant call. Auset was the front runner and stayed ahead on the turn . Siljander, however, came back from behind as he completed his straight on the river and just like that he was declared the champion!
Final Table Results (EURO)
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