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Pokerfest Live: 2007 WSOP Main Event Finalist Jon "Skalie" Kalmar Wins Mini for £21K

Jon Kalmar


  • 2007 WSOP Main Event finalist, Jon Kalmar, took down the Pokerfest Live Mini at Dusk Till Dawn for £21,000.

Jon "Skalie" Kalmar, the 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event fifth-place finisher, showed his game hasn't slowed much by taking down the Pokerfest Live Mini held at the Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) poker room, a win that earned him £21,000.

The £60+£10 buy-in Pokerfest Live Mini fell some distance short of the 2,500 entries needed to break even on the £150,000 guarantee, with 1,473 entries processed, leaving an overlay of £61,620 for the players to enjoy.

A total of 153 places were paid – Dan Owston was the unfortunate bubble boy – with the likes of Leon Campbell (143rd - £200), Kyriacos Dionysiou (124th - £300), Renee Xie (106th - £350), Andrew Sweeney (101st-r £350), Colburn Tomlin (70th - £450), Paul Jackson (39th - £550), Basharat Mahmood (33rd - £550), and Ross Patman (20th - £625) among those who finished in the money.

However, it was Kalmar, who was previously featured in PokerNews' Where Are They Now? series, who walked away with the lion's share of the spoils, a cool £21,000 after defeating Ji Ye Zhang in heads-up play to claim the title. Zhang collected £12,600 for his runner-up finish.

Final Table Results

1Jon Kalmar£21,000
2Ji Ye Zhang£12,600
3Vamshi Vandanapu£8,400
4Shane Mossop£5,000
5Deborah O'Connell£2,925
6Graham Carter£1,700
7Alan Armitage£1,400
8Aleksejs Gilovs£1,200
9Jan Kacur£1,050

Running at DTD on Thursday are a number of Pokerfest Live events, including a rarity for British poker, a Ladies Event. The £300+£30 buy-in Ladies event has a £15,000 guarantee attached to it, which seems a little on the ambitious side, but then again DTD doesn't do things by halves.

Also running is Day 1 of the £300+£30 Pot Limit Omaha Double Chance (2:00 p.m. start), Day 1 of the £60,000 guaranteed £1,000+£100 High Roller, and the final day of the £30,000 guaranteed Seniors Event, where Richard Gregory leads the final 13 back into battle.

Pokerfest Live Main Event

The £300,000 guaranteed Pokerfest Live Main Event kicked off at the start of the week with 31 players entering the first live leg. Only six of those managed to progress to Day 2 with Antonio Mota bagging up the most chips with 546,000.

Carl Spicer (359,000), Victor Moreira (330,500), double UKIPT winner Duncan McLellan (190,500), Polly Timson (143,000), and an anonymous player (107,500) being the other surviving players.

There's two more Main Event starting flights today at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., the same on Friday, and then a final turbo Day 1 on the morning of Saturday, September 5.

In addition to the live legs, there are online Day 1s available at partypoker, where if you sign up for an account via PokerNews, make a deposit of at least $25 using the bonus code PNCOM, you'll receive a 100% up to $500 first deposit bonus and be eligible to compete in four PokerNews Cup freerolls where you could win a €1,100 PokerNews Cup package.

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