Learn About the Coolbet Open in Tallinn on Oct. 16-21

Coolbet Open

The second-ever Coolbet Open is just around the corner, hosted by the Olympic Park Casino at the neighboring Hilton Tallinn Park in the Estonian capital of Tallinn on Oct. 16-21.

The first event took place in May, and the buzz was felt throughout the festival with 27 action-packed tournaments. The upcoming festival is bound to be even more exciting with the schedule expanded to 31 tournaments.


As was the case in May, expect the Coolbear to be trotting around and players laughing and enjoying themselves throughout the festival. Many celebrities and Coolbet sponsored players have confirmed their attendance to the festival including former footballers Joel Lindpere and Bent Skammelsrud, basketball player Martin Müürsepp, singer Kim Herold, and Norwegian celebrity Audun Sørseth.

The festival kicks off on Oct. 16 with welcome drinks and entertainment at 7 p.m. EEST. The opening day also features four tournaments including the Coolbet €220 WarmUp Event, which will award two seats to the Coolbet €550 Main Event.

The Main Event kicks off its two opening flights on Oct. 17-18. The tournament is a deep-stacked affair with players starting with 30,000 in chips and blind levels starting at 45 minutes before increasing to 60 minutes in length.

Players will have plenty of chances to build a massive stack not only because of the great structure but thanks to the tournament allowing unlimited reentries until the end of the first blind level on Day 2 on Oct. 19.

Players surviving the penultimate day will compete for one final day on Oct. 20 until a winner is crowned. The tournament is expected to be massive with festival organizers estimating a prize pool of at least €200,000.

Sebastian Wahl
Sebastian Wahl wins first-ever Coolbet Open Main Event.

In May, Finland's Sebastian Wahl outlasted a field of 425 entrants to win the top prize of €50,100 ($60,267). At the time, this was easily Wahl's largest cash. However, last month he eclipsed this when he won the 2018 Fennia Grand Slam €1,100 No-Limit Hold'em event for €100,931 ($117,047).

Wahl faced a difficult opponent heads-up in Dutch player Sander van Wesemael, who claimed the runner-up prize of €33,000 ($39,637).

Van Wesemael and Wahl will be back in Tallinn for the upcoming Coolbet Open thanks to the top 10 finishers in the Main Event getting awarded a Coolbet Open package on top of the prizes they won.

One event Norwegian players will have their eyes on is the Kommunepoker extravaganza. The event is down to the final two tables and will be live streamed with hole cards exposed until a winner is declared. Players qualified for this event by playing against other players in their municipalities. To give an idea of how big this event was in Norway, more than 2,000 players competed locally in the more than 300 municipalities in the country. The final 19 players, one from each county, will now compete to become the country's champion.

Among those competing will be Jon Kyte, who last year won the Nordic Poker Championships €2,200 Main Event for €240,000 ($282,363).

PokerNews will be on hand to cover the Main Event from beginning to end including interviewing many of the players live on Facebook. In addition, Coolbet will be live streaming three days of Main Event coverage on Oct. 18-20, which we will embedded in our coverage.

Coolbet Open Schedule

DateTime (EEST)Event #EventBuy-in
Oct. 165 p.m.1Freebuy Satellite to Coolbet Opening Event (seven seats gtd.)€0 + €20 rebuys
 7:30 p.m.2One Hand Flip to Coolbet Opening Event€20
 8 p.m.3Coolbet WarmUp Event (Main Event 1a Seat Added for Winner & Runner-Up)€220
 10 p.m.4Freebuy Satellite to Main Event Day 1a (five seats gtd.)€0 + €20 rebuys
Oct. 171 p.m.5Freebuy Satellite to Main Event Day 1b (five seats gtd.)€0 + €20 rebuys
 2 p.m.6Coolbet Open Main Event Day 1a€550
 5 p.m. Kommunepoker 
 5 p.m.7Freebuy Satellite to Any €330 Event (seven seats gtd.)€0 + €20 rebuys
 7 p.m.8Coolbet NLHE Deepstack Day 1€330
 9 p.m.9Coolbet Hyper Turbo€60
 11 p.m.10Five-Card PLO Bounty€165
Oct. 181 p.m.11Hyper Turbo Satellite to Main Event Day 1b (five seats gtd.)€60
 2 p.m.6Coolbet Open Main Event Day 1b€550
 6 p.m.12One Hand Flip to Archie€25
 7 p.m.13Archie: Limit Triple Draw High/ Low Split€165
 8 p.m.14One Hand Flip to Event 15€30
 9 p.m.8Coolbet NLHE Deepstack Final Day 
 9 p.m.15Coolbet Thursday Turbo€330
 11 p.m.16Coolbet No Limit Texas Hold'em FreezeOut€110
Oct. 191 p.m.6Coolbet Open Main Event Day 2€550
 2 p.m.17Freebuy Satellite to Any €330 Event (seven seats gtd.)€0 + €20 rebuys
 4 p.m.18One Hand Flip to Any €330 Event€30
 5 p.m.19Pokerisivut Open Day 1€330
 7 p.m.20Coolbet Deep Special€110
 9 p.m.215 Card Pot Limit Omaha Freezeout€330
 10 p.m.22Freebuy Satellite to the Coolbet 1k (three seats gtd.)€0 + €50 rebuys
Oct. 2012 p.m.6Coolbet Open Main Event Final Day 
 12 p.m.19Pokerisivut Open Final Day€330
 12 p.m.24Freebuy Satellite to the Coolbet 1k (three seats gtd.)€0 + €50 rebuys
 1 p.m.20Turbo Satellite to €1k Coolbet (two seats gtd.)€110
 2 p.m.25€1k Coolbet Six-Max€1,100
 3 p.m.26Coolbet Ladies Event€110
 3 p.m.27Open Face Chinese Pineapple€220
 7 p.m.28Texas Hold'Em No Limit Bounty FreezeOut€110
 9 p.m.29Pot Limit Omaha€165
 11 p.m.30Coolbet Saturday Turbo€110
May 612 p.m.31Turbo Deep Stack Version of Coolbet Main Event€110
  • The Coolbet Open Main Event is expected to feature at least a €200,000 guaranteed prize pool.

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