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Helppi Among Top Stacks After Day 2 of Record-Breaking Coolbet Open

Juha Helppi

The Coolbet Open €550 Main Event at Olympic Park Casino and the Hilton Park Hotel has been the biggest and best yet in its four-festival history.

A total of 686 entrants, including 62 during the first blind level of today's Day 2, smashed the casino record at Olympic Park Casino for the most entrants in an international poker event. This represents 97 entrants more than the previous record the Coolbet Open Main Event established in October 2018 when it attracted 589 entrants.

The tournament stopped for the day with 24 players remaining. Each returning player is guaranteed €2,100 with the winner slated to receive a healthy €71,700 top prize.

Sweden's Johan Karlsson heads into the final day in the chip lead with 2,099,000 in chips. Just behind Karlsson, is Finnish poker legend Juha Helppi with 1,720,000 in chips. Helppi, who has almost $8 million in live tournament earnings, not only won his first WSOP bracelet but last year had success in Tallinn by winning the King's of Tallinn Main Event.

Also in the top five in chip counts are Ott Karli Toome (third - 1,600,000), Tonis Viik (fourth - 1,470,000), and Eirik Lodoen (fifth - 1,460,000).

Defending Coolbet Open Main Event champion Mathias Siljander is still in the mix with 593,000 in chips. He will be shooting for a three-in-a-row final table streak as he also finished in third place in the previous Coolbet Open Main Event from his victory last time around.

Also in contention Lithuania's Tomas Sujeta with a healthy stack of 1,297,000 going into tomorrow. Sujeta has already found success this month as he kicked off November with a victory in the Malta Poker Festival Grand Event.

Final Day Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChipsBig BlindsBig Blinds in 2 Minutes
11Mathias SiljanderFinland593,0003025
12Juha HelppiFinland1,720,0008672
13Johan KarlssonSweden2,099,00010587
14Ott Karli ToomeEstonia1,600,0008067
15Vegard MelgalisNorway1,225,0006151
16Roope TarmiFinland742,0003731
17Aleksandr ArutjunovEstonia360,0001815
18Klaus WitteNorway214,000119
       
21Olli IkonenFinland466,0002319
22Mikko YlamakiFinland857,0004336
23Steven IglesiasNorway593,0003025
24Pyry KekalainenFinland814,0004134
25Tonis ViikEstonia1,470,0007461
26Jari LahtinenFinland1,405,0007059
27Kevin PoldEstonia230,0001210
28Bjorn FiskeNorway366,0001815
       
31Stig Rune BjornliNorway567,0002824
32Kim OfverstromFinland477,0002420
33Eirik LodoenFinland1,460,0007361
34Tomas SujetaLithuania1,297,0006554
35Matti JokinenFinland417,0002117
36Silver SimulaskEstonia430,0002218
37Jussi MattilaFinland240,0001210
38Hassein SemnamiNorway785,0003933

The action will resume at noon EET with 2:11 remaining on the clock with blinds at 10,000/20,000 with a big blind ante of 20,000 before moving up to 12,000/24,000 with a big blind ante of 24,000. Be sure to tune into PokerNews to the action unfold for tomorrow's final day of the Coolbet Open Main Event.

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  • Helppi has almost $8 million in live tournament earnings already.

  • The second Coolbet Open of 2019 set a new attendance record of 686 entrants.

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