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2018 Cash Game Festival Tallinn II
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2018 Cash Game Festival Tallinn II
Day 5 Completed

Jõgioja Makes it Rain! Wins the Cash Game Festival Tallinn Trophy

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Rain Jõgioja
Rain Jõgioja

The Cash Game Festival Tallinn at Olympic Park Casino ended the festival's 2018 season in style with plenty of action both on and away from the tables.

The Cash Game Festival hosted televised feature tables twice per day, commentated on by Cash Game Festival's new host Christin Mäemets. As is always the case in the 24-event history of the Cash Game Festival, there were also plenty of guests joining the booth.

Estonia's Rain Jõgioja, who has been to many Cash Game Festivals in his home country but never abroad, now has a very good reason to travel to the next Cash Game Festival at Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford City on Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, 2019 thanks to winning the Cash Game Festival Tallinn trophy. Along with the trophy, Jõgioja also won a package valued at €1,000 to London.

Jõgioja earned the trophy by winning the most big blinds out of any of the players on the 10 official feature tables. He booked a big win of €1,845 (922.5 big blinds) on Day 1's €2/€2 pot-limit Omaha feature table and never looked back. The Estonian also won much more than this on the side tables running throughout the festival.

After his big Day 1 win, Jogioja credited both luck and timing for his big win.

"I got a bit lucky early on, especially with garbage hands," shared Jogioga to PokerNews. "Then I won a huge hand calling off a bluff by Franke (Cash Game Festival Co-Founder Martin von Zweigbergk) to put myself in a good position to be the biggest winner at the table."

Barry McGleenon
Barry McGleenon

While Jogioja booked the biggest win in terms of big blinds, it was Barry McGleenon who won the most in terms of money during a single feature table after winning €3,605 (721 big blinds) on Day 4's €5/€5 pot-limit Omaha feature table.

McGleenon has been to a bunch of Cash Game Festivals in the past along with two-time Cash Game Festival trophy winner Kevin Malone but is usually in attendance for the vibe and partying and played very little poker. That all changed this festival for McGleenon and it all came down to switching from alcohol to water.

"You look surprised that I was the biggest winner," McGleenon said to PokerNews with a big smile. "See what water can do?"

Also noteworthy was Michelangelo Scalcione working his way to two big wins at the feature tables at his very first Cash Game Festival.

A handful of qualifiers from 32Red Poker also managed their way to big wins at feature tables including Christian Bauer and Stephen Groom. Meanwhile, Oliver Florea, Rikard Relander, Anton Dzhelali, Jens Henrik Riis, and Fraser MacIntyre also won their feature tables.

Cash Game Festival Tallinn Feature Table Winners

DayPlayerGameProfitBig Blinds Won
Day 1Oliver Florea€1/€1 NLHE€204204.0
Day 1Rain Jõgioja€2/€2 PLO€1,845922.5
Day 2Rikard Relander€1/€1 NLHE€756756.0
Day 2Anton Dzhelali€2/€2 PLO€359179.5
Day 3Jens Henrik Riis€2/€2 Mixed Games€573286.5*
Day 3Michelangelo Scalcione€2/€2 NLHE€348174.0
Day 3Christian Braeuer€2/€2 PLO€1,256628.0
Day 4Barry McGleenon€5/€5 PLO€3,605721.0
Day 4Michelangelo Scalcione€5/€5 NLHE€47595.0
Day 5Stephen Groom€2/€2 NLHE€576288.0
Day 5Fraser MacIntyre€2/€2 PLO€1,240620.0

* Designates unofficial feature table.

Jõgioja joined an exclusive Cash Game Festival club that has awarded a total of 10 trophies. Von Zweigbergk, Malone, and Norwegian poker pro Jon Kyte have all won the trophy twice while Heiti Riisberg, Gang Wang, and Unibet Poker Ambassador David Lappin have each won the trophy once.

Cash Game Festival Trophy Winners

FestivalDateWinnerGameAmount WonBig Blinds Won
CGF LondonSept. 20-24, 2017Jon Kyte£2/£5 NLHE£4,265853.0
CGF DublinOct. 11-15, 2017Kevin Malone€1/€2 PLO€1,735867.5
CGF TallinnNov. 15-19, 2017Heiti Riisberg€1/€2 NLHE€3,3641,682.0
CGF LondonJan. 3-7, 2018Gang Wang£5/£5 PLO£9,0641,812.8
CGF BratislavaApril 4-8, 2018Martin von Zweigbergk€1/€2 PLO€1,563781.5
CGF TallinnApril 25-29, 2018Jon Kyte€2/€2 PLO8€2,6981,349.0
CGF LondonJuly 11-15, 2018Martin von Zweigbergk£2/£2 PLO£1,500750.0
CGF BulgariaAug. 8-12, 2018Kevin Malone€2/€2 PLO€1,620810.0
CGF BratislavaSept. 19-23David Lappin€5/€5 PLO€4,162832.8
CGF TallinnNov. 21-25Rain Jõgioja€2/€2 PLO€1,845922.5

The action was equally exciting away from the tables, especially for those with the hospitality package compliments to those who won a package at a previous festival or through the festival's partners 32Red Poker, Unibet Poker, betsafe Poker, and Olybet Poker.

Organized activities including welcome drinks, pole dancing, a pub trip, a players' party, a VIP dinner, a city tour, and beer tasting. In addition, Olympic Casino provided top-notch service by award-winning staff for players each evening.

Don't Miss London

If you were unable to make it out to Tallinn, rest assured you will not have to wait too long to enjoy the next festival.

On Jan. 30 to Feb. 3, the Cash Game Festival heads back British capital of London at Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford City for another five days of nonstop cash game action. This marks the seventh-time the festival will be visiting festival London and the poker action always attracts many players from around the globe.

As usual, the PokerNews live reporting team will be on hand to report on all the events both on and away from the tables.

Cash Game Festival Tallinn Group Photo
Cash Game Festival Tallinn Group Photo

Photos courtesy of Natalie Black/Cash Game Festival.

Tags: Barry McGleenonChristian BraeuerChristin MäemetsDavid LappinFraser MacIntyreGang WangHeiti RiisbergJens Henrik RiisJon KyteKevin MaloneMartin von ZweigbergkMichelangelo ScalcioneOliver FloreaRain JõgiojaRikard Relander

MacIntyre Dazzles the Final Feature Table

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Fraser MacIntyre
Fraser MacIntyre

Scotish poker hero Fraser MacIntyre made his first Cash Game Festival appearance and didn't disappoint his fans. He was the biggest winner at the final feature table after winning €1,240 in profit or 620 big blinds in €2/€2 pot-limit Omaha.

Two-time Cash Game Festival trophy winner Kevin Malone also notched a four-figure win with €1,044 in profit.

Stay tuned for the recap of the Cash Game Festival Tallinn.

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Fraser MacIntyre Headlining the Final Feature Table of CGF Tallinn

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Fraser MacIntyre
Fraser MacIntyre

The final feature table of the Cash Game Festival has just begun and it appears to be an action line-up.

Making his first Cash Game Festival appearance is Scotland's Fraser MacIntyre in Seat 7. MacIntyre is not only well-known as someone in the industry but as a fierce poker player as well.

Two 32Red Poker qualifiers are in action including Stephen Groom (Seat 3) and Christian Braeuer (Seat 4). Both Groom and Braeuer have notched feature table wins this festival. Barry McGleenon (Seat 1) has also been the big winner at a feature table this festival.

Two-time Cash Game Festival Trophy winner Kevin Malone (Seat 5) and Cash Game Festival veteran Peter La Terra (Seat 8) are also in the line-up as are Anton Dzhelali (Seat 2) and Andrea DiGiovanni (Seat 6).

You can follow the action by clicking on the Live Stream tab in our coverage or by heading to the Cash Game Festival Twitch channel. PokerNews' Jason Glatzer will be joining Christin Maemets in the commentary booth for analysis and banter during most of the final stream.

Stephen Groom Books Himself a T.V. Table Win

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Stephen Groom
Stephen Groom

The first feature table has just ended and it was 32Red Poker qualifier Stephen Groom coming out with the most profit.

Groom won €576 or 288 big blinds at the €2/€2 no-limit hold'em feature table.

Coming up soon is the final feature table of the day with Fraser MacIntyre and others battling it out in €2/€2 pot-limit Omaha.

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A Look Back at Cash Game Festival Trophy Winners

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Rain Jõgioja is currently in the lead for the Cash Game Festival Tallinn trophy awarded to the player that wins the most big blinds out of any of the 10 televised feature tables after winning €1,845 (922.5 big blinds) on Day 1's €2/€2 pot-limit Omaha feature table. Whether someone passes him or not is anyone's guess.

Here is a look how the prior Cash Game Festival trophy winners performed in previous festivals.

Cash Game Festival Trophy Winners

FestivalDateWinnerGameAmount WonBig Blinds Won
CGF LondonSept. 20-24, 2017Jon Kyte£2/£5 NLHE£4,265853.0
CGF DublinOct. 11-15, 2017Kevin Malone€1/€2 PLO€1,735867.5
CGF TallinnNov. 15-19, 2017Heiti Riisberg€1/€2 NLHE€3,3641,682.0
CGF LondonJan. 3-7, 2018Gang Wang£5/£5 PLO£9,0641,812.8
CGF BratislavaApril 4-8, 2018Martin von Zweigbergk€1/€2 PLO€1,563781.5
CGF TallinnApril 25-29, 2018Jon Kyte€2/€2 PLO8€2,6981,349.0
CGF LondonJuly 11-15, 2018Martin von Zweigbergk£2/£2 PLO£1,500750.0
CGF BulgariaAug. 8-12, 2018Kevin Malone€2/€2 PLO€1,620810.0
CGF BratislavaSept. 19-23David Lappin€5/€5 PLO€4,162832.8

Will Rain Jõgioja Win the CGF Tallinn Trophy?

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Rain Jogioja
Rain Jogioja

Rain Jõgioja is in the lead heading into the final day of the Cash Game Festival Tallinn for the trophy awarded to the player that wins the most big blinds on any of the 10 televised feature tables.

The €1,845 (922.5 big blinds) he won on Day 1's €2/€2 PLO is certainly impressive but is it enough to win the trophy with two tables remaining? Stay tuned to the action to find out.

Meanwhile, here is a look at who the biggest winners were at all of the feature tables this festival thus far.

DayPlayerGameProfitBig Blinds Won
Day 1Oliver Florea€1/€1 NLHE€204204.0
Day 1Rain Jõgioja€2/€2 PLO€1,845922.5
Day 2Rikard Relander€1/€1 NLHE€756756.0
Day 2Anton Dzehelali€2/€2 PLO€359179.5
Day 3Jens Henrik Riis€2/€2 Mixed Games€573286.5*
Day 3Michelangelo Scalcione€2/€2 NLHE€348174.0
Day 3Christian Bauer€2/€2 PLO€1,256628.0
Day 4Barry McGleenon€5/€5 PLO€3,605721.0
Day 4Michelangelo Scalcione€5/€5 NLHE€47595.0
Day 5?€2/€2 NLHE??
Day 5?€2/€2 PLO??

* Designates unofficial feature table.

Tags: Rain Jõgioja

Feature Table Action Begins

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Stephen Groom
Stephen Groom

The first feature table of Day 5 has just begun with stakes at €2/€2 no-limit hold'em.

The line-up features two 32Red Poker qualifiers Francis "Wally" McCormack (Seat 2) and Stephen Groom (Seat 7).

Michelangelo Scalcione is out to try to win his third feature table in Seat 7 while his friend Andrea DiGiovanni, who already won a Cash Game Festival London package in a random drawing on Day 2, is also on the table in Seat 3.

Rounding off the table is Richard Rottelback (Seat 1), [Removed:111] (Seat 4), Viacheslav Kovalev (Seat 5), and betsafe poker player Kaspar Valk (Seat 8).

You can check out the action by clicking on the Live Streaming tab in our coverage or by heading to the Cash Game Festival Twitch channel.