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€550 Main Event
€550 Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Karlsson Leads Final 24 in the Record Breaking Coolbet Open Main Event; Helppi in Second

Jaxon • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante
Johan Karlsson
Johan Karlsson

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 Oct. 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 tomorrow's 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 still in the mix is 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

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

Day 2 Recap

The day began with 226 players qualifying from the two opening flights and the 62 entrants that entered the action during the first blind level of the day when late registration was closed. Some found success by entering today including Enri Orav (38th place - €1,620) and the last woman standing in the Main Event Fiona Sand (33rd - €1,620).

Eliminations were taking place at a fast and furious pace but slowed down when the money bubble was approaching. There were quick three eliminations to burst the bubble before hand for hand could take place when there were 82 players remaining and 80 guaranteed at least a min-cash of €1,085. Jaanus Veste and Even Evensen split a min-cash between the two to become the first players to cash.

Originally the action was scheduled to be 11 blind levels but that was changed midway through the day to play until 24 players were remaining.

Stories Developing

There are many stories to follow including whether Mathias Siljander can win back to back titles, whether Juha Helppi can win another title in Tallinn, if Tomas Sujeta win two big tournaments in a month, and many more.

The action will resume tomorrow 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.

Tags: Eirik LodoenEnri OravEven EvensenFiona SandJohan KarlssonJuha HelppiMathias SiljanderOtt Karli ToomeTomas Sujeta

Final Day 2 Chip Counts (full)

Jaxon • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante
Johan Karlsson se 2,099,000 1,569,000
Juha Helppi fi 1,720,000 1,140,000
Ott Kaarli Toome EE 1,600,000 1,180,000
Tonis Viik ee 1,470,000 1,279,700
Eirik Lodoen NO 1,460,000 60,000
Jari Lahtinen fi 1,405,000 1,295,100
Tomas Sujeta lt 1,297,000 1,231,800
Vegard Melgalvis NO 1,225,000 1,225,000
Mikko Ylämäki FI 857,000 857,000
Pyry Kekalainen FI 814,000 464,000
Hassein Semnami NO 785,000 785,000
Roope Tarmi fi 742,000 412,000
Mathias Siljander fi 593,000 -1,007,000
Steven Iglesias no 593,000 3,000
Stig Rune Bjornli NO 567,000 567,000
Kim Ofverström FI 477,000 477,000
Olli Ikonen fi 466,000 -184,000
Silver Simulask ee 430,000 91,000
Matti Jokinen FI 417,000 388,500
Bjorn Fiske no 366,000 366,000
Aleksandr Arutjunov ee 360,000 246,000
Jussi Mattila fi 240,000 25,000
Kevin Pold EE 230,000 -255,000
Klaus Witte NO 214,000 -186,000

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Players Bagging Chips

Jaxon • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante

There are 24 players remaining in the Main Event. Players are now bagging chips. The unofficial chip leader is Johan Karlsson with nearly 2.1 million in chips. We will have final chip counts shortly followed by a recap.

The action will resume tomorrow with 2:11 left on the clock with blinds at 10,000/20,000 ante a big blind ante of 20,000.

Quad Eights Eliminate Two Players

Jaxon • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante

Afshin Alikhani open jammed from middle position for about six big blinds and Mikko Ylamaki called from one seat over. The action folded around to Lars Peter Hesthol in the big blind who three-bet jammed for about 250,000.

"I have to call," said Ylamaki and he did.

Afshin Alikhani: {a-Spades}{9-Diamonds}
Lars Peter Hesthol: {k-Diamonds}{k-Spades}
Mikko Ylamaki: {8-Spades}{8-Diamonds}

"Aces are live!" shouted Alikhani.

They weren't for long as Ylamaki nailed quads on the {6-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{8-Clubs} flop. Both of Ylamaki's opponents were eliminated after the {7-Hearts} came on the turn followed by the {4-Hearts} on the river.

Mikko Ylämäki FI 770,000 690,500
Afshin Alikhani no Busted
Lars Peter Hesthol Busted

Ladies Don't Hold for Lasanen

Jaxon • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante

Matti Lasanen was short on chips and got them in good with {q-}{q-} against the {a-}{5-} held by Matti Lasanen. An ace hit the board and Lasanen was eliminated in 33rd place.

Sten Talviste ee 500,000 395,400
Matti Lasanen FI Busted

Wagner Eliminated

Jaxon • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante

Henry Wagner jammed {3-}{3-} into the {8-}{8-} of Olli Ikonen. The board ran out all blaks and Wagner was eliminated in 37th place.

Olli Ikonen fi 650,000 250,000
Henri Wagner FI Busted