2021 World Series of Poker 2021 MSPT Venetian
2010 EPT Berlin Main Event

Tahkokallio Does the Fair Thing

A large hand was in progress when chaos broke out in the tournament room and everyone fled. Ilari Tahkokallio (we have recently discovers he goes by Ilari, not Iikka) raised to 70,000 under the gun, and Luca Cainelli moved all in from the big blind. It was another 503,000 for Tahkokallio to make the call, and he did. Cainelli was at risk with {A-Spades} {Q-Diamonds} and in good shape to double through Tahkokallio's {A-Diamonds} {10-Hearts}.

The flop was a safe {K-Clubs} {8-Spades} {3-Clubs} and the turn was a harmless {4-?}. Then all of a sudden there was shouting and a wall of people running away from the tournament room entrance toward (and on top of) the main event tables. In the scramble, tables were overturned and chip stacks knocked over, but somehow the board and the players' hands remained on the table.

Once the players returned to the table to sort out their stacks, Thomas Kremser, the tournament director, told Ilari Tahkokallio and Luca Cainelli that if either of them did not want to carry on with the hand, then they would chop up the pot and move on to the next hand. In good shape to double up, of course Cainelli said that he'd like to play out the hand. Tahkokallio stands to lose almost 600,000 chips in the hand and has only three outs with one card to come. But rather than call it a wash and take back his chips, Tahkokallio said that he'd made the call and it was only fair to see the river. We'll let you know what happens when action resumes. If karma exists, Tahkokallio deserves some run good tonight.