Main Event

Day 3 Completed: Kaiser Is The Chief

YorkshirePud • Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante
Ronny Kaiser: The man to catch tomorrow
Ronny Kaiser: The man to catch tomorrow

Day 3 of the EPT Tallinn Main Event has come to an end after the 63 players who started the day with high hopes were whittled down to just 24. When they return to their seats tomorrow at 1200 noon, the man they all have to catch is Ronny Kaiser who was the only player to break through the 1,000,000 chip barrier, ending the day with a very impressive 1,194,000 chips.

The young Swiss pro started the day with 269,600 chips and continually added to this throughout proceedings but it was not until right near the death that he won a monster pot to propel him well into the lead. In the hand he raised to 12,000 from the cutoff (blinds 3,000/6,000/500a) and was called by Jani Sointula. Liutauras Armanavicius then three-bet to 43,000 from the button only to see Kaiser come over the top and four-bet to 112,000. Sointula folded but Armanavicius moved all in for around 300,000 and Kaiser called.


Kaiser was in a whole world of pain and looked set to lose the vast majority of his chips and this scenario looked ever more likely when the flop came down {8-Clubs}{10-Spades}{8-Hearts}. The {9-Hearts} on the turn gave him some extra outs to a straight and one of them appeared on the river, the {q-Hearts} to improve Kaiser to an unlikely straight and the monster pot was his.

Kaiser's nearest rival is Poland's Grzegorz Cichocki who will start Day 4 with 867,000 chips, most of which he won from Nikolas Liakos, the chipleader on Day 2. The Swede had a horrendous day at the felt and busted out way before the money.

Making up the top five in chips is Jani Sointula (640,000), Johan van Til )598,000) and Sami Kelopuro (575,000). Although there are no longer any Team PokerStars Pros in the field or any former European Poker Tour champions, there are still three PokerStars Qualifiers in with a chance of glory. They are Michael Graydon (455,000), Stuart Fox (115,000) and Oleg Epp (111,000). Add to these the likes of Jeff Sarwer and Praz Bansi and we could be in for a real star-studded final table over the weekend.

As mentioned the last 24 players of the Main Event will return to their seats tomorrow at noon and will continue playing until only the final table of eight remain. Until we restart, the PokerNews live reporting team are going to represent the company at the free PokerStars party, well someone has to! Until tomorrow, it is good night from us.

Official End of Day 3 Chip Counts


Here are the official chip counts at the end of Day 3

Ronny Kaiser ch
Ronny Kaiser
ch 1,194,000 94,000
Grzegorz Cichocki pl
Grzegorz Cichocki
pl 867,000 42,000
Jani Sointula fi
Jani Sointula
fi 640,000 -10,000
Johan van Til nl
Johan van Til
nl 598,000 203,000
Sami Kelopuro fi
Sami Kelopuro
fi 575,000 45,000
Vojtech Ruzicka cz
Vojtech Ruzicka
cz 518,500 218,500
Andrey Subbotin ru
Andrey Subbotin
ru 480,500 175,500
Michael Graydon ie
Michael Graydon
ie 455,000 20,000
Lauri Meidla ee
Lauri Meidla
ee 402,000 172,000
Rolands Norietis lv
Rolands Norietis
lv 362,500 77,500
Lari Sihvo
Lari Sihvo
330,000 -423,000
Konstantinov Aleksandr Valerevish
Konstantinov Aleksandr Valerevish
320,000 175,000
Erlend Melsom
Erlend Melsom
297,500 37,500
Kjartan Bergur Jonsson
Kjartan Bergur Jonsson
270,000 90,000
Vitaly Grigoryev
Vitaly Grigoryev
179,000 -86,000
Jeff Sarwer fi
Jeff Sarwer
fi 156,500 45,500
Stefan Jedlicka at
Stefan Jedlicka
at 156,000
Raigo Aasmaa ee
Raigo Aasmaa
OlyBet Team Pro
ee 128,000 -67,000
Stuart Fox
Stuart Fox
115,000 45,000
Oleg Epp
Oleg Epp
111,000 6,000
Praz Bansi gb
Praz Bansi
gb 103,500 -54,500
Arvi Vainionkulma fi
Arvi Vainionkulma
fi 102,500 -227,500
Vicenzo Apicella
Vicenzo Apicella
97,000 -68,000
Petri Vuolle
Petri Vuolle
89,500 -55,500

Diamonds are not this girls best friend

MarcC • Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante
Irene Baroni called for no diamond but alas, it came
Irene Baroni called for no diamond but alas, it came

Kjartan Bergur Jonsson has broken many a bloggers' heart after he eliminated Irene Baroni in 25th place to end the day.

He raised to 13,500 and called when Baroni moved all-in for 102,00.

Baroni : {k-Clubs}{8-Clubs}
Jonsson: {3-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}

The board ran {9-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{2-Diamonds} to make Jonsson a four-flush with his {3-Diamonds}.

Tags: Kjartan Bergur JonssonIrene Baroni

Ruzicka Wins After Five-Bet Shove

YorkshirePud • Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

Vojtech Ruzicka just added more than 140,000 chips to his stack after five-bet shoving all in. Johan van Til got the hand underway with a raise to 12,000 from the cutoff. The action then folded to Ruzicka in the small blind and he made it 38,500 to play. Next to act was Andrey Subbotin and he paused briefly before four-betting to 100,500, forcing van Til out of the pot but sending Ruzicka into the tank.

He sat completely still in Seat 1 before announcing, "I'm all in." He then informed Subbotin the bet was for around 480,000 and Subbotin quickly folded.

Tags: Vojtech RuzickaAndrey SubbotinJohan van Til

Two hands in succession showing Jonssons use of the check-raise.

[user169505] • Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

Michael Graydon raised to 15,000 on the button and Kjartan Jonsson called in the big blind. The flop came down {a-Clubs} {10-Diamonds} {j-Hearts} and Jonsson check-raised to the tune of 46,500 and Graydon folded after originally betting 20,000 on the flop.

Jonsson opened for 15,000 in the small blind and Rolands Norietis called in the big blind. Jonsson was dancing away with his head while the dealer gave us a flop of {4-Hearts} {j-Spades} {j-Diamonds} and both players checked. The turn was the {7-Clubs} and Jonsson checked, Norietis bet 17,500 and Jonsson check-raised to 35,000. Norietis made the call and we saw a river of {k-Diamonds}, Jonsson checked and snap-folded to a 42,000 Norietis bet.

Tags: Michael GraydonKjartan JonssonRolands Norietis

Kaiser wins monster pot to claim the claim the lead

MarcC • Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante
The unlucky Liutauras Armanavicius
The unlucky Liutauras Armanavicius

Ronnie Kaiser has just coolered former chip leader, Liutauras Armanavicius, in the biggest pot of the tournament so far.

He raised to 12,000 from the cut-off and was called by Jani Sointula before Armanavicius three-bet to 43,000 from the button. Kaiser came back with a four-bet to 112,000 and he called when Armanavicius shoved for 300,000 or thereabouts. Sointula folded in the mix of all the action.

Kaiser: {j-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}
Armanavicius: {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}

The board ran {8-Clubs}{10-Spades}{8-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{q-Hearts} to make Kaiser a straight to the queen. There were gasps from all those present. Kaiser has nearly 1.1 million chips now and will likely be the end of day chip leader as only more has to go before bagging begins.

Tags: Ronnie KaiserLiutauras Armanavicius

Epp On The Up

YorkshirePud • Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

Oleg Epp has managed to double up through Lauri Meidla over on Table 1. Meidla opened to 16,500 from the hijack seat and Epp three-bet all in for 59,500 in total from the button. Meidla thought for 30 seconds before making the call.

Meidla: {A-Hearts}{10-Clubs}
Epp: {A-Spades}{J-Diamonds}

Neither player improved on the {9-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{9-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{q-Hearts} board but Epp's jack kicker came into play and he now has 120,000 chips.

Tags: Oleg EppLauri Meidla


Break Time

YorkshirePud • Level 17: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

The players are going on a 15-minute break. When they return we will need to lose two players and then Day 3 will be completed.