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The Final Table of EPT Tallinn Is Cast in Stone

[user169505] • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Ronny Kaiser is still our chip leader
Ronny Kaiser is still our chip leader

Day four of the European Poker Tour Tallinn has come to a close and the chip leader is still Swiss pro Ronny Kaiser with 2,394,000 chips.

When the day started, eight hours ago, there were 24 players remaining from the original starting field of 282. The chip leader, Ronny Kaiser, started the day in exactly the same manner as he ended day three - by sucking out on opponents with huge stacks. His victim this time was Michael Graydon and the price was half a million chips and a 24th place finish for Graydon after his pocket kings were cracked by Kaiser's ace-king when he turned a straight on a {2-Diamonds} {q-Hearts} {10-Clubs} {j-Diamonds} {10-Hearts} board. That pushed Kaiser up to around 1,800,000 in chips and put almost one million between him and second place Grzegorz Cichocki.

The seat draw had rather uncannily matched Kaiser and Cichocki together and they clashed a lot in the early levels with Kaiser winning the majority of the pots. Before you knew it Kaiser was up over 2,000,000 and EPT Tallinn was starting to feel like a one horse race. But as we all know poker is a topsy-turvy ride and Grzegorz Cichocki kept his composure eventually finishing a hairs breadth away from Kaiser with 2,059,000 chips.

Here is the final chip counts and seat draw for the final table, which starts at 12.00 Estonian time.

Table 11Grzegorz Cichocki2,059,000
 2Raigo Aasmaa904,000
 3Jani Sointula769,000
 4Stuart Fox514,000
 5Arvi Vainionkulma258,000
 6Sami Kelopuro1,325,000
 7Erlend Melsom326,000
 8Ronny Kaiser2,394,000

Johan van Til Eliminated in 9th Place (€17,500)

[user169505] • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Johan van Til - final table bubble boy
Johan van Til - final table bubble boy

Sami Kelopuro opened up the action with a raise from the cut-off for 45,000 and Johan Van Til defended his big blind. The flop was {k-Hearts} {10-Clubs} {10-Spades} and Van Till open shoved for 83,000 and Kelopuro made the call.

Kelopuro{k-Spades} {8-Spades}
Van Til{2-Clubs} {2-Hearts}

Van Til was in trouble and he was finally eliminated after the board ran out with a {9-Clubs} and {4-Spades} on the turn and river.

That left us with the final eight players who would form our final table.

Tags: Johan van TilSami Kelopuro

Cichocki Hits Trips

YorkshirePud • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Poland's Grzegorz Cichocki has passed the two million chip mark after winning a massive pot at the expense of Arvi Vainionkulma.

Cichocki raised to 40,000 in middle position and when the action folded around to Vainionkulma on the button he three-bet to 105,000. Cichocki quickly called and it was heads up to the {a-Clubs}{6-Spades}{8-Clubs} flop. Both players checked the flop and the dealer put out the {a-Hearts} on the turn. Cichocki bet 130,000 and after a brief pause, Vainionkulma made the call.

The river was the {6-Clubs} and the Pole fired again, doubling his bet from the previous round, making it 260,000 to call. Vainionkulma did make the call but mucked when he saw the {A-Spades}{Q-Spades} of his opponent.

Tags: Grzegorz CichockiAvri Vainionkulma

Kaiser Still King

YorkshirePud • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Ronny Kaiser has just won another pot and to extend his chip lead over the rest of the field. He started off by raising to 40,000 under the gun and found callers in the shape of Stuart Fxx on the button and Sami Kelopuro in the big blind.

The {10-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds} flop was met with a check from Kelopuro, a continuation bet of 62,000 from Kaiser and two folds from his opponents.

Tags: Ronny KaiserSami KelopuroStuart Fox

Fox Moves All In

YorkshirePud • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Sami Kelopuro opened to 45,000 from under the gun and everyone folded to the lone British player in this event, Stuart Fox on the bubble. Fox checked out the size of Kelopuro's stack and announced he was all in for 532,000 in total. This did the trick as both blinds folded and Kelopuro followed suit.

Tags: Stuart FoxSami Kelopuro

Break Time

YorkshirePud • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

The players have just gone on a 15-minute break, which should be the last one of the day as we only need to lose one more player before we pack up and head out of the casino.

Arvi Vainionkulma Wins Some Much Needed Change

[user169505] • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Arvi Vainionkulma had already won the blinds and antes with an uncontested raise when he again raised to 32,000 from middle position. Johan van Til tank-folded in the small blind before Grzegorz Cichocki called in the big blind.

Flop: {q-Spades} {j-Hearts} {3-Spades}

Both players checked.

Turn: {7-Spades}

Cichocki checked to Vainionkulma who bet 34,000 and Cichocki folded.

Tags: Grzegorz CichockiArvi Vainionkulma

Van Til in danger

MarcC • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Johan van Til is in the danger zone now after he hit flush-under-flush against chip leader, Ronny Kaiser.

The Dutchman raised to 32,000 from UTG and Kaiser peeled to see a {8-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} flop. Both players checked before Kaiser led for 44,000 on the {9-Clubs} turn. Call. The river came {2-Clubs} and Kaiser led for 69,000. Van Til called and was shown {a-Clubs}{4-Clubs} for the nuts by Kaiser.

Van Til flashed the {q-Clubs} before assessing the damage to his stack which sits at 176,000 or 11 big blinds.

Tags: Johan van TilRonny Kaiser

Cichocki Chips Up

YorkshirePud • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Play has slowed down a little now the nine remaining players have been seated together on the unofficial final table and Poland's Grzegorz Cichocki has tried to take advantage of that but playing aggressively.

In a recent hand he opened to 32,000 from middle position and both blinds called him. The flop came down {j-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} and Arvi Vainionkulma checked in the small blind, Sami Kelopuro checked in the big blind and Cichocki made a continuation bet of 48,000. Vainionkulma called but Kelopuro folded.

The turn brought the {2-Clubs} into play and Vainionkulma checked for a second time. Cichocki did not slow down and made it 130,000 to play and Vainionkulma relinquished his hand.

Tags: Arvi VainionkulmaGrzegorz CichockiSami Kelopuro

Revised Seat Draw

[user169505] • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Ronny Kaiser is still our chip leader with nine left
Ronny Kaiser is still our chip leader with nine left

We are down to nine players and once more bites the dust we will have our final table and day four will come to an end.

Table 11Johan van Til300,000
 2Grzegorz Cichocki1,500,000
 3Raigo Aasmaa950,000
 4Jani Sointula890,000
 5Stuart Fox550,000
 6Arvi Vainionkulma785,000
 7Sami Kelopuro1,395,000
 8Erlend Melsom320,000
 9Ronnie Kaiser1,850.000