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Main Event

Level Info

Level 29
Blinds 50,000 / 100,000
Ante 50,000
Main Event
Day 4 Completed

Vitalijs Zavorotnijs Wins the 2019 OlyBet Kings of Tallinn Main Event (€85,300)

Jaxon • Level 29: 50,000-100,000, 50,000 ante
Vitalijs Zavorotnijs
Vitalijs Zavorotnijs

Latvia's Vitalijs Zavorotnijs outlasted a field of 375 entrants to win the 2019 OlyBet Kings of Tallinn €1,100 Main Event for €85,300 ($96,618).

This was easily the biggest live tournament cash for Zavorotnijs who now has more than $300,000 in live tournament cashes according to the Hendon Mob. It was a zero to hero story for Zavorotnijs, who was on the final table bubble on Day 3 with just three big blinds before doubling up to enter the final day with just six big blinds.

The Main Event was by far the biggest in the festival's five year history with the 375 entrants and €356,250 prize pool decimating the last year's record of 268 entrants and €254,600 prize pool when Juha Helppi won for €62,000.

The festival was also a huge success outside the Main Event with more than €1,000,000 in total prizes awarded.

2019 Kings of Tallinn Main Event Final Table Results

PlaceWinnerCountryPrizePrize (USD)
1Vitalijs ZavorotnijsLatvia€85,300$96,618
2Jari SaviahoFinland€57,300$64,903
3Jussi MattilaFinland€36,900$41,796
4Luca SebastianiItaly€27,600$31,262
5Vladimir BednarSlovakia€21,150$23,956
6Bahadir HatipogluTurkey€15,200$17,217
7Andrei VolodtsenkovEstonia€11,600$13,139
8Kaupo TennoEstonia€8,460$9,583

Final table action

The final table began with Finland's Jari Saviaho in the lead and fellow Finn Jussi Mattila and Italy's Luca Sebastiani close on his tail. There was a big gap between this trio and the rest of the field with Zavorotnijs having the biggest hurdle to overcome in last place with just six big blinds to start the day.

Jari Saviaho
Jari Saviaho

The first four final table eliminations took place at a fast and furious pace starting with the two local Estonians left in the field. First to go was Kaupo Tenno in eighth place for €8,460 ($9,583). He got it all-in on a nine-high flop with queen-nine and ran into the pocket tens held by Turkey's Bahadir Hatipoglu.

Next to hit the rail was Andrei Volodtsenkov in seventh place for €11,600 ($13,139). He three-bet jammed from the big blind with ace-five suited and didn't get there against the pocket tens held by Saviaho in the small blind. Volodtsenkov ended an amazing run which started by winning a freeroll satellite at OlyBet Poker and working his way up the satellite ladder until he won a seat in the Main Event.

Saviaho then went on to extend his chip lead even further. He flopped trips with ace-five suited and got three-bet jammed on by Hatipoglu with pocket nines. Hatipaglu hit the rail in sixth place for €15,200 ($17,217) after he wasn't able to get any help from the rest of the board.

Zavorotnijs, who already managed a handful of double-ups by this point was responsible for the elimination of Slovakia's Vladimir Bednar, who was short on chips. Bednar collected the fifth-place prize of €21,150 ($23,956). Zavorotnijs shoved from the small blind with ace-four and Bednar didn't get any love from the board after calling with jack-nine suited from the big blind.

The action slowed down a bit four-handed. Saviaho was able to take advantage of some small ball to build his big stack up even bigger and had more than half the chips in play.

He extended his chip lead even more after he eliminated Sebastiani in fourth place for €27,600 ($31,262). Sebastiani four-bet jammed with king-seven suited and hit the rail after he wasn't able to overcome Saviaho's ace-nine suited.

Not too long later, Zavorotnijs went on a big run. He narrowed the chip gap after picking off a bluff from Saviaho and then forged ahead to take the lead for the first time. Zavorotnijs wasn't through there as he managed to get through a bluff of his own and eventually almost triple the chips of his two opponents combined.

During this time, Mattila's chip stack dwindled. Mattila then jammed for seven big blinds with pocket-jacks and was eliminated in third place for €36,900 ($41,796) after he wasn't able to hold against Saviaho's queen-seven suited.

Jari Saviaho and Vitalijs Zavorotnijs
Jari Saviaho and Vitalijs Zavorotnijs

Zavortinijs entered heads-up play with an almost 3:1 chip advantage. He was able to extend it a little bit more before the final hand took place when he jammed the button with queen-jack and won a crucial flip against Saviaho's pocket fives after he called. Saviaho obviously didn't walk away empty-handed as he took home a huge runner-up prize of €57,300 ($64,903).

This concludes the PokerNews Live Reporting of the 2018 OlyBet Kings of Tallinn Main Event. Stay tuned as we bring you coverage of big events from around the world.

Kings of Tallinn Final Table
Kings of Tallinn Final Table

*Images courtesy of Rene Velli/Kings of Tallinn.

Tags: Andrei VolodtsenkovBahadir HatipogluJari SaviahoJuha HelppiJussi MattilaKaupo TennoKings of TallinnLuca SebastianiVitalijs ZavorotnijsVladimir Bednar

Javi Saviaho Eliminated in 2nd Place (€57,300)

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Jari Saviaho
Jari Saviaho

The Main Event is in the books. Vitalijs Zavorotnijs jammed the button for 8.9 million with {q-Spades}{j-Hearts} and got a snap-call from Jari Saviaho from the big blind who had 2.3 million behind with {5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}.

It was a coin flip before the flop but that quickly changed once a jack paired up Zavorotnijs on the {8-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} flop. The {3-Spades} on the turn on the {k-Diamonds} on the river were of no help to Saviaho and he collected a massive runner-up prize of €57,300.

Zavorotnijs went from almost zero to hero, starting the day with just six big blinds and running it up to winning the trophy and the top prize of €85,300.

Stay tuned for the final recap of the 2019 OlyBet Kings of Tallinn €1,100 Main Event.

Vitalijs Zavorotnijs lv 11,200,000 2,300,000
Jari Saviaho Busted

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Jussi Mattila Eliminated in 3rd Place (€36,900)

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Jussi Mattila
Jussi Mattila

Jussi Mattila's run in the Main Event has just ended with a third-place finish worth €36,900. He jammed seven big blinds with {j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} and was called by Jari Saviaho with {q-Hearts}{7-Hearts}.

The {9-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{k-Hearts} flop was safe for Mattila as was the {k-Diamonds} on the turn. However, the {q-Diamonds} spiked the river to pair up his opponent and he was eliminated in third place for €36,900.

Vitalijs Zavorotnijs enters heads-up play with an almost 3:1 chip advantage Both players are guaranteed €57,300 with the winner slated to walk home with a massive top prize of €85,300.

There is a small break in play before the action will resume.

Vitalijs Zavorotnijs lv 8,300,000 400,000
Jari Saviaho 3,000,000 600,000
Jussi Mattila fi Busted

Tags: Jari SaviahoJussi MattilaVitalijs Zavorotnijs

Mattila Doubles

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Jussi Mattila
Jussi Mattila

Jari Saviaho raised to 250,000 with {k-Hearts}{8-Hearts} from the button. Jussi Mattila who was down to less than five big blinds jammed with {a-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} from the big blind and got a call from his opponent.

Mattila temporarily got out of his seat even with him pairing the {4-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{a-Spades} flop. He sat back down after he saw he would double when the {3-Spades} came on the turn. The {9-Diamonds} completed the board and Mattila doubled up to 10 big blinds.

Jari Saviaho 2,400,000 -300,000
Jussi Mattila fi 1,000,000 300,000

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Zavorotnijs Picks Off a Bluff with Queen High

Jaxon • Level 29: 50,000-100,000, 50,000 ante
Vitalijs Zavorotnjs
Vitalijs Zavorotnjs

Vitalijs Zavorotnijs opened from the button to 210,000 with {q-Clubs}{2-Clubs} and got a call from Jari Saviaho with {9-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}.

Saviaho check-called a bet of 180,000 after the {j-Spades}{4-Spades}{10-Hearts} came on the flop. Both players checked after the {6-Hearts} came on the turn.

Saviaho tried to bluff the pot with a bet of 350,000 after the {6-Diamonds} completed the board on the river. Zavortonijs tanked for a minute before making the correct call with just queen-high.

After the hand, Zavorotnijs had an almost 3:1 chip advantage over his nearest competitor Saviaho.

Vitalijs Zavorotnijs lv 7,900,000 1,300,000
Jari Saviaho 2,700,000 -400,000
Jussi Mattila fi 700,000 -970,000

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Bluff on Bluff

Jaxon • Level 29: 50,000-100,000, 50,000 ante
Jari Saviaho
Jari Saviaho

An interesting hand just took place where both players were playing chicken.

Vitalijs Zavorotnijs opened from the button to 210,000 with {j-Clubs}{4-Clubs} and got a call from Jari Saviaho from the big blind with {9-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}.

Saviaho checked the {7-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{5-Spades} flop before Zavorotnijs bet 180,000. Saviaho raised to 450,000 and got a call.

Saviaho bet against, this time for 650,000 after the {8-Hearts} came on the turn. Zavorotnijs paused for a minute before raising to 1,800,000. Saviaho quickly folded and Zavorotnijs extended his chip lead.

Vitalijs Zavorotnijs lv 6,600,000 1,400,000
Jari Saviaho 3,100,000 -1,400,000

Tags: Jari SaviahoVitalijs Zavorotnijs