2020 Kings of Tallinn

€1,100 Main Event
Days: 3
Event Info

2020 Kings of Tallinn

Final Results
Johan Karlsson
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
150,000 / 300,000
Players Info - Day 3
Players Left

€1,100 Main Event

Day 3 Completed

Italy's Renato Messina Leads Final Nine of the Kings of Tallinn Main Event

Level 26 : 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante
Renato Messina
Renato Messina

Italy's Renato Messina ended Day 1a of the 2020 Kings of Tallinn €1,100 Main Event at the Olympic Park Casino and the Hilton Tallinn Park with the chip lead and now has the chip lead when it counts heading into tomorrow final table of nine players with a stack of 4,175,000.

Messina has a chance to score by far his biggest live poker tournament cash with the winner of the Main Event tomorrow slated to receive a huge six-figure haul of €141,800. Messina's biggest cash thus far came a few months ago when he finished in fifth place in the WSOP International Circuit Rotterdam Main Event for €23,332.

Day 3 Action

The penultimate day began with 82 players remaining from the record-breaking field of 674 entrants with 80 guaranteed at least a min-cash of €2,100.

It took a few hands before the first elimination took place when Lithuania's Audrius Navickas hit the rail and close to a full hour before the bubble broke when Estonia's Rain Heeringas had a big blind left in the big blind with nine-five suited and couldn't get there against the ace-ten held by Finland's Samuel Saariaho.

Rain Heeringas
Rain Heeringas bubbles Kings of Tallinn Main Event

Eliminations took place at a fast and furious pace before it slowed down a bit with bigger pay jumps coming along.

Some of the players that cashed in the tournament but failed to advance to the final table included Ilari Sahamies (16th - €4,800), Mathias Siljander (32nd - €3,460), Chris Da Silva (52nd - €2,530), Team OlyBet Pro Raigo Aasmaa (63rd - €2,280), Finnish slots streamer Jari Lahtinen (67th - €2,100), and 2017 Kings of Tallinn Main Event winner Matias Knaapinen (78th - €2,100).

Finland's Kristjan Zitting was in the chip lead a good part of the day and once was approaching 7 million in chips. However, he doubled up Messina in a massive pot of nearly 5 million in chips after his queens were no good against kings.

Zitting is still in good shape heading into tomorrow's action with a second-place stack of 3,405,000, followed by Sweden's Johan Karlsson (third - 3,285,000), Norway's Borge Dypvik (fourth - 2,540,000), and Estonia's Ermo Kosk (fifth - 2,130,000).

Final Table Seat Draw

SeatNameCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Daniel BelovEstonia1,200,00024
2Borge DypvikNorway2,540,00051
3Johan KarlssonSweden3,285,00066
4Renato MessinaItaly4,175,00084
5Kristian ZittingFinland3,405,00064
6Leo PietilaFinland925,00019
7Ermo KoskEstonia2,130,00043
8Johannes ClevenNorway2,000,00040
9Dennis BerglinSweden640,00013

The action resumes Sunday at noon with nearly 21 minutes remaining in Level 26 with blinds at 25,000/50,000 and a big blind ante of 50,000. All returning players will go home with at least a ninth-place payout of €8,600.

We will be covering all the action of the final table on a 30-minute delay and you will also be able to watch with hole cards at PokerNews by clicking on the Live Stream tab that will appear in our coverage when it is live.

Tags: Audrius NavickasBorge DypvikChris Da SilvaErmo KoskIlari SahamiesJari LahtinenJohan KarlssonMathias SiljanderMatias KnaapinenRaigo AasmaaRain HeeringasRenato MessinaSamuel Saariaho

Day Ends

Level 26 : 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante

Day 3 is in the books after Jaakko Hokkanen hit the rails on the TV table in 10th place.

Stay tuned for chip counts, a final table seat draw, and a full recap of Day 3.

Player Chips Progress
Jaakko Hokkanen FI
Jaakko Hokkanen

Zitting Back in the Lead

Level 26 : 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante

Kristian Zitting is back in the lead after once again getting ladies.

Markus Asikainen jammed the button with {k-}{9-} for about 600,000 and was called by Kristian Zitting in the big blind with {q-}{q-}.

Zitting's queens held and he sent Asikainen packing in 11th place.

The day will end after one more elimination.

Player Chips Progress
Markus Asikainen fi
Markus Asikainen

Messina Snags the Lead with Kings

Level 26 : 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante
Renato Messina
Renato Messina

Renato Messina opened to 100,000 from early position. It folded around to Kristian Zitting in the big blind and he three-bet to 400,000.

Messina four-bet jammed for close to 2,400,000 and Zitting snap-called.

Renato Messina: {k-Hearts}{k-Spades}
Kristian Zitting: {q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}

Messina was ahead and all but assured to win the hand after hitting a full house on the {j-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{j-Spades} flop. He officially doubled after the {a-Clubs} came on the turn followed by the {2-Hearts} on the river.

Player Chips Progress
Renato Messina it
Renato Messina
4,900,000 4,505,000
Badge Title
Kristian Zitting fi
Kristian Zitting
4,800,000 -1,200,000

Tags: Kristian ZittingRenato Messina

Level: 26

Blinds: 25,000/50,000

Ante: 50,000

Zitting Eliminates Danka and Holmberg

Level 25 : 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante
Kristian Zitting
Kristian Zitting

Kristian Zitting has been the terminator.

He was all-in more than covering the around 800,000 Michal Danka had behind with about 800,000 in the pot with the {q-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{7-Spades}{q-Spades}{2-Hearts} on the board.

Danka went into the tank before he made the call.

Zitting turned over {a-Spades}{q-Hearts} for trips and outkicked Danka who showed {q-Spades}{j-Diamonds}.

Shortly after, Zitting eliminated Joel Holmberg.

Holmberg was all-in preflop with {j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} for about 10 big blinds against Zitting with {a-Hearts}{q-Clubs}.

It looked good for Holmberg to double after he hit a set on the {j-Spades}{10-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} flop. The {7-Spades} on the turn was a safe card for Holmberg but Zitting hit a broadway straight after the {k-Clubs} completed the board on the river.

Player Chips Progress
Kristian Zitting fi
Kristian Zitting
6,000,000 2,600,000
Michal Danka se
Michal Danka
Joel Holmberg fi
Joel Holmberg

Tags: Joel HolmbergKristian ZittingMichal Danka