Baltic Festival: Karmazinas still ahead for final day

ps_news_thn.jpgJust 18 players are left in the PokerStars Baltic Festival out of the 222 who started the €1,400 tournament on Wednesday - and it's still Lithuanian pro Dominykas Karmazinas in the lead, writes Mad Harper.

All those remaining are guaranteed at least 48,618 EEK (approx. €3,109) as they go into the final day, which kicks off at 2pm tomorrow (June 19).

The money bubble burst just before 9pm today when local player and Day 1a chip leader Andry Purk, 22, knocked out 34-year-old Finnish twin Pasi Heinänen with A-9 v K-K. Only minutes later, out went the first player in the money - Finnish pro Matias Knaapinen who came tenth last year but managed only 26th place this year for 38,894 EEK (approx. €2,487).

Lithuanian pro Dominykas Karmazinas, 22, who came third at the recent PokerStars.eu European Poker Tour Grand Final in April for €700,000, kept up the volume AND table domination during Day 2 and goes into Day 3 with 286,900. Estonian PokerStars qualifier and Day 1a chip leader Andry Purk, 22, is currently in second place with 243,700.

Also still a contender for the €80,000 first prize is Swedish Team PokerStars Pro William Thorson, 27, with 96,800. Late in the day, he was rivered out of a pot which could have made him chip leader but is still in good shape.

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William Thorson

Fellow Swede Mathias Hoog, 39, one of 80+ players who won their seat on PokerStars, is also still in the running with 104,000. Hoog has triumphed repeatedly in PokerStars' recent Nordic promotions. Among the prizes he's snagged, in addition to his seat here in Tallinn, was a trip to Monte Carlo during the EPT Grand Final and a five-day trip to the Vancouver Olympics with Team PokerStars SportStar and NHL legend Mats Sundin.

The last surviving female player is internal comms manager Kristiina Illak, 25, from Tallinn, who won her seat into the event after competing in a special tournament organized by Swissôtel for clients. She has 98,400.

Here's the final day seat draw:

1 Mindaugas Šatkauskas Lithuania 55 400
2 Dominykas Karmazinas Lithuania 286 900
3 Bent Christensen Denmark PokerStars qualifier 59 000
4 Kaido Koorits Estonia PokerStars qualifier 84 400
5 Marius Maciukas Lithuania 197 400
6 Tomas Naulickas Lithuania 76 400
7 Robert Borzyszkowski Poland PokerStars qualifier 199 700
8 William Thorson Sweden Team PokerStars Pro 96 800
9 Tarmo Tael Estonia 144 400

1 Mikael Jonsson Sweden 63 300
2 Aleksandr Arutjunov Estonia 72 300
3 Janne Johansson Finland PokerStars qualifier 103 800
4 Andry Purk Estonia PokerStars qualifier 243 700
5 Steven Moreau France PokerStars qualifier 72 000
6 Tommy Hjornerud Norway 90 300
7 Miikka Anttonen Finland 200 500
8 Kristiina Illak Estonia 98 400
9 Mathias Hoog Sweden PokerStars qualifier 104 000

The four-day Festival has been taking place at the luxurious Swissôtel in the heart of the Estonian capital. This is also the venue for the first event of Season 7 of the European Poker Tour. The €4,250 EPT Tallinn runs August 11-16 and players can win their seat to this prestigious tournament in a €950 + 50 live super-satellite taking place tomorrow (June 19) at noon.

The second PokerStars Baltic Festival has generated a record-breaking total prize pool of EEK 4,861,800 (approx €310,857). Nearly 20% of the field - 43 players - came from Estonia, with a further 17% - 37 players - from Finland. Last year's Main Event attracted 307 players and was won by British pro Thomas Partridge for some €75,000.

Simon Young
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