Lithuanian pro Dominykas Karmazinas, who came third at the recent EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo for €700,000, is chip leader as the PokerStars Baltic Festival goes into Day 2, writes Mad Harper.
Karmazinas, 22, who runs his own poker team known as Domcee Poker, is an EPT regular who also came sixth in the EPT Berlin High Roller event and enjoyed deep runs (8th and 9th places) in two EPT London side events.
His 77,725 stack narrowly eclipses that of Day 1a chip leader Andry Purk, 22, who has 73,050. Also still in the running for the €80,000 first prize is Sweden's William Thorson - the only surviving member of Team PokerStars Pro - who has 33,925.
A total of 88 players are through to Day 2 of the €1,400 Main Event including qualifier Mathias Hoog, on 49,850, who is one of more than 80 players who won their seat on PokerStars. Hoog has won a slew of PokerStars Nordic promotions including a five-day trip to the Vancouver Olympics with Team PokerStars SportStar Sundin.
The PokerStars Baltic Festival continues tomorrow at the luxurious Swissôtel in the heart of the Estonian capital. The final takes place on Saturday.
Among the other survivors is Finnish player Petri Heinänen, 34, who came sixth at last year's event, and his twin brother Pasi. Fellow Finns Antti Kärkkäinen, ninth at last year's Festival, and Matias Knaapinen, tenth last year, are also still in contention.
The last surviving female player from Day 1b was internal communications manager Kristina Illak, 25, from Tallinn, who won her seat into the €1,400 Main Event after playing in a special tournament organized by the Swissotel for its clients. Also still in from Day 1a are Danish pro Martin Wendt, Tuomas Ketola, the former Finnish #2 tennis pro, and the Estonian PokerStars-sponsored TV presenter Mart Mardisalu.
A total of 222 players from 21 countries entered, creating a total prize pool of EEK 4,861,800 (approx €310,857). The winner will receive EEK 1,264,068 (approx €80,823). Nearly 20% of the field - 43 players - came from Estonia, with a further 17% - 37 players - from Finland.
Among those who didn't make it through Day 1b were Finnish Formula 1 powerboat world champion Sami Seliö, Team PokerStars Pros Marcin Horecki and Ville Wahlbeck, Martin Müürsepp, the PokerStars-sponsored NBA player, PokerStars Team Online's Grzegorz Mikielewicz, EPT stalwart Patric Martensson and last year's finalists Claus Bek Nielsen and Michael Fardan, both from Denmark.
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