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2022 Kings of Tallinn Live Blog

2022 Kings of Tallinn Live Blog

Adam Kharman Dominates Final Table to Win Kings of Tallinn Main Event (€64,280) 18.09.2022 20:37 by Jason Glatzer
Adam Kharman Wins 2022 Kings of Tallinn Main Event
Adam Kharman Wins 2022 Kings of Tallinn Main Event

Australian poker globetrotter Adam Kharman defeated Norway’s Kurt Skimmeland heads-up in the Kings of Tallinn €1,100 Main Event to win the €64,280 top prize and the coveted trophy on Sunday evening at Olympic Park Casino and adjoining Hilton Tallinn Park.

Kharman, who took sixth place in the Kings of Tallinn Main Event last year, put on one of the most commanding final table performances at any international poker Main Event in the Estonian capital of Tallinn. The Aussie came into the final table with the chip lead and went coast-to-coast en route to the victory while also eliminating four of his seven final table opponents.

Usually, the chip leader will cough up the lead at least once even if winning an event. This was not the case today as there was little doubt at any point in time that Kharman was going to lose control of the table.

“I’m so happy,” shared Kharman to PokerListings after securing the victory. “Lots of time and energy go into poker and so grateful it has rewarded me. I think I played really well except at the start of the event when I had to re-enter. I played well, ran well, and had no bad beats. Nice way to win!”

Kharman was aggressive from eight players until he was heads-up against Skimmeland when he took his foot off the gas for some time.

“I was able to leverage my stacks against the next biggest stacks and put pressure on the players I knew I could put pressure on,” Kharman shared about his play. “It was nice having the short stacks around for a while.”

2022 Kings of Tallinn Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Adam KharmanAustralia€64,280
2Kurt SkimmelandNorway€48,150
3Algirdas SaveikisLithuania€35,510
4Vincas TamasauskasLithuania€25,050
5Jordi BaixasSpain€18,930
6Ilari SahamiesFinland€14,130
7Marius OlsvikNorway€10,650
8Ville Heikki Juhana KonttinenFinland€7,860

Final Table Recap

2022 Kings of Tallinn Final Table
2022 Kings of Tallinn Final Table

Kharman entered the final table with the chip lead and never let it go with Skimmeland always in second place just behind Kharman. They eliminated the entire final table between the two players, with Kharman taking care of four players and Skimmeland three.

Thanks to both Julian Herold and Sebastian Wahl hitting the rail during the final hand of Day 3, the final table featured eight players instead of nine. Very soon out of the gate it was down to just five players.

First Skimmeland eliminated Juhana Konttinen when his queens were good against eights before Kharman woke up with aces and managed to eliminate both Finnish poker legend Ilari ‘Ziigmund’ Sahamies with nines and Marius Olsvik with ace-queen.

The action slowed down for some time with both the short-stacked Lithuanians at the table in WSOP bracelet winner Vincas Tamasauskas and countrymate Algirdas Saveikas doubling their stack. Jordi Baixas attempted to do the same with king-nine. However, he wasn’t able to beat Skimmeland’s king-queen and hit the rail in fifth place.

Shortly after, Skimmeland sent Tamasauskas packing on a bad beat when his king-queen got there against ace-queen. Saveikas then ran his king-five suited into Kharman’s big slick and Kharman had about quadruple the chip stack of Skimmeland to start heads-up play.

As we already mentioned, Kharman changed gears during heads-up play. He shared some of that came from the fact that there were no ICM implications but also that Skimmeland was a skilled and tricky player with a passive playing style.

A few blind levels passed and although Skimmeland did manage to double once, he never was able to gain any ground. Eventually, Skimmeland three-bet king-jack for about 20 big blinds. Kharman called with ace-queen and won the title after Skimmeland bricked the board.

A huge congrats to Adam Kharman for not only improving on last year’s sixth-place performance but shipping the Kings of Tallinn Main Event trophy in a memorable fashion.

*Photos courtesy of Kings of Tallinn photographer Elena Kask.

Adam Kharman Wins 2022 Kings of Tallinn Main Event
Adam Kharman Wins 2022 Kings of Tallinn Main Event
Full 2022 Kings of Tallinn Main Event Payouts 18.09.2022 19:55 by Jason Glatzer
PlacePlayerPrize
1Adam Kharman€64,280
2Kurt Skimmeland€48,150
3Algirdas Saveikis€35,510
4Vincas Tamasauskas€25,050
5Jordi Baixas€18,930
6Ilari Sahamies€14,130
7Marius Olsvik€10,650
8Ville Heikki Juhana Konttinen€7,860
9Julian Herold€5,700
10Sebastian Wahl€4,620
11Santeri Nisula€4,620
12Mark Metsla€4,620
13Aasmund Holvik€3,850
14Zachary Duce€3,850
15Vjatseslav Jakusin€3,850
16Ignacio Garrido€3,080
17Atte Franssila€3,080
18Pyry Kekalainen€3,080
19Aki Wassholm€2,310
20Roope Tarmi€2,310
21Stanislovas Vinicenka€2,310
22Sven Reimaa€2,310
23Daragh Davey€2,310
24Phenporn Laatikainen€2,310
25Adria Comas I Roura€2,050
26Tuomas Röppänen€2,050
27Toiko Berndtson€2,050
28Rasmus Sepping€2,050
29Stefan Bittger€2,050
30Vytautas Kacerauskas€2,050
31Julius Kettunen€2,050
32Balazs Szabo€1,900
33Viktor Caikins€1,900
34Marko Liblik€1,900
35Toni Ojala€1,900
36Jarmi Salonen€1,900
37Dragan Gali€1,900
38Gunnar Wedde€1,900
39Niklas Vakkai€1,900
Kurt Skimmeland Eliminated in 2nd Place (€48,150) 18.09.2022 19:53 by Jason Glatzer

Level 28: 50,000/100,000 (100,000)
Entries: 1/328

Adam Kharman min-raised the button. Kurt Skimmeland jammed for 2,000,000 and was at risk for all his chips after Kharman called.

Kurt Skimmeland: K J
Adam Kharman: A Q

Kharman won the 2022 Kings of Tallinn Main Event for €64,280 after Skimmeland bricked the 4 3 8 Q 7 board. 

While the final table was all Kharman from beginning to end, Kurt Skimmeland should be proud of his runner-up prize of €48,150 and how he put his second place stack through including eliminating three players.

Stay tuned at PokerListings for the full payouts and the final Kings of Tallinn Main Event recap.

Adam Kharman – 9.8 million
Kurt Skimmeland – 0

Kurt Skimmeland
Kurt Skimmeland
Small Pot for Skimmeland 18.09.2022 19:08 by Jason Glatzer

Level 28: 50,000/100,000 (100,000)
Entries: 2/328

Adam Kharman limped with 8 5 from the button. Kurt Skimmeland checked back with J 7 from the big blind.

Skimmeland checked after he improved to middle pair on the 2 7 10 flop. Kharman fired for 150,000 with air and got a call.

The Q turn put three spades on the board. Skimmeland checked and Skimmeland went into the tank before calling.

The 2 river paired the board and Skimmeland checked once again.

Kharman didn’t have another bullet in him and checked back for Skimmeland to win the pot.

Adam Kharman – 7.2 million
Kurt Skimmeland – 2.7 million

Unscheduled Short Break 18.09.2022 18:54 by Jason Glatzer

Level 28: 50,000/100,000 (100,000)
Entries: 2/328

Adam Kharman and Kurt Skimmeland asked for a short break before the new blind level. The action will resume in a few minutes.

Kharman Steals it on the Turn 18.09.2022 18:38 by Jason Glatzer

Level 27: 40,000/80,000 (80,000)
Entries: 2/328

Adam Kharman limped with 8 7 from the button before Kurt Skimmeland checked back with 5 2 from the big blind.

Skimmeland check-raised the 5 J J flop from 80,000 to 225,000 and Kharman called to see the A turn.

“Now is the time to pull the trigger,” Kings of Tallinn commentator Kristjan Laas said.

Kharman must have listened as after Skimmeland checked, Kharman bet 250,000 and took down the pot after his opponent snap-folded.

Adam Kharman – 8.1 million
Kurt Skimmeland – 1.7 million

All Small Ball 18.09.2022 18:29 by Jason Glatzer

Level 27: 40,000/80,000 (80,000)
Entries: 2/328

It has been all small ball including a ton of limped pots the last dozen hands or so. Here is a look at the chip counts.

Adam Kharman – 8.0 million
Kurt Skimmeland – 1.8 million

Two Pair for Kharman 18.09.2022 18:07 by Jason Glatzer

Level 27: 40,000/80,000 (80,000)
Entries: 2/328

Kurt Skimmeland opened the button for 190,000 from the button with A 10 and was called by Adam Kharman with Q 5 from the big blind.

Kharman improved to two pair on the K Q 5 flop. Both players checked and then checked again after the 9 turn.

Skimmeland snagged a piece of the board after the 10 river completed the board. Kharman fired out for 150,000. Skimmeland found a fold and saved himself some chips.

Adam Kharman – 8.1 million
Kurt Skimmeland – 1.8 million

Big Slick for Skimmeland 18.09.2022 17:59 by Jason Glatzer

Level 27: 40,000/80,000 (80,000)
Entries: 2/328

Kurt Skimmeland limped the button with A K . Adam Kharman checked back his option with J 8 from the big blind before both players checked the 5 9 8 flop.

Kharman check-called for 105,000 on the A turn and checked again on the 3 river. Skimmeland bet 180,000 and was awarded the pot after Kharman folded.

Adam Kharman – 8.0 million
Kurt Skimmeland – 1.9 million

Short Break 18.09.2022 17:34 by Jason Glatzer

Adam Kharman and Kurt Skimmeland are on a short break. The blinds will increase to 40,000/80,000 with a big blind ante of 80,000 when the action resumes.

Adam Kharman – 8.3 million
Kurt Skimmeland – 1.6 million

Skimmeland Doubles his Short Stack 18.09.2022 17:24 by Jason Glatzer

Level 27: 30,000/60,000 (60,000)
Entries: 2/328

Adam Kharman jammed the button and Kurt Skimmeland called off his stack of 685,000.

Kurt Skimmeland: A 4
Adam Kharman: Q 7

An eager crowd came up to the ropes near the table after the cards being turned over.

The show goes on as Skimmeland earned a double-up after Kharman bricked the 2 3 6 3 2 double-paired board.

Adam Kharman – 8.4 million
Kurt Skimmeland – 1.4 million

Straight for Kharman 18.09.2022 17:15 by Jason Glatzer

Level 27: 30,000/60,000 (60,000)
Entries: 2/328

Adam Kharman limped from the button with J 2 before Kurt Skimmeland checked back his option with 6 5 from the big blind.

Skimmeland check-called his middle pair a bet of 60,000 by Kharman.

The 4 improved Kharman to a wheel but Skimmeland still had outs to get back ahead. Skimmeland bet 80,000 and Kharman called.

The A paired the board on the river. Skimmeland bet 80,000. Kharman raised to 400,000 and had Skimmeland on the ropes with just eight big blinds after his opponent called.

Adam Kharman – 9,400,000
Kurt Skimmeland – 475,000

Small Pot for Kharman 18.09.2022 17:00 by Jason Glatzer

Level 27: 30,000/60,000 (60,000)
Entries: 2/328

Kurt Skimmeland opened with A 2 from the button for 125,000 and Adam Kharman opted to call with A 3 from the big blind.

Kharman check-called a bet of 175,000 by Skimmeland after the K 5 2 came on the flop.

Both players checked on the 9 turn before Kharman improved to a better pair than his opponent once the 3 completed the board on the river.

Kharman bet 180,000 and took down a small pot after Skimmeland folded.

Adam Kharman – 8.5 million
Kurt Skimmeland – 1.4 million

Jacks for Skimmeland 18.09.2022 16:45 by Jason Glatzer

Level 27: 30,000/60,000 (60,000)
Entries: 2/328

Kurt Skimmeland opened for 150,000 from the button with J J and Adam Kharman called with 2 2 to see the 8 7 5 flop.

Kharman donk-bet for 100,000. Skimmeland was going nowhere with his overpair and jammed. Kharman folded and Skimmeland was able to get some of the chips back he has lost during heads-up play.

Adam Kharman – 8.1 million
Kurt Skimmeland – 1.8 million

Kharman With a Huge Advantage 18.09.2022 16:31 by Jason Glatzer

Level 26: 20,000/50,000 (50,000)
Entries: 2/328

Kurt Skimmeland opened for 105,000 from the button with J 8 and was called by Adam Kharman with Q 9 from the big blind.

Both players checked the 10 Q 10 flop and Kharman checked again on the 5 turn. Skimmeland bet 150,000 and Kharman called.

Both players checked after the J river completed the board and Kharman extended his chip lead once again.

Adam Kharman – 8.6 million
Kurt Skimmeland – 1.2 million

Skimmeland Rivers a Full House to Beat a Flush 18.09.2022 16:08 by Jason Glatzer

Level 26: 20,000/50,000 (50,000)
Entries: 2/328

Adam Kharman limped from the button with 8 3 before Kurt Skimmeland checked back his option from the big blind with K Q .

Both players checked what could have been an 2 4 Q flop with Kharman holding a flush draw and Skimmeland top pair.

Skimmeland improved to top two pair after the K came on the turn but Kharman pulled far ahead in the hand with a flush. Kharman opted to call and the Q river improved Skimmeland to a full house.

One might have expected all the chips to gone in somewhere along the way this hand. But Kharman kept pot control and simply just called a bet of 300,000 by Skimmeland to lose the minimum.

Adam Kharman – 7.7 million
Kurt Skimmeland – 2.1 million

Jacks for Kharman 18.09.2022 15:59 by Jason Glatzer

Level 26: 20,000/50,000 (50,000)
Entries: 2/328

Adam Kharman opened for 125,000 with J J and Kurt Skimmeland defended his big blind with K 6 .

Both players checked the A 6 10 flop before Skimmeland led out for 105,000 on the 2 turn. Kharman called and the 5 river completed the board.

Kharman bet 250,000 after his opponent checked and got additional value from his jacks after Skimmeland called.

Adam Kharman – 8.2 million
Kurt Skimmeland – 1.7 million

Algirdas Saveikis Eliminated in 3rd Place (€35,510) 18.09.2022 15:37 by Jason Glatzer

Level 26: 20,000/50,000 (50,000)
Entries: 2/328

Algirdas Saveikis raised for 200,000 leaving just 180,000 behind from the button. Adam Kharman jammed from the small blind and Saveikis was far behind when he called off for the rest of his stack.

Algirdas Saveikis: K 5
Adam Kharman: A K

Saveikis didn’t get any love from the 10 8 8 3 7 board and was eliminated in third place for €35,510.

Meanwhile, the final two players have locked up €48,150 and will be playing for a bit more with the top prize valued at €64,280. In addition to at least the runner-up prize, Kurt Skimmeland won the OlyBet last longer for those that wore OlyBet patches throughout the Main Event. Skimmeland will be awarded an online ticket valued at $1,050 to the WSOP Beat the Pros on the GGPoker Network where he has a chance to win a coveted WSOP gold bracelet.

In other news, Kharman will kick off the heads-up action with nearly quadruple the chip stack of Skimmeland.

Kharman and Skimmeland both went on a 15-minute break before beginning heads-up play.

Adam Kharman – 7.8 million
Kurt Skimmeland – 2.0 million
Algirdas Saveikis – 0

Algirdas Saveikis
Algirdas Saveikis
Kharman Over 7 Million 18.09.2022 15:27 by Jason Glatzer

Level 26: 20,000/50,000 (50,000)
Entries: 3/328

Adam Kharman opened for 200,000 from the small blind with 6 4 and Kurt Skimmeland called with A 10 from the big blind.

Kharman bet 150,000 on his flush draw after the 10 2 Q came on the flop and Skimmeland called with middle pair to see the 3 turn.

About a minute passed by before Kharman fired out an overbet of 1,000,000. Skimmeland went into the tank for a few minutes before he folded.

Adam Kharman – 7.3 million
Kurt Skimmeland – 2.2 million

Vincas Tamasauskas Eliminated in 4th Place (€25,030) 18.09.2022 14:59 by Jason Glatzer

Level 25: 20,000/40,000 (40,000)
Entries: 3/328

Kurt Skimmeland opened for 105,000 from under the gun. Vincas Tamasauskas three-bet jammed from the big blind for 660,000 and Skimmeland called.

Vincas Tamasauskas: A Q
Kurt Skimmeland: K Q

Tamasauskas was far ahead but that quickly changed after the 8 K 10 flop paired up Skimmeland’s king. Neither the 10 turn nor the 6 river saved Tamasauskas and he will collect €25,050 for fourth place after hitting the rail on a bad beat.

The final three players each locked up at least €35,510. Players went on break after the hand and blinds will be 20,000/50,000 with a big blind ante of 50,000 when the action resumes.

SeatPlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Kurt Skimmeland Norway    2,575,000 52
2Algirdas Saveikis Lithuania       500,000 10
4Adam Kharman Australia    6,755,000 135
Vincas Tamasauskas
Vincas Tamasauskas

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