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2022 Tallinn Summer Showdown Live Blog

2022 Tallinn Summer Showdown Live Blog


Glen Gaines “Chuffed” to Win Tallinn Summer Showdown Main Event (€62,400) 31.07.2022 01:27 by Jason Glatzer
Glen Gaines Wins 2022 Tallinn Summer Showdown Main Event
Glen Gaines

After more than 13 hours on the final day, the United Kingdom’s Glen Gaines defeated local Estonian Igor Pihela Sr. heads-up to win the Tallinn Summer Showdown €1,100 Main Event for €62,400 at Olympic Park Casino and the adjoining Hilton Tallinn Park.

It was a back-and-forth affair during the entire final table and Gaines needed to come back from a huge heads-up deficit en route to the title. Gaines shared with PokerListings that this was just his second 1K event and he has made the most of it with the biggest Tallinn Summer showdown Main Event prize, eclipsing the €56,500 won by Finland’s Kristian Zitting, who won last year’s Main Event for €56,500.

“I’m chuffed,” shared Gaines after the win to PokerListings. “It will take a while to sink it. I wasn’t expecting to go deep considering it was my second 1K event.”

During the final table, Gaines realized that a win was within his grasp.

“I felt good four-handed,” Gaines said. I did take a knock when my tens didn’t hold from fives and thought it might slip away from me before I came back to win.”

2022 Tallinn Summer Showdown Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Glen GainesUnited Kingdom€62,400
2Igor Pihela Sr.Estonia€42,300
3Paulius JucysLithuania€28,300
4Juris HlibovsLatvia€21,300
5Victor Prior Fernandez AmatSpain€15,800
6Mikael AnderssonFinland€11,400
7Thomas JakobsenNorway€8,700
8Seppo ParkkinenFinland€6,300
9Kaspar LaursooEstonia€5,050

The 2022 Tallinn Summer Showdown Event was another success story for Olympic Park Casino with 285 entrants coming out in full force to generate a €267,900 prize pool. This was just one entry shy of the record 286 entrants attracted during last year’s Tallinn Summer Showdown Main Event.

A total of 34 players got paid at least a €2,100 min-cash for nearly double the €1,100 buy-in.

Final Day Recap

The final day began with Spain’s Victor Prior Fernandez Amat in the lead closely followed by Pihela Sr. The action started slow with 17 players looking to make it to the final table with local Estonian poker legend Ranno Sootla the only player to hit the rail within the first hour. Less than three hours after it began the action was down to a final table of nine players after Fernandez Amat sent the short-stacked Janne Nevalainen from Finland to the rail in 10th place.

2022 Tallinn Summer Showdown Main Event
2022 Tallinn Summer Showdown Main Event Final Table

Fernandez Amat still had the chip lead to start the final table with Pihela Sr. and Gaines closest on his tail. Gaines snagged the lead on the very first hand of play when his tens held against the sixes held by Finland’s Kaspar Laursoo to eliminate his opponent in ninth place.

Pihela Sr. then snagged the lead while also sending Finland’s Seppo Parkkinen with the money getting in on the river with Pihela Sr. holding the better two pair.

Next, it was Lithuania’s Paulius Jucys to become the table captain. Last year’s Tallinn Summer Showdown Main Event runner-up Thomas Jakobsen from Norway ran into a cooler to go out in seventh place when he ran his big slick into Jucys’ rockets.

Finland’s Mikael Andersson then ran his ace-three suited into Gaines’ sevens to hit the rail and give Gaines the lead once again.

The action slowed down significantly during five-handed play, during which time the chip lead bounced around like a hot potato. About three hours later, the final day chip leader Fernandez Amat hit the rail on a flip when his nines proved to be no good against the ace-ten held by Latvia’s Juris Hlibovs.

Pihela Sr. had the chip lead at this point, but Gaines regained control after eliminating Hlibovs in fourth place when his big slick improved to two pair against his opponent’s sevens.

The three-handed play took more than four hours with each of the three holding the chip lead at one time or another. Jucys was the first out on the podium when his ace-ten didn’t get there against Pihela’s ace-queen.

Pihela Sr. began the heads-up action with a nearly 4:1 chip advantage. But the tables quickly turned and Gaines gained a significant lead before the final hand took place. Pihela Sr. got it in with ace-ten and was up against what Gaines described as the “Reading Nuts” with king-queen. The “Reading Surprise” proved to be the winning hand with a king coming on the board and Pihela Sr. had to settle for the runner-up prize of €42,300.

Meanwhile, a massive congrats to Glen Gaines for winning the 2022 Tallinn Summer Showdown Main Event for €62,400.

Glen Gaines and Igor Pihela Sr.
Glen Gaines and Igor Pihela Sr.

*Photos courtesy of Tallinn Summer Showdown photographer Elena Kask.

2022 Tallinn Summer Showdown Main Event Payouts 31.07.2022 00:53 by Jason Glatzer
PlacePlayerPrize
1Glen Gaines€62,400
2Igor Pihela Sr.€42,300
3Paulius Jucys€28,300
4Juris Hlibovs€21,300
5Victor Prior Fernandez Amat€15,800
6Mikael Andersson€11,400
7Thomas Jakobsen€8,700
8Seppo Parkkinen€6,300
9Kaspar Laursoo€5,050
10Janne Nevalainen€5,050
11Gert Laanemets€4,250
12Frode Alfredsen€4,250
13Gytis Lazauninkas€3,500
14Toni Ojala€3,500
15Ermo Kosk€2,800
16Henri Juutilainen€2,800
17Ranno Sootla€2,400
18Kshitij Kucheria€2,400
19Nicolas Courbin€2,400
20Paulius Vaitiekunas€2,400
21Daragh Davey€2,400
22Alex Lianes€2,400
23Sandris Mukans€2,400
24Mathias Christensen€2,400
25Eduard Kruglov€2,100
26Emmi Juutilainen€2,100
27Sam Lau€2,100
28Tomi Petri Bondarew€2,100
29Max Avela€2,100
30Aleksei Vandyshev€2,100
31Audrius Laimelis€2,100
32Eero Lehtinen€2,100
33Justina Andriukeviciute€2,100
34Zakhar Galper€2,100
Igor Pihela Sr. Eliminated in 2nd Place (€42,300) 31.07.2022 00:46 by Jason Glatzer

Level 30: 80,000/160,000 (120,000)
Entries: 2/285

Glen Gaines jammed for 6.6 million and Igor Pihela Sr. called off for his remaining stack of 1.8 million.

Igor Pihela Sr.: A 10
Glen Gaines: K Q

Pihela Sr. was slightly ahead but fell far behind after Gaines connected his king on the K 4 2 flop. Neither the 5 turn nor the 6 river saved Pihela Sr, and he had to settle for the runner-up prize of €42,300.

Meanwhile, congrats to the United Kingdom’s Glen Gaines for his biggest live poker win for €62,400 and, of course, the coveted trophy. This was also the largest single Tallinn Summer Showdown Main Event prize in tour history.

Gaines shared with PokerListings after he won that he won the hand with what they call locally back home the “Reading Special.”

Stay tuned for the recap of the 2022 Tallinn Summer Showdown Main Event.

Glen Gaines – 8.6 million
Igor Pihela Sr. – 0

Igor Pihela Sr.
Igor Pihela Sr.
Gaines Takes the Lead with Two Pair 31.07.2022 00:38 by Jason Glatzer

Level 29: 60,000/120,000 (120,000)
Entries: 2/285

Glen Gaines min-raised the button with 6 4 and was called by Igor Pihela Sr. with K 5 from the big blind.

Gaines improved to two pair on the 4 6 2 flop. Both players checked and Pihela Sr. connected with his king for top pair on the K turn. Gaines fired out for 225,000. Pihela Sr. raised to 450,000. Gaines three-bet to 1,000,000 and Pihela Sr. jammed for 5,200,000. Gaines called off for 2,900,000 and was well ahead with one card to come.

Pihela Sr. bricked the 8 river and Gaines not only grabbed the chip lead but also a sizeable 3:1 chip advantage over his opponent.

Glen Gaines – 6.5 million
Igor Pihela Sr. – 2 million

Glen Gaines
Glen Gaines
Gaines Gains Ground with Two Pair 31.07.2022 00:31 by Jason Glatzer

Level 29: 60,000/120,000 (120,000)
Entries: 2/285

Igor Pihela Sr. opened to 560,000 from the button with A 6 and was called by Glen Gaines with K 2 from the big blind.

Gaines check-called a bet of 400,000 on the 2 K Q flop before both players checked the 9 turn. The 9 river paired the board and Gaines jammed for 780,000 with the best hand. Pihela Sr. made the fold but Gaines gained ground on the gap between him and his opponent.

Igor Pihela Sr. – 5.7 million
Glen Gaines – 2.8 million

Paulius Jucys Eliminated in 3rd Place (€28,300) 31.07.2022 00:28 by Jason Glatzer

Level 29: 60,000/120,000 (120,000)
Entries: 2/285

Paulius Jucys opened for 250,000 from the button before Igor Pihela Sr. jammed for 3.3 million from the big blind. Jucys called off his stack of 3 million and Pihela Sr. was ahead.

Paulius Jucys: A 10
Igor Pihela Sr.: A Q

Jucys bricked the 3 6 7 2 2 board and was eliminated in third place for €28,300.

Meanwhile, Igor Pihela Sr. began heads-up play with huge chip advantage over Gaines. Both players have locked up €42,300 with €62,400 scheduled to go to the eventual winner.

Igor Pihela Sr. – 6.7 million
Glen Gaines – 1.8 million
Paulius Jucys – 0

Paulius Jucys
Paulius Jucys
Pihela Bluffs Gaines to Regain the Lead 31.07.2022 00:09 by Jason Glatzer

Level 29: 60,000/120,000 (120,000)
Entries: 3/285

Glen Gaines raised to 350,000 from the small blind with A 5 and Igor Pihela Sr. called with 4 3 from the big blind.

Gaines bet 225,000 on the 3 9 A flop and Pihela Sr. called. Both players checked the 8 before Pihela Sr. turned his hand into a bluff by jamming the 7 river for 1,900,000. The bluff worked as Gaines folded the top pair and Pihela Sr. regained the chip lead.

Igor Pihela Sr. – 3.5 million
Paulius Jucys – 2.6 million
Glen Gaines – 2.4 million

Quicker Blind Levels After Break 30.07.2022 23:37 by Jason Glatzer

Players went on a 30-minute break. Glen Gaines had a small edge as players began to leave their seats, although all three players were closely grouped together. The trio discussed a deal during the break, but nothing could be agreed upon moneywise. What they did agree on is that after playing three-handed play for more than four hours that they would reduce the blind levels the rest of the way from one hour to 30 minutes.

SeatPlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Paulius JucysLithuania2,900,00024
5Glen GainesUnited Kingdom2,900,00024
6Igor Pihela Sr.Estonia2,700,00023
Pihela Sr. Successfully Jams His Flush Draw 30.07.2022 23:32 by Jason Glatzer

Level 29: 50,000/100,000 (100,000)
Entries: 3/285

Glen Gaines limped from the small blind with J J . Igor Pihela Sr., who was jamming on many limps lately, opted to check it back with 10 4 from the big blind.

Both players checked the K 9 6 flop. Gaines fired out for 125,000 on the 6 turn but laid down the best hand after facing a shove by Pihela Sr. for 2,100,000.

Paulius Jucys – 3.2million
Glen Gaines – 2.9 million
Igor Pihela Sr. – 2.5 million

Jucys Takes the Lead 30.07.2022 23:25 by Jason Glatzer

Level 29: 50,000/100,000 (100,000)
Entries: 3/285

Paulius Jucys took the lead by default after Igor Pihela Sr. won a small pot against Glen Gaines. During the next hand, Gaines opened for 205,000 from the button with 9 8 and was called by Jucys with K Q .

Both players checked the 5 7 Q flop before Jucys bet 450,000 on the 4 turn. Gaines folded and Jucys extended his chip lead.

Paulius Jucys – 3.5million
Glen Gaines – 3 million
Igor Pihela Sr. – 2 million

Jucys Doubles Through Pihela in an Amazing Hand 30.07.2022 23:11 by Jason Glatzer

Level 29: 50,000/100,000 (100,000)
Entries: 3/285

Igor Pihela Sr. opened for 350,000 with 8 7 from the small blind and was called by Paulius Jusys with J 10 from the big blind.

Pihela Sr. jammed door 2.8 million, more than covering the 1.2 million Jucys had behind after both players flopped an open-ended straight draw on the Q 9 6 flop. Jucys tanked for a couple of minutes before he made the call and was ahead when the chips went in.

Neither the A turn nor the 9 river helped Pihela Sr. and Jucys’ jack in his hand was good enough to double from last place to near the chip lead.

Glen Gains – 3.8 million
Paulius Jucys – 3.2 million
Igor Pihela Sr. – 1.6 million

Paulius Jucys
Paulius Jucys
Gaines Steals it Away 30.07.2022 23:02 by Jason Glatzer

Level 29: 50,000/100,000 (100,000)
Entries: 3/285

Glen Gaines opened to 205,000 from the button with 8 7 and Igor Pihela Sr. with 10 8 opted to call.

Pihela Sr. led out for 300,000 on the 3 4 9 flop. Gaines paused for a couple of minutes before he raised to 800,000. Pihela Sr. folded and Gaines was back with the chip lead.


Glen Gaines – 3.8 million
Igor Pihela Sr. – 3.1 million
Paulius Jucys – 1.6 million

Updated Chip Counts 30.07.2022 22:57 by Jason Glatzer

Igor Pihela won a small pot to regain the chip lead. Here is a look at the updated chip counts:

SeatPlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Paulius JucysLithuania2,300,00023
5Glen GainesUnited Kingdom3,100,00031
6Igor Pihela Sr.Estonia3,200,00032
Jucys Doubles Through Gaines 30.07.2022 22:53 by Jason Glatzer

Level 29: 50,000/100,000 (100,000)
Entries: 3/285

Paulius Jucys opened for 1 million from the button leaving just 150,000 behind. Glen Gaines three-bet jammed for 4.2 million from the small blind. Jucys called off for the rest of his stack and was at risk of elimination.

Paulius Jucys: 5 5
Glen Gaines: 9 9

Jucys was far behind but got lucky by nailing a flush on the 10 4 A K J board to stay alive and double his stack.

After the hand, all three players were close in the chip counts.


Glen Gaines – 3.1 million
Igor Pihela Sr. – 2.9 million
Paulius Jucys – 2.5 million

Jucys Doubles Through Pihela 30.07.2022 22:41 by Jason Glatzer

Level 29: 50,000/100,000 (100,000)
Entries: 3/285

Igor Pihela Sr. jammed from the small blind and Paulius Jucys called from the big blind for 675,000.

Paulius Jucys: K 5
Igor Pihela Sr.: 7 4

Jucys stayed alive and doubled with trip kings after the K K 4 9 J rolled out on the board.

Glen Gaines – 4.2 million
Igor Pihela Sr. – 2.9 million
Paulius Jucys – 1.5 million

Paulius Jucys
Paulius Jucys
Check-Raise Gets the Job Done for Gaines 30.07.2022 22:36 by Jason Glatzer

Level 28: 40,000/80,000 (80,000)
Entries: 3/285

Igor Pihela Sr. already regained the chip lead after winning a small pot before he opened for a min-raise from the button with A 6 . Glen Gaines defended his big blind with 5 4 .

Gaines checked his open-ended straight draw after the 8 3 6 landed on the flop. Pihela Sr. fired out for 80,000 with middle pair. Gaines raised to 325,000 and won the pot after Pihela Sr. folded to regain the lead once again.

The blinds increased to Level 29 after the hand with blinds at 50,000/100,000 with a big blind ante of 100,000.
Glen Gaines – 4 million
Igor Pihela Sr. – 3.8 million
Paulius Jucys – 775,000

Gaines Takes One Off Pihela Sr. 30.07.2022 22:24 by Jason Glatzer

Level 28: 40,000/80,000 (80,000)
Entries: 3/285

Igor Pihela Sr. opened for 240,000 from the button with 8 7 and was called by Glen Gaines with K Q .

Both players checked the 2 10 10 flop before Gaines took it down with a bet of 250,000 on the turn.

Gaines regained the lead the previous hand in a tiny pot but has padded a few more chips into it after this hand.


Glen Gaines – 3.9 million
Igor Pihela Sr. – 3.3 million
Paulius Jucys – 1.4 million

Updated Chip Counts 30.07.2022 22:20 by Jason Glatzer

Igor Pihela Sr. stole the blinds with ace-eight to regain the lead. Here is a look at the chips counts.

SeatPlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Paulius JucysLithuania1,700,00021
5Glen GainesUnited Kingdom3,300,00041
6Igor Pihela Sr.Estonia3,500,00044
Gaines Quickly Back with the Lead 30.07.2022 22:17 by Jason Glatzer

Level 28: 40,000/80,000 (80,000)
Entries: 3/285

Glen Gaines raised to 165,000 on the button with A 9 and was called by Igor Pihela Sr. with Q J from the small blind and K 9 by Paulius Jucys from the big blind.

Pihela Sr. and Jucys checked the 2 J A flop before Gaines continued for 200,000.

It just took one hand for Gaines to regain the chip lead away from Pihela Sr.


Glen Gaines – 3.6 million
Igor Pihela Sr. – 3.3 million
Paulius Jucys – 1.7 million

Pihela Back on Top 30.07.2022 22:13 by Jason Glatzer

Level 28: 40,000/80,000 (80,000)
Entries: 3/285

Paulius Jucys min-raised the button with K Q and was called by Igor Pihela Sr. from the big blind.

Both players checked the 3 3 2 flop and again on the 9 turn. Pihela Sr. stole it away after the 3 river completed the board after he bet 350,000 and Jucys folded.

This was good enough to give Pihela Sr. the lead once again.

Igor Pihela Sr. – 3.4 million
Glen Gaines – 3.2 million
Paulius Jucys – 1.9 million

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