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2022 Coolbet Open Day 1b

2022 Coolbet Open Day 1b


Gallery Day 1b

“Chip Billionaire” Espen Ringstad Bags the Chip Lead in the Coolbet Open Main Event 26.05.2022 21:40 by Jason Glatzer
Espen RIngstad
Espen RIngstad

Espen Ringstad was on the grind in more than one way on Day 1b of the Coolbet Open €550 Main Event at Olympic Park Casino and the Hilton Tallinn Park.

The Norwegian not only bagged the Day 1b chip lead with 420,500 in chips but he is well ahead of the Day 1a chip leader Ranno Sootla who bagged 350,000. Ringstad was on a hardcore drinking grind since the moment cards were in the air and even asked the reporting team to track his drink intake against his chip count increase before the first break. Unfortunately, our calculators were unable to handle his major surge in chips compared to an almost equally impressive amount of beers.

Ringstad was not only joking around and showing timely bluffs all day long at his table but he also called claimed to the reporting team early on to have 1.5 million in chips from his 30,000 starting stack when he had about 80,000. This steadily increased every time until he claimed to be a chip billionaire. While accumulating a billion chips isn’t something that is possible at the Coolbet Open, he has the next best thing as he will be in the driver’s seat to start Day 2 on Friday at noon EEST.

While Ringstad was easily the hero on Day 1b, two other Norwegians rounded out the top three in chip counts including Jacob Reinholt (256,300) and Sverre Rydning (250,500). Two Finnish players in Termo Palmroos (247,500) and Verneri Sivula (190,000) round out the top five for the day.

Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

PlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
Espen RingstadNorway420,500263
Jacob ReinholdtNorway256,300160
Sverre RydningNorway250,500157
Terno PalmroosFinland247,500155
Verneri SivulaFinland190,000119
Jon PersentNorway172,000108
Line LindsholmNorway166,100104
Janis VasiljevsLatvia165,400103
Quang T DoanFinland164,500103
Conny ErikssonSweden161,900101

After a 2 1/2 year break due to the pandemic, the Coolbet Open has been a massive success. Day 1b attracted 390 entries by itself to bring the total field size up to 583 entries when taking into account the 193 entries on Day 1a. The field will continue to grow with late registration open until the conclusion of the first blind level of tomorrow’s Day 2. Although it isn’t likely that this Coolbet Open will surpass the record 686 entries attracted during the last Coolbet Open, it is still something on the radar.

A total of 167 players survived Day 1a, meaning that there will be 232 players bagged chips into Day 2 thus far.

The action will resume on Friday, May 27 at noon EEST for Day 2 with blinds at 800/1,600 with a big blind ante of 1,600. PokerListings will be on the floor from the time cards are in the air until players have bagged chips into Saturday’s final day. Stay tuned to see who will win the 2022 Coolbet Open Main Event.

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Day 1b Final Chip Counts 26.05.2022 21:15 by Arved Klöhn

Those are the final counts for Day 1b:

PlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
Espen RingstadNorway420,500263
Jacob ReinholdtNorway256,300160
Sverre RydningNorway250,500157
Terno PalmroosFinland247,500155
Verneri SivulaFinland190,000119
Jon PersentNorway172,000108
Line LindsholmNorway166,100104
Janis VasiljevsLatvia165,400103
Quang T DoanFinland164,500103
Conny ErikssonSweden161,900101
Thomas ErikssonFinland161,000101
Kert HallikEstonia148,00093
Bo ZackariasenSweden147,10092
Ole WaseniusNorway144,20090
PeturHardarsonIceland136,00085
Kenneth OlaisenNorway128,00080
Stian KnutsenNorway125,50078
Petri PääkkönenFinland123,90077
Markus PuistoFinland121,00076
Amanullah Tahiri119,30075
Christian ArstadNorway118,40074
Ant GökcekTurkey113,90071
Andri HilmarssonIceland113,20071
Steffen AndersenNorway112,90071
Rikard AnderssonFinland112,60070
Alexandru LeonidaFinland112,30070
Jani HongistoFinland109,80069
Armend SahitiFinland107,30067
Kai GjeltenNorway105,90066
Tanel EvertEstonia105,30066
Esa TurpeinenFinland103,40065
Eirik LavikNorway101,30063
Tõnu TibarEstonia99,90062
Oystein BrendenNorway99,50062
Jussi MattilaFinland99,10062
Shiyan FangItaly97,30061
Leino PillerEstonia95,40060
Ville KonttinenFinland95,30060
Andreas GrothSweden94,50059
Boris SmolianskiiIsrael93,70059
Thomas HansenNorway93,70059
Alexander StefanssonNorway91,80057
Reeti PolonFinland91,50057
Roy BirkelundNorway91,00057
Susanna LagerströmFinland87,50055
Vidar StertenNorway87,30055
Igor PihelaEstonia86,50054
Akseli ValajaFinland85,30053
Renta GatosGreece85,00053
Ville PohjalainenFinland83,70052
Petter EriksenNorway83,50052
Antti RuohonenFinland79,40050
Linn MeisterNorway79,40050
Kai BergersenNorway78,70049
Igor Pihela Jr.Estonia78,00049
Kalju KratovitsEstonia77,50048
Jari SaarinenFinland75,80047
Espen KristofferstuenNorway75,30047
Jarno JokiniemiFinland75,10047
Kjell LovaasNorway72,90046
Lavrenti HirvonenFinland72,50045
Juho SallinenFinland72,40045
Andreas HagenNorway72,10045
Ylva ThorsrudNorway71,50045
Pyry KekäläinenFinland69,50043
Einarsson EgillIceland68,70043
Espen HoelNorway63,70040
Oskari AlmgrenFinland63,70040
Gunnar WeddeNorway63,00039
Anders AusetNorway61,40038
Antti TuomiFinland61,10038
Eero IhaksiFinland60,20038
Johannes ClevenNorway60,00038
Simon ForendalSweden59,60037
Olav SnildalNorway59,50037
Mart RinkenEstonia59,40037
Ole-Johnny KarlsenNorway59,40037
Fabien SchweizerFrance59,20037
Marthe LyngvarNorway57,30036
Juho SantalaFinland57,20036
Morten EngelstadNorway57,10036
Jon KyteNorway56,80036
Victor AmatSpain56,70035
Daniel NesbakkenNorway56,30035
Age SpetsNorway56,10035
Audrius NavickasLithuania53,80034
Sami TuomaalaFinland53,10033
Georgi AbuladzeEstonia52,50033
Lars HoleNorway51,90032
Morten RognstadNorway50,80032
Steinar LindbergNorway49,80031
Phenporn LaatikainenFinland49,70031
Stanislav SmeljovEstonia49,30031
Roy SorknesNorway49,10031
Axel ThorenNorway48,80031
Odd Hurlen48,20030
Vu VuongFinland47,80030
Olafur SigurdssonIceland47,80030
Svein NordbottenNorway47,50030
Benjamins FonarjovsLatvia47,20030
Andrey KoksEstonia45,20028
Elisabeth HilleNorway45,00028
Jorunn GerhardsenNorway44,00028
Kristin Y. FlatakerNorway43,60027
Arnt ReeNorway42,70027
Terje SirnesNorway42,50027
Zahid Bhuiyan42,10026
Juha-Pekka RissanenFinland41,60026
Sami Korpela41,30026
Michael Johansen-BakkelundNorway40,20025
Masse MirzaEstonia40,00025
Anders RyliNorway40,00025
Petter FjerstadNorway39,00024
Jarkko SuokasFinland38,70024
Artjom KovalevskiEstonia38,40024
Kristian AksnesNorway38,30024
Henning StalsbergNorway38,00024
Sami VainioFinland37,10023
Mikael HedbergSweden36,60023
Angelica AnderssonSweden36,60023
Paulius KostickisLithuania36,50023
Drea KarlsenNorway36,00023
Frank VisserNetherlands35,50022
Kasper MellanenFinland34,70022
Markus AsikainenFinland34,10021
Halldor JonssonIceland33,40021
Raigo AasmaaEstonia33,30021
Sami PulliainenFinland33,10021
Monica ThingboNorway32,40020
David TennbaeckSweden31,40020
Maksim PetrovEstonia31,00019
Alf JacobsenNorway30,40019
Eetu Johannes SepponenFinland30,30019
Kristin EngliNorway30,20019
Edijs LaugalsLatvia30,00019
Fredrik BobergSweden30,00019
Jethro RostedtFinland30,00019
Vidar KjartanssonIceland30,00019
Merethe KrohnNorway30,00019
Alexander StraumeNorway30,00019
Joona RainamaaFinland30,00019
Mariann OlufsenNorway29,40018
Niko LaurialaFinland29,00018
Mikko YlämäkiFinland28,90018
Victoria BergstedtNorway28,70018
Pasi SallinenFinland27,60017
Oddgeir BrakkaNorway27,40017
Robin FroyshovNorway27,10017
David BerggrenSweden25,70016
Julie KleinNorway25,50016
Silje NilsenNorway25,30016
Carl LockmerFinland25,20016
Niklas GjersvoldNorway24,90016
Kaido MikkEstonia24,20015
Kim ÖfverströmFinland23,90015
Saku TurtiaFinland23,10014
Peter BergmanSweden22,80014
Juuso ElsinenFinland22,70014
Ludvik GudmundssonIceland22,00014
ThomasNassNorway19,70012
Kauno JäppinenFinland18,60012
Hai HoangFinland17,00011
Christian SteinboNorway14,9009
Ville PeuralaFinland13,6009
Daniel SatherNorway12,9008
Jon JakobsenNorway12,0008
Olli VahalaFinland12,0008
Last Three Hands 26.05.2022 19:43 by Arved Klöhn

Level 10: 600/1,200 (1,200)

Entries: 171 / 390

The final three hands for the night are played. After that players will bag and tag their chips and return tomorrow at noon.

Chip counts and recap will up in about an hour.

Inigo Martin Flushed Away 26.05.2022 19:28 by Arved Klöhn

Level 10: 600/1,200 (1,200)

Entries: 180 / 389

Inigo Martin from Spain was down to a couple of big blinds which he shoved an the middle from UTG. It was folded to Reeti Polon in the big blind who called. Showdown:

Inigo Martin: J J
Reeti Polon: A J

Martin was in front, but the board ran out 4 4 2 Q 9 giving Polon the flush, sending Martin to the rails.

Inigo Martin – 0

Doan Doubles Through Steinbo 26.05.2022 19:16 by Jason Glatzer

Level 10: 600/1,200 (1,200)

Entries: 169/388

Quang Doan
Quang Doan

Quang Doan checked the 5 10 9 J board after the turn before Christian Steinbo bet 11,000 into a pot of a bit more. Doan raised to 26,000 and Steinbo jammed. Doan called off his stack of 62,000 and players turned over their cards.

Quang Doan: Q 8

Christian Steinbo: 10 9

Doan was far ahead with a straight by Steinbo still had a little bit of hope with four outs alive for the full house. The blank 6 completed the board on the river for Steinbo to double Doan.

Quang Doan – 135,000

Christian Steinbo – 30,000

Wait, Wait, Can we Run it Twice? 26.05.2022 19:09 by Arved Klöhn

Level 9 – 500/1,000 (1,000)

Entries: 192 / 387

Espen Ringstad
Espen Ringstad

Over at table 17 Espen Ringstad is enjoying a beer and is running almost god like. We just saw him take out Sturla Flataker in a huge preflop confrontation.

It all began with a player in middle position raising to 2,100. Sturla Flataker reraised behind him to 7,500. Ringstad moved forward a stack of blue 5k chips worth roughly 50k. After doing so he jokingly said “Oh no, I meant to use the 500 chips not the 5k chips”. Flataker asked him, what he had. Ringstad looked at the dealer and then said: “Some Kings”.

Flataker was not deterred and moved all-in for a total of 65k. Ringstad paid the remaining chips and the showdown proved he was truthful:

Sturla Flataker: A Q
Espen Ringstad: K K

Ringsted, who was active most of the day found the perfect hand in the perfect situation and just needed it to hold. He asked: “Wait, wait, can we run it twice?” They could not, but he also did not have to. The board ran out K 7 4 2 10 , sending this 130k pot his way.

Sturla Flataker – 0
Espen Ringstad – well over 250,000

With that hand we move into the last level of the day: 600 / 1,200

Kyte’s Full House Not Good Enough 26.05.2022 18:59 by Jason Glatzer

Level 9: 500/1,000 (1,000)

Entries: 194/383

Kristen Engli limped from under the gun before Jon Kyte raised to 4,500 from the hijack. Kai Gjelten called from the button as did Masse Mirza from the big blind and Engli.

The action checked around to Kyte on the 9 J 10 flop and he bet 7,500. Gjelten jammed for 33,800 and both Mirza and Engli folded. Kyte tanked for more than a minute before he found a call.

Kai Gjelten: 10 10

Jon Kyte: J 9

Kyte flopped two pair but was behind the set of Gjelten. The 8 turn opened up some potential chop outs for Kyte as he openly rooted for a queen or seven to complete a straight on the board. The 9 paired the board on the river giving both players a full house. Gjelten’s tens-full was better than Kyte’s nines-full to win the pot and double his stack.

Kai Gjelten: 87,000

Jon Kyte – 60,000

Kuperman Loses His Short Stack to Vuong 26.05.2022 18:40 by Jason Glatzer

Level 9 – 500/1,000 (1,000)

Entries: 203/377

Aleksandr Kuperman jammed for about 11 big blinds from middle position and was called by Vu Vuong from the button.

Aleksandr Kuperman: A 9

Vu Vuong: K Q

Kuperman paired up his nine on the 9 10 4 flop but this wasn’t enough because Vuong paired up his queen on the Q turn. The blank 8 completed the board on the river to send Kuperman to the rail.

Vu Vuong – 50,000

Aleksandr Kuperman – 0

Blind vs. Blind Battle Between Avela and Hallik with Surprising River Action 26.05.2022 18:38 by Arved Klöhn

After Kert Hallik tripled up at table just before the break, he just won another huge pot in a blind vs. blind battle against young gun Max Avela.

We’re not sure about the preflop action, but when we arrived at the table there were 6k in the middle and the flop read A 10 5 (an educated guess about the action before the flop is that Avela raised the small blind and Hallik called).

The flop went check / check. Turn: 9 . Now Avela bet 3k and Hallik called.

The river brought the K which completed several possible draws. Avela checked and Hallik bet 7k. Seemingly out of nowhere Avela racked up chips for a raise and moved a bit over 40k over the betting line. Hallik almost instantly made the call.

Showdown:

Max Avela: J J
Kert Hallik: A Q

Avela turned his third pair into a bluff on this river and Hallik managed to turn a thin value bet into a bluff catcher.

Kert Hallik – 130,000
Max Avela – 15,000

“Another Bluff Gets Through” 26.05.2022 18:29 by Jason Glatzer

Level 9: 500/1,000 (1,000)

Entries: 216/376

Espen RIngstad
Espen RIngstad

Espen Ringstad has been joking with PokerListings since the beginning of the day about how he has more than 1 million in chips. He isn’t quite there yet but has been building his stack throughout Day 1b. He also asked whether we could track the number of beers and correlate that to his chip stack, but we have failed to keep up after half a dozen drinks or so.

It goes without saying Ringstad has been enjoying his time at the Coolbet Open. This also applies to his play on the table.

In a recent hand, Ringstad bet 12,500 into a pot of a bit more with the A 2 9 on the flop and was called by Antti Pietarinen. Ringstad then fired out for 25,300 on a blank turn. Pietarinen tanked for a minute before he folded. Ringstad decided to show the table his bluff and turned over king-jack.

“Another bluff gets through,” Ringstad said as he was piling up more chips into his already big stack.

Espen Ringstad – 150,000

Antti Pieterinen – 30,000

Last Break of the Night 26.05.2022 18:09 by Arved Klöhn

With 219 / 371 remaining players we entered the last break of the night. Right now it looks like the players from Norway are dominating the tables. Our (roughly) eyeballed chip counts see four Norwegians in the top spots right now.

PlayerCountryChips
Ole WaseniusNorway160,000
Espen RingstadNorway140,000
Vidar StertenNorway140,000
Jacob ReinholdtNorway140,000
Janis VasiljevsLatvia135,000
Conny ErikssonSweden130,000
Sverre RydningNorway125,000
Oystein BrendenNorway120,000
Shiyan FangItaly115,000
Christian ArstadNorway110,000
Rikard AnderssonFinland110,000
Jussi MattilaFinland100,000
Kert Hallik Triples up Against All the Draws 26.05.2022 17:55 by Arved Klöhn

Level 8: 400/800 (800)

Entries: 219 / 369

An unusual three-way-all-in on table 9 saw Kert Hallik triple up with tens. In a single raised flop the board read 8 6 2 with roughly 7k in the middle.

Mart Rinken
Out: Mart Rinken

Kert Hallik moved bet 5,200 and behind him Vu Vuong (who had Hallik covered) moved all-in for 25k. Then Mart Rinken behind him also moved all-in for 19,100. Hallik called the double all-in. Showdown:

Mart Rinken 9 7
Vu Vuong 8 3
Kert Hallik 10 10

Hallik had to avoid straights, flushes, eights and threes. He somehow managed as turn and river fell 7 and 4 .

This hand saw Rinken eliminated, Hallik almost triple up and Vuong lose most of his stack.

Kert Hallik – 55,000
Vu Vuong – 5,000
Mart Rinken – 0

Brynjar Barkarson Loses 70/30 and his Tournament Life 26.05.2022 17:36 by Arved Klöhn

Level 8: 400/800 (800)

Entries: 226 / 360

Brynjar Barkarson from Iceland was massaging a small stack for most of the previous levels. Just now he got managed to get his last 10k chips in good against Antti Tuomi, but could not win the 70/30 he needed to win.

All the chips went in preflop with Barkarson holding A-K and Tuomi with A-5. The board ran out 8-5-4-7-8, giving Tuomi two pair and sending Barkarson to the rails.

Antti Tuomi – 20,000
Brynjar Barkarson – 0

Vasiljevs Takes Out Three Players with Queens 26.05.2022 17:31 by Jason Glatzer

Level 8: 400/800 (800)

Entries: 228/356

We caught up to Table 19 with four players all in. It seemed like it could have been five with Phenporn Laatikainen already having 10,000 in the pot. After a minute of tanking, she opted to fold.

Kristian Aksnes (8K) – 7 5

Jari Porkka (9K) – A A

Monica Thingbo (10K) – 10 10

Janis Vasiljevs (90K) – Q Q

Piller by far had all the players covered and quickly got ahead of Porkka’s aces and stayed ahead of his other two opponents after he nailed a set on the Q 8 5 flop. The 4 turn nor the 7 kept Piller ahead to scoop up the pot and send three players to the rail in a single hand.

Janis Vasiljevs – 135,000

Kristian Aksnes – 0

Jari Porkka – 0

Monica Thingbo – 0

Horrible River Costs Pyry Kekäläinen 90% of his Stack 26.05.2022 17:24 by Arved Klöhn

Level 8: 400/800

Entries: 233 / 354

A rather brutal bad beat saw Pyry Kekäläinen lose almost all of his stack in an intense hand against Stian Knutsen.

It all began with Olli Vahala open-raising from UTG. Kekäläinen called in the cut-off and in the big blind Stian Knutsen reraised to 7,800.

Only Kekäläinen called and they saw a 7 5 4 Flop. Knutsen bet 4,600 into the 18,000 pot. Kekäläinen made it 10,000 to go and Knutsen eventually called.

The turn fell 2 and Knutsen checked to the raiser. Kekäläinen quickly moved all-in for effectively 20k. Knutsen called the all-in after some deliberation. Showdown:

Stian Knutsen: A K
Pyry Kekäläinen: Q Q

With just two overcards and a gutshot Knutsen was a decisive underdog, but he had some outs. The river brought one of those outs as it fell K , giving Knutsen an unlikely double-up and reducing Kekäläinen to just a few big blinds.

Stian Knutsen – 70,000
Pyry Kekäläinen – 6,500

Rockets for Hansen 26.05.2022 17:20 by Jason Glatzer

Level 8: 400/800

Entries: 236/354

Daniel Thorsteinsson three-bet jammed for 33,000 from the small blind and was called by Thomas Hansen from the cutoff.

Daniel Thorsteinsson: J J

Thomas Hansen: A A

Hansen’s rockets held strong to take all of Thorsteinsson’s stack after the 7 Q 8 3 3 ran out on the board and has one of the biggest stacks in the room.

Thomas Hansen – 135,000

Daniel Thorsteinsson – 0

Silje Nilsen Playing Slots at Coolbet During the Main Event 26.05.2022 17:04 by Jason Glatzer
Silje Nilsen
Silje Nilsen

It is always more fun at the table when Silje Nilsen is at the table. Nilsen, however, is having a bit of her own fun on the side as she won 100 free slot spins at Coolbet during her social media contest.

Nilsen couldn’t wait to play and is attempting to spin up her free spins online at Coolbet via her mobile phone while also sitting on an above-average stack of around 45,000 in chips.

Best of luck to Nilsen both with the slots and the Main Event!

Puisto Wins a Flip Against Spets 26.05.2022 16:47 by Jason Glatzer

Level 7: 300/600 (600)

Entries: 248/340

Markus Puisto opened for 2,000 from early position. Steffen Andersen called from the button before Age Spets, who was on his second Day 1b bullet, three-bet shoved for 20,800. Puisto called and Andersen folded.

Age Spets: A Q

Markus Puisto: J J

“That’s what I was hoping for,” said Spets when he saw he was flipping.

Unfortunately for Spets, and fortunately for Puisto, Spets bricked the 2 K 8 6 6 board.

Markus Puisto – 50,000

Age Spets – 0

Flush for Hille 26.05.2022 16:33 by Jason Glatzer

Elisabeth Hille jammed for 10,500 from the cutoff before Jarno Jokiniemi three-bet shoved for about 24,000 from the small blind. Gunnleiv Fossaskaret called off his short stack of around 2,000 from the big blind and two players were at risk.

Gunnleiv Fossaskaret: J 9

Elisabeth Hille: A J

Jarno Jokiniemi: A Q

Jokiniemi was ahead and if his hand held he would have eliminated two players. Instead, Hille improved to a flush after the K 8 9 5 7 ran out on the board to eliminate Fossakaret and double through Jokiniemi.

Gunnleiv Fossaskaret – 0

Jarno Jokiniemi – 13,000

Elisabeth Hille – 23,000

Second Break and we Have the First Six Digit Stacks 26.05.2022 16:21 by Arved Klöhn

The 2nd break of the day gave us the option to count some more chips. Those are the players whose stacks look the largest right now:

PlayerCountryChips
Armend SahitiFinland115,000
Christian ArstadNorway110,000
Sturla FlatakerNorway110,000
Ole WaseniusNorway105,000
Jacob ReinholdtNorway100,000
Kaido MikkEstonia95,000
Sander LaprikEstonia90,000
Vidar StertenNorway85,000
Igor Pihela Jr.Estonia80,000
Ville KonttinenFinland80,000
Kenneth OlaisenNorway75,000
Espen RingstadNorway75,000
Kristian AksnesNorway75,000
Igor Pihela Sr.Estonia75,000
Steinar LindbergNorway70,000
Shiyan FangItaly70,000
Victoria BergstedtNorway70,000
Janis VasiljevsLatvia70.000
Lars HoleNorway70.000
Tõnu TibarEstonia70.000
Jon KyteNorway70.000
Steffen AndersenNorway65.000
Juho SantalaFinland60.000
Thomas ErikssonFinland60.000
Cooler for Lehto as He Runs a Set of Jacks into Broadway 26.05.2022 15:48 by Jason Glatzer

Level 6: 200/400 (400)

Entries: 248/307

Thomas Hansen and Jani Lehto both checked the 7 J K 10 board after the turn with less than 20,000 in the pot when Petur Hardarson bet 16,000. Hansen folded before the action paused on Lehto. Eventually, Lehto jammed for 17,100 and was called by Hardarson.

Jani Lehto: J J

Petur Hardarson: A Q

Lehto flopped a set of jacks but looked stunned like a deer in the headlights when he saw that Hardarson improved to Broadway on the turn. Lehto still had some hope to survive but none of his outs came with the 4 river completing the board.

Petur Hardarson – 75,000

Jani Lehto – 0

Set of Jacks Bestowes Double up on Pihela Jr. 26.05.2022 15:48 by Arved Klöhn

Level 6: 200 / 400 (400)

Entries: 249 / 307

Igor Pihela Jr.
Igor Pihela Jr.

Igor Pihela Jr. arrived at a river with the board reading J 10 2 Q 6 against Roger Bredesen. With more than 30k in the middle, Philea Jr. moved all-in for roughly 20k more. Roger Bredesen who had him covered, asked him whether he had the straight and eventually called.

Philea Jr. did not have the straight, but in fact turned over J J for a flopped set. Bredesen was forced to show his hand: Q 10 for two pair.

Igor Pihela Jr. – 70,000
Roger Bredesen – 15,000

Arstad Shows a Set of Treys 26.05.2022 15:35 by Jason Glatzer

Level 6: 200/400 (400)

Entries: 249/302

Christian Arstad
Christian Arstad

Espen Hoel bet 5,500 into a pot of about double this with the 5 3 9 8 on the board after the turn. Christian Arstad effectively jammed tossing out a decent-sized stack of blue 5,000 chips. Hoel went into the tank for a couple of minutes before he folded.

Arstad decided to show his hand to the table and turned over 3 3 for a set of treys on a draw-heavy board.

Christian Arstad – 80,000

Espen Hoel – 24,000

Vahala Can’t Survive Domination 26.05.2022 15:23 by Arved Klöhn

Level 5: 150 / 300 (300)

Entries: 252 / 299

Ismo Vahala from Finland shoved his last 3k chips in the middle and his shove was picked up by Steffen Andersen who had more than 15 times Vahala’s stack.

Showdown:

Ismo Vahala – K-Q
Steffen Andersen – A-Q

Board: A-7-3-A-3

With a full house, Andersen sent Vahala to the rails and increased his chips to twice the starting stack.

Steffen Andersen – 60k
Ismo Vahala – 0

Stian Knutsen Survives Against Einarsson Egill 26.05.2022 15:12 by Arved Klöhn

Level 5: 150/300 (300)

Entries: 256 / 296

The Norwegian Stian Knutsen was almost down to his last lifeline (i.e. 7,500 chips, i.e. 25 big blinds) when he found 8-8 in the blinds against an op-raise from Einarsson Egill. Knutsen shoved all-in to which Einarsson, who had him covered also announced all-in. Einarsson showed A-K – a coinflip.

The board ran out K-8-4-2-9 and despite the scary King in the door, Knutsen managed to more than double up.

Stian Knutsen – 16,500
Einarsson Egill – 34,000

“I Think You are Bluffing” 26.05.2022 14:57 by Jason Glatzer

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Entries: 253/283

Ant Gokcek bet 2,000 into a pot of around 12,000 after the 5 6 10 came on the flop. Markus Kornfeld called before Thomas Erikkson jammed. Gokcek quickly folded and Kornfeld asked for a count. The dealer confirmed the jam was for 17,125.

“I think you are bluffing,” Kornfeld said just before he called.

Thomas Erikkson: Q 10

Markus Kornfeld: A K

Erikkson had top pair but he got out of his seat looking ready to go anyway. Kornfeld bricked both the 3 turn and 8 river to double up Erikkson, who sat back down in his seat.

“Finally!” Erikkson said loudly. “Something goes my way and I wasn’t sucked out on.”

Mikk Picks up a Huge Bluff 26.05.2022 14:53 by Arved Klöhn

Level 5: 150 / 300 (300)

Entries: 253 / 283

At table 8 we just witnessed the end of an immense clash with more than 95k chips in the middle.

We came to the table on the river and the board read 7 Q 5 Q 9 with roughly 30k in the middle. The two players involved in this hand were Justus Kursi and Kaido Mikk.

After Mikk checked, Kursi elected to shove all-in for a bit more than 30k. Mikk, who had him barely covered, quickly called. Kursi immediately mucked his cards and got up to leave. The dealter turned the mucked cards over: A 10 for a huge bluff.

Mikk tabled his K K and collected the 95k pot.

Kaido Mikk – 95,000
Justus Kursi – 0

Straight on the Board but Mattila Ousts Kovalevski with a Better Flush 26.05.2022 14:43 by Jason Glatzer

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Entries: 253/281

Jussi Mattila
Jussi Mattila

Jussi Mattila bet 8,000 into a pot of around 12,000 with four spades and a straight on the 5 2 A 3 4 board.

Artjom Kovalevski went into the tank for a couple of minutes before he called off his stack for nearly the same size as his bet.

“I knew it,” said Kovalevski after Mattila turned over K K for the nut-straight. Kovalevski showed his Q Q for the second-nuts before shortly after heading to the rail.

Jussi Mattila – 40,000

Artjom Kovalevski – 0

Ice Cold Bluff Not Working Out for Barkarson 26.05.2022 14:30 by Arved Klöhn

Level 4: 100 / 200 (200)

Entries: 253 / 275

At table 2 Brynjar Barkarson from Iceland was getting a massage and appeared to be the most comfortable player in the tournament.

After the hand we just witnessed, he might feel slightly less comfortable, though. On a 9 7 6 A 5 river with roughly 16k in the middle his lone opponent, Trond Sundby fired an almost tiny 3k bet. Barkarson raised to 10k and this raise was called almost instantly. Showdown:

Brynjar Barkarson: 10 10
Trond Sundby: J 8

Sundby, who was having a straight flush draw on the flop, backed into a straight and raked in this pot.

Brynjar Barkarson – 12,000
Trond Sundby – 50,000

Nilsen Picks Off Sirnes 26.05.2022 14:25 by Jason Glatzer

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Entries: 253/274

Silje Nilsen checked with about 11,000 in the pot with the 4 A 10 J 7 on the board. Terje Sirnes bet 6,000 and Nilsen went into the tank for about two minutes before she called.

Sirnes had an open-ended straight draw which didn’t complete with Q 9 . Nilsen then showed A Q for top pair to win the hand.

Silje Nilsen – 50,000

Terje Sirnes – 50,000

Roy Sorknes Survives a Flip 26.05.2022 14:18 by Arved Klöhn

Level 4: 200 / 200 (200)

Entries: 251 / 269

Over at table 18 Roy Sorknes was getting critically short, but managed to find a double up against Mart Tammoja.

On a 7 7 3 with already a couple thousand in the middle, Sorknes bet 5k – half his remaining stack and Tammoja moved all-in. Sorknes called instantly. Showdown:

Roy Sorknes – 9 9
Mart Tammoja – A K

Turn and River fell 3 and 10 – no help for Tammoja and he had to pay off Sorknes. Booth have almost the same amount if chips now.

Roy Sorknes – 26k
Mart Tammoja – 27k

Isberg Leaves Laprik on Crumbs 26.05.2022 14:17 by Jason Glatzer

Level 4: 100/200 (200)

Entries: 249/266

Kyoti Isberg had a rough go on Day 1a as he fired seven bullets yet didn’t find a bag. His first bullet on Day 1b is going better as he just doubled up through Sander Laprik as follows.

Isberg jammed for 20,225 into a pot of around 15,000 with the 2 6 7 10 after the turn. Justus Kursi folded and Laprik tossed in a single chip to call for most of his stack.

Kyoti Isberg: 10 9

Sander Laprik: 9 9

Isberg’s top pair held after the Q river completed the board to double his stack. Meanwhile, Laprik was left with crumbs, which he dusted off moments later.

Justus Kursi – 70,000

Kyoti Isberg – 55,000

Sander Laprik – 0

Silje Nilsen Gets Value With Tens 26.05.2022 14:06 by Arved Klöhn

Level 4: 100 / 200 (200)

Entries: 248 / 264

Almost in front of us at table 14 Silje Nilsen is sitting and sipping a beer. While sipping she managed to win a decent sized pot against Gudni Carrico.

On a 6-5-5-8-3-Board she managed to get several streets of value with T-T against Carrico’s 7-7. After she fired 3,500 on the river and Carrico called she collected a 12k pot and has almost double the starting stack.

Silje Nilsen – 55,000
Gudni Carrico – 20,000

Second Bullet for Gokcek 26.05.2022 13:54 by Jason Glatzer
Ant Gokcek
Ant Gokcek

PokerListings caught up with Ant Gokcek on the break and he shared with us that he is on his second bullet.

He shared with us that he lost a good amount of his first bullet with king-queen after calling bets on the ace-king-ten flop and a blank turn. He folded to a shove on the river and then lost the rest on a flip as follows.

Gokcek with ace-eight suited flopped a flush draw on an ace-high board and got his chips in against ace-king. No love came for Gokcek on the turn and river to temporarily hit the rail.

Gokcek’s family is in Tallinn with him, and he got to see his wife and baby during the break. Perhaps this will also lead to some love for Gokcek as well for his second bullet on Day 1b.

First Break, Some Counts 26.05.2022 13:41 by Arved Klöhn

The players are at the first break of the day. We tried to eyeball the biggest stacks in the room:

PlayerCountryChips
Shiyan FangItaly80,000
Andrey KoksEstonia62,000
Steinar LindbergNorway62,000
Justus KursiFinland60,000
Monica ThingboNorway58,000
Halldor JonssonIceland57,000
Armend SahitiFinland55,000
Terje SirnesNorway52,000
Markus KornfeldNorway51,000
Mikko YlämäkiFinland49,000
Tõnis ViikEstonia47,000
David BerggrenSweden47,000
Victoria BergstedtNorway46,000
Ville KonttinenFinland46,000
Conny ErikssonSweden42,000
Koskinen’s Rivered Straight Gets Paid 26.05.2022 13:21 by Arved Klöhn

Overbets can work, especially in smaller pots. Over at table 4 we just witnessed a hand where with roughly 2,500 in the middle the board read 10 6 3 K Q on the river.

Arnar Siguedsson checked to Heikki Koskinen who in turn slid out a 3,500 bet. Siguedsson didn’t take long to call. Showdown:

Siguedsson: K 9
Koskinen: A J

With his runnner-runner-straight the Fin raked in a pot worth almost 10k and is up to roughly 40k now.

Forendal Flops Top Set and Loses Most of his Stack 26.05.2022 13:09 by Jason Glatzer

Level 3: 75/150

Entries: 220/227

Halvor Dahlberg bet 1,600 into a pot of around 3,000 after the 10 9 7 came on the flop. Simon Forendal raised to 5,100 before he snap-called a jam by Dahlberg for 19,300.

Halvor Dahlberg: A K

Simon Forendal: 10 10

Forendal flopped top pair but needed to fade Dahlberg’s flush draw. The 5 turn was a safe card for Forendal but Dahlberg celebrated after he completed his flush with the 2 river completing the board.

Halvor Dahlberg – 43,000

Simon Forendal – 2,200

Bergman’s Bluff Fails with Nine-Trey 26.05.2022 12:54 by Jason Glatzer

Level 3: 75/150

Entries: 214/222

Armend Sahiti checked with about 25,000 in the pot and the 2 2 4 J 10 on the board. Peter Bergman bet 10,000 and Sahiti went into the tank for more than a minute before he made the call.

Bergman immediately turned over 9 3 and his bluff didn’t work with Sahiti calling down with 9 9 to win the pot.

Armend Sahiti – 50,000

Peter Bergman – 10,000

Main Event Emotions 26.05.2022 12:47 by Jason Glatzer
More Women, More Beers, no Bears 26.05.2022 12:44 by Arved Klöhn

With more than 200 players in the field, we did some counting.

Coolbet Open Chips

Currently we have 15 women playing – 7% of the field. That’s more than yesterday, for sure!

As yesterday, the number of beers is exceeding the number of coffees and energy drinks being consumed – we saw 14 beer glasses at the tables vs. 11 coffees and cokes.

The most important stat: 0 Cool Bears in the field. Too bad the mascot is not showing at the tables yet. He has many levels to late reg, though.

More than 200 Entries 26.05.2022 12:31 by Jason Glatzer

Day 1b has already attracted 209 entries with 205 players still in their seats. This is already more than the 192 entries attracted during the entirety of Day 1a.

Shiyan Fang with the Early Chip Lead 26.05.2022 12:08 by Jason Glatzer

Level 2: 50/100

Entries: 191/195

Shiyan Fang
Shiyan Fang

It is always nice to have a hot start to any event and Shiyan Fang is on the top of the world as she is sitting on a stack of nearly 100,000 chips. She explained a wild hand involving both Espen Ringstad and Arni Arnason near the end of Level 1 where she got it in preflop with kings against big slick and trey-deuce offsuit. Some of the other players at the table chuckled as she recalled the trey-deuce getting involved.

It all worked out for Fang as her cowboys held strong on a queen-high board.

Nut Flush for Laitinen 26.05.2022 11:58 by Jason Glatzer

Level 1: 25/50

Entries: 181/185

Jon Persent checked with about 4,000 in the pot and the 8 Q K 8 7 on the board. The action paused on Aklilu Laitinen, who eventually bet 2,300. Persent paused for a moment before he called.

Laitinen turned over A J for an ace-high flush and won the pot after his opponent mucked.

Meanwhile, the blinds increased shortly after this hand. Espen Ringstad and Arni Arnason won’t be joining them unless they re-enter as they lost their stacks during the opening blind level of Day 1b.

Aklilu Laininen – 35,000

Jon Persent – 20,000

Nordbotten Picks off a Bluff 26.05.2022 11:40 by Jason Glatzer

Level 1: 25/50

Entries: 166/168

Svein Nordbotten checked on the river with about 4,000 in the pot and the K 3 A 9 K on the board. Einar Omarsson fired out for 3,500. Nordbotten made the call and players showed their hands. Omarsson didn’t have much with J 10 and the pot went over to Nordbotten who turned over A 10 for two pair (aces over kings).

Meanwhile, at another table, Maksim Petrov, who fired two bullets on Day 1a, lost his first bullet on Day 1b and has already re-entered with hopes that his second bullet will be the one.

Svein Nordbotten – 35,000

Einar Omarsson – 25,000

Helgason’s Flush Wasn’t Good Enough to Survive 26.05.2022 11:19 by Jason Glatzer

Level 1: 25/50

Entries: 148/149

Fireworks already erupted on Table 3 just a few minutes into play. Steinar Lindberg bet 2,000 into a pot of a bit more with the 9 10 8 9 already on the board after the turn. Gisli Helgason jammed and Lindberg quickly called.

Gisli Helgason: 6 5

Steinar Lindberg: K J

“Oh shit,” Helgason said when he saw he was drawing dead despite flopping a flush.

The J river completed the board and Lindberg doubled his stack while sending Helgason packing as the first casualty of Day 1b.

Steinar Lindberg – 60,000

Gisli Helgason – 0

Day 1b Begins 26.05.2022 11:10 by Jason Glatzer

After the floor made some preliminary announcements, cards are in the air for Day 1b.

The field is already at 148 entries and will grow in a huge way with late registration open not only open throughout the day but also until the end of the first blind level of tomorrow’s Day 2. This figure is already near the 192 entries attracted during yesterday’s Day 1a.

Anders Auset, the runner-up in May 2019 of the Coolbet Open Main Event is among the players already in the Day 1b field are Ant Gokcek, Stig Moen, Carina Wald, and Andreas Hagen.

Welcome to Day 1b of the 2022 Coolbet Open Main Event 26.05.2022 10:35 by Jason Glatzer
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Welcome to the PokerListings coverage of the 2022 Coolbet Open Main Event taking place at the fantastic Olympic Casino and adjoining Hilton Park Tallinn in the majestic Estonian capital of Tallinn.

It’s almost summer in Estonia and live poker is back in a huge way in Tallinn. The Coolbet Open features dozens of poker events highlighted by the Main Event with a buy-in of €550. All the Main Event satellites are over and done already but players can register and re-enter the entire day today and tomorrow – even the day after tomorrow before day 2 starts.

The Main Event has two starting flights and allows unlimited re-entries. Players start with 30,000 chips at 100/100 blinds (with a 100 big blind ante) and 45 minutes per level. The starting flights will play from 12:00 until roughly 20:30 and will end well before the money ranks have been reached.

Players will have plenty of opportunities to build a monster stack with late registration not only open throughout both opening flights but also can re-enter on Day 2 until late registration closes after the first blind level of the penultimate day.

Whether it will be larger than the last record-breaking Coolbet Open when Ott Kaarli Toome defeated a field of 686 entries to win the €71,700 top prize in November 2019 will be known by the end of today.

We already know that yesterday’s Day 1a had 193 runners – 11 more than Day 1a of the biggest Coolbet Open in 2019 had and Ranno Sootla is in the lead with 350,000 chips.

Ranno Sootla
Ranno Sootla

The Coolbet Open also features an illustrious selection of side events, including a €220 PLO event, a €330 5-Card-PLO event, a €165 8-Game event and a €1,100 Big Classic NLH Highroller. On Saturday there will also be a Coolbet Golf & Poker Championship at 9:00 in the morning.

Follow along with the action when the cards are in the air at 12 pm EEST.

Coolbet Open 2022 Schedule

DateTimeEvent
May 235 p.m.€60 Mega Satellite to The €550 Coolbet Open Main Event
8 p.m.€20 Satellite to the €220 Coolbet Open Warm Up
May 242 p.m.€20 Satellite to the €220 Coolbet Open Warm Up
6 p.m.€220 Coolbet Open Warm Up
9 p.m.€60 Mega Satellite to The €550 Coolbet Open Main Event
May 2512 p.m.Coolbet Open €550 Main Event Day 1a
3 p.m.€220 Pot Limit Omaha
5 p.m.€20 Satellite to the Coolbet Open €330 Deep Stack Championship
9 p.m.Coolbet Open €330 Deep Stack Championship Day 1
11 p.m.€115 Wednesday Night NLH Hyper Turbo
May 2612 p.m.Coolbet Open €550 Main Event Day 1b
5 p.m.€15 One Hand Texas Hold’em Flips to €165 NLH
7 p.m.€165 NLH Single Re-Entry
9 p.m.€330 Pot Limit Omaha 4 & 5 Cards/ Round of Each Day 1
9 p.m.Coolbet Open €330 Deep Stack Championship Final Day
11 p.m.€115 Thursday Night NLH Hyper Turbo
May 2712 p.m.Coolbet Open €550 Main Event Day 2
3 p.m.One Hand Texas Hold’em Flips to Coolbet Open €440 Main Sweat
5 p.m.Coolbet Open €440 Main Sweat Day 1
7 p.m.€165 Coolbet Open 8 Game
9 p.m.€330 Pot Limit Omaha 4 & 5 Cards/ Round of Each Final Day
9 p.m.Coolbet Special €220 NLH
10 p.m.€330 PLO Day 1
11 p.m.€115 Friday Night NLH Hyper Turbo
May 289 a.m.Coolbet Golf & Poker Championships
12 p.m.Coolbet Open €550 Main Event Final Day
12 p.m.Coolbet Open €440 Main Sweat Final Day
12 p.m.€60 Satellite to The €1100 Coolbet Open NLH Big Classic
1 p.m.€330 PLO Final Day
2 p.m.€220 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo
3 p.m.€1100 Coolbet NLH Big Classic
3 p.m.Coolbet Open €115 Ladies Only
5 p.m.€220 Open Face Chinese Pineapple
7 p.m.Coolbet Open €220 Bounty Hunter
9 p.m.€115 Pot Limit Omaha
May 291 p.m.€115 Hyper Turbo Version Of The Coolbet Open Main Event

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