2022 Coolbet Open Live Blog

2022 Coolbet Open Live Blog


Kaido Mikk Wins the 2022 Coolbet Open Spring Edition Main Event (€65,700) 28.05.2022 23:33 by Jason Glatzer
Kaido Mikk
Kaido Mikk

Estonia’s Kaido Mikk etched his name into the Coolbet Open history books after an epic come-from-behind victory heads-up against Finland’s Mikko Ylamaki in the 2022 Coolbet Open Spring Edition €550 Main Event to bank €65,700.

Mikk was near the top of the chip counts throughout the final day after a late surge on Day 2 before eventually getting heads-up against Ylamaki, who had the chip lead to start the day and on the entire final table until that point. The heads-up battle was a back and forth five-hour marathon with both players having each other on the ropes before Mikk pulled out the victory at the end.

For Mikk, it was the first international live poker tournament victory on his poker resume according to The Hendon Mob and easily his largest win with the victory heads-and-toes above the $10,180 Mikk accumulated leading into the event.

The event itself was a rousing success and even exceeded expectations despite a 2 1/2 year gap in Coolbet Open events due to the pandemic. The Coolbear, of course, was back along with tons of fun and comraderly among new players and old. The Main Event itself was the second biggest in its five event history with 648 entries generating a massive €311,040 prize pool. The top 79 players were scheduled to make at least a min-cash of €1,020, however, two players were eliminated on the same hand during hand-for-hand play in Line Lindsholm and Henning Stalsberg, who both officially cashed for €510 each.

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2022 Coolbet Open Main Event Final Table Payouts

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Kaido MikkEstonia€65,700
2Mikko YlämäkiFinland€42,800
3Kalle MikkonenFinland€26,600
4Paulius KostickisLithuania€20,700
5Vegard AndreassenNorway€15,260
6Atli ThrastarsonIceland€10,170
7Quang DoanFinland€8,000
8Ylva ThorsrudNorway€6,800
9David BerggrenSweden€5,650

Final Day Action

Ylamaki led the final 18 players to start the final day, each securing a min-cash of at least €2,100 with runner-up Ylamaki in the lead and eventual winner Mikk in fifth place.

It wasn’t looking good for the trophy for a second straight festival after Ott Karli Toome won the last Coolbet Open Main Event in November 2019 with three Estonians hitting the rail before the final table in Ranno Sootla (13th – €2,900), Tarmo Tammel (14th – €2,900), and Tanel Evert (18th – €2,100). Raymond Vilnes, Marthe Lyngvar, Kalle Ly, Thomas Hansen, and Renta Elina Kris Gatos also advanced to the final day but fell short of the final table before Ylamaki ousted Eetu Sepponen on the final table bubble.

Final Table Action

2022 Coolbet Open Final Table
2022 Coolbet Open Final Table

Ylamaki began the final table with the chip lead with Mikk as his closest competitor and the eliminations took place at a relatively fast place before heads-up play began.

Fireworks erupted nearly immediately with after Sweden’s David Berggren jamming kings and hit the rail after Lithuania’s Paulius Kostickis woke up with aces. Kostickas was the table terminator early on as he also took out popular Norwegian poker streamer Ylva Thorsrud on a flip when his king-queen suited got there against nines.

Ylamaki was dealt aces more than once at the feature table before the final table began and got them once again to the dismay of Quang Doan who unsuccessfully got his stack in with sixes.

Vegard Andreassen then dispatched the short-stacked Atli Thrastarson when his queen-four improved against king-five. Andreassen’s success was short lived as he lost a flip for his tournament life soon after losing a flip with fives against Mikk, who committed more than half his stack with ace-jack.

Ylamaki then delivered a cooler to Kostickas when his cowboys held against a suited big slick to leave just three players remaining. Moments later, Kalle Mikkonen was eliminated on the podium after his ace-four didn’t hold against Mikk’s ten-eight.

Five Hour Heads-Up Marathon

Ylamaki began what turned out to be a nearly five-hour heads-up marathon with nearly double the stack of Mikk. The tables were quickly turned with Mikk winning small pot after small pot early on to win the chip lead before extending it to a 3:1 chip advantage.

It wasn’t close to over yet, as Ylamaki won a timely flip to double his stack when his ace-nine won against Mikk’s fives. Ylamaki won a few hands and had Mikk down to four big blinds before Mikk mounted an epic comeback for the ages.

Mikk first doubled with king-five against king-four before sucking out and doubling up a second time when his ace-nine connected with an ace to beat queens. At this point, Mikk had the lead. Ylamaki jammed with jack-seven and couldn’t win the flip to stay alive after Mikk called with fours.

Congratulations to Kaido Mikk for an amazing victory in the Coolbet Open and see you next time!

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Kaido Mikk & Friends

* Hands live reported by Arved Klohn and Jason Glatzer
* Photos courtesy of the Coolbet Open / Elena Kask

Final Table Payouts 28.05.2022 22:12 by Jason Glatzer

Here is a look at the final table payouts of the 2022 Coolbet Open Main Event. Stay tuned for the recap in about an hour.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Kaido MikkEstonia€65,700
2Mikko YlämäkiFinland€42,800
3Kalle MikkonenFinland€26,600
4Paulius KostickisLithuania€20,700
5Vegard AndreassenNorway€15,260
6Atli ThrastarsonIceland€10,170
7Quang DoanFinland€8,000
8Ylva ThorsrudNorway€6,800
9David BerggrenSweden€5,650
Mikko Ylamaki Eliminated in 2nd Place (€42,800) 28.05.2022 22:09 by Jason Glatzer

Level 35: 200,000/400,000 (400,000)
Entries: 2/848

Mikko Ylamaki
Mikko Ylamaki

Mikko Ylamaki jammed the button with J 7 for 3.7 million and Kaido Mikk called with 4 4 to put Ylamaki at risk in a coin flip situation.

Ylamaki bricked the 10 3 6 Q 10 board and Kaido Mikk is the latest 2022 Coolbet Open Main Event champion for €65,700.

Meanwhile, Mikko will collect the runner-up prize of €42,800.

Kaido Mikk – 19.5 million
Mikko Ylamaki – 0

Kaido Mikk Doubles Again, Leads Again 28.05.2022 22:03 by Arved Klöhn

Level 35: 200k / 400k (400k)
Entries: 2 / 648 Entries

Finally, Ylämäki found a hand too good to fold before the flop: Q Q . He raised to 800k from the button and Mikk instantly shoved with A 9 in the big blind. Ylämäki called.

The board gave Mikk a better pair: A 9 5 10 2 .

With this 30/70 lucky punch, Kaido Mikk doubled back into the chip lead.

Kaido Mikk – 15.8M
Mikko Ylämäki – 3.7M

Mikk Finds a Doube Up 28.05.2022 21:48 by Arved Klöhn

Level 35: 200k / 400k (400k)
Entries: 2 / 648 Entries

Ylämäki moved all-in with K 4 for 2.2m. Mikk called with K 5 .

Board: 3 2 8 10 A

With that hand Mikk doubled up to 4.8M

Kaido Mikk – 4.8M
Mikko Ylämäki – 14.8M

Mikk on Fumes 28.05.2022 21:43 by Jason Glatzer

Level 35: 200,000/400,000 (400,000)
Entries: 2/848

Kaido Mikko bet 5 million out of his stack of 6.6 million with K 8 from the button and was Calle by Mikko Ylamaki from the big blind with A 8 .

Ylamaki jammed and Miik folded for his remaining stack of 1.6 million after the 10 Q 9 landed on the flop and had only four big blinds left in his stack.

Mikko Ylamaki – 17.9 million
Kaido Mikk – 1.6 million

Mikko Ylämäki Doubles Again 28.05.2022 21:01 by Arved Klöhn

Level 34: 150k / 300k (300k)
Entries: 2 / 648 Entries

Mikka Ylämäki
Mikka Ylämäki

For some reason, Ylämäki moved all-in cold from the button with Q 10 for 5.7M. Kaido called the shove with 4 4

The board ran out 10 8 3 2 6 .

With his top pair Ylämäki won his 2nd coin flip and doubled up again.

Mikko Ylämäki – 11.7M
Kaido Mikk – 7.8M

Mikk Gets Some Chips Back 28.05.2022 20:48 by Jason Glatzer

Level 33: 125,000/250,000 (250,000)

Entries: 2/848

Kaido Mikk limped with 8 5 from the button before he called a raise to 800,000 by Mikko Ylamaki with A 10 .

Both players checked the 9 7 Q flop. Ylamaki connected his ten for second pair on the 10 turn and fired out for 600,000. Mikk called to see the K river.

Ylamaki checked and Mikk, who whiffed the board, fired out for 1,000,000. Ylamaki quickly folded the best hand. Players went on a quick break a couple of hands later.

Ylamaki Wins a Flip to Double His Stack 28.05.2022 20:37 by Jason Glatzer

Level 33: 125,000/250,000 (250,000)

Entries: 2/848

Mikko Ylamaki
Mikko Ylamaki

Mikko Ylamaki opened for 500,000 with A 9 . Kaido Mikk jammed with 5 5 and Ylamaki called off for his stack of 4.1 million.

It could have all been over if Mikk won the flip. But instead, Ylamaki connected his ace on the Q Q A 7 3 board to bring the stacks closer to even.

Kaido Mikk – 11.1 million

Mikko Ylamaki – 8.4 million

Raise, All-In, No Call 28.05.2022 20:27 by Arved Klöhn

Level 33: 125k / 250k (250k)
Entries: 2 / 648 Entries

Action has almost grinded to a halt during the last hour. Now we just got an all-in, one of our first ones: Mikko Ylämäki raised from the button to 500k with A 5 . Mikk moved all-in with 7 7 which got Ylämäki to fold.

Mikk Kaido – 14M
Mikko Ylämäki – 5.8M

Level 33 – No Deal, No Winner Yet 28.05.2022 20:05 by Arved Klöhn

Level 33: 125k / 250k (250k)
Entries: 2 / 648 Entries

After a short break, we’re at level 33 with the big blind at 250k.

By now Ylämäki, who could not catch many strong hands so far is down to 21 big blinds.

Mikk Kaido – 14.2M
MiKko Ylämäki – 5.2M

Mikk Out-Flops Ylämäki Again 28.05.2022 19:50 by Arved Klöhn

Level 32: 100k / 200k (200k)
Entries: 2 / 648 Entries

Mikko Ylämäki raised with K 10 to 450k and Mikk called with Q 9

Flop: Q 5 2 – Ylämäki bet 350k and Mikk called.

Turn: 3 – Both players checked.

River: J – Mikk elected to bet 900k and Ylämäki quickly folded his king-high.

Mikk Kaido – 13.8M
MiKko Ylämäki – 5.5M

Mikko Ylämäki Whiffs; Down to 5M 28.05.2022 19:45 by Arved Klöhn

Level 32: 100k / 200k (200k)
Entries: 2 / 648 Entries

From the button Mikko Ylämäki limped with J 4 . Mikk checked with 10 6 .

Flop: 9 4 2 . Mikk checked, Ylämäki made it 200k and Mikk elected to check-raise to 700k. Ylämäki called the raise.

Turn: 10 . Now Mikk hit top pair and elected to check to the raiser. Ylämäki checked behind.

River: 9 . Mikk checked his top pair again and Ylämäki checked his whiffed draw with a low pair behind.

Kaido Mikk – 14M
Mikko Ylämäki – 5M

Ylämäki Gets No Value After Flopping a Boat 28.05.2022 19:30 by Arved Klöhn

Level 32: 100k / 200k (200k)
Entries: 2 / 648 Entries

Ylämäki found Q 9 on the button and elected to limp. Mikk checked with 10 6

The flop fell Q 9 9 , giving Ylämäki a boat. Mikk bet out 200k and immediately Ylämäki slid out a raise.

This got Mikk to fold and Ylämäki got almost no value out of his flopped boat.

Mikk – 13M
Ylämäki – 6.7M

Set for Ylämäki 28.05.2022 19:04 by Arved Klöhn

Level 31: 75k / 150k (150k)
Entries: 2 / 648 Entries

Miko Ylämäki received 2 2 on the button and he limped. Mikk checked his option with K 4 .

Flop: 10 5 2 – Mikk bet out 150k and Ylämäki raised with his set to 400k. This got Mikk to fold his nothing and Ylämäki didn’t get much out of his flopped set.

Mikk – 11m

Ylämäki – 8.5m

Ylamaki Halts Mikk’s Momentum with a Wheel 28.05.2022 19:01 by Jason Glatzer

Level 31: 75,000/150,000 (150,000)

Entries: 2/848

Kaido Mikk limped from the button with Q 9 and Mikko Ylamaki checked back with 4 3 .

Ylamaki bet 150,000 on the 4 2 J flop. Mikk raised to 500,000 and Ylamaki called. Ylamaki checked after he improved to a wheel on the A turn. Mikk fired out for 800,000. Ylamaki raised to 2,000,000 with the nuts and won the hand after Mikk snap-folded.

Kaido Mikk – 11.6 million

Mikko Ylamaki – 7.9 million

Ylämäki Still Composed, Manages to Lay Down Strong Hand 28.05.2022 18:44 by Arved Klöhn

Level 31: 75k / 150k
Entries: 2 / 648 Entries

Mikko Ylämäki hasn’t had much luck over the past hour and lost more than half of his stack in the heads-up. But he’s still composed and can read his opponent well, despite having lost most of the hands against Mikk.

On the button Ylämäki found K Q and he raised to 350k. Mikk woke up with K K and made it 1.1M – a huge re-raise from the big blind.

Ylämäki, who hasn’t seen his opponent see 3-bet at all in the past hour, managed to fold his only seemingly strong hand.

Mikk – 12M
Ylämäki – 7.6M

Another Full House for Mikk 28.05.2022 18:30 by Jason Glatzer

Level 31: 75,000/150,000 (150,000)

Entries: 2/848

It’s been all Kaido Mikk during heads-up play as he continues to connect his cards and win pot after pot against Mikko Ylamaki including the following hand.

Ylamaki opened for 350,000 from the button with 10 5 and was called by Mikk with K 6 .

Mikk check-called for 250,000 after he improved to top two pair on the K 4 6 flop and further improved to a full house on the K turn. The 2 river completed the board and Mikk checked again. Ylamaki didn’t fall into the trap and checked back and the dealer awarded Mikk the pot.

Kaido Mikk – 12.4 million

Mikko Ylamaki – 7.1 million

Broadway for Mikk on a Scary Board 28.05.2022 18:24 by Jason Glatzer

Level 30: 75,000/150,000 (150,000)

Entries: 2/848

Kaido Mikk limped from the button with A 10 before Mikko Ylamaki checked his option from the big blind with A 7 .

Ylamaki check-called for 150,000 after both players improved to top pair on the A K 2 flop before he checked again on the J turn. Mikk fired out for 500,000 and Ylamaki called.

Mikk was ahead but improved even more to Broadway on the Q river but was also a scary card for both players with a fourth club on the board. 

Both players checked and Mikk extended his lead with the best hand.

Kaido Mikk – 11.8 million

Mikko Ylamaki – 7.7 million

Kaido Mikk Takes the Lead 28.05.2022 18:12 by Arved Klöhn

Level 28: 50k / 125k
Entries: 2 / 648 Entries

Mikko Ylämäki found Q J on the button and made it 300k to go. With A J in the big blind Kaido Mikk re-raised to 1M. This got Ylämäki to fold his hand.

After this hand, Mikk overtook Ylämäki in the chip count. He’s in the leas with 9.9M vs 9.5M

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