Main Event Begins at Noon

Tallinn Summer Showdown

Welcome to the PokerListings coverage of the 2022 Tallinn Summer Showdown €1,100 Main Event at Olympic Park Casino and the adjoining Hilton Tallinn Park.

The Main Event features two opening flights, both taking place today, with Day 1a kicking off at noon followed by a turbo Day 1b at 8 p.m.

Players will start with 30,000 in chips equating to 300 big blinds for the first two blind levels and will have plenty of opportunities to build a monster stack with late registration not only open throughout both opening flights but also during the first blind level of tomorrow's Day 2. The tournament boasts a deep structure with hour-long blind levels. The main exception to this rule will be on Day 1b, which is described as a turbo flight but still provides plenty of time to make moves with 30-minute blind levels. Players will bag their stacks after eight blind levels of play. The shorter days allow players to also enjoy the plethora of side events on the schedule.

History of the Tallinn Summer Showdown Main Event

Players were itching for something new during the summer as they didn’t want to wait a year for the popular Kings of Tallinn during the summer time.

Finnish tournament director Teresa Nousiainen, who coincidentally was also the tournament director of The Festival Series Tallinn a couple of weeks ago, saw the potential and created the Tallinn Summer Showdown in 2017. Unlike many other festivals that went on hiatus during the pandemic, the Tallinn Summer Showdown was able to host its event every year thanks to restrictions lifted throughout Northern Europe during the summer season.

Finland’s Jukko Koskela navigated through a field of 127 entries during the inaugural Main Event in 2017 to win the €33,200 top prize. Since then, three big names in poker with Jargo AlaväliMathias Siljander, and Scottish poker phenom Niall "Firaldo" Farrell were all crowned champions from 2018 to 2020.

Last year was the biggest Tallinn Summer Showdown event of them all when Kristian Zitting bested a field of 286 entries to win the €56,500 top prize.

YearEntriesPrize PoolWinnerCountryPrizeNotes
2017127€120,650Jukka KoskelaFinland€33,200
2018165€156,750Jargo AlaväliEstonia€33,077Three-Way Deal
2019195€185,250Mathias SiljanderFinland€46,700
2020179€153,045Niall "Firaldo" FarrellScotland€32,125Heads-Up Deal
2021286€271,700Kristian ZittingFinland€56,500
Mathias Siljander
Mathias Siljander

Thursday's Schedule

Players will have no shortage of options today on what to play as in addition to the Main Event and the nonstop cash games, today also features plenty of side event action including the €250 Pot Limit Sviten Special at 3 p.m., the €440 5 Card PLO PKO at 9 p.m. and the €120 Short Deck at 10 p.m.

In addition, players will have a chance to get into the Main Event cheaper than the advertised €1,100 buy-in with a €20 rake-free satellite taking place just before the Main Event begins at 11:30 a.m.

Last, but not least, Spain's David Comeron leads the final 37 players in the €550 SSD, which will begin its second and final day shortly after players bag chips on Day 1a of the Main Event at 9 p.m.

11:30 a.m.13Rake free satellite to the Main Event€ 20
12 p.m.14NLH Summer Showdown Main Event Day 1A€ 1,100
2 p.m.15NLH Satellite to ME 1B€ 120
3 p.m.16Pot Limit Sviten Special€ 250
8 p.m.14NLH Summer Showdown Main Event Day 1B Turbo€ 1,100
9 p.m.7NLH 550 € SSD Final Day
9 p.m.175 Card PLO Progressive KnockOut 6-Max€ 440
10 p.m.18NLH Short Deck 6-Max€ 120

Stay tuned at PokerListings as we bring you the action of Day 1a of the Tallinn Summer Showdown Main Event.

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