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Adam Kharman Wins Kings of Tallinn Main Event and Team Competition

Adam Kharman Wins Kings of Tallinn Main Event and Team Competition

The 2022 Kings of Tallinn was a massive success with 25 trophy events attracting more than 3,000 entries with more than €1 million in prize pools and bounties awarded.

The poker action was buzzing from Sept. 12-18 at Olympic Park Casino and the adjoining Hilton Tallinn Park with a robust tournament and satellite schedule designed by Tournament Director Teresa Nousiaisen along with cash games running around the clock.

Australian poker globetrotter Adam Kharman was easily the star of the festival as he not only defeated a field of 328 entries in the Kings of Tallinn €1,100 Main Event for €64,280 but also won the Kings of Tallinn Team Challenge as part of Team Duce alongside teammates Zachary Duce, Rasmus Sepping, and Michael Behnert.

“I’m so happy,” shared Kharman to PokerListings after winning the Main Event. “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!”

Adam Kharman Wins Kings of Tallinn Main Event

Adam Kharman Wins 2022 Kings of Tallinn Main Event
Adam Kharman Wins 2022 Kings of Tallinn Main Event

The Kings of Tallinn Main Event was a deep and well-structured no-limit hold'em affair  with hour-long blind levels throughout the event. The event was live reported from beginning to end by PokerListings and attracted 328 entries to create a €308,820 prize pool with the top 39 players securing at least a €1,900 min-cash.

Adam Kharman finished sixth in the Kings of Tallinn Main Event last year and shared with PokerListings around the start of the penultimate day that he was looking to do even better this year. Not only did he do better, but he went on to win the Main Event for €64,280 after defeating Kurt Skimmeland in one of the most commanding performances in an international Main Event in Estonian history.

Kharman came into the final table with the chip lead and never let go going coast-to-coast as the table captain while also eliminating four final tablists en route to victory with Skimmeland eliminating the other three players. It wasn't easy picking for Kharman as it was the final table featured lots of talent including the red-hot Algirdas Saveikis, who recently won the Euro Poker Million for €172,850, WSOP bracelet winner Vincas Tamasauskas, and Finnish poker legend Ilari "Ziigmund" Sahamies.

All three of these players were never able to get anything going along with the rest of the final table thanks to the relentless aggression displayed by Kharman until his strategy changed during heads-up play against Skimmeland.

“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

Kharman Wins Team Competition

As we already mentioned, Adam Kharman not only won the Main Event but his victory helped Team Duce win the coveted Team Challenge competition for a share of the €15,360 top prize alongside teammates Zachary Duce, Rasmus Sepping, and Michael Behnet.

Kharman wasn't the only player on the team to win a trophy on the team as fellow Aussie Sepping also won a big event after defeating a field of 278 entries to win the Kings of Tallinn €550 for €27,140.

Meanwhile, Timon Pojat, featuring Akseli Paalanene, Ilari Tahkokallio, Heikki Piira, and Arto Loikkanen, finished runner-up in the Team Challenge for €5,120.

Rasmus Sepping
Rasmus Sepping

Mattila and Haider Win Two Side Event Trophies Each

Many eyes were on the side events with each non-satellite event attracting at least 12 entries contributing to points on the Team Challenge leaderboard.

Players from far and near won trophies including local Estonian Ilya Nikiforov agreeing to a deal with fellow Estonian Igor Pihela Jr. en route to win the Kings of Tallinn €3,000 High Roller for €36,390.

Lithuanians showed their presence with not only two players from the small Baltic country winning trophies but also with Albert Ostrovskij, Domas Juozėnas, Giedrė Stepulionienė, and Laurynas Černiauskas all finding Kings of Tallinn gold in side events.

As usual, the Finnish players were out in full force with Joel Holmberg, Arto Lehtonen, Jari Hurri, Risto Pönniö, and Jarkko Suokas all going home with a trophy. Meanwhile, Jussi Mattila will take back to Finland two trophies as he not only won the €150 Celebrity Event for €7,235 but also won the €250 Team Event alongside fellow Finns Veli-Pekka Alakorva, Henri Schalin, and Heikki Heinonen.

Austria's Bernhard Haider also won two trophies after shipping the €120 PLO Mix 4, 5 & 6 Cards for €3,650 and the €150 OlyBet Special for €5,322.

Germany's Fabian Bartuschk, Norway's Nicolai Vold, American Richard Randolph Jr., Slovakia's David Berdis, Scotland's Kevin Wood, Spain's Juan Carlos Vecino Dueñas, and Poland's Bartosz Mielczarek and Arkadiusz Liszewski also were victorious in side events at the 2022 Kings of Tallinn.

2022 Kings of Tallinn Results

EventEntriesPrize PoolWinnerCountryPrizeNotes
Event #2: €350 Opening Event166€49,152Albert OstrovskijLithuania€13,010
Event #3: €250 DeepStack Mystery Bounty280€31,584Fabian BartuschkGermany€7,634Not including Bounties
Event #5: €150 Celebrity Event284€34,704Jussi MattilaFinland€7,235
Event #6: Kings of Tallinn €550 278€130,660Rasmus SeppingAustralia€27,140
Event #9: €440 8-Game Championship38€14,288Joel HolmbergFinland€5,360
Event #10: €250 NLH 8-max140€28,952Nicolai VoldNorway€5,329Three-way Deal
Event #11: €120 PL Omaha 4/590€8,460Richard Randolph Jr.United States€2,520
Event #13: Kings of Tallinn €1,100 Main Event 328€308,320Adam KharmanAustralia€64,280
Event #14: €250 5 Card PLO & Draw31€6,410Sampo RyynänenFinland€2,950
Event #16: €440 Progressive Bounty136€25,568Bartosz MielczarekPoland€5,609Not including Bounties
Event #17: €250 Team Event14€2,895Veli-Pekka Alakorva, Henri Schalin, Heikki Heinonen & Jussi MattilaFinland€1,737
Event #19: €350 OlyBet DeepStack209€61,884Arto LehtonenFinland€13,215
Event #20: €1,100 PL Omaha Championship32€30,080Arkadiusz LiszewskiPoland€12,030
Event #21: €660 Mystery Bounty88€24,816Domas JuozėnasLithuania€6,940Not including Bounties
Event #22: €120 Win the Button114€10,716David BerdisSlovakia€2,900
Event #23: €120 PLO Mix 4, 5 & 6 Cards180€16,920Bernhard HaiderAustria€3,650
Event #25: €350 Open Face Chinese Pineapple29€8,587Kevin WoodScotland€3,435Heads-up Deal
Event #26: Kings of Tallinn €3,000 High Roller39€104,481Ilya NikiforovEstonia€36,390Heads-up Deal
Event #27: €60 Ladies Event72€3,456Giedrė StepulionienėLithuania€1,076
Event #28: €150 OlyBet Special228€27,862Bernhard HaiderAustria€5,322
Event #29: €550 Senior’s Championship31€14,880Jari HurriFinland€6,090
Kings of Tallinn €150 Online PKO Event85€11,475Juan Carlos Vecino DueñasSpain€2,895 + $1,050 WSOP Online TicketNot including Bounties
Event #30: €250 PL 2-7 Triple Draw19€3,929Risto PönniöFinland€1,960
Event #31: €250 NLH 8-max120€24,816Jarkko SuokasFinland€5,406Three-way Deal
Event #32: €120 Turbo Version of the ME80€7,520Laurynas ČerniauskasLithuania€2,390
Kings of Tallinn 2022 Team Challenge39€20,481Duces of TallinnAustralia€15,360
Ilari Sahmies & Aleksandras Rusinovs
Ilari Sahmies & Aleksandras Rusinovs

*Images courtesy of Kings of Tallinn photographer Elena Kask

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