Eirik Kristiansen Leads the Final of the Festival in Tallinn
The nine finalists of the Main Event of the Festival in Tallinn have been determined. Eirik Kristiansen leads ahead of Jari Mähönen. Tomorrow, the nine players will come back to play the final starting at noon local time. The winner will take home over €56,000.
It was just a short third day at the Olympic Casino in Tallinn. The day started with 30 players, but many of them had only a rather small amount of chips. Accordingly, the eliminations in the first levels of the day went quickly. After just one hour, there were only 20 players left in the casino and shortly after that, the field had reached two tables.
At this time, the players' decisions took a little longer. Nobody wanted to lose a hand so close to the final because of a suboptimal decision and although many actions were only raise and fold, many hands took several minutes to complete.
The last player to be eliminated in Day 3 and just one seat away from the final table was WPT Global qualifier Oleksandra Shenderei. She had a rather small stack the whole day and was fighting for survival most of the time. In the end, however, her fight was unsuccessful. With 5-5 she lost a flip against Rando Liiber who held A-J. The board immediately gave Liiber a full house: A-7-7-J-J. With that, Shenderei was the last player eliminated before the final table and also became the "Last Woman Standing" in the tournament.
In the lead is now Eirik Kristiansen with almost 4.4 million chips. This gives him a sizeable lead over Rando Liiber, who will enter the final table in second place in the count with 3.1 million chips.
Finalists' Chip Counts
|24||Kiu Jin Ha||€1,980|
|46||Totti Matias Arosuo||€1,350|
|49||Marlon Andrey Lopez Martinez||€1,200|
|60||Oyvind Kildal Stangnes||€1,100|
All remaining players are already assured €3,950, but there is a big difference between this amount and the €56,100 to grab for first place. Who will win the lion's share of the prize money and the winner's trophy? There will be a live stream from around 1.30 pm.
There are more side events on the schedule tomorrow, including the €1,050 Open Face Chinese High Roller at 12pm (EEST) and the highly anticipated The Festival Queens event at 1 pm.
You can follow all the action over at TheFestival.com and read up on our daily recaps here.