Eirik Kristiansen Leads the Final of the Festival in Tallinn

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.

Oleksandra Shenderei
Oleksandra Shenderei

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

NameChipsBig Blinds
Eirik Kristiansen4,390,00088
Rando Liiber3,120,00062
Kristoffer Winterstein1,970,00039
Jari Mähönen1,955,00039
Mikael Viggander1,800,00036
Gregory Partridge1,255,00025
Jero Keitaanranta1,225,00025
Sascha Manns445,0009
Toivo Ojasoo390,0008

Full Payouts

PlacePlayerPrize Money
10Oleksandra Shenderei€3,950
11Mikael Zackariasen€3,050
12Inigo Naveiro€3,050
13Agris Noviks€2,400
14Alberigo Stellanello€2,400
15Jyri Merivirta€1,980
16Juhana Leinonen€1,980
17Ronny Albrigtsen€1,980
18Jeroen Aarts€1,980
19Stefan Bittger€1,980
20Svante Nilsson€1,980
21Vasilijs Aleksejenko€1,980
22Pal Oygarden€1,980
23Eric Wasylenko€1,980
24Kiu Jin Ha€1,980
25Peder Behr€1,730
26Vambo Laud€1,730
27Lars Eklund€1,730
28Johan Palokangas€1,730
29Torsti Kinnunen€1,730
30Henri Wagner€1,730
31Maksim Petrov€1,730
32Thor Dahlbeck€1,730
33Tobias Napel€1,520
34Tihomir Yanev€1,520
35Anne Standal€1,520
36Jarkko Kuusisto€1,520
37Juho Heiska€1,520
38Lasse Laukkarinen€1,520
39Greger Larsson€1,520
40Jari Hurri€1,520
41Totti Lind€1,350
42Meelis Ahman€1,350
43Erki Andressoo€1,350
44Heikki Huhtala€1,350
45Juris Hlibovs€1,350
46Totti Matias Arosuo€1,350
47Edvin Ström€1,350
48Terje Sirnes€1,350
49Marlon Andrey Lopez Martinez€1,200
50Per Lindström€1,200
51Aleksandr Kuperman€1,200
52Madis Ormisson€1,200
53Massi Mirza€1,200
54Oskar Engvall€1,200
55Krzystof Budka€1,200
56Johan Alen€1,200
57Rune Hastrup€1,100
58Hanno Kerem€1,100
59Taago Tamm€1,100
60Oyvind Kildal Stangnes€1,100
61Alex Lianes€1,100
62Krystian Nalepka€1,100
63Phenporn Laatikainen€1,100
64Benny Hagberg€1,100
65Lars Hole€1,100
66Aleksiy Baranovskiy€1,100
67Jani Tuovinen€1,100
68Gregory Bregy€1,100
69Maria Ling€1,100
70Pyry Kekäläinen€1,100
71Teemu Kailasvuo€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.

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