Recap of the first two days at Tallinn Summer Showdown 2019

Posted on 25. July 2019

Recap of the first two days at Tallinn Summer Showdown 2019

Estonia’s Marek Kaldaäär wins the Tallinn Summer Showdown Opening Event

The opening event with a buy-in of 220€ attracted a record amount of 147 entries to the tournament, boosting the total prize pool up to a whopping 27 930€! The tournament started on July 23 at 20:00 and the winner was crowned at midnight.

After a deal was agreed on heads-up between eventual champion Marek Kaldaäär and runner-up Jani Touvinen, the play continued for a short time until Kaldaäär beat Tuovinen in heads-up play to claim the trophy and added 1100€ Main Event ticket for his effort.

The final results of event #3 - Summer Showdown Opening Event:






Marek Kaldaäär


€6,120* + €1,100 Main Event Seat


Jani Tuovinen




David Sofio




Marko Paukkunen




Aleksi Naski




Mikael Andersson




Andres Heinsoo




Rain Heeringas




Risto Olkkola



 *Prize according to the agreed deal

Champions to be crowned

Wednesday 24th, the second day of the festival, featured six different tournaments. Two of them – 550€ Championship Event and 330€ Bounty – were two-day events. Both tournaments continue today at 21:00 and the final results will be released tomorrow.

In the Championship Event, 17 players out of 173 entries made it to the money and final day, including 4 Estonians. 

Bounty tournament played down to final 6 from 88 runners. The final 6 are heavily dominated by Finnish players, featuring only one Estonian.

Players that advanced to the final day of 550€ Championship event and chip counts:

Niko Johannes Korhonen 92 500

Rein Ingland 114 500

Espen Uhlen Jorstad 152 000

Timo Ruuska 47 000

Jari Saviaho 97 000

Audrius Navickas 87 500


Quang Thanh Doan 67 000

Simo Räikkönen 267 000

Aleksandr Kuperman 155 000

Ranno Sootla 427 000

Matias Knaapinen 102 500

Rauno Kiviloo 54 000


Janis Saulītis 235 500

Joni Mattila 185 500

Juuso Wiksten 109 500

Dāvis Masteiko 270 000

Endrit Geci 132 000

Players that advanced to the final day of 330€ bounty and chip counts:

Teemu Johannes Panula 73 000

Toomas Hunt 134 000

Janne Mäkinen 298 500

Mette-Marica Puromäki 86 000

Joonas Mäensivu 192 000

Samu Kristian Rahkonen 96 000

The Main Event kicked off today and is on schedule to break yet another record

The 1100€ buy-in Main Event day 1 started today at lunch-time and with players slowly but surely joining the action, over 150 entries were made at the beginning of level 7. For the record, last year's Main Event had 165 entries. Players can late register and re-enter the tournament until the end of level 9, which is the first level of day 2. Main Event will be played over the course of four days, with the final table being played on Sunday and streamed live.

Pokernews will be keeping a live blog of the Main Event so everyone can follow the action.

Team Competition is live and team VIP takes the lead

With David Sofio finishing 3rd in the Opening Event, team VIP has taken the early lead but is tailed by Team Rainbow and Onnenpekat. The Team Competition is looking to become one fierce fight, as many teams have excellent players capable of winning any tournament here at Tallinn Summer Showdown. 

Team Competition standings are accessible on the Tallinn Summer Showdown homepage.