It’s not been easy going for Ranno Sootla, last year’s winner of this event. The Estonian player is a smiley presence at the felt, but he has found things have run far less smoothly than when he blitzed his way to the title last year.
We caught up with him just after he busted his third buy-in. “This is harder than I thought. I wonder how I won it last year!” he joked as he took a trip to the cash desk to organise another buy-in.
“It won’t be easy!” he told us when we encouraged him that he could still win back-to-back titles.