Ladies and gentlemen, after four days of play, Luke Martin has bested a massive field and a tough final table to take the €49,000 first prize and the coveted MPNPT trophy!
The €500 + €50 MPNPT Tallinn Main Event took place January 24-27 at the Hilton Park Tallinn Hotel under the oversight of Olympic Park Casino. The format allowed unlimited rebuys through Level 13, generating a 562-strong field – up from the 534 entries in this event back in 2017. All these rebuys generated a prize pool of €272,570, with 71 places paying out, starting at €900 for a min-cash.
Players who made it into the money included Dutch vlogger Dehlia de Jong (50th place, €1,100), Olybet qualifier Jari Hurri (21st place, €1,600) and Irish poker fixture Daragh Davey (19th, €1,600).
Come the final day, just 18 players remained, with Paf player Peter Pihlstrom in the lead on 1,927,000. The chip counts from the casino had erroneously claimed that Luke Martin was ahead on 2.9 million; this was not the case at the start of the final day, although it would prove somewhat prophetic. A flurry of rapid eliminations soon saw Rikard Andersson fall foul of Jussi Mattila to take 10th place for €3,300, and the final table was set. By this point, Luke Martin had indeed snatched the chip lead on well over 3 million.
|3||Cody Wagner||Grosvenor Poker||2,110,000|
|5||Jorn Inge Hval||Guts||1,110,000|
Maarten Wichgers became the first casualty of the official final just minutes into nine-handed play, when his AJ proved insufficient against Luke Martin’s AK to send him home in ninth place for €4,220. A few hands later, Jørn Inge Hvål was outflipped by Tiit Piller and received €6,000 for eighth place.
Arunas Garunkstis was next, falling victim to Peter Pihlstrom. Garunkstis picked up €8,500 for seventh place, and in the process propelled start-of-day chip leader Pihlstrom back into pole position – albeit briefly. Pihlstrom paid off a hefty river bet from Luke Martin in a house-over-house encounter, putting Martin back in front.
Your bloggers were saddened by the demise of punner’s dream Tiit Piller, whose sixth place elimination at the hands of Paul Johnson was worth €11,500, and also sang a sad, sad song for the loss of Cody Wagner in fifth place for €14,500.
Four-handed, Luke Martin had a massive lead, possessing very nearly half the chips in play. However, once Paul Johnson had sent Jussi Mattila home in fourth place (€21,500) and in the process upped his own stack to 6 million, Martin’s lead was starting to look a little less decisive. Indeed, Johnson soon claimed the scalp of Peter Pihlstrom too (third place, €29,000), and had the chip advantage as he and Martin went heads up.
A deal made heads-up (they decided to take €40,000 each and play for the remaining €9,000) seemed to encourage a speedy conclusion to proceedings. Martin chipped away until he controlled two thirds of the chips; eventually he finished off Johnson with trip eights versus two pair, and Martin became the 2019 MPNPT Tallinn Main Event champion.
Elsewhere, the €1,200 + €100 High Roller Six-Max was won by Ottomar Ladva for €13,466 and the €200 + €20 Omaha Cup Six-Max event was won by David Docherty for €3,362; the €200 + €20 Hendon Mob Championship was still in progress at the time of writing. Also, the party atmosphere that characterises the MPNPT is still very much going strong out in the hotel lobby and in the casino, by the sound of it…
With that in mind, we’d just like to quickly remind you that qualifiers are running now for MPNPT Prague May 2-5, before we too head for the bar. Until Prague, then – over and out!
Full Main Event Results
|5||Cody Wagner||Grosvenor Poker||€14,500|
|8||Jorn Inge Hval||Guts||€6,000|
|15||Eirik Lund Presterud||Guts||€2,700|
|29||Elias Arild Torgersen||Coolbet||€1,400|
|35||Carl Gustaf Lundstrom||€1,400|
|36||Jan Christopher Inerud||Olybet||€1,400|
|37||Lars Jonas Andersson||€1,250|
|42||Jan Sore Inerud||€1,250|
|43||Erik Ronning Braten||Guts||€1,250|
|47||Giuliano Marr Travella||32Red||€1,100|
|50||Dehlia de Jong||€1,100|
|66||Tomas Fredrik Karvall||Olybet||€900|
|69||Ilija Savevski||Redstar Poker||€900|
|71||Tony Andre Westby||€900|