Juha Helppi Wins OlyBet Main Event in Estonia

Juha Helppi Wins OlyBet Main Event in EstoniaThe 2018 OlyBet Kings of Tallinn was held at the Olympic Park Casino in Estonia’s capital city, with more than 20 individual events featured during its week long run. Needless to say, the tournament which drew the greatest amount of interest was its €1,100 Main Event, with 226 players and 42 re-entries helping to create a prize pool of €254,600 ($313,953).
Following five days of action, Juha Helppi eventually managed to overcome the large field, including fellow Finn Arto Loikkanen heads-up, to claim a top prize worth €62,000 ($76,454). As a result, Helppi now boasts $7,194,813 in career earnings since his first cash back in 2001, and makes further gains on Patrik Antonius ($7,319,791) who recently leapfrogged Helppi on Finland ‘All Time Money List’ after taking down the partypoker MILLIONS Germany €25,500 Super High Roller for a massive €425,000 ($520,610) payday.
Helppi entered the final table in second spot but soon added further to his stack after being dealt A-J and sending a short-stacked Quang Thanh Doan (Q-10) to the rail in 8th. Helppi subsequently grabbed the chip lead after hitting a set holding pocket queens against a set of eights by Arusuo, who still managed to make a difficult lay down to stay in the game.
Nevertheless, Helppi (8-8) eliminated Arosou (K-Q) not long after in 5th, followed by Arunas Garunkstis in 3rd to usher in heads-up play against Arto Loikkanen.
At this stage, Helppi had a more than 2-1 chip lead over his last opponent, and before long he managed to press home his advantage in a pre-flop raising war which ultimately saw his As-Qh pitted against the Ah-10h of Loikkanen. The dealer then laid out a 5h-Ks-3c-6h-7d board to bring the tournament to a close, after which Helppi commented:
“I rarely win tournaments [with over 200 players]. I am usually second or third, fourth or fifth so it feels good to win.”
In addition to his tournament victory, Helppi said that he also enjoyed success at the €50/€100 pot-limit Omaha cash games which had been running on the sidelines, and were attended by such players as Patrik Antonius, Theo Jorgensen, Ville Wahlbeck, and Jani Vilmunen.
“Good results from the cash games, too, so a very good trip for me,” commented Helppi.
Final Table Results:
1: Juha Helppi (Finland) €62,000
2: Arto Loikkanen (Finland) €41,000
3: Arunas Garunkstis (Lithuania) €25,000
4: Vincas Tamasauskas (Lithuania) €19,800
5: Totti Matias Arusuo (Finland) €15,200
6: Shahin Shirazi Nejad (Sweden) €10,800
7: Arto Antero Lehtonen (Finland) €8,500
8: Quang Thanh Doan (Finland) €6,200
9: Silver Nommik (Estonia) €5,200

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