EPT Tallinn Final: Kaiser wins!
Aug. 8, 2011, Posted by Pokerfarm
The first stop of European Poker Tour season 8 in Tallinn ended on a fine Sunday night, after seeing one man dominating the felt for the last three days of the event. Ronnie Kaiser became the first ever Swiss to be crowned as EPT champion and he did it in remarkable fashion. He was rewarded for his efforts with a whooping €275,000.
After dominating the tournament since Day 3, Kaiser also took control the final table. His first victim was Arvi Vainionkulma. Vainionkulma won the official Skrill Last Longer Contest and received back his EPT buy in for the tournament. The free roller couldn't spike a pair or better when his ace king was up against Kaiser's pocket fours and was finally eliminated in fourth place.
Sami Kelopuro, better known as 'LarsLuzak', was out in seventh place. The Scandinavian was out of the event after unsuccessfully bluffing the new champion with ace high. Kaiser called with his turned straight and sent the Finnish pro to the cashier. After Kelopuro's elimination the remaining players started dropping like flies.
Erlend Melsom was unlucky to bust out in sixth place after his ace king lost to Sointula's ace queen. In the very next hand that followed, Stuart Fox became Kaiser's third final table victim as his pocket eights were no match for the Kaiser's trip kings.
Kaiser and Cichoki were in full control of that table and their already huge stacks were mounting. Cichoki won a 1,7 million pot against Sointula after he triple barreled his flopped straight. Sointula mucked after his opponent showed him the nuts. The Finn was left crippled but did not despair. He managed to double up through Kaiser, but came short moments later when Ronny won another race as he pair of sevens stood up against his ace king.
Sointula was joined to the cashier desk by the Estonian Raigo Aasmaa. His all-in with king ten suited was quickly called by Cichoki who held pocket aces and the first heads up match of EPT season 8 was about to unfold, after only four hours of final table play.
Cichoki started the heads up match well, winning some smaller pots. But that's when the talented Swiss bounced back and over a short period of time stretched his lead by almost five to one. Not only did he successfully bluff a big hand and show his opponent, but also gained a significant amount of chips after finding pocket aces.
Cichoki couldn't handle the pressure of Kaiser's good run and got his chips in the middle holding eight six suited which turned out to be his last hand of the event. Kaiser proudly showed ace nine and was in no trouble after the board read 5dKsAhTs9d.
Congratulations to the new EPT champion from all of us at The Pokerfarm!