Wednesday evening marked the start of the final Cash Game Festival of 2015. Five days packed of poker action, fun and drinks with players from over 10 countries is what we are expecting to see and have gotten used to at our previous festivals. Just as earlier this year the location is Tallinn in Estonia, with the experienced Olympic Casino at the Radisson Blu Hotel hosting the event. Located in the heart of the city center it gives the players a great opportunity to combine poker with easy access to all social activities that the beautiful capital has to offer.
All players participating at the festival will find added value with our main media partner RankingHero giving away two prizes for the upcoming festival at Aspers Casino in London at the beginning of next year. The first prize is exclusive for players at our live streamed TV table and goes out to the player winning the most big blinds relative to the blind level. The second prize is open to all tables running at the festival and is a take on the seven-deuce game. For more information and rules read here.
At it’s peak the regular cash game area had six tables running simultaneously most of the evening and night, with plenty of players waiting for empty seats. At 6 am there still was almost five full tables on different levels ranging from blinds €2/€2 up to €5/€10. As we edge closer to the weekend we are adding another four tables and expect action on up to thirteen tables including the live streamed feature table.
The first session of our TV table hosted a very friendly €2/€2 omaha game full of banter and laughs with players from Sweden, Åland Islands, Finland and Estonia. The local resident Raigo ‘hotcocacola’ Aasmaa was by far the most prolific player at the table coming in as the 4th ranked tournament player in Estonia with over $425,000 in live earnings. Unfortunately he ended the short spell with a loss of roughly €1400 making him the biggest loser at the table. At the other end of the result list we found Matti from Finland raking in the biggest profit with just over €800, closely followed my Ålands own Simon Stenbäck winning €680. All players seem to have left the table in high spirit after rounding off their two hours of fame with a bunch of omaha flips.
The second feature table was a €5/€10 texas game with a mix of players from Finland and Estonia. Mathias Siljander was the player taking control of the table early on, with lots of raising and 3bets going on from his side. Being a much tighter group of players than the first bunch allowed Mathias to stay very active and chip up without taking many risks. It was when we were approaching the last hour of the four hour stream that things hotted up. In three hands within less than 10 minutes Mathias was allin three times in big pots losing his whole stack of about €4000. Three players took a portion each of Mathias buyin leaving Kai, Otto Alkio, Mark Joa and Paul Arulepp with nice profits ending the live stream on day 1.
Tomorrow will see the live stream return at 7pm local time with a €2/€2 holdem table followed by a juicy €5/€10 omaha game containing several well known online players.
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