Finns victorious at the Baltic championship in poker

Posted on 10.05.2005

The Finns took three and the Estonians two tournament wins at the Baltic Open Championship in poker, held last week in Tallinn. A total of 67 competitors from eight different countries participated in the Baltic Open Championship 2005 poker tournaments held between May 4-8 in the Reval Park Hotel&Casino.
Marje Braunbrück, Olympic Casino’s marketing director, said that the poker championship that was held for the third time this year has become more and more impressive. “This time the prize fund, made up of the participation fees, reached already a million kroons or 965 406 kroons, to be precise,” summarized Braunbrück.

The large prize fund was also due to the participation of the Baltic Sea region’s top players in the championship. In addition to the three Baltic States, competitors also came from Finland, Sweden, Norway and Great Britain, with the longest trip to Tallinn taken by a poker player from Australia. The biggest prizes went this time to the Finns and the Estonians who won three and two first prizes of the five tournaments, respectively.

The Heads Up tournament that lasted for three consecutive days was won by the Estonian Imre Leibold. Estonia also retained the Seven Card Stud tournament prize, thanks to Martti Aru. The well-known Finnish poker pro Jukka Juvonen won the championship’s most expensive tournament, Texas Hold’em, with a 1000-euro participation fee. Juvonen’s compatriots Teemu Lahtinen and Pasi Rantanen won the Omaha and Sunday’s Texas Hold’em tournaments, respectively.

The Olympic Poker Club was founded in March 2003 and organizes weekly minor tournaments and monthly major poker tournaments in the Baltic States. In addition it organizes the two top events of the field: the poker championship and the Anniversary Tour celebrating the birthday of Olympic Casino. In 2004, a total of 696 players participated at the Olympic Poker Club tournaments. The Olympic Poker Club is active in the Reval Park Hotel&Casino in Tallinn, in the Olympic Casino in the Radisson SAS Daugava Hotel in Riga and in the Olympic Casino in the Reval Hotel Lietuva in Vilnius.

Olympic Casino Eesti AS started in 1993 and is currently the largest gaming operator in the Baltics. Today, the chain already includes fifteen casinos in Estonia, five in Lithuania, four in Latvia and two in the Ukraine. Olympic Casino provides work for over 1000 people in the Baltic states and in the Ukraine. The company's work arrangement is in compliance with the requirements of ISO 9001, the international quality standard. Olympic Casino is also a sponsor of the Estonian Olympic Committee.

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