More than EEK 2 mln in prize money in the Baltic poker championships

Posted on 17.05.2006

Baltic Open Championship 2006 that is part of the series of poker tournaments and was held over the weekend attracted players from ten countries. In five days over EEK 2 mln were handed out in prize money. The main tournament and EEK 397,800 in prize money was won by Norway’s Andreas Hagen who has been doing well in various poker tournaments in Europe before.

Andreas Hagen, winner of the main tournament from Norway,
and Valeri Em, the competition organiser and poker manager of Olympic Casino.

The Estonian round of the Baltic championship in poker was held from May 10 to 14 in Reval Park Hotel&Casino. It included four sub-tournaments of which the largest was the No Limit Texas Hold’em tournament that had EEK 1.3 mln in prize money and lasted two days.

According to Ms. Helen Tarmas, head of marketing of Olympic Casino, the final table of the main tournament was extremely exciting with players competing from 6 pm to 8 am in the next morning.

“The victory went to a professional poker player, to Andreas Hagen from Norway who also won the first prize in the Olympic Casino birthday tournament last November,” said Ms. Tarmas. There were also several Estonians at the final table. “The best of them was Vallo Maidla who came third. The list of final ten players included another three Estonians, three Finns, one Lithuanian and one Norwegian.”

Estonian players did well in this poker championship since they were in runners up in three out of four tournaments and won a total of EEK 600,000. In addition to Baltic players, the competition that was held for the fourth year running was also attended by poker players from Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, UK, Ireland and even Australia. Every tournament featured over 50 players and the main tournament was held between 85 players.

Baltic Open Championship 2006 was organized by the Olympic Poker Club. The club was founded in March 2003 and organizes poker tournaments in all three Baltic countries. Twice a year the club holds the top events: poker championships and the Anniversary Tour that celebrates Olympic Casino’s birthday. Poker can be played in Reval Park Hotel&Casino in Tallinn, Olympic Casino of Hotel Radisson SAS Daugava in Riga and in Olympic Casino on Reval Hotel Lietuva in Vilnius.

Olympic Entertainment Group, the largest casino operator in the Baltic states, operates 19 casinos in Estonia, 40 casinos in Latvia, 8 casinos in Lithuania and 6 casinos in Ukraine. The company employs more than 1,900 people in the Baltic states and in Ukraine. Olympic Casino Eesti employs around 500 people. In 2005 the company paid the state EEK 52 mln in gambling tax. The work procedures of Olympic Casino comply with the requirements of the international quality standard ISO 9001. Olympic Casino is sponsor of the Estonian Olympic Committee and full member of the European Casino Association.

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