Luke Martin Won the MPN Poker Tour Tallinn 2019 Main Event and €49,000. Professional poker player Luke Martin, 30, has bested a total field of 562 to take home the 2019 MPNPT Tallinn Main Event trophy and €49,000 first prize, after a heads up deal with 32Red qualifier Paul Johnson. Martin, originally from Bracknell but residing in Finland, saw off final table opposition including three previous MPNPT Main Event finalists, experienced amateurs and semi-professionals but his wealth of experience playing online saw him lose the chip lead on the final only once.
The Main Event, which ran from the 24th-27th January, awarded a total prizepool of €272,570, with 71 players paid.
Two tables of hopeful players returned for the Final Day at the Hilton Tallinn Park. While temperatures outside sank to -12, the battle for the title heated up as the largest portions of the €272,570 prizepool were awarded. Although they were already guaranteed at least €2,150, only half the surviving players could fit around the live streamed final table. Players such as Betsson qualifiers Declan Rice and Johan Goslings along with Jack Hardcastle bust before the final table, the latter jumping on the live commentary for a stint analyzing his former competitors. It was Paf qualifier Rikard Andersson who finished in 10th place, sending the rest of them to the final.
The final table’s play began with a bust-out – within minutes the shortest-stacked of the nine finalists, Dutchman Maarten Wichgers, hit the rail collecting €4,220. This elimination boosted Luke Martin’s stack over 4.3 million – a million clear of his nearest rival Jussi Mattila. Eighth place (€6,000) went to Norwegian schoolteacher Jørn Inge Hvål, and seventh to Arunas Garunkstis (€8,500). Want to play online poker, check out our exclusive PartyPoker bonus code for some free poker money.
After a long period six-handed, during which local player Tiit Piller and Paul Johnson took over most of the action, Piller found himself on the rail in 6th for €11,000, followed by MPNPT Manchester finalist Cody Wagner (€14,500). Another player making his second MPNPT final table, Finnish constructor Jussi Mattila, had played with calm and focus, but couldn’t find a chop when he had his final chips in the middle with A-7 against the A-8 of caller Johnson – himself a finalist at MPNPT Morocco. He finished 4th for €21,500.
Serial online qualifier Peter Pihlstrōm finished in 3rd place, winning €29,000; he already has a seat locked up for MPNPT Prague in May. This left Johnson and Martin heads up for the title, and they evened out the prize money (at least 10% must be played for along with the trophy). Although Johnson started out heads up with the chip lead, Martin pulled back and regained it, finally out-flopping his opponent and betting all three streets, amassing the rest of the tournament’s chips. Johnson, a financial advisor from Edinburgh, put in a good showing for his virtual rail on the Krackedkings forum, with whom he regularly travels to live events.
Martin had only to collect his hefty MPNPT Trophy and €49,000, which will be returning with him to Finland. Although he mainly plays cash games online, his foray into the arena of the MPNPT has been a profitable one, which he said he had enjoyed throughout. Are you in the USA, and want to play some online poker. We are offering some free online poker bankrolls on our ACR Bonus Code site.
Main Event Final Table Results
- 1st Luke Martin – €49,000
- 2nd Paul Johnson (32Red) – €40,000
- 3rd Peter Pihlstrom (Paf) – €29,000
- 4th Jussi Mattila – €21,500
- 5th Cody Wagner (Grosvenor Poker) – €14,500
- 6th Tiit Piller – €11,500
- 7th Arunas Garunkstis – €8,500
- 8th Jørn Inge Hvål (Guts) – €6,000)
- 9th Maarten Wichgers – €4220
No fewer than four side events concluded overnight. The €1,300 High Roller was won by Ottomar Ladva for €13,466; his fellow finalist Steven Iglesias (5th for €2,600) was featured in one of the video interviews that took place at MPNPT Tallinn. The €220 MPNPT Omaha 6 Max Cup attracted 58 entries and paid out a total of €11,600, with winner David Docherty picking up €3,362. Docherty, more regularly winning at poker online, posed with friends for his winner picture, saying to the blog team, “Look! I won a live event.”
The two-day Hendon Mob Championship was well-received in Tallinn, with 262 entries generating a prizepool of €50,828. A total of 35 places were paid. Eventual champion Robert Bostocks took home €9,458 after making a deal heads up with Estonian player Kristi Kirs; she won €9,000. Next up on the tour, a decidedly less wintry Prague, May 2-5.