Finns Flying High with $300k Victory for Pauli Äyräs in Poker Masters Online

The 3rd day of play in the Poker Masters Online highroller series on partypoker had a distinct Finnish feel to it, the legendary online poker nation landing a victory courtesy of Pauli Äyräs, as well as several other cashes.

By: Andrew Burnett

It’s not unusual for a guarantee to be smashed in these unusual times, online pokerrooms across the globe enjoying a surge in player numbers, but PLO events rarely see double the money put up by the cardrooms.

Yesterday’s $10k buy-in, $500k GTD, PLO 6-max event was one of those exceptions, with 97 entries and a final prizefund of $970,000 – with more than $300k going to the winner.

It was a Finnish player, Olli Ikonen, who bubbled the cash, but five of his countrymen were still in the mix, Jens Kyllönen among them, though he would fall in 10th place for a $26,576 payout.

Ole Schemion and Jorryt Van Hoof had already shown up in the money on the first two days’ play in the $16.5million GTD, 30-event series, and yesterday’s PLO saw them take 6th and 4th places respectively.

Canada’s Amichai Barer bagged the first of the 6-figure paydays, his 3rd place worth $116,400 and that left the title-deciding heads-up match between Jens Lakemeier and Pauli Äyräs, close to $115k difference on the line.

Äyräs had already cashed in the series, and would go on to do so again as we will see, and he added a victory by closing out the PLO tournament for a $303,421 payday, Lakemeier’s runner-up run worth $189,150.

Event 7 on the schedule saw the players back to 2-card poker, a $10k buy-in 6-max NLHE tournament that attracted 86 entries, with Fedor Holz, Timothy Adams and Mustapha Kanit among the big names.

Holz would find the unfortunate role of bubbleboy in this one while Adams would join fellow ‘Canadians’ Fox and Petrangelo in the lower end of the money.

Äyräs cashed yet again, this time for $36,550 in 6th place and Kanit managed 4th place for $75,520, with Ali Imsirovic taking 3rd for $103,200.

Heads-up was between George Wolff, playing out of Mexico, and Alexandros Kolonias of Greece playing under the Maltese flag, and it was Kolonias who would scoop the $269,013 top prize, Wolff taking $167,700 for 2nd.

Today’s tournaments are both $10k buy-in No Limit Hold’em, a 6-max and an 8-max, and we’ll be back tomorrow with the results and a leaderboard race update.


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