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Norway sends its best to Kings of Tallinn

Felix Stephensen, Norwegian all time #1 player with more than five million euros in live tournament winnings, is getting ready for the OlyBet Kings of Tallinn.

Felix is considered one of the best poker players in the world. In 2014, he finished in 2nd place at the World Series of Poker, and became the first ever Norwegian National Champion of Texas Hold’em, in the first ever tournament held in Norway.

Felix is born in 1990, and grew up in Oslo. He is currently a professional poker player, based in London, UK. He started out playing poker online, but in the latter years, he is seen in more and more live events. 

With less than 2 weeks to go until the all time biggest Kings of Tallinn kicks off, many players from Norway are starting to sign up. Among them is Stephan Kjerstad, a well-known profile from the Norwegian poker scene. 

Kjerstad has been playing professionally for 10 years and has made a name for himself through impressive performances in various tournaments.  He started out playing poker online. Stephan has also worked as a coach for many famous poker players all around the world.  Reputed for his bright mood and as a mentor.  He is a regular on many live events across the globe.  He has been participating in the Las Vegas World Championships twice and finished in the money in the main event on both occasions.  

It’s time to get ready for some “seriously fun” poker action as the Nordic’s top poker festival Kings of Tallinn is to kick off on 21 February at Hilton Tallinn Park and Olympic Park Casino.

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Teresa Nousiainen: This will absolutely be the biggest Kings of Tallinn so far

We sat down and interviewed Teresa Nousiainen, the lovely Tournament Director of OlyBet Kings of Tallinn. Find out what she expects of the Nordic’s top festival this year.

Teresa Nousiainen

Photo: Jukka Mykkänen

Teresa, you have been the Tournament Director of the festival since the very first Kings of Tallinn. What has been your role in making it an event not to be missed?

Kings of Tallinn surely is my ‘baby’. I suggested a poker festival concept to Risto Suurpõld and Olympic Casino three years ago and they were open to ideas. Risto and I worked on the idea together and here we now are with the biggest poker festival in the Nordics. I am really proud of Kings of Tallinn and the way it has grown. I am also very happy to be working with Risto and Olympic Entertainment Group. The whole team is truly great and I mean it from the bottom of my heart.

You are once again expecting a record-breaking field this year. What drives the growth of the festival?

I have never had that many people asking me about hotel rooms and the festival itself. My Facebook Messenger is full! Yes, this will absolutely be the biggest Kings of Tallinn so far.

I have never had that many people asking me about hotel rooms and the festival itself. My Facebook Messenger is full! Yes, this will absolutely be the biggest Kings of Tallinn so far. We have big poker celebrities travelling in and supporting Kings of Tallinn and it makes me feel very thankful. I think people can sense when something is being done with big heart and passion. We truly want to provide players with the best playing experience possible.

It’s the third year for Kings of Tallinn to take place. What has been the player’s feedback from previous years?

The feedback has been amazing. Juha Helppi, who is one of the top tournament players in the world, says Kings of Tallinn is on his calendar every year. That’s pretty cool! Players especially took the time and sent thank you emails and messages last year after the festival. You know you are doing something very right when a busy poker player takes the time to send you a thank you note just because they had such a great time. Players appreciate the warm atmosphere, the staff, and the tournament schedule. Our main problem last year was that we were running out of poker tables! That’s a pretty good ‘problem’, I would say. Now that we will be in the fabulous new Hilton Tallinn Park we will have so much more space, tables, and staff. I am really looking forward to it.

Now that we will be in the fabulous new Hilton Tallinn Park we will have so much more space, tables, and staff. I am really looking forward to it.

What makes Kings of Tallinn special and stand out from the poker festival scene?

I think what makes Kings of Tallinn a truly great outstanding poker festival is the drive, heart, and effort that we put into the planning and running the festival. We want to give players the best possible playing experience and I am sure it shows to players.

There are quite a few additions to the tournament schedule. What are some of the highlights this year?

I always take the time to talk with players, ask for ideas and overall feedback. This is my base for the tournament schedule. This year we have 35 events, including special tournaments that players have requested, like Sökö (Finnish Five Card Stud), Sviten (a Swedish Draw/ PLO Game), Crazy Pineapple, Omaha High/Low and Open Face Chinese Pineapple. Of course, most tournaments are still No Limit Texas Hold’Em – it is the most popular poker version in the world. Our Main Event is an 1100€ buy in Texas Hold’Em with 30 000 starting stack and 60-minute levels. What’s nice is that the late registration and re-entries are available until the start of day 2.

What has worked well in previous years and will definitely continue this year?

Players have really liked our Team Challenge. Players play all events individually but on top of winning money, players in four-player teams collect points for their team when cashing in any of the events. 2% of all tournament prize pools go to a special Team Challenge Prize Pool. The team with most points at the end of the festival will win extra prize money expected to reach close to €15,000! Also, the tournament structures have received good feedback, and the fact that Main Event ends every evening at 9pm. This gives players the chance to play side events, cash games and enjoy Tallinn as well! Players that play our 2150€ Highroller event are invited to an exclusive dinner in a top Tallinn restaurant – a nice surprise for players since the very first year of Kings of Tallinn.

The team with most points at the end of the festival will win extra prize money expected to reach close to €15,000

What can players expect when coming to Tallinn in February?

A fantastic fun atmosphere, beautiful venue and great staff – and of course crazy good action! We have so many well-known players coming in that I think this too gives Kings of Tallinn a special touch. It is fun to see big names in action!

Register now for Kings of Tallinn tournaments on or at the cashier of Olympic Park Casino in Tallinn. Satellites are running on with weekly direct qualifiers on Sunday.

Kings of Tallinn Teresa Nousiainen & Barny Boatman

Teresa Nousiainen showing WSOP champion Barny Boatman to his table

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Jens Kyllönen to play at the Kings of Tallinn

We have another Finnish poker superstar joining OlyBet Kings of Tallinn next month as WSOP Bracelet winner and EPT Champion Jens Kyllönen just signed up for the festival.

“It’s my first time playing at the Kings of Tallinn but I’ve heard it’s a lot fun and really looking forward to it,” Kyllönen said.

With 2.8 million in live tournament winnings Kyllonen holds the 4th position in Finland’s all time money list. He won the EPT Copenhagen Main Event in 2009 and bested the field of 184 players at the $25 000 PLO High Roller last summer in Las Vegas to take home his first WSOP bracelet.

Kyllonen will hit the tables of Kings of Tallinn 2017 among several other top poker players from Finlalnd including Juha Helppi, Ilari Sahamies, Kimmo Kurko and Jeffrey Sarwer.

OlyBet Kings of Tallinn will take place in the impressive new Hilton Tallinn Park and Olympic Park Casino in Estonia’s capital Tallinn on 21-26 February. In addition to wide range of great poker tournaments throughout the week there will be 24/7 cash games available in various stakes and formats.

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Team Challenge winners expected to take home over 10 000 euros

Heading to Estonia for the Olybet Kings of Tallinn? Be sure to bring your friends and register your team of four players to take part in the Kings of Tallinn Team Challenge for a chance to take home a bonus prize expected to exceed 10 000 euros. 

2% of all prizepools of Kings of Tallinn ranking tournaments are set aside for the overall best team. Last year that meant a record-breaking 11,501 euros for the winners, team Kings of Vousaari from Finland. 

Each registered player of the team will collect points for their team score when cashing in an event. The points of all four team members will be summed and the team with the most points will be crowned the Kings of Tallinn.

Points for the Team Challenge are calculated by the prize money earned from a tournament, divided by the amount of the tournament buy-in (without fee). Points from the Main Event and the 2k Highroller Event will be multiplied by a coefficient of 1.3.

Team registration ends Feb 22 2017 at 4 pm and the winning team will be announced on Feb 26 after the last ranking event of the festival. 

Learn more about the Team Challenge and register your team here.

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