After three days of play, Latvia's Edijs Laugals bested a field of 91 entrants to win the 888poker LIVE Tallinn €888 Main Event for €19,982.
Laugals is an experienced pro with a few previous victories to his name including at an EPT side event and faced a tough field on his way to victory in this week's Main Event.
"I am very happy with the win," Laugals said after the event.
||Ricardo De La Rosa Moran
||Youssef Issa Ward
The final day began with nine hopefuls in search of winning the coveted 888poker LIVE trophy. Sweden's Mikael Demirors entered the final table with the chip lead with Laugals, who bagged the Day 1b chip lead, entering today's action as one of the shorter stacks.
It seemed early on that this would be Demirors' day as he was steamrolling over the competition early on at the final table including elimination French pro Guilliame Diaz in ninth place for €2,140 and Estonia's Siim Sooaar in eighth place for €2,500.
Laugals was almost eliminated in eighth place instead of Sooaar but his pocket fives got their against the eights held by Youssef Issa Ward.
The lead bounced over to Mark Metsla, the first of many lead changes during the final table.
It appeared likely that Estonia's Neeme Org would exit in seventh place as he lost a hand that brought him down to less than two big blinds. But he got there with ace-nine against the ace-jack suited held by Demirors to avoid elimination. Ward was also in this hand with ace-deuce and he hit the door in seventh instead of Org to collect €3,030.
Org hung around as two more players got eliminated with Spain's Ricardo De La Rosa Moran taking sixth place for €3,740 and Aleksandr Arutjunov, who entered the final table with the shortest stack, exiting in fifth place for €5,050.
Org continued to build up his stack but subsequently bleeded some chips before he was eliminated by Demirors (fourth - €7,130) when his queen-jack didn't get there against his opponent's king-trey suited.
At this point, Demirors had more than half the chips in play but Metsla managed to get the lead back from the Swede.
Metsla extended his lead further after his big slick held against the eight-five by Demirors to eliminated his opponent in third place for €10,340.
Metsla began heads-up play with a more than 4:1 chip advantage against Laugals. Laugals chipped away and eventually had the chip lead before gaining a more than 4:1 chip advantage himself.
The final hand was a bit of a cooler for Metsla as he held premium hand in heads-up play in pocket tens. He three-bet jammed over the king-queen held by Laugals and got a call. Laugals nailed two kings on a flop and improved even further to a full house to eliminated Metsla in second place for €13,550.
Congrats to Edijs Laugals for winning the 888poker LIVE Tallinn Main Event, which comes with a trophy along with the €19,982 top prize.
There are still a handful of side events running but this is a wrap of our coverage at Main Event Travel.