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This 3-bet report includes updates from the WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino, Kings of Tallinn, and Mid-States Poker Tour Grand Falls.
The Providence, Rhode Island native Tae Gon Kim championed the WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino Main Event to claim the top prize worth $111,075, a prestigious WSOP Circuit ring, and entry into the WSOP Tournament of Champions. Santiago Cortijo finished runner-up for $68,655.
Estonia’s Priit Parmasto won the Kings of Tallinn Main Event for a career-best €97,400, over 17 times his previous best live tournament score. A three-way deal earned Petteri Laiho (2nd for €102,500) and Antti Veteläinen (3rd for €90,000) comparable payouts.
Kevin Nguyen emerged as the Mid-States Poker Tour Grand Falls Main Event champion, landing him a career-best $83,109 in first-place prize money. Dan Dykhouse placed runner-up for $51,376.
Tae Gon Kim Wins Circuit Ring in WSOPC Bicycle Casino Main Event
The Providence, Rhode Island native Tae Gon Kim outlasted the 338-entry field in the World Series of Poker Circuit Bicycle Casino Main Event to claim the top prize worth $111,075, the prestigious WSOP Circuit ring, and entry into the WSOP Tournament of Champions to be held this summer at the 2023 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
Kim, who primarily plays cash games in Los Angeles, expressed his excitement about the win and hinted at playing more tournaments in the future. “Yeah, definitely! How could I not play more tournaments after this one?” Kim said. “It’s probably going to be donated back to the cash game pool in Los Angeles. Hopefully not, but yeah, that’s where it’s going, cash tables.”
With this win, Tae Gon Kim’s career WSOP earnings now stand at $113,700.
The $1,700 buy-in NLHE tournament featured two starting flights and collected a prize pool worth $512,070. The top 54 players cashed for at least $2,415.
When heads-up play began, Tae Gon Kim held 6,145,000 against Santiago Cortijo‘s 3,995,000. The final hand saw Cortijo moving all in with and Kim calling with . The board ran out , securing Kim’s victory.
Final Table Results (USD)
Priit Parmasto Wins Record-Breaking Kings of Tallinn Main Event For €97,400
Estonia’s Priit Parmasto outlasted a record-breaking 716-player field in the 2023 Kings of Tallinn Main Event to collect a career-best €97,400. He chopped the top prize three-way with Petteri Laiho (2nd for €102,500) and Antti Veteläinen (3rd for €90,000).
Parmasto’s previous best score of €2,100 came from a 27th-place finish in the 2021 Kings of Tallinn Main Event, and he improved upon that 17 times over with the win.
After the victory, Parmasto expressed his joy, saying, “It feels amazing to win the biggest tournament in Estonia, especially in front of my home crowd.”
He credited his opponents, saying, “Everyone played really well, and it was a tough field, but I managed to stay focused and make the right decisions.”
Parmasto acknowledged the deal’s importance, stating, “It was a good decision for all of us, and I’m happy with the way things turned out.”
The final table saw Parmasto enter as the short stack, but he worked his way up, eventually facing Petteri Laiho heads-up. Parmasto held a 2:1 chip lead at the start of the final showdown, and it didn’t take him long to get the job done.
The final hand of the tournament saw Laiho min-raising and Parmasto three-bet. Laiho jammed, and Parmasto called with pocket sevens, which had Laiho’s pair of fives crushed. The board changed nothing.
The €1,100 Main Event attracted 716 entries, creating a €673,040 prize pool – the largest in the history of the Kings of Tallinn.
The festival was a huge success, with 1,361 unique players from 35 countries participating in the 53 numbered tournaments.
Final Table Results (EURO)
*denotes a three-way deal
Kevin Nguyen Ships MSPT Grand Falls Main Event For $83,109
Kevin Nguyen emerged as the Mid-States Poker Tour Grand Falls Main Event champion, earning a career-best $83,109. It was Nguyen’s first major tournament victory, and he was thrilled.
“It feels awesome, I really have nothing else to say,” said Nguyen. “This is a great tour, and the staff is amazing, so I definitely make sure to come and play.”
The win boosted Nguyen`s lifetime earnings to $297,980.
The event, held at Grand Falls Casino, had a total of 391 entries, which created a prize pool worth $377,770. The top 45 players all received at least $2,078 in prize money, with the final table of nine players battling it out for the top prize.
In the heads-up play, Kevin Nguyen faced Dan Dykhouse (2nd for $51,376), who held the chip lead. However, Nguyen quickly turned the tables with a double-up and then made a straight in a crucial hand to pull ahead. On the final hand, Nguyen’s held up against Dykhouse’s on a board .
Final Table Results (USD)
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