After three days of play, Latvia's Edijs Laugals bested a field of 91 entrants. As the last player standing, he won 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. He 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.






Edijs Laugals




Mark Metsla




Mikael Demirors




Neeme Org




Aleksandr Arutjunov




Ricardo De La Rosa Moran




Youssef Issa Ward




Siim Sooaar




Guillaume Diaz



Final Day of Action in Tallinn – 9 to 5

Final Day of Action in Tallinn – 9 to 5

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. Laugals, who bagged the Day 1b chip lead, entered the action as one of the shorter stacks.

Early on, it seemed that this would be Demirors' day. He steamrolled over the competition early on at the final table.

His heater included eliminating French pro, Guilliame Diaz, in ninth place for €2,140. He also took down 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 there against the eights held by Youssef Issa Ward.

The lead bounced over to Mark Metsla. These up and down swings were the first of many lead changes during the final table.

It appeared likely that Estonia's Neeme Org would exit in seventh place. He lost a hand that brought him down to less than two big blinds. But his ace-nine trumped the ace-jack suited held by Demirors to avoid elimination.

Ward was also in this hand with ace-deuce, and he hit the rail in seventh instead of Org to collect €3,030.

Org hung around as two more players got eliminated. Spain's Ricardo De La Rosa Moran took sixth place for €3,740. Aleksandr Arutjunov, who entered the final table with the shortest stack, exited in fifth place for €5,050.

Final Day of Action in Tallinn – 4 to 2

Metsla began heads-up play with a more than 4:1 chip advantage

Org continued to build up his stack but subsequently bled some chips. 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 Demirors ‘eight-five. Metsla 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.

Final Day of Action in Tallinn – 2 to Winner

Laugals nailed two kings on the flop

The final hand was a bit of a cooler for Metsla. He held a premium hand in heads-up play with pocket tens. He three-bet jammed over Laugals ‘ king-queen and got a call.

Laugals nailed two kings on the flop and improved even further to a full house. He eliminated Metsla in second place for €13,550.

Congrats to Edijs Laugals for winning the 888poker LIVE Tallinn Main Event.

The victory comes with a trophy along with the €19,982 top prize.

About the Author
Jason Glatzer has been a recreationallive and online poker player for the better part of four decades. He has been involved in the poker industry for more than a decade, first at PocketFives and since 2013 he has been an Editor at PokerNews.
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