An exciting week of PLO Poker Masters saw Finnish pro Eelis Pärssinen take a big lead into the final five events of the new poker series as $2.3 million was awarded at the online felt.
With eight events having taken place so far, it has been a tournament dominated by Finnish players not least the impressive Pärssinen, who is 68 points ahead of Jens Kyllonen heading into the final five events.
There’s plenty to win in the PLO Poker Masters, as apart from the money up for grabs in each event itself, there’s a free ticket into the $51,000-entry Poker Masters Online PLO Series Main Event, with a massive $1.5m guarantee.
Event #3 was a classic, with Jens Kyllonen eventually winning out having been short-stacked along the way at the final table. Kyllonen, who plays under the pseudonym ‘Jeans89’ online, eventually took home $212,000, winning heads-up against Jonathan Depa.
You can watch how Kyllonen did it right here:
The action was great in Event #5, too. The standard at the final table was ridiculous, with pros such as Britain’s Gavin Cochrane, current leaderboard-topping Eelis Parssinen and Andrew Pantling all involved. It would be Cochrane and Parssinen who made the heads-up, with the Finnish pro outlasting his British counterpart to win the lion’s share of a $1.1 million prizepool, a massive $440,000.
With four cashes, Parssinen is out in front from Kyllonen, but has plenty of other quality players chasing him down.
Kyllonen is in great form, having already won two events, each one costing $10,000 to enter. Not only did he triumph over Depa to take down Event #3, but later on in the week, Kyllonen ended up on top of the all-Finnish podium, crucially beating Parssinen to the win.
How that might lead into the final results remains to be seen, but Kyllonen and Parssinen could be a battle for the ages, especially if they’re both still involved in the Main Event when the final table is reached. Parssinen and Kyllonen were given a little bit of a challenge from Bengt Sonnert when he tweeted the following ‘Sit down, Finland’ message:
And also. Sit down Finland. 😘 pic.twitter.com/w1hHnsaKvF— Bengt Sonnert (@BSonnert) June 25, 2020
With five events to play, it could be the tightest Poker Masters ending yet in the series of events to feature on Poker Central and PokerGO, where you can watch final table action from most events. Will it be a British or Finnish winner? You’ll find out really soon here on Calvin Ayre.
Current PLO Poker Masters Leaderboard Standings: