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Pokerfest Live: Jon "Skalie" Kalmar Wins the Mini for £21,000

Jonathon Kalmar


  • 2007 WSOP Main Event finalist, Jonathon Kalmar, wins the Pokerfest Live Mini for £21,000

  • £300,000 guaranteed Main Event is in-running

  • Huge value in all of the Pokerfest Live events to date

Jon “Skalie” Kalmar, the 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event fifth place finisher, kept up his fantastic record in Dusk Till Dawn events by winning the Pokerfest Live Mini for £21,000.

The £60+£10 buy-in Pokerfest Live Mini fell some distance short of the 2,500 entries needed to breakeven on the £150,000 guarantee, with 1,473 entries processed, leaving an overlay of £61,620 for the players to enjoy.

A total of 153 places were paid – Dan Owston was the unfortunate bubble boy – with the likes of Leon Campbell (143rd for £200), Kyriacos Dionysiou (124th for £300), Renee Xie (106th for £350), Andrew Sweeney (101st for £350), Colburn Tomlin (70th for £450), Paul Jackson (39th for £550), Basharat Mahmood (33rd for £550), and Ross Patman (20th for £625) being among those who finished in the money.

But it was Kalmar who walked away with the lion’s share of the spoils, a cool £21,000 after defeating Ji Ye Zhang heads-up to claim the title; Zhang collected £12,600 for his runner-up finish.

1Jon Kalmar£21,000
2Ji Ye Zhang£12,600
3Vamshi Vandanapu£8,400
4Shane Mossop£5,000
5Deborah O’Connell£2,925
6Graham Carter£1,700
7Alan Armitage£1,400
8Aleksejs Gilovs£1,200
9Jan Kacur£1,050

Running at DTD today are a number of Pokerfest Live events, including a rarity for British poker, a Ladies event. The £300+£30 buy-in Ladies event has a £15,000 guarantee attached to it, which seems a little on the ambitious side but then DTD don’t do things by halves.

Also running is Day 1 of the £300+£30 Pot Limit Omaha Double Chance (2:00pm start), Day 1 of the £60,000 guaranteed £1,000+£100 High Roller and the final day of the £30,000 guaranteed Seniors Event where Richard Gregory leads the final 13 back into battle.

Pokerfest Live Main Event

The £300,000 guaranteed Pokerfest Live Main Event kicked off at the start of the week with 31 players entering the first live leg. Only six of those managed to progress to Day 2, Antonio Mota bagging up the most chips, his 546,000 stack being the largest by far.

Carl Spicer (359,000), Victor Moreira (330,500), double UKIPT winner Duncan McLellan (190,500), Polly Timson (143,000) and an anonymous player (107,500) being the other surviving players.

There’s two more Main Event starting flight son Thursday 3 September at 2:00pm and 7:00pm, the same on Friday 4 September and then a final turbo Day 1 on the morning of Saturday 5 September.

In addition to the live legs, there are online Day 1s available at partypoker where if you sign up for an account via UK & Ireland PokerNews, make a deposit of at least $25 using the bonus code UKPNEWS, you’ll receive a 100% up to £250 first deposit bonus and be eligible to compete in four PokerNews Cup freerolls where you could win a €1,100 PokerNews Cup package.

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