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Eelis Parssinen Defends Title In PGT PLO $7,600 Bounty Event

Finnish Poker Pro Goes Back-To-Back In The Four-Card Knockout Event, Earning $163,825 In Total Prize Money


On Oct. 21, 2023 Eelis Parssinen converted a final-table chip into the title in the PGT PLO Series II $7,600 buy-in pot-limit Omaha bounty event. On Mar. 22, 2024 he successfully defended that title, besting a field of 103 entries in the same event to earn $131,325 from the main prize pool and $32,500 in bounties.

The Finnish poker pro now has nearly $4.4 million in career tournament earnings to his name, with five recorded titles secured along the way including these two PokerGO Tour victories and a World Series of Poker bracelet.

The top 15 finishers made the money in this event, with only six moving on to day 2. Parssinen went on to knock out four of his five opponents during the final day’s action, starting with six-time bracelet winner Josh Arieh (6th – $25,750).

Four-time bracelet winner Bradley Ruben (5th – $33,475) was the only player to be eliminated by someone other than Parssinen, with his pocket kings running into the pocket aces of bracelet winner Ronald Keijzer. Lautaro Guerra Cabrerizo, the inaugural PGT PLO Series champion, finished fourth for $46,350 when his top pair and open-ended straight draw could not overcome the overpair and gutshot of a surging Parssinen.

Keijzer fell in third place ($59,225), leaving Parssinen heads up with 7,885,000 to the 4,950,000 of Isaac Kempton. The lead changed hands early in the final showdown, but a preflop battle of pocket aces saw the Finnish pro move back in front. That wild hand began with all of the chips going in preflop. Kempton held ASpade SuitAHeart SuitJSpade Suit7Spade Suit while Parssinen had ADiamond SuitAClub Suit3Heart Suit2Diamond Suit. The board came down QSpade Suit6Club Suit2Heart Suit2Spade Suit8Heart Suit and Parssinen made trip deuces to double up.

In the final hand, Kempton raised the 200,000 big bind to 600,000 from the button with JSpade Suit10Heart Suit8Spade Suit4Heart Suit. Parssinen three-bet to 1,800,000 with 10Spade Suit10Club Suit9Spade Suit9Diamond Suit. Kempton called and the flop came down QDiamond Suit7Heart Suit5Spade Suit. Parssinen potted and Kempton called all-in for 2,800,000. The 3Spade Suit on the turn gave Kempton additional outs with a flush draw, but the KClub Suit on the end locked up the pot and the title for Parssinen. Kempton earned $84,975 from the main prize pool as the runner-up.

Here is a look at the payouts and rankings points awarded on the final day:

Place Player Prize Pool Earnings Bounties POY Points PGT Points
1 Eelis Parssinen $131,325 $32,500 480 175
2 Isaac Kempton $84,975 $27,500 400 113
3 Ronald Keijzer $59,225 $12,500 320 79
4 Lautaro Guerra Cabrerizo $46,350 $10,000 240 62
5 Bradley Ruben $33,475 $15,000 200 45
6 Josh Arieh $25,750 $17,500 160 34

Photo credit: PokerGO / Antonio Abrego.