Last year he dominated headlines at the World Series of Poker... now Finnish pro Ville Wahlbeck is a member of Team PokerStars Pro and will be making his debut appearance in PokerStars colors at the PokerStars Baltic Festival which kicks off tomorrow in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, writes Mad Harper.
The 34-year-old Finn shot to fame last summer when he cashed six times in the World Series of Poker, including winning the $10,000 Mixed Game event. He earned more than a million dollars during the WSOP and was runner-up for WSOP Player of the Year. A few months later he took down the High Roller event at the first PokerStars Baltic Poker Festival in October, and in February he scooped two trophies at the PokerStars Nordic Poker Awards in Copenhagen. Wahlbeck plays Day 1b of this year's €1,500 Baltic Festival Main Event.
Another member of the Nordic Team PokerStars team competing in Tallinn this week is Swedish pro William Thorson. He's due to play Day 1a of the Main Event while his brother Jens, who finished 22nd at EPT San Remo in April, and his father Olof are playing Day 1b. Also competing in Tallin are Team PokerStars SportStar Sami Selio, the Finnish Formula 1 powerboat champion, Team Pro Online member Grzegorz Mikielewicz, former NBA player Martin Muursepp and singer Maarja-LiisIlus.
A total of 134 players are already registered for the event, including 87 players who won their seat on PokerStars. The 2010 PokerStars Baltic Poker Festival, held in conjunction with Olympic Casino, runs until June 19 at the luxurious Swissôtel in the heart of the Estonian capital. Last year's festival brought together 307 players from 24 countries to create a prize pool of more than €300,000. The winner was Thomas Partridge from the UK who cashed more than €75,000.