The 2022 Patrik Antonius Players Challenge Hits Tallinn – Everything You Need to Know

By Paul Seaton
March 24, 2022

There are many live poker events taking place around the world this year, but if you’re looking for one that is going to be extra special, then look no further than the Patrik Antonius Players Championship (PAPC), presented by First Land of Poker, which takes place in Tallinn, Estonia in April.

From the 4-10 April, there are some fantastic poker tournaments taking place at the PAPC, and with a range of added extras to the festival, there’s no stopping the fun as you have the chance to not only meet Patrik Antonius, but play against him too, in a heads up challenge that will make memories to last a lifetime for one lucky player.

PAPC Tallinn

What’s on the Schedule?

The week-long festival has a lip-smacking Main Event, which costs €1,650 to play. The event gives you a starting stack of 30,000 chips and has 45-minute blinds throughout. The event begins on Friday 8 April and concludes on Sunday 10 April.

There are a number of appealing side events that take place throughout the schedule, too. From Monday 4 April, the satellite schedule kicks off to send players through to a number of tournaments for a fraction of the price. The biggest buy-in event on the schedule is the €10,300 PAPC Super High Roller, which has a six-max format and kicks off on Saturday 9 April at 4pm local time. There are other, lower buy-in events taking place, such as the €1,100 PLO Championship, the €220 Deepstack event and the €220 Queens Cup Ladies Event, which takes place on the penultimate day of the festival.

There are several novel formats on the event schedule, too. The Unibet Progressive Bounty event costs €440 to play and the FLOP Kick-Off Cup is €550, while there are a plethora of Pot Limit Omaha and Mixed events on the setlist, too. With a Short Deck Ante Only and Open Face Chinese Pineapple also scheduled to play on the 6th and 8th of the month, it’s an exciting schedule with something for everyone.

If directly buying in to the PAPC events isn’t quite your cup of tea, there are a number of more affordable ways to claim your seat at the table, namely through online qualifiers taking place at Olybet and Unibet, as well as live satellites taking place in Tallinn and Vilnius at Olympic Casinos venues in those destinations. Of course, not all online casino sites offer online poker. At Royal 1688, for instance, there are poker games you can play against the house, but not against other players. But we digress.

Patrik Antonius

Challenge Patrik

One of the most exciting aspects of the festival is Challenge Patrik, a novel idea whereupon between 16 and 24 players will take each other on in progressively more difficult challenges in order to result in one winner, who will get to play Patrik Antonius himself heads-up in an effort to win the top prize.

All Challenge Patrik participants will win a prize, which include FLOP GTO Premium Memberships for all participants, 1-to-1 training sessions with Antonius, an exclusive weekend coaching and live poker trip to Monaco, hosted by Antonius, with further prizes to be announced soon. The 4-max Shootout games will be followed by semi-final heads-up matches before the final heads-up best-of-three match against Patrik Antonius himself. The special event takes place on Thursday 7 April at the PAPC Festival at the Olympic Park Casino Tallinn in Estonia.

Unibet Ambassadors Excited for the Events

There will also be a couple of well-known Unibet ambassadors excited to be travelling to Estonia for the festivities.

“Tallinn is one of my favourite places to play poker in the world,” said Irish poker legend Dara O’Kearney, who has taken on Antonius at the felt before. “The Finns always brighten it up and make for a great atmosphere so the involvement of Finnish legend Patrik Antonius will make the event extra special.”

Dara O'Kearney Patrik Antonius

O’Kearney’s stablemate David Lappin couldn’t be happier to be heading out to Tallinn himself, and the well-travelled poker professional thinks players of all levels will get a lot out of the experience.

“Unibet are very proud to be partnering with Patrik and his poker challenge in Tallinn,” he says. “It’s a jam-packed schedule with lots of variety so every type of player will find something they love each day. I know that our qualifiers will really enjoy the extras we are putting on for them. Hopefully one of them can beat Patrik heads-up and make some headlines.”

If players can’t get enough of the action, then they can even party with Antonius on Friday 8 April from 9.00pm.

You can check out the full event schedule below, with a PDF version here.

Patrik Antonius Poker Challenge

TimeEvent #Buy-InGame TypeEvent NameStarting StackLevel TimeRegistration Closes
Monday 4th April, 2022
16:001s€60 + €10NLH SATSatellite to ‘#2 FLOP KICK-OFF CUP’10,00010 minLevel 8
19:002a€500 + €50NLHFLOP KICK-OFF CUP (8-Max) 1 Re-entry Per Flight30,00030 minLevel 8
21:003s€60 + €10NLH SATSatellite to ‘#2  FLOP KICK-OFF CUP’10,00010 minLevel 8
Tuesday 5th April, 2022
12:002b€500 + €50NLHFLOP KICK-OFF CUP (8-Max) 1 Re-entry Per Flight30,00030 minLevel 8
16:004€200 + €20PLOPLO / PLO5 Mix15,00020 minLevel 8
17:005s€60 + €10NLH SATSatellite to ‘#2 FLOP KICK-OFF CUP’10,00010 minLevel 8
21:002c€500 + €50NLHFLOP KICK-OFF CUP (8-Max) 1 Re-entry Per Flight Turbo Flight30,00020 minLevel 8
21:006s€200 + €20NLH SATSatellite to ‘#7 NLH PAPC Bounty Championship’10,00015 minLevel 8
Wednesday 6th April, 2022
12:002/NLHFLOP KICK-OFF CUP (8-Max) Day 2/30 min/
14:007€2300 + €200NLHPAPC Bounty Championship  – Shot Clock –  (€300 Bounty)30,00020 minLevel 10
17:008€300 + €30NLH8 Max20,00020 minLevel 8
19:009€200 + €20SHORT NLHShort Deck – Ante Only (6-Max)3 x 10,00020 minLevel 8
21:0010€150 + €15NLHTurbo10,00015 minLevel 8
Thursday 7th April, 2022
12:0011€200 + €20NLHPAPC DEEPSTACK Championship  (8-Max)30,00030 minLevel 10
14:0012€5000 + €200NLHPAPC HIGH ROLLER (6-Max)50,00030 minLevel 10
17:0013€500 + €50PLOPLO5 6-Max20,00020 minLevel 8
19:0014s€150 + €15NLH SATSatellite to ‘#16 PAPC Main Event’10,00015 minLevel 8
21:0015€100 + €100 + €20NLHProgressive Bounty – Turbo10,00015 minLevel 8
Friday 8th April, 2022
12:0016a€1500 + €150NLHPAPC MAIN EVENT (8-Max)30,00045 minLevel 10
14:0017€300 + €30OFCPOpen Face Chinese Pineapple20,00020 min/ 30 minLevel 8
16:0018s€150 + €15NLH SATSatellite to ‘#16 PAPC Main Event’10,00015 minLevel 8
17:0019€200 + €20NLHTurbo10,00015 minLevel 8
19:0016b€1500 + €150NLHPAPC MAIN EVENT (8-Max) Turbo Flight30,00020 minLevel 10
Saturday 9th April, 2022
12:0016€1500 + €150NLHPAPC MAIN EVENT (8-Max) Day 230,00045 minLevel 10
13:0020€200 + €20NLHPAPC QUEENS (She/Her)20,00020 minLevel 8
14:0021€200 + €200 + €40NLHUnibet PROGRESSIVE BOUNTY Championship20,00020 minLevel 8
16:0022€10000 + €300NLHPAPC SUPER HIGH ROLLER (6-Max)50,00030 minLevel 10
19:0023€1000 + €100PLOPAPC PLO CHAMPIONSHIP (PLO/PLO5 Mix)20,00020 minLevel 8
21:0024€150 + €15NLHHyper-Turbo10,00010 minLevel 8
Sunday 10th April, 2022
12:0016/NLHPAPC MAIN EVENT (8-Max) Final Day/45 min/
13:0025€300 + €30MIXPL Dealer’s Choice20,00030 minLevel 6
15:0026€200 + €20NLHBig Bounty Blast Off (€100 Bounty)20,00020 minLevel 8

The simplest way to make it into one of the events at the Olympic Casino Tallinn is obviously to fly to the PAPC Festival and buy-in directly. But with a massive live satellite schedule too, making it into any of the 29 scheduled events that take place across the week in Estonia is very achievable for players of any bankroll.

Lastly, but by no means least, there are a wealth of online satellites taking place on Unibet Poker, which give players who make the cut in the Main Event that tantalising shot at taking on Patrik Antonius himself. You can qualify from the comfort of your own home and take part in the 2022 Patrik Antonius Poker Challenge (PAPC), which first took place back in 2019.

With high rollers, massive Main Events and low buy-in side events, satellites and mixed games alike, the second edition of the Patrik Antonius Poker Challenge in Tallinn, Estonia will be one to remember for poker players from around the world. We can’t wait to find out if the legendary poker pro will win or lose that ‘End Boss’ heads-up for glory!



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Paul Seaton

Paul Seaton has written about poker from all over the world, and has interviewed the most well known poker players in the world in the pursuit of the perfect poker stories. Having worked events such as the World Series of Poker, European Poker Tour and World Poker Tour, Paul has worked as Editor of BLUFF […]

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