About one week after finishing seventh in the EPT Copenhagen Main Event, the American Poker Pro Steve O'Dwyer won the WPT National tournament in Vejle, Denmark.
O'Dwyer received a first prize of 900,000 DKK (about USD 160k) for his amazing achievement - especially since he had to beat 5 "locals" on the final table. O'Dwyer is now closing in on the $2.5 million mark in his career live tournament earnings.
WPT National Vejle final results (players 289, 1.00 DKK = 0.177533 USD): 1: Steve O'Dwyer - 893,960 DKK 2: Martin Tonnesen - 490,140 DKK 3: Claus Uhrskov - 339,960 DKK 4: Jan V. Sorensen - 225,030 DKK 5: Justin Lund - 175,710 DKK 6: Kenneth Laursen - 138,720 DKK
Team Online against PokerStars Pro; youth against old timer; blonde hair against dark hair; foreigner against local - all could describe the heads-up between Mickey Petersen and Pierre Neuville. One thing is for sure though - it was one of the most entertaining EPT finals for quite some time and it took six-and-quarter-hours before a winner was crowned, Petersen.
Petersen, who's a well-known and respected tournament player in Denmark, really deserved the win against the Belgian Team PokerStars pro. Firstly, he usually had the best hand when the money went into the center of the table. Secondly, he stayed focused from start to end and didn't let his older, more experienced opponent push him around. Thirdly, he saw that his opponent was getting more and more exhausted and used time to his advantage.
Many well-known players didn't survive the third day of the Main Event and the tournament is now down to only 24 players. Melanie Weisner, the Day 3 chip leader who was very confident of a deep run, is not among these 24 players, nor is the Day 1b chip leader Mads Wissing from Denmark.
There are still some pretty interesting players who made it through the day though. For example: the American poker pro and Day 1a and Day 2 chip leader Steve O'Dwyer with 423,500 chips, and the reigning EPT Copenhagen Champion Micheal Tureniec from Sweden with 294,500.
The EPT Copenhagen Main Event is down to 72 players after 2 days of play. Day 1a and 1b chip leaders Steve O'Dwyer, from USA, and Mads Wissing, from Denmark, are among the players that will return today, however, neither of them are among the top players.
The new chip leader is the American poker pro Melanie Weisner who managed to accumulate 368,200 chips during Day 2. Weisner indeed had an amazing day at the poker tables and now she has a fantastic chance of taking home the biggest cash of her career.
As many predicted, Day 1b of the EPT Copenhagen Main Event attracted a much bigger player-field than Day 1a. In total, 215 players arrived at the SAS Radisson Hotel in Copenhagen yesterday and battled it out for seven levels of play.
The day ended with a local player in the lead, Mads Wissing, who managed to accumulate 127,575 chips. A few familiar poker players who also made it through Day 1b: Johnny Lodden, Anton Wigg, Luca Pagano, Juha Helppi, Arnaud Mattern and home town here Theo Jorgensen.
Yesterday (at around 20:00 CET) Day 1a of the EPT Copenhagen Main Event came to an end with 48 survivors. The chip leader comes from the other side of the atlantic ocean and his name is Steve O'Dwyer. O'Dwyer, who finished second in EPT London, will bring 190,975 to Day 2 and he has the experience to go all the way to the final table.
The 2011 EPT Copenhagen Main Event is down to 24 players and now it starts getting really exciting! Yesterday, Michael Tureniec from Sweden was in the lead. Now, another Swede has overtaken the lead! Per Linde (picture) has accumulated 1,622,000 chips and he will for sure make it to the final table with a healthy stack if he continues like this.
In second place is Florian Langmann from Germany with 1,304,000 chips, followed by the Swedes Joel Nordkvist and Michael Tureniec. In fact, the most of the remaining players are from the Nordic countries. Well, maybe that something one should expect from a tournament held in Denmark? :)
Yesterday, 235 players came to the SAS Radisson Hotel in Copenhagen and signed up for the EPT Copenhagen Main Event. The field included players such as Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, Ramzi Jelassi, JP Kelly - along with many other big names from the poker world. After eight one-hour levels of poker, the field had been reduced to 129 players. The one who will bring the biggest stack (203,800) from Day 1b to Day 2, which starts today, is the Lithuanian player Domantas Kimciasukas. He played fantastic poker during Day 1b and it's a very well- deserved lead!
Day 2 will kick off in a bit. We will return with an update as soon as Day 2 has come to an end.
Mark Hirleman, from Arizona, leads the field with 163,400 chips after that Day 1a of the 2011 EPT Copenhagen Main Event has come to and end. He and another 132 players are now through to Day 2 of the tournament. Three of the biggest names that will play Day 2 as well are Annette Obrestad and Johnny Lodden from Norway, and Peter Eastgate from Denmark. Anton Wigg, last year's Main Event winner, was among the last players to bust. Anton Wigg played very well and could easily have ended up as the chip leader if it wasn't for an all-in against Obrestad with AJ flush draw vs pocket 10's - an all-in which Annette Obrestad won with a set of 10's.
Day 1b of the tournament is about to start now. An even bigger field of players are expected today, so let's hope that it will be an interesting day of poker!
Today, it's time for one of the most popular stops on the European Poker Tour, EPT Copenhagen. We can expect to see some really big names in the Main Event. Two players to keep an extra eye on are Anton Wigg from Sweden, who won the Main Event last year, and Martin Jacobson (also from Sweden) who ended up runner-up in 2 EPT tournaments last year.
Day 1a of the Main Event is about to start now. We will keep you updated from start to finish.
It ended up being Kent Lundmark from Sweden who won the EPT Barcelona Main Event, the biggest poker tournament ever held in Spain, and laid hands on the first place prize of €825,000. Lundmark is the 6th Swede ever to to win an EPT Main Event; the last being Anton Wigg who took down EPT Copenhagen in season 6.
The EPT Barcelona win was Lundmark's third EPT cash ever and by far his best live result in his poker career. In the beginning of this year, he was runner-up in the Nordic Masters of Poker, earning $69,000, and also he was the last standing Swede at the the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas (29th place for $66k).
After 5 days of play, it finally came to be poker pro Anton Wigg, 22, from Stockholm, Sweden, who took down EPT Copenhagen and the first place prize of 3,675,000 DKK (about $670,000). Wigg played very well on the final table and it looked like nothing could stop him for a while. However, when the final table was down to heads-up, Wigg had a really hard time against his final opponent Francesco de Vivo.
Wigg was big favorite to take down many big pots against Vivo, but unfortunately the luck wasn't on his side anymore, and suddenly, he was almost out of the tournament. Then everything took a turn again and Wigg started taking down pot after pot. After that Wigg had doubled up a few times, he and his opponent had even stacks again. And after 3,5 hours of play, it all came to an end.
76 out of 243 players who started Day 2 are now through to Day 3 of the EPT Copenhagen Main Event, which will start in a few hours. Notable players that have made it to Day 3 with decent stacks are Team PokerStars pro's Peter Eastgate (302,000 - 9th place) and Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier (243,800 - 16th place). 2 other big names can be found further down in the field, Juha Helppi & Anette Obrestad. In the lead is Csaba Toth with 561,900 chips. Almost 150k chips behind him are Fabian Gentile (413,300 - 2nd place) and Stig Rossen (411,200 - 3rd place).
56 of the remaining 76 players will get a piece of the total prize pool of 14,212 DKK (about €1,9 million dollars). The winner will get about €500,000.
232 came to start in Day 1b of the EPT Copenhagen Main Event. 138 players made it through the day and will now join the other 113 players (from Day 1a) today when Day 2 of the tournament kicks off. Peter Eastgate, the 2008 WSOP CHAMP, played very well in Day 1b of the tournament as he managed to accumulate 128,300 chips (4th place). A few other notable players that played very well in Day 1b of the tournament were Sebastian Ruthenberg (130,000 - 3rd place), Juha Helppi (120,600 - 6th place), Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier (113,700 - 14th place).
Further down in the field are Ramzi Jelassi, (Swedish poker pro - lots of great live tournament results), Luca Pagano (Italian PokerStars pro & probably the most successful EPT player ever?), and Tomas Brolin, the Swedish ex-football pro who has played in many EPT events in the past few years - without good results.
The 232 players who have made it to Day 2 will now fight for a piece from the total prize pool of 14,212 DKK (about €1,9 million dollars). The winner will get about €500,000.
Day 1a of EPT Copenhagen delivered a lot of action, mainly because of the Scandinavian, aggressive style of playing poker. However, there is a Canadian (Andew Pantling - 155,800 chips) who has come out on top. Although a few notable players have dropped out of the Day 1a field - Martin Kabrhel, Thomas Bichon, Jeff Sarwer etc - there are still some really big names who have made it to Day 2 of the Main Event.
Just to mention three of them, Annette Obrestad, Johnny Lodden & Dario Minieri. Day 1b of the tournament will most probably be even more action filled and interesting to follow as William Thorson, Luca Pagano, ElkY, Peter Eastgate and many other big names will take part.
TOP 5 players of Day 1a Andrew Pantling - 155,800 Johnny Ostbjerg - 117,100 Christian Togsverd - 116,100 Patrik Kaltrud - 133,200 Kristian Kofoed - 110,500
Today, the Main Event (Day 1a) of EPT Copenhagen kicks off. This is the ninth stop on the EPT tour and for sure the one we will see most Nordic stars in. Just to mention a few of the players that are going to take part, Peter Eastgate, Johnny Lodden, Anette Obrestad, William Thorson and Kristoffer "Sumpas" Thorsson who just received the Rookie of the Year award in Nordic Poker Awards.
EPT Copenhagen will run between 16/2 - 21/3 and it will of course not only include the Main Event. However, we will keep you updated regarding the Main Event (since we believe it's the most important event and also the event with the largest prize pool) in our news section, so you won't miss out on the action!
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