EPT Copenhagen Ends With Kyllonen Claiming Win for Finland

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By Jennifer Newell For the fifth year, the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour stopped off in at the Copenhagen Casino for the Scandinavian Open. Clearly one of the most popular stops on the tour and the chance for every Scandi player to show off their skills, the EPT Copenhagen got off to a rousing start on February 17, 2009. Day 1a brought 225 players to the tables, and it was an eight-level day that saw only 99 of them survive. Some notables survived, like Team PokerStars pros Noah Boeken, Luca Pagano, and Marcin Horecki, along with Juha Helppi, Carlos Mortensen, Erik Friberg, and Jani Sointula. But at the top of the leaderboard was poker veteran Thor Hansen of Norway with 74,700 chips. Second was Allen Baekke, followed by Albert Iversen, Grederik Hostrup, and Erik Karksson to round out the top five. Day 1b saw another 236 players register for the tournament, putting the total field at 462 and making the prize pool DKK 22,176,000, or about €2,976,644. Though 30 countries were represented, it was Denmark that dominated the field with 130 players. That day ended with 85 survivors and Andrea Benelli and his 107,400 stack in the lead, with the rest of the top five being Roberto Romanello, Ola Brandborn, Tore Lagerborg, and Johan van Til Holland. The second full day of play brought all 184 players together, and though the intention was to play down to 32, action was slower than expected, and the day ended with 40 players, all of whom were in the money. But to get to that point, it was Andrew Feldman who opted to push his short stack on the money bubble with pocket sixes and came up against kc jh. When the board brought ac th 2c 8d qd, Saxin received the straight and knocked Feldman out in 41st place to end the day. With Anders Langset in the chip lead with 326,800, players retired for the night. The purpose of Day 3 was to award some prize money and play down to the final eight. As that point approached late in the day, it was Tom Johansen out in tenth place to seat the last nine players at the same table, then it was Mikael Lundell who was at risk to go. He finally pushed his last 150K into the pot with ad th and was called by Jussi Nevanlinna and his pocket nines. The board brought nothing to change the outcome, and Lundell took a ninth place finish. With that, the final table was as follows: Seat 1: Jussi Nevanlinna (Finland) 894,000 Seat 2: Peter Hedlund (Sweden) 367,000 Seat 3: Jens Kyllonen (Finland) 366,000 Seat 4: Jonas Klausen (Denmark) 262,000 Seat 5: Eric Lachavaque (France) 221,000 Seat 7: Petter Petersson (Sweden) 407,000 Seat 8: Rasmus Nielsen (Denmark) 1,031,000 Seat 9: Anders Langset (Norway) 1,119,000 On Saturday, February 21, the last eight players of EPT Copenhagen came to the table to play for the win. Anders Langset led the pack after only having played poker for three weeks. It only took two hands for the action to begin, as Klausen moved all-in with pocket sevens. Hedlund looked down at pocket aces and made the quick call, and they both watched the board come 5c qc td tc ac. One of Klausen’s sevens was a club, but the flush couldn’t hold up to Hedlund’s rivered full house. Jonas Klausen left in eighth place with €80,364. Larcheveque was the next at risk when he pushed preflop with kc qh. Nielsen made the call with pocket deuces, and two more deuces came on the flop to give him quads. Eric Larcheveque had no choice but to leave in seventh place with €113,106. Nielsen had a tough time after those quads, and despite having lost a significant pot to Langset in the beginning of the action, he got involved with him again on a 5d 6c ad flop. Langset began with a bet, but Nielsen check-raised all-in with A-9. Langset showed the dominating A-K, and the turn of 7h and river of ks left Rasmus Nielsen out in sixth place with €142,870. Langset’s dominating chip lead of more than 2.5 million had the other four players, all with less than 1 million, needing to move quickly. Petersson did so with A-2, but Hedlund called with A-Q. When the board showed js 6s 6d 4d ks, it was over for Petter Petersson in fifth place with €181,564. Nevanlinna took a hit as Kyllonen doubled through him and subsequently pushed his short stack all-in preflop with K-9. Kyllonen and Hedlund called, and they checked down the board as it came 2d 5s qc ad 2h. Kyllonen showed pocket nines, but Hedlund turned over the winning A-4 to send Jussi Nevanlinna out in fourth place with €220,258. Langset then saw his stack diminished as Kyllonen doubled through him. When the two tangled again, it began with a js 9s qs flop. More betting led to the 7s on the turn, at which point Langset pushed all-in holding a 4s for the flush, but it was Kyllonen’s call with as 8s that showed the nut flush. The jack on the river sent Anders Langset out in third place with €288,717. Heads-up action started as follows: Jens Kyllonen 3,508,000 Peter Hedlund 1,154,000 Though Hedlund tried an all-in move on the first hand, Kyllonen wanted to take some time. After more than a half hour, Hedlund was ready again and started the hand with as jh and an initial raise. Kyllonen looked down at pocket jacks and made the all-in reraise, which Hedlund called. The board ran out 9s 8h 5s kc qc, and Peter Hedlund was forced out in second place with €497,069. Finnish player Jens Kyllonen won the EPT Copenhagen main event and the €870,057 that went with it. (Thanks to PokerStars Blog for detailed tournament information.)