2013 WSOP Europe - Event 2
October 27, 2013
By Jeremy Olson
Online Qualifier Henrik Johansson wins WSOPE Event #2 and €129.7k
One great thing about the online poker world is that you can win your way towards glory and riches. Such was the case with Henrik Johansson, who earned a prize package at an online poker site and parlayed this into a big WSOP Europe victory and €129,700 payday.
What's really interesting about Johansson's online qualification is that he didn't even have to play for the WSOPE prize package. The 21-year-old entered into a drawing, whereby he was awarded a trip to Paris for the 2013 WSOP Europe and a seat in the Event #2 €1,100 No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry tournament. You can read about how he turned this opportunity into a huge victory below.
A Popular Event
Like many of the other low buy-in events at the WSOP Europe, Event #2 turned out to be quite popular, thanks to the €1,100 buy-in. 556 "unique" players entered this tourney, and 103 of them chose to re-enter (659 total entries), which led to a €632,640 prize pool.
72 of these players would make the money, including famed pros like Chris Klodnicki (62nd, €1,930), Jonathan Karamalikis (54th, €2,113), Jeff Madsen (41st, €2,341), Barry Greenstein (35th, €2,619) and David "Chino" Rheem (22nd, €4,599).
Final Table Play
Most of the famous poker pros fell by the wayside early in this event. But there were still some strong players who made the final table, including Johansson, who makes his living playing online cash games.
The Swede played with a lot of composure, as he went on to eliminate five of his eight final table opponents. His first elimination was Andrei Konopelko, whose pocket 7's couldn't find enough help from the board to beat
Johansson's pocket jacks; Konopelko finished 9th and took home €12,134. Johansson continued building his chip stack as he knocked out Jose Obadia in 7th place (€19,498), Daniel Weinman in 4th (€43,772) and Yaniv Botbol in 3rd (€58,860).
Botbol's elimination set up a heads-up match between Andreano Torre Grosso and Johansson. The latter carried a 1.5:1 chip advantage into heads-up play, and it'd be all he needed. Just 22 hands into this matchup, Torre-Grossa (7-6) went all-in on a 9-10-7 flop. Johansson called and showed T-9; when the turn and river both produced aces, Johansson's victory was complete.
A First for Sweden
In the six years prior to the 2013 WSOPE, no Swede had ever won a gold bracelet in Europe. That said, Johansson took care of this with his Event #2 victory. He also became just the sixth Swedish player to win a WSOP gold bracelet, period.
And what's interesting in all of this is that Johansson is just 21 years old. When speaking about how he was able to stay so composed at such a young age with a bracelet on the line, he thanked his parents. "I think it is because I have excellent parents who raised me very well," he said.
Despite the big victory, Johansson wasn't sure if he was going to play in any more WSOPE events this year. However, you can bet that he'll still be grinding in online poker cash games.
2013 WSOPE Event #2 €1,100 NL Hold'em Re-Entry Final Table
1st - Henrik Johansson (Sweden) - €129,700
2nd - Andreano Torre Grosso (France) - €80,250
3rd - Yanik Botbol (France) - €58,860
4th - Daniel Weinman (USA) - €43,772
5th - Serge Ekert (France) - €32,992
6th - Daniel Laidlaw (Australia) - €25,190
7th - Jose Obadia (Spain) - €19,498
8th - Jean-Philippe Tuffery (France) - €15,285
9th - Andrei Konopelko (Belarus) - €12,134
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