Online Prodigy Mickey Petersen Wins 2012 EPT CopenhagenFebruary 26, 2012 1:07 pm
Danish pro Mickey Petersen has won the 2012 EPT Copenhagen, after overcoming a field of 299 players over five days to claim the title, and collect the €338,133 ($455,000) first place prize.
The young internet sensation known as “mementmori” has already amassed a huge
$4,612,260 playing tournaments online, but his live experience is considerably less having only competed in around fifty live tournaments, earning $249,125 along the way.
That figure has now rocketed to near the $700,000 mark, and commenting on his remarkable victory, Mickey Petersen said:
“This is so special to me. Not only is it the first time I’ve done well in a live event but doing it on home turf like this is just amazing..I’m good friends with Rupert (Elder), David (Vamplew), (Kevin) MacPhee and Ben (Wilinofsky), all those guys that have won EPTs in the last couple of years so to join that club is awesome.”
As Saturday’s final table of eight got underway at the Casino Copenhagen, Mickey Petersen was lying in 4th place (1.205m) with Aage Floenes Ravn in pole position (2.458m) and Spencer Hudson (447k) the short-stack.
Eventually, Petersen made it through to heads-up player against Team PokerStars Pro, Pierre “Zoutechamp” Neuville. However, in this six hour heads-up marathon, Petersen would regularly have his opponent on the ropes by raising him out of the game, only for a short-stack Neuville to patiently wait for a premium hand in which to successfully double-up.
The battle was then finally determined after Petersen (A-5) and Neuville (A-4) were all-in pre-flop, with the board subsequently running out K-J-6-3-5 to hand Petersen the victory.
Commenting later on his epic heads-up battle, the new EPT Copenhagen Champion said:
“I felt pretty confident going into the heads up match but I’d like to think that I ran really bad in cards in the first couple of hours. I barely had a pair and I had ace-jack once and had to fold it. I was getting run over a little bit and then I made two stupid mistakes that I kind of regret which put a little doubt in my mind. Eventually I managed to grind it back, very slowly and steadily so that was really nice.”