European Masters Of Poker Lisbon Won By JouhkimainenApril 5, 2012 1:42 pm
Finland’s Joni Jouhkimainen has won the European Masters Of Poker Lisbon, after defeating a field of 226 players over four days to lift the trophy, and collect the €56,860 ($75,767) top prize.
As the €1,100 entry tournament reached its ultimate day at the Casino Estoril, Lisbon, a truly multi-national assortment of players took their seats at the nine man final table.
Unfortunately for the local crowd, three of the first four players to hit the rail were all Portuguese, thus putting an end to their hopes of a home victory.
First out was Portugal’s David Metelo in 9th (€5,350) holding pocket fives to Mattsson’s A-10, followed by José Ruivo in 8th (€6,460) holding A-7 to Dahlqvist’s pocket threes. Following Poland’s Tomasz Kolodziejski elimination in 7th (€7,580) Nuno Capucho then exited in 6th (€8,690), leaving two Swedes, two Finns and a lone Irishman still in the competition.
However, five handed play was soon cut short after Sweden’s Patric Mattsson (10-10) was involved in a three-way pot with fellow countryman Dahlqvist (8s-7h) and Ireland’s Lappin (Ac-6c) both all-in. The 8d-Js-7d-4c-10c board ensured the double elimination with Dahlqvist picking up €10,700 and Lappin €13,820 for their efforts.
Nonetheless, Mattsson was next out in 3rd (€22,740) holding K-Q to Tomi Huuskonen’s pocket eights, thus heralding in an all Finland heads-up finale.
At this point, Jouhkimainen held a 2.7 million to 1.9 million chip lead over Huuskonen and 30 minutes later it was all over. In the final hand, Huuskonen was dealt pocket aces to Jouhkimainen’s 4h-3h with all the chips going in on a J-5-2-6 board.
Tomi Huuskonen then had to satisfy himself with a runner-up finish worth €34,110, while Jouhkimainen claimed the title, and now takes his live career earnings to $310,272.
The final table payouts were as follows:
1. Joni Jouhkimainen (Finland) €56,860
2. Tomi Huuskonen (Finland) €34,110
3. Patric Mattsson (Sweden) €22,740
4. David Lappin (Ireland) €13,820
5. Martin Dahlqvist (Sweden) €10,700
6. Nuno Capucho (Portugal) €8,690
7. Tomasz Kolodziejski (Poland) €7,580
8. José Ruivo (Portugal) €6,460
9. David Metelo (Portugal) €5,350