WPT Vienna Won By Morten ChristensenApril 16, 2012 11:34 am
Danish pro Morten Christensen has won the World Poker Tour Vienna Main Event, after defeating a field of 396 players over six days to capture the title, and collect a whopping first place prize worth €313,390 ($410,519).
The mostly online player had previously had just a handful of small live cashes, but has now put his name firmly on the live poker map with his victory in Austria. Morten Christensen also becomes the fourth Dane to win a major European tournament since February, with his other three compatriots picking-up EPT titles.
The prestigious €3,500 WPT event managed to attract a top flight of pros to the Casino Montesino in Vienna. Amongst those seeing some returns on their money were Andy Frankenberger in 30th (€7,990), Darko Stojanovic in 29th (€7,990), Yevgeniv Timoshenko in 22nd (€9,212), Eugene Katchalov in 19th (€9,212), Tristan Wade in 12th (€12,900), Anton Wigg in 11th (€12,900), and Roberto Romanello in 10th (€12,900).
By the time the final table of six had been reached, the remaining players lined-up as follows:
Ognjen Sekularac – 3,930,000
Morten Christensen – 2,540,000
Benjamin Wilinofsky – 2,270,000
Norbert Szecsi – 1,210,000
Konstantin Tolokno – 1,085,000
Goswin Siemsen – 875,000
First out was Norbert Szecsi in 6th ($64,318) in a pre-flop encounter which saw his pocket queens up against Wilinofsky Kd-Jd with his flush coming in on the turn. Konstantin Tolokno (A-10) then got lucky against Goswin Siemsen’s Ah-Qh after a 10 appeared on the flop, thus eliminating Siemsen in 5th for $82,106.
Next, Ognjen Sekularac bowed out in 4th ($111,095) with his badly dominated A-J falling to Tolokno’s A-Q, while Ben Wilinofsky went out in 3rd ($161,003) after pushing his Ts-9c on a 8s-7s-5d flop against Morten Christensen’s 10c-4c, who subsequently turned a flush.
Morten Christensen then took a 2 to 1 chip lead into the heads-up phase against Konstantin Tolokno, who eventually pushed holding Ks-8s into Christensen’s dominating Ah-8h with an A being dealt on the flop. Consequently, Konstantin Tolokno collected $251,166 for his impressive run, while Morten Christensen was crowned the 2012 WPT Vienna Champion and pocketed a cool $410,519.