Christensen wins WPT Vienna

PartyPoker qualifier banks €313k in Vienna

Last week was a busy one for Planet Poker. Not only were 1,500 runners battling away at Nottingham’s Dusk Till Dawn in the biggest ever UKIPT. Not only were some of poker’s largest personalities forgoing sleep for PartyPoker’s 48-hour cash game in Vienna, but alongside them, Morten Christensen saw of 396 runner for his first ever WPT title and a career-best €313,390.

On an international final table, featuring six different countries, the young Dane became the fourth major Danish champ in recent months – following the EPT winning trio of Jannick Wrang, Frederik Jensen and Mickey Petersen.

As well as the €313k first prize, Christensen also guaranteed his seat at May’s $25,000 WPT World Championship in Vegas, and after being presented with his WPT title, he rejoiced, ‘I hope I now go on to build on the same hot run as my fellow Danish players. Gus Hansen won the very first WPT event. This was my first WPT and I won [sic]! It would be fantastic to emulate him.’

Christensen qualified for the event via a €300 satellite, and after seeing off the dangerous Ben Wilinofsky (last April’s EPT Berlin champ) in third, the 27-year-old made light work of Konstantin Tolokno heads-up.

In the final hand, Tolonko got his short stack all-on with Ks-8s and was crushed by Christensen’s Ah-8h. An Ace on the flop all but ended it, and the board ran out As-Qd-9c-7h-2s to send Tolokno packing with €191,740 for his troubles.

On the British front, EPT and WPT champ Roberto Romanello came agonisingly close to adding a second WPT title to his stellar resume, exiting in tenth.

Here’s how WPT Vienna finished up:

1. Morten Christensen  €313,390 + $25,000 WPT World Championship buy-in
2. Konstantin Tolokno  €191,740
3. Ben Wilinofsky  €122,910
4. Ognjen Sekularac  €84,810
5. Goswin Siemsen  €62,680
6. Norbert Szecsi  €49,100

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