He’s a former baker. He studied information technology and maths. He’s 26-years-old and he’s from Sweden.
As unlikely as it might sound, that’s the recipe for success for Mats Gavatin, the newly-crowned EPT Dublin winner. Mats overcame the vast chip-lead of Henric Olander, his countryman, to claim the €317,000 first prize this evening.
Gavatin came to the final table with 438,000 in chips, placed third from the eight players who survived the trip to the RDS from the Merrion. When just two remained, it was Olander who had a three-to-one chip lead.
But Gavatin squeezed all he could out of his super-aggressive opponent and was the one left clutching the winner’s cheque.