EPT Copenhagen: Our finalists

February 21, 2009

With the elimination late last night of Mikael Lundell, the final table was set for EPT Copenhagen. The following players return today to play down to our champion. Play begins at the start of level 21 and we will have complete coverage of all the action here until the day is done.

These are our contenders:

Seat one: Jussi Nevanlinna, 30, Helsinki, Finland – 894,000

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Jussi Nevanlinna started playing poker just three years ago but turned pro within a year. The 30-year-old plays mostly online, anything from $10-$20 to $50-$100 no limit cash games, but has competed in EPT events in San Remo and Monte Carlo in season four, and London and Budapest in season five. Nevanlinna’s best result came in the 2009 Helsinki freezeout where his eighth place finish was worth €14,045. He added €25,171 to that win finishing second in the €200 pot limit Omaha event at the same festival. In his spare time, Nevanlinna enjoys tennis and lives with his girlfriend in Helsinki.

Seat two: Peter Hedlund, 40, Stockholm, Sweden – 367,000

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Peter Hedlund makes his second EPT final table appearance after a seventh place finish in EPT3 London, a result worth £36,000. His poker career started in Las Vegas in 1992, but it was two years before he really got the hang of the game. By 1997 Hedlund was playing semi-professionally; juggling poker with his job working the financial markets, but for the last five years has played full time. His supporters on the rail include seven-time speedway world champion Tony Richardson, while his mother and girlfriend support him from home where, he says, they will be less of a distraction. Away from poker Hedlund enjoys playing his grand piano – a hobby he admits to being terrible at. He also loves to cook and is a major sport fan.

Seat three: Jens “Jeans” Kyllönen, 19, from Helsinki, Finland – 366,000 chips

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Jens Kyllönen has been playing poker for two years, playing full time since he completed his national service. While he used to play mostly no limit hold ’em his usual game is pot limit Omaha. Kyllönen will be playing the remaining EPT events in season five, saying he really enjoys the atmosphere on the tour. His best results to date though have come online and the EPT Copenhagen is only his second major international tournament.

Seat four : Jonas Klausen, 22, from Odense, Denmark – 262,000

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Jonas Klausen is best known as an online player, where he competes under the username “Tulkaz”. He has scored major cashes in the $215 heads up tournament, and also finished third in the Sunday Million, sixth in a $320 pot-limit hold ’em WCOOP event and seventh in a $530 $250,000 guaranteed tournament, all on PokerStars. Now Klausen has turned his attention to live events and has already achieved some notable successes, including an 11th placed finish at EPT Barcelona and 12th at EPT San Remo last year. Klausen also made two final tables at the national Danish poker championship and cashed at the WSOP last year. Nevertheless, if there was no such thing as poker, Klausen says he’d like to train has a police officer.

Seat five: Eric Larcheveque, 35, Puteaux, near Paris, France – 221,000

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Eric Larcheveque has only been playing poker for two years but has already made the final table in three major tournaments. In 2007, he came sixth at the Master Classics in Amsterdam for €87,000 and the following March finished eigth at the Irish Open for €75,000. He also won a $500 tournament at the Bellagio last summer for a further $50,000. Larcheveque runs an online entertainment company and recently created a small poker team — “Cenacle” — with his friends Sébastien Decamps and Thierry Tregaro. The team made their first outing at EPT Deauville last month, but none of the trio cashed. Copenhagen is a different story, however, and now Decamps and Tregaro are cheering on their captain as he reaches his third major final table. Larcheveque’s wife Yveta is supporting him from home in Riga, Latvia, where she is looking after the couple’s five-month-old daughter Anastasia.

Seat seven: Petter Petersson, 28, from Malmo, Sweden – 407,000

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Petter Petersson has been playing poker full-time for five to six years, mainly online under the screen-name “Slaktarn”. He is perhaps best known for beating Patrick Antonius in a $25,000 heads-up pot-limit Omaha tournament, but the taciturn Swedish player is now turning this attention to live events and has played in several EPT tournaments already. This is his best live result to date and although he is thrilled to make the final table, he says it was a pretty tough journey to get there. He is planning to compete in all the remaining EPT events this season.

Seat eight: Rasmus Hede Nielsen, 27, Copenhagen, Denmark – 1,031,000

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Rasmus Nielsen plays online as “Jungleras”, named after a Danish comedy series. He has been playing poker professionally for two years and already accrued some great results with three major final tables finishes: fourth place here at EPT Copenhagen last season, second place in $1,500 no-limit hold ’em event at the World Series for nearly $400,000 and fifth place at the Master Classics in Amsterdam for €106,000. This year also began with a major triumph: the birth of his daughter Silja. Nielsen studied business at college but has primarily focused on poker since graduation.

Seat nine: Anders Langset , 23, Eidsvåg, Norway – 1,119,000

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The chip leader Anders Langset has made comfortable progress on his way to the final table of EPT Copenhagen. Langset is relatively new to the game and thinks that the total number of hands he’s played online is around 3,000 and his only live experience comes from playing in the card room in the “Ocean Sands” casino in the Dominican Republic, where he has been holidaying for the past few months. Langset’s father bought him into EPT Copenhagen and it is his first ever live tournament. Langset graduated in logistics from university and is planning to continue with his studies next summer. He is currently working as the manager of Norway’s third-biggest cycling club. If he wins EPT Copenhagen, he plans to sail around the world with his friend.


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