The chip count released at the most recent break showed some of poker’s leading lights rising to the top of the charts: Thorson, McDonald, Pescatori, Pagano, et al.
But fear not — never fear — for the band of lesser-known PokerStars qualifiers. Today, a young Swedish representative named Johan Percivall is flying the flag for the internet generation. Percivall, from Stockholm, qualified for this tournament via the steps system, coming in at the $7.50 step one level. Now he is up past the 100,000 mark and looking good to make a charge on the money.
This is only Percivall’s second live tournament, but he also cashed at the Aussie Millions in January, which was his first appearance in the bricks and mortar environment. He was down to around 3,000 yesterday, but cracked aces with queens and then doubled up today with kings against nines.
Scandinavia + PokerStars qualifiers has often equalled major scores on the EPT, and Percivall is could be the latest to come out on the right side of that equation.