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A Finn win: Kyllonen takes EPT Copenhagen
A 19-year-old Finn shocked the Scandinavian poker world to its core when he came out of nowhere to take the PokerStars EPT Copenhagen title in Denmark Saturday.
"I feel really good," Jens Kyllonen told PokerListings following the impressive win. "I don't think I have realized yet what I have done. It feels really great."
Marked by an aggressive Scandinavian style of poker, the final table actually took just five hours to play out, in contrast to the epic 14-hour battle won by Tim Vance in Copenhagen last year.
Play began just after 2 p.m. at Casino Copenhagen with Dane Rasmus Nielsen stealing the headlines by making back-to-back final tables here following a fourth place in 2008.
But after losing a huge pot to fellow chip leader Anders Langset in the first level of play, the Dane seemed rattled, and it wasn't long before his dream of an EPT title was dashed.
Another Dane, Jonas Klausen, was actually the first player to exit the final table, and the only non-Scandinavian at the table, Frenchman Eric Larchveque, was also out before Nielsen took sixth.
Swede Petter Petterson went out fifth before the previously quiet Kyllonen began making his move toward the title.
First he won a coin flip against fellow Finn Jussi Nevanlinna after making a rather loose call with a weak ace. Then, once Nevanlinna had bowed out fourth, Kyllonen won another massive flip to take the lead from Langset.
"I felt like I had an edge on the players so I tried to keep the pots smaller in general and played very aggressively," Kyllonen said. "I won key coin flips and I think I played pretty well."
Eventually he would finish off the rather inexperienced Langset, who claimed he'd only been playing poker three weeks before the tournament started, by getting the Norwegian to push in drawing dead.
Starting heads-up with Swede Peter Hedlund with more than a 2-1 chip advantage, it didn't take long for Kyllonen to finish him off.
Donning a pink "Teenage Millionaire" hat, Kyllonen grabbed the 6,541,920 DKK first-place prize and all the glory of the EPT Copenhagen title when his pocket jacks held against the rather entertaining Hedlund's ace-jack after about two dozen hands.
"I'll spend a big part of it on an apartment," Kyllonen said. "I'll also be playing the rest of the EPT circuit this season."