Carl-Johan Geijer Swedish poker champion


Soccer legend Tomas Brolin finished on the bubble, WSOP bracelet winner Anders Henriksson lost a big chip lead, and two women reached the final table. The Swedish Poker Championship was action-packed from start to finish, and in the end amateur player Carl-Johan Geijer won the tournament.

Due to legal reasons, the Swedish Poker Federation decided to host the event in Tallinn, Estonia. An Omaha champion, Niclas Lundqvist, was crowned Tuesday, and the No-Limit Texas Hold'em event was played Wednesday to Saturday.

Carl-Johan Geijer, a 33-year old financial adviser from Stockholm, defeated 21-year old Michaela Johansson heads-up to claim the title and $130,000 in prize money.

Michaela Johansson was not the only female player to do well in the tournament. Out of seven women in the 268 player starting field, two reached the final table; runner-up Johansson, and Karin Lundgren, who finished in seventh place.

The competition in the tournament was tough with a number of experienced pros playing. 2006 WSOP bracelet winner Anders Henriksson had a big chip lead at one point, but lost it, and finished in 11th place.

Otherwise, the Swedish soccer legend Tomas Brolin, who is pursuing a career as a professional poker player, put up a good performance, but ran into some bad luck and finished on the bubble.

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