The East's fate was all but locked down at the final table of the PartyPoker.com East vs. West Cup. But the game was poker and nothing - not even an early player advantage - could ensure victory for the roster of Eastern players.
Thomas Jensen, a 31-year-old butcher and online qualifier for the €100,000 freeroll (pictured above left), stole the win and €12,500 for Western European poker.
Not that the East had a shot at first place - Jensen met with his team captain, the U.K.'s David Ulliott in heads-up play at the Concord Card Casino in Vienna, Austria.
The televised tournament saw two teams of 50 online qualifiers from Eastern and Western Europe play to a final table of 10. There, Eastern players gained an early edge on their neighbors by knocking three Western competitors in rapid succession.
But even a 5-2 player advantage and Tony G's mind-numbing table talk weren't enough to lock down the victory.
Embattled Team East captain Tony G - who lives in Australia but is of Lithuanian origin - finished third after being taken down by the Dane, leaving Ulliott to head the smack-talking department.
"It didn't take long to send Tony "el donkey" G to the bar for three cheeseburgers and a coffee," Ulliott said of his teammate Jensen's takedown.
Not bad for a player competing in his first major tournament.
"I'm not really a big time player," Jensen said. "Everything seemed to go right for me on the day but I felt a lot more pressure when I hit the televised table and the captains were on there with me. There was so much talking and I had to concentrate even harder."
Final results for the PartyPoker.com East vs. West Cup are as follows:
|2nd||David "Devilfish" Ulliott||U.K.||€10,000|
The remaining €50,000 was split among players from Team West.