Johan Storakers wins Swedish Open

Johan Storakers
Johan Storakers, winner of the 2007 SOPC.

The 2007 Swedish Open Poker Championship was decided at Casino Cosmopol last week. Johan Storakers won the main event and took home $170,000 in prize money.

A large contingent of Swedish stars, as well as a few players from other countries, such as Finland's Juha Helppi and Thomas Wahlroos, had gathered at Casino Cosmopol to take part in the 2007 SOPC.

Four events were played. Erik Bohlin won the opening No-Limit Hold'em tournament and took home $40,000.

Björn Isberg triumphed in Event 2, Pot-Limit Omaha, and also received a first-prize check of $40,000. 2006 World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Mats Rahmn finished fourth in the event.

In the third SOPC tournament, a No-Limit Hold'em shootout, Erik Friberg showed his class when he defeated Johan Dunder heads-up to win the title and $40,000. Anders Henriksson, another 2006 WSOP bracelet winner, finished fourth.

When it was time for the main event, however, no one could match the experienced Johan Storakers. The 36-year-old has won over $1.5 million in poker tournaments, and his resume includes two final-table finishes on the World Poker Tour (WPT).

The buy-in for the 2007 SOPC No-Limit Hold'em main event was $6,000, and the 96-person-strong starting field was packed with skilled players.

Storakers played solid poker throughout the tournament and dominated the final table before defeating Conny Sandgren heads-up. In the final hand, Storakers' pocket kings held up against Sandgren's K-J.

A deal had been made, giving the winner Storakers $170,000 and runner-up Sandgren $120,000.

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