Johansson Goes Wire-to-Wire to Win WSOPE Event 2

Henrik Johansson
Henrik Johansson

It can take a lifetime to win a WSOP gold bracelet but young Swede Henrik Johansson managed to pull it off in the very first live tournament he played.

Johansson dominated 659 entries to take down Event 2 €1,100 NLHE Re-Entry for €129,700 at the 2013 World Series of Poker on Tuesday.

“It was good fun,” said Johansson after winning. “It’s been a good experience. I’m more comfortable playing live now than I was going into the tournament.”

Just 21 years old, Henrik Johansson learned poker from the WSOP videogame at a very young age.

Eventually Johansson received $10 on an online poker site and never looked back.

Johansson was in the middle of a big year on 888poker when he actually won a raffle on the site to come play in Paris. He decided to try his luck at the live game for the first time ever. It was apparently the right decision.

Turbo Final Table Takes Place in Under Six Hours


The final table in Event 2 took place at a rapid-fire pace. In little more than five hours the nine players to start the table were reduced to just one.

Daniel Laidlaw and Daniel Weinman were arguably the two most well-known players at the final table but never really got the momentum they needed.

Laidlaw finished sixth while Weinman went out in fourth.

The highlight moment of the entire final table saw Johansson get all-in with pocket kings against heads-up opponent Yanik Botbol’s set of fours. Johansson binked a king on the river and went on to win the tournament.

Here are the complete final-table payouts:

1st: Henrik Johansson - Sweden - €129,700
2nd: Andreano Torre Grosso - France - €80,250
3rd: Yanik Botbol - France - €58,860
4th: Daniel Weinman - USA - €43,772
5th: Serge Ekert – France - €32,992
6th: Daniel Laidlaw - Australia - €25,190
7th: Jose Obadia - Spain - €19,498
8th: Jean-Philippe Tuffery – France - €15,285
9th: Andrei Konopelko – Belarus - €12,134

Check out Henrik Johansson's backstory and footage from his winner interview in's latest faily video.

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