Lars Kjestrup Wins Nordic Masters of Poker

After three hours of fierce heads-up play against Jonas Ödman, Lars Kjestrup took first place in the Nordic Masters of Poker at Casino Cosmopol in Stockholm. The $3,500 main event featured almost 200 entrants, making it one of the biggest events in Sweden to date.

The four-day main event that finished today was the culmination of a week of poker festivities at the Stockholm public casino. The series featured smaller Omaha and Texas Hold'em events as well as main event satellites, with prize pools totaling just under $1 million.

One hundred and ninety-eight players, mostly from Sweden and the other Nordic countries, entered the $3,500 main event that started out with two first days. On Day 2, the remaining 51 players battled it out for nine hours until nine players remained for the last day's final table.

The winner, 41-year-old Lars Kjestrup from Uppsala, is a known face in the Swedish poker community. He has won several big events in the past, has been playing professional poker since 1987 and joined the Internet poker craze at a very early stage. His bread-and-butter game is online, high-stakes Pot-Limit Omaha.

Kjestrup ranks the Nordic Masters title as the second most important in his career, after the 2005 Swedish Championship in No-Limit Texas Hold'em.

"Yes, but this is fantastic too. The tournament was absolutely world-class with most of the top Swedish players participating, so I can't complain about the level of competition!" said Kjestrup.

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