Scandinavian to face Doyle Brunson for $25,0000

Doyle Brunson

Emanuel Karlen, a Swedish player who is known online as ManneKK, has won the $25,000 Summer Series Freeroll Grand Finale on

By winning the series Karlen has earned the chance to play heads-up against the godfather of poker, Doyle Brunson, on Sept. 30. If Karlen pulls off a victory against the Texas Dolly he will earn an additional $25,000 and some amazing bragging rights.

The Grand Finale took place on Sept. 19 and Karlen was obviously thrilled to beat all challengers.

"The tournament was really fun," he said. "Early on I managed to double up with a couple of flopped sets and big slicks that held up. Things went my way. Late game was all about choosing spots carefully because the structure was pretty fast. Playing a legend like Doyle Brunson heads-up is more than I ever could have dreamed of. I'm really looking forward to it and I will be happy, win or lose."

Brunson, meanwhile, is ready to face his competition from across the sea.

"Congratulations to Emanuel on winning the right to take me on heads-up," he said. "I've been seeing some of our Scandinavian players in action and they are pretty good. I am looking forward to putting Emanuel to the test in the final match of the most innovative tournament series has ever produced."

Karlen will also be appearing on the cover of Online Poker Pro with Doyle Brunson. Other major poker publications are planning feature stories on him as well. is one of the world's premier online poker rooms. Pros like Todd Brunson, Hoyt Corkins, Mike Caro and Cyndy Violette, along with thousands of other players, all call home. It runs a large number of promotions and is the only site to offer an exclusive "bounty" system to players who sign up for the first time.

To check out the heads-up match just go to at 6 p.m. BST on Sept. 30. This unique opportunity is available exclusively to players.

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