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Stephensen Triumphs in Massive Norwegian National Championship
Last year Felix Stephensen made Norwegian poker history when he became the first to reach the November Nine.
Last night he wrote himself into the history books again when he became the first winner of the Norwegian Poker Championship in Texas Hold'em on home soil.
Stephensen defeated a record-shattering 1,973 players at the first "lawful" Norwegian championships in Oslo to pocket 1,405,150 kroner - or about $161,714 USD.
National Media Out in Force
With a cap of 2,200 players that looked like a fair target, in the end 1,974 Norwegians traveled to the Thon Hotel in the Oslo suburb of Gardermoen and paid 5,000 NOK to buy-in to the main event.
Broadcast on the national sports channel almost all Norwegian media nationwide sent a reporter to cover the battle.
The total entrants bested the 2015 Battle of Malta's record of 1,804 as the single biggest standalone tournament in Europe this year.
Stephensen, who played the Battle of Malta, entered the final day second in chips with 11 players left including Silje Nilsen, who also played BOM.
He had an unfortunate start to the final day, however, as he and his family got stuck in traffic on the motorway on the way to Gardermoen and arrived 45 minutes late.
He promptly lost a third of his stack but he quickly rebounded to advance to three-handed play behind Anders Bjerk and Nilsen.
Huge Flip Reverses Fortunes
Shortly after three-handed play started Stephensen sent Bjerk to the rail when he hit a flush with KJ suited against AQ.
Heads up against Nilsen, who had a big lead, Stephensen won a coin flip with QQ against AK to reverse their fortunes.
Now with a huge chip lead of his own he secured the last of Nilsen's chips shortly after when he got all-in with K-6 against her A-3 and hit a six.
It was Nilsen's second deep run in just two weeks as she made Day 2 of the Battle of Malta main event.
Out partying the night before, however, she arrived late on Day 2 with just 1.5 big blinds left and busted in 75th. Stephensen didn't cash at BOM.
Besides the official Championship in Texas Hold'em champions in PLO, Open Face Chinese and Turbo No-Limit Hold'em (with over 1,300 entrants) were also crowned.
Official final results and payouts for the 2015 Norwegian Championships (amounts in NOK):
1. Felix Stephensen - 1,405,150 kr
2. Silje Nilsen - 773,510 kr
3. Anders Bjerk - 535,250 kr
4. Andreas Fardal - 384,240 kr
5. Jens Petter Johansen -318,970 kr
6. Haakon Garberg - 257,390 kr
7. Erik Fjell - 197,150 kr
8. Simon Other Solberg - 138,930 kr