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888poker qualifier Henrik Johansson crushed his way to victory in the second bracelet event of the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe. It was the 21-year-old Swede's first live poker tournament but he's been playing high-stakes cash online for some time so he wasn't short on experience. Johansson freerolled his way into this event by winning a VIP raffle on 888poker and now he's €129,700 richer.
Matt: Welcome back to Paris. Today, we introduce you to the second gold bracelet winner of this year's WSOP Europe, 888 Poker's Henrik Johansson.
Henrik: My name is Henrik and I'm 21 years old from Sweden. I'm here because I won a package from 888. I started pretty young like 14 or 15. WSOP had a video game which I bought and played that for a little bit. I learned the rules for playing. I didn't even know the rules when I bought the game. And then played some play money off some sites and then I got $10 on my birthday from my parents. I got lucky from there.
I'm not really a tournament player so this was the first tournament. It's been fun to get more experience. And also I'm not used to playing so long. Usually, I just play a cash game and play for like a couple of hours and then you do something else. All the situations you're not used to, it's very easy to get nervous. I was definitely nervous sometimes, but it's been a lot of fun.
Yeah, it feels good. It started to get more fun the more players that are eliminated. I prefer to play more short-handed. Even more fun and more fun.
Yeah, it feels good. I thought I was coming into the final table probably a decent chance to win, but I surely didn't expect to win every time. I'm more comfortable now playing live than I was going in. I think that's the major thing that changed. I really enjoyed the final table. It was good fun.