04/17/2012 : DANISH POKER PRO WINS IN VIENNA
Fourth Danish major tournament triumph in as many months
Danish poker pro Morten Christensen's first World Poker Tour live tournament was an outstanding success this weekend, with the young Dane leaving the WPT Vienna final table the victor, taking home the main prize of Euro 313,390.
In doing so, he further enhanced the reputation of his countrymen as formidable poker players; his is the fourth major live tournament won by a Dane is as many months this year.
Christensen bested a field of 396 players over six days to achieve his victory, including many professionals and nine former WPT champions of the calibre of Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Andy Frankenberger, Mike Watson, Davidi Kitai, McLean Karr, Guillaume Darcourt, Scott Seiver, Sam El Sayed, Vanessa Selbst, Steve O'Dwyer, Mike Watson, Todd Terry, Faraz Jaka and Basil Yaiche.
Christensen was middle of the pack in chip stacks on 2,540,000 when the final table action commenced, facing chip leader Ognjen Sekularac on 3,430,000; Ben Wilinofsky (2,270,000); Ben Wilinofsky (2,270,000); Norbert Szecsi (1,710,000); Konstantin Tolokno (1,085,000) and Goswin Siemsen (875,000).
When Christensen eliminated Wilinofsky in third place, the scene was set for the heads up between the Dane and Konstantin Tolokno, but there was little doubt how it was going to end, given Christensen's massive chip lead which Tolokno was unable to overcome despite a spirited performance.
He was eliminated in second place in short order, claiming the runner up prize of Euro 191,740.
Christensen's victory was made all the more impressive by the fact that it was only his third major live tournament career cash so far, and he qualified for the event online in a satellite competition.