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Michael Tureniec blocks Per Linde’s direct path to EPT Copenhagen title

The final table at this year’s European Poker Tour (EPT) in Copenhagen was no exception to the tradition of continued excitement and strong-handed play that has been the tradition of the stop, with the addition of some long heads-up, in recent years.

Michael Tureniec

Michael Tureniec

English player, John Eames, came blasting out of the blocks to double up on the very first hand by sweeping aside the four-bet shove by Nikolas Liakos, that turned out to be a middling QJ with his powerplay pair, KK. Just two hands later, Eames did well to hold his excitement and his tongue as the Finnish pro Juha Helppi maintained the Nordic aggressive tradition and went all-in with his pair of QQ to then weep at the sight of another giant pair of KK that Eames snapped up his queens and his chips with. This was not to be all, some twelve hands later, Italian finalist, Andrea Dalle Molle, who had thus far survived from the short stack, also tried to put people off the blinds with a seriously questionable QJ. No one was going to believe what Eames already knew, that snap-calling Dalle Molle’s hand meant he had KK for a third time and was in no way hesitant or unhappy in sending the next man for an early bath in seventh place.

The last of the local talent in the race, Mudassar Khan, went to the rail thanks to Michael Tureniec’s pair of 5-5. Another low pair, 7-7, would see Tureniec begin to measure up to Eames and Per Linde, the Swede who had lead the tournament for days and begun the final table with 3 million more chips than his nearest rival, as he took out Liakos in fifth place. Tureniec went on to dismiss sole American Kevin Iacofano with a sweet set of T-T-T that were more than enough to see off any action from A-7.

Eames was king for a while as owned half the chips on the table and therefore held the three-play action for a while, losing eventually to Linde and being crippled by Tureniec with what seemed like a certain blast with Q-Q. He was able to come back for a period, doubling up from both Linde and Tureniec, but wsa beaten by the latter to leave these two to go head-to-head.

Very long heads-up have come to be expected, (although not desired), in Copenhagen, and 2011 did not change the tradition. It took three hours for Tureniec to construct a 3-1 chip advantage and hit Linde with crushing shove with A-J but then have to wait it out against 7-7. The A was enough to glue with a flop and river that threw him a straight, his first EPT title, 3,700,000 Danish Kroners ($680,000 +), a seat in the EPT Grand Final to be held in Madrid in May and a bracelet provided by official EPT Copenhagen bracelet provider Shamballa Jewels.

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