Ville Wahlbeck is a high-stakes pro from Finland who began playing poker with friends at school before perfecting his game online. He turned pro around 2004, and has since gone on to become one of the highest earning live tournament players his country has ever produced.
After cashing at various events across Europe, Ville started to make serious waves at the World Series of Poker*, cashing twice in 2006 and three more times in 2007. He then hit the big time in 2009 with a standout performance that saw him earn more than $1,000,000 across six WSOP* events. First came a 3rd place finish in a $10,000 Championship Stud event for $152,914, followed just days later with a $492,384 bracelet win in the $10,000 Championship Mixed event. Then, after just missing the final table in an Omaha event, Ville almost won a second bracelet when he finished 2nd in the $10,000 Championship 2-7 Lowball event for another huge cash of $172,863. Next came a 12th place finish in a Razz event, before he rounded things off with a 6th place finish against the toughest field of all in the $50,000 HORSE tournament - good for another $219,655. It was the kind of World Series run that dreams are made of, and confirmed Ville’s status as one of the best mixed game players on the circuit. There have also been several other cashes and victories elsewhere, including a win in the High Roller tournament at the PokerStars Baltic Festival in October 2009. Ville has also scored big online and came close to winning a World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) bracelet when he finished 2nd in a No Limit Hold’em event in 2010 for a cash of $453,850.
He’s already achieved more than most poker players ever will, but Ville will no doubt be looking to take down more major tournaments in the years to come. He’s yet to add an EPT title to his resume, but you get the feeling that it’s only a matter of time before he does. He is a member of Team PokerStars Pro and plays online using the screen name ‘V. Wahlbeck’.
|2009 WSOP* $10,000 Championship Seven Card Stud||June 2009||3rd||$152,914|
|2009 WSOP* $10,000 Championship Mixed Event||June 2009||1st||$492,384|
|2009 WSOP* $10,000 Championship 2-7 Lowball||June 2009||2nd||$172,863|
|2009 WSOP* $50,000 Championship HORSE||June 2009||6th||$219,655|
|PokerStars Baltic Festival €10,000 High Roller||October 2009||1st||$77,514|
|PokerStars WCOOP $10,300 No Limit Hold’em||September 2010||2nd||$453,850|
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