Sunday Million Winner Profile - Kongsgaard a threat live and online

For some online poker players, winning the Sunday Million on PokerStars is the culmination of years of effort. For others, it’s a springboard from which a career is begun. For Soren Kongsgaard, it’s an addition to an impressive poker resume both live and online. Kongsgaard, who plays on PokerStars under his last name, took down the Sunday Million on June 8th for a cool $158,554.40 after coming from the middle of the pack once the final table began.

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Kongsgaard has an impressive online resume, with more than $600,000 in online cashes. He logged an impressive 2nd-place finish in a $215 rebuy tournament last December for $35,000, and picked up $71,425 for 4th place in a $500 No-Limit tournament on Stars in February. He is perhaps most famous for losing a major tournament heads-up when his internet connection crashed, prompting many to say that his internet connection cost him $80,000, the difference between first and second place.

According to Kongsgaard, “I wasn’t able to get my connection back, and since I only had around 50 times the big blind and the antes were high, it didn’t take long before I had lost my chips.”

Unlike many online superstars, Kongsgaard has had no trouble transitioning to the live felt. The young Dane has amassed over $1,000,000 in live winnings before he’s even old enough to play in the World Series of Poker in the US! After logging several cashes in 2006, Kongsgaard exploded onto the EPT in 2007 when he claimed 3rd place in the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo. That victory netted him $814,306 and staked his claim as a player to watch.

He followed up his impressive finish in the EPT Grand Final by claiming 1st in the Danish Poker Championships last September, earning not only the $234,174 first prize but the right to call himself the Danish National Champion at only 19 years old! 2008 has seen the young Dane pick up several other live cashes, and now the Sunday Million on PokerStars is another major tournament victory on his already impressive resume.