EPT9 London: Lauri Pesonen beats Barbosa and Seiver to event #11 and £40,060

Lauri Pesonen has continued a fine tradition of Finnish poker supremacy with a heads-up victory over EPT champ Joao Barbosa in the £2,100 8-handed turbo. The Finns have a disproportional amount of poker talent given the size of their population (just 5.4m at last official count). It must be something to do with all those long, cold nights. And at the other end of the European scale, Portugal's Barbosa has won $1,426,238 in live tournaments putting him second on the all-time money list of his sunny country.

PCA High Roller Scott Seiver also clocked up another creditable finish securing 4th place for £10,870, although it's still a far cry from the $2,003,480 the American won after claiming the PCA 2013 Super High Roller.

EPT9 London, event #11
Date: 11 March 2013
Buy-in: £2,100
Game: NLHE turbo 8-handed
Players: 59
Prize pool: £114,460


Lauri Pesonen

1. Lauri Pesonen, Finland, £40,060
2. Joao Barbosa, Portugal, £25,190
3. Vladimir Velikov, Bulgaria, £14,880
4. Scott Seiver, USA, £10,870
5. Marc-AndreLadouceur, Canada, £8,010
6. Sam Greenwood, Canada, £5,720
7. Salman Behbehani, Kuwait, £5,150
8. Roberto Romanello, UK, £4,580

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