EPT12 Malta: At last! An EPT title for a wine-fuelled Jorgensen

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Theo Jorgensen, winner. (Wine bottle not pictured)

Poor old Theo Jorgensen. He's been coming to EPT events since the very first season, sitting himself down in main events and side events for week after week after week but never once emerging with a trophy.

He's done all right on the WPT and the WSOP of course, winning on both, and rumour has it that he can hold his own in a cash game. But the spade-shaped hole on Jorgensen's trophy shelf has never been filled...until now.

According to our sources inside the Nordic poker community, Jorgensen went out for dinner last night with his friend and fellow Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden, among others. Wine was taken, according to sources, and imbued with Dutch courage, Jorgensen thought he could take a stab at the late-night hyper-turbo bounty.

Jorgensen found himself the €1,100 required--€500 was the normal buy-in, €500 the bounty and €100 fee--and sat among the 155-strong field. Within a few hours (levels were ten minutes long), Jorgensen was the last man standing. He picked up €16,940, plus bounties, and finally had his hands on an EPT trophy.

He told his Facebook fans: "Only problem now is that I have to sleep with 2 covers on, since I still have goosebumps over how great I played this tourney."

Finally, Jorgensen has found his calling, and an effective strategy for success. Two bottles of wine, a dinner with Lodden and an 11pm start. What could possibly go wrong?


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There was further success for the Nordics in side events last night, when Anton Wigg won the €500 PLO turbo. There were 85 players in this one, with Wigg taking €11,340 for first, marking his ninth success in EPT side events.

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Title No 9 for Anton Wigg

Wigg, of course, is also a former Main Event champion and remains one of the most successful online players in the world. He is the man behind the "antesvante" account on PokerStars, pushing $6 million in recorded winnings. This PLO success is not necessarily going to change Wigg's life, but a win is a win. And he has eight more than Jorgensen.

Martin Stazsko, a former World Series of Poker runner up, also picked up a title last night. He prevailed in the Quintuple Draw and won €3.97 million. Sorry, that's an error. He won €3.97 million less than he got for the WSOP runner-up place. His title here was for €3,670.

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Martin Staszko: Champion

In the three other events to conclude yesterday, Niccolo Ceccarelli took down the €1,000 NL Turbo for €23,690, a prize that narrowly eclipses the €22,900 he won in March when he finished 25th in the EPT Main Event. It takes him over the $200,000 in live tournament winnings. His best result remains the €69,500 he won for for second place in the IPT Nova Gorica event last season. He beat Portugal's Jose Quintas heads-up - and defeated a 92-strong field overall. Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody was among the 13 players who cashed. The prize pool was €89,240.

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Niccolo Ceccarelli: Pushed live winnings past $200,000

There may have been only nine players in yesterday's first ever EPT €5k 10-Game Mix event, but somebody had to win it. That man was Sampo Ryynanen, who picked up the €21,825 first prize. He saw off the likes of Tobias Hausen and Adam Owen (who cashed) and the aforementioned Jorgensen, Jussi Nevanlinna, Vladimir Troyanovskiy and Benjamin Pollak (who didn't) on his way to victory.

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Sampo Ryynanen: First 10-Game champ

Quentin Laugt picked up the first title of his short career when he won the €300 NL Turbo. Laugt, from France, had only a min-cash in an FPS event to his name before this tournament in Malta, but ended up beating a field of 173 and winning €11,705 for victory here. Adam Owen, Paul Berende, Ondrej Vinklarek and Natalie Hof were among those finishing in the money, while there was also another final table appearance for Jackie Cachia, who is having quite the festival.

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Quentin Laugt: Second live cash a win

Everything about EPT Malta is on the main EPT Malta page. More specifically, all the hand-by-hand coverage of the Main Event is on the Main Event page and everything from the side events is on the side events page.

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Howard Swains
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