EPT8 Berlin: Jensen looking to capitalize on good form
It seems a while ago now since we watched, in a casino overlooking a National Park, Denmark's Frederik Jensen win the EPT Madrid title.
For Jensen it was the next step in a career that is not really defined by results, just the practicalities of making a living. Despite that his record, with a second place in the Aussie Millions this year and $2 million in tournament winnings, looks like that of a player on an upward curve of form.
"It was a really good experience and really good fun to play that final table and to stand out as the winner after that was really nice," said Jensen, looking back on the final.
"There's definitely a lot of recognition and respect from the other players, and that's nice for ego but not all that important. In the end it's mostly the money for me but of course it puts you in a better spot so that's good too."
If there are form cycles within poker it can often appear after a good player performs well. It's something Jensen is aware of, but careful not to let bother his regular game.
"I actually had a couple of good results after I made a good finish in the Aussie Millions," he said. "But it's a close call because some get over confident and try a bit too much. So I'll have to try and handle that in a good manner and if I'm able to do that I think I could have a couple of deep runs."
Looking back on Madrid, Jensen's performance was typical of a focused player, able to put his talent to best use. Jensen looked happy, relieved and richer, but the celebrations were suitably low key.
"Actually almost all of the Danes went back home but my girlfriend flew in from Copenhagen and watched the final table; so just some champagne and nothing too crazy."
Form cycles might not apply to everyone but you would pout Jensen in the category of player for which they do.