Anton Wigg wins EPT Copenhagen

Posted by Gerry Poltorak on Feb 24, 2010 Posted in EPT News | No Comments »

EPT Copenhagen was won by 22-year old Swedish pro, Anton Wigg, who outlasted 423 other entrants to claim his first ever EPT cash, the winner’s trophy and 3,675,000 Danish Kroner.

In contrast to the usual EPT final tables, play started nine handed instead of with eight players as the previous day ran on late into the night. Whilst this minor change was not expected to make much difference, it did see the final table last a staggering 265 hands including a 3.5 hour heads-up battle!

The first elimination saw Magnus Borg Hansen get into a raising war preflop with Anton Wigg with both players ending up all-in. Hansen held a pair of tens whilst Wigg was slightly behind with ace-king. The board ran out KhQh4c3h3s and the official final table was now set.

Next to go was Jesper Petersen the former economics student online poker pro who managed to get his money in good against Wigg with AcQs against his opponent’s As4c but a miracle four on the flop was enough to take the play down to seven-handed.

It took another hour for the next player to head for the rail and that dubious honour went to Morten Guldhammer, when he ended up all in preflop with AdKd against the pocket queens of Yorane Kerignard. A flop of 6s2s5s increased Kerignard’s lead and when the turn and river came out Jc and Qh the tournament was down to just six players.

Roberto Romanello’s hopes of winning his first EPT was soon dashed when he made a move with 9h8h only to run straight into the pocket aces of the aggressive Anton Wigg. The flop of 6hKh9c did bring some hope to the Welshman but a blank turn and river saw him eliminated and gave Wigg close to 5,000,000 in chips, double of everyone else.

After losing all but 45,000 chips in a race with 66 against ace-jack, Richard Loth was out the very next had without revealing his hole card and he was soon joined at the bar by Yorane Kerignard who’s ace-queen could not suck out on Wigg’s pair of kings.

Three became two over 2.5 hours later when Wigg was again the executioner. Morten Klein came over the top of Wigg’s button raise and then called when Wigg moved all-in on him and found his AcTd was in good shape against Wigg’s Jc9c. A 6h7hQc flop extended Klein’s lead as did the Ks on the turn but a Tc on the river paired Klein but gave Wigg a straight and play was now heads-up.

The stacks of the players at the heads-up stage were relatively even but at one point they swung massively in the favour of Italian Francesco De Vivo when his Ac9c flopped trip aces against the pocket Queens of Wigg. This gave him an 11:1 lead over his opponent and it looked like it would all be over rtather quickly.

However, Wigg fought back valiantly, doubling back up with kings against suited ace-five before taking the entire tournament down when his ace-jack held up against De Vivo’s king-ten with both players all-in preflop. So after a gruelling week of poker Anton Wigg was crowned EPT Copenhagen Champion, much to the delight of his ecstatic fans.

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