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Jens Kyllönen Wins Pokerstars.com EPT Copenhagen

Jens Kyllönen Wins Pokerstars.com EPT Copenhagen 0001

Saturday's final table of the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour stop in Copenhagen, Denmark, looked as though it would be a duel between leaders Norway's Anders Langset and Denmark's Rasmus Hede Nielsen, who had dominated the previous two days of play. Instead, both Nielsen and Langset exited the eight-man final before the heads-up duel had been reached, and Finland's Jens Kyllönen emerged with the title and the DKK 6,542,208 ($1,141,474) top prize. Kyllönen was one of the short stacks entering the final but successfully guided his stack through a fast-paced final to add his name to the roster of EPT champions.

The day's first level brought two quick exits, with Denmark's Jonas "slaktarn" Klausen in eighth (DKK 598,774 / $104,473) and France's Eric Larcheveque in seventh (DKK 842,728 / $147,038). Leaders Langset and Nielsen then mixed it up in one of the day's pivotal hands, with Langset grabbing a 700,000 pot to surge over 2,000,000 in chips, and Nielsen on a short stack. Nielsen exited in sixth (DKK 1,064,493 / $185,731) soon after. Langset had the field more than doubled at this point, but faltered as Kyllönen gathered chips in the following levels.

Sweden's Petter Petterson exited in fifth (DKK 1,352,793 / $236,033), and Finland's Jussi Nevanlinna fell in fourth (DKK 1,641,093 / $286,335), leaving only Langset, Kyllönen and Sweden's Peter Hedlund in the hunt. The tide turned when Kyllönen won a race for his life with {k-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} against Langset's pocket eights, and the board rolled out {9-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} to give Kyllönen the flush and vault him into the lead. Kyllönen busted Langset a few hands later to leave only Hedlund as his final challenger.

Kyllönen started heads-up play with a 3:1 edge over Hedlund, and the end came quick, when Kyllönen's pocket jacks held up over Hedlund's all-in with A-J. The quick ending left Hedlund with DKK 3,703,550 ($646,190). Kyllönen's come-from-behind win was worth DKK 6,542,208 ($1,141,474).

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