Seat 8: Johnny Lodden, 27, Oslo, Norway - Team PokerStars Pro – 1,402,000
Johnny Lodden took up cards playing Uno with his family before progressing to playing poker for money at school with his friends. By the time he was 20, Johnny had started crushing the cash games on PokerStars, moving up the levels to the highest stakes available. He won his first live tournament at the 2004 St Maarten Open, cashing for $26,430 in the $500 NL event. His first EPT cash was in 2006, the first in a run of EPT successes that would help him become one of the best rated players on tour. Since then, he’s cashed 13 times in EPT Main Events including eighth at EPT5 Budapest and 13th at EPT Prague in December.
Lodden’s biggest cashes have come in World Series events; 11th in the 2008 WSOP-E Main Event in London for £54,300 and 27th in the 2010 WSOP Main Event in Vegas for $317,161. Away from poker Johnny is an avid sports fan, especially soccer. He and fellow finalist Jake Cody have both headed down to Monte Carlo’s Irish bar this evening to watch the FA Cup Final.
Bio courtesy of PokerStars.