Morten Christensen takes down World Poker Tour ViennaTuesday, April 17th, 2012 by Ryan
The World Poker Tour’s stop in Vienna, Austria featured one player step up from the rest of the field to grab the chip lead to start Day Two, and then continue his incredible run late into Sunday evening before taking down the championship. This player was Morten Christensen who is from Denmark, and he definitely didn’t have an easy walk through some big names to win this title. The win was his first ever major poker championship as well, and while the likes of Chris Moorman and Tristan Wade were chasing him down, he obviously had to keep his confidence throughout the event in order to get the job done.
When the action began on Friday with 69 players remaining, Christensen was the leader, and only one player could pass him before the end of the day, which was Goswin Siemsen. Wade was still in the top five at this point, while Moorman was eliminated just outside of the money bubble. All of the eliminations set up the last 21 players to go at it on Saturday. There were quite a few huge names involved in this push to the final table, including Roberto Romanello, Eugene Katchalov, Andrew Badecker, and of course Wade. Unfortunately, none of this firepower made it to the final table, and when the final table was set to kick off Christensen was in second place behind Ognjen Sekularac.
The final table was set to run on Sunday in the Montesino Casino and it was made up of Sekularac, Christensen, Ben Wilinofsky, Norbert Szecsi, Konstantin Tolokno, and Siemsen as well. The first knock out came just about an hour in when Szecsi was sent home by Wilinofsky who showed K-J against the Queens of Szecsi. Wilinofsky was able to hit a flush with his K-J of diamonds for our first elimination. Tolokno then sent Siemsen home in fifth place, and then also sent home Sekularac in fourth place to continue to build his chip stack. Christensen then knocked off Wilinofsky, and this set up a heads up match between him and Tolokno which saw Christensen with a chip lead of around four million chips.
This match went for three hours before our final elimination came as Tolokno kept holding on for life. Christensen was able to overcome Tolokno on a hand which featured Tolokno three-bet all in, which led to a call from Christensen. The eventual champ turned over A-8, while Tolokno had K-8. This obviously left Christensen way ahead and all he needed to do was simply dodge a King in order to take home the championship. The board showed an ace and that locked up the championship and the first place pay day of $410,519 for Christensen. For his run, Tolokno took home $251,166 as a consolation prize as well.
The World Poker Tour will continue rolling on this Wednesday with the Seminole Hard rock Showdown in Hollywood, Florida, and will then head to Jacksonville for the World Poker Tour Jacksonville BestBet Open on April 27th. Of course the final event of the season is the World Poker Tour Championship, which will be held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas this summer.