Within a week, DanskeSpil.dk and PMU.fr have staged their very first live tournaments with two WPT National Series events concluding 10,000 kilometres away from each other and a combined total prizepool of over €717,693. There was 289 runners in Vejle in Denmark and 290 in Mauritius, which broke the record for the biggest field in a WPT National Series event and is now on record as the largest tournament ever held in the Indian Ocean. Strongly supported by their sponsors, both events have attracted great fields featuring a mixture of local players, online qualifiers and professionals. Local players were the dominant force in both tournaments but on both occasions it was an international who triumphed.
First to conclude was the €1,650 (12,200 DKK) WPT National Denmark Main Event, presented by DanskeSpil.dk, which ran from 28th February – 3rd March at Casino Munkebjerg, Vejle. Irish based US star Steven O’Dwyer overcome a Danish dominated final table that included double WSOP bracelet winner Jan Sorensen. O’Dwyer is a man on a heater and recently final tabled the EPT Copenhagen and was runner-up at WPT Venice. O’Dwyer scooped 893,960 DK (€120,244) for first, carving through a Danish dominated field that included Theo Jorgensen, Danske Spil pros Alexander “AlexKP” Petersen and Pernille Ravn, as well as Soren Kongsgaard and Jesper Hougaard.
O’Dwyer started the final table with just under half the chips in play and rarely looked troubled throughout the finale. Runner-up Martin Tønnesen, from Odense, snatched the chip lead briefly before the dinner break to heighten local hopes but soon afterwards O’Dwyer regained the initiative to move on to convincingly take down the title. Clearly on one of the hottest runs in world poker at the moment, O’Dwyer has been invited to the WPT special event: the PartyPoker.com Premier League Poker Play-Off and will take part in the elite televised format in Vienna in April.
“Denmark has been very kind to me and i am delighted to have won. I would like to thank Danske Spil, WPT and Casino Munkenjerg for hosting such a great tournament – sometimes it is worrying going to a place for the very first time, especially if they haven’t held a major tournament before but the set-up and treatment of the players was outstanding,” said O’Dwyer.
Steve O’Dwyer (IRE)
Martin Tønnesen (DEN)
Claus Uhrskov (DEN)
Jan V Sorensen (DEN)
Justin Lund (DEN)
Kenneth Laursen (DEN)
From 29th February 29th – 4th March the €1,200 WPT National Mauritius Main Event, presented by PMU.fr, took place at Casino le Ti Vegas, Grand Bay, offering a prizepool of over €300,000. Amongst those taking part included WPT Champion Guillaume Darcourt, Raymond Rahme, Daniel Carter, John Eames, Team PMU pros Rebecca Gérin, Philippe Ktorza and Jean-Philippe Rohr, Benjamin Pollak, Stephane Albertini and famous french rapper Bruno Lopes aka Kool Shen. British pro Daniel Carter, finished 8th after a great run as chipleader on day three but in the end it was South African Gary Lentin who emerged triumphant, scooping €70,000, with Frenchman Fabrice Ricci runner-up. As well as becoming champion Lentin will enter the “Mauritius Hall of Fame,” where his hand print will be moulded in glass and displayed at the Mauritius Glass Gallery. He will feature among famous sports and movies stars who have visited the island such as Franck Ribery, Michel Platini, Didier Drogba, Wilson Kipketer, Patrick Bruel, Yannick Noah, Gerad Depardieu and many others.
“ I’m so impressed with the work of all the organisation to set up such an incredible tournament in Mauritius. Everyone worked so hard to make it a success and I could not be happier to bring the title home to South Africa. The next great thing would be to host a WPT National event in South Africa,” said Lentin. There was also further success for PMU in Mauritius with their team pro Jean Philippe Rohr winning the high-roller.
1 70,000.00 € Gary Lentin ( South Africa)
2 42,000.00 € Fabrice Ricci ( France)
3 29,000.00 € Ayaz Manji (Portugal
4 20,000.00 € Stephane Albertini (France)
5 16,000.00 € Krys Pereira (France)
6 14,000.00 € Laurent Ciup (France)
The next WPT National event will be held from March 17th – 24th at the world famous Aviation Club de France, with the € 1500 main event presented by PartyPoker.fr. It will also be the launch of the ACFPoker Tour, a series of €750 side events fully integrated to the festival of WPT National Series France.