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Becoming A Poker Icon

by Rebecca McAdam |  Published: Jun 01, 2011


Long before the poker boom, childhood friends Lars Kollind, Anders Bengtsson, and Måns Ullerstam took a keen interest in poker and started a club for their friends. Tournaments would take place at weekends in friends’ apartments until the game spread like wildfire across the world, and this small group began expanding rapidly. With grander things in mind, the young men rented a beautiful venue in the centre of Stockholm where they could fit up to 160 players at the same time and named the club “Sviten” (“The Suite”). This soon became one of the biggest poker clubs in Europe with more than 2,000 members. At this time, the team also set up a poker production company called Real Events with Martin von Zweigbergk, Martin Trang, and Mikko Hirvonen, and a poker event company in Sweden called Vegas Event. After three years, Swedish legislation got in the way, and the poker ...

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