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Frederik Jensen Wins European Poker Tour Madrid Main Event

Frederik Jensen Makes It Two Consecutive Wins For Denmark On The European Poker Tour

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Another European Poker Tour has been wrapped up and with it yet another champion has been found. Frederik “Fred_Brink” Jensen has followed fellow Dane Mickey Petersen into the winner’s circle, becoming the second consecutive Danish champ to take home gold.

Petersen won EPT Copenhagen two weeks ago, while Jensen is the most recent victory for topping a field of 477 players from 46 countries in Madrid. The online pro received €495,000 ($652,131) from a total prize pool of €2,313,450 ($3,047,823) after he beat final opponent Fraser MacIntyre. Jensen earns 1,440 Card Player Player of the Year points for his victory putting him in 13th place overall, directly beneath WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star champion Moon Kim.

MacIntyre’s biggest cash previously was €16,900 (from the World Series of Poker Europe), a far stretch from the €290,000 ($382,057) he collected in Madrid. The result puts him in second place on the Scottish all-time money list, one step behind David Vamplew. He receives 1200 Card Player POY points putting him in joint 22nd place with Xuan Liu, and now also Bruno “Kool Shen” Lopes.

Before Jensen could scoop his first major live title, he had to beat an interesting final table, which featured Nicolas Levi and Bruno Lopes. One less danger to worry about came in the form of Mike McDonald bubbling the final table, and walking away with €35,000 ($46,110) for ninth place. Levi wasn’t too long after him, exiting the event in seventh place for €69,500 ($91,562), while rap star turned poker pro, Lopes, added his biggest live cash to his score sheet with €140,000 ($184,441) for fourth place.

MacIntyre had tried to persuade his opponents threehanded that €300,000 each was a good price but it wasn’t going to be settled just like that. A revised deal guaranteed the Scot €290,000, Andrei Stoenescu €330,000, and Jensen €385,000, with the balance left over for the champ.

When just two remained, Jensen held a 2-1 chip lead with 9.5 million to 4.8 million. The Dane very quickly lengthened the distance between the two stacks accumulating 11.5 million to MacIntyre’s 2.7 million. The heads up lasted about 15 minutes, coming to an end with Jensen moving all in with A-10 and MacIntyre calling with A-9. Jensen walked away with the lion’s share of the prize pool, a Shamballa bracelet, and an invite to the Champion of Champions event.

Jensen said, “It feels pretty damn amazing to win, quite a different feeling actually from coming in second! I’ve thought a lot about the Aussie Millions heads-up so I just followed my game plan today which was to grind steadily and not play too many big pots. I’ve played a lot of pots against MacIntyre in the last few days and he actually had the better of me. I tried to bluff him several times and none of it worked. It feels great to win – now I’m going to go celebrate with my amazing girlfriend.”

Here are the final table results, payouts, and Card Player POY points:

1. Frederik Jensen (Denmark) $652,131 (1,440 POY Points)
2. Fraser MacIntyre (Scotland) $382,057 (1,200 POY Points)
3. Andrei Stoenescu (Romania] $434,754 (960 POY Points)
4. Bruno Lopes (France) $184,441 (720 POY Points)
5. Ricardo Ibañez (Spain) $151,505 (600 POY Points)
6. Ilan Boujenah (Israel) $121,204 (480 POY Points)
7. Nicolas Levi (France) $91,496 (360 POY Points)
8. Jason Duval (Canada) $63,237 (240 POY Points)

The next stop on the European Poker Tour is Italy for EPT Campione. The €5,300 buy-in main event will be the centrepiece of the festival which runs from Mar. 26-31.

Winner photo courtesy of PokerStars and Neil Stoddart.