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Simon Lofberg Wins First World Series Of Poker Bracelet In $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha

Swede Defeats Field Of 532 Entries To Score Bracelet And $224,493

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Simon Lofberg won his first World Series of Poker bracelet Sunday evening in the $2,500 pot-limit Omaha international-facing event on GGPoker.

The Swede bested a field of 532 entries to earn the $224,493 first-place prize. He defeated Andreas Torbergsen, a long-time online poker pro and high-stakes pot-limit Omaha specialist, heads-up. The Norwegian pro earned $164,553 for his runner-up finish.

While Lofberg’s online tournament results can’t be verified, he does dabble in European high-stakes events. Last December, he finished second in the €10,300 no-limit hold’em at the European Poker Tour stop in Prague for €390,975. He has more than $500,000 in career tournament earnings.

Kings Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik final tabled the event as well, finishing fourth for $88,412. He was eliminated by Torbergsen when he got all in on the flop with top pair and a wrap straight draw against Torbergsen’s top pair, top kicker and a worse straight draw. Tsoukernik bricked out and Torbergsen scooped the pot thanks to his ace kicker.

Fourth-Place finisher Leon Tsoukernik at the 2017 WSOPWhen the final table was reached, Tsoukernik was leading the final eight players, while Lofberg was in the middle of the pack. There were simultaneous eliminations on separate tables with 10 players remaining, so even though the entire tournament was played nine-handed, the final table commenced eight-handed. Lofberg started the final table sitting fifth on the leaderboard.

Lofberg quickly disposed of Benjamin “dr100percent” Juhasz in eighth and began his ascent up the chip counts.

Tsoukernik continued his dominance and extended his chip lead by sending Paul Teoh to the rail in seventh and sent Arvi “Catman777” Vainionkulman home in sixth. With five players left, Touskernik held about a third of the chips in play, but Torbergsen took control and surged to the top of over the next few levels, opening up a massive chip lead of his own.

After Torbergsen’s QHeart Suit7Diamond Suit5Diamond Suit4Heart Suit bested Sai Wah “sws79” Shek’s QClub SuitJHeart SuitJDiamond Suit10Diamond Suitd all in preflop, he held more than half of the chips in play with four left.

Torbergesen eliminated Tsoukernik in fourth, but Lofberg eliminated Syngis “somebodyelse” Satubayev in third to even out the chip stacks at the start of heads-up play. Torbergsen took the first few pots and opened up a small lead of his own, but Lofberg leveled the playing field before scoring a massive double up to take a nearly 12:1 chip lead.

With the board reading JDiamond Suit10Spade Suit8Heart Suit6Spade Suit, Lofberg check-raised all in with QDiamond Suit9Club Suit6Club Suit5Spade Suit against Torbergsen’s 10Club Suit9Spade Suit7Club Suit5Diamond Suit. In a massive cooler, Torbergsen was drawing dead with his second nut straight against Lofberg’s nut straight. Lofberg finished the job a couple hands later.

The top 71 spots finished in the money for at least a min-cash of $5,876. Other notables to finish in the money include Dario Sammartino, Tomas Ribeiro, Philip Long and Mike McDonald.

Final Table Results:

Place Name Earnings
1 Simon Lofberg $224,493
2 Andreas Torbergsen $164,553
3 Shyngis Satubayev $120,617
4 Leon Tsoukernik $88,412
5 Sai Wah Shek $64,806
6 Arvi Vainionkulma $47,502
7 Paul Teoh $34,819
8 Benjamin Juhasz $25,522