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Swedish Online Poker Championship Chaos

Software Crash Causes Chaos for Svenska Spel; Players


Denmark and Sweden both recently held online nationals, with varying degrees of success. The Danes held their tournament on Mermaid Poker, and everything went smoothly. Jonas Mørch Pedersen, ”hcivohcroM” on Mermaid, eventually won the main event and €40 200.

In Sweden, however, this was the second online national event to be held recently, as the Swedish Poker Federation hosted Svenska Spel logoone on Unibet the month before state-owned Svenska Spel held their own version. The latter — the main event of which was held during the Malmoe Autumn Poker Week — was looking like it was progressing nicely for two days when the poker client suddenly crashed unexpectedly for two of the remaining entrants and Svenska Spel took the tournament down. According to unconfirmed reports on Swedish poker community, the crash most likely had to do with malfunctioning software, as other sites running the same client have experienced similar problems during major tournaments. Svenska Spel, meanwhile, is blaming its servers.

Only fifteen players were still left and Svenska Spekl has decided to refund the buy-ins for these players and divide the remaining prize pool according to chip stacks.

The event held by the Swedish Poker Federation, by many considered the real nationals as Svenska Spel is a governmental monopoly, went perfectly fine, however. Roger "joffsen" Joffs won it all with A-6 against K-9 for his heads-up opponent Andreas "3napa" Näsvall, taking down the top prize of €81 000.

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