Anders Henriksson wins GSOP Grand Final

Anders Henriksson wins GSOP Grand Final

Thursday, 28 April 2011

The Brits and the Scandinavians have been carving up the European tournament circuit in recent times and that dominance was evident once again in the season finale of the Grand Series of Poker in Seville this week.

It was the Scandies who took the honours this time out with Sweden's Anders Henriksson pocketing the €93,000 first prize after beating Britain's Kevin Thurston heads up.

The pub playing Thurston, a call centre manager from Norfolk, booked the biggest win of his fledgling poker career but almost missed out on playing in the tournament as he wanted to watch the Spurs v Real Madrid Champions League quarter final.

The 27-year-old, who won €58,400, told the Norwich Evening News, “I had a feeling I was going to do well, but when I heard people back at home saying it, I started to believe the hype. When I got to the final two we had a 20 minute break and I looked at my phone and got all the messages of support from people in The Cellar House (his local pub). It made me think - ‘I can do this’.”

The Grand Series of Poker is set to return for another season starting later this year with stops in Prague, Porto Carras in Greece and Manchester already pencilled in.

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Tags: GSOP, Anders Henriksson, Kevin Thurston