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Thursday, October 17, 2013
Updated: October 18, 9:39 AM ET
Johansson wins first bracelet

By Andrew Feldman
ESPN.com

The second-largest tournament in World Series of Poker Europe history topped out at 659 entries. The 1,110 euro re-entry event attained a strong field with one of its participants getting in through random chance. Henrik Johansson's name was pulled in a raffle on 888 poker and his free trip ended with 129,700 euros and a WSOP bracelet

Henrik Johansson
Henrik Johansson won Event 2 of the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe

Johansson, an online cash game player by trade, shined in his WSOP final table debut. The 21-year-old Swede found the game seven years ago and graduated from free sites to real money. He typically doesn't play tournaments, but he might be inclined to enter more after this recent accomplishment.

"It feels good," he said after his victory. "I thought I had a decent chance to win coming into the final table ... [and] I'm more comfortable playing live now than I was coming in. That's the major thing that's changed. I really enjoyed the final table. It was fun."

The final table played out in only 91 hands with Johansson holding a dominating lead through most of it. Eliminations came extremely quick with three eliminations taking place in the first 20 hands: Andrei Konopelko (ninth, 7-7 < j-j), Jean-Philippe Tuffery (eighth, Q-9 < A-Q) and Jose Obadia (seventh, A-7 < A-5). The chip lead finally changed hands after Daniel Laidlaw's and Serge Ekert's eliminations in sixth and fifth, respectively. That said, the top spot wasn't occupied by Adriano Torre-Grossa very long. Johansson picked up a knockout of Daniel Weinman then faced off against Yaniv Botbol in a hand that shocked everyone in the room.

According to the WSOP, Johansson and Botbol went heads-up to a flop of Qh-6d-2d. Botbol checked, Johansson bet and Botbol called. After a 4 on the turn, Botbol checked again and Johansson bet. Botbol moved all-in for nearly two-times the size of the pot and Johansson called, only to be shocked and behind when he flipped over his K-K. Botbol's 4-4 were in control and the Frenchman was one card away from being well on his way to capturing his first title. Then came the two outer. The king on the river ended Botbol's day and Johansson would be heads up with nearly a 2:1 lead for the bracelet.

Torre-Grossa tried to fight off the aggressive Swede, but the shorthanded expert was in his comfort zone and ultimately made quick work of his opponent to earn the 129,700 euros.

Among the notable finishers in this event was Matthew Ashton who extended his lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race with a 63rd-place result.

Below are the complete results of WSOPE Event 2:

Event 2: Re-Entry no-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: 1,100 euros
Entries: 659
Prize pool: 632,640 euros
Players in the money: 72

1. Henrik Johansson (129,700 euros)
2. Adriano Torregrossa (80,250)
3. Yaniv Botbol (58,860)
4. Daniel Weinman (43,772)
5. Serge Ekert (32,992)
6. Daniel Laidlaw (25,190)
7. Jose Obadia (19,498)
8. Jean-Philippe Tuffery (15,285)
9. Andrei Konopelko (12,134)
10. Marco Conti (9,755)
11. Jimmie Guinther (9,755)
12. Balaj Ovidiu (9,755)
13. Romain Chauvassagne (7,940)
14. Filipe Pacheco (7,940)
15. Saul Berdugo (7,940)
16. Antoin Pignon (6,541)
17. Kilian Kramer (6,541)
18. Arnaud Peyroles (6,541)
19. Darren Rabinowitz (5,453)
20. Euan Cameron (5,453)
21. Ville Mattila (5,453)
22. Chino Rheem (4,599)
23. Matthew O'Donnell (4,599)
24. Yoni Houri (4,599)
25. Benjamin Carette (3,929)
26. Bradley Wolf (3,929)
27. Marc Joseph Bebawi (3,929)
28. Samuel Panzica (3,391)
29. Dylan Hortin (3,391)
30. Damian Toon (3,391)
31. Quentin Jean (2,961)
32. Timothy Alan Davie (2,961)
33. Graham Murray (2,961)
34. Tuan Le (2,619)
35. Barry Greenstein (2,619)
36. Olivier Pierru (2,619)
37. Aymeric Schultze (2,341)
38. Sam Holden (2,341)
39. Rodolphe Dethiere (2,341)
40. Jimmy Guerrero (2,341)
41. Jeff Madsen (2,341)
42. Santiago Gomez (2,341)
43. Oliver Paris (2,341)
44. Jeremy Routier (2,341)
45. Guillaume Walch (2,341)
46. Narendra Banwari (2,113)
47. Jake Balsiger (2,113)
48. Tom Edwards (2,113)
49. Salvatore Bianco (2,113)
50. Scott Clements (2,113)
51. Niels Herrgodts (2,113)
52. Jake Schwartz (2,113)
53. Jerome Aras (2,113)
54. Jonathan Karamalikis (2,113)
55. Dominik Nitsche (1,930)
56. Franis Bouzid Augusti (1,930)
57. Mokrane Boukedim (1,930)
58. Pascal Leyo (1,930)
59. Behravesh Babak (1,930)
60. Rinaldo Aquino (1,930)
61. Joel Doucet (1,930)
62. Chris Klodnicki (1,930)
63. Matthew Ashton (1,930)
64. Pascal Oren (1,771)
65. Poujade Raphael (1,771)
66. Fernand Michelet (1,771)
67. Iain Anthony McLaughlin (1,771)
68. Pascal Rabany (1,771)
69. Bruno Langlois (1,771)
70. Alexandre Miguel Pereira Gama (1,771)
71. Steven Maiffredy (1,771)
72. Sergio Aido (1,771)