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Alexander Petersen wins 2015 WSOP PLO Championship – Beats Jason Mercier Heads Up

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

alexander-petersen-wsopAlthough Alexander Petersen has been grinding in online poker for 11 years, he’s yet to establish himself as a big name on the live tournament circuit. But you can expect this to change after his huge victory in the 2015 WSOP $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship.

Petersen battled through a 387-player field that included some of the toughest pros the game has to offer. He also fought through a difficult final table that included the likes of Dan Smith (3rd, $369.5k), Davidi Kitai (7th, $111k) and Shaun Deeb (8th, $85k). By the time he made it to the heads-up portion, Petersen was facing a 3-to-1 chip deficit to Jason Mercier.

As for Mercier, he looked well on his way to his second gold bracelet of the 2015 WSOP. However, Petersen had other plans, quickly doubling up through Mercier and making this a much closer contest. It wasn’t too much later before the Dane had his better-known opponent all-in; the cards Mercier needed never came, which left Petersen with the PLO Championship, his first bracelet and a $927,655 payout.

“In poker, you get out what you put into it,” said Petersen after the victory. “I used to play my favorite hands and all that, then I started learning that if you studied and got really good, you could make a living at this. I’ve been making my living at poker for more than ten years now.”

The only downside to this huge win for Petersen is that he won’t get to keep as much money as you’d think from the $927.6k haul. “Where I live (in Denmark), we have to pay a lot of taxes, something like 55 percent,” he explained. “So, after I pay taxes on this money, it means I really came in second.”

Nevertheless, this is a payout that the Dane would gladly take, and the PLO win figures to make him far more famous in the live tournament circle.

2015 WSOP $10k PLO Omaha Championship Final Table
1. Alexander Petersen – $927,655
2. Jason Mercier – $572,989
3. Dan Smith – $369,564
4. Simon Trumper – $267,778
5. Mohsin Virani – $196,877
6. Sven Reichardt – $146,857
7. Davidi Kitai – $111,134
8. Shaun Deeb – $85,306
9. Hasan Habib – $66,426

French Rapper Kool Shen joins Winamax Poker

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Bruno “Kool Shen” Lopes, who’s released a number of hit rap albums and songs, has just signed a deal to represent Winamax Poker. Winamax is the largest poker site in France, and they already have Gaelle Baumann, Davidi Kitai, Ludovic Lacay, Patrick Bruel and Nicolas Levi on their pro team. The poker room was thrilled to have Lopes join their brand as they released this statement:

For over twenty years, the suburban Parisien has been one of the major figures of French rap..and now Kool Shen is one of the most respected poker players on the tournament circuit. Kool Shen joined Team Winamax in autumn 2012.

As for the 45-year-old hip-hop star’s poker background, he first started playing home games when he was 13. But his interests eventually led to the music world where Kool Shen has become one of France’s most successful rappers ever. But in the mid-2000s, he began watching Texas Hold’em on TV and got involved with poker again.

In 2008, Lopes picked up his first live tournament cash and collected some more small money finishes along the way. However, his biggest successes have come this year after winning both the Diamond Championships Euro Finals of Poker ($127,514) and WPT National Series in Cannes ($135,294), finishing fourth at EPT Madrid ($183,660), and grabbing 468th place at the 2012 WSOP Main Event ($24,808). Thanks to the $523k he’s made this year, Lopes now has $745,691 in career tournament winnings.

As for how Kool Shen made the successful transition from rap to poker, a lot of it has to do with his willingness to learn. He discussed this by saying, “I love poker and I’ve been very lucky to meet lots of good people who play great poker. I’m good friends with Stephane Albertini who finished 47th in the Main Event and he’s taught me a lot of what I know.”

Now that he’s signed by a major online poker site, it’ll be fun to see Bruno Lopes at a lot more tournaments. If you’d like to see one of his old videos, you can check it out below: