Peter Gunnarjon, a Swedish student/poker player, scored his first major tournament win by coming in first in the 13th buy-in event of the 2003 St. Maarten Open, $2,000 no-limit hold’em.
He and Jlari Sahamies of Finland, who came in second in the preceding event, $500 no-limit, had been exchanging the chip lead for most of the final table. When they got heads-up, Sahamies was in front by $126,000 to $90,000. They decided to chop the money and play one showdown hand which Gunnarjon won, giving him the technical victory.
Gunnarjon just needs to take his final exams for degrees in science and business, but he’s also been playing poker nearly full time since he took the game up a year and a half ago. Until now, his tournament wins have been small ones.
Ten players assembled at the end of the first day, and played down to nine for the second day. After about eight hands, Sahames raised $2,500 and Juha Helppi of Finland moved in for $8,500 with Ac-Qc. Sahames called so fast he seemed to have pocket aces, but all he had was Jd-5d. That’s all he needed. A five flopped along with two clubs