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Seat 7: Erik Ostergaard, 47, Copenhagen - 5,400,000

Erik is a construction manager is his home city of Copenhagen. He’s been playing poker for three and a half years and making the final table at Battle of Malta is by far his biggest result to date. He has played some 30 tournaments online, and more than 750 live tournaments in private home games in Copenhagen. His recorded live tournament results total more than $15,000, including making the final table of a €170 Danish event at Kings Casino in Rozvadov. He said: “I was down to three big blinds after two and a half hours, and chip leader seven hours later. I made the final table but was first out and cashed for €1,216.” Erik has also cashed in Malta, and in Marrakech where he had his biggest result to date – $11,000 for a fifth place in the Marrakech Poker Open last year. He bought in twice to Battle of Malta and got through via the Day 1d turbo. He said: “I’ve been winning since I took up poker, even when I was a bad player. But then I really started studying hard – DVDs, books, the lot. Everyone I have competed against here I compare against players I know well at home and then I can read them. So I think ‘this guy is like Peter’ or ‘that guy is a half-George’ etc. I played a really aggressive player today and if I hadn’t played against someone like him at home, he would have run me over. I’m thrilled to make the final. I emailed my boss earlier and said ‘I hope I’m a day late for work.’ Erik was supposed to be catching a flight home at 9am on Tuesday.

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