Lodden took up cards playing Uno with his family before progressing to playing poker for money at school with his friends. By the time he was 20, Johnny had started crushing the cash games on PokerStars, moving up the levels to the highest stakes available.
He has been playing EPTs since Season 3 and has been exceptionally consistent in his Main Event results. Over the last five years, he had numerous deep runs and made the final 20 a total of nine times - including eighth place at EPT5 Budapest. However it wasn't until Season 9 when the Norwegian had his first really big EPT success money-wise (and by then he'd already had his first six-figure cash when he finished 27th in the 2010 WSOP Main Event).
None of the remaining players at the final table have as much as EPT experience as Lodden, who is now on his way to his 19th Main Event cash. However Lodden still has a tough fight on his hands.