Hand #92: Mats Karlsson picked up and raised to 200,000. Aliaksei Boika had him dominated with and threw in a big three-bet to 625,000. Karlsson wasn't planning on going anywhere and made the call.
Nobody got a piece of the flop. Boika slowed down and checked to Karlsson. The Swede picked up a stack of green 25,000-chips and moved it over the line for a bet of 550,000. Boika didn't gave up so easily and made the call.
He checked again on the turn and Karlsson checked as well. The river was the and Boika checked for the third time.
Karlsson made a huge bluff by moving all in for 2,555,000 in total. Boika, with nothing more than ace-jack-high, went in the tank for minutes and minutes. After five minutes he made a very brave call and Karlsson immediately waved the white flag.
"Nice call, you win", Karlsson said. "Wow, nice call", he continued.
Although Karlsson got hero called in the end, he wasn't sad about his second place finish. "That was a good call, I have to say. Well I'm happy anyway."
"I may have played bad heads up, but I'm happy. The heads up I played very bad but I'm not used to it. Up until the heads up I'm very pleased."
The Swedish amateur was the start-of-the-day chipleader and was in command during most of the final day. He had a huge lead when play got three handed but then got more and more resistance from Boika.
By eliminating Dmitry Yurasov, Karlsson gained himself a nice chip advantage moving into the heads-up battle but from there on it went downwards. Boika crushed him in the one-on-one fight and eventually Karlsson found himself in second place in the final ranking.
He still scores the biggest payday in his poker career. He heads home with €261,730 in his pocket.