“I really liked the fact that you could turn a little money into a lot of money.” That was one of the main reasons why poker was attractive to Denmark’s Filurn(pictured), who bought into the PokerStars Sunday Million earlier this month for $215 and cashed out for $186,000 following a four-way chop, nearly 900 times his investment.
“It feels great to make my first six-figure score,” Filurn said of his Sunday Million chop, which saw him bring home the largest payday of anyone. “One of the players asked for a deal early on and normally I think it’s fine to deal in certain spots. But, in this one, I felt like I had a decent edge and the chip lead, so I refused at first.”
He added that chop negotiations fired up once again: “When we were four-handed, the other players showed interest in a deal. Since I had the chip lead and was pretty comfortable at the table, I asked for more than ICM and got it, so I thought it was okay to make a deal that ensured I would get more than second place money.”
The payouts in the deal ranged from $120,000 to $186,000 after the field numbered over 8,200 entrants. “I bought an apartment a few months ago, so some of the money will go into that, and I’m probably going to travel, but I won’t do anything crazy,” Filurn said of the uses for his newfound cash. He has $742,000 in tracked scores in his PocketFives profile.
Last December, Filurn won the PartyPoker $200,000 Guaranteedfor $45,000, his second largest tracked cash to date next to the Sunday Million final table. Needless to say, he told PocketFives that he feels “great” about his game right now. As he put it, “A lot of things worked out in different spots.” He plays on PartyPoker as lundesgaard and has $123,000 in winnings on that site.
His friends and family were “amazed” by his Sunday Million chop for nearly $200,000. It’s the latest feather in the cap for the nation of Denmark, whose poker roster includes the likes of Gus Hansen (pictured) and World Series of Poker Main Event winner Peter Eastgate.
“There are a lot of good players in Denmark,” Filurn said. “The tour grinders get more attention than the cash game grinders due to the visibility of tournaments, though. The Danish poker media writes articles pretty often about people shipping events. I’m pretty sure this makes people think of poker as a fun game and so the general public has a positive attitude toward it.”
He got started in poker by hitting up games on the Boss Media Network after one of his friends got hooked on small-stakes sit and gos. “He was printing money, so we grinded a lot together and he helped me out with the basics,” Filurn said. “Then, I tried to adapt some of the game into tournaments and really liked the fact that you could turn a little money into a lot of money.”
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