The 2012 English Poker Open attracted an extremely talented field of 137 runners and as is the case in tournament poker only one man, or woman, could win. That winner was crowned over the weekend when Team PokerStars Online Mickey Petersen bested a star-studded final table to get his hands on the trophy, the title and £78,660 in prize money.
Petersen is better known as “mement_mori,” the alias he uses when crushing opponents at the virtual felt of PokerStars. However, Petersen is not only an online grinder but is also equally at home in a brick and mortar venue as shown by his $748,171 in live tournament winnings; a large percentage of which were awarded when he won the 2012 European Poker Tour Copenhagen Main Event.
Petersen's heads-up opponent, the man who stood between him and another live title, was Chris Bjorin who is a poker legend in his own right. Bjorin and Petersen may be the proverbial chalk and cheese but on this occasion it was the student who gave the poker master a lesson in how the kids do it these days!
It obviously helped that Petersen held a 2,780,000 to 610,000 chip advantage over Bjorin and although the latter managed to double through a couple of time, he just could never pull level and threaten Petersen. The final hand saw Petersen put Bjorin all-in whilst holding and Bjorin made the call with . By the river the board read and with that Bjorin was eliminated and Petersen won his second title of 2012.
Following his win Petersen was seen grinding out dozens of tournament tables on PokerStars but surely it will not be long before the live poker itch needs scratching again and when it does he will be an even larger threat than he usually is.
2012 English Poker Open Final Table Results