Online poker in Sweden is alive and kicking as Christian ‘eisenhower1′ Jeppsson and Viktor ‘Isildur1′ Blom dominates the 2015 online action in both cash games and multi-table tournaments.
The ride for online poker players in Sweden, over the past few years, has been tumultuous to say the least.
The environment has been plagued with tax issues. Players have had their homes invaded and goods effectively stolen. But throughout all of that, Swedish online poker remains as tough as dentine.
Online poker forum and ranking site PocketFives has announced Sweden’s Christian ‘eisenhower1′ Jeppsson as the winner of their annual PocketFives Leaderboard (PLB). Jeppsson came from behind in the final two weeks to overtake the Russian Artem ‘veeea’ Vezhenkov to become the eventual champion. Previous incumbents include Calvin Anderson, Griffin Benger and Chris Moorman.
Jeppsson secured the two largest online scores of his career in 2015. He earned $294,950 for a sixth place finish in the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) Main Event and won $105,943 when winning Event #61: World Championships of Online Poker (WCOOP) after cutting a three-way deal. Runner-up Vezhenkov also secured the highest score in his career, during 2015, when he won the Sunday Million for $183,675.
According to the PocketFives database, Jeppsson has earned over $8m playing online tournaments. He is also ranked number one in the world – a position he has held steady for the past 15 weeks. He is one of five players occupying spots in the Top 10: Emil ‘Smeckten’ Olsson 3rd, C Darwin 6th, Anton ‘AnteSvante’ Wigg 7th and lena900 9th. In December, Jeppsson was one of the players who took strike action against PokerStars in protest against their planned VIP changes.
The PLB title isn’t Jeppsson’s only award in 2015. He was also declared the Swedish Player of the Year for 2015. Poker.se and Pokerforum.nus sites collating the results from the Swedish public.
The man Jeppsson beat to win that title was Viktor ‘Isildur1′ Blom. The former Team PokerStars Pro and Full Tilt Professional was hands down the most successful online cash game player of 2015 finishing with $2.1m in profit.
2015 PocketFives Online Leaderboard Results
1st. Christian ‘eisenhower1’ Jeppsson (Sweden) – 17,060.64 points
2nd. Artem ‘veeea’ Vezhenkov (Russia) – 16,932.28 points
3rd. Nicolas ‘PokerKaiser’ Fierro (Chile) – 16,795.54 points
4th. Joao ‘joaomathias’ Mathias Baumgarten (Brazil) 16,349.64 points
5th. Emil ‘Smeckton’ Olsson (Sweden) – 15,356.06 points