Commentary

Sweden's Tomas Alenius wins bracelet

Updated: June 15, 2009, 5:12 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

Event 25 | Event 27

Call it a comeback.

Tomas Alenius, a professional online poker player from Stockholm, Sweden, battled back from a 3:1 chip deficit, heads-up, and defeated Canadian orthodontist Jason Tam for his first WSOP bracelet. Along with the $197,509 in first place prize money, Alenius became the second Swedish WSOP bracelet winner in history. He joins Chris Bjorin on that two-man list.

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Matt Mathis/IMPDITomas Alenius won his first WSOP bracelet with an impressive heads-up comeback.

"It's awesome," Alenius said moments after the win in Event 26, $1,500 limit hold 'em. "It's what you dream about."

While Tam controlled the action for most of the final table, comeback was on the minds of observers. How did he do it? Alenius said he felt it was all in the cards for the hour long duel.

"It's not that much to do, really," he said. "Catch some hands and take over the game. You need to hit flops. … It's a lot of luck involved for sure, and I ran good."

Other notable finishers include Rep Porter (seventh), Paul Darden (31st), Bill Chen (35th) and Barry Greenstein (53rd). This was Greenstein's fourth cash of the 2009 WSOP.

Below are the complete results of Event 26:

Event 26: Limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 643
Prize pool: $877,695
Players in the money: 63

1. Tomas Alenius ($197,509)
2. Jason Tam ($121,999)
3. Al Barbieri ($80,072)
4. Glenn Engelbert ($55,575)
5. Demetrios Arvanetes ($40,681)
6. Dominick Kulicki ($31,324)
7. Rep Porter ($25,312)
8. Kim-Phong Duong ($21,415)
9. Cole Miller ($18,931)
10. Richard Brodie ($13,542)
11. Ken Dickenson ($13,542)
12. Yan Li ($13,542)
13. Andrew Kerstine ($10,075)
14. Mike Schiffman ($10,075)
15. John Varner ($10,075)
16. Dale Burner ($7,706)
17. Douglas Corning ($7,706)
18. Benjamin Yu ($7,706)
19. Vasilios Argyros ($5,994)
20. Bill Seber ($5,994)
21. Jacinto Lopez ($5,994)
22. Matt Keikoan ($5,994)
23. John Horrocks ($5,994)
24. Alexander Burkart ($5,994)
25. Phillip Tom ($5,994)
26. Noah Boeken ($5,994)
27. David Rood ($5,994)
28. Doug Morgan ($4,871)
29. Josh Levine ($4,871)
30. Justin Bonomo ($4,871)
31. Paul Darden ($4,871)
32. William Eichel ($4,871)
33. James Buckley ($4,871)
34. David Tam ($4,871)
35. William Chen ($4,871)
36. Kuong Yek ($4,871)
37. Nicole Harris ($4,046)
38. Steve Cowley ($4,046)
39. Jason Smith ($4,046)
40. Jan Christoph Von Halle ($4,046)
41. Corey Bromberg ($4,046)
42. Guy Cicconi ($4,046)
43. Daniel Hart ($4,046)
44. Mark Defusco ($4,046)
45. Karen Manfrede ($4,046)
46. James Meek ($3,405)
47. Cristiano Blanco ($3,405)
48. Qi Chi ($3,405)
49. Victor Ramdin ($3,405)
50. Michael Reed ($3,405)
51. Jack Clemento ($3,405)
52. Bryan Devonshire ($3,405)
53. Barry Greenstein ($3,405)
54. Timothy Ebenhoeh ($3,405)
55. Paul Damany ($2,896)
56. Linda Ryke Drucker ($2,896)
57. Joe Cordone ($2,896)
58. Mike Ellis ($2,896)
59. Richard Harroch ($2,896)
60. Larry Thomas ($2,896)
61. Craig Price ($2,896)
62. Jerry Dunning ($2,896)
63. Soheil Shamseddin ($2,896)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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