Johnny Lodden Has Signed with PokerstarsPublished on 2008-10-29 20:26:27
Pokerstars announced earlier this week that they had inked Johnny Lodden to a sponsorship deal that runs to the end of the year. Lodden will play as a Pokerstars sponsored player at the EPT Budapest and EPT Prague events.
Lodden is a well-known Norwegian poker player who made a name for himself in high-stakes online cash games and heads-up SNGs. Lodden plays on the Prima network as "bad_ip" and on Pokerstars as "Lars-Magne".
Johnny Lodden built himself up a multi-million dollar bankroll by dominating the heads-up $5k SNGs on Pokerstars and the high-stakes cash game on the Prima poker network. His Sharkscope stats show Lodden as a $319k winner in SNGs on Pokerstars, and he did even better in high-stakes NLHE cash games. Lodden famously sat down at a limit hold'em table and flashed his multi-million dollar bankroll for all to see.
Lodden held the distinction (up until recently) of being on the losing end of the biggest online cash game hand ever. Lodden lost a monster $465k pot to Fast_Freddie on the Prima network. The board read 7-A-A-5-K - both players were all-in on the river, with Fast_Freddie showing A-J for trip Aces and Johnny "bad_ip" Lodden mucking his hand.
Things took a turn for the worse for Lodden over the past year. According to an interview with Pokerstarsblog.nu, Lodden busted his online bankroll at the beginning of 2008.
Lodden recently finished in 11th place at the World Series of Poker Europe main event, cashing for just under $100k USD.
He has done especially well in EPT events over his short career, cashing a total of six times. His biggest cash came in the EPT Grand Final in 2008, when he took home $73k USD for finishing in 17th place. Johnny Lodden has cashed for a total of $452k in live tournaments over his career.
This deal is a no-brainer for Pokerstars. Lodden is a well-known player who has a history of doing extremely well in EPT events.
Lodden is currently sitting with about 25k in chips on Day 1B of the EPT Budapest event.
You can read his interview with Pokerstars here.
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