When you come from a strong but small European poker nation, it’s a bit easier to fly under the regular radar. Kent Lundmark is such a guy – despite having earned over $2million in tournaments and lifting an EPT title a few years back, he has perhaps never quite gained the recognition which lesser players have.
Scandinavian poker laws being what they are, information and online results are hard to come by, but the football fanatic has certainly done well in the cyber-stakes according to those who know these things!
He was also a 4th Division football player in his homeland before the poker bug started to hit home, eventually swapping the green grass for the green felt.
His first claim to fame really came when he took down the Barcelona Main Event in season 7 of the EPT. He entered the all-European final table in 5th spot and then proceeded to personally send half of them to the rail on his way to victory. This completely unexpected win handed him €825,000 ($1,127,604) in only his second year on tour.
"It’s an amazing feeling,” said Lundmark at the time. “This is one of the biggest tournaments you can win in poker.”
He has since hit the final table 9 times, although he has never quite repeated the Barcelona success –managing only three 2nd places from them.
Smaller wins on the EPT have come his way, however, and his 3rd place in last year’s Deauville EPT €10K High-Roller added a further €122,000 ($166,627) to his bankroll, propelling him into the top ten all-time Swedish earners list – a list headed by Martin Jacobsen ($15,045,724) and Chris Bjorin ($5,555,978)
Despite his European tournament successes, Lundmark has never quite broken through overseas, this year seeing only his second cash outside of Europe when he picked up some small change at a minor WSOP event.
A long-time tournament regular in Gothenburg’s Krukan cardroom, Lundmark can sometimes be found at the cash tables, though his preference is tournament play. As a team RedKings player, Lundmark will likely be putting in an appearance at the forthcoming Grand Poker Tour series in Prague, Czech Republic.