Poker pro Johnny Lodden was born and raised in the town of Jorpeland, in Norway. Like most kids, he would often play cards with his family, and quickly caught the competitive buzz you can only get from winning. Uno was his game back then, but by the time Johnny was older, he had graduated to playing poker with his friends.
Skip forward to age 20 and Johnny had picked up enough experience online at PokerStars to start crushing the cash games, moving up the levels until he reached the highest stakes available. He’d also started to make waves on the live scene, and won his first tournament at the 2004 St Maarten Open, cashing for $26,430 in the $500 No Limit Hold'em event. After a few more years spent finishing in the money at various tournaments around the world, Johnny made his first cash at a PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) event in 2006. This was the start of a run of EPT success that would help Johnny become one of the most recognisable faces on the tour - and one of the most feared players in the game. Since then he’s made several high-profile EPT cash finishes, worth just shy of a million dollars. The best result of Johnny’s career so far came in 2013 at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final. He finished 3rd in the Main Event, good for prize money of $612,355.
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Johnny also came close to making the final table of the World Series of Poker* Europe Main Event in 2008, eventually finishing in 11th place, taking home $98,756 for his efforts against one of the toughest fields ever assembled in a live tournament. He then almost made it to the biggest final table of them all when he finished in 27th place at the 2010 WSOP Main Event, earning $317,161 and the biggest cash of his career so far. Elsewhere, Johnny has continued to find success in the biggest tournaments online, and is still a regular feature of the high stakes games on PokerStars, where more often than not he leaves the table in profit.
Away from poker Johnny is a sports fan, especially soccer and anything else you can have a bet on. He also enjoys travelling the world with friends, looking for the warmest places to relax before playing the next big event. He claims that becoming a member of Team PokerStars Pro means he’s now more focused than ever on winning that elusive first European Poker Tour title, something which surely cant be too far away. Johnny is a member of Team PokerStars Pro and plays online using the screen name ‘johnnylodden’ on the PokerStars global site, and as ‘Mariko2010’ on the French license site.
|St Maarten Open $500 No Limit Hold’em||December 2004||1st||$26,430|
|Swedish No Limit Hold’em Championships||November 2005||2nd||$55,225|
|EPT Barcelona €4,800 No Limit Hold’em||September 2006||14th||$26,287|
|EPT Dortmund €5,000 No Limit Hold’em||March 2007||13th||$27,387|
|EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final||April 2008||17th||$73,263|
|2008 WSOP*E £10,000 Main Event||September 2008||11th||$98,756|
|EPT Budapest €4,000 No Limit Hold’em||October 2008||8th||$66,577|
|2010 WSOP* $10,000 Championship Main Event||July 2010||27th||$317,161|
|EPT Sanremo €4,600 No Limit Hold'em Main Event||October 2011||9th||$62,042|
|EPT Copenhagen DKR 7,500 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Bounty||February 2012||1st||$11,637|
|PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final - 6-Max Turbo||April 2012||3rd||$40,268|
|EPT Prague €5,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event||December 2012||13th||$44,441|
|PCA $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Turbo||January 2013||2nd||$60,820|
|PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final €10,000 Main Event||May 2013||3rd||$612,355|
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