Simon’s surprise win at Paf Poker Challenge 2013

The ninth Paf Poker Challenge was held in Mariehamn on 25-28 April 2013 at a packed venue. In the main draw 146 players started the competition. Young Swedish poker player Simon Johansson was playing his very first major live tournament and he overcame many well-known players to take the title. Anne Meri from Finland finished in 7th place and became the first woman in the tournament’s history to reach the final table.

The winner Simon Johansson is from Mariestad in Sweden. This is the second year running a Swede has taken the prestigious Paf Poker Challenge crown and he was amazed at the win: “It’s my first major live tournament and I win it, it’s crazy. My tactic was to be aggressive and bluff a lot, and it worked. You have to have a little luck to win such a tournament.”

Besides the prize money and the title Simon also won a package for next year’s Paf Poker Challenge.

This year Paf moved Paf Poker Challenge to Hotel Arkipelag, which made it an even friendlier and warmer atmosphere at the tournament. The Finnish player Anne Meri had a good weekend, winning the Ladies Event side tournament and coming a very good seventh place in the main event. It’s the best ever ranking for a woman at Paf Poker Challenge.

Finnish magician and mentalist Noora Karma also finished in 45th place – a great display at her first live poker event.

It was a successful first Paf Poker Challenge for new Paf poker manager Herbert Paradis: “For us the experience we give our players is the most important factor at an event. We are incredibly pleased with the weekend, and from the feedback it seems that the poker players are too. That makes us feel very proud. This year we were in a new place and focused, as usual, on producing a friendly atmosphere for the players throughout the event. And now we are looking forward to welcoming new and old poker friends to our new poker room that is launching at this summer.”

Paf Poker Challenge 2013 Final Result
1. Simon Johansson €36600
2. Pekka Piiroinen €22620
3. Jari-Pekka Rättyä €16000
4. Stefan Stemberg – €12480
5. Raul Juanes – €10100
6. Jarno Hietalahti – €8000
7. Anne Meri – €6160
8. Hari Hakala – €4700
9. Bruno Långström – €4000

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Paf (Ålands Penningautomatförening) was founded on Åland in 1966 for raising funds to support public good and is owned and licensed by the regional government of the Åland Islands. Today, Paf is an international gaming operator with over 400 online games including slots, casino, poker, betting, bingo and lotteries. Paf also has physical gaming operations on land and sea, with about 1,500 slot machines and 55 gaming tables aboard ships in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, in Paf Casino on Åland and Casino Sunborn in Gibraltar. Paf is dedicated to developing socially and environmentally sustainable money gaming entertainment for its customers. In 2016, the Paf Group had a total revenue of €113 million and a profit of €15.2 million. The contribution to public good in 2016 was €20 million. The group has over 400 employees, with offices in Mariehamn, Stockholm, Tallinn and Madrid. For more information, please go to