The European Poker Tour's own heartbreak kid is off to a hot start in Monaco today, surprising no one.
Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden has cashed a record 21 times in 10 straight seasons on the tour, made an impressive ten top 20 finishes, and three final tables. But the fan and media favorite has yet to win one.
In fact, the Grand Final has provided some of Lodden's most heartbreaking finishes, including a run to fourth place last year, third in 2013 and 17th in 2008.
Today, Lodden has it up close to 80,000 already, but told PokerNews it has been a slow grind, devoid of the big confrontations that often accompany all that heartbreak.
"Just climbing, slowly climbing," he said.