Born in Stockholm, Christer Johansson is a Swedish professional poker player; as of 2008, his total live tournament winnings exceed $1,300,000.
Johansson got his degree in electrical engineering and worked for nearly a decade as an engineer at a power station, before turning to poker. Johansson started by playing draw poker with his family, but now plays more Texas Hold 'em. In 2000, Johansson defeated Ross Boatman to win the 1,000,000 Austrian Schilling ($70,061) 1st prize at the 2000 Vienna Spring Festival. He went on to cash in the WSOP for the first time in 2002 and cashed twice more in 2003 (those are his only WSOP cashes).
In February 2003, Johansson won the World Poker Tour (WPT) Grand Prix de Paris event during the first season and won the €500,000 ($538,213) 1st prize after outlasting a final table that included Allen Cunningham and Tony G. He has said that the recognition that came with winning a WPT title has changed his life. He cashed in 2 other WPT events, including a $214,073 prize during season 6.
In September 2005, Johansson finished 2nd in the European Poker Tour (EPT) 2nd season Barcelona Open, at the final table that included Patrik Antonius and Gus Hansen. In April 2009, Johansson won the Irish Poker Open, after defeating Kara Scott heads-up to take home the €600,000 ($793,882) 1st prize. Johansson has also appeared in the World Heads-Up Poker Championship.
Johansson slowed down his poker playing after starting a family but still plays in major European tournaments as well as running a successful legal sports-betting venture. He still lives in Sweden today.
HPG ADMIN on February 27, 2013