Spain win again at the PokerStars Estrellas Poker Tour
They had won the men's tennis championship at Wimbledon and the soccer World Cup, so it was not surprising that in poker a Spaniard should win the Estrellas Poker Tour's latest event in Madrid.
Despite the distraction of that huge soccer match in South Africa on Sunday night, to say nothing of the WSOP reaching its climax in Las Vegas, 291 players from 31 countries - 137 of them PokerStars qualifiers - still managed to focus on the €1,000 PokerStar's tour event in Spain's capital city. When it was all over, 22-year-old PokerStars player Marc Colome from Barcelona took the title for €67,519, beating Romanian PokerStars qualifier Adrian Veghinas heads up.
Colome was third in chips at the start of the final table yesterday, but edged in front and then beat Veghinas when his A-K won the race against pocket fours with an ace on the flop and a king on the river for good measure. The Romanian took home €44,500.
Colome was playing in his first ever live final table, and that will now be good experience to take to EPT Barcelona, which he plays for free after winning a seat to go with his first prize. He said: "During the final table I thought I had many possibilities of winning. The level of players was much higher than I expected."
At the event there were pro players like Spanish Team PokerStars Pro Juan Manuel Pastor, Friend of PokerStars Poli Rincón, Team PokerStars Online's Álvaro Ballesteros and the professional golf player Sergio Garcia, winner of the TV show Estrellas en Juego.
The next Estrellas Poker Tour event will be held in Barcelona from November 22 through 27. Please visit the tour website to find out when satellites will start for one of the richest poker tours around Europe.
And if your Spanish is up to it, take a look back at full coverage from Madrid on our Spanish blog, where Ivan Marti has done an exceptional job bringing the tournament to life.
The final table payouts in Madrid were:
1 - Marc Colomé, PokerStars player - €67,519
2 - Adrian Veghinas, PokerStars qualifier - €44,500
3 - Antonio Oliván - Spain - €28,000
4 - César Palacios - Spain - €20,300
5 - Mustapha Kanit - Italy - €13,000
6 - Álvaro Marino - Spain - €10,100
7 - Najib Tahiri - Morocco - €7,800
8 - Jorge Galino - Spain - €6,400