Portugal Poker Series heads to Figueira da Foz

ps_news_thn.jpgFigueira da Foz is most known for its beach and for being the mouth of the biggest Portuguese river, the Mondego. But from this weekend on, it will be also known as the city where one of the biggest poker tournaments held in Portugal took place. The Portugal Poker Series Figueira starts on 10th June and there is much more too see than a regular poker tournament. Starting on a heads up match between a former Portuguese basketball star and a former Portuguese football star...

That's right! Before the Day 1B starts on Saturday, Portuguese Team PokerStars Pro João Nunes - who is also a former basketball professional player - will face Paulo Futre, one of the best Portuguese footballers ever, in a Texas Hold'em heads up match in Casino da Figueira. Futre confesses that "João Nunes is the #1, but in 1987, when I was in FC Porto, we also defeated the huge Bayern Munich in the Champions League final. So... Why not?"

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Former Portuguese football star, Paulo Futre

Futre is confident for the challenge, as he always was throughout his life. On the Portuguese national team he played 41 matches and scored 6 goals, during a career that included superb performances in Sporting Lisbon, FC Porto, Atlético Madrid, Benfica, Olympique Marseille, Reggiana, AC Milan, West Ham and Yokohama Flugels. After 15 years, 320 matches and 79 goals, Futre retired from the pitches and is nowadays a successful businessman who participated in many PokerStars events in Spain. This will be his first appearance in a poker tournament in Portugal.

That's just one more condiment of a big event that will attract to Portugal many pros and several PokerStars players who qualified for this €700+€70 tournament through the PokerStars satellites. Besides João Nunes, the other Portuguese Team Pros, Nuno Coelho and Henrique Pinho will be in Figueira da Foz from 10th until 13th June to welcome the visitors, as well as Team PokerStars Online André Coimbra.

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Team PokerStars Pro Portugal: Henrique Pinho, João Nunes and Nuno Coelho

In the first event of this brand new PokerStars circuit, held in Vilamoura last April, José Passos received €27.262 for the first place after defeating a field of 146 players, including Team PokerStars SportStar Fátima Moreira de Melo.

Check out the Portugal Poker Series website for the complete schedule of this event and to know how to qualify for the next tournaments.