Simone Lombardo Wins European Masters of Poker Malta

DUBLIN, IRELAND–(Marketwire – Nov. 22, 2010) –

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Italian Simone Lombardo has won the €1,500+€150 buy in European Masters of Poker Malta main event at Casino di Venezia on the Mediterranean island.

However it was second placed Mathias Fricke who took home the lion’s share of the prize pool in the 241 runner event after a deal was struck heads up which saw Germany’s Fricke take home €81,590 and Lombardo get €63,000 for his victory.

To add to the remarkable turn of events Fricke qualified online for €1 through a satellite for Facebook fans despite losing his internet connection with four players left – he was then dealt A-A twice in a row when he got his connection back, winning both hands then taking heads up down with A-Q against 55.

The final hand of the tournament saw Lombardo bet 130,000 and Fricke call. The flop fell 7d 6d 5h and the players got all in with Lombardo showing Jd 9d  and Fricke showing 8s 6h. The turn fell 3c and the river the 2d to give the Italian a flush and victory.

The final stop event of EMOP season II takes place on a cruise ship on the Mexican Riviera from Dec. 5 to 12, 2010 with 4 percent of the total EMOP main event prize pools from the year up for grabs between the top 16 players on the season II leader board.

They are Manig Löser, Simone Lombardo, Primož Urek, Manfred Kåvestam, Maciej Lipny, Mathias Fricke, John O´Shea, Henri Ovaska, Povilas Purtokas, Erik Skarp, Kalle, Björn Lundgren, Vladimir Mefodichev, Timothy Timotheou, Matias Knappinen, and Giovanni Sutera.

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