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Raul Mestre Wins World Poker Championship

Spaniard Triumphs Over Britain's Vicky Coren For $250,000 Pay Day

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Raul Mestre of Spain is the new International Federation of Poker World Champion after he topped the 130-strong field in London yesterday beating Victoria Coren heads up in the $500,000 freeroll.

Mestre, who started the final table as chip leader, and Coren had tangled plenty throughout the day but in the course of two decisive hands – 5-5 Vs. A-J and A-5 Vs. A-3 – the Spaniard won “The Table” and the title.

The final table payouts were:

1: Raul Mestre (Spain) — $250,000
2: Victoria Coren (UK) — $100,000
3: Igor Trafane (Brazil) — $50,000
4: Slavko Tomic (Serbia) — $25,000
5: Marsha Waggoner (Australia) — $20,000
6: [p:Sandra Naujoks]] (Germany) — 17500
7: Takuo Serita (Japan) — 15,000
8: Tim Reese (Germany) — 12,500
9: Kinichi Nakata (Japan) — $10,000

Prior to “The Table” Germany won the Nations Cup duplicate poker event also hosted by the International Federation of Poker.