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Nicolau Villa-Lobos Beats 611 Opponents To Lift £101,000 In Scottish Capital

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Courtesy of Mickey May/PokerStarsThe first PokerStars UK & Ireland Poker Tour stop of 2013 drew 612 players to Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh last weekend.

The £700 + £70 event was won by Nicolau Villa-Lobos of Brazil who walked away with £101,000 from the £415,548 prize pool after overcoming his final table short stack status.

Villa-Lobos knocked out three players, including Edinburgh native and former UKIPT grand final winner David Vamplew, en route to his heads up duel with Bulgarian Vladislav Donchev.

Villa-Lobos started this joust with a 7:1 chip lead lasted just a few hands before Donchev went all in with Q-7 and the Brazilian called with A-Q for a straightforward victory.

The 24-year-old, who recovered from heart surgery six years ago, said after his win, “Today was another day and I was in the small blind so knew I had an orbit to play. I had spirit and very good vibrations from my friends in Brazil; everybody was supporting me a lot and sending me messages. I’m happy, very happy.”

The final table payouts were:

1: Nicolau Villa-Lobos (Brazil) — £101,000 

2: Vladislav Donchev (Bulgaria) — £61,000 

3: Przemysław Dajer (Poland) — £37,400 

4: David Vamplew (United Kingdom) — £27,350 

5: Chris Derrick (United Kingdom) — £21,150 

6: James Sykes (United Kingdom) — £17,000 

7: Guido Braye (Netherlands) — £12,850 

8: Christian Bergstrom (Sweden) — £9,750