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Anton Wigg Wins European Masters of Poker Barcelona

Swede Tops Largest Field of EMOP at Penultimate Stop

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With 399 players in contention at the most recent leg of the European Masters of Poker, Barcelona was the tour’s largest event so far. In the end, it was Anton Wigg who brought home the title, the trophy, and the top prize of €55,502 back to Sweden.

A deal was made threehanded with the players deciding to battle it out for the EMOP trophy and a small amount of money. The final two left standing were Maciej Swicarz and Anton Wigg, and although it looked like it was going Swicarz’ way at first, Wigg reclaimed his chips and took it down. The final hand saw both players all in on the flop with top pair. Wigg had the ace kicker, so Swicarz finished runner-up, but he actually took home more money than Wigg due to the deal.

Here are the final results:

1st place — Anton Wigg (€55,502)
2nd place — Maciej Swicarz (€73,655)
3rd place — Kristian Eriksson (€65,565)
4th place — Manfred Kåvestam (€23,142)
5th place — Morgen Karlsson (€18,354)
6th place — Andreas Jansson (€15,162)
7th place — Diomedes Sebastiano (€12,768)
8th place — Juha-Matti Toivainen (€10,773)
9th place — Julien Herold (€8,778)

The leader board competition running alongside the events makes it that bit more exciting with five percent taken from every tournaments’ prize pool, and split between the top 15 players after all five tournaments are completed. First place is estimated to be €25,000, plus a watch worth €10,000 if he/she has earned 25,000 VIP points between Jan. 1, 2009 and the start of the final event.

The tour now moves on to Vittoriosa in Malta for the final leg where there is likely to be an even bigger prize pool of €750,000. The players will start off with 15,000 in chips in this event, not the usual 10,000.

The €1,500 + €150 buy-in finale will run from Sept. 23 to 26 and qualifications are now running for as little as €2 or 200 VIP points across the Entraction network. The Tour’s premium partners include i4poker, Pokerihuone, Pinnacle Sports, KickOffPoker, DailyPoker, GoldWin Poker, and 24hPoker.

Every Monday and Wednesday at 7.40 p.m. (CET), the €100 buy-in will give away two packages to the final worth €2,500 on each day, and every Thursday and Sunday at the same time, the €100 buy-in guarantees four packages per day. There are daily satellites to all the main qualifiers, or alternatively, players can buy-in directly through their Entraction account for €1,650.

Wigg now joins Russian Vladislav Shuravin (the Prague champ), Israeli Reuven Dayan (the Bulgarian champ), and Finn Johanna Pyysing (the Estonia champ), but there is still one space left for the final champion who for now remains faceless, until September.