Poker News in Brief: August 1-7, 2011

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Ronny Kaiser's EPT victory is just the start of a very promising career.

It was a busy weekend and we've got the poker stories you may have missed right here.

Read on for details on two major wins from around the world, plus a false alarm for one Barry Greenstein.

Ronny Kaiser First Swiss EPT Champion

21-year-old Ronny Kaiser just became the first European Poker Tour champion from Switzerland. He defeated a field of 282 in Tallinn earlier today to pocket €275,000.

Kaiser is a noted high-stakes Omaha player and had played around ten EPT main events prior to this win. And now that he’s old enough to play poker in the US, he’s got big plans for the summer of 2012.

“Now my goal is to become the first ever Swiss World Series bracelet winner,” said Kaiser.

A total of three Finns made this final table, including online legend Sami “Larz_Luzak” Kelopuro and experienced pro Jani Sointula.

Here are the full final table payouts.

1 Ronny Kaiser - Switzerland - €275,000
2 Grzegorz Cichocki - Poland - €180,000
3 Raigo Aasmaa - Estonia - €110,000
4 Jani Sointula - Finland - €80,000
5 Stuart Fox - UK - €55,000
6 Erlend Melsom - Norway - €45,000
7 Sami Kelopuro - Finland - €35,000
8 Arvi Vainionkulma - Finland - €25,000

Komaromi Leads LAPT Punta del Este Final Table

The LAPT Punta del Este main event is over and Uruguayan Alex Gustavo Komaromi is champion.

Alex Gustavo Komalomi
Alex Gustavo Komalomi

Komaromi, a 21-year-old part-time poker player from Montevideo, was the only player from Uruguay at the final table.

He took down $244,720, the biggest chunk of the more than $940,000 prize pool. This main event attracted 422, the biggest in the event's four year history.

Here are the full final table payouts.

1. Alex Gustavo Komaromi - Uruguay - $244,720
2. Claudio Enzo Daniel Piedrabuena ­- Argentina - $141,220
3. Engelberth Steve Varela Moreno - Venezuela -  $88,970
4. Carlos Adolfo Watanabe - Peru - $65,430
5. Felipe Sangalli Pasini - Brazil - $46,600
6. Nelson Neto - Brazil - $37,190
7. Fernando Araujo – Brazil - $27,770
8. Rafael Lopes Monteiro – Brazil -  PokerStars player $18,360

Greenstein’s Car Theft False Alarm

Barry Greenstein’s Twitter account saw some action today when he tweeted a bizarre story about his car getting stolen, and then returned fully detailed.

Greenstein has his Aston Martin DB9 valeted at a Marriott in San Diego when it was apparently stolen.

“I don't think twitter can help with this but you never know: my Aston Martin DB9 was stolen from valet parking!” tweeted Greenstein.

Greenstein updated the story as it unfolded with the car being returned, full detailed!

“The perp's mother claimed he has mental issues and somewhat believes it's his car. He is now in the hospital,” he said.

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