Poker News in Brief: Nov. 22-28

Liz Lieu
Chilipoker's Liz Lieu is in Marrakech.

Another busy week in the poker world kept a few stories off the PokerListings front page.

Thankfully we found a home for them in our weekly Poker News in Brief feature.

This week the WPT begins in Marrakech, a World Heads-Up champ is crowned, an Italian wins in Malta and more.

WPT Marrakech Kicks Off

The €4,250 + €750 World Poker Tour Marrakech main event began at the Casino De Marrakech Saturday with 137 players entering the first Day 1 flight.

Names like Alexandre Gomes, Surinder Sunar and Antoine Saout all took part.

Germany's Sebastian Homann grabbed the overnight lead with Frenchman Nicolas Levi close.

David Benyamine, Chilipoker pro Liz Lieu and Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier are expected to play the second Day 1 flight.

The ChiliPoker sponsored Main Event runs through Nov. 30.

Marino Books Estrellas Sponsorship

Alvaro "Drácula" Marino won the Estrellas Poker Tour leaderboard championship this week.

The points-based contest had been running throughout the first season of the PokerStars sponsored Spanish tour.

Marino didn’t win an Estrellas tournament, but made the final table of both the Alicante and Madrid events to secure a sponsorship deal for every event in the tour's second season beginning in Madrid next February.

Persaud is World Heads-Up Champ

Nik Persaud won the £2,000 2010 World Heads Up Poker Championship at London's Grosvenor Victoria Casino this week.

Players including John Tabatabai, Vicky Coren, JP Kelly, Richard Gryko and previous champions Jeff Kimber and Bambos Xanthos entered the event with 21 other competitors.

The semifinals had Persaud take on Toby Lewis and eventual runner-up Leon Louis facing Kimber.

Here's how things finished:

1 Nik Persaud £30,000

2 Leon Louis £15,000

3 Toby Lewis £5,500

3 Jeff Kimber £5,500

Lombardo Wins Masters Malta

Italian Simone Lombardo won the €1,500+€150 European Masters of Poker Malta main event at Casino di Venezia this week.

However, runner-up Mathias Fricke took home the biggest share of the prize pool after making a deal heads-up.

Fricke cashed for €81,590 and Lombardo took home €63,000.

The event drew 241 players.

The final stop on EMOP's second season takes place on a cruise ship on the Mexican Riviera Dec. 5-12.

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