Swedish engineering student takes first place at EPT Deauville

Mats Iremark, a 23-year-old civil engineering student from Gothenburg, Sweden, beat some of the world's top poker players to win €480,000 at the PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) French Open in Deauville, France, it was recently revealed. Iremark defeated 433 players in the four day, €4,000 No-Limit Texas Hold'em event which offered a prize pool of €1,600,800, nearly three times last year's pot.

The 2006 EPT Deauville was hosted at the Casino Barrieère de Deauville and boasted nearly 200 more players than last year's event, making it the largest attendance ever for a European poker tournament. In addition, the prize pool was nearly three times as big as the pot offered at the 2005 EPT Deauville, and a record 45 TV, press, and online media outfits were in attendance on the first day to film the tournament for broadcast.

Pro players who turned up to compete included Surinder Sunar, Marcel Luske, and Julian Thew. Also competing were 83 PokerStars players who qualified for the event online.

According to reports, Raymer was the first player to bust out of the event, while Mercier, Gerasimov, and Vaswani all made it to the final table. Other pros who finished in the top 40 spots include Thew, Tan, and Brindley.

Final table results are as follows:

1st Mats Iremark Sweden €480,000
2nd Mark Boudewijn Holland €259,000
3rd Kirill Gerasimov Russia €155,500
4th Theo Jorgensen Denmark €118,300
5th Ram Vaswani England €97,700
6th Patric Martenson Sweden €76,800
7th Isabelle Mercier Canada €60,800
8th Stuart Nash England €43,500

In addition to his massive cash payout, Iremark also received a €10,000 buy-in into the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo, Monaco, from March 7-11, 2006.

Please see PokerStars or www.ept.com for further details.

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