The young Russian poker professional, Natalia Nikitina , has won one for the fairer sex by taking down the prestigious Diamond Championship, the World Poker Tour (WPT) tournament organised as part of the National Series Euro Finals Of Poker in Paris.
The Aviation Club de France played host the National Series Euro Finals from 2nd to 15th February, a veritable festival of poker that began with the gala ceremony and in-house back-patting that is the opening night and the accompanying European Poker Awards. The €5,000 buy-in WPT-organised event acts as the Main Event of the Euro Finals that include over two dozen live poker encounters.
The 23-year-old Russian professional beat Frenchman Alexandre Brivot in the heads-up to pocket a highly respectable €243,830 from her first appearance in a WPT event.
Before this win, she had only cashed for a second place in a European Poker Tour (EPT) Ladies Event in Vienna last year. Brivot left the building with a cheque sporting the glee-worthy figure of €174,170 for his runner-up spot.
The Euro Finals High Roller event was won by Imad Derwiche from Senegal. Only 27 players paid the €10,000 buy-in which generated a €256,000 prize pool and a €125,000 first prize for Derwiche. The High Roller event included a player who had won a seat in a special event sponsored by PartyPoker.fr and hosted by Tony G. The special event was titled “Tony G vs France” and saw the Lithuanian challenge five French players in order to win the sponsored seat. The home team’s line-up consisted of Bruno Fitoussi, WPT Bucharest champion Guillaume Darcourt, Yann Courtet from Club Poker, Gabriel Nassif from Poker Strategy and Leonard Martin from Poker Academie. Even though Tony G had riled them all by labelling the event “Five Donkeys versus Tony G,” he did not win and had to see Nassif take the seat at the High Roller event played on 14th and 15th February.