ESPT Madrid, February 3rd – 6th 2011, Event Coverage
On this page you will find archived Chip Counts, Seat Draws, Gallery Photos and Payout from the event.
Seat 1: Valeriano Ruiz Rubio, 31, Madrid, Spain – 1,006,000 chips
Valeriano started playing 3 years ago live and is currently a highway engineer; poker is a hobby for him. He mainly plays live; however he does play small tournaments on PokerStars. This is his best result to date and is very excited to be on the Final Table.
Seat 2: Remko Rinkema, 23, Leeuwarden, Netherlands – 1,085,000 chips
Remko first started playing live poker in 2006, with Team PokerStars PRO Pieter De Korver, winner of EPT5 Monte Carlo. Before Poker he studied journalism and in 2008 landed a job with Dutch PokerNews. He doesn’t play seriously because of work commitments and sees it as more of a hobby. He is a live cash game player mostly mixed games, since they are more fun! Until this Final Table his best result to date was making the dinner break of a WSOP event.
Seat 3; José Luis Rodriguez Espadas, 32, Madrid, Spain –chips
José Luis has been playing mostly online for the past 4 years, from Madrid, and has been playing live tournaments for about 3 years. He used to be a Mus player before discovering poker. He is not a PRO and is job helicopter technician, however he does consider poker as a source of income. He is mainly a PLO and NLH cash game player here at the Gran Madrid Casino. His best live result to date is a €25k win in the monthly tournament held at the same casino. His best online result to date is 6th position in the Sunday Second Chance on PokerStars.com. Alexandre Stevic, winner of the very first EPT in Barcelona, who currently lives in Madrid, is a very close friend of José Luis.
Seat 4:Matthew Rainford, 25, Tamworth, Birmingham, UK – 407,000 chips
Matthew Rainford lives in a town near Birmingham, UK. He started playing poker in 2006 with his friends. Rainford, who studied IT at Tamworth College, considers himself a full time PRO and mainly plays online in NLHE and PLO tournaments. His best cash to date is $22,000 from and online tournament.
Seat 5: Xavier Solá Sala, 26, Barcelona, Spain – 335,000 chips
He started playing poker on PokerStars about 1 year ago, he first deposited $10 and worked his way up from that. He has been a full time engineer for the last 3 years and poker is just a hobby. Xavier does not consider himself a PRO but he would love to be able to do this, he might after this tournament. He prefers live games to online, it’s more fun but online has higher profits. His best result to date is making the Final Table of the Estrellas Poker Tour Madrid, Season 2.
Seat 6: Robert Snell, 24, Isle of Wight, UK – 689,000 chips
Robert started playing poker 5 years ago with his friends until one day he decided to play online, because PokerStars gave him a $5 promotional credit, he worked his way up from there. In addition to being a poker player Snell is also a Sports coach and studied sports psychology at the University of Glamorgan.
This is not the first time that he has played a live event, in fact we saw him last year at UKIPT Manchester and UKIPT Coventry. His favourite game is NLHE and prefers live games to online because they are more sociable, even though he also likes online because of the volume. His best results to date is 2nd place of the PokerStars Sunday million.
Seat 7: Philipp Schimmerl, 23, Linz, Austria – 1,652,000 chips
Philipp, is originally from Linz but lives in Vienna, where he studies economics at the University of Vienna. He used to be an e-sport player, however since discovering online poker he has not gone back. The 23-year-old started playing 3 years ago and on average plays 15 hours a week, but manages to pay his way through university by doing so. Philipp played the Estrellas Poker Tour Malaga, during Season 1 and one of his goals this year was in fact to play more live tournaments. I am sure we will be seeing him again. His biggest cash to date is 2nd place of the Daily $90,000 on PokerStars.com , where he cashed in $8,000.
Seat 8: Ricardo Escobar Pin, 29, Lugo, Spain – 687,000 chips
Ricardo started playing poker in 2005, on PokerStars. He used to be a big mus, escoba, 43 and tute player, before discovering poker he used to work in the catering industry. Nowadays he is a professional player and plays about 5 hours a day. The 29-year-old is a cash game player but this event is his biggest cash to date. Amongst his poker associates are Team PokerStars PRO Juan Maceiras, Norberto Murallin and Tralaira.
ESPT 4 Leaderboard
|1||Jose Alvarez Alvarez||128.5|
|2||Marciano Rodriguez Cortes||89.75|
|4||Adrian Mateos Diaz||83.55|
|6||Adrian Soriano Aleman||80.4|
|7||Anton Soñora Mendez||80|
|8||Jose Javier Patiño Gonzalez||78.9|
|9||Renato Antonio Da Silva Almeida||75.8|