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Online gambler wins big at WPT Spanish Championship

3/6/2008
One of the online gambling sites, Purple Lounge sponsored players took a huge €220,000 at the WPT Spanish Championship, held at Casino Barcelona. Stefan Mattsson was part of a 253 strong field of players that included Juha Helppi; Carlos Mortensen; Annette Obrestad; Antonio Esfandiari and Patrik Antonius. After a long and hard final day, Stefan ended second in this extremely strong field of players and pocketed his largest cash to date.

“Although I really wanted to win I am just proud to have got so far. To have come second place in an event that attracted a tough field of over 250 players with the likes of Patrik Antonius and Antonio Esfandiari, it is a great achievement,” said Stefan Mattsson. “This tournament win puts me in a great frame of mind for the WSOP".

Stefan missed the final first prize by a small margin when his rival Casper Hansen in the final hand Hansen went all in with the chip lead holding As 2s after Mattsson raised $205k from the big blind. Mattsson called holding Ah9d and held the edge before the flop came 5h5d2d, giving the Dane two pair. Jc came on the turn and Kc on the river, sealing the hand and the title for Hansen and 2nd place for Mattsson.

This second place win follows another moderate success in the 2007 WSOP where Stefan walked away with the 22nd prize place and winning more than $300,000 in the process. This, plus an earlier placing of 57th in the 2006 WSOP him $123,699, which contributed to Purple Lounge sponsoring the player.

Purple Lounge sends their congratulations to Stefan on this success and announces that he will play a central part in Purple Lounge's successful team of sponsored players in the coming months.

Stephen Holder
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