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Escobar Survives Marathon Final to Claim Estrellas Victory

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The €1,000 Spanish regional PokerStars event drew 498 players to the Gran Casino in Madrid over what was supposed to be three days.

However, deep stacks and careful play saw the final table start Sunday and play out until 8 a.m. Monday Morning.

In the end, Escobar beat fellow Spaniard Jose Luis Rodríguez heads-up to claim the €103,500 first-place prize.

A caterer turned poker pro, the 29-year-old Escobar began playing five years ago. Primarily a cash game player, this was his first major live tournament score.

Of note, Dutch poker journalist Remko Rinkema traded in his pen for a stack and managed to make fourth place.

Next up for the PokerStars sponsored Estrellas Poker Tour is a stop in Malaga, Spain Mar. 31- Apr.3.

Here's how the Madrid final table finished up:

1 Ricardo Escobar €103,503

2 Jose Luis Rodríguez €69,600

3 Phillip Schimmerl €39,150

4 Remko Rinkema €26,100

5 Robert James Snell €21,750

6 Valeriano Ruiz €17,400

7 Xavier Solà €13,050

8 Mathew Rainford €8,700

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