November 21, 2011 11:09 ET

Latvian Wins European Masters of Poker Riga

Edgars Augstkalns Lifts EUR57,000 At Season Finale EMOP Riga After Beating 174 Opponents

DUBLIN, IRELAND--(Marketwire - Nov. 21, 2011) -

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Edgars Augstkalns from Latvia has won the sixth and final European Masters of Poker season III title topping a 175-strong field at Royal Casino Spa & Hotel, Latvia on Sunday November 20.

He took down €57,491 for his victory in the €1,650 buy-in event after chipping away at his heads up opponent Joakim Fredriksson having started out as 5-1 chip leader.

His victory was assured when the Swede bet 60,000 preflop, Augstkalns pushed all in and Fredriksson called showing Ah Kd. The Latvian turned over Kc Js and the flop fell 5c 3h 2c Jh Ks giving Augstkalns two pair and the EMOP Riga title.

The final results and payouts were:

1. Edgars Augstkalns (Latvia) -- 40.995LVL (€57,491)
2. Joakim Fredriksson (Sweden) -- 28.518LVL (€39,993)
3. Maris Keiriss (Latvia) -- 21.388LVL (€29,994)
4. Martin Dahlqvist (Sweden) -- 16.041LVL (€22,496)
5. Eduards Rakuss (Latvia) -- 10.694LVL (€14,997)
6. Simon Löfberg (Sweden) -- 8.466LVL (€11,872)
7. Anton Astapau (Bulgaria) -- 6.684LVL (€9,373)
8. Branko Stupar (Sweden) -- 5.347LVL (€7,498)
9. Kimmo Kurko (Finland) -- 4.010LVL (€5,623)

Augstkalns now joins Anders Hagen of Norway, Soren Larsen of Denmark, Abdul Atila Seiar of Romania, Jukka Koskela of Finland and Stefan Hansen of Norway as season III EMOP winners who took down titles in Barcelona, Dublin, Bulgaria, Spain and Portugal respectively.

The European Masters of Poker will return for season IV in Prague in February 2012.

Five stops on the season IV tour have been confirmed already for 2012:

Feb. 2-5: EMOP Prague, Czech Republic
Mar. 29–Apr. 1: EMOP Lisbon, Portugal
Jun. 5-12: EMOP Bulgaria
Sept. 13-16: EMOP Barcelona, Spain
Nov: EMOP Dublin, Ireland

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About European Masters of Poker

EMOP is a live poker tournament series running in Europe. EMOP gives the recreational player opportunity to play big international poker tournaments with affordable buy-in. EMOP chooses to cooperate with the best casinos in Europe to give the participants an unforgettable experience. Partners in the Entraction poker network will send at least 200 qualifiers to each event.

The European Masters of Poker gives the gaming operator a unique possibility to create ambassadors for and loyalty to their brand. EMOP is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Entraction Group. Please visit for more information.

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