February 07, 2012 07:21 ET

Swede Wins Season Four Opener at European Masters of Poker Prague

Nils Jarefjall Takes Down EUR 52,277 For Topping 231-Strong Field In Czech Republic

DUBLIN, IRELAND--(Marketwire - Feb. 7, 2012) -

Editors Note: There is a photo accompanying this press release.

Nils Jarefjäll from Sweden has won the first European Masters of Poker season IV title at the Card Casino in Prague, Czech Republic.

He beat 230 opponents and took down €52,277 after striking a deal heads up for €42,227 based on chip counts then winning the additional €10,000 left in the pot. His opponent Pim van Wieringen won €41,963 for finishing second in the €1,000 + €100 buy in tournament.

Van Wieringen started heads up as chip leader with just over 3 million chips to Jarefjäll's 1.5 million but after 90 minutes play the Swede had ground the Austrian down and the final hand saw van Wieringen raise with As Qh and Jarefjäll go all in with 3d 3h and get called. The board ran out 6c 5h 5c 2d 7s and EMOP found its first champion of season four from Sweden.

The final table payouts were:

1: Nils Jarefjäll (Sweden) - €52,277
2: Pim van Wieringen (Austria) - €41,963
3: Martin Safarik (Czech Republic) -- €23,560
4: Kevin Spillane (Ireland) -- €14,320
5: Pavel Býma (Czech Republic) -- €11,080
6: Roman Ondrusek (Czech Republic) -- €9,000
7: Sven Bahnsen (Germany) -- €7,850
8: Connie O'Sullivan (Ireland) -- €6,690
9: Martin Dragún (Slovakia) -- €5,540

The European Masters of Poker now gears up for stop two in Lisbon, Portugal from March 29 to April 1.

Qualification for the €1,000 + €100 buy-in main event in Lisbon is now underway on all poker sites on the IGT Poker network for as little as €2 or 200 VIP points.

There are also dozens of daily satellites feeding into the main weekly qualifiers which take place each:

Tuesday 20:40 (CET) - €75 buy in with three €2,000 packages guaranteed
Thursday 20:40 (CET) - €75 buy in with three €2,000 packages guaranteed
Sunday 20:40 (CET) - €150 buy in with four €2,000 packages guaranteed

February also sees a series of Iron Man VIP point freerolls, each with a €2,000 EMOP package up for grabs. The schedule is:

Event name: VIP-
Starting time:
Iron Man EMOP Lisbon 1 VIP1 February 1, 20:15 CET
Iron Man EMOP Lisbon 2 VIP50 February 8, 20:15 CET
Iron Man EMOP Lisbon 3 VIP10 February 16, 20:15 CET
Iron Man EMOP Lisbon 4 VIP250 February 21, 20:15 CET
Iron Man EMOP Lisbon 5 VIP500 February 26, 20:15 CET
Iron Man EMOP Lisbon 6 VIP750 February 29, 20:15 CET

For more details visit

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.

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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