From the 122 players that turned up at Casino Estoril in Lisbon, the player with the biggest smile at the end of the tournament was JoÃ£o Ramos.
Casino Estoril launched this year the "Casino Estoril Poker Championship 2008", which includes 10 x â‚¬110 buy-in No Limit Hold'em events, and will culminate in December with the Main Event being a â‚¬330 event.
These tournaments will be played on the last Wednesday of each month from January until October 2008.
Casino Estoril is the biggest Casino in Europe, with more slot machines than any other, and has the best conditions I have ever seen to host a World Class poker tournament, with a beautiful lobby that could have more than 50 tables at the same time.
Last December we had the http://eu.pokernews.com/news/2007/20/portugal-pokeropen.htm Casino Estoril Poker Open â€“ PT.PokerNews a â‚¬220 buy-in event with 171 players.
With a â‚¬110 buy-in, 4000 starting chips and blinds rising every 25 minutes, this would be a fast structure, and was played in 8 hours on Wednesday January 30th.
The Heads-Up was played between JoÃ£o Ramalho and HÃ©lder Roque.
1Âº - JoÃ£o Ramos â‚¬2.562
2Âº - HÃ©lder Roque â‚¬1.830
3Âº - Alberto Cardoso â‚¬1.220
4Âº - Ricardo Carlos â‚¬647
5Âº - Jorge Ventura â‚¬598
6Âº - Nuno Geraldes â‚¬586
7Âº - Paulo Castelo â‚¬573
8Âº - Filipe "Filpac" Pacheco â‚¬561
9Âº - LuÃs Filipe Pereira â‚¬549
10Âº - Daniel Ferreira â‚¬537
11Âº - Ruben Aires â‚¬366
12Âº - AnÃbal Figueiredo â‚¬317
13Âº - Eduardo Freitasâ‚¬293
14Âº - JoÃ£o Barreto â‚¬281
15Âº - SÃ©rgio Fernandes â‚¬244
16Âº - LuÃs Antunes â‚¬232
17Âº - Alexandre Carrasco â‚¬220
18Âº - Manuel Ramos â‚¬207
19Âº - Ricardo Campos â‚¬195
20Âº - Francisco Castro â‚¬183
First 3 players received entry to December Final with a â‚¬330 buy-in.
Next stage will be held on February 27th.