Inaugural Lebanese Poker Championship Round-Up

Inaugural Lebanese Poker Championship Round-Up

Monday, 27 July 2009

The first ever Lebanese Poker Championship went underway at Casino du Liban, about 30 miles from capital Beirut. Participation far exceeded expectations as 207 entrants took three days to battle over a $2m prize pool.

Originally $1 million guaranteed prize pool event, the large number of entries meant that the prize pool $10,000 buy-in Main Event ballooned to over $2 million. At the end of the 3 days, Nabil Matta was crowned as the first Lebanese National Poker Champion, and took home a prize of $606,000. Omar Geadah who was eliminated in second place earned $308,000.

Matta came to the final table placed third in chips and kept his head down, grinding up a stack. Then when it got six-handed he snapped and used his stack as a vicious weapon, eliminating four of his five remaining opponents.

In the final hand, Matta called a small shove from Geadah who held Jd-5d. Matta was delighted to see an A98 flop for he had made the call with 98o. The J on the turn gave Geadah some extra outs but the rivered 3 ended the tournament.

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