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Mansour Matloubi, the First Non-American Who Won World Series of Poker

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Mansour Matloubi is an Iranian representative of the best poker players in the world. As he was very active and quite aggressive during the World Series of Poker in 1990, his victory was not unexpected. He was one of 194 players that year at the tournament. He also was the last winner of such event, who won less than a million dollars. And it was the last event, when there were less than 200 participants.

He repeated his way to the final table in 1993 but landed on the fourth place. He was kicked off by the winner of the tournament Jim Bechtel. And now you won't meet him at some events in the United States. The thing is that he likes playing in good old Europe. But once in 2001 he showed up on the horizon and finished his game in the money in 8 events in North America.

Matloubi lived for several years in Las Vegas, where he played live games at the Mirage. Mirage was the hot spot of poker in 1990s.

In 2009 his winnings were about $1,900,000. He now lives in London. His names will be always associated with the beginning of the poker boom not only in the USA but also in the whole world.

The Desert Poker Classic (No Limit Hold'em)3rd $3,298 2001
The Desert Poker Classic (Pot Limit Hold'em)3rd $1,048 2001
The Desert Poker Classic (Limit 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo)3rd $931 2001
1st Annual World Poker Challenge (Pot Limit Omaha)3rd $19,788 2001
California State Poker Classic (Main Event - No Limit Hold'em)2nd $29,070 2000
Poker Classic (Pot Limit Hold'em)3rd $5,100 1997
Hall of Fame Poker Classic (7 Card Stud)2nd $34,500 1994
Diamond Jim Brady (No Limit Hold'em)3rd $49,200 1994
25th Annual World Series of Poker (Limit 7 Card Stud)2nd $67,800 1994
Winnin 'o' the Green (No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo)3rd $3,264 1994
Winnin o the Green (No Limit Hold'em)2nd $8,650 1994
Jim Brady Tournament (No Limit Hold'em)2nd $160,000 1990
21st Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP World Championship - No Limit Hold'em)1st $835,000 1990
21st Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP No Limit Hold'em)3rd $65,000 1990