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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.
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