Natalia Nikitina Wins World Poker Tour Paris

The World Poker Tour (WPT) isn’t as old as the World Series of Poker but it’s no spring chicken. With its first tournament having run back in 1921 it’s hard to believe that a woman had never won an open event, that is until now.

Enter Natalia Nikitina at the WPT Paris. Nikitina beat out 187 other poker players to nab first place and take home the €243,830 top prize. Nikitina who is not exactly a well-known poker pro, has one small previous cash under her belt from a European Poker Tour event.

The only notable poker pro near the finish was Sam Tricket, who, it should be noted, is having an amazing year in tournament poker so far.

The final results came as a bit of a surprise as Tricket sat with the second most chips as the field was reduced to the final 10 players. Tricket had just come off a big win in the Aussie Millions $100K Challenge and second place in the $250K Super High Roller event in January. Hence the shock when he imploded and doubled up three other players as the field was reduced to the last eight that would comprise the Final Table which he entered in seventh place. From there he managed to hang on for a bit before being eliminated in sixth place for €43,545 bringing his 2011 total tournament winnings to a whopping $2,892,889.

The final table payouts ended up as follows: 1. Natalia Nikitina €243,830, 2. Alexandre Brivot €174,170, 3. Jean-Louis Tepper €113,210, 4. Benjamin Pollak €69,670, 5. Tobias Wagner €52,250, 6. Sam Trickett €43,545, 7. Ingo Paulus €34,835 and 8. Nicolo Calia €26,120.

But you don’t need to be a sexy Russian woman to win a poker tournament, although it probably doesn’t hurt. If you’re looking to qualif

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