Valentin Messina, 34, first came to fame when he beat Freddy Deeb heads-up in the France Poker Tour in 2010 for €131,780. The 34-year-old poker pro, originally from France, has been living in Malta for the last 18 months. He wasn’t originally planning to compete in the Main Event but was talked in to it by other friends in Malta who had won their seats online.
He sold a percentage of himself and decided to buy in after all. Obviously it proved a wise decision. Messina, a former Supernova on PokerStars.fr, has been a Poker Coach Academy coach for several years. He now mainly plans online cash games and only plays tournaments on Sunday - that said, he won the Sunday Warm-up last October for €84K after cutting a deal heads up.
*Bio courtesy of the EPT.