Sports Round-Up: Money and More Money
Estonian poker player Madis Müür has walked away with fourth place and 425,000 euros from a tournament in the Bahamas.
Müür lead the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure when entering the last table on Monday but lost an all-in to Polish player Dominik Panka, Õhtuleht reported today.
The 27-year-old Müür's previous largest win was only 58,980, but with the fourth place prize money he overtakes Imre Leibold as the highest earning Estonian poker player.
Eesti Päevaleht reported today that Raul Olle, the retired cross-country skier who has been named in connection with a doping scandal developing since mid-December, had transferred a total of 60,000 kroons (3,830 euros) not just 10,000 kroons (670 euros) as first thought, to the doctor who admitted administering performance enhancing drugs to athletes.
Olle, who took part in two Olympic games but won no medals, initially said he did not remember transferring the money in the beginning of the 00s, but later said it was a loan to the doctor, Vitali Bernatski.
He refused to explain the new sum, saying he will talk only to the committee set up to investigate the doping allegations.
Estonian motorcyclists Toomas Triisa and Mart Meeru have made it past the halfway mark in the Dakar Rally, an extreme competition that has already proved too much for a majority of starters. The two are participating in the motorcycle class of the 13-day competition, and are the first Estonians in nine years to take on the challenge.
Meeru is currently in 46th place out of 83, although 175 motorcyclists began the race, with Triisa a few places behind in 63rd.
The race, which takes place in South America, not Africa where Dakar is located, finishes on January 18.