Maria Lampropulos Outplays 581 Players To Win 2018 PCA Main Event

Posted by Carolyn on Jan 17, 2018 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

Argentinean poker pro Maria Lampropulos created a new record in the poker world by becoming the first woman to win the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) Main Event. The PCA is one of the most popular poker events on the global circuit and it always takes place in the month of January. The Main Event is the highlight of the PCA as there is usually a massive amount of guaranteed prize money up for grabs.

Lampropulos Starts 2018 With A Million Dollar Cash-Out

The $10,300 PCA Main Event attracted a total of 582 players and the ensured that the 2018 PCA Main Event will have another massive guaranteed prize pool. The no-limit hold’em Main Event went on for six days and came down to a final table of six players. The 36-year old Lampropulos started out in slow fashion but picked up momentum with each passing day and in the end went through 581 players to win the PCA Main Event and cash-out with $1,081,100 in prize money.  Along with her million dollar prize, she also picked up a $30,000 Platinum Pass to the PokerStars’ Players Championships which will take place next January.

This is not the first time that the Argentinean has won a major event. In April 2017, she beat a field of 1,204 in the partypoker Millions Live event and walked away with $1,255,004.  She has had two million dollar cash-outs in the space of 12 months and this puts her in third place on the Argentinean all-time money list, behind her longtime boyfriend Ivan Luca.

Lampropulos Path To Victory At 2018 PCA

Lampropulos had 55/341 in chips on Day 1 but picked up her game on Day 2 and managed to break into the top 18. On Day 2, she consolidated her position near the top when she claimed the sixth spot in terms of total chips. She did well on Day 4 and finished in second place but then dropped a few spots on Day 5 and finished in third place.  The final six players had to battle it out on Day 6 and Lampropulos was up for the challenge.

Apart from Lampropulos, the other five players at the final table included Canadians Shawn Buchanan and Daniel Coupal, Germans Koray Aldemir and Christian Rudolph, and Spaniard Adrian Mateos. This was a stellar line up of poker pros as Mateos finished 2017 as the Global Poker Index Player of the Year, Shawn Buchanan is a World Poker Tour (WPT) champ and Aldemir cashed out $2,154,265  at the 2016 WSOP $111,111 One Drop High Roller. Lampropulos did not let any of these poker pros intimidate and get the better of her as she held her nerve to battle to have a final showdown with Buchanan. She ended up winning after going through over a100 hands and was delighted with her performance.

In a statement, Lampropulos said “It’s magic. It’s a dream. It’s incredible. Sometimes they tell you that have to visualize that you, for example, winning the tournament or holding the trophy and I always try to do that, and it works.”

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