A women wins the PCA Main Event 2018
582 players tried their luck at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $ 10,300 Main Event 2018, but after six long, exhausting match days, there is only one player left: Maria Lampropulos from Argentina. She was paid $ 1,081,100 for the win and also received a Platinum Pass worth $ 30,000.
It was already the second seven-figure prize money for the 36 year old, she was also the first woman to win the PCA Main Event in its 13 year history. The other million secured Lampropulos in April 2017. At the partypoker Millions live event she prevailed against 1.203 players and won $ 1.255.004.
This marks an impressive run for Lampropulos – she finished 55/341 in chips on matchday one and stormed into the top 18 on day two. For the next three days, she finished sixth, second and third ranking before finally going to the final table.
With the win, she has now recorded a total of $ 2,794,574, the results only reach back to 2014 and climbs into third place in the Argentine All Time Money ranking. In front of her are Nacho Barbero and Ivan Luca, with whom she has a relationship for a long time.
In 2016, Lampropulos and Luca played at the Eureka Poker Tour Season 6 King’s Casino Event # 8: € 1,100 NLHE head-up against each other after the other 680 players were eliminated. The two shared the rest of the prize money, Luca was awarded the title, including $ 115,649, for Lampropulos, there was $ 103,907.
Final Day/Matchday 6
On Matchday 6, it only took six hands until the first player was sent to the rail. Lampropulos raised with pocket sixes and made the call after short stack Christian Rudolph had gone all-in with ace-eight. Lampropulos flopped a set and for Rudolph the tournament ended in sixth place for $ 229,760.
Daniel Coupal, a cereal farmer from Canada, defended his big blind against World Poker Tour champion Shawn Buchanan in the 16th. Coupal had eight-four, the flop came king and Buchanan placed a bet. Coupal did not believe Buchanan and went all-in with a check-raise, but to his chagrin, Buchanan had met a king. Buchanan called the all-in, Coupal retired in fifth for $ 293,560.
Next, GPI Player of the Year 2017 and three time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Adrian Mateos had to leave the final table, he was also the last previous PokerStars Main Event winner. The Spaniard started the day as the chip leader, but he fell behind before claiming a king-high flop with ace-king against Buchanan’s flush draw. Buchanan hit one of his outs on the turn, securing Mateos’ fourth place for $ 372,600. Not a bad result, considering that Mateos spent the 5th matchday far off in last place of 18 players.
It was 3-handed for a long time, which is no surprise as two players had already played for seven figure cash. We mentioned Lampropulos’ million-dollar win at the start, with Aldemir finishing in third place for $ 2,154,265 in the WSOP $ 111,111 One Drop High Roller 2016 (and winning the Triton High Roller Series 2017 at Paranaque City for $ 1,292,509). Buchanan has already played for high six-figure sums in the past, in the WPT Mandalay Bay Poker Championship 2007, he won about $ 768,775.
In the 96th hand of the final table Koray Aldemir went all in on the button with king-seven suited, Buchanan made the call with ace-eight suited. After an eight on the flop and another on the turn Aldemir had no way to win the hand, and had to settle for a third place for $ 481,560.
Buchanan, a six-time COOP winner at PokerStars, had a 2-1 chip lead at the start of the heads-up. Not enough against Maria Lampropulos: In three hands she was twice all in, both times with overcards against Buchanan’s pocket pairs. She won both flips and was ahead of it.
In the final hand of the tournament – it was the 107th hand on the final table – Buchanan put his last five-chip chips in against King-Five as a favorite against Lampropulos’ ten-seven, but a ten on the flop destroyed his hopes. Buchanan lost three consecutive flips and dropped out in second place, but a consolation prize of $ 672,960 will certainly help him out over the painful heads-up experience.