Argentina’s Maria Lampropulos has captured already her poker career’s second seven-figure score after winning the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $10,300 Main Event for $1,081,100
At the same time, the 36-year-old Lampropulos made poker history by becoming the first female pro to win the PCA Main Event. Lampropulos’ rise to the top has been fast, as she has now nearly $2,8 million in total live tournament cashes since 2014, when she first burst onto the live poker scene.
Amazingly, this wasn’t even Lampropulos’ first seven-figure score as some of our readers might remember she also won the partypoker Millions Live Dusk Till Dawn last year for $1,255,004.
The 2018 PCA Main Event final table was not an easy one as it featured players like Adrian Mateos, Koray Aldemir and the runner-up Shawn Buchanan. However, after starting the final table 3rd in chips, Lampropulos made her way eventually to the heads-up play against Shawn Buchanan, better known as “buck21” on PokerStars.
As always, you need your fair share of luck to win a tournament, and Lampropulos managed to win two crucial all-ins during her heads-up play against Buchanan, as PokerStars Blog explains:
That gave Buchanan a massive heads-up chip lead, but again Lampropulos would simply not be shifted. She doubled up once, with A♥8♠ to Buchanan’s 4♠4♥. She doubled up twice, with A♥T♣ against Buchanan’s 9♥9♣.
And the third time they got it all-in, it was Buchanan who was under threat. Lampropulos won this one as well, flopping a pair of tens and holding against Buchanan’s pair of fives.
In addition to the +$1 million first-place prize, Lampropulos also won a $30,000 Platinum Pass to compete in the $9 million-added PSPC next year.
2018 PCA Main Event Results
Dates: January 8-14, 2018
Prize pool: $5,645,400