A record field of 4,142 entrants in the Poker Millions Brazilian Series event saw Peruvian player Sebastian Gaviño win a PokerStars Platinum Pass as he pulled down the game, beating home country favourite Gabriel Finetto heads-up after a deal.
With the gargantuan turn-out guaranteeing the biggest field ever for Brazilian and South American poker, the prizes on the line for the winner were made so much larger by the weight of the additional on the line Platinum Pass.
Sebastian Gaviño earned around $31,757 by getting the better of Finetto, but the Platinum Pass was worth an extra $30,000, almost double the winnings of the Peruvian. As well as his € 22,500 entry into Barcelona’s much-discussed event, Gaviño also locked up a six-night stay for him and a guest as well as those all-important airport transfers, plus € 1,250 spending.
If there was one hand that established the route of the Peruvian to Barcelona, then it was the one that finally dragged in five handed. Gaviño was all-in along with two other games, dealt pocket aces, and took the pot to end the hand with 75% of the chips in play. Gaviño and Finetto made a deal with two players left, but he used his chip lead to grind down the favoured home and move to Barcelona, meeting Andre Akkari and Chris Moneymaker, who gave him the title.
Gaviño subsequently spoke of his achievement to the PokerStars team and how they had made his dream come true.
“I really wanted to win the Platinum Pass to the PokerStars Players Championship in Barcelona, and thank God, my dream came true. This victory is the best thing that has happened in my life,” he said.
Gaviño, like the rest of the players, fancy his chances as he meets six other champions in Barcelona. To date, the PSPC has seen some less experienced players advance to the final event, which is building up to have even more of an amateur quotient than it did last year.
Getting the opportunity to give a few players a fairy tale win is one thing, but if things progress as they have so far, it could be a case of thousands of fortunate golden ticket holders grasping their entrance to the Willy Wonka chocolate factory’s poker counterpart in 2020.
The next stop on the PSPC tour is back in the hands of Chris Moneymaker as he travels to Florida on December 15th to crown his final winner of the PSPC Road. With the now-abandoned Stones Gambling Hall leg no longer taking place in January, we’re going to have another golden ticket winner to report before Christmas, and a New Year where many amateur and recreational players have a very special dream on their wish list.