Portuguese player Oscar Gironella took the win in the World Poker Tour Prime Main Event in Madrid, Spain on Oct. 2. in Spain. Together with his first-ever tournament victory, he also pocketed a WPT Prime trophy and some prize money of $73,840. This is Gironella’s most significant win to date, and interestingly, his second major cash prize.
Adding to his winnings, Gironella earned a seat worth $10,400 at the upcoming WPT World Championship event in Wynn Las Vegas, which is slated for a little over two months from now and boasting an unprecedented $40M Guarantee.
The Madrid event itself, with a €1,100 buy-in for the no-limit hold’em game, drew a crowd. A total of 396 participants entered over three starting flights, building the prize pool to an impressive $401,434. The competition was fierce. On Day 2, the top 51, each guaranteed a minimum cash-out of $2,032.61, battled for a spot at the final table.
Starting the last day among the top nine, Gironella initially faced a challenge. He lost to Jourdan Denis early on but rebounded by doubling his chips, not once, but twice. Though Gironella took out just one player at the final table, it proved to be the game-changer. In the head-to-head finale against Juan Gonzalo Ares, Gironella overturned a chip disadvantage. The deciding moment was when Ares went all in, and Gironella’s cards delivered him a winning two pair.
Ares, despite his second-place finish, had a reason to celebrate. He took home $69,950, marking a commendable achievement, especially since he was playing on home turf in Spain.
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