Maria Lampropulos: Nine Months Two Million

Maria Lampropulos must be the owner of one of the most impressive learning curves in poker.

Back in November 2014 the Argentine cashed in her first tournament. It was the R$3000 BSOP Millions Main Event in Sao Paulo, and Lampropulos wound up taking 188th place for R$ 7,350 ($2,913).

Since then there has been only one way for Lampropulos: UP! Some of her accomplishments include:


  • Runner-up in the Women’s Event at PCA 2015 for $6,420
  • 1st in a $600 LAPT Event in March 2015 for $12,347
  • Runner-up in WPT National Brussels in February 2016 for $75,067
  • Runner-up in Eureka Main Event in Rozvadov in March 2016 for $103,907
  • 1st in partypoker MILLIONS in Nottingham in April 2017 for £1,000,000 ($1,255,004)
  • 33th in WSOP Europe Main Event in November 2017 for $26,639

Not to mention all the top 10 finishes around the globe! Winning the partypoker MILLIONS in Nottingham for a cool one million pounds sterling was of course the highlight of Lampropulos’ career until now. Another was playing heads-up versus her boyfriend, WSOP bracelet winner Ivan Luca, in the Eureka Main Event final.

Winning one million in a tournament is every poker player’s dream. Winning one million twice and within just 9 months is surreal. But yesterday Lampropulos did just that when she took down the 2018 PCA Main Event for $1,081,100. The Argentine is the first woman to win the event in its 13-year history.

Lampropulos topped a stacked final table that included three-time WSOP bracelet winner Adrian Mateos, German high roller Koray Aldemir, and WPT winner Shawn Buchanan. Heads-up Lampropulos defeated Buchanan even though he held a 2-1 chip lead going into heads-up play. After two double ups, Lampropulos had gained the chip lead, and in the final hand she called Buchanan’s shove with ten-seven vs. his king-five. When a ten hit the flop and Buchanan failed to improve, Lampropulos was crowned PCA Main Event Champion.

Huge congrats to Lampropulos on a very inspiring and impressive performance. Taking Maria Konnikova’s win into account too (PCA National Championship) it has truly been a historic PCA for women poker players that bodes well for the rest of the year.

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