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.