Juan Gonzalez wins WPT Uruguay Main Event
Argentina’s Juan Gonzalez emerged victorious in the first-ever WPT Uruguay Main Event, presented by Brasil Poker Live. Gonzalez topped a field of 410 entries in the $1,500 buy-in event to claim the title and $109,860 first-place prize.
Gonzalez stormed to the top of the leaderboard to close out Day 2 in the WPT Uruguay Main Event. He then headed into Day 3 with the chip lead atop the final 22 players in the field. It wasn’t entirely smooth sailing for Gonzalez from there, as his chip stack went up and down as the tournament played through to the end.
Along the way, Gonzalez eliminated Miguel Brañas in third place, which was his only elimination at the final table, and took a stack of 7.55 million into heads up play. His opponent was Brazilian Kaue Vinicius De Souza, who entered the final duel with a stack of 4.2 million. Both Gonzalez and De Souza were players sent to the event by the Aconcagua Poker Network, official partner of the World Poker Tour.
On the fourth hand of heads-up play, it was all over, with Gonzalez and De Souza both picking up big pairs and getting the money in. Gonzalez’s pair was the better of the two with two jacks, and the jacks held up against the two tens for De Souza.
De Souza’s second-place finish left him with a payday of $76,960, good for the largest of his live tournament career. Winning the event etched Gonzalez’s name in the WPT history books forever, and he left with the title and $109,860 top prize. The score was the largest of his career.
The WPT Uruguay Main Event, presented by Brasil Poker Live, attracted a field of 410 entries and generated a prize pool of greater than $535,000. The top 52 players reached the money, and notables finishes were had by Day 1b chip leader Martín Vega (18th – $6,335), Jose “Nacho” Barbero (29th – $3,005), and Day 1a chip leader Matias Scaffo (45th – $2,685).
Additionally, of the 200-plus players that the Aconcagua Poker Network sent to WPT Uruguay, there were some very deep runs had. The winner, Gonzalez, was an Aconcagua Poker Network player, as was second-place finisher De Souza. Kaufman, who placed fourth in the event, was another Aconcagua Poker Network player. Other Aconcagua Poker Network players with deep runs were Jean Sierra (10th – $9,260), Felipe Sangalli Pasini (12th – $9,260), Alejandro Lopez (13th – $7,715), and Ezequiel Waigel (14th – $7,715).
Final Table Results:
- Juan Gonzalez – $109,860
- Kaue Vinicius De Souza – $76,960
- Miguel Brañas – $49,475
- Brian Kaufman – $33,045
- Mario Bonanata – $25,420
- Laura Moreno – $21,075
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