PokerStars Festival has already travelled to the US, London, and the Czech Republic, but this time it was Chile’s turn to host the next event carrying the big red spade’s branding. PokerStars Festival Chile took place from May 20 to 27 at the amazing Casino Enjoy Viña del Mar in Viña del Mar with 21 events over the eight-day poker carnival.
The two marquee events on the docket were the $3,300 High Roller and the $1,650 Main Event, which featured a $500,000 guarantee.
The Main Event took place across four days of play, including two starting flights with a $1,650 buy-in, $1,500 of which went toward the prize pool. The $500,000 guarantee fell just short with 328 entries, 224 of which were unique entries. This meant that 47 players would cash the Main Event with a min-cash receiving $2,840, while the eventual champion would receive $97,360.
Latin America was well represented in this event with 133 players coming from the home nation along with 63 from Argentina. Canada saw one entry in Leor Wasserman who made the trek to South America. Wasserman was unable to make it to the end of Day 1b with a stack.
Chilean native Christopher Franco emerged victorious over Colombian Juan Sebastian Gomez in a heads-up battle for the win, trophy, and $97,360. This marks Franco’s second tournament win in as many years after winning a Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza event in 2016. Gomez managed to walk away with $61,900 for his runner-up finish.
PokerStars Festival Chile Final Table Results
|2||Juan Sebastian Gomez||Colombia||$61,900|
|3||Sergio Dario Tello||Argentina||$46,400|
The full payouts can be found at the Main Event payouts page
The second major event covered was the $3,300 High Roller. This event took place across three days of play that featured 11 total entries as play concluded at the end of Day 1. With registration open to before playing beginning on Day 2, the total entry list grew four more players to a final count of 15 total entries. This created a total prize pool of $43,650 with three players being paid out.
With the second day getting near the end of play, Argentinian rugby star Lucas Gonzalez was eliminated in third place, receiving $8,740. This left Argentinian Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez and Chile’s Rodrigo Borquez left to duke it out for the title and a first-place prize of $20,950. Fernandez jumped out to a commanding lead with about two-thirds of the chips in play, but Borquez managed to claw his way back almost level in chips by the end of the second day. The two players came back to finish what was started for a third day and, after only four hands of play on Day 3, it was Fernandez getting the better of Borquez to receive the trophy and $20,950 for the win. Borquez received $13,960 for his runner-up finish.
For more information about PokerNews’ coverage of the PokStars Festival Chile and for the full payouts please visit the PokerStars Festival Chile live reporting page.