In total, the first-ever World Poker Tour (WPT) tournament in Uruguay attracted 410 participants, more than two hundred of whom, including the future Champion, Argentine player Juan Gonzalez, qualified for participation in tournaments held by the poker the Aconcagua network. The tournament process was broadcast by the regional network of the international television channel FOX Storts. The main WPT partners in organizing this event were Brasil Poker Live and the Aconcagua Poker Network. The prize money for the winner of the main event of the tournament was $ 109,860. The prize money was the third in Mr. Gonzales’s poker career, most recently finishing 49th in the 2012 European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final in Monte Carlo.
The event included many poker celebrities from South America including Mario Bonanata, winner of the Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP) High Roller in February this year, and Brian Kaufman Esposito (Uruguay) that hit the PokerStars Championship in Barcelona earlier this year after making his way to the finals of the main event of the tournament as well as the National Championship, which ultimately earned him over half a million euros in prize money.
The final game of the tournament’s main event featured six players, with Brazilian player Cau Vinicius de Sousa taking the lead with 4.5 million in chips, 1.5 million more than his closest rival, Brian Kaufman. The first finalist to leave the game was Laura Moreno, who lost an ace and ten to Mr. Kaufman’s queen and five. Miss Moreno finished in sixth place and received a cash prize of $ 21,075. It was followed by Mr. Bonanata in fifth place with a prize of $ 25,420, whose ace and jack lost to the full house combination of Mr. de Sousa. Fourth place and a prize of $ 33,045 went to Mr. Kaufman, who lost in opposition to Mr. de Sousa. Last, before the heads-up of the tournament, Miguel Branas left the game, whose ace and jack lost to the queen and five of Mr. Gonzales. Mr. Branas finished third for $ 49,475.
At the start of the duel, Mr. Gonzales’ stack was almost double that of Mr. de Sousa, so it’s no surprise that the heads-up lasted only four hands. At the decisive moment, the flop came an ace, a king and a three, the turn a seven, and the river a queen, while Mr. de Sousa had a pair of pocket tens and Mr. Gonzales had a pair of pocket jacks that brought him the victory. Mr. de Sousa had to settle for second place and a prize of $ 76,960.