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Maria Lampropulos becomes first female player to take down PCA Main Event for $1,081,100
Posted by Defrag, January 15
Maria Lampropulos became the first female ever to ascend to the throne at PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA). The 36-year-old from Buenos Aires, Argentina conquered the 2018 Main Event for a whopping $1,081,100 first prize.

Lampropulos lifted the trophy after beating a 582-strong field, claiming the prestigious title along with a Platinum Pass to the 2019 PokerStars Players NL Hold'em Championship (PSPC).

"I feel very, very happy. I know that it's incredible. It's great," the queen of PCA 2018 said.

Lampropulos is the second Latin-American champion of a PokerStars flagship event in history and first in almost seven years, following 2011 European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final winner Ivan Freitez.

Lampropulos triumphed in a spectacular fashion, coming back from a short stack during three-handed play against Shawn Buchanan and Koray Aldemir. She patiently nursed her belongings, waiting for a moment to make her move. Lampropulos eventually correctly called off with king-high when Aldemir put her at risk with queen-high. The board stayed on her side, and Lampropulos then found her way to a heads-up against Buchanan.

She was still a huge underdog, given the spread of the chips. Buchanan was a two-to-one favourite and stretched the lead even further but Lampropulos was relentless. S...

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