Guillermo Olvera takes down 2013 Punta Cana Poker Classic
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Mexican poker player Guillermo Olvera has won the 2013 Punta Cana Poker Classic along with a $171,000 top prize. He beat out a 490-player field to win the popular Dominican Republican-based tournament.
Plenty of professional players made their way to the Hard Rock Hotel to compete in this event. However, as the tourney got into the later stages, it was mostly amateurs chasing the title. Such was the case with Leo Otazo, who was leading the nine-player final table with over 2.4 million chips.
Olvera (fourth) and Jonathan Iavouelli (eighth) were also in the mix when the final table was formed. All three players would survive until the end of the tournament.
Iavouelli would be the first to go out in three-handed play as he went all-in with pocket 6's, only to run into Otazo's pocket kings. This left Otazo and Olvera to battle heads-up for the win.
Both players were almost even in chips, which is a big reason why heads-up play lasted two hours. With Otazo down in chips, he shoved with Qd-2d on a flop of Td-3-4d. But Olvera called with a better drawing hand (Kd-7d), and the turn and river produced 6c and As, respectively. This meant Olvera won with king-high and took down his first major tournament title.
What's interesting about the Mexico native's victory is how little live tourney experience he had beforehand. Coming into the 2013 Punta Cana Classic, Olvera had just under $39k in career winnings. Now, thanks to his latest score, Olvera has $210k in tournament winnings.