Sebastian Gaviño Beats Record South American Field to Secure Platinum Pass
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The BSOP Millions, billed as the biggest poker tournament ever held in the Southern Hemisphere BSOP, concluded yesterday with the awarding of another Platinum Pass to the PokerStars Players Championship in August next year.
In the end it was Peruvian Sebastian Gaviño who defeated Brazilian Gabriel Finetto heads-up to win R$132,570 (~$31,757) and the Platinum Pass worth an additional $30,000.
The tournament attracted a total of 4,142 entries, making it not only the biggest tournament in BSOP history, but the largest poker tournament ever held in South America.
The Platinum Pass will not only see him take a seat in the €22,500 buy-in PSPC, but also gives him six nights accommodation for him and one guest, airport transfer, custom PSPC merchandise and €1,250 in expenses.
Andre Akkari’s Road To PSPC Final Table Results
|Place||Player||Country||Prize (BRL)||Prize (USD)|
|1||Sebastian Gaviño||Peru||R$ 132,570*||$31,757*|
*denotes heads-up deal
currency conversions correct as of 12th December 2019
With PokerStars Ambassadors Chris Moneymaker and Andre Akkari on hand to award him the Platinum Pass, Gaviño said his victory was "a dream come true."
“I really wanted to win the Platinum Pass to the PokerStars Players Championship in Barcelona, and thank God, my dream came true,” Gaviño told the PokerStars Blog. “This victory is the best thing that has happened in my life. So far I had not lived anything like it.”
According to updates, the pivotal hand came five-handed where Gaviño held pocket aces in a three-way all in, resulting in him acquiring 75% of the chips in play. Heads-up Finetto battled in vain but the Peruvian held out to secure victory, becoming the latest recipient of a Platinum Pass.
Recent Platinum Pass Winners
PokerNews has been on hand at several tournaments recently where players have walked away with Platinum Passes. Click on a link below to check the live updates from the event!
- Andrew Barham - winner of Moneymaker's Road to PSPC 2020 - Hippodrome London
- Daniel Stancer - winner of Moneymaker's Road to PSPC 2020 - Newcastle
- Valdir Santos - winner of Moneymaker's Road to PSPC 2020 - London
- Victor Antoci (pictured) - winner of Moneymaker's Road to PSPC 2020 - Dublin
Future Opportunities to Win Platinum Passes
The PokerStars Blog has a dedicated page detailing future chances for players to get their hands on a coveted Platinum Pass, with plenty more opportunities before the end of 2019!
- 8th December - PSPC Mega Path Final
- 11th December - EPT Prague VIP Tournament winner
- 12th December - EPT Prague Main Event Online qualifier
- 14th December - Chase Your Dream - EPT Prague
- 15th December - PSPC Mega Path Final
- 15th December - Moneymaker's Road to PSPC Florida
- 20th December - University Championship Paris
- 20th December - Road to PSPC Paris
- 20th December - PSPC Mega Path Final
Will Shillibier is based in the United Kingdom. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a B.A. in German, and then studied for a NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism at Sportsbeat in Manchester. He previously worked as a freelance live reporter, and video presenter for the World Poker Tour.