"Madrid is My New Favourite Stop!" says 888poker Team Pro Ana Marquez

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888poker Team Pro Ana Marquez reflects on the 888poker LIVE Festival Madrid

888poker kicked off 2020 with the 888poker LIVE Festival Madrid, with Italy's Marco Biavaschi emerging triumphant over a field of 1,067 players.

He won €150,000 after defeating Daniyar Aubakirov heads-up, with the Kazakh player taking home €105,000.

In the wake of this successful start to the New Year, PokerNews spoke with 888poker Team Pro Ana Marquez all about the festival and how she felt it went in her home country of Spain.

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Marquez sits 11th on the Spanish all-time money list, but failed to add to her lifetime cashes of over $1.8 million in Madrid. However, that didn't stop her from enjoying herself at the Gran Casino Via.

"The casino was so great," Marquez told PokerNews. "I think right now I have to put Madrid up there as my new favourite stop!

Ana Marquez in action at the 2020 888poker LIVE Madrid Festival
Ana Marquez in action at the 2020 888poker LIVE Madrid Festival

"The casino is in an old historic building and is really cute. There's a nice hotel and it's in the best spot in the city - right in the center! You walk outside and you're literally walking around the heart of the city."

In the past, Marquez has played on numerous occasions in Madrid, but none of those venues come close to the Gran Casino Via.

"I have good memories from the other locations, but they're not nearly as good as the new location. I think it changes the whole experience."

888poker have several events left on the 2020 calendar including their upcoming event in Bucharest, but Marquez is still relishing memories of her time in the Spanish capital, mainly due to some extra special people on the rail!

"It was awesome - there's nothing better than to play with your family around!"

Marco Biavaschi wins 2020 888poker LIVE Madrid Main Event
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Based in the United Kingdom, Will started working for PokerNews as a freelance live reporter in 2015 and joined the full-time staff in 2019. He now works as Managing Editor. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a B.A. in German. He also holds an NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism.

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