From Vancouver, Washington, American player Jaime Cervantes is on his first-ever trip to Europe. He stopped at EPT Monte Carlo before he will embark on a holiday trip to Greece. By that point, he will be six figures richer.
The 27-year-old turned pro in the fall of 2020, with typical poker beginnings leading up to the career move. Cervantes had started playing with friends while at high school, then competed in smaller buy-in events. A year-and-a-half ago, high-stakes pro Ali Imsirovic started mentoring Cervantes and offered him a chance to play higher.
Cervantes‘ breakout result came last summer at The Wynn Classic in Las Vegas; he final-tabled a $10,000 major to pick up the $289,361 seventh-place prize. Cervantes has a shot at topping that payday here in Monaco; a top-four finish would set his new career-high score. "I'm taking it one step at a time," Cervantes said, describing an approach he also needs to have on fairways; golfing is a passion he's explored in the last couple of years.
|Day 2||91,000||158 / 332|
|Day 3||204,000||61 / 85|
|Day 4||1,500,000||11 / 16|
|Day 5||4,735,000||5 / 6|