Cristian Vilches and Jose Barbero Keep WPT Argentina Titles on Home Turf

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Brasil Poker Live’s WPT Argentina at Casino Iguaźu wrapped up its five-event schedule this week. In the Main Event, an up-and-coming Argentinean showed off his poker chops, while in the High Roller an establish veteran showed why he’s one of his country’s best.

Prior to winning the WPT Argentina Main Event, the biggest score of Cristian Vilches’ career was $56,094 for finishing runner-up in the 2016 Circuito Argentino de Poker Main Event. (Image: WPT DeepStacks)

Argentina’s Rising Star

The WPT Argentina $1,500 Main Event attracted 327 entries and created a $404,417 prize pool, which was distributed to the top 41 players. Among those to cash were Leonardo Lisi (12th for $6,835), Joao Dauer (25th for $2,845), former WSOP November Niner Bruno Politano (28th for $2,845), and Gustavo Muddolom (41st for $2,495).

When the final table rolled around, Cristian Vilches sat third in chips among the final eight players. He eventually made it to heads-up play against Oscar Ferreyra, who began the final table as the chip leader.

In the final hand of the tournament, Ferreyra got his shorter stack in with the A♦6♠ and was looking to hold against the J♦7♦ of Vilches. He did so on both the 2♣K♥9♦ flop and Q♠ turn, but then the 7♥ spiked on the river to give Vilches a winning pair. Ferreyra had to settle for second place and a $56,675 consolation prize.

The win was the largest of Vilches’ career. Other highlights on his poker résumé include runner-up in the 2016 Circuito Argentino de Poker Main Event for $56,094, eighth in the 2017 WSOP International Circuit Argentina for $14,530, and 16th in the 2017 BSOP Foz do Iguacu High Roller for $4,107.

WPT Argentina Final Table Results
1 Cristian Vilches $84,992
2 Oscar Ferreyra  $56,675
3 Daniel Klachuk  $41,580
4 Affif Prado $30,895
5 Raul Manzano  $23,250
6 Martín Piñeiro  $17,725
7 José Latorraca  $13,690
Luiz Montagna  $10,715

Old Dog, New Trick

The other big event on the WPT Argentina schedule was the $3,000 buy-in High Roller, which attracted 84 runners (51 unique entries, 33 rebuys at $2,000 each) and created a $219,000 prize pool.

“Nacho” Barbero (Image: WPT)

The top 11 spots were paid, and among those to cash but fall short of the final table were Raúl Doutreleau (11th for $4,830), David Santarelli (10th for $4,830), and Armando Collado (9th for $5,505).

The title came down to Argentina pro Jose “Nacho” Barbero, formerly of PokerStars and now representing Aconcagua Poker, and Brazil’s Ivonir Bento. The two opted to strike a deal that saw the Brazilian take home $45K and Barbero $50,708 and the title.

The win brought Barbero’s lifetime earnings up to $3,704,003, which keeps him in second place on Argentina’s all-time poker money list, behind Ivan Luca.

It was just the latest win for Barbero in his home country. Back in November, he won the Circuito Argentino de Poker ARS$20,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $47,846, and before that took down a different Circuito Argentino de Poker in July for $39,271.

Also cashing the WPT Argentina High Roller in third place for $24,725 was Argentina’s Andres Korn, a 2017 World Series of Poker bracelet winner and the inaugural WPT National Thailand Main Event champ. He also finished 23rd in the Main Event for $3,290. The only other player to cash both the High Roller and Main Event was Rogerio Siqueira, who finished fifth in the former for $15,065 and 33rd in the latter for $2,495.

High Roller Final Table Results
1 Jose Barbero $50,708*
2 Ivonir Bento $45,000*
3 Andres Korn $24,725
4 Juan Francisco Barattini $19,025
5 Rogerio Siqueira $15,065
6 Alexis Martínez $11,785
7 Roberto Duek $9,270
8 Ivo Chiodi $7,245

*Denotes a heads-up deal

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