Argentina is not exactly known as a poker-champion factory; in fact, they’ve never even had a WSOP winner. But that all changed in the 2015 WSOP Event #30 tournament, with Argentina’s Franco Ivan Luca winning a $1k NL Hold’em event along with $353,391.
Luca definitely picked a good tourney to make his country proud in since he faced off against a massive field of 2,150 players. He also battled through a very competitive final table that dragged on for hours. Luca’s head-up battle against Artur Rudziankov was no different, with play lasting an extra day because of this see-saw affair. But in the end, the 23-year-old emerged victorious along with a bracelet in his first-ever trip to the WSOP.
Despite never having been to the world’s biggest poker event before this year, Luca is definitely well versed in the game. He started playing online poker as a teenager, then, upon turning 21, he moved to Italy and began playing in EPT tourneys. And just recently, Luca decided that he’s earned enough money through live and online poker to take a stab at the 2015 WSOP.
“I took it very steady, one step at a time,” he said through a translater. “I built my bankroll. This was the first year I had enough money and confidence to take a shot at the WSOP.”
It’s a guarantee that Luca is happy over his decision to travel to Las Vegas and compete on poker’s biggest stage. And with over half of the 68 tournaments still left to play, it’ll be interesting to see what else Luca can do now that he’s here.
2015 WSOP Event #30 $1k NLHE Final Table Results
1. Franco Ivan Luca – $353,391
2. Artur Rudziankov – $219,976
3. Travis Case – $152,907
4. Pierre Horaud – $110,123
5. Bruce Angeski – $80,485
6. David Chase – $59,538
7. Viliyan Petleshkov – $44,622
8. Kai Yang – $33,868
9. Omri Sabach – $26,008