On November 1 he hopes to walk away with $8 million from the Rio in Las Vegas. We’re talking about a member of the 2016 WSOP, Spaniard Fernando Pons.
More than anyone else at the Main Event finale table, Pons is going to need luck to be on his side.
With chip leader Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy with 74,600,00 chips, Pons has a tough opponent on his left side. The 37-year old Pons is last in chips with 6,150,000.
But who says this massive chip deficit can’t be overcome by the Spaniard as the odds were already against him when he made it this far in the first place.
In 2003, Chris Moneymaker had very slim odds as well of making the final table, just as Pons had. Both players strangely enough reached the Main Event by winning a cheap online satellite. Chris Moneymaker won the world’s most prestigious event already, and will Poins now join him on the list? You’ll find the answer from October 31 to November 1.
No Professional Player
Pons had only won about $10,000 in live poker tournament prior to the start of the Main Event. He is by no means a professional poker player. In real life, he works for a retail chain as an account executive.
“Pons, a married father of one, has limited live poker experience. But he has logged quite a few hours at the online tables. Although he’s a recreational player, the account executive has shown the world he has game.”
Pons eliminated the great Dan Colman in 31st place,which was perhaps his most impressive moment during his run to the final table. Leving Colman drawing to a three-outer on the turn, he trapped the 2014 WSOP Big One for One Drop winner. Pons’ hand was apparently to strong for Colman when he turned over his hand.
Battle Goes Uphill
To win this event, Pons is facing an uphill battle. He is listed a 50/1 longshot to win by BetStars, the sports betting site within PokerStars. Pons will maybe on the receiving end of some generous flops as sometimes the cards have a funny way of deciding the outcome.
Good luck to the Spaniard!