Living The Dream Concludes

Living The Dream Concludes

Monday, 23 November 2015

The final instalment of the Living The Dream blog has been released and wraps up the exploits of the five qualifiers that won their CPT Punta Cana Poker Classic main event seats via Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes.

Daniel Montagnolli, one of the five players that won their seats into the Dominican Republic main event via the sites’ online qualifiers, went pretty far but none of the Living The Dream team managed an appearance on the final table.

Montagnolli began Day 2 of the main event in eighth place with 85,000 chips but ultimately came 26th and pocketed about $1,700, which he most likely spent in Punta Cana nightclubs before returning to Austria.

The CPT Punta Cana Poker Classic main event was eventually won by Arturo Morales of Costa Rica for $44,494. In August he placed fifth in a $1,500 buy-in tournament in Panama City, Panama, to bank $15,000 and has also recently cashed at events in Peru and Chile to climb to 25th on his nation’s list of all-time money winners. He hasn’t had a six-figure win since taking home $220,000 in 2002 but in 2009 he won two events at the Aruba Poker Classic for more than $80,000.

Video: Living The Dream qualifiers fail to make final table

Arturo Morales from Costa Rica won main event at the CPT Punta Cana Poker Classic for nearly $45,000.

Part of what made the CPT Punta Cana Poker Classic such an interesting trip was the other events happening at the same time including the World Swimsuit Finals and its starter parties. The $500,000 Punta Cana Classic game, which ran concurrently, also added to the excitement with Venezuelan Luis Yapez triumphant for $171,000.

There were lots of other events with buy-ins of $200 to $300, which gave attendees plenty of opportunity to take advantage of what Montagnolli thought was a pretty soft field.

Tags: Living The Dream, Dominican Republic, CPT Punta Cana Poker Classic, Intertops Poker, Juicy Stakes, Daniel Montagnolli, Punta Cana, Arturo Morales, Aruba Poker Classic, Luis Yapez, World Swimsuit Finals