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Christian de León

Christian De León

Christian de León is a poker player from Mexico. He studied Business Tourism Administration at university in Mexico City before turning pro, and also has various different business interests away from the tables. He’s now turned his attention fully to poker, and is creating waves at local live events and beyond.

His breakthrough came when he made the final table of an event at the Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) Punta del Esta festival in 2008, where he busted in 3rd for a cash of $16,400. It wasn’t a life-changing cash, but it confirmed his status as one of the best up-and-coming players from his country, and proved he has what it takes to make it on the live circuit. One of the biggest cashes of his career so far came when he travelled to The Bahamas to play at the 2009 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA). He managed to outlast many of the world’s top pros and a huge field of 1,347 runners, eventually finishing in 23rd for an impressive cash of $45,000. He’s continued to make an impact at the biggest events on the circuit, and had a good run at the 2009 World Series of Poker* in Las Vegas, cashing three times for a total of more than $18,000. In 2010 he got his first big tourney win. It was at LAPT Florianopolis, where he won the Second Chance event for $38,574. The was followed a year later by another victory in an LAPT side event, this time in Rosario, adding another $55,280 to his bankroll.

When he isn’t playing poker, Christian enjoys studying different languages and cultures, plus watching and playing sports - especially football and tennis. He is a member of Team PokerStars Pro and you can find him under the screen name ‘el grillo’.

Career Highlights

Event Date Position Prize
PokerStars WCOOP $1,050 No Limit Hold'em September 2012 4th $107,032
PCA $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event January 2012 90th $22,500
LAPT Rosario $1,850 No Limit Hold'em September 2010 1st $55,280
LAPT Florianopolis R$1,000 No Limit Hold’em Second Chance August 2010 1st $38,574
2009 WSOP $1,500 No Limit Hold’em June 2009 56th $7,237
2009 WSOP $3,000 No Limit Hold’em June 2009 60th $8,037
2009 WSOP $1,000 No Limit Hold’em May 2009 173rd $3,246
LAPT Mar del Plata $460 No Limit Hold’em April 2009 6th $2,740
PCA $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event January 2009 23rd $45,000
LAPT Punta del Esta $1,020 Second Chance August 2008 3rd $16,400

*World Series of Poker and WSOP are trademarks of Caesars License Company, LLC ("Caesars"). Caesars does not sponsor or endorse, and is not associated or affiliated with PokerStars or its products, services, promotions or tournaments.

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