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José Ignacio Barbero

José Ignacio Barbero

Nicknamed ‘Nacho’, Jose Ignacio Barbero is one of the best poker players in Argentina with a string of top tournament results from around the world. Before taking up poker he was no stranger to high level competition, having represented the Argentinean national team in Magic: The Gathering tournaments. It was at those events he was exposed to Texas Hold’em, and after a big Magic win he was able to set himself up online, and started clocking the hours required to begin a professional poker career.

Jose plays the global live circuit. His early successes came in Europe, in the card rooms of Paris and Barcelona, before winning money in Las Vegas and going on to carve out results in his home region on the Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT). He also has two cashes at the biggest live poker tournament in the world, the World Series of Poker* $10,000 Main Event, the second of which in 2008 was a top 100 finish – 89th for $64,333. He has more than five World Series cashes, including a final table appearance in 2009, a strong record for a player that hasn’t been playing on the big stage for long. In 2010 he claimed a landmark victory when he became only the second Latin American player to win an LAPT title, when he won Season 3 LAPT Punta del Este scooping $279,330 in prize money. The good run continued later in the year when Jose won his first PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) title in May, taking home $62,780 for beating the rest of the field in the $2,100 FLHE, High-level event. Next, he scored a tournament victory in Europe, winning the first-ever event of the France Poker Series in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, good for €40,123. Then in June he took down his second successive LAPT title - playing through a field of 384 runners in Lima to win $250,000 in first place prize money. He’s the first person to achieve that feat, and winning back-to-back major tour events marks him out as one of the world’s finest players. Jose’s next big result came with a 3rd place finish in the $10,300 8-Game event in the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), good for $172,900, and his incredible year continued when he won the High Roller at EPT London, pocketing another £556,000.

Joining the PokerStars pro player roster has been a great honor for Jose. He's a regular on the LAPT and is a proud ambassador for poker in Argentina, representing his country at the biggest events worldwide. He is a member of Team PokerStars Pro and plays under the screen name ‘nachobarbero’ on the PokerStars global site, and as ‘nachoFR’ on the French license site.

Career Highlights

Event Date Position Prize
2013 WSOP $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout June 2013 5th $67,732
EPT Deauville $1,000 Pot Limit Hold'em February 2012 1st $49,318
PokerStars WCOOP $10,300 8-Game September 2010 3rd $172,900
LAPT Lima $2,700 No Limit Hold’em Main Event June 2010 1st $250,000
FPS Beaulieu-sur-Mer €1,200 No Limit Hold’em May 2010 1st $40,123
PokerStars SCOOP $2,100 FLHE (High) May 2010 1st $62,780
LAPT Punta del Este $3,700 No Limit Hold’em Main Event February 2010 1st $279,330
LAPT Mar del Plata $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event April 2009 9th $28,220
PCA $925 No Limit Hold’em January 2009 1st $73,183
LAPT Punta Del Este $1,020 Second Chance August 2008 2nd $30,000
2008 WSOP $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event July 2008 89th $64,333

*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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