Family man JC-TheGuide snags free PokerStars Porsche
Juan Jose Chavez started playing on PokerStars in 2006. Like anybody who plays on the world's biggest online poker site, he immediately started looking for ways to use his Frequent Player Points. He started off with cash bonuses. It was an easy way to boost his bankroll when he needed some extra cash. Soon, however, he got his feet under him. Cash bonuses didn't seem nearly as important.
"I started doing okay at the tables and I did not have the need to exchange my FPPs for bonuses anymore," he said.
He had any number of choices for what he could do with his FPPs. The PokerStars VIP Store is packed full of gadgets, electronics, books, clothing, and just about anything else a poker player could want.
But, for top players like Chavez, there was only one choice that really mattered.
"I thought it was a good idea to start saving my FPPs to get the Porsche from the VIP Club," Chavez told us this week.
Known as "JC-TheGuide" on PokerStars, Chavez is originally from Argentina but now lives in Mexico. At 34 years old, he has a lot on his plate. He's got a wife and kids to feed, a poker career to nurture, and a full hobby life of soccer, cooking, and traveling. So, after five years of serious playing, he made the decision to treat himself.
See, right now, Chavez owns a Dodge Journey (which he may or may not know is called the Dodge JC in Japan...). It's a good enough vehicle and a respectable mode of transport for a family man. But if you look in that picture up there, you'll see the car that will soon being sitting in Chavez's driveway. He went down to his local dealership to pick it out.
No, sir. He's not buying it with all his winnings. He's trading three million FPPs for it and PokerStars will cut the check. That's just how it works. It's happened before, and again, and again, and again, and again. Now, it's Chavez's turn. He's planning a holiday in celebration.
"I think I will take a vacation with my family and see how the Porsche rides on the highway," he said.
Congratulations, Mr. Chavez on your new ride. Be sure to wear your seatbelt.