Nacho Barbero

Good riddance to a bad end of the year

At the beginning of autumn, I had big plans. I was not only going to play a full load of WCOOP events, but I had a lot of European live tournaments on my schedule. I hoped to get a good start in the WCOOP, but I had an awful run, one of the worst in my life. I played 20-30 tournaments a day, every d...more

by Jose Barbero on December 30, 2013 10:05 AM

The wedding dash

I decided to play the WPT event at the Seminole Hard Rock for two reasons. One was the $10 million guarantee and the other was because I promised Vanessa Selbst I would go to her wedding. The tournament was in Miami and it had three Day Ones (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday). Vanessa was getting marr...more

by Jose Barbero on December 4, 2013 2:45 AM

When only your A-game will do

The WSOP this year was a winning series for me. When I last checked in with you guys, I had just made 5th place in the $1,500 NLHE shootout for $67,000. It really sucked not getting that bracelet - winning is so much of what tournament poker is about for me - but at least it was enough money to fund...more

by Jose Barbero on September 4, 2013 7:38 AM

Why Vegas matters to me

Last year I ran so bad at the World Series of Poker. One of the very first events I played was the $5,000 Seven Card Stud. There were 145 entries and 16 set to make the money. I finished 19th, right near the bubble. That was the story of my summer. I bubbled so many events and didn't cash once. Ov...more

by Jose Barbero on July 5, 2013 8:22 AM

A $16,000 dealer mistake

I had a pretty good March. I final tabled an LAPT event in Chile and a tournament in Panama, and I won an FTOPS event on Full Tilt Poker. All told I cleared $250,000 in tournament winnings. It started with LAPT6 Chile. This was the first LAPT event that used a re-entry system. I love the new system...more

by Jose Barbero on June 3, 2013 10:58 AM

Playing for myself

Earlier this year I spent 45 days away from Argentina. Back in 2010 or 2011, that would have been one of my shorter trips. These days, 45 days seems like a long time to be on the road. It got me thinking about selling action and taking backing. During my trip, I made five stops: Rio de Janeiro, the...more

by Jose Barbero on March 12, 2013 7:16 AM

The luck of Ludovic

I had a horrible downswing after the World Series. Not only was I running bad, but the variance was pretty whack. I was feeling pretty awful as I got ready to travel to the EPT San Remo but once I got there, something clicked inside of me and everything changed. I was playing my A-game and went deep...more

by Jose Barbero on January 2, 2013 6:21 AM

Sharing an Argentine Experience with Nacho Barbero

By Nacho Barbero It has been an interesting last couple of months. Probably the most interesting -- and fun -- moment came when my friend and fellow Argentine Leo Fernandez won the LAPT Panama event back at the end of September. When the LAPT announced it was going to Panama for the first time in...more

by Jose Barbero on November 10, 2012 9:01 AM