PokerStars Festival Marbella: Final table player profiles
We've just lost Mazvydas Simaitis in 10th place, which means we have an unofficial final table forming right now. With no further ado, let me introduce you to the final nine in the PokerStars Festival Marbella Main Event.
Coming into the final day as the chip leader with 6.1 million, Fernando Curto is a 44-year-old amateur from Salamanca. He's been playing poker for a decade now, and back in 2013 he made the final table of the UKIPT Marbella Main Event. He finished eighth then for €12,820, and he's already matched that here today. So whatever happens, this will be Curto's biggest career win.
The 26-year-old from Bilbao comes into the final day second in chips, having bagged up 3.7 million last night. He's a professional online player who focuses on Spin & Gos and Multi-table tournaments (MTTs), and he's part of a growing Spanish poker community. Away from the felt, football is his passion.
José Carlos López
Whilst he's usually a professional online cash game player, José Carlos López has proved he's pretty good at live tournaments too. The 38-year-old's biggest career finish came when he finished 4th in a Eureka Poker Tour event in Croatia. Interestingly, he moved to live in Columbia between 2014-2016 where he played live cash games.
Hailing from Madrid, Ignacio Bárcenas is a 33-year-old who has been a professional online poker player for eight years. He's pretty good at it too, having finished as the biggest winner on the PokerStars.es leaderboard in 2016.
Ignacio López de Maturana
Also from Madrid, Ignacio López de Maturana is admittedly an amateur player who has been playing the game for six years. The 29-year-old has had some success, having taken down the biggest weekly tournament online on PokerStars.es. By day though, he works as a tax assistant.
The biggest name left in the field is undoubtedly Leo Margets. With $870K in live tournament winnings, her biggest career cash to date came back in 2009 at the World Series of Poker Main Event. She finished 27th that year for a cool $352K. Since then, the 33-year-old pro has been a regular on the PokerStars live circuit. She's still seeking her first big title though; could this be the one?
Marco Paul Lander
Hailing from Switzerland, Marco Paul Lander is a 28-year-old amateur. We don't know much else about the man other than he loves sports and has been playing poker for five years.
The only Brit left in the tournament is 30-year-old John Divers from Glasgow, Scotland. He's an amateur who is already guaranteed his best ever poker win, wherever ends up finishing. Oh, and he loves cars.
The only Italian remaining is Fabrizio Privitena, a 24-year-old online pro who held the chip lead at several stages yesterday. After two years in poker he focuses on online MTTs, in which his biggest win was $22K.
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Jack Stanton is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.