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Chilean chalks up WSOP seat win at Ladbrokes
On June 14, Ladbrokes Poker offered up two World Series of Poker* prize packages exclusively for PokerListings.com players in a freeroll. One of the players who walked away with a seat in the 2008 Main Event was Nicolas Fierro from Santiago, Chile.
Fierro, who plays under the name StopCrying at Ladbrokes Poker and is also known on other sites as Poker Kaiser or PKaiser, has been playing poker for about two years. He was an industrial engineer before turning to poker full time.
Fierro said he was first attracted to poker because of the psychological aspect of the game and the chance to win a lot of money. Now he plays almost every day.
"I usually stop playing on Saturdays or when I'm not in the mood to do so," Fierro said.
Ladbrokes Poker is also a fairly new site for the Chilean player. He signed up through the PokerListings link recently after seeing the freeroll promotion for the WSOP seats.
"As for what I've seen now, it seems like a great site with a nice software and good action at the tables," Fierro said of Ladbrokes Poker.
Though he's new to this site, Fierro has actually been quite successful in freerolls at other poker sites as well. He's won three previous PokerListings freerolls on other sites including a WSOP package exclusive for PokerListings players in 2007 and a World Poker Tour prize package.
He said he's also finished second in an Aussie Millions freeroll and come in third in a WSOP Europe freeroll, both exclusive to PokerListings players as well.
"I think it's a great site with a lot of information and great promotions," Fierro said of PokerListings.com. "I'm actually very thankful [for] PokerListings because the freerolls I won last year helped me a lot to build my bankroll, and this made me choose to give poker a try as a profession for some time."
Fierro is a pretty regular visitor to PokerListings as well. He said he visits almost every day.
"I usually read the 'Question of the Day,'" he said. "It often has some very interesting examples and has helped me a lot to improve my game."
Perhaps his improved game is why he thought the Ladbrokes Poker freeroll for the WSOP seats was a little soft. Fierro said he thought it was "much easier" than the tournaments he usually plays.
Because the top two spots in the tournament each got paid a $12,500 prize package, Fierro's prize-winning hand actually came when play was down to the final three players.
"Me and another player were chip leaders with about $50k in chips, and the other guy had about $20k," Fierro said. "Blinds were $1,000/$2,000 and I pick pocket kings on the button."
Fierro raised to $5,000, and the short-stacked player pushed all-in with A-T from the big blind.
"Flop comes something like 2-3-5 giving him some outs, but luckily he didn't hit, so me and the other guy won the first prize," Fierro said.
Fierro does plan to use that prize package to head to the World Series this year as well. He's excited to get the chance to play in the Main Event and play against some of the world's top poker players.
And what would the 26-year-old do if he happened to win the Main Event?
"Buy a lot of things I guess - a nice house and car to begin with," Fierro said. "And continue playing poker at high stakes online and in big live events."
The June 14 freeroll was the last of the WSOP freerolls for PokerListings players at Ladbrokes Poker. However, there are still plenty of perks for players who sign up at the online poker site through PokerListings.
One such perk is the exclusive $5,000 monthly freeroll. All it takes for an invitation is earning 100 points during the month before the freeroll.
For more information and to get signed up at the poker site, visit Ladbrokes Poker.
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