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888poker Player Turns €220 Investment Into €1,115,207 at WSOP Europe

Tags: 888poker, Marti Roca De Torres, WSOP Europe.
Posted on 14 November 2017 by "T".

After a grueling 14-hour battle in which he fought from an immensely disadvantageous position, Marti Roca De Torres was able to grow his short stack and managed to defeat Gianluca Speranza to win the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe Championship Event title, bracelet and a cash prize worth €1,115,207.

The 2017 WSOP Europe at the King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic had finally come to an end on November 4, 2017, and it was Marti Roca De Torres who was the last man standing, holding all the chips in the €10,300 No Limit Hold'em Main Event (Event #11) after an epic heads-up match that spanned four hours against Italian poker pro Gianluca Speranza.

In 2011, Gianluca Speranza actually came close to winning a WSOP bracelet as he finished 2nd to Andrew Hinrichsen in a €1,000 WSOPE Event in Cannes, and things are quite the same for him this year too, as he ended up again as the bridesmaid for a career-best payday of €689,246.

Roca De Torres is the fourth poker player hailing from Spain, and the first Catalan, to ever have won a WSOP bracelet, and so this is the seventh bracelet overall for his home country. WSOPE tournament director Jack Effel asked him after the event as to how does he feel at that time, to which Roca De Torres answered, "I don't know, I am more nervous now than before when I was playing. But for sure I am very happy and it is a dream come true, I don't know what to say."

For those who know Marti Roca De Torres, this journey of his can be regarded as a Cinderella story, as he quit his job as an economics teacher a couple of years ago so that he can focus on his passion of poker, and astonishingly, he won his entry to the WSOP Europe Main Event via a €220 satellite on, and then he turned it into a whopping €1,115,207!

Roca De Torres also thanked his friends on the sidelines who motivated him and gave him power as he played. He also sent greetings to his young daughter and partner, and he happily shared news that they are expecting another child.

During the winner interview, he said, "At this point I thought that I was going to win for sure because I was in a perfect situation. For a moment I thought it's done. Then, for a moment it looked impossible. But finally I was growing my stack hand by hand. I tried to play hand by hand and don't think in the future. Because I thought in the future and this is bad thinking."

Below are the final results of the 2017 WSOPE Main Event


Player Name




Marti Roca De Torres




Gianluca Speranza




Mathijs Jonkers




Robert Bickley

United Kingdom



Niall Farrell

United Kingdom



Maria Ho

United States



Jack Salter

United Kingdom



Luis Rodriguez






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10 comments on "888poker Player Turns €220 Investment Into €1,115,207 at WSOP Europe"

 Tony_MON7ANA14/11/2017 16:40:42 GMT
Massive well done to Marti Roca De Torres, who won the 2017 WSOP Europe main event! What an incredible return of investment! It is, indeed, a Cinderella story. And congratulations also to Maria Ho on finishing in sixth place.
 Gerimantas14/11/2017 17:40:28 GMT
Yes so interesting to see this story, it is so great to do such thing in your life, to make more than one million of euros from the thing you love to do- play poker. This guy in past mathematics professor is very lucky person. Also form only 220 satellite this is so big return from money invested
 Mober14/11/2017 20:41:33 GMT
Only 220 buy in, turned out to more than 1 million euro.
That is how you want to put your money in the market Blink
The decision he made back then paid off. At least so far.
I doubt he could make that money by teaching after all Smile
 doubletop77715/11/2017 09:37:23 GMT
Many congratulations to Marti Roca De Torres on winning this prestigious event and over a million in prize money. To win this after qualifying through a satellit is quite phenomenal
 DaCapo7115/11/2017 09:39:12 GMT
Thats great to see, that every player have the chance to win a big live event with online sat´s. I think this was the best way to qualify with playing sat´s and step tournaments. So every player with a small budget have a little chance to make a dream come true.
 pochui15/11/2017 13:48:42 GMT
well kinda fcukin awesome achievement this really is, to turn 220 into a million+ makes for a one hell of an roi. and this also allows to quit your job for good. also huge congrats for maria ho... so much pleasure to have such players at the tables and more so under the tables...

 Tony_MON7ANA15/11/2017 16:41:35 GMT
I googled around and just found out that Maria Ho has a sister. Her name is Judy Ho. OMFG! She is absolutely gorgeous! I actually like her better than Maria. Taiwanese women got one of the finest a**es in the world, I am telling you!
 pajalnick15/11/2017 17:16:50 GMT
Posted by pochui:

thanks for the wonderful photo .... what a pretty girl !!!! ..... Maria Ho when I saw her playing was very nice to me ... and this photo is just a bomb ..... it's a pity that she is in front of the last day was the chip leader and then somehow incredibly quickly lost all his stack .... good luck to her in future tournaments !!!!
 fpuds16/11/2017 21:55:46 GMT
That's impressive! It's nice hearing this things are still possible
 Mober16/11/2017 22:05:42 GMT
It is possible, but you also need luck to hit something like that.
No matter how good player you are, if you keep getting bad cards, you wont go to far,
since you will have to take more risks. Even with premium hands you can get beaten real bad Smile

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