PokerStars Ambassador Alejandro “Papo MC” Lococo Wins EPT Prague €1,100 Eureka Main Event (€417,820)

Alejandro "Popo MC" Lococo Wins Eureka Main Event EPT Prague

After a relatively quick four-hour final day, Alejandro Lococo has defeated Bartholomew Tato heads up to win the PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) Prague €1,100 Eureka Main Event and claim the first-place prize of €417,820.

Also known by his stage name “Popo MC“, the Argentinian is a freestyle rapper, avid poker player, and hugely influential figure in South America with 2.7 million followers on Instagramover 2 million on YouTubeand nearly a million on Twitter.

Runner up Tato, hailing from Italy, finished runner-up for €249,000, while the Czech Republic’s Jakub Koleckar rounded out the podium with a cash of €174,130. France’s Alexandre Reardone of the favorites coming into the final table, finished in ninth place.

EPT Prague €1,100 Eureka Main Event Final Table Results

Place player Country Prize
1 Alejandro “Papo MC” Lococo Argentina €417,820
2 Bartholomew Tato Italy €249,000
3 Jakub Koleckar Czech Republic €174,130
4 Jon Kyte Norway €131,900
5 Yann Nasser Luxembourg €99,920
6 Ville Jantunen Finland €75,690
7 Nicolas Cotin Chile €57,340
8th Merijn van Rooij Netherlands €43,430
9 Alexandre Reard France €32,860

On last fall’s final table of the 2021 WSOP Main Event, Lococo saw a deep run end in seventh place for $1,225,000. This time, the Argentinian star closed it out, marking his second largest-ever tournament score, and winning his first major tournament.

The event drew a record field of 3,155 runners, who together created a total prize pool of €3,028,800. A total of 469 players finished in the money across the four-day event.

Alejandro "Popo MC" Lococo
Alejandro “Papo MC” Lococo

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Rappers and poker players

After breaking through in the international poker world following his final table in the WSOP Main Event, Lococo has once again made headlines as a poker player. While more than familiar with the spotlight as “Papo MC”, with the ambassadorship at the world’s biggest poker site and the combination of another eye-popping cash, does he consider himself primarily a rapper or poker player these days?

“Both,” Lococo laughed when prompted. “I’m a poker player and a rapper,” he clarified.

Besides the comparison of his crafts, the question on everyone’s lips was how this victory compared to the deep run in the WSOP Main Event, which instantly turned him into a household name outside the LATAM region as well.

“It’s two different sensations,” the native Spanish speaker explained, before calling in the aid of a translator to give a more in-depth explanation of his feelings.

“Playing the WSOP Main Event gave me an advantage here today. The patience needed in the Main Event, where payjumps ended up in six-figure territory like 200k, half a million, made me feel that there was less pressure here.”

Cruising from start to finish

Where he battled among some of the world’s greatest players in Vegas for days on end, including world champion Koray Aldemir (who ultimately eliminated Lococo in a key hand), on today’s final table, Lococo came in with a massive lead and never really looked back, just once dropping the chip lead to Tato with whom Lococo ultimately ended up heads-up.

“Follow your dreams. Don’t listen to others”

After eliminating four out of seven opponents, with Tato meticulously taking care of the other three, the heads-up showdown between the two ended after just a few hands.

The final hand saw Lococo call a 25,000,000 all-in bet from Tato on a turn board of {a clubs}{k clubs}{q-Diamonds}{7-Spades}. Tato’s {7-Hearts}{5-Spades} for a pair of sevens was no match for Lococo’s {a Hearts}{j Hearts} for a pair of aces, which held up on the {8 clubs} river.

After answering a few questions in English, Lococo added a few words in Spanish directed to his friends and family.

“Greetings to all my family. I love you so much. I dedicate it to all of them. To my wife who backs me on the other side, to my son, my daughter, and to all the people who give me good vibes. “

“Follow your dreams. Don’t listen to others,” he concluded.

Alejandro "Popo MC" Lococo
Alejandro “Papo MC” Lococo

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A former professional poker player with a background in sports marketing and journalism. Yori made his first foray into poker media back in 2011 as a reporter. He’s been a part of the PokerNews team since 2016 and spearheads the content team after previously managing the live reporting operations.


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