Liliane Figueiredo may be taking the first steps of her poker career but she’s already enjoyed a five-figure prize, a prize she secured from a WPT Second Chance Freeroll ticket. The Brazilian won a cool $13,153 by finishing third in the $109 6-Max Mini Warm Up event earlier this month, her first shot in a $109 buy-in tournament.
“Since the beginning of the WPT World Online Championships, I have been playing $3.30 satellites. These didn’t yield good results but I won a ticket to a Second Chance Freeeroll where I finished ninth and won a $109 ticket,” Liliane told the partypoker blog.
Playing in her first $109 buy-in event was exciting enough in its own right but the excitement reached fever pitch when Liliane found herself under the spotlight live on Twitch.
From a Freeroll to Twitch Stardom!
“One of the most memorable moments was when I realised that Team partypoker’s Matthew Staples was broadcasting our table on Twitch. I was a little apprehensive at first, but when I saw the comments made by Matthew and other people watching I felt very happy.”
Matthew busted in 10th place but Liliane was still going strong. A large section of Matthew’s Twitch followers joined Liliane’s rail, giving her support and pushing her onto what would become her largest-ever tournament score.
“Once Matthew busted, people started saying they would cheer for me and my confidence increased.”
Locking Horns With the Game’s Greats
Liliane navigated her way to the final table where she was guaranteed to take home no less than $4,373. Her previous best tournament score weighed in at a modest $180. Liliane eventually crashed out in third-place and saw her fledgeling bankroll swell by a massive $13,153, all from a freeroll entry! The only players who outlasted Liliane were Romanian superstar Vlad Darie and fellow Brazilian Felipe Theodoro, the latter securing the title and the $22,717 top prize.
The Brazilian heroine puts her success down to plenty of studying and watching the likes of Lali Tournier and Pedro Gusma on their respective Twitch streams.
“Until playing this 6-Max Warm Up I had only studied full-ring tournaments. The day before playing Day 1 I bought a training course for the early stages of 6-max tournaments. A few hours before playing Day 2, I studied the middle and final stages.”
That study obviously paid off in the shape of a score worth more than $13,000.
It is a fantastic start to Liliane’s poker career, which only started last year when her boyfriend, Paulo Eduardo, introduced her to the riles and basic strategy. There’s no doubt in our minds that we’ll be seeing plenty more final tables for Liliane in the future.
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More than $400,000 worth of tickets will be won from the Second Chance Freerolls before the tournament ends, how much of that incredible sum will end up in your account?
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