Luis Calvo defeated all his opponents in the 2017 World Series of Poker’s Event #49 $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed. His triumph came as no surprise to anyone and won him $362,185. This was a first gold bracelet for the 41-year-old cash-game pro and he was more than ecstatic about his achievement.
Runner-up to Calvo is Detroit’s poker amateur Rudolph Sawa, who is a 36-year-old man with a family and the proud owner of a restaurant. He pocketed $223,812 as this was his first-ever cash in the World Series of Poker tournament. Mark Reily coming straight from Ireland, finished on third place and managed to leave with $149,258. He was a leader on the table in the beginning of the game but was soon eliminated by Calvo in a big hand for more than half of the total chips in play.
Day 3 began with nineteen players at the table left from 630 participants in the tournament. It took more than four hours to reduce them to an unofficial final table of seven poker pros. After he defeated most of them and doubled up at the expense of Eric Hicks, he was left in the heads-up duel against Rudolph Sawa. After his win, Calvo was quick to thank his friend Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, for helping him prepare for the big event and feel confident.
This win more than quadrupled Calvo’s lifetime earnings, which amounted to $110,614 prior to this tournament. His career started way back in 2005, but the ten year break he decided to take is the thing which probably helped him broaden his knowledge about the poker world and its specifics. Nevertheless, his scarce experience in the tournament world is compensated by his experience as a cash-game pro.
He has traveled the whole world and played against various opponents in high-stakes Omaha and limit hold’em. He has made the choice to play only what he likes and what he is best at, so he enjoyed the $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed. Now after his ten-year break he is back for good and ready to conquer the tables and chips.
In his poker career, he has three cashes in total, his first one being back in 2005 in the Event #42 $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT – World Championship, where he finished 74th. This achievement allowed him to go home with $107,950 and give a flying start to his poker career. He took a break for ten years and returned to the poker tables in 2015 for the Event #61 The Little One for One Drop – $1,111 No-Limit Hold’em. In it, he managed to finish in 255th place, which was worth $2,664.