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Poker Leaderboard: Argentina’s All-Time Money List

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Feb 10, 2021


Damian Salas surged into second place on Argentina’s all-time tournament earnings leaderboard as a result of the $2,550,969 score he earned as the 2020 World Series of Poker $10,000 buy-in main event champion. Salas cashed for more than $3.5 million in 2020, including a third-place finish in the $10,300 buy-in World Poker Tour World Online Championships main event for $814,663. After his standout year on both the real and virtual felt, the 46-year-old increased his career earnings to more than $5.7 million.

Ivan Luca remains the all-time money leader from Argentina, with more than $6.5 million in cashes to his name. Luca became the first-ever Argentinian to win a WSOP gold bracelet, topping a field of 2,150 entries to win a $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event at the 2015 series for $353,391. The 29-year-old poker pro has accumulated 22 six-figure paydays so far in his tournament career, with the largest score being the $494,080 he earned as the third-place finisher in a $50,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em high roller event at the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. He also banked $434,607 for his runner-up finish at EPT Malta, and another $402,700 for taking fifth in the PCA $100,000 high roller.

Luca’s former girlfriend Maria Lampropulos is the only female player among the top ten earners from Argentina. She has two massive main event titles to her name, each adding more than a million dollars to her career total. Lampropulos took down the 2017 partypoker MILLIONS UK, outlasting a field of 1,204 entries to win $1,280,000 and her first major title. Less than a year later she beat out a 582-entry field to take down the 2018 PCA main event for $1,081,100. With more than $3.2 million in total cashes, she now sits in fourth place on this leaderboard. She also finished runner-up in the 2016 Eureka Poker Tour Rozvadov main event, and in 2019 she took fifth in the World Poker Tour UK main event.