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Brazilian Soccer Legend Ronaldo Finishes 26th In 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event

38-Year-Old Cashes For $42,180 In His First Major Poker Tournament Money Finish


38-year-old Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima is famous that he is known around the world as simply “Ronaldo.” With three FIFA World Player of the Year awards, two Ballon d’Or awards and many more accolades in his former profession, he is a man who has a taste for winning.

Ronaldo brought that competitive drive to his new hobby of poker this week and it served him well as he made a deep run in the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event. From a starting field of 816 Ronaldo made it all the way to the final 26 players before he was sent to the rail, taking home $42,180 for his first cash in a major poker tournament.

Ronaldo was very active throughout the day, mixing it up and getting involved a lot. He started day 4 of the main event with an above average stack putting inside the top 20 from the 56 that came into the day, and had the added benefit of support from professional golfer Sergio Garcia, who spent much of the day on the rail watching on.

By the time his final hand arose he had a 536,000 stack with blinds of 10,000 – 20,000 with a 2,000 ante. Ronaldo raised to 80,000 from early position and fellow Brazilian Eugenio Pacelli Mattar three-bet to 200,000. It folded back to Ronaldo, who elected to move all-in.

After some thought Mattar made the call with the QSpade SuitQDiamond Suit which was in good shape against Ronaldo’s KDiamond Suit10Diamond Suit. The board ran out JClub Suit9Spade Suit5Club Suit8Club SuitJHeart Suit to secure the pot for Mattar and send Ronaldo to the rail.