175 Platinum Passes awarded

175 Platinum Passes awarded

Cristian Vaqueiro

Spain

Mystery Chest

Cristian Vaqueiro had been away from poker for about five years before winning his Platinum Pass package and a trip to Barcelona to play in the 2020 PokerStars Players Championship.

As the Spaniard explains, he went with a friend to the casino recently and ended up joining a cash game. His interest renewed, he logged back onto PokerStars to see if he had anything left in his account, and finding €25 he hit the cash tables.

Then — boom! — being in the right place at the right time made him a PP winner in the Mystery Chest promotion. He couldn’t believe it at first, he explains, and even after getting the confirmation email he had to read it three times to make sure it was real.

Recognizing such a unique opportunity, Vaqueiro intends to enjoy the experience and “try to play the best poker of his life.”

While his poker experience is mainly online, he has played live tournaments before, although nothing higher than a €200 buy-in. He started playing back in 2006 on Full Tilt, initially approaching it as just another hobby like chess and other card games.

After a while he joined a poker school where he began as a student then graduated to becoming a coach himself, focusing mainly on sit-n-gos and gradually moving up in stakes. Among his favorite players he lists fellow Spaniard Adrian Mateos and the Swiss player Elias Gutierrez. As noted, he stepped away from the game a while back, but is newly motivated to learn and improve again as he readies for the 2020 PSPC.

Indeed, when it comes to achievements in life, Vaqueiro lists “having a hunger for learning” new things on a daily basis, and is always motivated whenever he finds more ways to add to his education.

Sounds like a great mindset for making the most out of his PSPC experience.

Cristian Vaqueiro, here shown taking on a different challenge to name where the Galician poet Manuel Antonio was born. (The answer is Rianxo.)