175 Platinum Passes awarded

175 Platinum Passes awarded

Victor Antoci

Moldova

Moneymaker's Path to the PSPC

Victor Antoci won his Platinum Pass at Chris Moneymaker’s Road to PSPC tournament in his home city of Dublin. Antoci beat a field of more than 800 in the €175 buy-in event, which ended in a three-handed battle for the Pass. Antoci, Sia Browne and Tomas Flanagan chopped the prize money in an ICM deal, then played another few hours for the right to head to Barcelona.

Antoci’s success was all the more remarkable for the way in which he squeezed the Dublin tournament between his work schedule. He works in a bakery in Dublin’s Grand Canal Docks and needed to get up for work at 5am on the last day of the tournament, having played all of the day before. There were still 196 players remaining on the tournament’s last day, and it lasted close to 3am. But Antoci remained focused to close it out.

Victor Antoci

Originally from a small village in Moldova, about 40km south of the capital Chisinau, Antoci came to Dublin aged 19. Now 31, he is settled in the Irish capital and does not envisage returning to the place of his birth.

He learned poker by playing free games on Facebook, but gradually transitioned to online play and now mainly focuses on MTTs — mostly €20 to €100 events in local clubs in Ireland. In addition to a couple of semi-deep runs in other Platinum Pass events, his biggest previous live tournament cash had been for $4,550 for a third-place finish in the 2015 International Poker Open in Bray, Ireland. He’s also collected big wins on PokerStars, cashing for $4K once in the Big $27.50 and $3K in the Hot $4.40, both in 2013.

Victor Antoci

Antoci watches Twitch streamers and takes online coaching courses to improve his game, vowing to upgrade his subscription as he now prepares for the biggest event of his life.

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