If you haven’t heard the name Maria Lampropulos before, be prepared to hear a lot more about her. On Sunday, Lampropulos took down the partypokerLIVE MILLIONS Dusk Till Dawn Main Event, winning £1,000,000 ($1.28 million USD).
If you want to see more about how the tournament unraveled, head over to PokerNews to read their live blog of the event. Lampropulos has learned a lot about the game from boyfriend and poker pro Ivan Luca, but now she’s done something he hasn’t: earned seven figures in a single event.
Lampropulos’ victory was a historic one. She became just the sixth woman to win $1 million or more in a poker tournament, and her first place prize is the 6th largest in poker history for a woman.
Lampropulos Building Up to Big Score for the Last Year
Maria Lampropulos has been building up to a big score for the last couple of years. She started off by winning some small preliminary tournaments in Chile and Vienna in 2015 before breaking out in 2016.
Last year, she had back-to-back runner-up finishes in the WPT National Brussels Main Event and the Eureka Rozvadov Main Event, where she became more of a household name. She faced her boyfriend Ivan Luca heads-up in the latter tournament, with Luca eventually taking the title.
The Rozvadov score was her first six-figure score. During the summer, she cashed five times at the 2016 WSOP.
In December, she won a $600 NL Six-Handed Event at the Punta del Este WSOP International Circuit stop. Lampropulos finished the year with $302,442 in earnings and was 3rd in GPI Female Player of the Year race.
Lampropulos stared 2017 with three cashes at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas, making two final tables. It seemed that she was building to something big, and that happened on Sunday with her partypokerLIVE MILLIONS win.
Lampropulos Victory 6th Largest in Poker History for a Woman
Hard to believe, but Lampropulos’ victory is the 6th largest first place prize in poker history for a woman. Kathy Liebert was the first woman in poker history to win $1 million in a poker tournament and Lampropulos becomes just the sixth to do so.
Annette Obrestad has the largest individual score for a woman, taking down the 2007 WSOP Europe for $2.01 million. Vanessa Selbst is the only woman in poker history with multiple scores of $1 million or more. She has won at least $1 million on three different occasions.
Here’s the complete list of $1 million+ scores by women in poker:
- Annette Obrestad – 2007 WSOP Main Event – $2,013,733
- Annie Duke – 2004 WSOP Tournament of Champions – $2,000,000
- Vanessa Selbst – Partouche Poker Tour Cannes – $1,823,430
- Liv Boeree – 2010 EPT San Remo – $1,698,300
- Vanessa Selbst – 2013 PCA $25k High Roller – $1,424,420
- Maria Lampropulos – partypokerLIVE Millions – $1,281,700
- Vanessa Selbst – 2015 Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout – $1,000,000
- Kathy Liebert – 2002 PartyPoker Million Cruise – $1,000,000
Note – Statistics are courtesy of HendonMob.com.
Victory Catapults Lampropulos into Top 20 of Women’s All-Time Money List
Lampropulos’ victory on Sunday propels her into the top 20 of the Women’s All-Time Money List. She now has $1,633,122 in lifetime earnings, good for 15th on the Women’s Money List.
Lampropulos leapfrogs a number of past and present poker stars including Cyndy Violette, Barbara Enright, Natasha Mercier, Amanda Musumeci, Cate Hall and Jackie Glazier.
It remains to be seen how far up the money list that Lampropulos will climb, but she’s certainly showing the aptitude to be one of the game’s biggest stars and will be a player to watch over the remainder of 2017.