Pro poker player racks up $500K in tournament wins in just a year and a half

Fernando Galvan has had a fairy tale year and a half since beginning his venture into playing tournaments as a live poker pro. According to his resume, Galvan only started playing tournaments in 2016 and amassed career earnings of just over $200,000 before this win. He has now crossed the $500,000 mark in a short period of time, adding an impressive piece of jewelry to his collecton. The 26-year-old Mexico native now has three wins, with this one being his biggest score to more than double his career earnings.

“I learned how to play poker with experience and reading books. Jonathan Little helped a lot” explained the newly-crowned champion. Galvan had a supportive rail behind him since Day 2 and they barely left his side. He stayed humble and focused, even after learning he just added a quarter of a million dollars to his bankroll.

Galvan explained that he began his career playing online and then pursued the live circuit. When asked what advice he would give to up-and-coming players he said “gain experience. Just keep playing.” It seems as though poker is Galvan’s sole focus at the moment, but when asked about his life outside of the game he seemed to be at a loss for words. “I like to exercise. It really helps with poker as well.”

When all was said and done, the pro poker player really stood out on Day 2. Galvan stayed steady throughout the day and through the money bubble, but it was towards the end of the night that he really turned on the jets. Even after losing a pot in a set-over-set scenario in one of the last few hands of the night, Galvan still finished as the chip leader heading into Day 3. He maintained his lead for a good chunk of the final table, and even when he lost it, Galvan was never too far behind. He pulled away from the pack when there were five players left and never looked back. One-by-one, Galvan eliminated his opponents and finally won the tournament with pocket queens.

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