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Felipe Macias wins latest Gulfstream Challenge


Felipe Macias (pictured at center) won the most recent edition of the Gulfstream Poker Challenge, outlasting Alfredo Vega (left) and Sergei Kirkonov (right).

Players earned "leaderboard points" by playing in the card room's nightly 6:30 p.m. multi-table tournament, or by playing in one-table tournaments held throughout the day. The top 50 played in the June 5 free-roll and the 10 players in the tournament got at least $500.

The final 10 in the June 5 tournament were: Felipe Macias, Alfredo Vega, Sergei Kirkonov, Bob Binsky, Jose Avila, Martin May, Sergio Cortella, David May, Shinthong Phen, Rolando Wong

The players made a deal on the prize money, but played out the tournament, as per Gulfstream's requirement. So Macias, who took the cash rather than the WSOP trip, really was the big winner, although he might have taken less than the advertised $10,000 for a WSOP seat and $1,000 for expenses.

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