If you were playing poker on the Playstation, and you were Latin American, then Farid Jattin would be one of your hot character picks. The 31-year-old from Barranquilla, Colombia, had his best year on the live tournament circuit in 2019, recognised by the Global Poker Index (GPI) awarding him the Latin American Player of the Year (PoY) title.
The weatherman has spoken, and you can expect nothing but heat for the Colombian in the near future.
A year after finishing runner-up to Anton Morgenstern in the AUD 25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO), and a lost train ticket away from finishing 7/59 in the same tournament, Jattin finally has an Aussie Millions gold ring.
Jattin brought the field of 169-entrants to its knees in the AUD 25,000 No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE) Challenge beneath the poisonous skies of Melbourne to collect the second most significant score of his career ($678,900).
To reach the summit, Colombia’s All-Time #1 Live Tournament Money Earner had to beat George Wolff in heads-up action, but not before the pair agreed upon a heads-up deal.
Like Jattin, 2019 was Wolff’s best year for live tournament consistency, earning a record $1.6m. He won a £10k PLO event at the British Poker Open (BPO) in September, but it’s been his consistency at the top end of these things that’s impressive with five runner-up finishes. A tad more luck on the occasional flop, turn or river, and Wolff would have had more toasts.
Wolff came into this one in fine fettle, finishing 3/37 in a $25k NLHE during the World Poker Tour (WPT) Five Diamond World Poker Classic, and 3/160 in a $3k event at the Venetian, both in December.
It was a final table brimming with quality, making it challenging not to be verbose when it comes to their accomplishments.
I’ll make it short and sweet.
Steve O’Dwyer followed up his 5/37 finish in the $25k NLHE at the MILLIONS UK in Nottingham with a third-place finish here. The GPI Canadian PoY, Sam Greenwood, finished fourth. The former WPT Jeju Champ, Masato Yokosawa finished fifth, the former World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) Main Event winner, Jack Sinclair was sixth, and former Aussie Millions ring winner, Kenney Hallaert, finished seventh.
It’s the second successive calendar year that Jattin has propelled himself out of the starting blocks like a phantom. He finished 7/1039 at the $25,000 NLHE PokerStars Players’ Championship (PSPC) in the Bahamas for $746,000, before a decent outing in Melbourne.
Here are the final table results in full.
Final Table Results
- Farid Jattin – $678,900*
- George Wolff – $566,832*
- Steve O’Dwyer – $322,501
- Sam Greenwood – $238,371
- Masato Yokosawa – $168,262
- Jack Sinclair – $119,185
- Kenny Hallaert – $91,142
*Indicates a heads-up deal.