Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari has secured his fourth cash in Barcelona's EPT/PokerStars Championship Main Event. Following his 32nd place in 2015, 61st in 2011 and 134th in 2014, Akkari's fourth notch from Barcelona will be the most precious.
Akkari pulled to the chip lead early on Day 4 when he knocked out Patrick Leonard with ace-king against queens, spiking a king on the river. He eventually finished the day with the biggest stack to continue his amazing rally. "It was an amazing day, incredible!" Akkari said, adding: "Everything started going my way. I think I played good, I was getting a lot of value from my good hands," Akkari said at the end of Day 4.
The 42-year-old from Sao Paulo has been around for more than a decade. Akkari is accomplished player both live and online. Known as "aakkari" in the virtual realm, Akkari has amassed over $3.4 million in tournament winnings at PokerStars. His online CV includes Sunday 500 and Sunday Warm-Up wins.
Akkari ranks fourth in the Brazilian all-time money list with over $1.6 million in live tournament cashes. He's locked to move ahead of fellow Team PokerStars Pro Felipe Ramos after picking up his Main Event cash. "You have to be completely focused, with a full attention to everything that is happening around and try not to give up a chip away be making mistakes," Akkari is aware.
So far, Akkari's greatest moment at a poker table came back at the 2011 World Series of Poker. He captured a bracelet in a $1,500 NL Hold'em Event, taking $675,117 along with the gold. Akkari's previous closest shot at a PokerStars Main Event final table was 23rd place at the star-studded EPT11 Grand Final.
Akkari's Main Event run:
|Day 2||123,300||56 / 865|
|Day 3||202,500||100 / 287|
|Day 4||566,000||32 / 70|
|Day 5||6,160,000||1 / 16|
|Day 6||8,150,000||3 / 6|