The WSOP 2015 is well and truly rolling, and rolling in the money is Cord Garcia the winner of the WSOP Colossus event. This makes Garcia not only $638,880 the richer but the 25 year old is also the proud owner of a WSOP bracelet and can call himself the winner of the biggest ever land based tournament in poker history, topping a field of a massive 22,374 poker players.
The Colossus was a $565 buy in No Limit Texas Hold'em tournament which guaranteed a $5 Million prize pool, however that guarantee was in no way required as the amount of players entering meant that the actual prize pool was over the $11 Million mark. Previous to winning the Colossus the best Garcia has ever done was winning a WSOP Circuit event in Bossier City and the WSOP bracelet he claimed in the Colossus, sure does trump the Gold Ring he won in the Circuit event.
Garcia hailing from Texas was by no means chip leader as the last few players headed to the final table, in fact he was holding a pretty measly looking stack. He did however hang on in there and as the players went to the rail he kept on building that stack into something more manageable. Heads up play eventually came and it was between Cord Garcia and Bradley McFarland and on the final hand Garcia’s full house demolished McFarland to give him the cash, the bracelet and the bragging rights.
After the win, and of course when he’d calmed down a little Garcia stated that, “It feels like my breakthrough, but at the same time, I feel like I am capable of doing bigger things.” Well we’ll have to see about that but for now he can relax safe in the knowledge that he beat the biggest ever live poker tournament field.