Last night, Tai Purpero emerged as the latest champion of the Quantum Millions, a truly unique event that combines player pools from the Bicycle Casino, and Ocean's 11 Casino. He finished on top of a four way chop, taking home over $132,000, and right after his victory, he was still trying to process it all.
"I don't believe it. It still hasn't hit me yet I don't think," he said with a beaming smile.
Purpero had a $18,000 cash to his name from a few months ago, but this was by far the biggest final table he had ever made. Despite the large stakes, he said after the fact that he was calm and confident throughout the final table.
"I felt confident for most of it. I played pretty tight in the beginning so I could feel the table out, and then once I got some chips I started to play more hands. I lost some chips, then went card dead, then try to ride it out, before the craziest hand of my life."
Oh yes, let's talk about that hand. Five handed play lasted for over two hours, with no player all in and at risk in that time. Then, in a flash, Kevin Kung and Purpero got into a massive coin flip preflop, where Purpero went runner runner after Kung flopped top set. That hand propelled him into the chip lead, and he never looked back from there. Purpero had this to say about living that dramatic moment.
"Kevin was on a tear just running over the table, I finally picked up Ace-King of hearts, so figured he would have to give me some respect. He raised, I reraised, and he jammed on me, which isn't really a spot I wanted to be in, because Juanita was low, but obviously you can't fold Ace-King there, so I had to gamble. I stood up when I saw the nine in the window, and I saw the deuce as I was about to walk out. River five. Insane."
Purpero loved the two casino setup, and said that he would be happy to play in events that tournament director Mo Fathipour has teased before, where he wants to get several casino together for another massive event.
"I liked it. I thought it was a good structure. Lots of players, really big prizepool, a diverse player pool. Thought the structure was great, the payouts were great, yeah loved it. The more the merrier. If they run it, I'll be there."
Purpero ended the interview by dropping a bombshell on us. After getting laid off from his job, Purpero made the decision to go full time into poker....just three weeks ago.
Congratulations to Tai Purpero on his incredible story and result, and thank you to everyone who played in the latest Quantum Millions event!