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2014 November Niner Andoni Larrabe Bio and Poker Profile

The 22-year-old Athletic Bilbao fan  @Andoni Larrabe Sanchez comes from the town of Arrasate (Mondragón), in the Basque Country of Spain.

He started playing poker online when he was 16, secretly using his father’s account.

I did that for a couple of months without really paying attention to the bankroll. When my parents saw that, they cut down everything and I was offline. After that it took a while until I got back into playing.”

In fact, Andoni waited until he was 18, left home, and started playing poker full-time. He made a name for himself online as ‘Pollopopeye’ and has amassed considerable online winnings, including two Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) titles.

"I’m not a very political or controversial person. I don’t think it’s very important if you are Spanish or Basque.
I just thought Bilbao is a good team, and they’ve actually been doing very well lately."

Just four years later, Andoni (who now lives in London) has become one of the best-known players of Spain. The Spanish poker community is now pinning its hopes for a WSOP Main Event champion on Andoni. He would be the first Spaniard to capture the title since Carlos Mortensen in 2001 

"I feel pretty excited. It's a sensation between confusion, because I think I don't realize what I have just done, and excitement and happiness. It's a lot of sensation all at the same time."

Andoni Larrabe will come to the November Nine final table as the youngest player but actually has appreciable live tournament experience.

His first cash came in 2011, Estrellas Poker Tour, for $1,999; in 2012, he made a deep run in the EPT Grand Final when he finished 11th for EUR 70,000.

Watch him play at EPT 8 - Grand Final Main Event:

 

The high point of Andoni Larrabe's live poker career was in 2013 PCA when he chopped with none other than @Justin Bonomo for $218,710 and defeated him for the title in the $5,000 buy-in Event 18!

Spain's WSOP Main Event Hope: Andoni Larrabe

 

"Actually, my life hasn’t changed at all. The only difference is that I have the final table on my mind all the time. Before the WSOP, there was nothing that bothered me, but now there is that final table in the back of my head, and I just want to get to that day when it starts, as quickly as possible."

 

Sources, videos, interviews:

PokerListings: Andoni Larrabe: “I Can Feel Weight, Pressure of 2014 Main Event”

PokerStarsBlog: PCA 2013: Bonomo chops for $218,710 as Andoni Larrabe Sanchez takes the title

PokerNews: http://www.pokernews.com/poker-players/andoni-larrabe/

PokerNews Live Reporting WSOP Main Event coverage

WSOP 2014: Entrevista Andoni Larrabe

PokerRed: Andoni Larrabe, una carrera fulgurante

youtube: Poker Cooler AA vs KK vs QQ