PokerStars’ Ramon Colillas suffers a bad blow in an epic charity poker tournament against Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez

Oracle Red Bull Racing Sergio Perez might have had other things in mind this weekend, with the penultimate Grand Prix of the 2022 calendar taking place in São Paulo, Brazil.

But that didn’t stop him from dishing out a bad beat in a charity tournament against PokerStars Ambassador Ramon Colillas — on the very first hand of the tournament!

Red Spade Pass weekend in Brazil

To celebrate the current partnership between PokerStars and Oracle Red Bull Racing, a selection of media, players, celebrities and top Red Spade Pass winners were invited to Sao Paulo for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

In addition to an exclusive Grand Prix experience, there was still time to play poker with the PokerStars Ambassadors Steve Enriquez, Raphael Moraes and of course Colillas.

Joining them at the tables was the PokerStars Ambassador Ronaldo and Perez, who took time out of his busy schedule to participate in the tournament which raised funds for wings for lifea non-profit spinal cord research foundation and official charitable partner of Oracle Red Bull Racing.

Ronaldo Sergio Perez Charity Poker Tournament

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First-hand bustout for Colillas

From the first hand of the tournament, Perez and Colillas went head-to-head with the Mexican in the lead.

Colillas bet on the flop, bet on the turn and then pushed the river on a {k-Clubs}{q-Spike}{j-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{7-Spades} edge with Perez calling to put the 2019 PokerStars Players Championship winner of the event.

Colillas turned around {q-Clubs}{j-Clubs} for a flopped pair of twos, but was sent to the rail in the tournament’s first-ever elimination after Perez showed {k-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} for a better two pair.

Steve Enriques Ramon Colillas

Having played poker since he was younger, Perez said PokerNews he was very fond of playing poker, especially with his friends.

“When I’m in Mexico, we get together once a week and have a great time. It’s always nice to win!”

“It’s always nice to win! »

With confidence behind the wheel and good mental toughness when it comes to strategy and tactics, Perez said poker players and Formula 1 drivers share a lot in common, especially when it comes to emotions.

“With poker, you never know what your opponent will look like,” he said. “It’s important not to show too much emotion, or maybe show it when you need to have more head than heart. There are drivers who can be very emotional, but maybe sometimes it’s good to show emotions.

“Kimi [Raikkonen] would be a good poker player because he’s so cold you can’t see his emotions. Sebastian [Vettel] for the same reason. I know Ferdinand [Alonso] also plays a lot of poker. And maybe Lance [Stroll] because he wouldn’t mind losing money!”


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Wessman triumphs; Ronaldo makes the final table

The early elimination saw Perez quickly double his starting stack, but although he exited soon after, there was better news for Ronaldo who made it all the way to the final table.

However, in the end, he was a familiar face to PokerNews who emerged triumphant, with Victor Westman by winning a Mont Blanc smartwatch, $500 to spend in the PokerStars store and a one-of-a-kind trophy.

Viktor Wessman Red Bull Racing Charity Tournament

Wessman landed his ticket to Sao Paulo at EPT Barcelona, earn a coveted Red Spade Pass in the Mystery Bounty tournament. And while it wasn’t a poker trip for Wessman, he said the charity tournament was “right up his alley.”

Victor Westman

“I know a thing or two about poker,” he said PokerNews. “I was counting down the days until this trip for two months, and now that I’m here, it’s absolutely amazing.”

Wessman, like all other Red Spade Pass winners, enjoyed exclusive access to epic Grand Prix experiences in the pit lane and Oracle Red Bull Racing garages at Autódromo José Carlos Pace, better known as the name of Interlagos. And he’s looking forward to the Main Event.

“Of course, it’s Sunday! Just like in poker, the Main Event that everyone is looking forward to is on Sunday. Winning the tournament was the perfect start, but from here on, every day will get better. “

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Will Shillibier is based in the UK. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a BA in German, then studied for an NCTJ degree in sports journalism at Sportsbeat in Manchester. Previously, he worked as a freelance journalist and video presenter for the World Poker Tour.