Mexican Angel Guillen previously studied Economics at University, learning skills that would turn out to be helpful when he later decided to make a living from playing poker. It was a decision that seems to have paid off, as he now stands proud as one of the best players from his home nation to ever sit at the green felt.
Perhaps the most impressive thing about Angel’s career so far is the speed at which he has managed to achieve so much. In just a matter of months, he exploded on to the scene with a breakout year in 2009 that saw him earn close to $1,000,000 in live tournament winnings. First up was a cash at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, worth $27,000 for a 51st place finish. Two months later, Angel played in the Punta del Este event at the PokerStars Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT), where he made the final table and finished 3rd for a cash of $99,920. In June it was time for the World Series of Poker*, and it was to be a trip to Las Vegas that he would never forget. He battled through a field of over 1,000 players to finish second place in the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em event, winning prize money of $312,800. Just ten days later he was sitting at the final table of the $2,000 No Limit Hold’em event, but this time he was to go one better and get the kind of result that changes a poker player’s life forever. He beat another huge field to take the glory, the bracelet and prize money of $530,548. Angel has also won big online, and finished an impressive 15th in the high-level Main Event of the 2010 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) for a cash of $61,500.
In his spare time Angel enjoys dabbling in stocks and shares, as well as reading, travelling, watching movies, and playing sports like tennis. Having already proven to be one of Mexico’s greatest poker exports, he’s now looking forward to taking his game to the next level, and showing that he’s more than just the latest hotshot to win a bracelet. He is a member of Team PokerStars Pro and plays online using the screen name ‘angelguillen’.