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Alexander Graham Bell said, “When one door closes, another opens”. Replace ‘doors’ with ‘poker tournaments’ and that’ll become the theme of this edition of our PokerGuru 3-Bet.
Just as the 2018 Poker Masters ended, the World Poker Tour (WPT) rushed in to take its place. The WPTDeepStacks Portugal Main Event ran from September 6 to 9 and was taken down by Jimmy Livramento who banked the first-place prize worth €50,000, along with the €2,500 WPTDS season-ending package.
While, Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis enjoyed more than 33,000 views on the live stream of his run in the Main Event of the 2018 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), the 185-event long series too had a jaw-dropping finale and witnessed a total of 1.1 Million entries.
With the 2018 888poker XL Eclipse series still ongoing and the WPTDeepStacks Marrakech yet to start, there is a lot more poker action waiting to unfold.
The four-day long WPTDeepStacks Portugal Main Event attracted a field of 224 entries and ultimately crowned a winner in Luxembourg native Jimmy Livramento, who claimed his maiden WPT title and career-best cash of €52,500.
Topping the Luxembourg All Time Money List, Livramento currently has total live earnings of $231,761.
With a total prize pool of €214,780, only the top 28 places were assured payouts. Peter Giordano (11th for €3,968), Jaquim Coutinho (13th for €3,247), Mantas Gaubas (16th for €2,697), Michal Lubas (18th for €2,275), Jorge Carvalho (22nd for €1,948) and Allen Tackett (28th for €1,694) finished in the money.
Ryan Mandara (10th for €4,918) bubbled the final table.
With first-place prize worth €50,000, along with a €2,500 WPTDS season-ending package on the line, the nine finalists returned for the final day.
Final Table Recap
Livramento entered the final table with the chip lead and started strong by knocking out the first two players, Jorge Oliveira in ninth place and Tiago Branco in eighth place. He then knocked out Andre Cuco in sixth place after Artur Coelho`s exit in seventh place.
Defending champion Francisco Lopes reached the final table but was ultimately denied back-to-back titles with a fifth-place finish.
Pier D’Ancona exited fourth while Cesario Gomes was busted in third place.
The heads-up action between Jimmy Livramento and Henrique Couto kicked off with Couto in the lead. However, Livramento was able to secure a double up when his eight-five hand hit a full house against Couto who had flopped two pair with queen-five.
On the final hand, both players went all-in on the board .
The river was not in Couto’s favour and he finished runner-up as Livramento took home the trophy and the top prize of €52,500.
Final Table Results (EURO)
1. Jimmy Livramento – €52,500*
2. Henrique Couto – €32,000
3. Hugo Cesario Gomes Andrade – €24,000
4. Pier D’Ancona – €17,800
5. Francisco Lopes – €13,367
6. Andre Cuco – €10,209
7. Artur Coelho – €7,891
8. Tiago Branco – €6,185
9. Jorge Oliveira – €4,918
* includes a €2,500 package to the season-ending WPTDeepStacks event in Europe.
The Twitch viewers of Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis were in for quite a ride when they watched him live stream the WCOOP 2018 $5,200 Main Event. Even though Veldhuis ended his run in 58th place for $28,000, his live stream attracted close to 33,000 viewers.
Veldhuis aka‘RaSZi’ is one of the most popular online poker streamers and has over 121,000 Twitch followers. According to Card Chat, “Veldhuis’ streams have been watched by over 392,000 viewers as of Thursday (September 13) morning. That’s more than 245,000 views better than anyone else. ‘RaSZi’ has streamed for hours each day throughout the 2018 WCOOP series. During the recent Main Event, fans watched him run deep for two straight days chasing glory.”
While most poker streams only get a few hundred or, in some cases, a few thousand views at any given time, Veldhuis’ achievement is quite astonishing.
Pretty tragic ending to an incredible stream.
34.000 viewers, $28.000 cash, so much love from the chat and people watching. I’m in such a fortunate spot.
Excited about the $25.000 HighRoller tomorrow. See you there. Thanks to everyone who supported ðŸ™pic.twitter.com/ExiZg3xMfB
— LexVeldhuis (@RaSZi) September 17, 2018
The 2018 WCOOP has now concluded and what an enormous affair it has been! With 185 events, totalling 1,101,677 entries, creating a grand prize pool of $99,539,195, the series was an unbelievable success. Out of the 150,239 players who finished in the money, the first-place prizes alone amounted to $15,112,664.
Some of the biggest names that bagged titles were Niklas ‘Lena900’ Åstedt, Shaun Deeb, Connor Drinan, Benny Glaser, Sam Greenwood, Linus ‘LLinusLLove’ Loeliger, Nick Maimone, Adrian Mateos, Steve O’Dwyer, Luke Reeves, Ole Schemion, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Joao Vieira, and Mike Watson.
But it was Denis ‘aDrENalin710’ Strebkov who took the series by storm by becoming the first player to win seven titles at the WCOOP, five of which he won in a week.
‘wann2play’from The Netherlands turned a $530 satellite ticket into $1.35 Million, defeating ‘eze88888’ heads-up in the Main Event.
The final event of the series, the $25,000 NLHE Turbo, was taken down by ‘limitless’ for $725,847.