The Brazil Series of Poker (BSOP) Main Event attracted a staggering 2,400 players to the Holiday Inn Anhembi, and after an intense week of play, Murilo “muka_gaming” Ruiz of Sorocaba walked away with the R$868,100 ($371,713 USD) first-place prize and unique Tag Heuer championship watch.
|1st||Murilo Ruiz||Sorocaba / SP||R$868,100*|
|2nd||Marcelo Azevedo||Pocos de Caldas / MG||R$470,000*|
|3rd||Jorge Breda||Vila Velha / ES||R$480,000*|
|4th||Murillo Rodrigues||Limeira / SP||R$382,000*|
|5th||Tiego Zaramella||Campo Grande / MS||R$211,300|
|6th||Erasmo Correa||Cuiabá / MT||R$151,450|
|7th||Jairo de Paula||Cuiabá / MT||R$100,200|
|8th||Pedro Padilla||São Paulo / SP||R$68,550|
|9th||Leonardo Alencar||Ciudad del Este/Paraguay||R$43,350|
*Denotes fourhanded deal.
According to the PokerStars Blog, Ruiz excelled on the penultimate day and began the final day as the chip leader. He put them to good use too as he eliminated half of his opponents from the final table.
The first final table elimination occurred when Leonardo Alencar got his short stack all in preflop holding against the of Pedro Padilla. The hand seemed destined for a chop, but running spades ended up giving Padilla a flush. It was a brutal end for the man from Paraguay, and he had to settle for ninth place and R$43,350.
Despite winning that hand, Padilla would be the next to go after he suffered a bad beat of his own. He got all his chips in holding and was well out in front of Erasmo Correa’s . The flop was of no consequence, but a on the turn was. Correa spiked a set and sent Padilla to the rail in eighth place for R$68,550.
After Jairo de Paula and Correa were eliminated in seventh and sixth place respectively, Tiego Zaramella found himself all in holding and was up against the of Marcelo Azevedo. Zaramella was well out in front, but the board ran out to give Azevedo a winning straight. Zaramella was eliminated in fifth place for R$211,300.
The remaining four players struck a deal that left R$220,100 on the table, and before long Murillo Rodrigues was out of contention when his failed to overcome the of Jorge Breda, who ended up following him out the door in third place.
Heads-up play began with Ruiz holding 41 million in chips to Azevedo’s 17 million, so it was no surprise that it was a relatively quick affair. In the eighth hand of heads-up play, Azevedo raised to 1 million only to have Ruiz three-bet to 2.65 million. Azevedo responded by moving all in and Ruiz snap-called.
According to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, Ruiz was a 64.37% favorite while Azevedo would come from behind 35.20% of the time. The flop was nothing special, and Azevedo’s chances dropped to 23.43%. The knocked it down even further to 13.64%, meaning he’d need either a king or ten on the river to stay alive. Unfortunately for him, and much to the delight of Ruiz’s boisterous rail, the blanked on the river.
Azevedo took home R$470,000 for his runner-up finish while Ruiz walked away with R$868,100 in prize money and the title of BSOP champion.
*Photo, data, and hands courtesy of the PokerStars Blog.