Since late November, the Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP) has been taking place at the Sheraton WTC in São Paulo, Brazil. The nine-day series featured 36 events, utilized 200 dealers, catered to 20,000 players, and awarded more than $7 million Brazilian reais ($2.7 million) in prize money.
The series, which emerged in 2006 as Brazil’s first national series of poker, culminated in a main event known as the BSOP Millions, a tournament that attracted 2,749 entries and became the second largest poker tournament in the world behind those held at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. It was also a nice increase from the 2013 BSOP Millions, which saw Murilo “muka_gaming” Ruiz top a field of 2,400 players to win R$868,100 ($371,713).
This year, Brasilia’s Wilson Calixto emerged victorious in the BSOP Millions Main Event to pocket R$1.05 million (approx. $420,000).
2014 BSOP Millions Final Table Results
*Denotes three-handed deal
The final day of the tournament saw 10 players return to action, but within 30 minutes both Marcel Carli and Adecir Cassol fell to bring about the official final table of eight. Not long after, the short-stacked Humberto Meireles shoved all in holding and was way ahead of Calixto’s . Unfortunately for Meireles, a four spiked on the flop to give Calixto a set, and the rest of the board bricked. Meireles took home R$105,000 for his eighth-place finish.
From there, Chilean Sebastian "El conejo" Ruiz fell when he ran into the pocket aces of Ednei Carrilho, and then Neném Brito followed him out the door in sixth place when he got his chips in on a flop holding the . His flush draw was no good though as Carrilho held the . The turn and river sealed Brito’s fate, and he made his way to the payout desk to collect R$150,000.
Calixto, who by this point had taken over the chip lead, sent Anderson Cruz out the door in fifth place when his held against Cruz’s , and then Carrilho, who began the final table as one of the big stacks, took his leave in fourth place when his failed to outdraw the of Luiz Ferreira Duarte.
This led the final three players to strike a deal that saw Calixto lock up R$800,000, Iglesias R$790,000, and Duarte R$710,000, while leaving R$250,000 and the trophy to the eventual winner.
With a deal in place, Iglesias bet a board only to have Calixto move all in. Iglesias called off holding , but it was no good as Calixto had made a straight on the turn with . A meaningless was put out on the river for good measure, and Iglesias exited the tournament in third place leaving Calixto with a slight chip lead over Duarte at the start of heads-up play.
Calixto slowly chipped away at his opponent, and with the blinds at 300,000/600,000/50,000, Duarte min-raised, Calixto called, and the flop came down . Calixto checked, Duarte bet 1.2 million, and Calixto called to see a turn. Calixto checked again, but this time he moved all in after Duarte bet 2.5 million. Duarte called off for 16.5 million with for top pair, but it was no good as Calixto held two pair with . The river failed to help Duarte, and he had to settle for runner-up and the R$710,000 he locked up in the deal.
Meanwhile, Calixto became Brazil’s latest superstar by taking down the BSOP Millions Main Event for R$1.05 million.
*Data and lead photo courtesy of BSOP PokerStars.net.