Vinicius Lima Wins Poker Night in America at Golden Nugget for $56,366

Vinicius Lima

After a tough back-and-forth heads-up battle, Vinicius Lima emerged over Mike Comisso as the winner of Poker Night in America at Golden Nugget, topping a field of 136 runners for $56,366.

Final Table Results

1Vinicius Lima$56,366
2Mike Comisso$34,833
3David Morton$25,143
4Chan Pelton$18,475
5Dimitry Agrachov$13,811
6Joey Weissman$10,500
7Chad Eveslage$8,117
8Frank Bonacci$6,376
9Nacho Barbero$5,090

Just five players made the final day of the tournament, which was filmed for television and streamed on a delay on Twitch. The rules changed up a bit for the final table to make it more viewer-friendly, with a timer in play on every decision that counted down from 60 seconds. Players got two time extensions, good for another 60 seconds apiece.

The shortest stack to begin the day belonged to Dimitry Agrachov, and he went bust at the hands of Lima during Level 23 (10,000/20,000/3,000) after the latter bluffed off about a third of his chips to Chan Pelton. Agrachov shoved 14 big blinds over a button open from Comisso but Lima woke up with the A10 in the big blind and held against the A6.

Then it was Pelton's turn to bluff off a pile, and after David Morton picked him off, Pelton three-bet a raise from Lima and used both of his extensions before calling a four-bet shove of 650,000 effective at 12,000/24,000/4,000. Lima had kings and held up against the A9 on a Q7454 board.

Morton turned up the aggression a bit to stay afloat for awhile three-handed but just kept getting ground back down his more aggressive opponents. Lima finally finished him off to go into heads-up play almost dead even with Comisso.

Comisso took the initial advantage and nearly had the tournament won when he got Lima in at risk with the AK needing to improve against the 1010 of Comisso. An ace on the flop kept Lima's pulse going. Comisso moved back into a 3-1 lead after getting three streets of value with top pair, but Lima wouldn't go away quietly and kept battling back.

One big highlight of the match came in Level 27 (25,000/50,000/5,000), when a board of 6104K sat between the two players on fourth street. Comisso check-called approximately 150,000 and then checked the J river. Lima quickly fired 575,000. Comisso went deep into the tank, and after using a time extension, he called with the Q3 and it was good against the 53.

It didn't prove to be enough, as Lima was back in front just a few hands later in what would be the final lead change of the match. Down to 21 big blinds, Comisso tried three-bet shoving over min-raise with the K9 but Lima called him with the KQ. A board of 73AJA later, and Lima had his win.

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