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
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 in the big blind and held against the .
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 on a 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 needing to improve against the 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 sat between the two players on fourth street. Comisso check-called approximately 150,000 and then checked the river. Lima quickly fired 575,000. Comisso went deep into the tank, and after using a time extension, he called with the and it was good against the .
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 but Lima called him with the . A board of later, and Lima had his win.