Day 4 Completed
Day 4 Completed
When the final table began just about four and a half hours ago, Matthias Habernig was the clear favorite. He came into the day with nearly half of the chips in play and almost four times more than his closest competitor. This time, the final-table favorite was able to pull it off as Habernig captured the title and walked away with the first-place prize of $247,441! Quite the hefty payday for the youngster who qualified online from Austria.
Right from the get go, things were fast and furious. There were eliminations left and right -- three within the first hour! Rudy Blondeau went first and he was followed by Rodrigo Scartezini and Andre Luiz Scaff.
After that, things slowed down for only a little bit before the next bunch of players hit the rail and we were down to three-handed play. It took a little while before Alexandre Richard Martins was sent to the rail at the hands of Habernig, which set up a heads-up battle that had Habernig with about a 4:1 chip lead over Dayan Vandanega.
Vandanega was able to pull himself to the lead about halfway through the match and it seemed as though Habernig was getting a little rattled. Rightfully so as this was his first live tournament. A timely break came in the action where Habernig had a chance to regroup and also chat a little bit with Team PokerStars pro Victor Ramdin. The break and the chat must have helped as Habernig returned and took over the chip lead shortly thereafter. Then, after a two-pair-versus-two-pair confrontation, Habernig was able to close the deal.
Habernig made sure to follow through with his massive chip lead coming into the day and wound up the last man standing holding the trophy. He walks away nearly a quarter of a million dollars richer as another great event along the Latin American Poker Tour comes to a close.
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Matthias Habernig opened to 170,000 from the button and Dayan Vardanega made the call from the big.
Vardanega led out for 480,000 on the flop with Habernig pausing for a few moments before making the call as the landed on the turn.
Vardanega checked the action over to Habernig, who followed his opponent's action by sliding in an assortment of chips totalling 650,000. Vardanega didn't spend too long deliberating his decision, as he moved all in for slightly under 2,000,000; 1,980,000 to be exact. Habernig instantly made the call to put the Brazilian at risk.
"Sete! Sete! Sete!" screamed Vardanega's many supporters in the crowd.
Both players shook hands as one was looking at the possibility of being crowned champion, while the other was on the verge of a deserved, but unlucky runner-up finish.
The crowd continued to chant, as the cameras - both still and video - were working hard to catch every vital moment.
The dealer tapped the table, burnt a card, and then revealed the on the river to see Vardanega sent to the rail in 2nd place for a $143,174 payday, as Habernig raised his hands high and quickly rushed to his friends on the rail for some congratulatory high fives and hand shakes.
Matthias Habernig limped the button and Dayan Vardanega checked his option to see a flop fall.
Vardanega checked and Habernig fired out 105,000 only to have Vardanega check-raise to 235,000.
Taking his time, Habernig made the call to see the land on the turn and Vardanega lead out for 270,000. Habernig smooth-called as the dealer dropped the on the river.
Vardanega checked and Habernig fired out 605,000 which Vardanega called.
Habernig tabled his for two-pair, and Vardanega flashed his , before mucking to slip to 3,240,000 as Habernig climbs back into the lead with 3,900,000 in chips.
Dayan Vardanega opened to 185,000 from the button and Matthias Habernig made the call from the big blind.
The flop fell down and a bet of 240,000 from Vardanega was enough to prompt a fold from Habernig.
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After Dayan Vardanega raised from the button and Matthias Habernig called, the two players took a flop of . Both players checked to see the fall on the turn. Habernig check-called a bet of 210,000 before the fell on the river. Both players checked. Vardanega tabled the and Habernig mucked.
Here are the updated chip counts from heads up play.
The cards are now back in the air!