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WCOOP-48-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam]

Event Info

Prize Pool $1,928,000
Players 3856

Level Info

Level 48
Blinds 1,250,000 / 2,500,000
Ante 325,000

Players Info - Day 3

Players Left 1
WCOOP-48-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam]
Day 3 Completed

Vitor "Vitorbrasil" Moreira Wins WCOOP-48-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam] ($210,237)

zedmaster84 • Level 48: 1,250,000-2,500,000, 325,000 ante
Final Result WCOOP-48-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam]
Final Result WCOOP-48-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam]

It was a speedy affair to crown a champion on the final day of WCOOP-48-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam] as barely four and a half hours passed to whittle down the 16 survivors out of a field of 3,856 entries to a winner. Vitor "Vitorbrasil" Moreira defeated German poker pro Philipp "philbort" Gruissem in heads-up to claim the lion's share of the $1,928,000 prize pool and earned his maiden WCOOP title, which came with a payday of $210,237.

It was already the 12th Brazilian victory in a medium tier of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) 2020 and the 25th title in total for the current festival as the final week of the series has all but kicked off.

Moreira, who represents the 4bet poker team on home soil in Brazil, has more than $106,000 in live cashes to his name and his first WCOOP title came with the biggest payday on the poker circuit thus far. Retaining his own bounty of $72,433 made all the difference as that was three times as much as Gruissem had collected.

The domination was furthermore highlighted by the fact that seven of the 16 finalists in this event were from Brazil and four of them reached the final table, on which Moreira dominated after taking the lead early on. Other notable finalists included Maksym "MAMOHT_T" Mamonov, Andrey "Lucky_Jew_17" Parugaev, and 2019 WCOOP PLO event winner "xnrobix" from Hungary.

Final Table Results WCOOP-48-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam]

PlaceWinnerCountryBounty PrizeCash PrizeTotal Prize
1Vitor "Vitorbrasil" MoreiraBrazil$72,433$137,803$210,237
2Philipp "philbort" GruissemGermany$24,557$98,229$122,786
4Tauan "kylix42" NavesBrazil$1,563$49,913$51,476
5Maksym "MAMOHT_T" MamonovRussia$13,399$35,580$48,979
6Andrey "Lucky_Jew_17" ParugaevRussia$15,786$25,363$41,149
7Marlon "sphinmx" WilhelmsBrazil$4,520$18,079$22,599

One Hour to Reach the Final Table

Only a few minutes had passed when the first player hit the rail as Canada's "X-Factor777" lost a race with ace-king against pocket tens. Pedro "gusmaa" Gusma was next to fall when he failed to hold up with ace-king suited against ace-ten suited and soon after, "Stiffler8818" jammed kings for an overpair into the flopped set of tens of Maksim "MAMOHT_T" Viktorovich.

The action barely slowed down as the Lithuanian pros Tomas "dartazzzz" Jozonis and Matas "NoTilit" Cikinas next to bow out, the former with flush under flush and the latter by coming up short with king-jack versus ace-queen suited. Only ten players headed into the first break as Vinicius "viniperri" Perri became the next casualty, and once they returned to the seats it was Luis "Lui$starPRO$" Rocha that lost a flip with ace-king against the jacks of Vitor "Vitorbrasil" Moreira to set up the final table.

Early Big Pot for Moreira Sets the Pace

Despite a very deep-stacked final table with 15 blinds for the shortest stack and 116 for the chip leader, it didn't take long to lose another player as "bruna_bsb" had their queens cracked by ace-jack. Soon after, the second-biggest pot of the tournament to date vaulted Moreira into the top spot. The Brazilian would remain there until three-handed play and only suffered one major setback on road to victory.

As on shorter stack after the other succumbed, it was Moreira that kept winning big pots to become the runaway chip leader and he also claimed the bounties of "xnrobix" and Andrey "Lucky_Jew_17" Parugaev. Responsible for most of the other eliminations was Philipp "philbort" Gruissem, who then doubled into the lead in three-handed action when top pair held against an open-ended straight flush draw.

Philipp Gruissem
Philipp Gruissem finished in 2nd place

Moreira evened out the stacks for the heads-up play by knocking out "MrNorberto" and Gruissem declined a suggested deal by the Brazilian. The first few minutes of one-versus-one were dominated by the aggression of Gruissem but Moreira didn't need long to turn things around and finished it off when Gruissem bluffed with a busted gutshot into trips.

The final day of WCOOP-48-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam] was streamed on the PokerStars Twitch channel with cards up coverage and commentary by Joe Stapleton and Maria Ho. That wraps up the PokerNews coverage for this event but can also check out all the other exclusive PokerStars WCOOP 2020 highlights, results and live updates right here!

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Philipp "philbort" Gruissem Eliminated in 2nd Place ($122,786)

zedmaster84 • Level 48: 1,250,000-2,500,000, 325,000 ante
Philipp Gruissem
Philipp Gruissem

Philipp "philbort" Gruissem opened the action with another button raise to 5,625,000 and Vitor "Vitorbrasil" Moreira three-bet to 16,750,000 in the big blind, which Gruissem called.

Moreira opted for a check on the {10-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{5-Spades} flop and Gruissem bet 8,537,500 to pick up a call before firing a second bet of 38,750,000 on the {5-Diamonds} turn. Moreira check-called once more and also checked the {3-Clubs} on the river.

Gruissem emptied the clip with a shove for 106,186,774 and Moreira essentially beat him into the pot with a snap-called to reveal {k-Hearts}{q-Hearts} for a missed gutshot, as Moreira claimed the final knockout of the event with {6-Spades}{5-Hearts} for trips fives.

Gruissem Eliminated in 2nd Place
Gruissem Eliminated in 2nd Place

The runner-up finish of Gruissem comes with $24,557 in bounties and a cash prize of $98,229 whereas Moreira keeps his own bounty of $72,433 and earned a cash prize of $137,803.

A recap of today's action is to follow.

Vitor "Vitorbrasil" Moreira BR 385,600,000 168,974,274
Philipp "philbort" Gruissem DE Busted

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Moreira Regains The Lead

zedmaster84 • Level 48: 1,250,000-2,500,000, 325,000 ante

A button min-raise to 5 million by Vitor "Vitorbrasil" Moreira was three-bet to 20 million by Philipp "philbort" Gruissem and he picked up a call from the Brazilian. Gruissem continued on the {j-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{3-Spades} flop for 12,195,000 and was called.

The {3-Hearts} turn and {q-Spades} river were checked and Gruissem revealed {a-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} for tens and treys, as Moreira won the pot with {k-Spades}{j-Hearts} for jacks and treys.

A button raise by Gruissem was then three-bet by Moreira in the next hand and Gruissem folded.

Vitor "Vitorbrasil" Moreira BR 216,625,726 44,420,000
Philipp "philbort" Gruissem DE 168,974,274 -44,420,000

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Moreira Strikes Back

zedmaster84 • Level 48: 1,250,000-2,500,000, 325,000 ante

Vitor "Vitorbrasil" Moreira conceded another pot and then raised the button to 5 million, which Philipp "philbort" Gruissem called out of the big blind. Gruissem went for another check-raise from 5,340,070 to 13,750,000 on the {10-Clubs}{5-Spades}{3-Spades} flop but this time, Moreira reraised to 32,159,930 to shut down Gruissem.

Two hands later, the same min-raise on the button by Moreira was called by Gruissem who check-called a small bet on the {q-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} flop. They checked the {2-Spades} turn and Gruissem bet the {7-Clubs} river for 8,750,000. Moreira raised to 27,500,700 and that earned the next pot without resistance.

Philipp "philbort" Gruissem DE 213,394,274 -23,974,920
Vitor "Vitorbrasil" Moreira BR 172,205,726 23,974,920

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Gruissem Drags In Another Decent Pot

zedmaster84 • Level 48: 1,250,000-2,500,000, 325,000 ante

In a min-raised pot to the {6-Spades}{6-Clubs}{2-Hearts} flop, both players checked and Philipp "philbort" Gruissem check-raised the {k-Spades} turn from 5,400,077 to 17,500,000. Vitor "Vitorbrasil" Moreira called and Gruissem then overbet the {8-Hearts} river for 70,000,000 to force yet another fold from Moreira.

Philipp "philbort" Gruissem DE 237,369,194 22,825,000
Vitor "Vitorbrasil" Moreira BR 148,230,806 -22,825,000

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Play Resumes Without Deal

zedmaster84 • Level 48: 1,250,000-2,500,000, 325,000 ante

Philipp "philbort" Gruissem declined the deal discussion with the words "let's play" in chat when the action resumed and the first pot was a bigger one to increase his lead.

Gruissem raised to 5,625,000 and Vitor "Vitorbrasil" Moreira called in the big blind. Moreira check-called bets of 2,975,000 on the {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{2-Spades} flop and 12,500,000 on the {6-Spades} turn. Moreira then checked the {q-Diamonds} river and Gruissem's third barrel for 38,750,000 forced a fold.

Philipp "philbort" Gruissem DE 214,544,194 21,425,000
Vitor "Vitorbrasil" Moreira BR 171,055,806 -21,425,000

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Break and Deal Discussions

zedmaster84 • Level 47: 1,000,000-2,000,000, 250,000 ante

Only one hand of heads-up was played before the players started a deal discussion. The next scheduled five-minute break then also kicked off as Philipp "philbort" Gruissem and Vitor "Vitorbrasil" Moreira are essentially even in chips.

Philipp "philbort" Gruissem DE 193,119,194 1,575,000
Vitor "Vitorbrasil" Moreira BR 192,480,806 -1,575,000

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"MrNorberto" Eliminated in 3rd Place ($76,85)

zedmaster84 • Level 47: 1,000,000-2,000,000, 250,000 ante
MrNorberto eliminated
MrNorberto eliminated

Out of the small blind, Vitor "Vitorbrasil" Moreira raised to 145 million and "MrNorberto" in the big blind called all-in for approximately 46.5 million in chips.

"MrNorberto": {a-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}
Vitor "Vitorbrasil" Moreira: {a-Spades}{5-Hearts}

On a board of {5-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}, the five fell on the flop and that spelled the end for "MrNorberto" in third place, which comes with $6,831 in bounties and a cash prize of $70,021.

Vitor "Vitorbrasil" Moreira BR 194,055,806 48,436,917
Philipp "philbort" Gruissem DE 191,544,194 -1,575,000
MrNorberto hu Busted

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Gruissem Doubles Into the Lead

zedmaster84 • Level 48: 1,250,000-2,500,000, 325,000 ante
Gruissem doubles through Moreira
Gruissem doubles through Moreira

"MrNorberto" raised the button to 5,025,000 and was called by Philipp "philbort" Gruissem and Vitor "Vitorbrasil" Moreira in the blinds.

On a {8-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{2-Clubs} flop, Gruissem and Moreira checked to "MrNorberto" who bet 5,296,500. Gruissem check-raised to 15 million and Moreira reraised to 200 million. As "MrNorberto" folded, Gruissem tank-called for his tournament life.

Philipp "philbort" Gruissem: {a-Clubs}{8-Spades}
Vitor "Vitorbrasil" Moreira: {5-Clubs}{4-Clubs}

Moreira had a huge draw for the vast majority of chips but the {9-Hearts} turn and {3-Spades} river instead vaulted Gruissem into the lead.

Philipp "philbort" Gruissem DE 193,119,194 108,782,847
Vitor "Vitorbrasil" Moreira BR 145,618,889 -101,561,347
MrNorberto hu 46,861,917 -7,221,500

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