Day 4 Completed
|Blinds||100,000 / 200,000|
Day 4 Completed
Joao Vieira has come through a record-breaking 815 entrant field in Event #70: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed at the 2019 World Series of Poker to win his first piece of WSOP jewelry and the impressive first-place prize of $758,011. Vieira beat none other than 2009 Main Event champion and four-time bracelet winner Joe Cada heads-up to claim the title and only the fourth bracelet for Portugal.
Vieira ended Day 2 with the chip lead and he was still on top of the leaderboard at the start of the final table. Mostly thanks to a hero call with pocket kings on an ace-high board against Ankush Mandavia on Day 3. Vieira commented that it felt like the turning point in his tournament. ''I have been trying to develop my live reads for such a long time. On a crucial moment, in a crucial hand of the biggest tournament, of the biggest day of my professional career. I found a call based on all the hard work I have done over the past four years.''
A friend and teammate of Vieira joined him on the final table. Pierre Calamusa, who ultimately busted in fourth place, was eliminated by Vieira himself. Vieira told PokerNews after the tournament: ''If I sit at the poker table he's just another opponent. Whether the board is favorable or unfavorable, I have to play a hand when it's over. I love the guy, he is a great guy, but when you sit down it's just business and you try to do the best you can and compete to your full abilities.''
Official Final Table Results
|2||Joe Cada||United States||$468,488|
|3||Jamie O'Connor||United Kingdom||$317,956|
|5||Olivier Busquet||United States||$154,112|
|6||Barry Hutter||United States||$110,127|
Final Day Action
The day started out in the highest gear possible and it only took two hands for the first elimination to take place. Barry Hutter started the day as the short stack and he was the first player eliminated only a couple of minutes into the day. He got his chips in the middle with second pair against the top pair of Jamie O'Connor. Hutter hit two pair on the turn but was counterfeit when the board paired on the river to award O'Connor with a better two pair. Hutter played two hands on day four and was eliminated in sixth place worth $110,127.
The action did not slow down right away because three hands after that it was Calamusa who was at risk of elimination and it didn't look good for the Frenchman. Calamusa had to come from behind with pocket jacks against the pocket queens of O'Connor. The flop brought a jack right away and he managed to double up.
Vieira's chip lead was in no danger for a while but Cada then doubled up through the Portuguese to take over the chip lead. Olivier Busquet then busted out after a series of unfortunate hands he ended up jamming king-four in the small blind and he was called by O'Connor in the big blind with king-queen. Busquet busted out in fifth place after he wasn't able to come back from behind and he was sent to the cashier to collect $154,112.
Eventual champion Vieira busted his teammate Calamusa in fourth place. Vieira had the better hand with ace-king against the ace-seven of Calamusa but the Frenchman managed to hit a seven on the flop. Vieira hit a king on the river to eliminate him and Calamusa collected $219,468.
The three-handed battle went on for a little while and stacks evened out a bit. Cada at one point had the shortest stack with 7,000,000 but Vieira only had a marginal chip lead with 8,300,000. Cada then took over the chip lead by winning a big pot off O'Connor and Vieira delivered the knock-out punch. O'Connor wasn't able to fade a king or queen on the board when he was at risk of elimination and he busted out of the tournament in third place, missing the heads-up match. He did cash for $317,956.
Cada started the heads-up match with the lead but it was the fourth hand of the heads-up where it all switched. Cada faced a river raise from Vieira on a board that read five-four-deuce-king-ace. Cada called after a couple of minutes but mucked when Vieira showed him four-trey for a straight. They got their chips in the middle another four hands later and Cada finished in second place when his ace-queen couldn't win against the king-queen of Vieira. Cada had to settle for $468,488 while Vieira wins his first WSOP gold bracelet and $758,011.
When asked about his victory Vieira answered the following: ''I'm very happy. I don't think it has settled in yet. I've been having a lot of patience and the road hasn't been easy. I don't believe in justice but I believe in hard work. Winning five bracelets is one of my main goals. This is the first one and it's a huge burden off my back.''
Vieira joins the club of bracelet winners while Cada has to wait a little longer for number five. Stay tuned to PokerNews for more 2019 World Series of Poker coverage.
Hand #107: Joao Vieira raised to 600,000 and Joe Cada three-bet to 1,950,000. Vieira shoved, and Cada called.
Cada saw his ace-queen run into ace-king, and Vieira was five cards away from victory. The flop brought no joy for Cada, and neither did the turn.
Vieira's rail was calling for every brick card possible to appear on the river, and when the five of clubs was revealed they surrounded Vieira in jubilant celebrations as he claimed his first WSOP bracelet.
Cada departed as runner-up for $468,488 and just missed out on his fifth gold bracelet.
A full recap of the day's final table action will follow.
Hand #103: Joao Vieira called for 125,000, and Joe Cada checked. The flop fell , and Cada checked. Vieira bet 325,000 and Cada called. The hit the turn, and Cada checked before Vieira bet 950,000 and Cada folded.
Hand #104: Vieira got a walk.
Hand #105: Vieira called for 125,000, and Cada checked. The hit the flop, and Cada check-called a 300,000 bet. The hit the turn, and Cada checked again. Vieira checked behind, and when the hit the river, Cada bet 900,000, which was enough to get a fold from Vieira.
Hand #106: Cada called for 125,000 and Vieira checked to see the flop. Vieira then check-folded to a 300,000 bet from Cada.
Hand #98: Joe Cada raised to 600,000 and Joao Vieira called. The flop was and Vieira check-folded to a bet of 650,000.
Hand #99: Viera raised to 575,000 and Cada three-bet to 1,900,000. Vieira folded and Cada picked up another pot.
Hand #100: Vieira received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #101: Vieira raised to 575,000 and he was called by Cada. The flop fell and Cada checked. Vieira bet 550,000 and Cada raised to 1,875,000 and Vieira called.
The was dealt on the turn and Cada slowed down with a check. Vieira checked behind this time and the river was the . Cada fired a bet of 2,000,000 on the river and Vieira made a raise to 5,200,000. Cada had his hand to his head while thinking it through and he was visibly in doubt. Cada called after a couple of minutes and Vieira tabled for a rivered straight.
Hand #102: Cada folded in the small blind to give Vieira a walk.
The final two will now take a short break before heads-up play begins.
Hand #97: Joao Vieira raised to 250,000 on the button and saw Jamie O'Connor three-bet all in for 3,000,000. Vieira asked for the count, and when the dealer confirmed the amount, he called.
O'Connor had the preflop lead and held his advantage on the flop. However, Vieira paired his queen on the turn to flip the scenario in his favor and when the river fell safely for the Portuguese man, O'Connor's elimination was confirmed.
O'Connor took away $317,956 for his third-place finish and secured his best live score in the process.
Hand #96: Jamie O'Connor raised to 400,000 from the button, and Joe Cada called in the big blind. The flop fell , and Cada checked. O'Connor checked behind, and the hit the turn.
Cada bet 800,000 and O'Connor called. The hit the river, and Cada saw his 1,900,000 bet called by O'Connor.
Cada revealed for trips and O'Connor mucked.
Hand #91: Jamie O'Connor received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #92: Small blind O'Connor limped and Joao Vieira checked in the big blind. O'Connor check-folded on the flop to a bet of 250,000.
Hand #93: Joao Vieira limped and Joe Cada checked in the big blind. The flop was and Vieira bet 325,000. He was called by Cada. They checked it down on the turn and the river. Vieira showed and Cada won with .
Hand #94: Vieira raised to 450,000 from the button and Cada called in the small blind. Big blind O'Connor also called and the three saw the flop. It checked to Vieira on the flop and the initial raiser checked behind this time.
The turn was the and all three checked again. The river was the and they checked again. Cada showed and he won the pot.
Hand #95: O'Connor limped in the small blind and Vieira checked his option in the big blind. The flop was and O'Connor check-called a bet of 275,000. the turn was the and O'Connor check-folded to a bet of 750,000.
Hand #86: Joe Cada raised to 450,000 and Jamie O'Connor three-bet all in for 3,500,000, which Cada called.
O'Connor was in a flip for his tournament life, and when the flop gave him top pair, his rail exploded with celebration. More cheers followed after the rest of the board in the Brit's favor, and O'Connor moved up to 8,000,000.
Hand #87: O'Connor raised and won the pot.
Hand #88: Cada called in the small blind, and O'Connor checked his option. The flop fell , and O'Connor check-folded to a bet.
Hand #89: Cada raised from the button and won the pot.
Hand #90: The flop was down , and both O'Connor and Cada checked. The turn fell the , and O'Connor called a 650,000 bet. The river revealed the and O'Connor folded after Cada bet 1,900,000.