After pushing through nearly 750 players, Victor Sbrissa took down the 2013 PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour Brazil Main Event on Tuesday at the Tivoli Hotel in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Despite facing a tough final table that included Team PokerStars Pros Leo Fernandez and Andre Akkari, Sbrissa emerged as the winner of the $4,000 buy-in event to collect a prize of $255,400, by far the largest live cash of his tournament career.
LAPT Brazil Main Event Results
|6||Marcos Paulo Ximenes||$47,266|
The first elimination occurred just four hands into the final table. Thiago Grigoletti was out in eighth place after he ran his into Marco Ximenes’ . Grigoletti began the day with just 16 big blinds and picked an unfortunate spot that sent him to the cage to collect R$52,600 ($26,254).
Fernandez was favored to win from the start with a commanding chip lead going into the final table. Those expectations were shot down, however, after he doubled up two of his opponents before hitting the rail in seventh place.
After a turbulent ride at the final table, Ximenes finished his run in sixth place for R$94,700 ($47,266). First, he ran his pocket sixes into Daniel Murta’s pocket queens and lost. Then, his pocket queens held up against Murta’s pocket fives. But it was another pocket pair that would be his demise when he shoved threes into Sbrissa’s sixes. The board ran out and Ximenes hit the rail.
Just a few hands later, Akkari saw all his chips in the middle. After being crippled by Rafael Pardo two hands earlier, Akkari was left with just 650,000 when the blinds reached 60,000/120,000/10,000. With his whittled stack, Akkari decided to commit the rest of his chips with 8-3 offsuit. Murta woke up with king-queen and paired his king on the turn. Akkari busted in fifth place for R$128,900 ($64,335).
Leonardo Brescia managed to stick around by staying away from of the chaos around him. With the blinds increasing, though, his stack didn’t grow enough to evade elimination. Brescia shoved against Sbrissa, who held a pair of eights, and the flop gave Sbrissa a full house. A gave Brescia slight hope, but the on the river made quads for Sbrissa and ended Brescia's tournament. Brescia was forced to the payout desk to collect R$171,000 ($85,338) for fourth place.
Pardo was quite active at the final table, having doubled up a few times and doubled others when facing many all-in altercations. He was the short stack when play was down to just three players. With just about a million in chips left, Pardo opened his button to 250,000 with . Murta defended the big blind with . The rest of Pardo's chips went in on the flop, and the turn gave Murta a flush to eliminate Pardo in third place for R$231,400 ($115,481).
That left Murta and Sbrissa fighting for the title. Murta was the shorter stack when heads-up play began, and Sbrissa applied pressure by raising his button against Murta’s big blind and playing out of position by check-raising to induce folds. Murta’s stack depreciated quickly. Down to 2.7 million in chips (around 17 big blinds), Murta opened his button to 350,000. Sbrissa defended his big blind and checked the flop. Murta shoved all in for his remaining stack of 2,405,000. Sbrissa called with top pair while Murta showed for middle pair. The turn was and the river .
Like a roaring stadium of crazed soccer fans, Sbrissa's lively and ecstatically cheerful supporters began chanting, “Ole, ole ole ole, Sbrissa, Sbrissa!”
Murta’s performance rewarded him with R$334,000 ($166,684) while Sbrissa was crowned champion for R$512,100 ($255,400)