Jimmy Livramento emerged victorious in the latest WPTDeepStacks Main Event. The player took down a field of 224 entries at Casino Vilamoura in Southern Portugal’s Algarve region for a first-place prize of €50,000, the tournament trophy, and a package into the season ending WPTDeepStacks championship event worth €2,500.
The WPTDeepStacks Portugal was played over four days that featured three starting flights and two more days of play. As mentioned above, as many as 224 contenders entered the tournament for a shot at the first-place prize and the title. The €1,110 buy-in event featured a guaranteed prize pool of €200,000, but that guarantee was surpassed eventually and a prize pool of €217,280 was generated.
Day 3, the Main Event’s final one, saw nine players return at the host venue to play down to a champ. It was namely Livramento who led his fellow players into the final table. The player had a stack of 1.45 million at the time and was 200,000 chips ahead of his nearest competitor. Cesário Gomes was that nearest competitor, and defending champion Francisco Lopes held the third-largest stack at the time cards were thrown in the air for the Main Event’s final stage.
Highlights from Day 3
Eyes were set on Lopes at the start of Day 3. The player won the WPTDeepStacks Portugal at Casino Vilamoura last year and was now aiming for a back-to-back win to make history at the gambling venue. It should be noted that his back-to-back final table in the event was too a big accomplishment.
Despite his good start of the day, Lopes could not make it through the end and pose for a picture with the trophy. The player was eventually eliminated in fifth place for €13,367.
As for Livramento, he entered the final table as the chip leader and maintained his lead throughout that closing stage of the tournament. The player eventually faced Henrique Couto heads-up. Couto managed to claim the chip lead for a short while at the beginning of the two-handed match, but Livramento quickly regained control.
Heads-up action lasted for nearly two hours, during which Livramento put great pressure on his final opponent to weaken him gradually. On what turned out to be the final hand in play, Livramento limped on the button to see Couto check. The [10c][3d][5d] arrived on the flop. Couto checked and then called a 100,000 bet. The turn came down [6s]. Couto checked and Livramento bet 175,000. Couto then shoved for around 1 million and Livramento called.
Couto turned over [6d][4h] and his opponent showed [Qc][10d] for a top pair. A blank [9d] was of no help to Couto and the player hit the rail in second place, good for €32,000 in prize money.
Final table results:
Jimmy Livramento – €50,000
Henrique Couto – €32,000
Hugo Cesario Gomes Andrade – €24,000
Pier D’Ancona – €17,800
Francisco Lopes – €13,367
Andre Cuco – €10,209
Artur Coelho – €7,891
Tiago Branco – €6,185
Jorge Oliveira – €4,918
The WPTDeepStacks is next heading to Marrakech where a Main Event is scheduled to take place on September 27-30.