partypoker LIVE just concluded its Caribbean Poker Party (CPP) 2018 series, which was held at the luxurious Baha-Mar Resort in the Bahamas. The series ran for a total of nine days, starting from Nov. 9-17. The highest buy-in of the CPP 2018, the $250K SHR, was won by Steffen Sontheimer last week, who took home $3,685,000 (~INR 26.45 Crores) in cash.
The Main Event of this series was the $5,300 NLHE which had its first day on Nov. 10, with the champion being declared on the last day. The Main Event attracted a staggering 1,815 entries. Portuguese-native Filipe Oliveira shipped this event and took home a total of $1,500,000 (~INR 10.79 Crores), this being the biggest cash prize of his career, and that too by a gigantic margin. His previous best win was of $34,616 at the EUR 2,150 NLHE Turbo Bounty-8 Handed held in 2016 at the European Poker Tour (EPT) in Ireland.
Tables can turn quickly for a tournament player. After a 3-hour grind, Filipe Oliveira lifted his magnificent trophy and $1.5 million, beating Craig Mason in final heads-up battle.
Final Table Results –
The official final table of the Main Event saw eight players, after Neik Van Der Sluijs, Anton Wigg and Alex Lynskey got eliminated the same day. The American-pro Joe Kuether managed to sneak-in to the final table after Lynskey’s exit despite losing tens to Craig Mason’s jacks for a ton of chips.
The final table action was a roller-coaster ride for the Portuguese champion, losing a series of pots to drop to 35 million at 5,000,000/10,000,000/10,000,000. He went all in pre-flop with K6o and got called by two players, with one having KJ hole cards. The flop witnessed a six, and Oliveira came back with a pair. The turn and the river of KQs also found a King pair with Oliveira, beating Maslak’s A10s.
Oliveira said, “I was really lucky,” about his comeback. “That’s about it. I was pretty lucky all the way.” Another Portuguese was at the final table, the 2018 bracelet winner Diogo Veiga, but was eliminated by Mason when he won a flip with Veiga and then opened jacks at the same 10 million level.
The pot that gave Oliveira a decisive lead was where he made nothing but a pair of deuces. He put in a three-bet preflop and with 42s, and flopped a bottom pair on an ace-high board. Mason put in a small bet with King-high and then turned a king. Oliveira bombed the turn for pot. Mason tanked all the way till he used a time extension before he ceded to Oliveira.
“It was really hard playing with him. It was pretty tough for me to have him on my left. I was happy when he busted because it was more chances for me to win,” Oliviera reacted. “It’s very nice. I worked all these years for moments like that.”
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