Fernando Viana wins PokerStars Stadium Series Grand Final for $721,235

Fernando fviana Viana scooped the biggest prize of PokerStars Stadium Series, taking down the Grand Final High for a monster payout of $721,235 on a day that saw Brazil celebrate a double victory…

By: Andrew Burnett


The $5200 buy-in tournament attracted 971 entries, not quite making the $5million guarantee but coming very close in High version of the freezeout format Grand Final.

Among the 119 to make the money on day 2 were Jon 'apestyles' Van Fleet, Mike 'SirWatts' Watson and Joao 'INeedMassari' Simao, all cashing for $14,644.

A bit higher up, Michael 'imluckbox' Addamo and Tala 'Raidalot' Shakerchi pocketed $22,729, and Rui 'RuiNF' Ferreira taking 15th spot for $43,864.

The final table saw 5 Russians and a Belarusian among the nine contenders, but incredibly they would be the first six to fall…a three-way all-in starting what would be an incredible day’s play…

Vlada2108: Q♠ Q♦
Goallinfishara: A♣ K♠
serggorelyi7: 9♠ 9♣

Flop: Q♥ 9♥ 4♥
Turn: 10♥
River: 2♦

By the time they played down to just three, Viana’s pocket jacks holding up against the final Russian, serggorelyi7, the payouts were massive, and it was time to discuss a deal.

All three secured $½million+ paydays, and when Viana’s tens defeated Chilaud’s nines, only Stojanovic stood between the Brazilian and glory.

The hand that settled matters was a cooler of epic proportions, Stojanovic turning trips and triple -barreling only to find out the bad news when Viana snap-called the river bet…

Viana: 10♦ 9♠
Stojanovic: 8♥ 8♦
Flop: J♦ 7♠ 3♦
Turn: 8♠
River: 4♥

♠ ♣ ♥ ♦

Final results

1 Fernando fviana Viana $721,235.15*
2 Vlada Vlada2108 Stojanovic $553,931.64*
3 Maxime Daghemuneguu Chilaud $570,219.71*
4 serggorelyi7 $310,287
5 Futti18 $224,248.50
6 MarinkaHT $162,067.50
7 LeslieGroves $117,128
8 isscreamo $84,650
9 Goallinfishara $67,991.50

The Brazilian celebrations didn’t end with Viana’s victory, though, as Caio 'Pessagno' Pessagno took down the Mid version of the Stadium Series Grand Final.

That $530 buy-in was turned into a $266,006 payday after another three-way deal, and there were three more Brazilians further down the final table!

Final results

1 Caio Pessagno Pessagno $266,006*
2 JustPray $202,586*
3 RB Tiger $202,934*
4 digopapel $109,517
5 luckyluck653 $78,068
6 hanji $55,649
7 ferdahouse $39,668
8 KKing James $28,277
9 The_Senseman $20,157

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