Joao Vieira Takes WSOP Gold and $758,011 in $5k 6-handed

Portugals Joao Vieira scooped the $758,011 first prize to go along with his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet last night, defeating 2009 Main Event champ Joe Cada to claim the title.

By: Andrew Burnett

A record-breaking field of 815 had been reduced to the final table of just six as day four ‘dawned’ in the Rio and it took only two hands to see the first player fall, a short-stacked Barry Hutter hitting the rail.

Olivier Busquet was also chasing his first bracelet, but ‘a series of unfortunate hands’ saw the popular New Yorker fall in 5th, followed by Frenchman Pierre Calamusa in 4th.

Calamusa is a teammate of Vieira’s at Winamax, but Portugal’s number one moneywinner stated it was “just business” after busting his friend.

''If I sit at the poker table he's just another opponent…I love the guy, he is a great guy, but when you sit down it's just business ...'' he told WSOP reporters.

The UK’s Jamie O’Connor was next to fall and that left Cada and Vieira to fight heads-up for the gold jewellery – Cada looking for his 5th bracelet, with Vieira stating his own target is five!

He secured the first of them after clawing back a chip deficit and then catching Cada in two huge hands, the win going to the Portuguese pro.

''I'm very happy”, said Vieira after his victory, adding: “I don't think it has settled in yet…Winning five bracelets is one of my main goals. This is the first one and it's a huge burden off my back.''

Final results

1 Joao Vieira $758,011
2 Joe Cada $468,488
3 Jamie O'Connor $317,956
4 Pierre Calamusa $219,468
5 Olivier Busquet $154,112
6 Barry Hutter $110,127

 

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