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Felipe Ramos booked a big score on Thursday night in the $10,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event at the Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic when he and Hank Yang chopped the tournament for a score of $115,500 each. But Ramos wasn't the only big winner on the night as the PocketFives Staking mainstay offered action in the tournament to his fans. For those that decided to purchase a piece, a big-time return was their reward. https://twitter.com/FelipeMojave/status/1469233013187772416?s=20 According to PokerGO, who were reporting on the tournament as a part of the PokerGO tour, it was a hard-fought battle from the moment the final five made the money. But things really came to a slowdown three-handed. A three-hour slugfest took place with Ramos, Yang, and eventual third-place finisher Nathan Zimnik trading blows and taking turns holding the chip lead. https://twitter.com/FelipeMojave/status/1469151548395515906?s=20 Finally, Zimnik hit the rail, and Ramos and Yang found themselves with nearly identical chip stacks. It took some negotiation, but the two agreed on a deal that sent both home with a six-figure score and allowed Ramos to be recorded as the winner. [caption id="attachment_637486" align="aligncenter" width="750"] It's a done deal between Ramos and Yang.[/caption] Of course, Ramos isn’t the only person who won big in the event. Not by a long shot. Ramos has been consistently offering pieces of his grind on PocketFives Staking and the more than 25 backers who took him up on some of his $10K PLO action were handsomely rewarded come Friday morning with a nearly 10x return on investment. You had to be nimble to grab a piece of this one, with Ramos posting his action on the site just a day ahead of time. He sold off 16% - all at no markup. In total, those who backed Ramos turned that collective $1,680 into $18,480. A $50 investment (0.0047%) turned into roughly $550. It’s another huge score for PocketFives investors (not unlike when Josh Arieh helped his backers turn $15 into $2K). It’s also a breakthrough for Ramos himself who, admittedly, had a rough summer on the WSOP felts. But the Brazilian decided to stick around in the U.S. to play even more and has finally found that win that had been eluding him. Now, the GGPoker ambassador is back to his winning ways and has every intention of bringing his rabid fan base along with him. Here's just one more reason to keep a close eye on PocketFives Staking so if you haven't done so...sign up for an account right here.
Vamo Baralho! Loosely translated from Portuguese, it means “let’s play some cards”. Over the past few years it’s become a battle cry for Brazilian poker players as they’ve dominated the world of online poker tournaments. That’s been no more apparent than during the first seven events of the World Series of Poker Online on GGpoker. Four times during those first nine events, the last player standing has been flying the familiar green and yellow Brazilian flag. It all started in Event #2 ($1,111 Caesars Cares) where former #1-ranked PocketFiver Joao Simao took home $206,075 and his first WSOP bracelet. Simao is a known commodity in the poker world as one of the most successful Brazilian poker players of all time, but the other two winners aren’t. They are amongst the scores of talented players - pro and amateur - that call Brazil home. Just three days later, Thiago Crema, considered by some to be the best-kept secret of the Brazilian online poker scene, then made sure everybody knew his name when he won his first bracelet by shipping Event #4 ($800 Double Chance No Limit Hold’em) for $161,637). “He started to play poker seriously in 2010 when he was still a chess player,” said Victor Marques, one of Brazil’s leading poker commentators. “Then he made it to Sit and Go Team Pro which was the team that gave birth to 4-bet, where Crema is both instructor and shareholder. He is very respected for his knowledge about the game in Brazil and outside.Yuri A phenomenon.” The vociferous Brazilian poker community only had to wait another three days before they had another reason to cheer - and this time it wasn’t even a pro. Eduard Pires, a businessman from Parana State - the same as Crema - beat out 5,436 other entries in Event #7 ($1,500 Millionaire Maker) to pocket $1,384,013. “He owns a beer company and plays poker for fun since many years ago. He already made it to three-handed on a huge online tournament against 'European' and ‘C Darwin2’, getting the silver medal,” Marques said. “He was on holiday and playing the WSOP from his mobile at Foz do Iguaçu, home of Iguassu Falls. A great guy.” Another four days passed and then another Brazilian came through. Lucio Lima shipped Event #9 ($525 Superstack Turbo Bounty NLHE) for $95,205. His victory is just another piece of an already incredible year. "Lima - 'the wizard' - is a player from Minas Gerais state, on Brazilian Southeast. He owns a poker team (Insight Poker Team) in Brazil, where he's also an instructor there. Lima is enjoying success in online poker this year," Marques said. The wins aren't the only signs of success. Through those same 11 events, a pair of Brazilian players have finished in the runner-up spot and four others have made final tables. Renan Carlos Bruschi - who won PocketFives Player of the Month for July - came in second place in Event #2 ($2,500 Limit Hold'em Championship) while the most high-profile may have come on Sunday night when GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos finished runner-up in Event #12 ($1,000 Double Stack NLHE). The deep runs are also mean long nights of celebration for Marques and some of his friends at SuperPoker, one of Brazil's leading poker media outlets. Hosting final table coverage on SuperPoker's Twitch channel gives him the chance to straddle the line between commentator and fan. "Hosting Brazilian final tables is such a thrill. Our audience is sending comments and rooting all the time on chat, big numbers, and lots of times there are friends of mine playing," Marques said. "I'm doing It for years, but I keep getting emotional at all-ins and when we get first place." The dominance of Brazil in the early part of the WSOP Online shouldn’t come as any real surprise to anybody who has followed the PocketFives Rankings over the past several years. Not only has Yuri Dzivielevski held down the #1 spot for the last 21 weeks, but three of the top 10 are from Brazil. Beyond that, nine of the top 25 and 35 of the top 100 ranked online poker players in the world fly the green and yellow. Marques believes that’s just the tip of the iceberg and there’s a few names who might just be flying under the radar, ready to grab gold. “In Brazil, there are a lot of talents appearing every single day. I would keep an eye on Dante Goya (from Ceará state, PLO Expert), Guilherme Decourt (from São Paulo, also PLO Expert), Bernardo 'betsoares' Soares (from Santa Catarina), and Eduardo Silva (from Minas Gerais),” Marques said. “Along with Pedro Padilha, Kelvin Kerber, Belarmino Prado, Bruno Botteon, Bruno Volkmann, Pablo Brito, Rafael Moraes, Peter Patrício, João Simão, Yuri Martins Dzivielevski, they can bring some bracelets home.” A strong contingent of Brazilians usually descends upon Las Vegas every summer for the WSOP. While the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc, international travel could prove to be difficult this fall and Marques believes his fellow countrymen and women might not be able or willing to fly to the United States. “In Brazil, instead of supporting a vaccine, our president was promoting a medicine that was proven ineffective. That took a toll,” Marques said. “Vaccination started later than other countries and now players who usually are 'starters' at WSOP tables are struggling to get the vaccine and the VISA. I think more than a half of standard Brazilian players are staying home because of that problem.”
Sunday night's World Series of Poker Online Event #12 ($1,000 Double Stack) on GGPoker saw an exciting final table conclude with a heroic heads-up victory for Hinojas Jerome as he toppled GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos to win his first WSOP bracelet and $635,576. With a former WSOP Online Main Event winner at the final table felt, it was a dramatic conclusion to another well-populated event on GGPoker. The final table began with Jerome at the bottom of the chipcounts with just 14 big blinds to his name, while the eventual runner-up Ramos was leading the way with 92 big blinds. Only Yi Wang with 88 big blinds was anywhere near Ramos, with every other player having less than 27 big blinds going into the nine-handed table. It didn’t take long for the first player to be busted, with Manish Lakhotia losing his stack in ninth place for a result worth $63,557. Lakhotia went to a flop with both Ramos and former WSOP Online $5,000 ‘Main Event’ winner Stoyan Madanzhiev. Madanzhiev, who won the 2020 WSOP Main Event on GGPoker only for the $5,000 single-reentry event to then be demoted by a $10,000 Main Event later in the year, had periods of dominance throughout the race from 100 players down to the final table. On the flop of [poker card="7d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3h"], Lakhotia’s bet of 900,000 was raised to 3,120,000 by Madazhiev, with Ramos getting out of the way. On the [poker card="Ks"] turn, Madanzhiev bet 3.2 million but Lakhotia check-shoved for 16.8 million. Madanzhiev called it off. Lakhotia tabled [poker card="4h"][poker card="4c"] for a flopped middle set, but Madanzhiev had a lock on the hand with [poker card="7s"][poker card="7h"]. Only a four could save the Indian player, but the [poker card="2c"] river was not the card and Madanzhiev propelled himself up the leaderboard after a dream start to the final. Ramos had lost his chip lead by getting involved in the opening action at the table but worked himself into the lead again pretty quickly. Quick enough to be able to open the action in the next bust-out hand. Ramos’ bet of 1.6 million saw Nethanel Klein move all-in for 17.7 million with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"] and Madanzhiev was again the player prepared to risk his stack, this time with the inferior [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ks"]. Klein was way ahead and stayed like that across the [poker card="Qd"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8s"] flop. On the [poker card="Td"] turn, the gutshot chance of a Broadway straight presented itself, with four jacks able to send Klein to his doom. One landed on the [poker card="Jd"] river and gave the Bulgarian player the winning hand, sending Klein home stunned in eighth place with $84,755. That hand vaulted the dominant Madanzhiev into the lead and the early aggressor was at it again in eliminating Xuejian Li in seventh place for $113,023. Li moved all-in for nine big blinds pre-flop with [poker card="As"][poker card="5s"] and Madanzhiev was the only caller with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="9d"]. The flop of [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8h"][poker card="Js"] kept the Bulgarian chip leader ahead and after the [poker card="4h"] turn and [poker card="Ks"] river, Li saw her chances of becoming the latest female winner of a WSOP bracelet disappear. With six players left, Madanzhiev had a comfortable chip lead, holding 80 million chips compared to his nearest challengers in the shape of Wang, who had 56 million, but all-in with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="9c"], Madanzhiev doubled up Jerome, who held [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jh"] across a board where both men made two pair. That hand was critical to Jerome’s tournament and it helped him gain the lead a few hands later. Russian player Anton Yakuba was down to just 11 big blinds when he moved all-in with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Jc"] pre-flop. Jerome made the call with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ks"] and remained ahead of his opponent on the [poker card="As"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="3c"] flop. The turn of [poker card="Qc"] and river of [poker card="Kc"] ended the hand in the Hong Kong player’s favor, eliminating Yakuba for a score of $150,718. With five players left, the former chip leader and dominant player of the early stages, Stoyan Madanzhiev, busted for $200,986. The hand took place shortly after Ramos lost with pocket kings to ace-eight. Possibly due to that upset of the odds, when Madanzhiev called all-in with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="5s"] for 14 big blinds from the big blind, Jerome’s small blind shove with [poker card="Qc"][poker card="6h"] suddenly seemed to have a chance of success. So it proved, as the board of [poker card="Kc"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2c"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qh"] gave the eventual winner two pair on the river to oust the Bulgarian in unfortunate circumstances. If Jerome’s hopes were boosted by that hand, his confidence was sky-high after the next. Wang was the loser in fourth place for $268,018 after he three-bet shoved pre-flop with [poker card="Kc"][poker card="2c"] and Jerome had the easiest call ever with [poker card="As"][poker card="Ad"]. The flop of [poker card="Kd"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4s"] gave Wang hope of a miracle, but the [poker card="9h"] turn and [poker card="Th"] river ended those hopes and further propelled Jerome ahead of the only two players who could stop him. Sriharsha Doddapaneni had clambered up the ladder to third place, but that was where their adventure ended, for a result of $357,409. Doddapaneni called off their stack with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qd"] and started the hand ahead of Jerome’s [poker card="9c"][poker card="8c"], but the flop of [poker card="Kd"][poker card="9h"][poker card="3c"] flipped the script and put the overwhelming chip leader in front. The [poker card="Jh"] turn didn’t help Doddapaneni at all, and on the [poker card="Kh"] river, play was heads-up, with Jerome holding a strong lead. With 223 million to Ramos’ 69 million, Jerome was a 3:1 leader and it took just a few minutes for the first-time WSOP event winner to end the Brazilian’s hopes of claiming that maiden bracelet. Ramos moved all-in with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Jc"] in great shape against Jerome’s [poker card="As"][poker card="6s"] and the flop of [poker card="Jd"][poker card="9c"][poker card="6h"] paired both men’s hands and kept the GGPoker ambassador ahead. The turn of [poker card="Qs"] was no danger to Ramos’s chances of doubling back to being almost level in chips. However, the river of [poker card="6c"] gave Jerome a devil of a hand, with ‘666’ proving enough to win him his first WSOP gold bracelet, sending Ramos home with the runner-up result worth $476,612. The latest WSOP Online event had a total of 5,894 entries, costing just $1,000 to play. That meant 927 players advanced to the final day with 600 making the money. While a min-cash was worth $2,626, plenty of big names went higher, including Ramos’ fellow GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu, who claimed $9,015 for an 83rd place finish. Others to run deep included Nick Maimone (16th for $23,529) and Jiachen Gong (10th for $35,494), both of whom dominated at different points but eventually missed out on the final table action. It was Jerome’s day, though, after a final table that saw others take control before losing their shot at winning WSOP gold. Instead, the short stack came from nowhere to land his first-ever WSOP bracelet victory and walk away with the $635,576 top prize after a thrilling win. WSOP Online GGPoker Event #12 Final Table Results: Hinojas ‘POLALIFE!’ Jerome - $635,576 Felipe Ramos - $476,612 Sriharsha ‘Upswinger’ Doddapaneni - $357,409 Yi ‘jolen’ Wang -$268,019 Stoyan Madanzhiev - $200,986 Anton Yakuba - $150,718 Xuejian ‘LuckyCat00" Li - $113,023 Nethanel ‘natykkk’ Klein - $84,755 Manish ‘thekid’ Lakhotia - $63,557