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Last month, Brazil's Rodrigo Selouan (pictured), known on PocketFives as selouan1991, final tabled the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy and walked off with $18,000. It was his fourth largest online poker score to date and rocketed him to $553,000 in career online tournament cashes. "I was very happy with this final table," he told us. "It was great to beat a field of great players and it was good for my confidence, especially so close to the WCOOP." There were over 500 entrants that weekend and the prize pool was $180,000. "I played this tournament as a freezeout," he said, "beginning with my starting stack plus a rebuy plus an add-on. I did not bust; the structure is very good and allows you to play well, so I did not need a re-entry. I think that this strategy increases my long-term EV." Selouan added that he respected ICM at the final table. Selouan joined PocketFives in 2010 and said that in 2014, he began to get coaching from fellow PocketFiver Vitor Hugo, who is better known as vitinho dzi. Selouan said it was the turning point of his poker career: "It radically changed the way I looked at poker. I'm very grateful for everything he taught me and teaches me to this day." So what exactly did Selouan (pictured) learn from Hugo? Selouan explained, "Everything I know about advanced strategies I learned from him and if I had to name the most important thing, it was learning how to base my decisions using a HUD. Today, I cannot imagine myself playing poker at a high level without a HUD." Selouan started using a Heads-Up Display, or HUD, during his lessons with Hugo. The Brazilian started playing home games with friends for fun and soon fell in love with it. He recapped, "I started studying and realized poker could be more than a hobby. You get financial, competitive, and adrenaline-related benefits. Those are my biggest motivations to keep grinding and evolving." His largest score, by the way, is a second place finish in the PokerStars Big $109 for $39,000 last November. He's averaging $230 per cash and closed by saying, "I would like to thank everyone who has always supported me in this journey: friends, family, teammates, and especially Vitor Hugo, who was the guy who helped me get here. Hopefully soon I will achieve great results and become one of the major players in Brazil." Visit PocketFives' Brazil poker community, home to 2,100 registered PocketFivers. Selouan is #27 among them. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
The final events of the inaugural World Poker Tour Online Series played out on partypoker this weekend including Sunday's spotlight tournament, the $500K Gtd Weekender, and what turned into a star-studded final table of the $1,575 Bounty Hunter. Brazil’s Rodrigo ‘selouan1991’ Selouan closed out the online festival with the largest score of the day by topping the 115-runner field of Event #55 ($1,050 Weekender, Final Day) to collect an online career-high $151,725 payday. Selouan, currently ranked #86 in the world, adds a WPT Online title to his other impressive accolades that include a partypoker POWERFEST victory, PokerStars Winter Series win, and a PocketFives Triple Crown which he picked up in November 2019. The six-figure score will send Selouan past the $3 million mark in lifetime online earnings. PokerStars Caribbean Adventure 2013 champion Dimitar Danchev was forced to settle for second place in this event, but he still collected a healthy $107,950 to add to his bankroll. Viktor Zsemiye fell in third place and earned $72,505 for his efforts. The current #1-ranked player in the world, Conor Beresford ended up in fourth place and took home $49,130. The final two players in the $109 Mini Weekender cut a deal that had Brazil’s Matheus Adrian declared the official winner taking home $47,203.48 for first. Tudor Purice from Austria took home nearly as much, locking up $46,381.12 as the runner-up. Joao Divino Domeles Neto was on the outside of the deal, falling in third place but still walking away with $25,077.75. In the final event of the series, Event #56 ($530 Closer) Russia’s Sergei ‘Futti18’ Koliakov was the last player standing. Ranked #19 in the world, Koliakov bested the 1181-runner field for a $39,737.08 score plus an additional $28,820.41 in bounties. Fellow Russian Stoyan Obreshkov finished in second place and picked up $39,677.39 plus $12,127.22 in bounties. France’s Ivan Emanuely found his tournament end in third place for which he picked up a total score of $37,327.46. Daniel Paul Haddon Pickles took home the title in Event #56 ($55 Mini Closer) earning $15,131.90 for first place plus another $7,096.71 in bounties. Martins Kliens was the runner-up and collected $15,103.28 and another $5,456.27 in bounties. And Tudor Aioanei finished in third place which paid out $9,695.17 and he collected another $1,975.96 in bounties. In other action over the weekend, Barry Hutter picked up a WPT Online title after taking down Event #54 ($1,575 Bounty Hunter, 8-Max) for $42,400.15 plus another $52,171.93 in bounties. His combined total of $94,572.08 is the fourth-largest WPT cash and pushes his lifetime total WPT cashes just up over $1 million. Joao Vieira, who has found himself at several final tables over the past week, finished as the runner-up and walked away with $42,344.63 and an additional $25,617.19 in bounties. Scott Hill climbed into third place, securing a total score $38,908.74. The Bounty Hunter had an exceptionally stacked final table that included partypoker ambassadors Kristen Bicknell (4th, $26,541) and Ludovic Geilich (6th, $17,200) as well as recreational high roller Lauren Roberts who finished in fifth for a total score of $16,200.38. The Mini Bounty Hunter saw Pablo Roman defeat a field of 1517 entries to clinch the title and a first-place prize of $15,100.09 and an additional $13,577.62 in bounties. Marco Mucha was the runner-up, taking home $15,086.53 plus $1,456.65 in bounties. Finally, Francois Billard fell in third place and logged off with a score of $9,813.64 and an additional $3,368.30 in bounties. Event #54: $1,575 Bounty Hunter, 8-Max 369 entries $553,500 prize pool Barry Hutter - $42,400.15 + $52,171.93 in bounties Joao Vieira - $42,344.63 + $25,617.19 in bounties Scott Hill - $29,357.95 + $9,550.79 in bounties Kristen Bicknell - $21,034.82 + $5,507.81 in bounties Lauren Roberts - $14,981.63 + $1,218.75 in bounties Ludovic Geilich - $11,107.59 + $6,093.74 in bounties Casio Pisapia De Almeida Kiles - $7,717.59 + $375 in bounties Kristoffer Johan Rautio - $5,629.46 + $7,804 in bounties Event #54: $162 Mini Bounty Hunter, 8-Max 1517 entries $227,550 prize pool Pablo Roman - $15,110.09 + $13,577.62 in bounties Marco Mucha - $15,086.53 + $1,456.65 in bounties Francois Billard - $9,813.64 + $3,368.30 in bounties Evgeny Nekrasov - $6,555.01 + $1,462.81 in bounties John Bakalis - $4,655.19 + $1,524.04 in bounties Gustavo Restelatto Tochetto - $3,271.21 + $1,139.06 in bounties Robert Kacinski - $2,264.68 + $2,854.70 in bounties Brunno Botteon De Albuquerque - $1,497.21 + $1,642.97 in bounties Event #55: $1,050 Weekender [Final] 115 entries $850,000 prize pool Rodrigo Selouan - $151,725 Dimitar Danchev - $107,950 Viktor Zsemlye - $72,505 Conor Beresford - $49,130 Tomas Paiva - $34,680 Pedro Marques - $24,990 Renato Ribeiro - $17,850 Andrei Chernokoz - $12,410 Event #55: $109 Mini-Weekender [Final] 440 entries $354,900 prize pool Matheus Adrian - $47,203.48* Tudor Purice - $46,381.12* Joao Divino Domeles Neto - $25,077.75 Pomah Oypmahob - $16,672.38 Felipe Boianovsky - $11,587.65 Carl Carlsson - $7,921.11 Mihail Surin - $5,447.92 Bruno Cardoso - $3,447.92 Event #56: $530 Closer 1181 entries $590,500 prize pool Sergei Koliakov - $39,737.08 + $28,820.41 in bounties Stoyan Obreshkov - $39,677.39 + $12,127.22 in bounties Ivan Emanuely - $26,069.87 + $11,257.59 in bounties Niklas Astedt - $17,445 + $5,110.35 in bounties Troy Quenneville - $12,367.73 + $2,589.84 in bounties Luc Lafontaine - $8,722.50 + $4,665.53 in bounties Jakub Oliva - $6,118.76 + $3,503.90 in bounties Emil Olsson - $5,403.34 + $4,100.87 in bounties Event #56: $55 Mini Closer 5,078 entries $253,900 prize pool Daniel Paul Haddon Pickles - $15,131.90 + $7,096.71 in bounties Martins Kliens - $15,103.28 + $5,456.27 in bounties Tudor Aioanei - $9,695.17 + $1,975.96 in bounties Craig Stewart - $6,312.47 + $483.82 in bounties Bruno Gizdic - $4,335.22 + $1,398.67 in bounties Daniel Lynch - $2,941.10 + $2,134.81 in bounties Terrence Green - $2,067.83 + $1,499.98 in bounties Macelo Tadeu - $1,330.43 + $1,130.58 in bounties