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Joao Vieira Wins 2019 World Series of Poker $5,000 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em

Portuguese Poker Pro Tops Record Field of 815 Entries To Win His First Bracelet and $758,011


Joao Vieira has won the 2019 World Series of Poker $5,000 six-max no-limit hold’em event. The 29-year-old Portuguese poker pro defeated four-time bracelet winner and 2009 WSOP main event champion Joe Cada heads-up after outlasting a record field of 815 entrants. For the win, he earned his first gold bracelet and the top prize of $758,011. The massive score brought Vieira’s lifetime live tournament earnings to more than $3.3 million.

“In Portugal we say that the finals are meant to be won. As soon as you get heads-up, it doesn’t matter if it’s Joe Cada, John Doe… it doesn’t matter," said Vieira. "At that point I’m just trying to compete, trying to do the best I can. I made a big hand right away, and as soon as I took the lead, I tried to close the deal.”

In addition to the money and the bracelet, Vieira was also awarded 1,824 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion of this event. This was Vieira’s first title and fourth final-table finish of the year. The win was enough to see him climb into 23rd place in the 2019 POY race, which is sponsored by Global Poker.

Vieira came into the final table of this prestigious event as the chip leader, having held the top spot on the leaderboard since late on day 2 of this four-day tournament. It took only two hands for the first elimination to take place. WSOP bracelet winner Barry Hutter got the last of his short stack in with second pair, only to find he had run into the top pair of Jamie O’Connor. Hutter hit two pair on the turn to take the lead, but O’Connor prevailed when the river paired the board to counterfeit Hutter. He earned $110,127 as the sixth-place finisher.

O’Connor scored his second knockout of the day when he picked up K-Q in the big blind and called the all-in of short-stacked small blind Olivier Busquet. The World Poker Tour winner was in rough shape, with his K-4 offsuit dominated. Both players flopped a king, but O’Connor’s superior kicker secured him the pot. Busquet hit the rail in fifth place ($154,112).

France’s Pierre Calamusa got his last 12.5 big blinds into the middle with A-7, only to run into the A-K of Vieira. Calamusa was in rough shape, but surged into the lead when the flop came down 8Spade Suit7Diamond Suit4Club Suit. The 4Heart Suit on the turn kept Calamusa ahead, but the KHeart Suit on the river gave Vieira the better pair. With that Calamusa busted in fourth place ($219,468), while Vieira strengthened his hold on the top spot of the leaderboard.

Joe CadaJamie O’Connor finished in third place. He got his chips in with AClub Suit4Diamond Suit up against the KDiamond SuitQDiamond Suit of Vieira. The board ran out 9Spade Suit5Spade Suit4Club SuitQHeart Suit9Club Suit to give Vieira a winning pair of queens. O’Connor took home $317,956 for his impressive run in this tournament.

While Vieira had earned the most recent knockout, it was Joe Cada who took the chip lead into heads-up play. It took only a few hands for Vieira to turn the tables, though. He won a sizable pot with a rivered straight to take more than a 2.5-to-1 lead.

In the final hand Vieira raised to 600,000 from the button with AClub SuitKDiamond Suit. Cada three-bet to 1,950,000 holding ASpade SuitQDiamond Suit. Vieira shoved all-in, and Cada called for around 6.3 million total.

The board came down JClub Suit9Diamond Suit6Heart Suit7Club Suit5Club Suit. Vieira’s ace-king high was sufficient to take down the pot and eliminate Cada in second place. The Michigan-based poker pro fell just short of securing his fifth WSOP bracelet but did earn $468,488 for the fifth-largest score of his career.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Payout POY Points
1 Joao Vieira $758,011 1,824
2 Joseph Cada $468,488 1,520
3 Jamie O’Connor $317,956 1,216
4 Pierre Calamusa $219,468 912
5 Olivier Busquet $154,112 760
6 Barry Hutter $110,127 608

For more coverage from the summer series, check out the 2019 WSOP landing page, complete with a full schedule, results, news, player interviews, and event recaps.