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Eduardo Pires Wins 2021 World Series of Poker Online Millionaire Maker Event For $1.4 Million

The Brazilian Player Topped A Massive Field of 5,437 Entries In The $1,500 Buy-In Event To Win His First WSOP Gold Bracelet


The 2021 World Series of Poker Online $1,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em ‘Millionaire Maker’ event guaranteed that the eventual champion would walk away with at least $1,000,000. The event attracted a massive field of 5,437 total entries by the time registration closed, blowing away the $5 million prize pool guarantee to see a total of $7,747,725 up for grabs. As a result, Brazil’s Eduardo Pires walked away with a whopping $1,384,013 after defeating Lukas Hafner heads-up to secure the title and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

This was by far the largest score of Pires’ career. Prior to this win, he had not yet recorded a six-figure cash, let alone a seven-figure payday like the one he earned as the champion of this event.

The final day of this event began with 953 players, with just 653 of them ultimately making the money. By the time the final table was set, Pires was in second place on the leaderboard behind fellow Brazilian Tauan Naves. Oskar Prehm (9th – $90,708) was the first to fall, with his A-4 failing to outrun the pocket fives of Naves. Tomas Jozonis (8th – $127,521) followed soon after when his ADiamond Suit2Diamond Suit ran into the ASpade SuitKHeart Suit of Victor Begara.

Lachezar Petkov2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona main event runner-up finisher Lachezar Petkov’s run in this tournament came to an end when his A-9 clashed with the A-J suited of Naves. Petkov flopped a nine to take the lead, but Naves picked up the nut flush draw. The turn brought a jack to return Naves to the lead, and the river changed nothing. Petkov took home $179,275 as the seventh-place finisher.

Pires had worked his way into the lead heading during six-handed play. He scored his first knockout of the final table when he shoved KDiamond Suit9Diamond Suit from the button into a pair of short stacks in the blinds. Victor Begara called from the small blind with ASpade SuitKClub Suit and remained ahead through the turn, but the 9Heart Suit on the river gave Pires a winning pair of nines. Begara was awarded $252,031 for his sixth-place showing.

Paul Fisher lost a huge pot with pocket kings against the 4Club Suit3Club Suit of Lukas Hafner, with the chips going in on a 6Spade Suit4Heart Suit2Diamond Suit flop. Hafner improved to a straight on the 5Diamond Suit and Fisher was left on fumes. Hafner’s A-K held up against Fisher’s A-7 not long after and Fisher was eliminated in fifth place ($354,317). Hafner scored the next knockout as well, with his A-5 outrunning the ADiamond Suit9Diamond Suit of Xiongbin Zhang in a preflop showdown. A five on the flop gave Hafner a lead he never relinquished and Zhang hit the virtual rail in fourth place ($498,115).

Naves called off his last 6.5 big blinds with KHeart Suit5Club Suit from the big blind. Pires had picked up 9Spade Suit9Diamond Suit in the small blind. Pires flopped a set and faded Naves’ outs for a gutshot straight to secure the pot. Naves was awarded $700,270 for his deep run in this event.

With that, Pires took the lead into heads-up play with Hafner. He quickly extended that advantage to more than 2:1 by picking off a Hafner bluff with JSpade Suit10Diamond Suit on a 10Club Suit5Spade Suit2Club Suit9Club Suit2Diamond Suit. Hafner had picked up an open-ended straight draw on the turn with JHeart Suit8Spade Suit but missed on the river.

In the final hand, Pires limped in from the button with 8Club Suit5Diamond Suit and Hafner checked with 7Spade Suit3Diamond Suit. The flop came down 7Club Suit6Spade Suit2Diamond Suit and Hafner checked his top pair. Pires bet 3,500,000 with his open-ended straight draw and Hafner check-raised to 11,600,000. Pires called and the 4Diamond Suit on the turn gave him the nut straight. Hafner bet 19,691,000 and Pires flat called. The 8Diamond Suit on the river prompted Hafner to check. Pires moved all-in and Hafner called off his last 11 or so big blinds with his pair of sevens. Pires’ straight earned him the pot and the title, while Hafner cashed for $984,469 as the runner-up finisher.

Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings
1 Eduardo Pires $1,384,013
2 Lukas Hafner $984,469
3 Tauan Naves $700,270
4 Xiongbin Zhang $498,115
5 Paul Fisher $354,317
6 Victor Begara $252,031
7 Lachezar Petkov $179,275
8 Tomas Jozonis $127,521
9 Oskar Prehm $90,708

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