After a fabulous week at the felt, Pablo Silva has won the partypoker MILLIONS South America Main Event for $1,000,000, defeating fellow Brazilian Fabio Colonese to win the title and his biggest-ever poker result.
With just nine players coming back to the felt on Sunday in Uruguay at the Punta del Este resort, only eight would fulfill the official final table photos and the player to miss out on their flashbulb moment looked like it was destined to be partypoker Team Pro Dzmitry Urbanovich, who started with just four big blinds to his name.
That wasn’t the case at all, however, as Urbanovich got an early double and instead saw Brazilian player Rafael Caiaffa busted first. His own all-in move with queen-ten didn’t meet with nearly as much fortune, called as it was by Fabian Gumz with pocket nines and failing to find enough of the right Broadway cards to overtake.
Urbanovich, possibly inspired by having doubled back into contention, got lucky when his ace-jack all-in spiked an ace to double again, this time against pocket jacks. He would then fly up the leaderboard even higher when he won with king-ten against ace-jack to truly put his name in the frame for the title.
Other players were seemingly given to the same spirit of adventure, but Pedro Madeira’s all-in with king-jack saw the player on his left, Andres Viola make the call with ace-queen and that held u to reduce the field to seven players.
Dzmitry Urbanovich then found real quality, moving all-in with ace-king, but this time couldn’t hit, called by Daniel Rezaei’s pocket nines. The end was brutal for the Polish pro, with two more nines on the flop condemning the partypoker pro to tournament death by quads.
Rezaei was on a roll, and in the same orbit, he had pocket nines again. Raising it up against Fabio Colonese, Rezaei made a set of nines on the flop, but the flop also gave Colonese a flush draw and when he called Rezaei’s shove, a spade on the turn gave Colonese the flush instantly. There was no pair on the river to fill Rezaei up and he was beaten down to just five big blinds. Somehow, Rezaei climbed the ladder, thanks to Sergio Luis Di Pego, who was eliminated with pocket fours when Colonese made the call with queen-eight and hit.
Colonese was the man with momentum, and would bust Andres Viola before Fabian Gumz busted to Rezaei, his ace-queen couldn’t catch up against Rezaei’s ace-king. Rezaei had bounced off the ropes, but despite fighting back during a swingy three-handed battle, his eventual bust-out hand saw him move all-in with pocket eights and Pablo Silva make the call with pocket nines. Nines, which had been so kind to Rezaei, were his downfall in the end, and he departed leaving Silva with the inertia just at the perfect time, going into heads-up.
With that vital lead, Silva was all-in and ahead very soon, his pocket jacks against the short-stacked Colonese’s eight-six. A jack-four-four flop saw the title go to Silva on the flop, and with it a massive million-dollar victory that he will always remember.
With the partypoker MILLIONS festival moving on to Cyprus in just three months’ time before partypoker travel to Las Vegas, Nevada for MILLIONS Vegas at the Aria Resort & Casino in June, there is a lot to look forward to on the world’s biggest live poker tour.
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MILLIONS South America Main Event Final Day Payouts:
|6th||Sergio Luis Di Pego||Argentina||$170,000|