Brazil recently hosted its first-ever 888Live event, and Jorge Augusto Bié is R$90,000 richer after leaving Mineirão Stadium as the Main Event winner. Bié survived 1,404 entrants to take home both the trophy and prize money, which is equivalent to about $22,783 USD.
The 888Live tournament was the first poker event to take place in a Latin American football stadium. The event was part of a six-day festival, which saw 2,694 players turn out to participate in varying games and also raised $2,500 for charity.
In the main event, heads-up play saw Bié battle Rubens Bontempo, also of Brazil. Bontempo started the two-man duel at a significant chip disadvantage, but held on, consistently taking small stacks from Bié. He couldn’t overcome the deficit in the end, though. On the final hand, Bontempo held Q, 6 against Bié’s K, 7. A flop of 6, 8, A looked good for Bomtempo but a 10♡ on the river pulled the flush for the eventual winner.
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The festival raised money for the Edmilson Foundation, started by Brazilian national footballer Jose Edmilson to help disadvantaged youth. Aside from the poker pros that gathered to play, other athletes also stepped up to the plate, including Maurren Maggi (long jump Olympic gold medallist) and Rodrigão (volleyball Olympic gold medallist).
“I’ve known Edmilson since we played together in Sao Paulo, and after that, we played – and won – a World Cup title together,” said Denìlson, another Brazilian football player, at the event. “We are more than friends. Because all of that, I know Edmilson Foundation well, and its work is marvellous, they do an incredible job.”
At the end of the charity tournament, Bruno Foster (a 2014 November Niner) and Ronaldo Fernandes battled in heads-up play. Foster, also an 888poker ambassador, eventually took the crown on a pair of pocket fives.
(Photo credit: Edgar Jimenez, Creative Commons)
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