The exit that saved Vito Coutinho at the end of the fourth day did not appear in the final act of “Millionaire Maker”, when he needed to be. In a seven-a-side match, he lost a flip and was eliminated. In total, the Brazilians earned $222,749. Here’s how he bid farewell:
Blinds were 800,000/1,600,000 with a BB ante and Myles Mullaly made the min-raise. Andreas Kniep then decided to 3-bet to 10,200,000. With 17,400,000 in chips, Vitor thought long and hard before pushing his stack into the middle of the table. Mullaly combined with J♣J♦ and Kniep called and put 10♣10♠ on the table. Dominating with A?K♥, Vito ended his participation following the 9♣8♦3♥2♣4♥ board.
Vito’s tormentor, Kniep, was hit hard in the 4-hand match. Holding A♠A♥, he called Florian Ribouchon’s min-raise. Meanwhile, CL Pavel Plesuv defended his big hand and announced a 3-bet all-in. When Ribouchon folded, Kniep called and saw CL bring the A 2 ♦ to the table. 10 5 3 4 7 The board gave the online ace a straight and he took the pot.
Plesuv was isolated at the top, beating Gunness shortly after. He beat Gunness on a K♥9♥9♣Q♠10♣ board with Q 8♠ vs. A ♦3♥.
Ribouchon only lasted a few minutes in the heads-up, looking for a chance. In the final hand, he paid off Plesuv’s all-in on the board with K♥5♦2♥K♦ for J♠J♦. With K♠Q♠, Plesuv was not surprised by the 3♣ river and emerged as the champion.
With 10,416 registrants and $1,500 in prize money, the WSOP handed out $13,905,360 in prize money for the Millionaire Maker. See when the finalists won:
1. Pavel Plesuv (Moldova) $1,201,564
2. Florian Ribouchon (France) $1,003,554
3. Paul Gunness (USA) $650,058
4. Andreas Knipp (Germany) $501,182
5. Anton Smirnov (Russia) $373,524
6. Miles Mulally (USA) $287,522
7. Vito Coutinho (Brazil) $222,749
8. Andras Matale (Hungary) $173,683
9. Charles Benoit (Canada) $136,302