Sam Grafton Runner-Up in the MILLIONS South America Rio for $113K

Sam Grafton

Sam Grafton narrowly missed out on a partypoker LIVE MILLIONS title when he finished second in the MILLIONS South America Rio Open event in Rio de Janeiro.

MILLIONS South America Rio Open Final Table Results

1Enio BozzanoBrazil$187,200
2Sam GraftonUnited Kingdom$113,776
3Peter ChienCanada$78,000
4Nazar BuhaiovUkraine$52,000
5Alejandro LococoArgentina$36,400
6Anton MorgensternMalta$26,000
7Mario FernandezArgentina$18,200
8Thiago CremaBrazil$13,520

Grafton was one of 886 entries in the tournament. Some 282 players navigated their way through to Day 2 and the field was whittled further with only 38 players returning on Day 3, the final day’s play. The money bubble burst on Day 2 when a short-stacked Gabriel Sborz open-shoved with ace-four and was looked up by Peter Chien and his pocket tens. The board ran out safe for the tens, busting Sborz in 120th place. Chien would go on to finish third overall.

Some of those who navigated their way into the money places included Dean Hutchison, Team partypoker’s Renato Nomura, Waheed Ashraf, the legendary Mike Sexton, Jeff Gross, Tom Middleton, and Rainer Kempe.

Each of the eight players at the final table locked up $13,520 for their troubles, the sum Thiago Crema collected after his three-bet all-in with pocket sevens was called by Enio Bozzano and his pocket deuces. A deuce on the flop was enough to send Crema to the rail.

Mario Fernandez busted almost immediately after Crema after losing a coinflip with king-jack against the pocket eights in the hand of Grafton before the final table became a little less shark infested when Anton Morgenstern was sent packing by Bozzano.

With blinds at 1,250,000/2,500,000 and a big blind ante of 2,500,000, Bozzano raised to 5,200,000 with jack-three of clubs from the cutoff and Morgenstern called in the big blind with -nine-eight. A jack-queen-ten flop gifted Morgenstern a straight and he check called a 5,500,000 bet from Bozzano.

Morgenstern checked again on the queen of hearts turn, Bozzano bet 8,200,000 then eventually called when Morgenstern check-raised all-in for 38,000,000. Morgenstern was a substantial favourite to double up, but another queen landed on the river, improving Bozzano to a full house, and sending Morgenstern to the cashier’s desk.

Alejandro Lococo was then eliminated after making a move with seven-six suited, a move that saw him four-bet jam 81,700,000 over the top of an opening raise, three-bet and cold call! It was ill-timed as Bozzano tossed in the extra chips from his initial three-bet and his pocket tens beat Lococo; he even improved to an unnecessary full house on the river.

Ukraine’s Nazar Buhaiov’s ace-queen lost in to Bozzano’s pocket kings in a huge pot that saw Bozzano’s stack swell to almost 390,000,000 chips. Peter Chien crashed out in third-place after he called an all-in bet from Grafton with top pair only for Grafton to turn over two pair.

Grafton held a 776,500,000 to 109,000,000 chip lead over Bozzano but Bozzano clawed his way back level before taking the lead for himself. The chip lead exchanged hand a few times before Bozzano moved all-in with king-seven and Grafton called off his last 9.25 big blinds with ten-eight of sapdes. Both players missed the flop, Bozzano paired his seven on the turn and when the river came a deuce it was game over for Grafton.

This latest score took Grafton to almost $1.5 million in live poker tournament winnings, a total he will surpass should he cash in any of the remaining MILLIONS South America events, especially the $5 million guaranteed Main Event that the top 15 finishers in the Rio Open received for free.

  • Sam Grafon finished 2/886 in the @partypokerLIVE #MILLIONS South America Rio Open for a $113,776 score.

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