Fernando Viana Locks Up $721,235 at PokerStars

Fernando Viana won more than $720,000 in an online poker tournament held at PokerStars this week

Brazil’s Fernando “fviana” Viana da Costa is $721,235 richer than a few days ago thanks to a massive PokerStars victory. Viana became the PokerStars Stadium Series Freezeout Grand Final High champion and banked the huge prize after a three-handed deal.

The tournament was part of the Stadium Series run by online poker giant PokerStars. It paid out more than $52 million through August but the prize won by Viana was by far the largest.

Some 971-players bought in for $5,200, which left PokerStars nursing a $145,000 overlay. This is because PokerStars guaranteed a $5 million prize pool. “Lavrik-mastr” was the unfortunate soul who burst the money bubble when he busted in 120th.

His exit paved the way for the likes of David “davaman” Lopez, Mike “SirWatts” Watson, and Joao “IneedMassari” Simao to cash. Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi, Henrik “hhecklen” Hecklen, and Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira also made it into the money places.

Viana Enters the Final Table as a Short Stack

All but two of the players at the final table won a six-figure prize. “Goallinfishara” bust on the very first hand of the final table. He open-shoved for 12,000,000 with Ac-Ks and “sergggorelyi7” called on the button. Vlada “Vlada2108” Stojanovic called all-in for 11,847,175 in the small blind which created a massive pot.

The Ac-Ks was again the 9s-9c of serggorelyi7 and Stojanovic’s Qs-Qd. The queens held, Goallinfishara busted and Stojanovic soared to second in chips.

Viana slipped to the second-shortest stack but he never lost faith, nor did he panic. Viana laddered up the payouts when the Ac-9c of “isscreamo” lost to the 4h-4c of Maxime “Daghemuneguu” Chilaud.

Russia’s “LeslieGroves” fell in seventh place for a $117,128 and Viana was now the shortest stack. He started his climb towards the top of the chip counts when his Kh-Kd won against the Qc-Qh of “MarinkaHT”. The hand reduced the player count to only five.

Two Massive Hands For Viana

Viana doubled twice in quick succession. This happened first with Ks-Ts versus Ac-Js of Stojanovic. More chips came his way when his Qh-Qc held against Chilaud’s 6s-6h.

The final five became four when Sergei “Futti18” Koliakov fell by the wayside. His chips went into the middle with Td-8h versus the Ac-Jh of Viana on a Jd-Ts-4d flop. Neither player improved their holding and Koliakov busted.

Fourth place and a cool $310,287 went to serggorelyi7 who lost out to the hot-running Viana. A raising war broke out between Viana and serggorelyi7 that resulted in the latter being all-in. It was As-Qh versus Jh-Jc. The jacks remained true and serggorelyi7 hit the showers.

The remaining three players struck a deal and flattened the payouts. Chilaud busted after the deal and walked away with $570,220. Chilaud’s 9d-9s couldn’t get there against the Th-Tc of Viana.

Viana got his hands on the top prize during the third hand of heads-up play. Blinds were 800,000/1,600,000/200,000a and Viana raised to 3,200,000 before calling his opponent’s 12,800,000 three-bet. Stojanovic fired an 8,000,000 continuation bet on the Jd-7s-3d flop and was called.

Stojanovic made it 20,800,000 on the 8s turn and was called once again. The river brought the 4h into play and Stojanovic jammed all-in for 47,298,301. Viana snap-called and showed Td-9s for a straight, crushing the turned set of eights in Stojanovic’s hand.

PokerStars Stadium Series Freezeout Grand Final High Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Fernando “fviana” Viana Brazil $721,235*
2 Vlada “Vlada2108” Stojanovic Serbia $553,932*
3 Maxime “Daghemuneguu” Chilaud France $570,220*
4 serggorelyi7 Russia $310,287
5 Sergei “Futti18” Koliakov Russia $224,249
6 MarinkaHT Russia $162,068
7 LeslieGroves Russia $117,128
8 isscreamo Belarus $84,650
9 Goallinfishara Russia $67,992

*reflects a three-handed deal

Viana is a well-known Brazilian pro who now has more than $5.6 million in online poker winnings. His previous best score weighed in at $89,524 now he has a $721,235 score to brag about.

Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

If it’s something you can play online for real money, chances are Matthew knows a bit about it. He’s been writing about slots, craps and poker for the better part of the last decade. He’s written for PokerNews, PartyPoker and many other respected online gambling websites during the last nine years.


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