Diogo Veiga Wins 2018 WSOP $3K Big Blind Antes for $522,715


Diogo Veiga won $3K Big Blind Antes at the 49th Annual WSOP for his first career gold bracelet. The 54th event was a $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament with the use of big blind antes. He outlasted a 1,020-player field to earn the title and the prize $522,715.

The 29-year-old poker pro Diogo Veigabecame the first Portuguese player to win a bracelet in Las Vegas. Jonathan Aguiar and Francisco da Costa Santos also won bracelets at the 2012 WSOP Europe in Cannes, France representing Portugal.

“I feel amazing. I cannot believe it yet. The adrenaline is still too high,” said Veiga about his win. “I am super happy.”

Veiga entered the informal ten-handed last table in 5th place. He grabbed pocket aces and defeat David Yan’s pocket 8s to double up with 6 players remaining, after that he knocked out Tom McCormick in 5th place ($118,552) to get in four-handed play as the chip leader. The event was set up to run 3 days, however the last four ended up having to return for a 4th day to determine a champ.

Barry Hutter had actually gone beyond Veiga prior to play upright day 3, and also appeared to be taking control when he knocked out Jonathan Abdellatif Fourth place ($163,404) and Radoslav Stoyanov Third place ($228,241).

Barry Hutter took a 3-to-2 chip lead into heads-up play with Veiga and also had the ability to expand his benefit to greater than a 4-to-1 difference prior to Veiga began to mount a comeback. He obtained all-in with a flopped straight against Hutter’s flush draw and also greater straight draw and also stood up. From there he won a couple of pots straight to close the gap even more.

After 28 hands of heads-up action Veiga surpassed the lead. By the time the last hand developed he had actually developed greater than a 3-to-1 benefit of his very own. With blinds of 100,000-200,000 as well as a 200,000 big blind ante, Veiga opted to call from the button. Hutter moved all-in for 3,660,000. Veiga made the call with the KSpade Suit10Spade Suit and was dominated by Hutter’s AClub Suit10Heart Suit. The board came down KClub Suit7Club Suit2Spade Suit8Club Suit7Diamond Suit, pairing Veiga’s king to earn him the pot and the title. Hutter took home $323,019 as the runner-up finisher.

Official Final Table Result:

Place Winner Country Prize (USD)
1 Diogo Veiga Portugal $522,715
2 Barry Hutter United States $323,019
3 Radoslav Stoyanov Bulgaria $228,241
4 Jonathan Abdellatif Belgium $163,404
5 Tom McCormick United States $118,552
6 David Yan New Zealand $87,179
7 Anna Antimony United States $64,991
8 Cathal Shine Ireland $49,126
9 Todd Ivens United States $37,660