Felipe Ketzer’s performance at the Merit Poker Western Series will go down in history. The Brazilian finished third and walked away with a $155,000 fortune after a stellar four-day run in the Main Event.
Ketzer is the only Brazilian player competing in the Cyprus-based tournament, which features a $3,300 buy-in Main Event with 672 entries. He entered the final day with the second-largest chip stack among remaining players and maintained the lead throughout the final day.
A key part of Ketzer’s chips is the Brazilian part. The board involved the Brazilian on third street, who called an all-in move to Mohamed Mokrani, the short stack of the tournament at the time. The problem was that his opponent was ahead the entire hand, leaving Ketzer with just six big blinds.
A few hands later, Mokrani was eliminated again. The four blinds from the small blind moved all-in, and he was immediately called by the Frenchman who held . The board didn’t help and eliminated the Brazilian with an honorable bronze medal.