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Sam Greenwood has a lot to smile about lately. The Canadian poker pro appeared at three final tables during the 2017 Caribbean Poker Party Festival and finished third or greater in all three. He accumulated $350,000 in his first two wins, and capped it off by winning the $5,300 MILLIONS Main Event for a cool $1 million. Greenwood has now reached the final table at seven events this year. He has one WSOP bracelet out of two final table appearances.
The win wasn’t an easy one. There were a total of 1,061 entries when play began, but Greenwood played smart and arrived at the final table as the chip leader. He almost busted out when he tried to bluff Andrey Shatilov, but Shatilov didn’t bite, and Greenwood was left with only 2 and a half big blinds. He pulled off a couple of big wins and busted two players to advance to the showdown with his nemesis, Shatilov.
Going into heads-up action, Greenwood was down 3 to 2, but slowly chipped away at his opponent’s stack. In the final hand, his pocket Kings were called by Shatilov who was holding the 9-8 of clubs. An 8 on the river gave Shatilov an opening, and he played it until the end. Perhaps Shatilov thought that Greenwood was once again bluffing when he laid out a large 100 million-chip bet on the turn, which resulted in Shatilov going all-in with his 362 million chips. Greenwood called, and a 5 of diamonds on the river sealed the win for Greenwood, who now has collected almost $7 million in lifetime earnings.