For the first time in history a Portuguese player has won a World Series Of Poker bracelet, after Francisco Da Costa won Event 6 in the WSOPE 2012. He managed to beat Ana Marquez in the heads up play to successfully win the prize of €83,275 and of course the famous bracelet.
The event was the PLO Six-Handed €1,650 and was in fact Da Costa Santos’s first major win in any event. When he won he was more excited about the bracelet than the cash though, proud to have made his mark in history with regards to Portuguese poker.
He claims there are simply no words to describe how he felt when he realised he had won, stating that after all the hard work playing poker over the years has now been made completely worth it.
Marquez Is Runner Up!
Da Costa Santos did not have an easy task either, he had to navigate his way past an extremely tough final table that included Ana Marquez, Andrew Lichtenberger and Aku Joentausta to finally achieve his dream.
Lichtenberger is probably the biggest name of them all though and is currently in the running for the WSOP Player Of The Year after cashing in eight events at the WSOP back in July; he also made two final tables but didn’t manage to win an event this time around.
He wasn’t to have any luck this time round either as he was busted out in 6th place after losing to Aku Joentausta.
Da Costa Santos has admitted to only learning how to play PLO four months ago, which that makes this achievement even more significant for him. If there is one thing that we noticed about the winner, it was his ability to trash talk on the table, he is always looking to manipulate his opponents into making the wrong plays. He even admitted afterwards that he does love to wind his opponents up but they shouldn’t take it personally as that is just part of his game.
PokerStars Team Pro Ana Marquez fell just one place short of becoming only the woman to take home a WSOP bracelet in 2012 with her friend Vanessa Selbst being the only on so far after winning an event at the WSOP.
Additionally she would be the only Spaniard except Carlos Mortensen to have won a WSOP bracelet, though she will now have to wait for another opportunity after coming so agonizingly close in this event. She still took home €52,443 for her efforts which should ease the pain a little.
Here Are The Final Standings:
• 1. Francisco Da Costa Santos – €83,275
• 2. Ana Marquez – €51,443
• 3. Aku Joentausta – €36,351
• 4. Petteri Kalenius – €25,831
• 5. Andrew Lichtenberger – €18,463
• 6. Nikolay Volper – €13,273