The final table of the €1,650 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha event started with just five players, but winning was far from an easy task for Francisco Da Costa Santos. A long, hard-fought battle, between Santos and his four opponents, resulted in the first-ever bracelet for Portugal, as he walked away with the €82,275 grand prize.
The very first hand of final table play resulted in an all-in shove from Petteri Kalenius. He challenged Santos, but the eventual winner decided that it wasn't the right moment. This was the mantra of the final table as we didn't see any bustouts in the first three hours.
Short stack Petteri Kalenius doubled up in one of the first hands, giving a big blow to Andrew Lichtenberger's stack. The chip leader going into the final table struggled the entire time, making him eventually bust out in fifth place. On his final hand, he got all his chips into the pot with against Aku Joentausta's . The board ran out , and the most accomplished player at the final table was gone. Lichtenberger added €18,463 to live tournament earnings for his finish.
Thirty minutes after Lichtenberger had been eliminated, it was time for Santos to turn the tables on Joentausta. The young Finnish player had been in control for quite some time, but that rapidly changed when he played the biggest pot of the tournament against Santos. In a pot worth 525,000 chips, Santos showed against Joentausta's . The dealer ran out , and Joentausta was left behind with little chips. Santos showed real emotions and almost danced around the table in excitement.
Ana Marquez, who had been quietly grinding her below average stack, was the one who took out fourth-place finisher Kalenius. The Spanish pro raised to 20,000 under the gun and Kalenius defended his big blind. On a flop, Kalenius check-raised all in and Marquez called with . She was up against , and after the turn, the , and river, the , it was all over for the Finn who took home €25,831.
The other Finn, and youngest player at the final table, was next to go. Joentausta was short and moved all in with . Santos showed , and he flopped a winning straight when the board brought . The heads-up match began with a massive 742,000-chip stack for Santos while Marquez had only 187,000.
The heads-up match started after the dinner break, and lasted just 13 minutes. Marquez was in search of a quick double up and got her money in with . Santos went for it with , and made history when the board ran out . Santos fell to the floor, shed tears, hugged his girlfriend Mariana and was most of all just very, very happy with what he had just done. He walks away with the €83,275 first-place prize and the first-ever gold bracelet for Portugal.
Final Table Results
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