2009 World Series of Poker

Event 48 - $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 8-or-better
Day: 3
Event Info

2009 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
25,000 / 50,000

Event 48 - $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 8-or-better

Day 3 Completed

Congratulations To Brandon Cantu, Winner Of Event 48 - $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 8-or-better ($228,867)

Congratulations Brandon Cantu!
Congratulations Brandon Cantu!
It has taken three gruelling days of poker and a near eight-hour final table, but we finally have a winner with Brandon Cantu taking down Event 48!

762 Omaha enthusiasts took to the felt including the likes of Allen Cunningham, Roland De Wolfe, Kathy Liebert and Phil Hellmuth. However when play resumed today, there would be only two big names remaining with Brandon Cantu and Lee Watkinson headlining the final table.

Cantu captured the chip lead mid-way yesterday and held onto as the final table formed, but after a few pots didn't fall his way, he relinquished it to both Watkinson and Frenchman Jacqmin Mathieu.

Eventually though it would be the two veteran's that would reach heads-up after Mathieu hit the rail in third thanks to Watkinson.

Starting with a near five-to-two disadvantage, Cantu would let that slip out to a six-to-one disadvantage before mounting one of the comebacks to remember.

As his Grandfather cheered him on from the rail along with countless railbirds; Cantu managed to double, then quarter Watkinson to capture the lead. Watkinson would snatch the lead back one last time before eventually falling to Cantu's trip fours.

With Cantu capturing his first bracelet of the series and his second overall, it is unlikely that Cantu can be overlooked as one of the best tournament players of the circuit after adding a near $230,000 collect to his already impressive poker CV.

Congratulations to Brandon Cantu for capturing the Event 48 gold bracelet, and make sure to stay tuned to PokerNews as the remainder of the 2009 WSOP plays out live from the Rio!

Lee Watkinson Eliminated in 2nd Place ($141,873); Brandon Cantu wins Event 48!

Lee Watkinson - 2nd Place
Lee Watkinson - 2nd Place
We finally have a winner. After a series of hands in which all the chips went in the middle, Brandon Cantu eliminated Lee Watkinson. On the final hand, Cantu raised his button to 150,000 and Watkinson called. The rest of the chips went in on a flop of {6-Hearts} {4-Clubs} {Q-Clubs}. Cantu showed {A-Hearts} {10-Clubs} {7-Clubs} {4-Diamonds}, a pair of fours with a club draw. Watkinson showed a huge draw, {2-Clubs} {3-Clubs} {5-Spades} {7-Hearts}. Any non-board-pairing low card would have been a great card for Watkinson. Instead the turn fell {9-Spades} and the river fell {4-Hearts} to make trip fours for Cantu and finally send Watkinson to the rail.

Watkinson walks away with $141,873.

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Cantu Returns the Favor

The action is "end to end" now. Once again Brandon Cantu and Lee Watkinson were all in preflop. Cantu's {A-Diamonds} {6-Hearts} {5-Diamonds} {3-Clubs} bested Watkinson's {A-Clubs} {7-Hearts} {5-Spades} {2-Clubs} by making a lowly pair of sixes on a {6-Diamonds} {K-Diamonds} {Q-Clubs} {J-Diamonds} {8-Spades} board.

Cantu now has a two-to-one chip lead.

Watkinson Quartered

Brandon Cantu
Brandon Cantu
It's an unlucky blow for Lee Watkinson. He opened for 100,000 from the button. Brandon Cantu reraised to 300,000, bringing a third raise from Watkinson. Cantu quickly got all in and Watkinson called.

Watkinson: {A-Spades} {K-Clubs} {2-Clubs} {9-Hearts}
Cantu: {A-Clubs} {10-Hearts} {8-Clubs} {2-Spades}

The flop hit Cantu without hitting Watkinson, {Q-Spades} {8-Diamonds} {Q-Diamonds}. Watkinson was lucky to catch running low cards, {5-Hearts} and {4-Hearts}, to salvage one quarter. Even with those chips, he has relinquished the chip lead to Cantu.


Cantu - 1,970,000
Watkinson - 1,430,000

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No Change

The last ten minutes of play haven't seen much change in the stacks. What was looking like it might be a quick heads-up match now seems destined for a bit more longevity.

Brandon Cantu Doubles Up

Brandon Cantu is not quite ready to leave this final table. He raised to 150,000 preflop after Lee Watkinson limped the button. Watkinson called, then called Cantu's all-in bet of 270,000 on a flop of {J-Spades} {Q-Spades} {4-Hearts}. Cantu showed down middle set and a small flush draw, {J-Diamonds} {J-Hearts} {7-Spades} {5-Spades}. Watkinson was drawing thin with {5-Diamonds} {k-Diamonds} {10-Spades} {4-Diamonds}. The turn and river were bricks to double up Cantu to 840,000.

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No Break!

Since we're heads up (and probably also in part because Lee Watkinson has such a huge chip lead) the players have opted not to take a break.