Cantu Crushing Mix Max, Rosadoni Crowned at WSOPE

Brandon Cantu
Brandon Cantu

The round of 16 is set in the €10,450 Mixed Max No-Limit Hold’em event in Cannes and among a pile of marquee names Brandon Cantu stands alone.

Like, way alone.

Going on a tear in the middle of the day, Cantu busted both Ognjen Sekularac and Andy Frankenberger in a huge AA-KK-QQ cooler to get started.

He carried on by busting Chance Kornuth and JC Alvarado in short succession and wasn't done until he piled up almost 800,000 in chips.

Slipping slightly to end the day at 738,100, Cantu’s still miles ahead of the next biggest stack - Paul Tedeschi's 278,600 - heading into the heads-up round tomorrow.

The only bad news for Cantu?

The heads-up round was set by a random draw and instead of getting the true short stack – Jason Mercier at 16,700 – he drew Phil Hellmuth with a much more substantial stack of 127,400.

Jaka, Tilly, Rettenmaier, Hellmuth Contending

As expected for one of the premier events at this year's WSOPE the list of notables left is long.

Phil Hellmuth
Hellmuth: Steaming, but alive.

Along with Hellmuth, who got steamed up by a slow roll from Russian Vladimir Troyanovskiy and bickered heavily with Cantu during the day, plenty of quality players return for matches tomorrow.

The match-ups:

  • Paul Tedeschi 278,600 vs. Roger Hairabedian 225,600
  • Kristijonas Andrulis 142,000 vs. Mike Watson 50,700
  • Martin Jacobson 164,900 vs. Joe Keuther 37,100
  • Brandon Cantu 738,100 vs. Phil Hellmuth 127,400
  • Faraz Jaka 258,100 vs. Vladimir Troyanovskiy 66,300
  • Konstantin Puchkov 183,700 vs. Bertrand Grospellier 18,000
  • Jennifer Tilly 163,300 vs. Marvin Rettenmaier 191,100
  • Jason Mercier 16,800 vs. Jonathan Aguiar 212,200

Each of the final 16 is now guaranteed €20,443 with €258,047 and the gold bracelet up top for the winner.

Play resumes tomorrow at 2 pm CET with two matches on the schedule. The final four will play out Saturday.

Rosadoni Bests O’Brien in Suspended Shootout

Wrapping up their battle that was postponed at 5am yesterday, French amateur Giovanni Rosadoni finally knocked off pro Dan O’Brien for the title in Event #3, €3,250 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout.

Daniel O'Brien
O'Brien: Bulldozed.

Starting heads-up well behind last night Rosadoni recovered to take the lead coming into the day. He lost the lead to O'Brien again but the resilient amateur fought back to claim his first major title.

Rosadoni, who runs a construction company and whose previous best cash was just €9,000, earned €107,614 for the win while O’Brien claimed €66,503 for runner-up.

The rest of the final table and payouts:

  • 1. Giovanni Rosadoni €107,614
  • 2. Dan O'Brien €66,503
  • 3. John Monnette €48,177
  • 4. Oleksii Kovalchuk €35,560
  • 5. Adrien Allain €26,724
  • 6. Paul Guichard €20,434
  • 7. Roman Romanovskyi €15,890
  • 8. Trond Aanensen €12,564
  • 9. John Duthie €10,095
  • 10. Valentin Messina €8,239

Benyamine, Lichtenberger Cruising in €1,650 PLO 6-Max

Andrew Lichtenberger

In the other ongoing event today in Cannes Event 6, €1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Max, played down from 206 entrants to just 26 left with the money right around the corner at 21.

Jacob Dahl is the overnight chip leader with 74,200 but famed French pro David Benyamine is directly behind him at 67,700.

Finn Aku Joentausta is third with 66,400 and Andrew "LuckyChewy" Lichtenberger is fourth with 63,900.

Spanish PokerStars pro Ana Marquez rounds out the top 5 with 63,900.

Other top pros still in contention include Dan Smith, John Eames, Mike "Timex" McDonald, Dan Shak and Octo-niner Greg Merson.

Action picks up at 4 pm local time with plans to play down to a final table of six.

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