Cantu, Jaka in Final 4, Chewy Crushing at WSOPE

Brandon Cantu
Cantu: Can do.

The prestigious €10,450 Mixed Max No-Limit Hold'em event at the 2012 WSOPE is down to its final four with Brandon Cantu still the man in charge.

Absolutely crushing Day 2 yesterday to lead the final 16 into the heads-up matches, Cantu stayed on course today by defeating Phil Hellmuth and Martin Jacobson to both advance and maintain his chip lead.

He’ll face Frenchman-on-a-heater Roger Hairabedian in the semi-final tomorrow.

Already with a WSOPE bracelet in his pocket in 2012, Hairabedian bounced Paul Tedeschi and Kristijonas Andrulis to get just two matches from his second bracelet.

Due to the random-draw rule in France for heads-up play, the chip stacks are somewhat even however as Cantu has 1,067,500 to Hairabedian’s 702,500.

Jaka v. Aguiar On the Other Side

Faraz Jaka
Jaka: Always a factor.

On the other side of the bracket, Americans Faraz Jaka and Jonathan Aguiar will match up in the semi-final with even more egalitarian chip stacks.

Aguiar, who defeated Jason Mercier in the Round of 16 and Marvin Rettenmaier in the Round of 8, will start the semi-final with the slight edge at 586,500.

Jaka will start with 526,000 after knocking off two Russian Vladimir Troyanovskiy and Konstantin Puchkov to advance.

Semi-final matches will start at 1 pm tomorrow in Cannes with updates and live streaming at

Each player is now guaranteed €86,087 for making it to the semi-finals.

A tidy €258,047 will go to the winner and €159,459 to the runner-up.

Tomorrow's match-ups:

  • Brandon Cantu 1,067,500 vs. Roger Hairabedian 702,500
  • Jonathan Aguiar 586,500 vs. Faraz Jaka 526,000

LuckyChewy Mashing PLO Six-Max

American pro Andrew "LuckyChewy" Lichtenberger, who already has a WSOP-C title to his name, will be looking for his first gold bracelet tomorrow in Event #6, €1,650 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha.

Busting Nikolay Volper on the very last hand of the night to boost his stack, Lichtenberger will return for the final table of five with 256,o00 chips - good for the chip lead over second-place Francisco Da Costa Santos of Portugal.

Andrew Lichtenberger
Chewy: After gold.

Santos, who took third in a $1k PLO event in Barcelona this summer for his biggest career cash at €11,520, also had a very good last level and bagged up 233,000 to end the night.

Finn Aku Joentausta is right behind with 202,000 and PokerStars pro Ana Marquez lurks with 176,000 and an eye on her first career WSOP bracelet.

Finn Petteri Kalenius rounds out the final five as the short stack.

WPT champ Andy Frankenberger locked like a lock to make the final table but busted out late in the day in seventh when Joentausta hit a six-high straight to top his wheel.

Final-table action picks up at 2 pm tommorow in Cannes with updates and streaming at

The final five and chip counts:

  • 1 Andrew Lichtenberger 256,000
  • 2 Francisco Da Costa Santos 233,000
  • 3 Aku Joentausta 202,000
  • 4 Ana Marquez 176,000
  • 5 Petteri Kalenius 62,000
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