Da Costa Santos Wins First Portuguese Bracelet at WSOPE

Francisco Da Costa Santos
Francisco Da Costa Santos

An animated Francisco Da Costa Santos literally leaped into the air after winning Portugal’s first bracelet in Event 6 of the 2012 WSOPE on Saturday.

The 36-year-old beat Spain’s Ana Marquez heads-up to claim first place for €83,275 in the €1,650 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha event.

Da Costa Santos seemed more excited about the bracelet as he jumped up and down around the poker table.

“There are just no words,” he said after winning. “All the hard work, all the days playing poker flashed before my eyes. It made it all worth it.”

Ana Marquez
Ana Marquez

Ana Marquez Finishes Second for €52k

Da Costa Cantos overcame a challenging final table that also included noted pro Andrew Lichtenberger to win his first bracelet.

Lichtenberger, who cashed eight times at this summer’s WSOP and made two final tables, busted in fifth place to Finnish pro Aku Joentausta.

It was an especially impressive victory for Da Costa Santos considering he only learned how to play PLO four months ago.

From the first hand of the final table Da Costa Santos was busy talking up a storm trying to coax his opponents into making mistakes.

“I love to trash talk,” laughed Da Costa Santos.

PokerStars pro Ana Marquez could have become the second woman to win an open WSOP bracelet this year. Vanessa Selbst won the $2.5k 10-Game event this summer.

Interestingly Marquez would have also become the only Spaniard not named Carlos Mortensen to win a WSOP bracelet.

Instead she finished runner up and had to settle for €52,443.

Here are the complete payouts for €1,650 PLO 6-Max final table:

  • 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
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