Gomes takes WPT Bellagio Cup

Alexandre Gomes

Spurred on by a group of incredibly boisterous Brazilian supporters, Team PokerStars Pro Alexandre Gomes cemented his status as an up and coming poker superstar winning the World Poker Tour's Bellagio Cup in Las Vegas early Monday morning.

"Thank God for them," Gomes said of his friends and family in the crowd supporting him. "Confidence is the most important thing in poker and that's what they gave to me."

Gomes narrowly missed adding a European Poker Tour title to the World Series of Poker bracelet he won in 2008 with a fourth place finish at the 2009 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure this past January.

But with a win on the World Poker Tour under his belt now, Gomes has to be considered one of Latin America's top poker exports and he said the win will surely help grow the game in that part of the world.

"I think there will be a real boom," he said. "Over the past two years we've seen more and more players coming from Latin America, but this title will be good for them."

Online superstar and 2009 WSOP $5k six-max finalist Faraz "The-Toilet" Jaka came into the final with the chip lead and Gomes was actually the shortest stack.

However, the deep structure allowed Gomes to be patient and he was able to outlast Jaka heads-up.

"I was short stacked but there was no reason to rush," Gomes said. "This was one of the toughest final tables I've ever seen and (Jaka) was the chip leader for three days. I'm just really glad I could beat him."

Alexandre Gomes
The Bellagio Cup V champ!

With eight WSOP bracelets and a WPT title already on his resume, Erik Seidel's name was on the marquee coming in, but the Full Tilt Pro was actually the first player to say goodbye.

Seidel went out sixth when he shipped it with a flush draw and couldn't get there against Justin "Boosted J" Smith's over-pair.

Smith busted the relatively quiet Swede Christopher Sonesson next, rivering a queen against his pocket fours.

Fourth place then went to the relatively loud Alec Torelli, who got it all-in pre flop in a coin flip with Gomes.

Gomes had two red tens versus Torelli's A Q and despite Torelli turning a gutshot, he was bounced when the river blanked.

The highlight of three-handed play was a massive double-up by Smith through Gomes, where he not only took the chip lead, but apparently tore his ACL celebrating when he went runner-runner to make a straight.

However, that lead would not last as Smith was crippled when Gomes doubled back through him with big slick against his ace-queen.

A few hands later he shipped it short with ace-rag running into Jaka's kings to bow out third.

Heads up began with both Jaka and Gomes even in chips.

However, Gomes pushed into the lead and eventually got Jaka to commit all his chips with a dominated ace to take his first WPT title and the $1,187,670 first-place prize.

"There was a lot of amazing players here," Gomes said. "It's really hard to put into words how I'm feeling right now. It's great."

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