Two-time Cantu ships PLO-8 bracelet

Brandon Cantu
We're finally going to get paid!

Brandon Cantu mounted a sensational comeback to snatch the $1.5k PLO-8 bracelet from Lee Watkinson's grasp and win his second WSOP title.

The comeback was especially significant for Cantu, given the young American was bitterly disappointed to let an opportunity of another bracelet slip from his grasp just a week ago, finishing 2nd in the $1.5k No Limit Hold'em.

"It does feel great because a week ago I should have won and it was really hard for me to take," said Cantu.

In this tournament, Cantu appeared to have created an almost impregnable position of strength, holding nearly one-third of chips coming into the final table.

"Once I got so many chips I thought it was going to be tough to get them from me," Brandon revealed.

He still had some demons to exorcise following that near-miss last week, however.

"With three or four left, it was slipping from my grasp," he said.

"I was last in chips four-handed and I was just trying to wait for premium hands and pick my spots. The 2nd place finish a week ago preyed on my mind when we were heads up. When I was short I was just thinking double, double and once I did, I knew I was going to have a great chance."

He exorcised those demons impressively, negotiating his way through the difficult periods of the final and following a tumultuous heads-up skirmish, Cantu emerged victorious against fellow poker pro Lee Watkinson, picking up the WSOP bracelet and $228,867.

His motivation for success was not the financial gain but the place in WSOP history he explained.

"Money comes and goes but the bracelet will always be there - it's great!"

Having picked up the bracelet, Cantu seems unlikely to rest on his laurels, promising great things were still to come.

"I'm playing outstanding right now," he said.

"I would never really say this but I really think I'll make another final table this series."

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