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Brandon Cantu edges out Watkinson

Event 47 | Event 49

After taking some bad beats during heads-up play in last week's Event 39, Brandon Cantu didn't get down on himself. Instead he felt that it was his bracelet and that he would earn another one, but I can't imagine that anyone expected that next bracelet opportunity to come so soon.

Cantu defeated a field of 762 players in Event 48, the $1,500 Omaha high-low split event, to win his second WSOP bracelet and $228,867. At 28, Cantu has already made four WSOP final tables and a total of 10 WSOP cashes.

"This is really special, especially because I should have won a week ago," said Cantu. "That loss was really hard for me to take. This one really was special."

Cantu finished 20th in the WSOP main event last year and had a mountain of chips before falling apart at a terrible time. Many will remember the hand where Cantu was trying to bully and ran his 10-5 into the pocket aces of Dean Hamrick. His aggressive style tends to lead to massive chip swings and Cantu felt that he was heading in that direction once again on Saturday.

"I don't know if this game suits my style," he said. "But everything worked. You can't be quite as aggressive in this game. You have to slow down a little bit. In the end, everything worked. To be honest, I really thought it was slipping away. I was last in chips when it was four-handed. I just tried to play premium hands and wait it out. I picked my spots carefully."

Cantu's final opponent was the only other bracelet winner at the final table, Lee Watkinson. Watkinson, a far more experienced Omaha player, won his first bracelet in the $10,000 pot-limit Omaha event in 2006, but couldn't stop Cantu from earning his second title.

Other notable finishers included Phil Hellmuth (14th), Perry Friedman (37th) and Jerrod Ankenman (42nd).

Below are the complete results of Event 48:

Event 48: Pot-limit Omaha high-low
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 762
Prize pool: $1,040,130
Players in the money: 72

1. Brandon Cantu ($228,867)

2. Lee Watkinson ($141,873)

3. Mathieu Jacqmin ($92,946)

4. Ted Weinstock ($64,727)

5. Tommy Vedes ($47,617)

6. Steve Jelinek ($36,893)

7. Aaron Sias ($30,028)

8. Ronnie Hofman ($25,618)

9. William Mcmahan ($22,862)

10. Sean Getzwiller ($15,664)

11. Cung Tran ($15,664)

12. Jiaqi Xu ($15,664)

13. Barry Craig ($11,347)

14. Phil Hellmuth ($11,347)

15. Jason Loehde ($11,347)

16. Tyler Nelson ($8,570)

17. Kendrick Roberts ($8,570)

18. Frederic Le Roux ($8,570)

19. Randy Holland ($6,604)

20. Gene Timberlake ($6,604)

21. Patrick Goulding ($6,604)

22. Carson Calhoun ($6,604)

23. Soner Osmand ($6,604)

24. William Windham ($6,604)

25. Jeffrey King ($6,604)

26. David Stroj ($6,604)

27. Noah Boeken ($6,604)

28. Simon Stocken ($5,398)

29. Joe Pharo ($5,398)

30. Lauchlin McKinnon ($5,398)

31. Raymond Bonavida ($5,398)

32. John Oshea ($5,398)

33. Talebi Rodeen ($5,398)

34. Donald Harris ($5,398)

35. Ali Aljenabi ($5,398)

36. Jeremiah Degreef ($5,398)

37. Perry Friedman ($4,566)

38. David Svec ($4,566)

39. Elinar Lindestad ($4,566)

40. Benjamin Roberts ($4,566)

41. Thomas Koral ($4,566)

42. Jerrod Ankenman ($4,566)

43. Thomas Besnier ($4,566)

44. Todd Taylor ($4,566)

45. Lee Markholt ($4,566)

46. Norm Ohren ($3,931)

47. Aaron Kanter ($3,931)

48. Trevor Reader ($3,931)

49. Michael Cipolla ($3,931)

50. Thomas Scarber ($3,931)

51. Sigi Stockinger ($3,931)

52. Howard Andrew ($3,931)

53. Travis Erdman ($3,931)

54. Marcin Horecki ($3,931)

55. Edward Im ($3,432)

56. William Knight ($3,432)

57. Joseph Loguidice ($3,432)

58. Joshua Mammon ($3,432)

59. Jesse Cohen ($3,432)

60. Todd Dedeaux ($3,432)

61. Matthew Gregoire ($3,432)

62. Todd Ickow ($3,432)

63. Robert Aden ($3,432)

64. Raymond Mcclure ($2,953)

65. Claudio Rinaldi ($2,953)

66. Matthew Wood ($2,953)

67. Richard Tatalovich ($2,953)

68. Nathan Wiesner ($2,953)

69. Al Morris ($2,953)

70. Norma Redthunder ($2,953)

71. Phillip Loomis ($2,953)

72. Stewart Yancik ($2,953)