Wynn Poker Classic Championship 2010 Won By Brandon CantuMarch 19, 2010 9:45 am
Brandon Cantu has won the Wynn Poker Classic Championship 2010, after defeating a field of 242 player over three days to capture the title and the $363,844 first place prize.
As the final day’s action got underway at the $5,160 buy-in event in Las Vegas, 24 of the remaining 28 players were guaranteed a cash finish. Those making it into the money included Justin Bonomo who finished 17th for $11,737, Tony Korfman in 14th for $14,671, and Erick Lindgren out on the bubble in 10th for $17,606.
As the last nine players took their seat at the final table, Team UB pro Brandon Cantu was the dominant chip leader. By the time Cantu had eliminated the other big stack Adam Taskinsoy in sixth, he controlled two-thirds of the remaining chips left in play.
Brandon Cantu then sent defending champion Keith Ferrera to the rail in fifth ($58,685) after Ferrera tried a mis-timed bluff, and by the time the heads-up stage had been reached, Cantu had a 5-1 chip advantage over Jared Jaffee.
The final hand occurred after the two players pushed all their chips to the centre of the table, with Cantu holding A-6 to Ferrera’s A-5. The chances of a split pot were high but a 6 on the turn sealed the deal and Jared Jaffee had to be content with a runner-up finish for $246,477. In the meantime, Brandon Cantu picked up $363,844 for his Wynn Poker Classic victory.
The Vancouver, Washington born poker pro has now earned $3,693,008 from live tournament cashes. His impressive 8 career titles include 2 WSOP bracelets in the $1,500 No-Limit hold’em event in 2006 for $757,839, and the $1,500 Pot-limit Omaha eight-or-better in 2009 for $228,867. Cantu also picked up $1 million after winning the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star in 2008.