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WSOP Europe: 7-Hour Heads-Up Between Brandon Cantu & Jonathan Aguiar

Tags: Brandon Cantu, cannes, Jonathan Aguiar, wsop europe.
Posted on 02 October 2012 by "T".

Last week we reported that Brandon Cantu had a massive chip lead and was about to face Phil Hellmuth heads-up in Event #5: Mixed Max - No-Limit Hold'em. Cantu won the heads-up match against Hellmuth after some struggle, then he defeated Martin Jacobson from Sweden in the "quarter-finals" and Roger Hairabedian in the "semi-finals". In the final heads-up match he was up against Jonathan Aguiar, the man who bubbled in the very same event in 2011.

Cantu started the heads-up with a 600k+ lead, and it didn't take long before he had a 3-1 lead and seemed to be in full control. But Aguiar fought very well and refused to give up. When the tournament director called it a day, after over 6 hours of heads-up action, Cantu had 1,520,000 chips to Aguiar's 1,361,000 chips.

After some well-deserved rest, the two players continued the heads-up the following day. Many expected it to be a long and even match, but it only took 45 minutes before a winner had been crowned.

Jonathan Aguiar had just lost a 900k pot with KK when he picked up 2Club2Diamond. Aguiar opened to 40,000 from the button. Cantu three-betted all in for his last 600,000. Aguiar snap called with AClubKClub. The flop came down 8Club10HeartAHeart and gave Aguiar a pair of aces. The 3Heart on the turn left Canty with only two outs. The river card was the 7Diamond and Cantu was eliminated in second place for €159,459. Jonathan Aguiar received his first WSOPE bracelet as well as the 258,047 first place prize.




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3 comments on "WSOP Europe: 7-Hour Heads-Up Between Brandon Cantu & Jonathan Aguiar"

 Fakiry02/10/2012 13:05:53 GMT
The final hand was definitely played on tilt by Cantu. I am sure he wasn’t expecting Aguiar to have such a strong hand like AK suited as he in fact had, but these things happen a lot. When Cantu thought he could go for another breathe if he had put the hands on those blinds, he got a race against a wall. I wouldn’t mind if I had a €160k consolation prize waiting for me. After all, the winner “only” got €100k more than him…
 3paulx02/10/2012 14:42:43 GMT
good game for the both of you and congratulations!
 pochui02/10/2012 19:00:33 GMT
wow 7 hours of heads up battle- that's a lot to say the least- when i play heads up sng's they last 1h or so at most, probably if the slow structure and huge chip stack was on hands maybe it would last for 2 hours- but hey we are talking about 7 hours! probably they were sick of each other for good...lots of big names near the top

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