Rommel was awarded $51,085 in prize money, a $3,000 Championship package, and the WPTDeepStacks trophy after winning a final table that clocked in at just over 3 hours of play today.
Santos won his seat into this event via a $250 satellite, and after picking up the chip lead late on Day 2 never looked back, eliminating 6 out of his 8 opponents at the final table. Coming into the day Santos held a slight chip lead, but the heater started when he eliminated Mario Lopez in 9th place. Shortly after, Santos collided in a monster pot with Valerie Hanley, in which his JdJh held against the AcKh of Hanley when all the chips went into the middle on a board reading 4c9c6h.
The players would take a short break and return with Randy Gil hitting the rail in 7th place. After Gil’s elimination it was Amir Turkzadeh doubling thru Tom Cage, leaving cage with just a few big blinds. Cage would hit the rail in 6th, followed by Jed Hoffman in 5th. Santos continued to pull out in front and then picked up top pair with his KhJc on a board reading KsQsTh. Turkzadeh would move all in holding 6s7s, but would fail to catch another spade and hit the rail in 4th.
Three handed play didn’t last long as Tim Armour moved all in holding TcTs and was quickly called by 9h9s of Santos. The Santos show continued as he flopped a nine, improving to a set and eliminating Armour. The hand would propel Santos into a massive chip lead for heads up play, as he sat on 5,250,000 to the 600,000 of Shawn Van Asdale. A few hands later the two would get it all in with Santos’ Qc8c out in front of the Jc9h of Van Asdale. Again Santos hand would hold up, as he becomes the newest WPTDS Champion.