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New York poker pro claims maiden WPT title

After six grueling days of poker, Daniel Santoro wins first major title and $450k first prize.

23-year old New York poker professional Daniel Santoro has just earned the biggest win of his modest career after defeating a 189-strong field in one of the oldest events on the World Poker Tour. Previous winners the Foxwoods Poker Classic have included Howard Lederer, Nick Schulman and Jeff Forrest. The culmination of a month long festival of poker at the famous casino in Connecticut, the $10,000 main-event lasted six days and featured a host of big name pros.

Heading into the final-table Santoro had the third largest chip stack, a table which included reigning WPT player of the year Andy Frankenberger. Luckily for Santoro, Frankenberger busted early in 5th place. It took only 100 hands for play to get down to heads-up, but the following battle lasted the same amount of hands again. 

Standing in the way of Santoro was Christian Harder, but as the match went on Santoro slowly chipped away at Harder’s stack until he was left with almost nothing and then the final hand came down to a coin flip.

Harder pushed all of his remaining chips into the centre with a pair of tens, only to be quickly called by Santoro’s AKo. Following four blank cards a brutal king on the river spelt the end of Harder and victory for Santoro. Along with his first major title, Santoro collected a cheque for $449,910 and a $25,500 ticket for the WPT World Championship.

Here’s how the final table finished up:

1. Daniel Santoro $449,910
2. Christian Harder $248,962
3. Bob Carbone $166,271
4. Steven Brackesy $129,816
5. Andy Frankenberger $99,585
6. Eli Berg $83,580







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