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WPT Bellagio Cup V Won By Alexandre Gomes

20/7/2009
It was a case of “Alexandre the Great” at the Bellagio this weekend after Team PokerStars Pro Alexandre Gomes won the Bellagio Cup V.

Continuing on from the tournaments tradition of showcasing some of the best young internet talents, Alexandre “allingomes” Gomes followed in the footsteps of Shannon Shorr, Kevin Saul and Mike Watson to become another online phenom who made a successful transition to the live game at one of Vegas’ premier tournaments.

The Brazilian outlasted a field of 268 which final tablist Eric Seidel considered had brought together the toughest WPT final table on record. Gomes had to overcome the challenge of 22-year old Alec Torelli, who had held the chip lead for a large part of the tournament, as well as Faraz “The-Toliet” Jaka, who had gone on a poker tear after making back-to-back quads in Day 3 to catapult him up the chip counts.

The final table itself proved to be every bit as tough as Seidel had claimed, with the first casualty coming after a record 108 hands. It was the veteran himself who would succumb first too, his flush draw failing to overtake Justin “BoostedJ” Smith’s overpair.

The other remaining live game pro went out in fifth after Christer Sonesson’s pocket fours couldn’t hold against the A-Q of Gomes.

The four remaining internet pros ramped up the aggression levels and it was Gomes who benefitted the most, eliminating Torelli in 4th before taking his A-K and crushing Smith’s A-Q to leave Smith’s chances of a first WPT title shattered.

The final hand of the tournament came in similar fashion to the one which had crippled Smith, Gomes getting it in preflop with A-J against Jaka’s A-7. The jack kicker held up and played on the final board, landing Gomes his biggest ever live tournament score of just under $1.19million.

Final results - Bellagio Cup V final table:

1st: Alexandre Gomes - $1,187,670
2nd: Faraz Jaka - $774,780
3rd: Justin Smith - $464,870
4th: Alec Torelli - $271,165
5th: Christoffer Sonesson - $203,385
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