Brandon Cantu Claims He Was “Robbed” Of WSOPE Bracelet
Brandon Cantu is not a happy bunny.
The two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner lost out on his chance to claim a third title yesterday after he was beaten by Jonathan Aguiar in the final of the €10,450, but following a delay to the match which gave both players more than 24 hours to recover, Cantu felt he was “robbed”.
After reaching the heads-up stage of the tournament, play continued uninterrupted initially as Cantu turned in what he described as “one of the greatest heads-up performances ever” to take the game to Aguiar, but with play carrying on longer than expected the match had to be paused at 5.00am.
It was here that the controversy started as Cantu said he was happy to play any time the following afternoon, while Aguiar insisted that he had to play in the WSOPE Main Event during that time and the heads-up would therefore have to be scheduled for another day when both players were free.
In the end, Aguiar busted the Main Event and was able to play yesterday, where he returned to the felt to beat Cantu and capture the title and €258,047 1st prize, but Cantu was left fuming that he’d been allowed so much time to prepare for the bought and claimed he may have asked for advice.
The two players have since had a public spat on Twitter, with Cantu challenging Aguiar to a heads-up match for the difference between 1st and 2nd place and Aguiar accepting while accusing the his opponent of showing a lack of class in defeat. With the rematch scheduled to take place during the World Poker Tour’s Festa al Lago, this one could get tasty.