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Event 12: Josias Santos Rides Heater, Snags Trophy and $31,656

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino 
Hollywood, Fla.
$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Entries: 139
Prizepool: $90,000
March 26-27, 2017

Josias Santos

Josias Santos is the newest winner at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, topping a field of 139 entries in the $1,650 Purple Chip Bounty to win the trophy and the top prize of $31,656 in a heads-up deal. Santos also earned a seat into the limited freeroll for the winners of the series’ first 14 events, where he’ll have a chance to snag either a $10,000 or $3,500 seat into one of the WPT events on the upcoming schedule.

Santos is a 53-year-old semi-professional poker player from Brazil, his previous career involving the management of soccer players in his home country. He now makes his home in Tampa, where he runs a transportation company as his new primary source of income. That may soon be changing, though.

Three years ago, Santos found poker for the first time, and it’s been a happy partnership, so far. After two years of studying and practice, Santos felt prepared to take the next steps. “I decided to play more this year,” he said. “And I choose tournaments with structures that fit my play.”

The Purple Chip Bounty met his requirements, and he stormed his way into Day 2 of the event with one of the biggest stacks of the 12 remaining players. By the time the field shrunk to nine, he was third in chips and breathing down the necks of chip leaders Jordan Meltzer and Phong Nguyen.

Those three were eventually the last three players left at the table, and Santos won the largest pot of the day against Nguyen to take a huge lead and leave the former chip leader with just two big blinds. Meltzer eliminated Nguyen one hand later, entering the heads-up duel with a significant chip disadvantage.

“I stared heads-up with two thirds of the chips,” Santos said in his postgame interviews. He actually had closer to three quarters of the chips, but that lead was short-lived. “I lost some hands so I had to slow down a little bit and wait for better spots,” he said of the encounter with Meltzer. “He’s a very tough player. Very good player.”

Meltzer put up a mighty fight, even taking the chip lead at one point in the duel before the stacks returned to even. Locked in a stalemate, the two finalists stepped away from the table to talk numbers, and they quickly agreed to an equal chop, with Santos’ big stack earning him the extra $1, the trophy, and the freeroll seat.

The champ has only been playing poker for three years, but he’s already racked up more than $300,000 in tournament earnings as a part-time player. A big chunk of that has come early in 2017, a year in which he’s decided to dedicate more time to the game.

So far, the decision has been a profitable one. This result is his third big five-figure score over the span of the last two months. Santos outlasted a huge field of 1,883 entries to win a $340 event at Parx, earning nearly $70,000 for that victory alone. A month later, he finished fourth of 482 entries in a $1,500 event here in Florida, and he’s just added more than $30,000 for this win at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood.

If his heater continues like this, Santos will most certainly be someone worth watching when the big-buy-in events arrive on the calendar later this week.

Final Table Results:

1st: Josias Santos – $31,656*
2nd: Jordan Meltzer – $31,655*
3rd: Phong Nguyen – $14,526
4th: Marc Schiller – $8,757
5th: Hyon Kim – $6,811
6th: Christian Harder – $5,699
7th: TK Miles – $4,935
8th: Jack Duong – $4,385
9th: Victor Merkel – $3,885

*Denotes heads-up deal

Event 12: We Have a Deal!

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 23: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 139

After a few minutes of discussion, Josias Santos and Jordan Meltzer have reached a deal for an even chop.

Here were the chip counts at the time of the deal and the ensuing payouts:

Josias Santos – 875,000 – $31,656
Jordan Meltzer – 793,000 – $31,655

As the chip leader, Santos officially gets the victory. A recap of the event will be posted shortly.

Event 12: Josias Santos Retakes the Lead

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 23: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 139

Following a flop of Qs6c5d, Jordan Meltzer checked from the big blind and Josias Santos bet 25,000 from the button. Meltzer check-raised to 100,000 and Santos called.

The turn was the 4c and Meltzer bet 100,000. Santos called.

The river was the 2h and both players checked.

Meltzer showed 9h7c, while Santos tabled Qc7h for a pair of queens to win the pot.

Josias Santos – 988,000 (82 bb)
Jordan Meltzer – 680,000 (56 bb)

Event 12: Jordan Meltzer Extends His Lead

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 23: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 139

Jordan Metzler raised to 25,000 from the button and Josias Santos called from the big blind.

They checked to the turn of  QcJs8c5d board where Santos bet 33,000. Meltzer called.

The river was the 9c and Santos checked to Meltzer who bet 150,000. Santos called.

Meltzer tabled Kh10d for a king-high straight, Santos mucked, and Meltzer won the pot.

Jordan Meltzer – 990,000 (82 bb)
Josias Santos – 678,000 (56 bb)

Event 12: Jordan Meltzer Takes the Lead

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 23: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 139

Josias Santos opened the button to 30,000, and Jordan Meltzer defended his big blind.

The flop was Jd5d2d. Meltzer checked, Santos continued for 15,000, and Meltzer called. That action repeated after the Kc turn, with Meltzer check-calling another 30,000. The river was the Ks. Meltzer checked for a third time, then called a final bet of 80,000 from Santos.

Santos showed 4x5x for two pair, but Meltzer’s KdQh was good for trip kings and the pot. With that pot comes the chip lead, as Meltzer has moved in front for the first time in this match.

Jordan Meltzer – 988,000 (82 bb)
Josias Santos – 680,000 (57 bb)

Event 12: A Little More For Jordan Meltzer

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 23: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 139

Josias Santos opened the button to 30,000, and Jordan Meltzer defended his big blind.

The flop was Qc5d3d. Meltzer checked, Santos continued for 35,000, and Meltzer called. The turn was the Ah, and Meltzer check-called another 55,000. Both players checked through the Jh river.

Meltzer showed Qd9s, winning the pot with a pair of queens.

Jordan Meltzer – 719,000 (60 bb)
Josias Santos – 949,000 (79 bb)

Event 12: Jordan Meltzer Draws First Blood

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 22: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 139

Josias Santos opened the button to 25,000, and Jordan Meltzer defended his big blind.

The flop was Kc5c5h. Meltzer checked, Santos continued for 50,000, and Meltzer called. Both players checked through the 2h turn, and the river was the Th. Meltzer led out for 114,000, and Santos called.

Meltzer showed Kh8h, winning the pot with a king-high flush.

Jordan Meltzer – 727,000 (73 bb)
Josias Santos – 941,000 (94 bb)

Event 12: Phong Nguyen Eliminated in 3rd Place ($14,526)

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 22: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 139

Phong Nguyen

Phong Nguyen moved all in for 22,000 in the small blind, and Jordan Meltzer called to put him at risk from the big blind.

Nguyen: Ah7s
Meltzer: Td5s

The board ran out Th7d2cQc6h, and Meltzer won the pot and the bounty with a pair of tens. Nguyen was eliminated in third place.

Meltzer and Josias Santos are now heads-up for the trophy in Event 12, and Santos begins the duel with about a 3:1 chip lead.

Josias Santos – 1,253,000 (125 bb)
Jordan Meltzer – 415,000 (42 bb)
Phong Nguyen – Eliminated in 3rd place ($14,526)

Event 12: Josias Santos Doubles Through Phong Nguyen

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 22: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 139

Jordan Meltzer opened the button with a raise, and both Josias Santos and Phong Nguyen called from the small and big blind, respectively.

The flop was 5c4c2d, and it checked to Meltzer, who continued for 11,000. Santos called, but Nguyen check-raised to 57,000. Meltzer folded out of the way, but Santos called.

Heads-up now, the turn was the Kd, and Santos led out for 80,000. Nguyen raised to 201,000, and Santos called the remainder to see the last card. It was the Qc, and Santos promptly moved all in for 332,000.

“Count?” Nguyen asked. Before the dealer could finish the task, though, Nguyen made up his mind. “I can’t fold this,” he said as he called put Santos at risk.

Santos showed Kc7c for a flush, and it was good. Nguyen flashed his inferior Ac3s, having flopped a straight, and the dealer reached in to withdraw the vast majority of his stack. “Can’t fold with a blocker,” Nguyen lamented.

Santos doubled up, leaving Nguyen with just a couple big blinds.

Josias Santos – 1,254,000 (125 bb)
Phong Nugyen – 23,000 (2 bb)

Event 12: Phong Nguyen Doubles Through Josias Santos

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 22: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 139

Josias Santos opened the button to 30,000, and Phong Nguyen three-bet shoved for 262,000 in the small blind. Santos asked for the count, then called to put Nguyen at risk.

Santos: KdQh
Nguyen: Ad9d

The board ran out Jc9h4c4s6d, and Nguyen doubled up with nines up.

Phong Nguyen – 537,000 (54 bb)
Josias Santos – 625,000 (63 bb)

Event 12: Phong Nguyen Loses Ground

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 22: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 139

Phong Nguyen opened the button to 25,000, and Josias Santos defended his big blind.

Both players checked through the 9h9s3s flop, and the turn was the Qd. Santos led for 35,000, and Nguyen called. The river was the Th, and Nguyen called another bet from Santos — 57,000 this time.

Santos showed down Kc9d, winning the pot with trip nines.

Josias Santos – 755,000 (76 bb)
Phong Nguyen – 280,000 (28 bb)

Event 12: Phong Nguyen Regains Ground

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 22: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 139

Jordan Meltzer limped the button, Josias Santos completed in the small blind, and Phong Nguyen checked his option in the big.

All three players checked through the Ts5h3c flop. The turn was the 2h, and it checked to Meltzer, who bet 16,000. Santos folded, but Nguyen check-raised to 42,000, and Meltzer called. The river was the 7s, and Meltzer called a final bet of 75,000 from Nguyen.

At showdown, Nguyen’s Th5s was best, and he won the pot with tens up.

Phong Nguyen – 335,000 (34 bb)
Jordan Meltzer – 585,000 (59 bb)

Event 12: Marc Schiller Eliminated in 4th Place ($8,757)

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 21: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 139

Marc Schiller

Marc Schiller opened to 25,000 under the gun, and Jordan Meltzer three-bet to 75,000 in the big blind. Schiller four-bet shoved for about 225,000, and Meltzer called to put him at risk.

Schiller: 6h6d
Meltzer: JsJd

Schiller managed to flop a set on the Jc9h6c flop, but unfortunately for him, Meltzer did too. Drawing dead to one out, Schiller could not catch up as the Tc turn and 4c river completed the board. He was eliminated in fourth place, giving his chips and his bounty to Meltzer.

Jordan Meltzer – 730,000 (91 bb)
Marc Schiller – Eliminated in 4th place ($8,757)

Event 12: Hyon Kim Eliminated in 5th Place ($6,811)

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 21: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 139

Hyon Kim

Hyon Kim opened the button to 18,000, and Josias Santos called in the small blind.

The flop was Qc4h2s. Santos checked, Kim continued for 22,000, and Santos check-raised to 50,000. Kim called the remainder, and they both checked through the 4c turn. The river was the 7s, and Santos moved all in for about 130,000 effective. Kim called all in for that amount, putting himself at risk.

Santos showed AsQh for queens up with an ace, and Kim’s reaction made it clear that he couldn’t beat it. The latter tabled his inferior QsTs as he headed to the payout desk in fifth place.

After earning Kim’s bounty, Santos is now the chip leader for the first time at this final table.

Josias Santos – 735,000 (92 bb)
Hyon Kim – Eliminated in 5th place ($6,811)

Event 12: Josias Santos Takes From Jordan Meltzer

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 21: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 139

Jordan Meltzer opened the cutoff to 16,000, Marc Schiller called on the button, and Josias Santos defended his big blind to create three-way action.

All three players checked through the Ac5c3c flop. The turn was the Ad, and Santos checked again. Meltzer bet 38,000, Schiller folded, and Santos check-raised to 110,000. Meltzer gave it a look but eventually surrendered his cards into the muck.

Santos won the pot with no showdown, drawing nearly even with Meltzer atop the chip counts.

Josias Santos – 525,000 (66 bb)
Jordan Meltzer – 530,000 (66 bb)

Event 12: More For Jordan Meltzer

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 20: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 139

Phong Nguyen completed from the small blind, Jordan Meltzer raised to 21,000 in the big, and Nguyen called the remainder to see a flop.

It came Ks7s4h. Nguyen checked, Meltzer continued for 10,000, and Nguyen check-raised to 30,000. Meltzer re-raised to 63,000, though, and Nguyen pondered for a minute or two before folding.

The two shared a couple quiet comments while Meltzer held his cards. “You probably don’t want to see it,” he said at one point. “But if you want to…” Nguyen did want to see it, so Meltzer obliged and tabled his Jd5h as the dealer pushed him the pot.

Jordan Meltzer – 510,000 (85 bb)
Phong Nguyen – 375,000 (63 bb)

Event 12: Christian Harder Eliminated in 6th Place ($5,699)

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 20: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 139

Christian Harder

For the second consecutive hand, Christian Harder open-shoved, this time for 59,000 in middle position. The first shove got through uncalled, but Marc Schiller called from the big blind this time, putting Harder at risk.

Harder: Ac8d
Schiller: KhTh

The board ran out 8s5d3c2hTs, and Schiller rivered a pair of tens to win the pot and the bounty. Harder was eliminated in sixth place.

Marc Schiller – 360,000 (60 bb)
Christian Harder – Eliminated in 6th place ($5,699)

Event 12: Jordan Meltzer Finds a Call

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 20: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 139

Josias Santos opened the button to 12,000, and Jordan Meltzer three-bet to 42,000 in the big blind. Santos called.

The flop was AsQd8s, and both players checked. The turn was the 7c. Meltzer bet 45,000, and Santos called. The river was the Qh, and Meltzer checked. Santos quickly bet 50,000, sending Meltzer deep into the tank. He had 106,000 chips left in front of him, so the bet represented close to half his remaining stack.

“I was kinda planning on calling,” Meltzer said at one point during his soak. “But you bet so small.” After several minutes, he did indeed call. He was right; Santos showed JcTc for a miss, and Meltzer’s Kc4d was good enough to win him the pot with his king kicker.

Jordan Meltzer – 338,000 (56 bb)
Josias Santos – 175,000 (29 bb)

Event 12: TK Miles Eliminated in 7th Place ($4,935)

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 19: 2,500/5,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 139

TK Miles

Josias Santos opened to 10,000 under the gun, and Marc Schiller called in the cutoff. From the button, TK Miles three-bet to 33,000, and Santos folded out of the way. Schiller moved all in for about 170,000 effective, though, and Miles called all in to put himself at risk for that amount.

Schiller: 9d9c
Miles: QsQc

The Kh9s6h flop was bad news for Miles, and he could not catch back up. The Jd turn and 2d river completed the board, giving Schiller the pot and the bounty with a set of nines. Miles was eliminated in seventh place.

Marc Schiller – 355,000 (71 bb)
TK Miles – Eliminated in 7th place ($4,635)