By Brad Willis...
The World Series of Poker can be discouraging. You can play all month long and barely have anything to show for it. Look at Team PokerStars Pro Alex Gomes. The best win he came away with in the 2009 Series was a $5,300 cash for an 80th place finish in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event. Not exactly what he was hoping for. Thank goodness he made the decision to go down the street to Bellagio.
A few days ago, while the rest of us were putting the WSOP to bed, Gomes was working his way through the field of 268 players in the $15,000 buy-in event. Last night, he went into the final table of the tournament in last chip position. Just a couple of hours ago, the Team PokerStars Pro from Brazil walked away with his first WPT title and the $1,187,670 first prize.
Gomes, the smiling man from South America, exploded onto the poker scene in 2008 when he won his first WSOP bracelet. Just a few months later, he nearly grabbed his first EPT title when he took fourth place at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
Now, Gomes has erased any doubt he can close. His win on the WPT gives him a chance to be one of the few people in the world who can claim poker's triple crown--a win on the WSOP, WPT, and EPT circuits. Now we just have to work on getting Gomes over to Europe and see if he can get it done.
Congratulations to Alex Gomes for this morning's big win!