Vazquez the Victor
As the final hands unfold, Luis Vazquez (Taunton, MA) goes from ~160k to chip leader at 187,075 to claim the $5,000 bonus.
"I bet every street and he kept calling," says Vazquez who shows AQ for top pair-top kicker to pick up an additional 27k.
Vazquez finishes ahead of Martin Mantranca (Miami, FL) who settles for second place with 166,350 and the $3,500 runner-up bonus.
"Crazy, insane," says Mantranca, who had been one of the big stacks most of the day.
While Vazquez used a slow and steady approach to build his stack, Mantranca says he was up to 75k after just three hands. "Anyone who had my cards would have gotten chips," says Mantranca, "I flopped four sets."
Vazquez and Mantranca have Monday off and return Tuesday for Day 2.