. This is the first World Series title for Santos, a former poker dealer who moved to the other side of the table 10 years ago. During that time, he has won titles at the Super Bowl of Poker and the America's Cup tournament at Vegas World, and has cashed in numerous other major poker competitions.
. Santos came to the final table in good chip position, and when heads-up play began, he had more than a 2-to-1 advantage over runner-up Jim Douglas. After a half-hour of trading chips back and forth, the final hand came down when Douglas took K-Q-10-10 up against Santos, who led the betting with K-8-5-4. The flop came K-9-2, giving Douglas the lead with top pair and a queen kicker. When a five fell on the turn, bringing Santos kings up, he bet and Douglas called all in. But the river card was an eight, giving Santos an even higher two pair to scoop the pot and win his first World Series title.
. Douglas, a 45-year-old dentist from Redondo Beach, California, received $68,425 for his second-place finish. A poker player for just six years, Douglas holds a title from the California State Poker Championship tournament and has cashed all three times he has entered an Omaha High-Low Split event at the World Series of Poker.
. "Marlon is a great competitor and a great player," Douglas said. "It was tough to keep up with him -- he kept showing me good hands."
. Winning third place and $35,700 in the Omaha High-Low Split event was Marsha Waggoner of Downey, California. The public relations director of the Bicycle Club Casino in Bell Gardens, California, Waggoner began playing poker 18 years ago in her native Australia. She has cashed in numerous major poker competitions and holds titles from the Super Bowl of Poker, the Diamond Jim Brady tournament, and the Stairway to the Stars tournament. Her latest award brings Waggoner's total World Series earnings to $111,360, moving her past Annie Duke and Mim Penney into the No. 1 spot on the women's roster of all-time WSP money winners.
. Waggoner was eliminated from the Omaha High-Low Split competition when she called a pre-flop raise with J-10-10-2 against Jim Douglas, who held A-A-6-3. The flop came 9-5-2, and when Douglas bet, Waggoner called all in. But a six on the turn and a queen on the river brought her no help, and Douglas scooped the pot with a pair of aces for high and a 6-5 low.
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