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Hailing from Porto, Portugal, Francisco da Costa Santos discovered poker through his mates in the university of porto. They used to play stud cash games and it was playing low stackes stud games that he made his bankroll. When he finish his degree he started a construction firm and stoped his poker carrer for a while since poker was not allowed in Portugal.
In the begging of 2008 MTT and cash games were allowed in casinos for the 1st time ever here in Portugal so I decided to go and play his 1st live event . The result was brutal, since he thought they were going to play stud and the game was NLH. He decided to study the game and six month after he made his 1st itm followed for his 1st FT in the begging of december.
2009 was Francisco explosion in the portuguese poker community from february to august he made 10 ITM in row, won 1 event and made 4 final tables ( two at same time playing the main and side event of the solverde poker tour - the biggest portuguese MTT). He was short coming for last day and decided to register in the side event but dup after dup we saw for the 1st time ever in portugal a player playing 2 final tables at same time. On August 2009 Francisco join the lockpoker team and he moved up from lockpoker pro to lockpoker elite team in less than six month. Francisco is the face of lockpoker in portugal and he´s the manager of the portuguese team.
On 2010 Francisco decided to start to play outside portugal and spain seem like the logic choice. On the island of la toja, spain, where Francisco made 2 FT and 4itm. To finish the year of 2010 Francisco made the final table of Estoril poker Series.
2011 Francisco decided to play mainly online and the wsope was the only MTT that he decided to play. He didn´t cash on the main event or in the event 2 but he made the FT in one side event where they made a deal when 6 were playing.
2012 Francisco decided to play more live event he had some cashes on the emop circuit and on the ept barcelona when he finish 3rd on the plo event. On June this year he decided to start playing more plo and that was his 1st plo event but the glory came in the 2nd plo event of his live where he won the wsop bracelet and became the 1st portuguese to win one. On August he signed with ISPT to become the portuguese ambassador for the ISPT and he already got a deal with the casino estoril ( the biggest casino in europe ) to make live satelites for the ISPT event.
Francisco have 36yo and he lives with his partner Mariana. He have a 12yo daughter from his past relationship. He loves football and that´s why he is S.L.B. supporter and he made a clear statement when he took his jersey to the wsope FT. He is knowed in portugal to be a player for the players to be loyal and he normally says :" if you eat my bones eats my flesh" he will stay with lock till they want me.
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