Deathbed Prophecy Comes True For Victorious Cocktail Waitress

Dana Castaneda wsop

Cocktail waitress Dana Castaneda went from final table short stack to WSOP bracelet winner just as her 94 year old grandmother had predicted exactly 1 week earlier while on her deathbed.

"It's amazing, I can't believe I won this. It's for my grandmother."

As the final two players began heads up play, a large cheering section had gathered to cheer onCanadian Jason Bigelow in his attempt at our country's 11th bracelet, but the win and the $454,207 first prize would go to the underdog from California. Castaneda began final table play as the shortest stack but pulled off an impressive run dominating the table and winning all the chips in just 115 hands.

Castaneda cashed in the women's event earlier in the series and decided to parlay her $1,500 win into the huge $1,000 No Limit Hold 'em event. 2,883 players began the event, Castaneda finished it and took home $454,207. She's the first women to win an open event at WSOP 2013.

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Cataneda defeated 2,882 other players and won $454,207

With the win, she joins an accomplished class of female WSOP winners that includes players such as Vanessa Selbst, Jennifer Harman, Kathy Liebert, Annette Obrestand, Annie Duke and Cindy Violette.

The victorious Castaneda reminisced after her win about her grandmother's magic touch when it came to poker...

"My grandmother came to visit me in California one time … We went to the casino and bought into a $2/$4 game together. I sat her down. She hit a straight flush. She didn't know what was going on. It was great. She won the high hand of the hour and got a jacket. So, that was our thing. Poker was our thing."

PokerNews interviewed Castaneda right after her win to ask her more about her grandmother and the emotional victory...

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