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  • Giannetti Takes Down WPT Malta Title

    Sunday, September 25th, 2011 by Ryan

Matt Giannetti may not have been the most well-known name in poker three months ago. But after his incredible run to the World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table; where he will be a part of the November Nine in early November, and will make a push towards the largest prize in poker, a $9 million first place pay day. Giannetti had a bit of time to kill before November, so he decided to take place in the World Poker Tour’s stop in Malta.

While the World Poker Tour’s Borgata Poker Open was taking place in Atlantic City, and broke the record for largest WPT event to date with more than 1,300 players; Giannetti went a different route though, and entered the event that featured 240 total players in Malta. The event featured some big names in poker, and the final table had some excellent players as well, starting with Giannetti and one of the up and coming, well-known stars in Europe, Tristan Clemencon. Other names who rounded out the final table were the likes of Cecilia Pescaglini, Filippo Bianchini, Simon Trumper, and Fabien Sartoris.

The final day of play kicked off with eight players, and it took a total of three hours for the final six players to be determined, and play was very interesting from that point on. Pescaglini looked to be poised to be the first woman to ever win a WPT event as she eliminated Clemencon in fifth place, and held an impressive chip lead. She then went on to knock off Trumper in fourth place, and continued to make a push towards the WPT title. It wasn’t meant to be though, as she then lost a big pot to Giannetti, and followed that up with a tough hand against Bianchini. The heads up match would not be decided for over six hours and 100 hands, but Giannetti finally eliminated Bianchini in third place, setting up a match-up between Giannetti and Pescaglini.

Heads up began with Pescaglini holding the lead, and she won six of the first seven hands that were played as well; while Giannetti remained patient and waited for his spot. This came when Giannetti picked up pocket Aces and took the chip lead from the Italian. This would set up the end of the event for Pescaglini, as she was eliminated in second place only two hands after this. The final hand of the tournament featured a flop of 10-8-2, and Pescaglini raising; which was followed by an all-in from Giannetti who turned over 9-7 for a straight draw. Pescaglini had Q-10 for top pair, but a Jack came on the river to give Giannetti the lead, which held up to give him the win at the WPT Malta.

Giannetti looks ready to go for when he returns back to Las Vegas to take his spot in the WSOP Main Event’s November Nine. Giannetti will kick off the event in third place in chips, behind Martin Staszko and Eoghan O’Dea. The Wolrd Poker Tour will continue its push on through Europe when it heads to France on November 1st-6th at the Seven Casino d’Amneville.

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