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  • Matt Giannetti Makes it to the November Nine

    Saturday, October 29th, 2011 by Nadia

Matt Giannetti, born and bred in Austin, Texas, now resides in Las Vegas, the gambling capital of the world. The 26 year old poker professional, left the University of Texas in 2006. He dropped out to focus on his poker game. He played high stakes games online under the moniker ‘hazards21’. He hasn’t had cause to regret his decision, especially now that he is a member of the November Nine.

His Career So Far

Though he isn’t considered by many as a tournament player, Giannetti has won several events on the circuit. Despite having relocated to Las Vegas to participate in live cash games, he also plays tournaments occasionally. He has earned more than $500,000 in winnings since 2006. Previously, he won a cash prize at the Main Event at WSOP and made it to the finals in the Pot Limit Omaha Event (2009), where he took the fourth place with $66,544. So far, that has been the biggest cash prize he has won in his career. However, this is likely to soon be overturned, as he is eligible to win $782,155 – at the very least – as a part of the November Nine.

He will enter the finals ranked third in chip value with 24,750,000. He quadrupled his stack during the final bubble. This makes him a force to reckon with – a reason critics call him one of the most dangerous players still in the game. He isn’t afraid to lose his stack and can be a big threat to his competition.

Giannetti’s Progress at WSOP

On Day 1, Giannetti accumulated 26,475 in chips. Day 2 saw him holding 79,000, and Day 3, 253,500. By Day 4, he had fallen to 114,000. His chip count rose again on Day 5 when he had 1,900,800. By Day 6 he had 7,940,000. Day 7 left him holding 8,920,000 and day eight saw him closing with 24,750,000.

Giannetti’s Key Hand

When Giannetti joined the unofficial final table which consisted of 10 players, he entered as the short stack. However, he didn’t lose his composure like many of the other November Nine aspirants. Using a pair of jacks he doubled through John Hewitt but came up against Ben Lamb with jacks and at that point, it seemed like Giannetti’s tournament life was over.

The blinds were set at 250,000/500,000 and a 50,000 ante. Pius Heinz chose to raise to 1.1 million. Lamb made a three-bet to 3.1 million right after. Giannetti then went all in for 8.4 million. The blinds folded and Lamb made a call.

Giannetti had a Jack of spades and a Jack of diamonds whereas Lamb had a King of hearts and a 9 of spades. The flop brought 10 of hearts, 6 of diamonds, 3 of hearts, 7 of hearts and Ace of spades. On the turn, Lamb managed to fix up a flush draw but Giannetti escaped down the river and increased his stack value to more than 19 million.




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