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Matt Giannetti — From Cash Games to Tournament Success

by Brian Pempus |  Published: Dec 01, 2011

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Cash-game pro Matt Giannetti had to rely on a tournament this summer to end a downswing. Fortunately for the 26-year-old New York native, that tournament was the 2011 World Series of Poker main event, where he will compete in November for the $8.7 million first-place prize. “I was putting in my hours this summer, working hard, but I just felt like I was in the twilight zone in terms of the bad beats I was suffering in the cash games,” said Giannetti, who only played a handful of WSOP events this year leading up to the main event. “Nothing was really going my way until making the November Nine. To finally have this big score on poker’s biggest stage, and to have a chance at the bracelet that is every poker player’s dream, is an unreal feeling.” Giannetti, who will take his seat with 24.75 million, good for third chip ...


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