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Matt Giannetti Wins 2013 World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open Main Event

Former November Niner Wins Second WPT Title And $323,804


Matt GianettiMatt Giannetti has won the 2013 World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open main event, earning $323,804 for capturing the second WPT title of his career thus far. For topping a field of 369 entrants the 28-year-old pro also earned 900 Card Player Player of the Year points, putting him in a tie for 25th place in the overall POY standings. The 2011 World Series of Poker main event fourth-place finisher’s career live tournament earnings now exceed $4.25 million.

On the road to victory at the final table Giannetti had to contend with a number of tough competitors, including reigning WPT Grand Prix de Paris champion Matthew Salsberg, who was at his second consecutive WPY final table after finishing sixth at the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open less than two weeks ago. Salsberg entered the final table as one of the shotest stacks at both of his back-to-back final tables, and both times he finished in sixth place.

Giannetti entered the final table with the chip lead, and he maintained that position to the end. He eliminated three-time WPT finalist Darryll Fish in third place to set up a heads-up battle with Lily Kiletto. The former casino dealer brought ten years of poker experience into the match, but not much in the way of tournament results. Only six hands were played heads-up, with the money going in on the final hand when Kiletto raised on the button with the 8Spade Suit7Spade Suit and Gianetti three-bet with the 8Heart Suit8Club Suit. Kiletto put the pressure on by moving all-in for 3,920,000 total, causing Gianetti to go into the tank for around two minutes. Eventually he made the call and found that he was in fantastic shape to win the hand and secure the title. The board ran out 3Club Suit2Spade Suit2Heart Suit9Spade SuitJClub Suit, and just like that Giannetti became only the 18th player to ever win two or more WPT titles. Kiletto earned $191,880 for her runner-up finish.

Here is a look at the payout and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Matt Giannetti $323,804 900
2 Lily Kiletto $191,880 750
3 Darryll Fish $125,921 600
4 Danny Shiff $86,946 450
5 Hayden Fortini $64,160 375
6 Matthew Salsberg $50,968 300

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