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Buy-In: $15,000 + $400
Prize Pool: $4,001,250
Entrants: 275

WPT Festa Al Lago Championship -- No-Limit Hold'em

  • Oct 21, '09 - Oct 26, '09
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Updates on Final Day (Oct 26, 09)

 
 

Tommy Vedes Wins 2009 Festa Al Lago ($1,218,225)

Tommy VedesTommy Vedes has had quite the year. After a deep run in this summer’s WSOP Main Event, Vedes drew some attention. Earlier this month he also went deep at the EPT London Main Event and started generating some hype.

Now with this victory here at the Bellagio Festa Al Lago, Vedes has proven that he is one of the newest threats on tour.

Undoubtedly, a win of this magnitude can’t come without some luck, which Vedes certainly received at this final table. Nonetheless, he is the newest WPT Champion and takes home $1,218,225, along with a $25,000 seat into the WPT Championship next April.

Player Tags: Tommy Vedes
 

Jason Lavallee Eliminated in Second Place ($795,150)

Jason LavalleeLevel: 28

Blinds: 100,000-200,000 with a 15,000 ante

Average Chip Count: 8,250,000

Jason Lavallee moved all in for his last 2.775 million and Tommy Vedes called instantly with KDiamond SuitQDiamond Suit.

Lavallee showed 8Heart Suit6Heart Suit and needed help. The board fell ADiamond Suit9Spade Suit5Club SuitQClub SuitQSpade Suit and Lavallee was eliminated in second place.

Player Tags: Tommy Vedes,   Jason Lavallee
 

Vedes Now Dominant In Chips Over Lavallee

Level: 28

Blinds: 100,000-200,000 with a 15,000 ante

Average Chip Count: 8,250,000

Tommy Vedes raised to 600,000 and Jason Lavallee put him all in. Vedes callled. More than 14 million of the 16.5 million is on the line as the players revealed their cards.

Lavallee showed pocket fours and Vedes showed pocket fives. The board ran out ADiamond Suit10Club Suit6Club SuitQSpade Suit7Heart Suit and Vedes held to double up to 14 million. Lavallee is left with just 2.45 million.

Player Tags: Tommy Vedes,   Jason Lavallee
 

Tommy Vedes Doubles Up

Level: 28

Blinds: 100,000-200,000 with a 15,000 ante

Average Chip Count: 8,250,000

Jason Lavallee raised to 400,000 and Vedes moved all in for 3.76 million. Lavallee instantly called and the players revealed their cards.

Lavallee showed AClub SuitJHeart Suit and had Vedes and his AHeart Suit10Heart Suit dominated.

Nonetheless, the board came 10Diamond Suit9Diamond Suit9Spade Suit4Diamond Suit7Spade Suit and Vedes sucks out for the third time at this final table to double up and nearly even this match.

Player Tags: Tommy Vedes,   Jason Lavallee
 

Tommy Vedes Fights Back

Level: 28

Blinds: 100,000-200,000 with a 15,000 ante

Average Chip Count: 8,250,000

Jason Lavallee raised to 400,000 and Tommy Vedes called. The flop came down KSpade Suit8Diamond Suit6Heart Suit and Vedes checked.

Lavallee bet 475,000 and Vedes called. The turn was the 10Club Suit and both players checked.

The river was the QDiamond Suit and Vedes bet 600,000. Lavallee mucked and Vedes closed the gap a bit in the chip counts.

Vedes now has 7.1 million and Lavallee still maintains a slight lead with 9.35 million.

Player Tags: Tommy Vedes,   Jason Lavallee
 

Break

The two players are now on a quick break so that the WPT crew can change the tape in the cameras. Here’s a look at their stacks:

Seat 1: Tommy Vedes — 5,565,000
Seat 2: Jason Lavallee — 10,935,000

 

The Lead Extends

Jason LavalleeLevel: 27

Blinds: 80,000-160,000 with a 15,000 ante

Average Chip Count: 8,250,000

Jason Lavallee raised to 400,000 and Tommy Vedes called. Both players checked a flop reading JDiamond Suit8Spade Suit3Heart Suit and Vedes bet 560,000 when the 3Spade Suit hit the turn.

Lavallee called and the river was the QHeart Suit. Both players checked and Lavallee’s pocket tens took down the pot, putting him over the 10 million mark.

Player Tags: Tommy Vedes,   Jason Lavallee
 

Jason Lavallee Takes Chip Lead

Level: 26

Blinds: 60,000-120,000 with a 10,000 ante

Average Chip Count: 8,250,000

Six hands into heads-up play, Jason Lavallee has taken the chip lead from Tommy Vedes.

The first hand of consequence saw Lavallee make a ten-high straight against Vedes two pair and he finally got the lead on the next hand after forcing a fold from his opponent.

Vedes — 7,810,000
Lavallee — 8,680,000

Player Tags: Tommy Vedes,   Jason Lavallee
 

Heads-Up Chip Counts

Here are the chip counts heading into heads-up play:

Tommy Vedes: 9,190,000
Jason Lavallee: 7,300,000

 

Craig Crivello Eliminated in Third Place ($477,090)

Craig CrivelloLevel: 26

Blinds: 60,000-120,000 with a 10,000 ante

Average Chip Count: 5,500,000

Jason Lavallee raised to 280,000 from the button and Craig Crivello reraised all in for 1.95 million. Lavallee made the call and they flipped up their cards:

Lavallee: 10Club Suit10Heart Suit
Crivello: KClub SuitJSpade Suit

Board: QDiamond Suit8Heart Suit3Heart Suit9Heart Suit9Club Suit

Crivello was eliminated on the hand in third place and he will take home $477,090 in prize money. Lavallee grew his chip stack to 7.3 million.

Player Tags: Craig Crivello,   Jason Lavallee
 
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