Fundaro Becomes Latest WPT Champ

Fundaro Becomes Latest WPT Champ

Monday, 3 December 2012

Fate can be a cruel mistress if you tempt her and one person who has learnt that recently is Davidi Kitai. After naming Giacomo Fundaro, an unpredictable Italian, as the player he didn’t want to double up on the WPT Mazagan final table predictably happened.

The extra chips gave Fundaro a renewed sense of purpose and with a stack to start making moves with he began his march towards the title.
As Fundaro rose, Bruno Fitoussi fell away in sixth place before the blinds forced a mini shove-fest from the short stacks.

All-ins became the standard move and, as chips flew, Clement Beauvois, Davidi Kitai and Jeremy Nock and took fatal blows that would see them hitting the rail in quick succession.

With 27 levels gone just two players now remained: Fundaro and Frederic Brunet. Fundaro held the advantage but after an inspired effort from Brunet the match was almost even.

Fate struck again though and a misstep from Brunet undid all his hard work and left Fundaro within touching distance of the title.

With no choice but to move all-in, Brunet was in a tough spot and it was almost inevitable that Fundaro would scoop his opponent's stack at some point.

When the final hand occurred, Brunet was in decent shape with Qh 9h pre-flop against Fundaro's Ac 3h. However, an ace on the flop meant the game was virtually over and after a blank turn and river, it was Fundaro who walked away as the champion and $168,207 better off.

1 Giacomo Fundaro $168,207
2 Frederic Brunet $99,082
3 Jeremy Nock $64,048
4 Davidi Kitai $47,279
5 Clement Beauvois $35,518
6 Bruno Fitoussi $28,531

The World Poker Tour heads to the Czech Republic for its next stop with the WPT Prague Festival starting later today.

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Tags: WPT Mazagan, Giacomo Fundaro, David Kitai, Bruno Fitoussi