Matt Juttlestad wins WPT Seminole Lucky Hearts

Matt Juttlestad wins WPT Seminole Lucky Hearts

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

When most students are interviewing for a place at University, they are worrying about loans and tuition fees. Matt Juttlestad won’t be having that worry after he won the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open while in Miami for an interview at Florida Atlantic University.

Juttlestad only played his first tournament after a year-long break from poker because he was in the area for the interview. He even busted Day 1A and decided to re-enter on Day 1B when his interview finished quickly. As +EV decisions go, this turned out to be a good one.

He eliminated the first player, calling Keith Ferrera’s 4-bet with 99 and rivering a set against QJ to take the chip lead. He then eliminated third-place finisher Uri Kadosh with AJ versus J8 to get heads-up with Gigi Gagne.

Gagne had a chance to become the first female WPT champion but the final hand saw Gagne move in with a five-high straight on a 5-3-2-A board. Juttlestad called with 4-6 for the nuts and held to ship the event.

The final table payouts were as follows:
1st: Matt Juttelstad - $268,444
2nd: Gigi Gagne - $158,194
3rd: Uri Kadosh - $105,463
4th: Sharon Levin - $73,344
5th: Todd Jacobson - $54,649
6th: Keith Ferrera - $42,185

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