Yorane Kerignard takes down WPT Malta
Friday, 21 September 2012
The latest stop on the World Poker Tour has finished with Yorane Kerignard becoming Malta's Main Event champion. The Frenchman pocketed €120,000 and a $25,000 WPT World Championship ticket for his efforts after outlasting a tough 169-strong field, which had the likes of Phil Hellmuth, Jonathan Duhamel, Jason Mercier and Vanessa Selbst in it, all of whom failed to make the money.
A distraught Jackson Genovesi, who had led the field from day one, ended up finishing in 2nd and was in tears after an unfortunate bust out. However, the €82,370 prize he takes home should help ease his sorrows.
Alessio Isaia’s quest for a second WPT title ended with a third place finish, which left Kerignard and Genovesi to duel it out with around even stacks.
The Frenchman quickly pulled away to a 2:1 chip lead, and sealed victory soon after. Genovesi opened on the button, and then called a smallish 3-bet. Kerignard led small on a 4,2,10 rainbow flop, only to have Genovesi make quite a large all-in, for a total of almost six times the bet.
Kerignard tanked for some time, seeming uncomfortable, and eventually decided to call. Genovesi was in great shape with10,9, while Yorane could only turn over A,3. Both players were hoping for a good runout. However, as you've probably guessed, Genovesi's top pair couldn't hold, as the board ran out 3, A.
The final positions and payouts:
1 Yorane Kerignard €120,000 $182,292
2 Jackson Genovesi €82,370 $108,024
3 Alessio Isaia €52,500 $68,981
4 Hui Chen Kuo €39,200 $51,409
5 Zeljko Krizan €29,300 $38,425
6 Sampo Ryynanen €23,300 $30,556
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