The final table of the World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida was packed full of professional players and great storylines when cards got into the air.
Matt Salsberg was appearing at back-to-back WPT final tables and he was joined by fellow Champions Club member Matt Giannetti. In addition to the possibility of a repeat WPT champion, long-time professionals Darryll Fish and Danny Shiff were each gunning for their first WPT title. Lily Kiletto was also in the mix, so the first open WPT event woman champion was another storyline in play.
By the end of play at a quick final table that finished just after 7 p.m. it was Giannetti who emerged with his second WPT title. Once again he faced a woman in the heads-up final, and once again he emerged victorious, just as he did at WPT Malta during Season X. Giannetti joins an elite group of players that have won at least two WPT titles, which includes Carlos Mortensen, Gus Hansen, Michael Mizrachi, Daniel Negreanu, and Antonio Esfandiari.
Giannetti won the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open, earning $323,804, which includes his entry into the season-ending WPT World Championship. Giannetti will also receive a WPT Champions Trophy, and get his name engraved (for a second time) on the one and only WPT Champions Cup.
SEMINOLE HARD ROCK CASINO
LUCKY HEARTS POKER OPEN
EVENT 21 2/8/13
NO LIMIT HOLD’EM
PRIZE POOL $1,173,750
1. Matt Giannetti . . . $298,304
2. Lily Kiletto . . . . . . . $191,880
3. Darryll Fish . . . . . . $125,921
4. Daniel Shiff . . . . . . . $86,946
5. Hayden Fortini . . . . $64,160
6. Matt Salsberg . . . . . $50,968
7. Rubens Tarzia . . . . . $38,976
8. David To . . . . . . . . . $28,182
9. Evan Teitelbaum . . . $20,387