Tournament Tracker: Giannetti Picks Up WPT Title, WSOPC Opens

Giannetti has had the most success of the November Niners so far

These past two weeks, a November Niner made poker history, the WSOPC started its sixth season, and the Partouche Poker Tour made a big impact on the BLUFF Player of the Year race. We’ve got the rundown on all the action in our latest edition of Tournament Tracker:

Every year, it seems as though at least one of the November Niners picks up an impressive score during the down time between when the WSOP Main Event final table is set and when the November nine festivities got underway.  In 2009, Kevin Scaheffel came up just short of a WPT title, losing to Prahlad Friedman heads-up at the Legends of Poker Main Event.  In 2010, both Joseph Cheong and Matt Jarvis picked up prelim victories in the events leading up to Festa al Lago’s Main Event at the Bellagio.

It took four years for a November to pick up a WPT title during their down time though.  Matt Giannetti did more than just make a WPT final table or pick up a prelim event.  He defeated a tough field of 240 runners to win the first-ever WPT Malta event, earning himself €200,000 and a nice confidence boost heading into WSOPE and, of course, the Main Event final table.

Giannetti’s win was a first, but it also kept another major first from taking place.  He defeated Cecilia Pescaglini heads-up for the title and denied the Italian the opportunity to become the first-ever female winner of an open field WPT Main Event.  Pescaglini dominated much of the event, but came up just short of WPT history.

The WPT was not the only tour in action the past couple of weeks.  The World Series of Poker Circuit kicked off its 2011-2012 season with a new stop in Bossier City, LA.  The new stop also served as the first test of the tour’s new revamped tournament schedule.  Unlike last season, which featured four $10,000 Regional Events, this season will only include $1,600 buy-in Main Events at each stop.  The schedule awards 12 WSOPC bracelets in 12 days at each venue.

The first WSOPC winner of the season was David Nicholson.  Nicholson defeated a field of 475 runners to claim the top prize of over $148,000, not to mention a seat in the season-ending $1 million WSOPC National Championship freeroll.  The next stop on the WSOPC schedule is Southern Indiana.  That series of events gets underway on Thursday September 29th.

Elsewhere around the poker world, there were big side events both at Borgata and in France thanks to Parotuche and the WPT.  Christian Harder was one of the most notable winners from Borgata, taking down the $3,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em event.  Harder defeated Travis Greenwalt in the final round to win over $61,000.

The Partouche Poker Tour side events had some big implications on the BLUFF Player of the Year race.  Both Marvin Rettenmaier and Byron Kaverman final tabled some of the popular side events.  Once their points are added to their BLUFF profile, Rettenmaier will move up to second in the ranks, and Kaverman will jump up several spots as well.  Those two fared well in Cannes, but the big side event winners were Michael Leibgorin and Patrick Hervonin.  Leibgorin took down the €1,500 side event for over €100,000, while Hervonin collected over €85,000 after a heads-up deal with Sebastian Winkler in the €3,000 side event.

The European action will just keep coming with EPT London getting underway this weekend.  Meanwhile, stateside the HPT will be heading to Colorado, the WPT recently wrapped up a regional event in Reno, and, as we mentioned previously, the WSOPC will head just north of Louisville, Kentucky for its second Circuit event of the season.

Here are the latest tournament results from around the world:

WPT Malta €3,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Main Event
Prize Pool: €698,400
Entrants: 240

1st: Matt Giannetti – €200,000
2nd: Cecilia Pescaglini – €116,700
3rd: Filippo Bianchini – €76,820
4th: Simon Trumper – €53,430
5th: Tristan Clemencon – €39,810
6th: Fabien Sartoris – €30,730

WSOPC Bossier City $1,500 +$100 Main Event
Prize Pool: $681,125
Entrants: 475

1st: David Nicholson – $148,590
2nd: David Olson – 91,971
3rd: Chris Gamboa – $67,115
4th: Matt Newcombe – $49,574
5th: Russell Ivy – $37,418
6th: Ai Duong – $28,543
7th: Clay Henry – $22,081
8th: Rob Dreyfuss – $17,327
9th: Jeffrey Frye – $13,788

Borgata $1,500 + $150 No Limit Hold’em Event with Bounties
Prize Pool: $369,000
Entrants: 246

1st: Kunal Patel – $100,225
2nd: Orson Young – $59,058
3rd: John Racener – $34,003
4th: Mark Baaz – $27,561
5th: Norman Zapczynski – $21,476
6th: Kristian Lee – $17,897
7th: Kenneth Fagioli – $14,317
8th: Anthony Casale – $10,738
9th: Ken Adams – $7,159

Borgata $3,000 + $200 Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em Event
Prize Pool: $159,000
Entrants: 53

1st: Christian Harder- $61,690
2nd: Travis Greenawalt – $30,846
T-3rd: Matthew Maccaroni – $15,423
T-3rd: Ryan Hall – $15,423
T-5th: Randy Feder – $7,712
T-5th: Trevor Savage – $7,712
T-5th: Keith Block – $7,712
T-5th: Austen Johnson – $7,712

Partouche Poker Tour €1,500 buy-in No Limit Hold’em
Prize Pool: €473,040
Entrants: 366

1st: Michel Leibgorin – €100,840
2nd: Dobromir Nikov – €68,000
3rd: Marvin Rettenmaier – €49,000
4th: Laurent Polito – €35,000
5th: Erich Kollmann – €28,000
6th: Pascal Cohen – €22,000
7th: Mohamed Kerkeni – €17,000
8th: Stefan Raffay – €13,000
9th: Yury Gulyy – €10,000

Partouche Poker Tour €3,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em
Prize Pool: €399,568
Entrants: 180

1st: Patrik Hirvonen – €85,348
2nd: Sebastian Winkler – €83,220
3rd: Phillipe Barouk – €52,000
4th: Varas Yunis – €35,000
5th: Gregory Hairabedian – €28,000
6th: Byron Kaverman – €21,500
7th: Eric Haik – €16,500
8th: Jean Thorel – €12,500
9th: Jorma Vuoksenmaa – €9,000

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