MATT GIANNETTI WPT LUCKY HEARTS POKER OPEN (LIVE STREAM) PROFILE

Matt Giannetti

Matt Giannetti

Career Stats

Earnings $813,537
Cashes 11
Final Tables 2
Titles 2
Tournaments Played 52

Current Standings

Est. Current Chipcount

Est. Average Chipcount
11,070,000

Current Chipleader
-

Chipcount History

Day 1-A
150,600

Day 2
496,500

Day 3
3,005,000

Day 4
1st

 

Matt Giannetti Wins the World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open ($323,804)

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

By Ryan Lucchesi

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 today at 3 p.m. ET. 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. Here were the chip counts and seating chart when cards got into the air:

Seat 1: Matt Giannetti - 3,005,000
Seat 2: Lily Kiletto - 860,000
Seat 3: Darryll Fish - 2,660,000
Seat 4: Matt Salsberg - 980,000
Seat 5: Hayden Fortini - 1,620,000
Seat 6: Danny Shiff - 1,930,000

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.

The first elimination tonight came rather quickly on the ninth hand of play at the final table. Darryll Fish raised to 85,000 from the cutoff preflop and Matt Salsberg reraised to 200,000 on the button. Fish tanked for about a minute before he moved all in. Salsberg called all in for 815,000 with JclubJdiamond and Fish turned over 7spade5spade. The board came 6heart6club4clubKspade3heart and Fish rivered a seven-high straight to win the pot and eliminate Salsberg in sixth place ($50,968). Salsberg matched his sixth-place finish at the Borgata Winter Poker Open that took place just 11 days ago. He has won $198,639 at the last two WPT events.

The five finalists then settled in for a longer battle and the pace of play at the final table established itself. Danny Shiff doubled up thru Hayden Fortini during this stretch in one of the largest hands of the tournament, which left Fortini crippled with less than five big blinds. On his final hand Lily Kiletto raised from the button to 125,000, Fish called from the small blind, and Fortini called all in from the big blind for 65,000. Kiletto and Fish continued to battle over a dry side pot, and they both checked to the turn on a board reading Jdiamond9club4diamond2spade. Fish bet 200,000 to open the action on that betting round and Kiletto folded after initially checking. Fish took back his 200,000, and showed 4heart4spade for a set of fours. Fortini turned over Jclub5diamond for a pair of jacks, and he was drawing dead. The meaningless river card was the 3club, and Fish won the pot to eliminate Fortini in fifth place ($64,160).

Despite the double up Shiff was up next on the chopping block and he fell on the 67th hand of play. His swan song began when Kiletto raised from the button to 130,000, and Shiff called from the big blind. The flop came 9club8heart8spade and Shiff checked. Kiletto bet 260,000 and Shiff check-raised all in for 1,025,000. Kiletto paused briefly before she called with 3club3spade, and Shiff turned over Jdiamond10diamond for an open-ended straight draw. The turn was the 6diamond and the river was the 2club. Kiletto won the pot with two pair, eights and threes, and eliminated Shiff in fourth place ($86,946).

Another long battle took place to decide third place, and it was on the 108th hand at the final table that three became two. Giannetti raised from the button to 170,000, and Fish thought for about a minute before he moved all in from the big blind for 835,000. Giannetti called with QheartJspade and he had Fish's Qclub10spade dominated. The board came KspadeJdiamondJheartQspade3club and Giannetti won the pot with a full house, jacks full of queens, to eliminate Fish in third place ($125,921). After that a short pause was taken to reset the final table for the heads-up final.

Matt Giannetti - 6,830,000 (85 bb)
Lily Kiletto - 4,230,000 (52 bb)

The two only played six hands of heads-poker before it was all over. Kiletto raised to 200,000, Giannetti thought for a while before reraising to 580,000, and Kiletto paused a moment before moving all in for 3,920,000. Giannetti thought for about two minutes before he called with 8club8heart. Kiletto turned over 8spade7spade, and she was dominated facing elimination. The board came 3club2heart2spade9spadeJclub and Kiletto picked up a spade flush draw on the turn, but she improved no further. Giannetti won the pot (and his second WPT title) with two pair, eights and deuces. Kiletto finished as the runner-up, earning $191,880.

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.

Final Table Results:

1: Matt Giannetti - $323,804 (includes $25,500 seat in WPT World Championship)
2: Lily Kiletto - $191,880
3: Darryll Fish - $125,921
4: Danny Shiff - $86,946
5: Hayden Fortini - $64,160
6: Matt Salsberg - $50,968

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Matt Giannetti, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
07:58 PM, 02/12/13

Hand #115: Lily Kiletto Eliminated in 2nd Place ($191,888)

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Lily Kiletto raises to 200,000, Matt Giannetti thinks for a while before reraising to 580,000, and Kiletto pauses a moment before moving all in for 3,920,000.

Giannetti thinks for about two minutes before he calls with 8club8heart. Kiletto turns over 8spade7spade, and she's dominated as she faces elimination.

The board comes 3club2heart2spade9spadeJclub, and Kiletto picks up a spade flush draw on the turn, but improves no further. Matt Giannetti wins the pot -- and his second WPT title -- with two pair, eights and deuces.

Lily Kiletto finishes as the runner-up, earning $191,880.

Matt Giannetti wins 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.

Congratulations to Matt Giannetti, who joins the elite club of players with multiple WPT titles!

1st:  Matt Giannetti  -  $323,804
2nd:  Lily Kiletto  -  $191,880
3rd:  Darryll Fish  -  $125,921
4th:  Danny Shiff  -  $86,946
5th:  Hayden Fortini  -  $64,160
6th:  Matt Salsberg  -  $50,968

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Matt Giannetti, Lily Kiletto, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
07:29 PM, 02/12/13

Final Table Bio - Matt Giannetti

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

 Seat 1: Matt Giannetti

8081 Matt Giannetti

Matt Giannetti is one of two Champions Club members at today's final table and he is also the chip leader with just over 3 million. That gives this poker professional a great shot at winning another WPT title to go with his triumph at WPT Malta during Season X. He cashed a total of three times during Season X but this is his first cash of Season XI. Giannetti has been playing poker for ten years and eight of them have been as a professional. He has $464,939 in total WPT cashes and his career earnings are close to $4 million. Giannetti was a recent member of the November Nine and he took fourth place at the World Series of Poker Main Event final table this past Fall to score $3 million. He currently resides in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida with his girlfriend and their child. He was born in Worcester, MA and was raised in Upstate New York. The 28-year-old has also spent some time in Austin, TX while attending the University of Texas.

Sorted In: Matt Giannetti, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
07:27 PM, 02/12/13

Hand #112: Matt Giannetti Wins a Pot Worth 2 Million

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Matt Giannetti raises to 200,000, and Lily Kiletto calls. The flop comes Kdiamond5heart2heart, Kiletto checks, Giannetti bets 265,000, and Kiletto calls.

The turn is the 10club, and both players check. The river pairs the board with the 10diamond, Kiletto bets 500,000, and Giannetti tanks for nearly two minutes before he calls.

Kiletto shows A-Q, but Giannetti turns over 9spade2diamond to win the pot with two pair, tens and deuces.

Matt Giannetti  -  7,550,000
Lily Kiletto  -  3,510,000

Sorted In: Matt Giannetti, Lily Kiletto, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
07:19 PM, 02/12/13

Hand #108: Darryll Fish Out in 3rd Place ($125,921)

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Matt Giannetti raises from the button to 170,000, and Darryll Fish thinks for about a minute before he moves all in from the big blind for 835,000. Giannetti calls with QheartJspade, and he dominates Fish's Qclub10spade.

The board comes KspadeJdiamondJheartQspade3club, and Matt Giannetti wins the pot with a full house, jacks full of queens, to eliminate Darryll Fish in third place.

Seat 1.  Matt Giannetti  -  7,015,000
Seat 2.  Lily Kiletto  -  4,050,000
Seat 3.  Darryll Fish  -  Out in 3rd Place  ($125,921)

There will be a short break before heads-up play begins.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Darryll Fish, Matt Giannetti, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
06:52 PM, 02/12/13

Hand #104: Matt Giannetti Reaches 6 Million in Chips

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Matt Giannetti completes the small blind to 80,000, but Lily Kiletto misinterprets it as a raise and folds her big blind. Giannetti takes the pot with a limp.

Seat 1.  Matt Giannetti  -  6,010,000
Seat 2.  Lily Kiletto  -  4,060,000
Seat 3.  Darryll Fish  -  995,000

Sorted In: Matt Giannetti, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
06:46 PM, 02/12/13

Hand #69: Matt Giannetti Reaches 5 Million in Chips

Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Matt Giannetti completes the small blind to 60,000, and Lily Kiletto checks her option. Both players check to the turn on a board of 10diamond7spade5diamond4club, Giannetti checks, Kiletto bets 80,000, and Giannetti raises to 250,000.

Kiletto thinks for a while before she folds, and Giannetti takes the pot.

Seat 1.  Matt Giannetti  -  5,040,000
Seat 2.  Lily Kiletto  -  2,920,000
Seat 3.  Darryll Fish  -  3,105,000

Sorted In: Matt Giannetti, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
05:49 PM, 02/12/13

Hand #65: Matt Giannetti Takes a Big Pot From Danny Shiff

Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Danny Shiff raises from the button to 125,000, Matt Giannetti reraises from the small blind to 340,000, and Shiff thinks for nearly a minute before he calls.

The flop comes 7club5diamond2diamond, Giannetti bets 250,000, and Shiff thinks for about 30 seconds before he raises to 575,000. Giannetti moves all in, and Shiff folds. Matt Giannetti takes the pot, and it's a big one.

Pot Size:  1,605,000

Seat 1.  Matt Giannetti  -  4,910,000
Seat 2.  Lily Kiletto  -  2,060,000
Seat 3.  Darryll Fish  -  2,915,000
Seat 6.  Danny Shiff  -  1,180,000

Sorted In: Matt Giannetti, Danny Shiff, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
05:40 PM, 02/12/13

Hand #50: Matt Giannetti Reaches 4 Million in Chips

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Danny Shiff completes the small blind to 50,000, and Matt Giannetti checks his option in the big blind. The flop comes 9spade8club2diamond, Shiff checks, Giannetti bets 65,000, and Shiff folds. Giannetti takes the pot.

Seat 1.  Matt Giannetti  -  4,050,000
Seat 2.  Lily Kiletto  -  2,500,000
Seat 3.  Darryll Fish  -  2,605,000
Seat 5.  Hayden Fortini  -  1,060,000
Seat 6.  Danny Shiff  -  840,000

Sorted In: Matt Giannetti, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
04:53 PM, 02/12/13

Hand #12: Matt Giannetti

Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Matt Giannetti raises from the button to 90,000, and Lily Kiletto calls from the small blind. The flop comes 9club9heart3heart, Kiletto checks, Giannetti bets 120,000, and Kiletto calls.

The turn is the 9spade, and both players check. The river is the 7heart, Kiletto bets 260,000, and Giannetti quickly calls. Kiletto shows A-J, but Giannetti turns over 7spade6club to win the pot with a full house, nines full of sevens.

Seat 1.  Matt Giannetti  -  3,565,000
Seat 2.  Lily Kiletto  -  1,090,000
Seat 3.  Darryll Fish  -  3,200,000
Seat 5.  Hayden Fortini  -  640,000
Seat 6.  Danny Shiff  -  2,560,000

Sorted In: Matt Giannetti, Lily Kiletto, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
03:48 PM, 02/12/13
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