GIGI GAGNE SEMINOLE HARD ROCK LUCKY HEARTS POKER OPEN PROFILE

Gigi Gagne

Gigi Gagne

Career Stats

Earnings $158,194
Cashes 1
Final Tables 1
Titles 0
Tournaments Played 6

Current Standings

Ranking
2nd

Payout
$158,194

Points
600

Chipcount History

Day 2
725,000

Day 3
2,708,000

Day 4
2nd

 

No Student Loan Debt for WPT Champ Matt Juttelstad

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

4877 Matt Juttelstad w RFGs Jeannie Duffy n Brittney Bell
Matt Juttelstad may still have to sweat the result of his grad school admissions interview, but he certainly won't have to sweat how to pay for grad school.

The Florida native came back from a nearly year-long hiatus from poker to play in the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open only because he was going to be in the Miami area for his interview at Florida Atlantic University.  He even busted on Day 1A and only re-entered on Day 1B after his interview ended earlier than expected. That decision was a profitable one for Juttelstad. He is now a WPT title holder and has $268,444.

When the Lucky Hearts final table began, it was Gigi Gagne who was in pole postion with a big chip lead over the field and a chance to become the first female winner of a WPT open event.  She took a hit to her stack early though when she flopped two pair holding Aclub4heart on an Aheart5heart4spade board and got it all-in against Ferrera's Aspade10heart.  Ferrera spiked a ten on the turn to make a better two pair and double, then put another dent in Gagne's stack a few hands later.

Though it was Ferrera who got off to the fastest start at the final table, he was the player who exited first when he aggressively four-bet all-in preflop with Q-J and Juttelstad called with 9club9spade.  Ferrera flopped a jack and looked in good shape to double, but the river brought the 9heart to give Juttelstad a set and the pot, sending Ferrera home in sixth place.

Then it was Juttelstad's turn to hold the chip lead, but he had to weather a storm of rough hands, including short stack Todd Jacobson doubling thru him on two separate occassions.  Jacobson came in as the smallest stack, but refused to give up and lasted through 192 hands of action before busting in fifth place when his pocket tens couldn't hold against Sharon Levin's [Abut asd4d] after the two got it all-in preflop.

Busting Jacobson added some chips to Levin's dwindling stack, but with both Juttelstad and Uri Kadosh sitting on big stacks, it was tough for Levin to keep up with the pack.  Levin tried to pick up some chips by shoving all-in from the button with Aclub3spade, but Gagne woke up with a bigger ace, Aspade10club, in the big blind.  Her hand held and Levin exited in fourth place.

When three-handed play began, the trio of players were closely packed together in the counts, but then Juttelstad took command of the table and started amassing quite a pile of chips.  Juttelstad doubled thru Kadosh to take the chip lead, then picked off even more of Kadosh's stack.  Juttelstad dealt the final blow to Kadosh when Kadosh reraised all-in preflop holding Jclub8diamond and Juttelstad called him with a dominant AheartJspade.

Juttelstad's hand held to eliminate Kadosh in third place and give him a more than 3-1 advantage over Gagne going into heads-up play.  Juttelstad may have had the chip advantage, but Gagne proved she could play with patience and wouldn't go down without a fight.

Over the course of roughly 30 hands of heads-up action, the two sparred in relatively small pots before the match abruptly screeched to a halt.  On the final hand of play, the two limped in preflop and a saw the board fall 5club3spade2heart.  Gagne bet and Juttelstad called.  The turn brought the Aspade and Gagne, who had made the wheel with 4-8, moved all-in.  Juttelstad called immediately and showed 4club6heart for a bigger straight, leaving Gagne drawing dead to a chop.

The river 8spade ended Gagne's hopes of becoming the first female open event winner and, in a flash, the frenetically paced final table, which plowed through 303 hands of action in less than nine hours, was over.

After the hand concluded and WPT's own Mike Sexton interviewed Juttelstad about his victory, Juttelstad said he needed to "decompress."  That is certainly expected when you consider that in for the past four days Juttelstad played some impressive poker, staying near the top of the chip counts from Day 1 all the way to Day 4 en route to a WPT title, a seat in the WPT World Championship, and a quarter of a million dollars.  

Juttelstad deserves some time to relax...until he has to start worrying about how that grad school interview went.

Here are the final table results from the Lucky Hearts Poker Open:

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

Sorted In: Matt Juttelstad, Gigi Gagne, Uri Kadosh, Sharon Levin, Todd Jacobson, Keith Ferrera, Featured Blog, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
10:33 PM, 02/14/12

Hand #303: Matt Juttelstad Wins! ($268,444)

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

Matt Juttelstad limps for 80,000, and Gagne checks. The flop comes 5club3spade2heart, Gagne bets 300,000, and Juttelstad calls.

The turn is the Aspade, Gagne moves all in, and Juttelstad immediately calls with 6heart4club for a six-high straight. Gagne turns over 10-4 for a five-high straight, but she's drawing dead to a chop. Gagne needs a six on the river to stay alive.

The river card is the 8spade, and Matt Juttelstad wins the pot -- and the tournament -- with a six-high straight.

Gigi Gagne finishes as the runner-up, earning $158,194.

Matt Juttelstad wins the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open, earning $268,444, a WPT Champions Trophy, and a trophy from the Seminole Hard Rock Casino. His prize money includes a $25,500 seat in the WPT World Championship this May at the Bellagio.

Congratulations to Matt Juttelstad!

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

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Matt Juttelstad, Gigi Gagne, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
09:55 PM, 02/14/12

Hand #216: Sharon Levin Eliminated in 4th Place ($73,344)

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

Sharon Levin moves all in from the button for 810,000, and Gigi Gagne calls from the big blind with Aspade10club. Levin shows Aclub3spade, and he'll need to improve to stay alive.

The board comes 9diamond6spade5heartJclubQdiamond, and Gagne wins the pot with her ten kicker to eliminate Sharon Levin in fourth place, earning $73,344.

Seat 1.  Matt Juttelstad  -  3,230,000
Seat 2.  Gigi Gagne  -  2,665,000
Seat 3.  Uri Kadosh  -  2,995,000
Seat 5.  Sharon Levin  -  Out in 4th Place ($73,344)

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Sharon Levin, Gigi Gagne, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
07:39 PM, 02/14/12

Hand #62: Gigi Gagne Doubles Thru Uri Kadosh

Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

Uri Kadosh raises under the gun to 40,000, Matt Juttelstad calls from the small blind, and Gigi Gagne calls from the big blind. The flop comes KheartQspade3club, Juttelstad checks, Gagne bets 50,000, Kadosh calls, and Juttelstad folds.

The turn card is the 5diamond, Gagne bets 100,000, Kadosh raises to 225,000, and Gagne moves all in.

Kadosh thinks for a while before he calls with Aheart10club for an overcard with a gutshot straight draw. Gagne shows KspadeQheart for top two pair.

The river card is the 8spade, and Gigi Gagne wins the pot with two pair to double up in chips.

Seat 1.  Matt Juttelstad  -  3,118,000
Seat 2.  Gigi Gagne  -  1,195,000
Seat 3.  Uri Kadosh  -  1,606,000
Seat 4.  Keith Ferrera  -  1,879,000
Seat 5.  Sharon Levin  -  892,000
Seat 6.  Todd Jacobson  -  315,000

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Uri Kadosh, Gigi Gagne, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
03:26 PM, 02/14/12

Hand #53: Matt Juttelstad Wins a Big Pot Against Gigi Gagne

Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Matt Juttelstad raises from middle position to 35,000, Gigi Gagne calls from the cutoff, and Uri Kadosh calls from the button. The flop comes AdiamondKspade4heart, Juttelstad checks, and Gagne bets 150,000. Kadosh folds, and Juttelstad calls.

The turn card is the 2club, and both players check. The river card is the 8spade, Juttelstad bets 400,000, and Gagne thinks for three-and-a-half minutes before she calls.

Matt Juttelstad shows AheartAspade to win a big pot with a set of aces, and Gagne mucks.

Seat 1.  Matt Juttelstad  -  2,672,000
Seat 2.  Gigi Gagne  -  556,000
Seat 3.  Uri Kadosh  -  2,325,000
Seat 4.  Keith Ferrera  -  2,005,000
Seat 5.  Sharon Levin  -  933,000
Seat 6.  Todd Jacobson  -  358,000

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Matt Juttelstad, Gigi Gagne, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
02:48 PM, 02/14/12

Hand #34: Keith Ferrera Wins Huge Pot Against Gigi Gagne

Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Matt Juttelstad raises from the cutoff to 35,000, Gigi Gagne calls from the button, and Keith Ferrera calls from the big blind. The flop comes AclubJdiamond2spade, it's checked to Gagne who bets 50,000, Ferrera calls, and Juttelstad folds.

The turn card is the 9club, Ferrera checks, Gagne bets 50,000, Ferrera raises to 200,000, and Gagne calls.

The river card is the 3diamond, Ferrera bets 600,000, and Gagne thinks for more than a minute before she calls with A-x (possibly A-6) for a pair of aces. But Ferrera turns over Aclub2spade to win a huge pot with two pair, aces and deuces.

Seat 1.  Matt Juttelstad  -  2,003,000
Seat 2.  Gigi Gagne  -  831,000
Seat 3.  Uri Kadosh  -  1,657,000
Seat 4.  Keith Ferrera  -  2,692,000
Seat 5.  Sharon Levin  -  1,139,000
Seat 6.  Todd Jacobson  -  527,000

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Keith Ferrera, Gigi Gagne, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
02:14 PM, 02/14/12

Hand #20: Keith Ferrera Doubles Gigi Gagne

Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Keith Ferrera raises from middle position to 35,000, and Gigi Gagne calls from the big blind. The flop comes Aheart5heart4spade, Gagne bets 50,000, Ferrera raises to 150,000, and Gagne reraises to 350,000.

Ferrera thinks for a bit before he moves all in for 859,000. Gagne asks for an exact count and thinks for a minute before she calls with Aclub4heart (two pair). Ferrera shows Aspade10heart (pair of aces), and he'll need to improve to stay alive.

The turn card is -- the 10spade.

Ferrera turns a higher two pair to take the lead, and the 2diamond on the river clinches the double up for Keith Ferrera.

Seat 1.  Matt Juttelstad  -  1,625,000
Seat 2.  Gigi Gagne  -  1,909,000
Seat 3.  Uri Kadosh  -  1,625,000
Seat 4.  Keith Ferrera  -  1,881,000
Seat 5.  Sharon Levin  -  1,202,000
Seat 6.  Todd Jacobson  -  607,000

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Keith Ferrera, Gigi Gagne, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
01:46 PM, 02/14/12

WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open, Day 3 Recap

Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

By BJ Nemeth


4372 Ivan Schertzer w RFGs Brittany Bell Jeannie Duffy
Ivan Schertzer was down to his final three big blinds with 25 players left, and hoped a photo with Royal Flush Girls Brittany Bell (left) and Jeannie Duffy would give him some luck. Unfortunately, it didn't work, and he was eliminated soon after. At least he survived through the money bubble, earning $8,629.


4501 Bernard Lubitz Justin Zaki Todd Jacobson
Justin Zaki (center), who final tabled last season's WPT event here at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, found himself in a tough spot with 22 players left. Bernard Lubitz (left) raised, Zaki called, and Todd Jacobson (right) moved all in. Lubitz called all in, and Zaki faced a decision for all his chips.

Zaki eventually folded, claiming to have "two black jacks." Lubitz turned over QclubQheart, and Jacobson showed AdiamondKspade. The board came AclubJdiamond10heart10spade10diamond, and Jacobson paired his ace on the flop to win with a full house, eliminating Lubitz in 22nd place.

Even though other players assured Zaki he made the correct play by folding, if he had called, he would have won the pot and more than doubled up. Unfortunately, Zaki was eliminated a few minutes later in 21st place.


4539 Todd Jacobson Doubles Thru Keith Ferrera
With 13 players remaining, Keith Ferrera (far left) three-bet all in after a flop of Qclub10club9heart against Todd Jacobson (far right). Ferrera had the lead with 10diamond10heart (middle set), while Jacobson had QspadeJdiamond for top pair with an open-ended straight draw.

The turn was the Aspade, and both players watch as the dealer puts out the 8diamond on the river -- giving Jacobson a queen-high straight to win the pot and double up in chips.


4577 Alex Ivanov Eliminated by Gigi Gagne
With 11 players remaining, Alex Ivanov (far left) raised, Gigi Gagne (center left) reraised, and Keith Ferrera (foreground right) four-bet it to 200,000. Ivanov moved all in for nearly 400,000, and Gagne tanked for a while before she called. Ferrera took a minute before he called behind -- 60 big blinds in the pot before the flop.

The flop came Qclub9spade3spade, Ferrera checked, Gagne moved all in, and Ferrera folded. Ivanov showed JclubJspade, but Gagne turned over KclubQspade for a pair of queens. (She's pointing to her queen in the photo.)

The turn was the 5spade, the river was the 6diamond, and Gigi Gagne won a huge pot to take a massive chip lead into the final 10-handed table.


4592 Gigi Gagne
Gigi Gagne smiles and poses with her massive pile of chips before moving to the final 10-handed table. With nearly 2.6 million in chips, she had 80 big blinds more than anyone else.


4621 Final 10 Players
The final 10 players, in seat order: (1) Matt Juttelstad, (2) Victor Heffesse, (3) Gigi Gagne, (4) Uri Kadosh (away from his seat), (5) Keith Ferrera, (6) Sharon Levin, (7) Omar Sider, (8) Todd Jacobson, (9) Hal Klein, and (10) Harrison Gimbel.


4730 Matt Juttelstad
While Matt Juttelstad didn't go wire-to-wire as chipleader, he was never very far from the top of the leaderboard after winning a big pot late on Day 1B. Juttelstad was the overall chipleader heading into Day 2, Day 3, and is second in chips going to the final table.

Juttelstad stopped playing poker after Black Friday hit on April 15, 2011, and this is his first major event since. You wouldn't know he was out of practice by the poise and the polish that he's shown this week.


4605 Harrison Gimbel Doubles Thru Victor Heffesse
With 10 players left, Harrison Gimbel (left) doubled thru Victor Heffesse (far right). All in preflop, Gimbel's 10club10diamond flopped an unnecessary set against Heffesse's 9diamond9heart on a board of 10heart6spade2spade8clubKclub.


4642 Victor Heffesse Out in 10th
One hand after doubling up Harrison Gimbel, Victor Heffesse (seated, top left), got it all in preflop with 7club7spade against the QclubQheart of Sharon Levin (second from right). The board came 10spade6diamond2heartQdiamond6club, and Levin won the pot with a set of queens to eliminate Heffesse in 10th place. Uri Kadosh (standing) offers a handshake of congradudolence to Heffesse.


4767 Gigi Gagne Moves All In vs Keith Ferrera
With seven players remaining and less than 150,000 in the pot on a board of KspadeQheart2diamond7spade, chipleader Gigi Gagne (left) moves all in, easily covering Keith Ferrera (right), even though he has more than a million in chips himself.

Gagne, who was still busy stacking chips from a previous pot, moved all in as if it had been an afterthought. Ferrera could only smile to himself as he folded.


4797 Omar Sider vs Sharon Levin
Short stack Omar Sider (standing, right) moved all in after a preflop raise from Sharon Levin (seated, center). Levin tanked for about a minute before he folded.

Five hands later, Sider got it all in preflop with JheartJspade against the AclubKheart of Matt Juttelstad. The board came Adiamond8diamond8heart6heart7diamond, and Juttelstad paired his ace on the flop to win the pot and eliminate Omar Sider in 7th place on the WPT Final Table bubble.


4851 WPT Bio Sheets
The final seven players fill out their WPT bio sheets before getting bagging and tagging their chips.
Here are the official chip counts for the WPT Final Table:

Seat 1.  Matt Juttelstad  -  1,651,000  (138 BBs)
Seat 2.  Gigi Gagne  -  2,708,000  (226 BBs)
Seat 3.  Uri Kadosh  -  1,470,000  (123 BBs)
Seat 4.  Keith Ferrera  -  1,094,000  (91 BBs)
Seat 5.  Sharon Levin  -  1,208,000  (101 BBs)
Seat 6.  Todd Jacobson  -  718,000  (60 BBs)

The WPT Final Table begins Tuesday (Valentine's Day) at 1:00 pm ET, and the action will be streamed nearly live -- with holecards -- on a 30-minute delay, and Mike Sexton, Tony Dunst, and Dan O'Brien will be on hand to provide commentary.

As always, all of the hand-for-hand action will be posted here in the WPT Live Updates, with every check, bet, call, raise, and fold from the first hand until the final river card.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Royal Flush Girls, Brittany Bell, Jeannie Duffy, Ivan Schertzer, Bernard Lubitz, Justin Zaki, Todd Jacobson, Keith Ferrera, Alex Ivanov, Gigi Gagne, Matt Juttelstad, Victor Heffesse, Uri Kadosh, Sharon Levin, Omar Sider, Hal Klein, Harrison Gimbel, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
12:25 PM, 02/14/12

ClubWPT Player of the Day - Gigi Gagne

Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Gigi Gagne, Jessica Welman, ClubWPT Player of the Day, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
09:58 AM, 02/14/12

Gigi Gagne Leads the Lucky Hearts Final Table Line-Up

Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

The players are done for the day and have the night off to celebrate. They will be back in action for the livestreaming final table tomorrow though, starting at 1pm ET.

Mike Sexton, Tony Dunst, and Dan O'Brien will be offering commentary on all the action, which is being broadcast on a 30 minute delay with hole cards, starting at approximately 1:30pm.

Here are the chip counts and seat assignments for Tuesday's final table:

Seat 1: Matt Juttelstad - 1,651,000 (138 BBs)
Seat 2: Gigi Gagne - 2,708,000 (226 BBs)
Seat 3: Uri Kadosh - 1,470,000 (123 BBs)
Seat 4: Keith Ferrera - 1,094,000 (91 BBs)
Seat 5: Sharon Levin - 1,208,000 (101 BBs)
Seat 6: Todd Jacobson - 718,000 (60 BBs)

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Matt Juttelstad, Gigi Gagne, Uri Kadosh, Keith Ferrera, Sharon Levin, Todd Jacobson, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
09:12 PM, 02/13/12
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