No Student Loan Debt for WPT Champ Matt Juttelstad
Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante
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
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 A4 on an A54 board and got it all-in against Ferrera's A10. 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 99. Ferrera flopped a jack and looked in good shape to double, but the river brought the 9 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 A3, but Gagne woke up with a bigger ace, A10, 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 J8 and Juttelstad called him with a dominant AJ.
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 532. Gagne bet and Juttelstad called. The turn brought the A and Gagne, who had made the wheel with 4-8, moved all-in. Juttelstad called immediately and showed 46 for a bigger straight, leaving Gagne drawing dead to a chop.
The river 8 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
10:33 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 A10. Levin shows A3, and he'll need to improve to stay alive.
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The board comes 965JQ, 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)
07:39 PM, 02/14/12
Hand #192: Todd Jacobson Eliminated in 5th Place ($54,649)
Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Sharon Levin moves all in from the cutoff for about 800,000, and Todd Jacobson calls all in from the button for about 600,000 with 1010. Levin turns over A4, and Jacobson is a favorite to double up.
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The board comes K87A8, and Levin pairs his ace on the turn to win the pot. Todd Jacobson is eliminated in fifth place.
Seat 1. Matt Juttelstad - 3,050,000
Seat 2. Gigi Gagne - 1,575,000
Seat 3. Uri Kadosh - 2,735,000
Seat 5. Sharon Levin - 1,490,000
Seat 6. Todd Jacobson - Out in 5th Place ($54,649)
07:08 PM, 02/14/12
Hand #112: Todd Jacobson Doubles Thru Sharon Levin
Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante
Sharon Levin raises from the cutoff to 52,000, Todd Jacobson moves all in from the button, and Levin calls with AJ. Jacobson shows 88, and he'll need it to hold to stay alive.
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The board comes Q101042, and Todd Jacobson wins the pot with his pocket eights to stay alive and double up in chips.
Seat 1. Matt Juttelstad - 4,546,000
Seat 2. Gigi Gagne - 1,692,000
Seat 3. Uri Kadosh - 1,637,000
Seat 5. Sharon Levin - 700,000
Seat 6. Todd Jacobson - 430,000
04:37 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
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
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.
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 QQ, and Jacobson showed AK. The board came AJ101010, 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.
With 13 players remaining, Keith Ferrera (far left) three-bet all in after a flop of Q109 against Todd Jacobson (far right). Ferrera had the lead with 1010 (middle set), while Jacobson had QJ for top pair with an open-ended straight draw.
The turn was the A, and both players watch as the dealer puts out the 8 on the river -- giving Jacobson a queen-high straight to win the pot and double up in chips.
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 Q93, Ferrera checked, Gagne moved all in, and Ferrera folded. Ivanov showed JJ, but Gagne turned over KQ for a pair of queens. (She's pointing to her queen in the photo.)
The turn was the 5, the river was the 6, and Gigi Gagne won a huge pot to take a massive chip lead into the final 10-handed table.
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.
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.
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.
With 10 players left, Harrison Gimbel (left) doubled thru Victor Heffesse (far right). All in preflop, Gimbel's 1010 flopped an unnecessary set against Heffesse's 99 on a board of 10628K.
One hand after doubling up Harrison Gimbel, Victor Heffesse (seated, top left), got it all in preflop with 77 against the QQ of Sharon Levin (second from right). The board came 1062Q6, 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.
With seven players remaining and less than 150,000 in the pot on a board of KQ27, 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.
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 JJ against the AK of Matt Juttelstad. The board came A8867, 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.
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.
12:25 PM, 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.
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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)
09:12 PM, 02/13/12
Hand #9: Harrison Gimbel Eliminated in 9th Place ($17,258)
Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Hand #9 - Sharon Levin raises to 24,000 from under the gun and Harrison Gimbel reraises to 58,000 from middle position. Action folds back around to Levin and he asks Gimbel about how much he has.
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Gimbel tells Levin it is around 375,000 and Levin thinks a second or two before moving all-in. Gimbel calls right away and tables QQ. He is racing with Levin's AK.
The A102 flop puts Levin out front and the 2 on the turn keeps him there. The river is the 3 and Gimbel is eliminated in ninth place.
Sharon Levin - 1,400,000 (140 BBs)
Harrison Gimbel - eliminated in 9th place ($17,258)
06:47 PM, 02/13/12
Hand #6: Victor Heffesse Eliminated in 10th Place ($13,423)
Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Hand #6 - Victor Heffesse is under the gun and moves all-in for his ast 70,000 or so. Sharon Levin calls from middle position and everyone else folds.
Sharon Levin, Victor Heffesse, Featured Blog, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Levin offers an apology to Heffesse as he turns over QQ, which has Heffesse's 77 in bad shape.
The 1062 flop does Heffesse no favors and the Q on the turn leaves him drawing dead and out in tenth place. After a meaningless 6 on the river, Heffesse makes his exit and Levin takes the pot.
Sharon Levin - 1,000,000 (100 BBs)
Victor Heffesse - eliminated in 10th place ($13,423)
06:42 PM, 02/13/12
Sharon Levin Doubles Thru Roger Goindoo in Massive Pot
Level 17: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Sharon Levin and Roger Goindoo get it all-in on a flop of KkJ with Goindoo holding JJ for jacks full of kings to Levin's AK for trip kings. There was already over 60,000 in the pot preflop and each player has around 375,000.
Sharon Levin, Roger Goindoo, Featured Blog, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
The turn is the 3 and changes nothing, but the A on the river gives Levin a bigger full house and the biggest pot of the tournament so far.
The dealer counts down each player's stack and Levin has 375,500 to Goindoo's 377,000, so Goindoo is down to just 1,500 chips while Levin is the new chip leader.
Sharon Levin - 825,000 (165 BBs)
Roger Goindoo - 1,500 (<1BB)
12:38 PM, 02/13/12