Congratulations to Matt Giannetti, who claimed his second World Poker Tour title after defeating Lily Kiletto in heads-up play at the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open in Hollywood, Florida.
Giannetti, who started the day with the chip lead, played a patient game letting his opponents battle each other while he coasted quietly along. The strategy worked, as he entered heads-up play against the aggressive amateur Kiletto with a chip lead of 6,830,000 to 4,230,000 and took just six hands to put the match to rest.
While Giannetti started the day in pursuit of his second WPT title and Kiletto sought to become the first woman to win an World Poker Tour open event, there were other intriguing story lines to follow throughout the day. Among them were pros Darryll Fish and Danny Shiff, who were each seeking to claim their first tour titles, and WPT Champions Club member Matt Salsberg, who made his third WPT final table of the season – and his second in just two weeks after finishing in sixth place at the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open.
While Salsberg couldn’t better his performance from last week, his performance gave him a commanding lead in the WPT Player of the Year race, where he now holds a 750-point lead over WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Poker Classic champion Ravi Raghavan.
For his victory, Giannetti takes home more than $323,000 in first-place prize money, including a $25,500 seat in the WPT World championship at Borgata in May.
For a full recap of the day’s play, visit the World Poker Tour’s Live Updates page.
- Matt Giannetti – $323,804
- Lily Kiletto – $191,880
- Darryll Fish – $125,921
- Danny Shiff – $86,946
- Hayden Fortini – $64,160
- Matt Salsberg – $50,968