Giacomo Fundaro Wins WPT Mazagan For $143k

Giacomo Fundaro Wins WPT Mazagan For $143kItaly’s Giacomo Fundaro has won the World Poker Tour Mazagan, after defeating a field of 146 players on his way to taking down the title, and collecting the $143,207 first place prize.
By the time the tournament reached its final table of six, Davidi Kitai was the leader with almost half the chips in play (1.94m), followed by Clement Beauvois (668k), then Fundaro (644k). Also at the table was Jeremy Nock    (405k), Bruno Fitoussi (392k) and Frederic Brunet  (316k).
First to leave the arena was French pro Fitoussi (K-9), who collected $28,531 in 6th after pushing his short-stack into the A-3 of Kitai. He was followed by Day 1 and 2 chip leader Clement Beauvois, who shoved with Q-10 only to be called by Fundaro  holding pocket sevens. Despite a queen falling on the flop, a 7 on the turn put paid to Beauvois’ tournament as he exited in 5th for $35,518.
Subsequently, any hopes by the Belgian pro Davidi Kitai of picking up a second WPT title came crashing down after 3-betting his pocket jacks then moving all-in over the top of Fundaro’s 4-bet. Unfortunately for Kitai his opponent held pocket kings and so he exited in 4th for $47,279.
Giacomo Fundaro (Ah-10h) followed up by calling a short-stacked Jeremy Nock’s K-Q shove, and after the board rolled out 7-7-3-2-9, Nock was eliminated in 3rd ($64,048), thus ushering in the heads-up phase of the competition.
At this stage, Fundaro held a 2.725m to 1.655m chip advantage over Frederic Brunet and an hour and a half later the defining hand was played after Fundaro (A-3) moved all-in and was called by Brunet holding Qh-9h. However, the A-5-4-7-7 board brought the Frenchman no relief and so he finished the runner-up for $99,082, while Giacomo Fundaro was crowned the WPT champion and was also awarded a $25,000 ticket to the WPT Championship in May.
The final table payouts were as follows:
1 Giacomo Fundaro  $168,207
2 Frederic Brunet  $99,082
3 Jeremy Nock       $64,048
4 Davidi Kitai       $47,279
5 Clement Beauvois $35,518
6 Bruno Fitoussi   $28,531

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