Matt Giannetti Wins WPT Malta

Matt Giannetti denied yet another woman from becoming the first to win a WPT open event.

Every year, one or two people who make the November Nine go on a heater and grab another big score before the final table plays out.

In 2008, it was Ivan Demidov, who final table’d the WSOP Europe Main Event (finishing third for over $660,000). In 2009, Kevin Schaffel (!) finished second at the WPT Legends of Poker for nearly half a million. Antoine Sauot and James Akenhead also both final table’d the WSOPE Main Event. Last year, Matthew Jarvis and Joseph Cheong captured Festa al Lago prelim titles a month before the N9 final table.

This year’s apparent hot streaker is Matt Giannetti, who won the 2011 WPT Malta.

For the win, Giannetti banks $273,200. He defeated Cecilia Pescaglini, a woman ($159,412), heads-up for the title.

Giannetti kept Pescaglini (pictured here) from becoming the first open event WPT winner.

Other notable finishers in the event include Isaac Haxton (12th – $12,881), Tony G (25th – $8,401) and Justin Bonomo (26th – $8,401).

Get full results here.


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