Tom Kitt Wins the 2014 Winamax Poker Open in Dublin
Ireland’s Tom Kitt has won the 2014 Winamax Poker Open in Dublin ensuring that the trophy stays on the soil of the tournament’s adopted country. Kitt outlasted a 994-strong field in the six-handed event to walk away with €75,000 an the title of champion.
Kitt sat down at the final table sixth in chips, but never put a foot wrong throughout proceedings and emerged as a worthy winner. Prior to this fantastic win, Kitt’s largest live tournament scores weighed in at $67,050 and €26,400, the former coming from a win in a $400 buy-in Deep Stack Extravaganza in Las Vegas in 2013 and the latter a third place finish in the UKIPT Dublin Main Event in 2010.
Let’s see how the final table went down.
2014 Winamax Poker Open Final Table
The six finalists spent almost an hour weighing each other up before something finally gave. Alexis Coming opened from the small blind and then called when Sebastian Leclercq three-bet all-in for 1.3 million (13 big blinds) from the small blind. Coming flipped over and was way ahead of the dominated of Leclrecq.
Leclercq spiked the on the flop to take the lead, but the river was the to resign him to a sixth place finish.
Next to fall was Dutchman Jonathan Rozema. After losing the majority of his stack with versus the of Coming, with the chip going in on a flop, Rozema pushed the rest of his short stack in with the lowly and couldn’t get there against the of Pierre Tassin.
Another blind versus blind confrontation claimed the tournament life of one of the hopefuls, Adrien Delmas being the man eliminated.
Adrien open-shoved from the small blind with and Tom Kitt quickly called with the . A flop gave Adrien some outs to a chopped pot, although those outs never arrived as the turn and river fell and to send Adrien home in fourth place.
Third place went to Tassin as the clocks around the Regency Hotel displayed 1:30 a.m. Kitt opened the preflop betting with and faced an all-in three-bet of around 3 million from Tassin, Kitt called and discovered that his ace-seven was ahead of the of his French opponent. Neither players improved, but Kitt didn’t need to, and Tassin headed into the cold Dublin night.
Kitt went into the heads-up battle with recreational player Coming trailing 6.2 million to 14 million. After a few hands of one-on-one play, Coming raised and Kitt called. The flop fell , Kitt checked, Coming continued and Kitt check-raised all-in. Coming called with the and needed a a lot of luck to prevent the of Kitt from doubling. The turn was the , improving Kitt to an unbeatable full house and Kitt closed the gap between him and his opponent.
At shortly after 3:00 a.m., Kitt found pocket kings and managed to fade an ace or flush draw to beat the of Coming and to take the lead in the contest and an hour later it was all over.
On a flop, Kitt checked, Coming fired out a bet and then called when Kitt check-raised all-in. Coming showed for middle pair and a gutshot, while Kitt revealed the for bottom pair, an overcard and flush draw.
The on the turn put the ball squarely in Kitt’s court because it meant Coming could only hit an eight or non-spade seven to keep his hopes of winning alive. The dealer burned a card before placing the onto the river, busting Coming and leaving an ecstatic Kitt to be announced as the 2014 Winamax Poker Open champion.
2014 Winamax Poker Open Final Table Results
Lead image and hand history courtesy of the Winamax Poker blog