Ian Otobo Takes Down the WPT Deepstacks Malta

Ian Otobo
  • Ian Otobo's last minute change of plans resulted in him winning the 2016 WPTDeepStacks Malta for €20,300.

A last minute change of plans worked out perfectly for Ian Otobo as it led him to become the latest World Poker Tour Deepstacks champion.

Otobo and his friend, Carl “Rastafish” Harris, were all set to head to London for the UKIPT Series at the Hippodrome (Elliott Panyi won there) until they discovered it was cheaper for them to fly to Malta for the WPT Deepstack event taking place there. It turned out to be a great decision because Otobo topped a field of 174 players to scoop the €20,300 first place prize, the WPTDeepStacks trophy and a $3,000 Championship package.

2016 WPTDeepStacks Malta Final Table Results

1Ian Otobo€20,300
2Roberto Campo€14,220
3Dario Marinelli€9,146
4Marco Putin€6,772
5Gregoire Auzoux€5,083
6Joseph Dunning€4,063
7Marco La Grutta€3,378
8Timo Hirvola€2,709
9Timothee Marlin€2,023

It took three hours of play at the final table before a player was eliminated, Timothee Marlin being that player. After seeing his stack decimated when his flopped straight fell foul to the turned flush of Roberto Campo, Marlin pushed all-in with {K-Hearts}{4-Hearts} and lost to the {A-Spades}{A-Hearts} of Campo.

Shortly after Marlin’s demise, Timo Hirvola bust at the hands of Dario Marinelli. At the 12,000/24,000/4,000a level, Marinelli opened to 48,000 from the cutoff and called when Hirvola three-bet all-in from the small blind for 95,000 in total. Hirvola showed {Q-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} and Marinelli the {K-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}. A final board reading {6-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{7-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{j-Clubs} sent Hirvola home in eighth place.

A similar hand sent Marco La Grutta to the sidelines a short time later. Otobo pushed all-in from the button for 12 big blind with what turned out to be {K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}. La Grutta called off his last three big blinds with {Q-Hearts}{9-Hearts} and when the dealer fanned the {A-Spades}{9-Spades}{6-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{3-Clubs} board it was game over of La Grutta.

The flurry of eliminations continued with the bust out of Joseph Dunning in sixth place. Dunning three-bet all-in with {A-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} after Campo had opened from early position. Campo called with the dominating {A-Hearts}{J-Clubs}, which held as the five community cards fell {K-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{5-Spades}{A-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}.

Half an hour later, Gregoire Auzoux and Compo were involved in a raising war on a {3-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} flop that resulted in the former being all-in with {9-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} and Campo the {4-Spades}{3-Spades}. A {J-Clubs} turn and {A-Diamonds} river kept Campo’s hand best and left only four players in the hunt for the title.

Campo continued in his role of executioner by sending Marco Putin to the rail. Putin, down to 1.5 big blinds, moved all-in with {Q-Spades}{9-Hearts} and Campo called with {A-Hearts}{5-Clubs}, which improved to quads when the board ran {k-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{5-Spades}.

Marinelli then fell victim to Campo’s run good when he jammed all-in for 11 big blinds with {K-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} and ran straight into the {A-Clubs}{A-Spades} of Campo. The {J-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{2-Spades}{2-Hearts}{7-Hearts} board didn’t even hint at coming to Marinelli’s rescue and heads-up was set.

Otobo trailed two-to-in chips at the start of heads-up play, but his {A-Diamonds}{6-Spades} held against {Q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} with the chips going in on a {K-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} flop to switch the stacks around. Fifteen minutes later, the final hand of the tournament took place.

On a {j-Spades}{10-Spades}{q-Diamonds} flop, Campo checked, Otobo bet 150,000, Campo raised all-in for 1,500,000 and Otobo called. It was {J-Hearts}{2-Spades} for Campo versus the {Q-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} of Otobo. The turn brought the {3-Clubs} into play with the {K-Hearts} leaving Otobo’s hand the best, which meant he had become the WPTDeepStacks Malta champion.

Lead image and data courtesy of the WPT live reporting team

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