Laurent Polito Wins WPT DeepStacks Main Event in Brussels for €90,000

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Laurent Polito Wins WPT DeepStacks Main Event in Brussels for €90,000
14 Nov

While those one-off $multi-million tournament wins are the stuff of legend – Chris Moneymaker’s being the ultimate when he won the WSOP Main Event back in 2003 on the back of a $40 satellite – there is something much more impressive about a player who regularly walks off with lesser but just as impressive paydays – Laurent Polito this week winning his 6th WPT title in just 4 years.

The Frenchman scooped the €90,000 ($104, 353) first prize at the WPT DeepStacks Main Event in the Grand Casino Brussels Viage, outlasting the opposition in a field of 400 entries, all chasing a €426,800 ($494,864) prizefund and the coveted deepstacks title.

Polito’s previous had seen him lift titles almost every time the WPT show visited his corner of the world, victories in Paris, Cannes, Paris again and then Brussels last year accounting for close to a $½million share of his overall $1.7 million lifetime career earnings.

With Calvin Ayre’s Lee Davy amusingly stating: ‘There is something about a WPT Final Table that attracts Polito like dead armies of the night are drawn to Rick Grimes’ [the Walking Dead’s main character], the Frenchman entered the final day’s play 5th in chips from 12, with a cast which included ‘big chip leader Jerome Sgorrano, well-known Brazilian pro Felipe Ramos, and longtime grinder Michel Abecassis’ according to the WPT’s own blog of the big event.

He was soon to find himself the short-stack among 6 when the final table erupted in dismissals, but the experienced WPT record-breaker gradually fought his way into contention for top honours – knocking out two of his rivals, Bauer and Sgorrano, in 5th and 4th respectively. When Leonardo Armino disposed of Felipe Ramos, it left the pair heads-up for the WPT crown.

The pair traded blows for a while, but as the WPT reported: ‘On the final hand, Polito’s A♥ A♦ held up triumphantly against the Q♣ 9♣ of Armino, and it was all over. Armino earned €62,600 for his second-place finish.’

The next stop on the Deepstacks WPT schedule sees the crew move across the border from Belgium to Deauville in France with the €1,200 Main Event taking place December 7th-10th.

Final Table Results

1Laurent Polito
2Leonardo Armino
3Felipe Ramos
4Jerome Sgorrano
5Alain Bauer
6Jeffrey Jol
7Sylvain Naets
8Frederic Leonetti
9Olivier Fehlmann

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