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(pokernews.com)- The 2015/2016 World Series of Poker Circuit Palm Beach Kennel Club Main Event attracted 393 entrants, which generated a $589,500 prize pool. In the end, Ohio poker pro Peter Vitantonioemerged victorious to capture the $129,685 first-place prize, his first gold Circuit ring, and a seat to the season-ending WSOP Global Casino Championship.
Final Table Results
|1||Peter Vitantonio||Wickliffe, OH||$129,685|
|2||Javier Zarco||Madrid, Spain||$80,143|
|3||Robert Lebeau||Tampa, FL||$58,561|
|4||Michael Kelleher||Sandown, NH||$43,482|
|5||Andrew Kelsall||Tampa, FL||$32,788|
|6||Ellen Lambeth||Charlotte, NC||$25,095|
|7||John Palace||Jupiter, FL||$19,489|
|8||Ralph Massey||Chicago, IL||$15,351|
|9||Steve Duncker||Palm Beach, FL||$12,262|
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Notable Finishes: Hank Sitton (10th – $9,927), John Dolan (15th – $8,147), David Diaz (18th – $6,779), Sterling Savill (28th – $3,690), and Aristoteles Neto (34th – $2,936)
According to updates from the event, Vitantonio began the final day of play second in chips behindJavier Zarco.
“I came in second [overall], but kind of just sat there for the first hour and didn’t do much,” Vitantonio said after his win. “Then I got aces and doubled. Two hands later I got kings and doubled up and that was pretty much it.”
The first hand mentioned actually happened during four-handed play when Zarco four-bet all in with ace-jack and Vitantonio snap-called with aces, which held. Two hands later, Vitantonio picked up pocket kings, checked a jack-high flop, and Mike Kelleher moved all in for roughly 53 big blinds. Vitantonio made the call and held against Kelleher’s gutshot straight draw.
Zacro finished as runner-up in a WSOP event for the fourth time – other notable second-place finishes included in the $1,675 Harrah’s St. Louis Main Event last season and in this summer’s$1,500 Millionaire Maker event to Adrian Buckley.
Meanwhile, Vitantonio was crowned champion and added $129,685 to his bankroll. Prior to the win, Vitantonio had $168,049 in live tournament wins, which included $47,950 for a runner-up finish in the 2014 World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Open $560 No-Limit Deepstack; $28,048 for eighth in the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event earlier this year; and $15,000 for an 803rd-place finish in this year’s WSOP Main Event.
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