On Sunday, the World Poker Tour Caribbean finished up at Casino Royale in beautiful St. Maarten. Emerging victorious was WPT Raw Deal host Tony "Bond18" Dunst, earning the first major tournament title of his live career and the $145,000 top prize. Dunst topped a tough final table that included two former WPT champions in Marvin Rettenmaier and Giacomo Fundaro.
WPT Caribbean Final Table Results
Dunst began the final table as the chip leader, and he would extend his lead by sending Robert Bakker to the rail in sixth place.
According to the WPT live blog, Bakker's final hand came on Hand #34 of the final table during Level 22 with the blinds at 8,000/16,000/2,000. Dunst had min-raised to 32,000 from under the gun before Bakker reraised to 90,000 from the small blind. Dunst made the call, and the flop came down . Bakker led for 85,000, and Dunst called.
The turn was the , and Bakker bet 197,000. Dunst called once again, then the completed the board on the river. Bakker fired all 615,000 of his chips, and Dunst made the call holding the for a flush. Bakker had the , but his set was no longer good, and he would collect $28,700 in prize money.
On Hand #55, Dunst was at it again, slaying Zoltan Purak in fifth place during Level 23 with the blinds at 10,000/20,000/3,000. Purak raised all in from the cutoff seat for 275,000 holding the , and Dunst called from the big blind with the . The board ran out to give Dunst the win and send Purak home with a $35,900 payday.
Rettenmaier was making his fourth final-table appearance in a WPT event and had previously won two titles, becoming the first player to win back-to-back WPT events. Unfortunately for him, a third title wouldn't be in the cards as he fell on Hand #86.
Rettenmaier's final hand came during Level 24 with the blinds at 12,000/24,000/4,000. He moved all in from the small blind for 392,000 after action folded to him, and Severin Schleser called from the big blind. Rettenmaier tabled the , but was dominated by the for Schleser. The flop, turn, and river ran out , and the two-time WPT champion had to settle for $46,800.
Although Schleser won that hand to bust the formidable Rettenmaier, his time would run out on the very next hand — Hand #87.
Fundaro opened with a raise to 52,000, and Schleser reraised to 127,000 from the small blind. Dunst reraised to 265,000 out of the big blind, and that knocked Fundaro out of the way. Schleser reraised all in for 1.282 million, and Dunst called.
Dunst held the , which had Schleser's in trouble. Schleser did pick up a straight draw on the flop, but the on the turn and the on the river couldn't keep him alive. He finished in third place for $63,500.
Heads-up play began with Dunst holding a big chip lead — his 4.790 million to Fundaro's 940,000.
Just a few hands into the duel, Fundaro doubled through Dunst. It happened on Hand #90 with the blinds at 15,000/30,000/5,000 during Level 25. Dunst had min-raised from the button to 60,000, and Fundaro called to see the flop come out . Fundaro checked, Dunst bet 60,000, and Fundaro called.
The landed on the turn, and Fundaro led with a bet of 95,000. Dunst raised to 275,000, but Fundaro didn't go anywhere and made the call. After the paired the board on the river, Fundaro moved all in for 870,000. Dunst took some time, then called with the for a flush. Fundaro held the , though, and it was his larger flush that gave him the double up.
Dunst still held the lead after the double up, and the two would battle hard until Hand #115 came up that saw Dunst take a huge pot from his opponent and knock Fundaro below 10 big blinds. It was just a formality from there.
On the final hand of the event — Hand #120 — Dunst moved all in from the button with the blinds at 20,000/40,000/5,000 during Level 26. Fundaro called for a little over 300,000 holding the . Dunst had the . Dunst took the lead on the flop, and he would hold from there after the turn card and river card completed the board.
Fundaro finished runner-up, earning $100,000, but it was Dunst who emerged victorious to claim the title and the $145,000 top prize.
For Dunst, this was his fifth WPT cash and second final table. The win also proved to be the third largest of his live poker career, but one that would cement his place in the poker record books as a WPT champion. Along with the title and the prize money, Dunst earned a $15,400 seat into the WPT World Championship that will take place at Borgata in May 2014.
The next stop on the WPT will be in Montreal, and PokerNews will be bringing you daily recaps of the action.
Data and photo courtesy of WorldPokerTour.com