Paul Tedeschi has won the first Championship event of the World Poker Tour World Online Championships on partypoker, defeating a field of 145 players to win Event #1: $3,200 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship.
The Frenchman came into the final day as chip leader, and eventually took home $92,105 after a three-handed deal with Dan Shak and Anssi Kinttala.
Other notables to cash in the event included Joao Vieira (5th - $42,500), Simon Trumper (14th - $9,175), Joao Simao (15th - $9,175), Niklas Astedt (16th - $9,175) and Dario Sammartino (17th - $9,175).
Event #1: $3,200 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship Final Table Results
|1||Paul Tedeschi||United Kingdom||$92,105*|
*denotes heads-up deal. Country flags from partypoker client
Final Table Recap
Tedeschi was the chip leader after the two starting flights, and remained in pole position by the time the final table of seven was reached.
|1||Paul Tedeschi||United Kingdom||3,563,293|
After the opening exchanges, Shak had managed to claw himself into the lead ahead of both Kinttala and Dahlberg, as Tedeschi dropped back.
Ozenc Demir was still the shortest stack, and he was eliminated by Kinttala, closing the gap between the Finn and Shak at the top of the pack.
After this elimination, Decourt inherited the position of short stack, but chipped up through Shak to move off the bottom.
Tedeschi Surges into the Lead
If there was a hand that was crucial in Tedeschi's victory, it has to be the elimination of Erik Dahlberg in sixth place.
Tedeschi raised pre-flop and got calls from Joao Vieira and Erik Dahlberg .
The flop checked to Tedeschi who continued for 161,000. Vieira folded and Dahlberg check-raised to 973,000. Tedeschi shoved and Dahlberg called all in for 1.9 million.
The turn was the but the river saw Tedeschi scoop both the high, with an ace-high flush, and the low, with an eight-five, to overtake Shak and move into the lead.
Shak would wrestle the chip lead back as Guilherme Decourt was eliminated in fifth after running into the aces of Kinttala. Vieira was now adrift of the pack, with all three of his remaining opponents having three times his stack.
He clung on for a while, but was eventually eliminated by Tedeschi after both players turned two pair, with Vieira outkicked.
Deepstack Three-Handed Play
Tedeschi had retaken the lead with that elimination, sitting on 5.3 million (76 big blinds) ahead of Shak (4.7 million; 67 big blinds) and Kinttala (4.4 million; 63 big blinds).
A short while later the players looked at the numbers and agreed to a deal that would see Tedeschi take home over $90,000 and awarded the title.
According to social media posts, Shak wasn't aware that after agreeing to a deal, the tournament would not be played out. However, he will be surely be pleased at getting his WPT World Online Championships off to a good start and will be looking forward to more cashes in the festival.
What's Up Next?
The next Championship event on the WPT World Online Championships schedule is Event #2: $3,200 Pot Limit Omaha Championship. This event comes with a $1,000,000 guarantee. Day 1 ends at the end of Level 18, with levels 20 minutes in length.
- Day 1a - Saturday, July 25th at 19:00 (BST)
- Day 1b - Sunday, July 26th at 19:00 (BST)
- Day 2 - Monday, July 27th at 19:00 (BST)
- Day 3 - Tuesday, July 28th at 19:00 (BST)
This event also has a Mini ($320 buy-in; $300,000 GTD) and Micro ($33, $100,000 GTD) edition making the WPT WOC accessible to players of any bankroll!
There are also plenty of other side events taking place every day, so make sure you head to the partypoker client to find out the latest tournaments!
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