Yorane Kerignard won the World Poker Tour (WP) Main Event and collected a large cash prize of €120,000 and a free seat worth $25,000 to the WPT World Championship, which will be held at the end of the WPT season. Kerignard had to defeat six players at the final table to win this event.
The first player to get eliminated was Jackson Sampo Ryynanen, who was defeated by Genovesi one hour after the final table play began. A few minutes later Zeljko Krizan was eliminated from the table and was followed by Hui Chen Kuo.
The three-handed game lasted for quite a long time, and toward the end of Level 27, Isaia bet all-in at 475,000 and his opponents called his bet. Finally, when Genovesi bet 200,000 on the river and displayed a Full House, Isaia was eliminated. This left Genovesi playing heads-up against Keringnard. As the game play progressed Yorane Kerignard seem to take a lot of time – almost two minutes – to make a call in the game. This caused Genovesi to feel very confident with his game. The final hand of the match was played during Level 28. Kerignard studied his hand and smiled, looking as if he had absolutely no idea who had the better hand, and called. Absolutely sure that he had defeated Kerignard, Genovesi asked the dealer to blank it out.
Genovesi commented, “I think I got him. Just blank it out. I don’t care what you do just blank it out.” The excitement at the final table mounted as the players rose to their feet and the dealer dealt a card on the turn. However, when it was time for the dealer to make the next round, on the turn, Kerignard ended up getting a great hand.
Up to this point, Genovesi thought that he had the win in the bag. Ultimately, it turned out that Kerignard had the better hand and won the championship. Genovesi was so terribly upset and disappointed that he exclaimed,“NO! Why did it have to end like this?” and ran out of the tournament area. When the heads-up match began, Genovesi had the larger chip stack and was absolutely confident that he would win the championship.
Both players were visibly emotional, with runner-up Genovesi bursting into tears and rushing out of the scene and Kerignard going behind the scenes to get a better control over his emotions. However, they both returned to shake hands with each other and to receive their prizes from “The Voice of Poker” Jesse May.