Titles are much coveted and multiple ones add to the glory. Another professional claiming an extra title was Sam Panzica, who clinched his 2nd one at the World Poker Tour (WPT) Bay 101 Shooting Star $7,500 Main Event for $1,373,000, Anthony Spinella bagged the officially reported amount of $786,610 for his runners-up finish.
In November 2016, the 24-year old Michigan native overcame a large chip-disadvantage to win his first WPT title at the Bestbet Bounty Scramble for $354,335 and now has won his first seven-figure cash.
Panzica was among the shorter stacks at the final table, with the odds being in favour of three-time WPT champ Chino Rheem, who had a 3 to 1 lead over Rainer Kempe, who was at 2 nd place.
The odds seemed to amplify when Rheem went on to eliminate Kempe. The hand witnessed Rheem raise to 225,000 and Kempe move all-in for 2,190,000 from the small blind. This made Rheem to call instantly with , while Kempe was lagging behind with . The board revealed with Rheem’s pocket kings holding up.
Rheem went on to knock out Dennis Stevermer at fifth place and Paul Volpe at fourth.
Panzica then took over at three-handed play and started to restrict Rheem’s run, doubling through him twice. In ten hands, Panzica established a 75% chip lead.
A subsequent face-off between Rheem and Spinella ended the former’s tournament journey.
The on the board paired Spinella’s five to win the pot and send Rheem packing at third place.
During heads-up Spinella moved all-in with versus Panzica's more powerful . A blank board saw Panzica’s higher kicker win him the title along with a seven-figure payday.
Final Table Standings:
1. Sam Panzica - $1,373,000
2. Anthony Spinella - $786,610
3. Chino Rheem - $521,660
4. Paul Volpe - $349,610
5. Dennis Stevermer - $243,090
6. Rainer Kempe - $188,460
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