Hamnett and Kerignard Claim World Poker Tour Victories

by | Published: Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

It has been a busy week for the World Poker Tour with tournaments running in Malta and Atlantic City simultaneously.

Ben Hamnett conquered a field of 1180 other players to win the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City.

Hamnett went into the final table as the short stack but won a massive pot against chip leader Matthew Burnitz in just the third pot of the day.

From that point forward Hamnett was able to dominate the final table and faced off against Burnitz in a heads-up battle.

Hamnett slowly ground Burnitz’s chip stack into the ground and claimed the victory when his King-Queen held up against Burnitz’s Jack-Ten.

The $ 818,847 prize was easily the biggest of the American Professionals poker career with his previous highest cash being $38,453 earlier this year in the World Series of Poker Main Event.

On another continent Yorane Kerignard also won his maiden World Poker Tour tournament in the World Poker Tour Malta Main Event.

The Frenchmen need a slice of luck to claim the tournament when it got down to the heads-up battle.

He pushed with ace high and was called by Jackson Genovesi who held a pair of tens.

Kerignard hit two pair on the turn and the river to leave an emotional Genovesi distraught.

Kerignard has been a regular on the European Poker Tour in the last few years and has had a number of strong results.

He finished fourth in the 2010 Copenhagen Main Event, sixth in the 2011 San Remo Main Event and fourth in the 2012 Deauville Main Event but this was his first tournament victory.

Kerignard will head back to France with $182,292 and a seat worth $25,500 in the season-ending World Poker Tour World Championship.

The World Poker Tour now heads to South Africa for the Emperors Palace Poker Classic.

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