Anthony Zinno Wins 2nd WPT Title at Fallsview; Cajelais, 6th; Cloutier, 4th

Anthony Zinno WPT Fallsview

The $5,000 buy-in World Poker Tour (WPT) Fallsview wrapped up this Monday with Anthony Zinno coming out on top, taking home $380,021.

The Niagara Falls, Ontario tournament featured top players from around the world with 419 total entries creating a prizepool of $1,910,221.

There were two Canadians that made the WPT televised final table: Erik Cajelais from Montreal, Quebec and David Cloutier from Brampton, Ontario. Cajelais came into the final six as the short stack with 620,000 in chips (12 big blinds), while Cloutier had 1,655,000 (33 big blinds), good enough for third in chips.

Cajelais' time at the final table was short lived as he was eliminated on the first hand of the day when he shoved his {a-Hearts}{2-Hearts} over the top of Corey Hochman’s min-raise with {a-Spades}{8-Hearts}. Both players flopped a pair on the {8-Clubs}{7-Spades}{2-Diamonds} board. Cajelais was unable to improve on the {6-Spades} turn and {5-Clubs} river and was eliminated in sixth, earning $76,194.

It didn’t take long before we lost the second player. On the second hand of the final table, Jeremy Halaska was eliminated when he called Zinno’s {10-Spades}{8-Spades} under-the-gun raise on the button with {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}. Zinno made a huge hand when the flop came {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{9-Spades}. Zinno elected to slow-play his trips by checking. Halaska checked behind. When the turn came the {k-Spades}, Zinno then decided to lead out and bet 80,000, Halaska raised to 175,000, and Zinno pushed all in over the top. Halaska decided he couldn’t fold and called, seeing the bad news and needing a {k-} to fall on the river to survive. The river was the {7-Diamonds} and Halaska bowed out in fifth for $95,100.

Hand 29 of the final table saw the third elimination when a short-stacked Cloutier moved in from the big blind over the top of Hochman’s small blind raise. Hochman turned over the {8-Clubs}{8-Hearts} while Cloutier had his work cut out for him showing {q-Hearts}{5-Hearts}. Hochman ended up finding a set on the {8-Spades}{9-Spades}{2-Diamonds} flop, which meant that Cloutier needed running cards to make a straight to survive. The turn brought the {3-Hearts}, which meant that Cloutier knew he had finished in fourth place, earning $126,674, while the meaningless {6-Clubs} completed the board and ended Canada’s hope at taking down the first major of the year on Canadian soil.

After knocking out two of the first three players at the final table, Hochman was the next person to fall on hand 70 when he got short-stacked and shoved just over 13 big blinds on the button with {k-Spades}{10-Hearts} against chip leader Zinno’s {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}. Both players made a pair on the {a-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{k-Hearts} flop but Hochman was unable to improve as the {8-Hearts} and {j-Clubs} fell on the turn and river. Whitman was eliminated in third place for $171,294 and we were heads up.

The heads-up battle took place between Zinno, sitting on just over 9 million chips, and Mark Bailey with 3.5 million. Zinno whittled Bailey’s chip stack away at the beginning, but after a double-up, Bailey found himself at a slight disadvantage of less than a million chips after 56 hands of heads-up play.

But it was bad news for Bailey as he was never able to take the chiplead during heads-up play, and ,on hand 145 of the final table and trailing Zinno in chips 5,950,000 to 6,650,000, the two played a massive pot. At blinds 125,000/250,000/25,000 ante, Zinno limped for 250,000 and Bailey raised to 750,000, Zinno then tank-called the raise.

The flop was fanned out as {4-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{2-Clubs} and Bailey snap-shoved all in for his remaining 5,175,000 which was followed by the snap-call of Zinno who showed {k-Hearts}{k-Clubs}. Bailey needed to improve with his {a-Clubs}{j-Clubs} but he had live outs — a lot of them — with his flush draw and ace overcard.

The turn brought the {4-Diamonds} and Zinno was one card away from capturing his second WPT title. The river was the blank {7-Spades} and Anthony Zinno was crowned winner for $380,021 while Mark Bailey was the runner-up for $266,394.

Details and photo courtesy of the WPT Live Blog.

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