Italian pro Giacomo Fundaro was declared the surprising winner of the 2012 World Poker Tour Mazagan on Saturday.
Fundaro managed to rise above a field of 146 contestants, coming from the middle of the table to win the title in Casablanca, and pocketing $168,207 in the process.This was the first major tournament win for Giacomo Fundaro, whose previous best placing was 2nd in a €300 No Limit Hold’em event at the 2010 Poker Grand Prix in Saint-Vincent. It has been a mediocre year at best, up until now, for the young Italian whose best result in 2012 was 19th place in the Partouche Poker Tour €8,500 No Limit Hold’em Main Event in Cannes in September.
Fundaro vs Brunet
The first player to leave the six-man table at the 2012 World Tour Mazagan this weekend was Frenchman Bruno Fitoussi who was knocked out by chip leader Davidi Kitai. Second to hit the rail was Clement Beauvois, ousted out by Fundaro.
It was clear from the start that the Belgian Kitai was seeking to get his hands on his second WPT title and he had a good chance to do so, judging by his excellent position when he entered the final table. But Kitai fans were disappointed with the pro’s performance and he only managed to pull one smart move the entire event by eliminating Fitoussi in the opening hour. Kitai was eventually ousted from the competition by a growingly confident Fundaro, who now occupied the chip lead with Kitai out the picture.
Frederic Brunet sent the fourth man, Jeremy Nock home, thereby leading the competition into its showdown stage. During the three hour finale, both Brunet and Fundaro came close to winning, but it was eventually Giacomo Fundaro who scored big and won his first World Poker Tour title.
The WPT now moves onto Prague, Czech Republic, where play begins next week.
WPT Mazagan Final Payouts
- Fundaro – $168,207
- Brunet – $99,082
- Nock – $64,048
- Kitai – $47,279
- Beauvois – $35,518
- Fitoussi – $28,531