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Del Vecchio Clips Mizzi to Win WPT Rolling Thunder for $284k
East Coast grinder Mike Del Vecchio overcame a very tough final table to take down the World Poker Tour’s Rolling Thunder stop for $284k last night.
Del Vecchio outlasted 421 entries and had to out-duel MTT master Sorel Mizzi heads-up to take down his first WPT title.
Mizzi had to settle for a $190,105 consolation prize. The final table also included all-star pros Connor Drinan and Olivier Busquet.
Drinan, Busquet Bust Early
Olivier Busquet and Connor Drinan added some serious star power to the WPT Rolling Thunder final table but it turned out they were only around for a short time.
Drinan doubled up an opponent and then busted sixth in a three-way hand against Busquet and John Hadley.
Busquet tripled up in the hand but would eventually fall in fifth place when his A-8 wasn’t able to hold against Steven Tabb’s K-4.
From there Del Vecchio started to bring the heat and by the time heads-up play began he had developed a nearly 2-1 chip lead against Sorel Mizzi.
Mizzi battled back to even but eventually fell when Del Vecchio turned trip fours against a massive Mizzi draw.
The trip fours held and Del Vecchio secured the title and a spot in the WPT Tournament of Champions.
WPT Rolling Thunder completes the so-called “California Swing” that also includes the LAPC and Bay 101 stops.
Next up for the WPT is a trip to Florida for the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown on March 31.
Here’s a complete look at the payouts from the WPT Rolling Thunder final table:
1st: Mike Del Vecchio – $284,638
2nd: Sorel Mizzi – $190,105
3rd: Steve Tabb – $122,296
4th: John Hadley – $81,930
5th: Olivier Busquet – $63,013
6th: Connor Drinan – $52,222