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Kitai Adds WPT Celebrity Invitational Title
WSOP bracelet winner Davidi Kitai added a WPT title to his resume in Los Angeles Wednesday.
The Belgian pro took down the World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational at Commerce Casino, banking $100,000 in the process.
After veteran pro Dan Heimiller busted third, Kitai took a lead into heads-up with fellow Winamax Pro and Internationally-ranked chess master Almira Skripchenko.
Skripchenko grabbed the lead when she doubled thru Kitai turning a pair of sevens into a full house, but Kitai managed to make a nine-high straight against Skripchenko trip nines to take control again.
Eventually, Kitai would turn queens-up to crack Skripchenko's flopped pair of aces and take the title.
The $200k freeroll event drew 482 players to Commerce Casino last weekend, including a host of poker pros and Hollywood celebrities.
Stars including Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Lou Diamond Phillips, Don Cheadle, and Shannon Elizabeth were joined by poker pros like Scotty Nguyen, Liv Boeree, Antonio Esfandiari, Barry Greenstein, and Phil Laak to walk the red carpet and play a little cards in the name of charity.
For the second consecutive year, Chrysalis, an organization dedicated to helping economically disadvantaged and homeless people become self-sufficient through employment opportunities, was named the event's official charity partner.
Minnesota lawyer and model Damon Schramm grabbed the chip lead heading into Wednesday's TV final table with chess stars Skripchenko and Dinara Khaziyeva, Heimiller, West Coast regular George Rechnitzer and Kitai joining him there.
Kitai won a WSOP bracelet in 2008 and now has $1,588,333 in career live tournament earnings.
Here's how the final table of the WPT Celebrity Invitational finished up:
1 Davidi Kitai $100,000
2 Almira Skripchenko $50,000
3 Dan Heimiller $20,000
4 George Rechnitzer $15,000
5 Damon Schramm $10,000
6 Dinara Khaziyeva $5,000