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Marchese Falls, Forrest through the Trees at WPT Foxwoods
World Poker Tour rookie Jeff "j4est" Forrest spoiled Tom "kingsofcards" Marchese's king of 2010 coronation winning WPT Foxwoods Tuesday.
Going into the final table with a big chip lead, $1.8 million in live tournament earnings on the year and the chance to either take control or move within striking distance of every Player of the Year award in the industry, Marchese was the favorite amongst six players each making their first WPT final table appearance in the massive Mashantucket, Connecticut casino complex.
He even held the lead three-handed until New York Amateur Dave Inselberg doubled through him with a dominated ace-nine versus ace-king all in pre-flop. Inselberg miraculously flopped two pair.
Forrest was actually the short stack before he too doubled through Marchese with ace-nine versus ace-six, making a full house.
Then despite doubling up once himself, Marchese busted third when his ace-king couldn't hold against Forrest's king-six thanks to a six in the window.
An online player in his first ever WPT event, Forrest went on to beat Inselberg heads-up earning $548,752 and a seat in the WPT World Championship this coming Spring.
The $9,700+$300 WPT Foxwoods main event drew 242 players this year, creating a $2,276,978 prize pool.
Next up for the WPT on this side of the Atlantic is the Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio in Las Vegas Dec. 3-8.
Here's how the WPT Foxwoods final finished up:
1 Jeff Forrest $548,752
2 Dave Inselberg $325,608
3 Thomas Marchese $211,759
4 Nikolai Yakovenko $170,773
5 Keven Stammen $128,650
6 Mohsin Charania $104,741