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Trincher beats Filippi at Foxwoods Classic
Vadim Trincher has won the Foxwoods Poker Classic and captured his first World Poker Tour title.
The 48-year-old, Soviet Russia-born New Yorker defeated Amnon Filippi in heads-up play early on Thursday morning to win the tournament and claim $731,079 in prize money.
"I'm feeling very good," Trincher told PokerListings after the final hand. "It's a good situation."
The hyper-aggressive tournament veteran overcame a slight chip disadvantage at the beginning of heads-up play, quickly retaking a chip lead he'd held most of the night and systematically wearing Filippi down.
The final hand saw Filippi commit the last of his stack with J-4 on a J♠ 5♠ 5♦ flop.
Trincher, with 7♠ 6♠, was more than happy to see his rival move all-in.
"He didn't have a lot of chips, so I decided to check," Trincher said. "I knew that he would bet and I'd hopefully get him to bet all of his chips."
His plan succeeded, and when the 8♠ fell on the turn, Filippi was left looking to fill up on the river to stay alive.
Fifth Street brought the K♠, however, sealing the deal and ending a ten-hour, 221-hand marathon final table.
"[Trincher] was tough to play against," said Filippi. "I tried to trap him a few times, but he wouldn't bite."
Trincher entered the final table with a million-chip head start on second-place Filippi and despite seemingly playing every hand, managed to maintain his lead as his rivals swapped chips around the table.
"Today I played slow," he said. "I didn't try to steal very much. I didn't see a lot of big hands."
The only hiccup in an otherwise nearly flawless day came when he doubled-up Matt Casterella after losing a race with tens against A-K.
The hand dropped Trincher to fourth of the remaining four players, but a few hands later he'd convince Casterella to give those chips back, doubling through his rival with pocket queens against top pair, tens.
The hand crippled Casterella, who would be eliminated in fourth place, and gave Trincher back the chip lead.
He'd hold onto it for the rest of the night, save the first tentative hands of the heads-up battle.
"My strategy was to play slow and see what happened," Trincher said. "Heads-up is all about slow play. I had to set up hands and try and trap him."
Filippi's road to a second-place finish was much more difficult.
The WPT fixture (he has four WPT final tables and ten cashes) battled a short-stack throughout the day.
"I knew I had to sit and wait and try and pick up a few pots to stay alive," he said.
He would eventually do more than just stay alive, eliminating both Casterella and third-place Lenny Cortellino, the latter in a well-concealed trap.
"I had 8-6 and the flop came A-Q-6," Filippi said. "I knew he had an ace or a queen so I let him make a bad bet, peeled off a card and caught two pair and got him to get all of his chips in the middle."
Filippi took $409,405 for his second place finish.
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