Tony Dunst has won his first World Poker Tour title after topping a star-studded field in the WPT Caribbean Main Event. The man known in online poker circles as “Bond18” won the event held at the Casino Royale in St. Maarten while jumbo jets flew in overhead and people sunned themselves at the picturesque resort.
The exclusive event attracted 191 players to the Caribbean island and over the course of four days of intense poker action, that was only matched in hotness by the weather, they were reduced to the final table of six.
World Poker Tour Caribbean Final Table
Thirty-three hands played out without an elimination, then on Hand #34 of the final table Dunst min-raised to 32,000 from under the gin and Robbie Bakker three-bet to 90,000 from the small blind. Dunst called and the pair shared an flop. Bakker led for 85,000 and Dunst called. Bakker led again on the turn, making it 197,000 to play and against Dunst called. The was the river and Bakker moved all in for 615,000 and Dunst called. Bakker showed for a set of aces, but Dunst had a flush thanks to his .
Next to go, some 21 hands later, was Zoltan Purak and again it was Dunst who was in the thick of the action. Down to 275,000 chips at the 10,000/20,000/3,000a level, Purak moved all in from the cutoff with and it looked like he would pick up the blinds and antes because the players each folded in turn. That was until the spotlight was on Dunst in the big blind and he called, showing as he did so. Purak’s eights remained best right up to the river of the board, but the queen on the river improved Dunst’s hand to a pair of queens and the tournament was down to four players.
Rettenmaier Will Have to Wait For His Third WPT Title
At the start of the WPT Caribbean final table, all eyes were on partypoker pro Marvin Rettemaier as he stood a chance of winning his third WPT title. Those plans now have to wait after Rettenmaier crashed out in fourth place. The popular German never got going on the final table and when he moved all in for 392,000 from the small blind (12,000/24,000/4,000a), Severin Schleser called in the big blind with the dominating . Schleser spiked an ace on the flop and it was enough to send Rettenmaier to the beach, possibly via the bar!
One hand after Rettenmaier busted, Schleser joined him on the sidelines. Giacomo Fundaro opened to 52,000 only to see Schleser make it 127,000 to continue. Dunst then cold four-bet to 265,000, which folded out Fundaro but not Schleser who moved all in for 1,282,000. Dunst called to discover his was nicely ahead of Schleser’s and when the five community crds fell Schleser busted and heads-up was set.
Thanks in part to the Schleser elimination, Dunst took a 4,794,000 to 937,000 chip lead into the one-on-one encounter with Fundaro, although it still took Dunst 33 hands to send his Italian opponent to the rail.
The final hand, the 120th of the final table, saw Dunst put Fundaro all in for his last 8 big blinds with the lowly and Fundaro called with the . The flop gifted Dunst the lead and when the turn and river were both sixes, it was game over for Fundaro and Dunst secured his first WPT title.
WPT Caribbean Final Table Results
The next stop for the WPT is in the slightly colder climate of Montreal, Canada where a massive crowd is expected to descend on the Playground Poker Club. Stay tuned to the partypoker blog for updates from that special event.