Ladies and gentlemen we have an explosive and emotional end to the WPT Malta Main Event, Jackson Genovesi has just finished in second place in cruel circumstances.
Genovesi opened to 125,000 and then called as Yorane Kerignard three-bet to 260,000. The flop came down and Kerignard continued with a 210,000 bet. Genovesi pondered his options for a while before moving all in for a shade over 1,200,000.
Kerignard removed his shades, checked his cards and smiles at Genovesi. It seemed like he honestly did not know what the best play was. He counted out the chips required to call (he would have 1,600,000 left) then stood from his seat, knelt on the said seat before sitting back down again. After almost two minutes he made the call.
"I think I got him," said Genovesi before showing and he did indeed "have him" as Kerignard turned over .
"Just blank it out. I don't care what you do just blank it out."
Both players were on their feet, each pleading with the poker gods to let them win this hand. The dealer burned a card and put out the on the turn followed by the , gifting Kerignard the win.
"NO, NO, NO, NO! Why did it have to end like this?" sobbed a very emotional Genovesi as he stormed away from the tournament area. Within seconds he was crying, distraught at coming so close to glory in such a prestigious event. Kerignard was also overcome with emotion too and headed behind the scenes to compose himself.