New York native Tommy Vedes, who fell short of World Series of Poker (WSOP), the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) and the PokerStars EPT London, found himself on the bad end of several calls and look to go home at the WPT (World Poker Tour) Fest al Lago final table a lot of times.
But somehow, he kept finding a way to get himself out of trouble and eventually take home the title and the $1.2 million 1st place cash prize. Vedes said on October 26th, 2009 that he was very happy about his performance in the tournament.
The action at the 6-handed Festa al Lago final table started with 23 year-old Canadian poker player Jason Lavallee pushing Vedes off a big pot to get into the connection. A short Vedes then got it in with his kings, queens and top two against the set of 6's of Shawn Cunix. But Vedes miraculously managed to turn the situation around in his favor.
A severely crippled Cunix finished in 6th place a few hands later, using suited rags against the ace/queen of Craig Crivello. Short stack Jason Burt was the next one to go, running into a formidable Freddy Deeb.
But Deeb's hold on the Festa al Lago title began to unravel when Vedes managed to suck him out as well, using a set of queens on the river against the pocket kings of Deeb. Vedes continued his terrific run, creating a nut/flush on the river against the straight of Crivello to take the lead on the four-handed field.
Deeb came into the Festa al Lago final with an opportunity to tie Danish poker pro Gus Hansen for the most wins in World Poker Tour history at three but those goals were dashed when he shoved with a week ace against the sixes of Vedes. Three-handed play was very quick when Crivello went up against Jason Lavallee's tens with his pair of face cards and failed.
The heads-up showdown started with Vedes holding a two million chip advantage over Lavallee but the young Canadian poker pro persevered to take the lead and eventually created a sizable chip lead. But Vedes' one-of-a kind skill to suck out became evident again when he got in with an ace/ten vs. ace/ten and managed to place a ten in the flop.
1A few card hands later, with Jason Lavallee still possessing a slight edge, the cash went in again. This time, Vedes possessed fives against the fours of Lavallee and the fives held to give Vedes a good lead.
Lavallee finally ran rages into the king/queen of Vedes. The turn produced a second queen, the river produced a third and Vedes became the 2009 World Poker Tour Festa al Lago. Vedes said that he is very proud of his win after lackluster performances in the WSOP, WSOPE and EPT London.
Vedes is scheduled to compete at the Caesars Palace Classic in Las Vegas and also plans to participate at WSOPC Southern Indiana, WPT Foxwoods and WSOPC Lake Tahoe. He said that he hopes to do well in these tournaments.