Steve Tada (pictured above with friends) topped a field of 208 players to win the WPTDeepStacks Central California Main Event on Sunday night at the Turlock Poker Room in Turlock, California. Tada was awarded $36,129 in prize money, the WPTDeepStacks trophy, and a $3,000 Championship package after winning a final day that clocked in at 10 hours of play.
Action was accelerated when the final three players decided to a three-way chip chop that gave Steve Tada $36,129, Mark Johnson $36,067, and Tim Weimer $29,638. They played it out for the trophy, remaining WPTDS Player of the Year points, and the $3,000 Championship package.
The final three players traded chips for a little bit after that, but then two quick hands brought the night to an end. Weimer fell with pocket fours when Tada spiked a flush on the river after the money went in preflop. On the first hand of heads-up play the money went all in on a flop reading Ks5c3h. Johnson held 9s6c and Tada was ahead with Kc4s. The turn and river fell 3sQs and that gave Tada the WPTDeepStacks title. Congratulations to our new champion – Steve Tada!
Mikhail Zdanovskiy topped a field of 386 players to win the WPTDeepStacks Jacksonville Main Event on Monday night at the bestbet here in Jacksonville. Zdanovskiy was awarded $106,780 in prize money, a $3,000 Championship package, and the WPTDeepStacks trophy after winning a final table that clocked in at just over 5 hours of play today.
Coming into the day, the expectations were high as a bunch of seasoned pros headlined the table. There was also an opportunity for history here in Jacksonville as both Michael Mizrachi, and last year’s champion, George Wolfe, were trying to become the first two time WTPDS Champion. Wolfe’s dreams were cut short when he exited in 9th, and he was followed out the door by Jonathan Hilton in 8th. Coming into the day Michael Mizrachi was certainly the most notable player at the final table, but after a series of unfortunate hands Mizrachi was left wondering what could have been as he exited the tournament area in 7th. Brian Hawkins and Austin Peck hit the rail next in 6th & 5th, leaving us five handed.
Early on in five handed play it appeared as if David Tuthill started to gain momentum, and he was set to double up in a huge spot when he got his AcAh all in pre-flop against the KcKs of his buddy Timothy Miles. The flop was clean, but a king on the turn would end Tuthill’s run in a brutal way. Miles would follow Tuthill out the door, as he finished in third.
Heading into heads up play it was Corey Major who had all the momentum. A huge rail, and a two-to-one chip lead seemed as if it was going to carry Major to the top, but after the first hand it was Mikhail Zdanovskiy who started to gain traction, as he took his turn with a two-to-one chip lead. Zdanovskiy continued to climb before eventually waking up with ace-jack, and getting all the chips in the middle on an ace high board, against Major’s middle pair. The runout was clean and Zdanovskiy was awarded the trophy, $106,780, and the WPTDS trophy!
Tristan Wade is the Global Ambassador for WPTDeepStacks and the Season 2 WPTDS Player of the Year. Tristan is a professional poker player, mental coach, published writer, and entrepreneur from Boynton Beach, Florida. His poker career started in 2003, during his freshman year in college at the University of Central Florida, where he graduated with a B.S. in Psychology. Tristan has amassed over $1.5 million in live tournament earnings, which includes five WSOP final tables, a WSOP bracelet, WSOPC ring, and a DeepStacks Poker Tour title. Additionally, he has won nearly $2 million in online tournaments, where he goes by the screen name “Cre8ive.”