Anthony Astarita (pictured) topped a field of 538 players to win the WPTDeepStacks Tampa Main Event on Monday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa, Florida. Astarita was awarded $130,541 in prize money, the WPTDeepStacks trophy, a custom guitar trophy from the Seminole Hard Rock, and a $3,000 Championship prize package after winning a final day that clocked in at just over four hours of play.
There were some interesting storylines in play today with poker tournament veteran Sam Grizzle, 18-year-old Cody Sullivan, previous WPTDS Jacksonville champion George Wolfe, and recent WPTDS final-table contestant Mario Lopez all in the mix at the final table. In the end it came down to a very lopsided battle between Wolfe and Anthony Astarita.
Wolfe barely had half a big blind to his name when heads-up play began. It only took two hands to decide the final battle. Wolfe survived on a chopped pot on the first hand of heads-up play, and the chips went into the middle again the very next hand. Wolfe held 6c4h, but Astarita woke up with Ah5d. An ace fell on the flop for Astarita, and there was no more help to be found for Wolfe, who has an impressive run of final-table appearances at WPTDS stops held in Florida. But to the victor go the spoils, so congratulations to our new champion – Anthony Astarita!
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!
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.”