Bruno Benveniste Wins WPTDeepStacks Deauville for €93,700

Bruno Benveniste has won the WPTDeepStacks Deauville Main Event for €93,700. The Frenchman bested a field of 421 players to clinch victory shortly before 1am local time. The result is by far the largest cash of his career.

In second place was Sandro Pitzanti who recorded his best WPT cash since finishing 11th in the WPT Amsterdam Main Event two years ago.

Benveniste takes home the prize money and trophy, as well as a €2,000 package to the WPTDeepStacks Berlin in January.

Here are the full final table results:

Position Name Payout (EUR) Payout (USD)
1 Bruno Benveniste €93,700 incl. €2,000 WPTDS Berlin Package $110,566
2 Sandro Pitzanti €65,200 $76,936
3 Jean Claude Loustau €42,150 $49,737
4 Ekrem Sanioglu €30,590 $36,096
5 Tobias Peters €22,366 $26,392
6 Miroslav Alilovic €18,195 $21,470
7 Julien Sitbon €15,050 $17,759
8 Robin Visconti €11,930 $14,077
9 Jean Sarfati €9,300 $10,974

The day started with just 16 players remaining, with Julien Sitbon starting as chip leader as the only player over three million in chips. Alexandre Poulain was the first elimination, after doubling up Jean Claude Loustau, and eventually falling at the hands of Day 1a chip leader Ekrem Sanioglu.

Franck Kalfon, Michel Cohen, and last woman standing Mercedes Osti followed Poulain out the door, with Sitbon still topping the chip counts.

Damien Ducros and popular French pro Jean Montury were next, before Brice Bourgeix bubbled the final table of nine. Bourgeix came into the day second in chips, but endured a difficult time of it, and was eliminated after losing a flip to Miroslav Alilovic.


Benveniste came into the final table as the chip leader, after exploiting the short-handed final table bubble play. The short stack was Julian Sarfati who was the first to be eliminated after losing out to Sitbon.

The early stages were action-packed, no more so than when Sandro Pitzanti clashed with Robin Visconti – a classic Aces vs Kings moment, with Pitzanti’s kings holding up to send Visconti to the rail in 8th. The hand also saw Pitzanti take over as tournament chip leader.

The action didn’t stop there and spectators were in for a treat a short while later, when we lost two players in one hand.

It started innocently enough, with Sitbon moving all in for his last seven big blinds. He got five callers and the flop of Kh4hQcwas dealt. Sanioglu moved all in with a flush draw, and got called by Benveniste, before Alilovic moved all in over the top with a set of fours. Jean Claude Loustau was in position with a set of kings and called, with Benveniste folding.

The turn gave Sanioglu a flush, quintupling him up (seen below stacking his chips), with Sitbon and Alilovic eliminated in a single hand. Pitzanti and Loustau were both sitting on 3.5m stacks, as the short stacks continued to battle five-handed.


Next to go was Tobias Peters. Peters secured his fourth cash in WPTDeepStacks Main Events this season, and astonishingly this was his third final table. However, he was unable to beat his runner-up finish from Valkenburg, falling in fifth at the hands of Loustau. Peters did however secure enough points to take over from Omar Lakhdari at the head of the Player of the Year leaderboard, with just one stop remaining.

Sanioglu was eliminated in fourth place, after running into the Kings of Loustau, and the pace suddenly slowed. Loustau looked to push ahead, but was consistently pegged back by both Pitzanti and Benvenesti.

It was only when Benvenesti’s flopped set took a chunk of chips from Loustau’s rivered top pair that the Frenchman began to falter, with Pitzanti finishing him off to make the stacks even going into heads-up play.




Jeff Fielder Wins Second Title on Tour at WPTDeepStacks Championship

Jeff Fielder (pictured) topped a field of 501 players to win the season 4 WPTDeepStacks Championship Main Event on Tuesday at Thunder Valley Casino Resort. Fielder earned his second WPTDeepStacks title and $220,616 in first-place prize money, which included a $3,500 seat in the WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event in March 2018. Fielder becomes just the second two-time champion in WPTDeepStacks history, joining Season 4 WPTDeepStacks Player of the Year Rex Clinkscales. Fielder won his first WPTDeepStacks title in Iowa last October, and he now holds career earnings of $1,317,393

"I was really short yesterday on Day 2. I struggled, survived, kept building, and the final table was awesome. I knew quite a few players, and heads up with my buddy Cord [Garcia] was great. Yeah, it was really fun," said Fielder about his journey to the title.

Fielder really took control of the final table during a lengthy four-handed battle that saw him take control of the chip lead. "Yeah, I noticed that Ben [Keeline] was definitely playing tight, so I tried to take advantage of his chip stack so to speak. I tried to start applying a lot of pressure where I thought he was going to be doing it, and since he was playing a little bit tight I decided to take those spots and it worked out," said Fielder.

Fielder's girlfriend Jenn is currently taking chemotherapy treatments for cancer, and the two have been traveling a lot in order to knock some things off their bucket list. "Good, she is doing very well. She has a clean bill of health right now, but she is still going to take chemotherapy forever, but yeah, she's doing really, really good ... Absolutely, and she definitely needs it (traveling). She works so hard as a social worker. She is under-appreciated, and overworked, the whole nine yards, she is the best," said Fielder.

WPTDeepStacks Championship Final Table Results

1: Jeff Fielder - $220,616*
2: Cord Garcia - $152,872
3: Ben Keeline - $98,387
4: Ian Steinman - $68,080
5: Chris Tham - $52,257
6: Justo Avalos - $43,566
7: Noel Rodriguez - $36,324
8: Hafiz Khan - $29,081
9: Jonathan George - $21,839

*First place includes a $3,500 seat in the Season XVI WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event.

Cards got into the air at Noon between the final 10 players, and the elimination of female poker legend Kathy Liebert in 10th place soon took the tournament down to the official final table of nine players.

Action continued to move quickly when Jonathan George was eliminated in ninth place, and Hafiz Khan was taken out in eighth place to take things down to seven players before 2 pm. Justo Avalso then doubled up, and quadrupled up before the first break of the day.

Noel Rodriguez hit the rail in seventh place, and Avalos finally fell in sixth place to take the final table to five players. Chris Tham then scored a double up to survive, but the next time he was all in, Tham was eliminated in fifth place.

By virtue of the final four players remaining at the final table, you could tell that it would be a long battle. Ian Steinman prolonged that battle when he scored a double. The four-handed stalemate finally ended around 7 pm when Steinman exited in fourth place after he couldn't survive another all-in confrontation.

The final three players faced off for a few hands before taking a dinner break, but when they returned the fireworks went off. Cord Garcia doubled up on the first hand back, and that left Ben Keeline left with just above a million. Keeline was quickly all in, but he could not survive and busted in third place.

Jeff Fielder took out Keeline, and that gave him 9,030,000 at the start of heads-up play over the 5,800,000 held by Garcia. Garcia was able to double up once, but a little after 9 pm the final hand transpired.

Garcia raised to 500,000 on the button preflop, Fielder reraised to 1.2 million, and Garcia reraised all in. Fielder called to cover him, and the two final players flipped over their cards.

Fielder: Ac4s
Garcia: AsKh

Board: Qs6c5h9c4h

Fielder won the pot and the tournament with a four on the river. Garcia was eliminated in second place, good for $152,872. Fielder took home the top prize of $220,216, which included a $3,500 seat in the WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event in March 2018, and he also received the super-sized WPTDeepStacks Championship trophy. Fielder previously won the Season 3 WPTDeepStacks Iowa Main Event last October, and he is now a two-time WPTDeepStacks champion.

Congratulations to our Season 4 WPTDeepStacks Championship winner - Jeff Fielder!


Laurent Polito Wins WPTDeepStacks Brussels for €90,000 (~$105,300)

Laurent Polito has won WPTDeepStacks Brussels, after beating a field of 400 players to win €90,000 (~$105,300) including a package to the WPTDS Berlin in January.

Polito had already won an impressive four WPT National Events, with the last coming here in Brussels in July 2015, and took down WPTDS Brussels to add another title to his poker resume.

The runner-up was Leonardo Armino, who recorded the best live poker cash of his career, beating his second place in a WPT National High Roller last February, and a WPT National High Roller win in Valkenburg three years ago.

Here are the full results:

Position Name Country Payout (EUR) Payout (USD)
1 Laurent Polito France  €         90,000  $                  105,300
2 Leonardo Armino Netherlands  €         62,600  $                     73,406
3 Felipe Ramos Brazil  €         40,335  $                     47,192
4 Jerome Sgorrano Belgium  €         29,375  $                     34,369
5 Alain Bauer France  €         21,470  $                     25,237
6 Jeffrey Jol Netherlands  €         17,425  $                     20,504
7 Sylvain Naets Belgium  €         14,450  $                     17,012
8 Frederic Leonetti France  €         11,450  $                     13,514
9 Olivier Fehlmann Switzerland  €           9,000  $                     10,138

The day started with 12 players, and that was immediately one less after Michel Abecassis got his three big blind stack into the middle and lost to become our first casualty of the day.
Abecassis was soon joined by Frederic Femont and Bart Fergiatakis to bring the Main Event to a final table of nine.


Start-of-day chip leader Jerome Sgorrano was still the chip leader at this point, with Brazilian Felipe Ramos not far behind. Alain Bauer was the third player over two million chips at this point and playing a stack in excess of 90 big blinds.

With the majority of the final table deep-stacked it looked like it was going to be a long, drawn-out affair. However, it wasn’t long until Olivier Fehlmann got his pair of queens in against the ace-king of Leonardo Armino, with Armino spiking an ace to send Fehlmann to the rail.

Fehlmann came into the final table as the second shortest, and next to go was the short stack Frederic Leonetti who, like Fehlmann, got his remaining stack in good with pocket sixes, but again it was against the over cards of Armino, whose ace-ten hit a ten and Leonetti was eliminated in eighth place.

One of the most active players at the final table was Alain Bauer, who was in his fair share of pots, including one memorable one where he opened to 700,000 from under the gun which was an open for 15 times the big blind. All this meant one thing – Bauer was in the ascendancy.


However, what goes up must come down, and it came down with a bump. On an ace-four-seven board, Bauer got into a raising battle with Jeffrey Jol. Bauer shoved and Jol snap-called with a set of fours. Bauer meekly turned over King-high, and Jol doubled into the chip lead.

Big stack from Day 1B Sylvain Naets was next to go, after shoving his ace-jack into the ace-king of Felipe Ramos. He was then joined by Jol, whose stint at the top of the chip counts was brief as he got ace-ten in against the queens of Laurent Polito to bust in sixth place.

By dinner break it was Polito who held the lead, albeit a small one, with Jerome Sgorrano just 10,000 chips behind. Felipe Ramos was bringing up the rear, but quickly doubled to bring himself back into contention.


And when Bauer doubled through Polito, the stacks became very even indeed at the final table. However, you always knew that it could take just one fatal misstep from Bauer, and it came on a jack-high board. Bauer called with top pair, but was up against the kings of Polito, who moved back into the chip lead.

Leonardo Armino had been relatively quiet; a luxury of coming into the final table fourth in chips, and it was a stroke of fortune which saw him take the chip lead for the first time at the final table.

Holding king-ten against the king-queen of Polito, his ten of clubs proved vital as the board came with four clubs to send Armino into the lead.

Sgorrano had been chip leader at one point, but appeared to run out of steam as his Main Event came to an end at the hands of Laurent Polito. Ramos had also had a brief stint at the top of the leaderboard, and after doubling with ace-king against jacks, there was a cooler to send him on his way to the rail.


Armino limp-called preflop, check-called flop and check-called an all-in from his Brazilian opponent, where Ramos held queens, only for Armino to turn up with pocket aces. Ramos was left with crumbs and was sent to the rail soon thereafter.

Heads-up play began with both players fairly even in chips, but Polito soon exerted his dominance. He had the opportunity to finish it early, only for Armino to spike a king on the river.

However, as the levels ticked by, Polito opened up a gap once more, and called a three-bet jam from his opponent holding the best starting hand in poker – pocket aces – to finish it off just before 1:30 local time.






Upeshka De Silva Wins WPTDeepStacks San Diego Main Event

Upeshka De Silva (pictured) topped a field of 326 players at a final table that was five hours long to win the WPTDeepStacks San Diego Main Event on Monday at Ocean's Eleven Casino. "That was a pretty nice feeling, I busted on Day 1B for one bullet, but then I re-entered and ran it up pretty quick, and I had the chip lead the whole way. I ran a lot better than I played, but that's all it takes sometimes," said De Silva after the victory. De Silva took home $67,675 in prize money, along with the $3,000 WPTDeepStacks Championship package for the WPTDeepStacks Championship in December at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Northern California. De Silva is also getting married in December in Sri Lanka, and he now holds just over $1.9 million in career tournament earnings.

De Silva came into the final table as the chip leader, and he never relinquished his lead during the course of the final day. "It was a pretty nice situation, I was the chip leader, and there were a lot of short stacks, so I just kept raising. There was a lot of ICM pressure at pay jumps. I didn't have to deal with any big flips or big showdowns, I was just able to chip away at them. It worked out very conveniently," said De Silva. He even won the tournament on the first hand of heads-up play. "It was pretty funny, the very first hand I had aces, and I had been shoving on him for the past three hours, and then I limp and he goes all in, it was nice," said De Silva about the dramatic final hand.

Cards got into the air at 1 pm between the final nine players, and the first all-in confrontation saw Craig Waldrop hit the rail in ninth place early in the day. Mateus Lessa was out in eighth place just a few minutes later. Veronica Daly exited in seventh placeduring the next level, and then a series of five double ups prolonged six-handed play until Louis Schaffer bused in sixth place.

The five remaining players then took their first break of the day, and soon after they returned Edward Guergis was eliminated in fifth place. The pace of play continued to be quick as just minutes later Williams Santos was taken out in fourth place. Three-handed play lasted for a while as John David doubled up twice thru De Silva. The third time was not the charm for David however, and he was eliminated in third place the third time he shoved against De Silva.

De Silva held 7.1 million at the start of heads-up play, and that gave him a huge advantage over the stack of Arthur Hahn, who held 825,000. Hahn raised all in on the very first hand of heads-up play, and De Silva quickly called on the button after originally limping into the pot. The two players then tabled their cards.

De Silva: Ah
Hahn: QsTc

Board: Ks4h2s3h9h

The aces held up for De Silva, and Hahn was eliminated in second place, good for $47,430. De Silva won the pot and the tournament to take home $67,675 in prize money, the $3,000 WPTDeepStacks Championship prize package, and the WPTDeepStacks trophy.

Congratulations to our new WPTDeepStacks champion - Upeshka De Silva!

Final Table Results:

1st: Upeshka De Silva - $67,675 + $3,000 WPTDeepStacks Championship Package
2nd: Arthur Hahn - $47,430
3rd: John David - $30,500
4th: William Santos - $22,585
5th: Edward Guergis - $16,945
6th: Louis Schaffer - $13,555
7th: Veronica Daly - $11,275
8th: Mateus Lessa - $9,035
9th: Craig Walrop - $6,770


Joe Villhauer Wins WPTDeepStacks Iowa Main Event

Joe Villhauer (pictured) topped a field of 118 players at a final table that was just under six hours long to win the WPTDeepStacks Iowa Main Event on Monday at the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort. "I don't think it's really sunk in, I'm really just thrilled about it. The money is good, and I finally had a run of good cards in a tournament. I've played in a lot of tournaments where I've got deep, and I just wasn't able to get over the hump," said Villhauer right after scoring the largest cash of his poker career. Villhauer took home $29,875 in prize money, along with the $3,000 WPTDeepStacks Championship package for the WPTDeepStacks Championship in December at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Northern California.

Villhauer was a perennial big stack in the tournament. He was one of the top ten stacks at the start of Day 2, and he was the chip leader at the start of the final table. "It freed up my game, I could make a few moves, and nobody ever got on to that I was making a few moves, because I always play pretty good hands. It worked out well, I'd never been the chip leader in a tournament before, but I watch a lot of poker on TV so I've picked up a little bit I guess," said Villhauer when he was asked about coming into the day as the leader. Villhauer also wanted to give a shout out to Tim Carol, and his family that hosted him here in Iowa this week (Villhauer was born and raised in Iowa City before he moved to Tennessee).

Cards got into the air at Noon between the final nine players, and WPTDeepStacks Global Ambassador Tristan Wade doubled up on the first hand of play. A few minutes later Brandon Pratt busted in ninth place, and then Colin Lovelock doubled up thru Wade twice before Jesse Jones was eliminated in eighth place. Gary Brakke then doubled thru Wade as well, and it was also Brakke who sent Wade to the rail in seventh place a short time later. Wade finished in fifth place at the WPTDeepStacks Iowa Event during Season 2, but he wasn't able to improve on that finish this year after a bad run of luck after his initial double up. Wade did secure his record 18th cash on the tour, which is easily more than any other player.

Action hit a bottleneck six handed, as Scotter Clark and John Agnos both doubled up, and it was almost two hours after Wade's exit that Agnos hit the rail in sixth place. Lovelock was the other player at this final table that appeared at the Season 2 WPTDeepStacks Iowa final table, but he wasn't able to improve on his previous runner-up finish either. Lovelock did go on a nice run however to finish in fifth place after starting the day as the short stack.

The faster pace of play continued when Brakke took his leave in fourth place 20 minutes later. Andrew Leopard then won a massive flip against Scotter Clark, and that left Clark with just 100,000. Clark was able to tripe up before he fell in third place the next time he moved all in.

Leopard took 2.4 million into the heads-up final against Villhauer's 500,000, but Villhauer scored two double ups to pull into the lead. Leopard then doubled up once before the final hand of the tournament.

On the final hand, Leopard limped in from the small blind, and Villhauer checked his option from the big blind. They saw a flop of 7d6s4s, and Leopard checked. Villhauer bet 90,000, and Leopard check-raised all in for 660,000. Villhauer took a few moments to think it over before tossing in one chip signifying a call. The two players then flipped over their cards.

Villhauer: 8d7c
Leopard: 6d5d

Villhauer showed top pair and a gutshot straight draw, and Leopard needed to improve holding middle pair and an open-ended straight draw. The 2h on the turn, and the 2c on the river were no help to Leopard, and he is the runner-up, taking home his largest career tournament score of $20,921. Villhauer was the champion of the WPTDeepStacks Iowa Main Event, and he won $29,875, a $3,000 WPTDeepStacks Championship package, and the WPTDeepStacks trophy.

Congratulations to our new WPTDeepStacks Champion - Joe Villhauer!




Final Table Results

1: Joe Villhauer - $29,875 + $3,000 WPTDS Championship Package
2: Andrew Leopard - $20,921
3: Scotter Clark - $13,453
4: Gary Brakke - $9,964.50
5: Colin Lovelock - $7,467.50
6: John Agnos - $5,974
7: Tristan Wade - $4,971
8: Jesse Jones - $3,979
9: Brandon Pratt - $2,987

That concludes our coverage from the WPTDeepStacks Iowa Main Event. Thanks to the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort for hosting another great stop on the tour. The next stop will take us to Ocean's Eleven Casino in Oceanside, California for the WPTDeepStacks San Diego Main Event that will run from October 26-30. The Main Event features an $1,100 buy-in and a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool. The WPTDeepStacks live reporting team will have live updates, chip counts, photos, and videos for you from Southern California in just three days.



Daniel Habib Wins WPTDS Johannesburg


Three days of poker and a record turnout at Emperors Palace wrapped up today with Daniel Habib coming out on top. The win is the first for Habib in a World Poker Tour event and second overall in Johannesburg.

In a field of 456, Habib’s cash game experience paid off as he was able to manage the long hours of Day 2 after buying in at the start of play and staying mentally strong through the grind.

Habib surged to the top of the leaderboard after the Day 3 money bubble when he cracked aces with a set of tens. From there, Habib cruised along until the final table, where a key double in five-handed play propelled him back to the top of the leaderboard.

Despite being faced with a few setbacks during the tournament, Habib never gave in and his perseverance paid off with R1,000,000 for his efforts.

With the World Poker Tour and now WPTDeepStacks a consistent visitor in Johannesburg, we expect to see Habib back for future events. Congratulations to WPTDeepStacks Johannesburg winner, Daniel Habib!


Ioannis Konstas Wins WPTDS Netherlands Main Event for €56,806

Ioannis Konstas went from eliminating the first three players of the final day to taking down the entire tournament to cap a successful WPTDeepStacks Netherlands Festival for the Greek player.

Following his fifth place in the WPTDS High Roller earlier this week, Konstas came into the final table with the chip lead, and after a heads-up tussle with home favourite Tobias Peters, he took down the tournament, the trophy and €56,805 in prize money shortly before 1am local time.

Position Name Payout (EUR) Payout (USD)
1 Ioannis Konstas  €           56,806  $       67,031
2 Tobias Pieters  €           39,895  $       47,076
3 Bart Lybaert  €           25,639  $       30,254
4 Walter van Dalen  €           18,975  $       22,391
5 Joris Ruijs  €           14,244  $       16,808
6 Rens van der Venne  €           11,395  $       13,446
7 Jonas Wohlgemuth  €              9,463  $       11,166
8 Zhong Chen  €              7,580  $         8,944
9 Bernard Elfvering  €              5,673  $         6,694


The field started just three eliminations off of the final table, with eventual winner Konstas eliminating Paul van Oort, Martin van Beek and Maribel Galiano in quick succession to come into the final table with the chip lead.

The first elimination of the final table came when Bernard Elfvering ran top pair into the set of Jonas Wohlgemuth, but after that the remaining eight players settled into a rhythm of double ups, including Rens van der Venne, Zhong Chen and Walter van Dalen.

At this point Konstas had fallen back, with Peters using his experience (he is 15th on the Dutch all-time money list) to push the remaining players around and move to the top of the chip counts.

Zhong Chen moved all in pre-flop with Ace-high against the suited cards of Bart Lybaert, only for Lybaert to turn a flush and send Chen to the rail. He was followed by Jonas Wohlgemuth whose pocket fours were cracked by the Ace-Queen of Peters to extend his chip lead.

A trickle of bustouts turned into flurry as Rens van der Venne’s pocket nines were cracked by the King-Queen of Konstas, who then managed to squeeze in another bustout before the dinner break, with Joris Ruijs’s pocket tens by the Greek player’s tens.

That meant Konstas went into the dinner break holding a slender lead four-handed over Tobias Peters, with Walter van Dalen and Bart Lybaert further back.

Lybaert doubled up in the very first hand after the dinner break, with the chip lead moving back and forth between Konstas and Peters nearly every hand.

Walter van Dalen headed to the rail in fourth on a King-Queen-Nine board when his Aces came up against the King-Queen of Konstas. Another double-up followed for Lybaert who made a good job of sticking around to secure third place in the Main Event before finally departing at the hands of Konstas.

Konstas had Peters out-chipped heads-up, but Peters managed to double up Ace-Jack vs Ace-Ten to get back into the contest. However, several key pots changed the dynamic of the heads-up match, with Konstas managing to take down a 1.5m pot without showdown after Peters mucked.

Peters managed gamely to hold on, but after Konstas’s trip Jacks handed him a commanding chip lead shortly before 1am, he didn’t let go and managed to see out the tournament at the second all-in of the heads-up match to take down the tournament, along with the tournament, prize money and Player of the Series contest following his High Roller final table earlier in the week.





Joel Bullock Wins Dspt Battle Of Alberta Calgary Main Event

Joel Bullock (pictured) topped a field of 358 players at a final table that was just under eight hours long to win the DSPT Battle of Alberta Calgary Main Event on Monday at Grey Eagle Resort and Casino. He took home CAD $132,096 in prize money, and also secured a USD $3,000 DSPT Championship package. “It feels awesome, it’s been a while and this is a really tough field, a lot of good players. The final table was really tough, some of the best players I’ve played with, so it feels great, really good,” said Bullock right after the victory. Bullock also got to play against his good friend, and hotel roommate for the trip Roman Brar in the heads-up final. “He’s a good friend of mine, so it was fun for us to play heads up, it was pretty awesome,” said Bullock about the experience.

Bullock came into the final table on the short stack, but he quickly doubled up to turn things around, and then he scored not one, but two double eliminations back-to-back to take the final table from eight players down to four. “I was the smallest stack, but I just picked up a hand early and doubled up. Then I got extremely lucky with tens versus queens, that was a key hand, and then I picked up kings versus Mike’s [Smith] queens, that was a cooler, things went my way,” said Bullock about his rise at the final table.

Bullock also scored a dramatic double up to take the lead during heads-up play. Bullock flopped two pair with 8-2, but Brar improved to a better two pair on the turn with 9-6. Bullock hit a deuce on the river to make a full house in one of the crazier run outs we’ve seen on the tour in some time.  “That was a crazy hand, we just went all in before the flop. I flopped two pair and he flopped top pair, turn was two pair for him, and then I hit the lucky deuce on the river,” said Bullock about the hand.

Action kicked off slowly at the final table as a series of players doubled up along with a few chopped pots that saved players from elimination. This stretch proved to be a tough one for Tank Vander, he went from second in chips to busting out in ninth place.

The next stretch of play was punctuated by the double eliminations, something of a hallmark in this tournament (there were three on Day 2 once we made the money). Joel Bullock took out Garth Cave in eighth place and Rene Berube in seventh place in one hand, and then Bullock played the role of Grim Reaper once more when he eliminated Bucky Edraki in sixth place and Mike Smith in fifth place in another hand.

Another slow stretch of play set in after that between the final four players. Roman Brar then scored back-to-back eliminations with A-Q in the hole. In the first hand he took out Thomas Taylor in fourth place, and then he eliminated Jimmy Lee in third place.

This set up a heads-up final between Brar and Bullock. Brar held the lead with 6.75 million against the 4.77 million of Bullock. Bullock scored the aforementioned crazy double up after a couple of 30-minute levels of heads-up play, and Brar was left with just four big blinds after the dust settled.

On the final hand, Brar moved all in preflop for just over 500,000 on the button, and Bullock called to cover him. The two players then flipped over their cards.

Bullock: K7
Brar: 104

Board: KQ38K

Bullock won the hand and the tournament with trip kings. He took home the top prize of CAD $132,096, a $3,000 USD DSPT Championship Package, and the trophy. Brar was eliminated in second place, good for $92,480.

Congratulations to our new DSPT champion, Joel Bullock!

Final Table Results

1. Joel Bullock – $132,096 + $3,000 USD Championship Package
2. Roman Brar – $92,480
3. Jimmy Lee – $59,465
4. Thomas Taylor – $44,035
5. Mike Smith – $33,035
6. Bucky Edraki – $26,430
7. Rene Berube – $22,015
8. Garth Cave – $17,620
9. Tank Vander – $13,210



Smain Mamouni Wins WPTDS Marrakech Main Event for 1,000,000 MAD ($110,000)

 Smain Mamouni saw off a field of 433 players to take down the WPTDeepStacks Marrakech Main Event and become the fourth winner on the inaugural WPTDeepStacks Europe season.

The Frenchman came into the day as the chipleader, but went through a topsy-turvy day before emerging to clinch the win shortly after 1am local time at the Casino de Marrakech.

Speaking after his victory he said he was feeling very proud of his play today.

"I didn't make a lot of mistakes today. I lost a big pot with pocket Kings against pocket Aces, but I was not afraid of coming back in the tournament.

"I have a lot of experience, so when I was very short stacked I wasn't afraid.

Mamouni said that the atmosphere surrounding the Casino de Marrakech really added to his deep run.

"When you play in Marrakech there's a lot of fun, it's not like other tournaments where nobody is talking with eachother. In Marrakech it's something better, something good. I've played maybe 5-10 WPT tournaments, and obviously this was a really good one."


There was a steady stream of bustouts throughout the day, which started with Sastre Garcia, who was quickly joined on the rail by Jean-Jacques Chantalat and Pedro Cairat. Day 1 chip leader Ludovic Moryousef (pictured above) was next, when his Ace-Four was cracked by the King-Queen of Anthony Cruz.

Malek Grabsi and Tsunamy were next meaning we had reached ten players by the first break of the day. It wasn't long thereafter that we lost Sadry Darwiche in 10th and the unofficial final table was secured.


At this point it was Cuadrado who was at the top of the chip counts, but was closely followed by Anas Belatik, with the pair hovering around 2.5m in chips.

The last woman in the field, Elizabeth Tedder (pictured below), was unlucky to run into the Queens of Cruz to bust in 10th, with Damien Lhommeau similarly unlucky to bust when he rivered a flush only for that to give Belatik a full house.


It was Cuadrado and Belatik still bossing proceedings at the head of the leaderboard, and Belatik boosted his count with the elimination of Louis Linard in 7th.

Smain Mamouni kept himself in touch by eliminating Julien Lemonnier in 6th before the remaining five players appeared to settle in for the night.


The pace slowed and the deck's desire to send anyone to the rail in 5th waned. First Daniel C doubled through Mamouni (pictured above), before Mamouni doubled up again. Daniel C then moved into the chip lead after a gutsy call with a pair of Jacks on the river, before Mamouni doubled up yet again!

Finally, the elimination of Anthony Cruz broke the deadlock. Cruz had been eyeing up a deeper run than he achieved in WPTDS Cannes where he finished third, but would have to settle for fifth here after running his Queen-Jack suited into the pocket nines of Daniel C.


It was Daniel C's turn to lead the field, but his stack took a knock when Belatik doubled through him, allowing Cuadrado to retake the chip lead. Cuadrado would then eliminate Belatik in fourth place and Daniel C in third place to take the chip lead into heads-up play.

Over the short heads-up battle, Mamouni took over the chip lead after flopping a flush, and a few hands later he sealed the deal, taking home a cool 1,000,000 MAD ($110,000), the trophy and a €2,000 package to the WPTDS final in Berlin in January.








Bill Donnelly Wins WPTDeepStacks Oklahoma Main Event

Bill Donnelly (pictured) topped a field of 241 players at a final table that was five hours long to win the WPTDeepStacks Oklahoma Main Event on Monday at the Downstream Casino Resort. "I'm feeling great, I'm feeling awesome. Everything went well today, and I got very lucky on the river with the third jack, but I'm just pumped up. It was a great win. I had a good year about three or four years ago, and I've been in a little funk in the last couple years, so this was nice to win this," said Donnelly right after his victory. Donnelly started his path to the championship when he fired his third bullet right at the close of registration on Day 1, and he made that third try the charm to take home $52,509 in prize money, along with the $3,000 WPTDeepStacks Championship package for the WPTDeepStacks Championship in December at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Northern California.

"I was just going to be really patient because I was the chip leader. I didn't want to do anything stupid, which I've done many times before in tournaments. I was just patient, waited for my cards. I think I played really tight so I got a lot of respect. I got a few lay downs along the way, but I really didn't have a plan. It was just kind of see what happens, see how the table went, just patience, a lot of patience," said Donnelly. And as far as the prize money goes, the win came at a good time for Donnelly and his family. "My wife just changed jobs, so she's not making any money right now, and we both depend on each other for making some money, so this is definitely going to help fill in the gap. It's really good timing," said Donnelly. Donnelly also had a special message for his family: "My kids were watching, Will and Mary, love you both, and my wife Liz, love you too."

Cards got into the air at Noon between the final nine players, and action was slow and steady for the first two hours as three players took their leave. Recent World Series of Poker Main Event 35th-place finisher Matt Bond was out in ninth place, local player Kurt Haiss fell in eighth place, and former WPTDeepStacks Tampa champion Anthony Astarita busted out in seventh place.

The six-handed battle was defined by a long series of double ups, half-a-dozen of them in fact. Michael Walling did eventually bust in sixth place almost four hours into the final table. Tyler Tabman then doubled up twice, and that second double up left John Martin on a very short stack. Martin was able to triple up, but he did fall in fifth place a short time later.

Jon Bennett took out Martin, and then he eliminated Tyler Tabman in fourth place, and Jim Indiveri in third place to take the chip lead into the heads-up final. He held 3.78 million, but Donnelly wasn't too far behind with 2,245,000. Donnelly then doubled up twice to take the chip lead before the final hand of the night.

On that hand, Bennett moved all in preflop for 2.58 million on the button, and Donnelly called to cover him. The two players then tabled their cards.

Donnelly: JdJs
Bennett: 4d4h

Board: 7d6c4sQcJh

Bennett found a third 4 on the flop, but Donnelly made a better set in dramatic fashion thanks to a Jack on the river. Bennett was eliminated in second place, good for $38,595 thanks to his deep run in the event. Donnelly won the top prize of $52,509, the $3,000 WPTDeepStacks Championship package, and the WPTDeepStacks trophy.

Congratulations to our new WPTDeepStacks Champion - Bill Donnelly!



Rex Clinkscales Wins DSPT Battle of Alberta Edmonton Main Event

Rex Clinkscales (pictured) topped a field of 412 players at a final table that was five hours long to win the DSPT Battle of Alberta Edmonton Main Event on Monday at Casino Yellowhead. He took home CAD $79,300 in prize money, and also secured a $3,000 DSPT Championship package.

“It feels amazing, it hasn’t really sunk in yet,” said Clinkscales after the hard-fought victory. “I came in eight of nine in chips today, and my game-plan was just to be patient, and try to let them hopefully make some mistakes and pick up some pots here and there. So I stayed patient through a lot of the final table to get a couple key hands short-handed, and I was fortunate to win,” said Clinkscales when he was asked about playing with a short stack for the majority of the final table.

Clinkscales became the first two-time champion in the history of the tour with his victory tonight. He won the Tampa stop earlier this season in June. Clinkscales also took the lead in the DSPT Player of the Year race with 1,800 points. “It definitely adds a lot of pressure, and then with the Immokalee stop being cancelled (due to Hurricane Irma) it was another stop where I wouldn’t have an opportunity to collect any points, so I wanted to make sure I got as many points as possible, and not leave anything on the table while I was here,” said Clinkscales when he was asked about the Player of the Year race.

Cards got into the air at 1 p.m. between the final nine players, and Jason Tran busted quickly in ninth place just a few hands into play. The shoves came early and often with the blinds escalating, but very few of them were called during the first hour of play. George Skrzypniak eventually hit the rail in eighth place, and Calvin Haczkewicz followed him in seventh place during the second hour of play.

We then lost Ryan Comely (Sixth Place)Dicky Deng (Fifth Place), and Kris Klimosko (Fourth Place) in rapid succession to take things down to three-handed play just over three hours into the final table.

The three-handed battle took longer than the entire play-down stretch from nine to three, as Clinkscales survived in a chopped pot, and Jamie Martin doubled up at the expense of Michael DeGirolamo to prolong the start of the heads-up final. There was another chopped pot between Clinkscales and DeGirolamo before DeGirolamo eventually exited in third place. Clinkscales took out DeGirolamo, and that gave him 4 million to take into the heads-up final against Martin’s 6.3 million.

On the final hand of the night, Clinkscales raised to 400,000 preflop on the button, and Martin came along for the ride. The flop was dealt 432, and both players checked. The turn fell 10, and both players contributed another 400,000 to the pot. The river delivered the 6, and Martin bet 500,000. Clinkscales raised all in, and Martin called all in. Clinkscales showed A3, and Martin folded his hand.

Clinkscales won the pot and the tournament with a flush on the river. Martin was out in second place, good for CAD $5,580. Clinkscales took home the top prize worth CAD $79,300, and the USD $3,000 DSPT Championship package.

Congratulations to our first two-time champion, Rex Clinkscales!


Francisco Lopes Wins WPTDeepStacks Portugal Main Event for €55,010

Portuguese player Francisco Lopes denied Omar Lakhdari heads-up to win the WPTDeepStacks Portugal Main Event. Lakhdari was looking to better his finish in Cannes three months ago where he finished second, but it wasn't to be as Lopes took down the tournament, the trophy and the €55,010 in prize money.

Lopes also takes home a €2,000 package (€1,500 seat + €500 expenses) to the WPTDeepStacks European Championships in Berlin, which take place between the 5th and the 8th of January 2018 at the Spielbank Casino in Berlin.

Speaking after his victory he said that it felt great to win such a big tournament.

"It's a big trophy and a lot of money," he said, "It's been an amazing week.

"I have a lot of friends here with me. We study a lot together and for them to be here is really great. For one of us to win a big one is amazing.

"Vilamoura is an amazing place. I've never been here, even though I'm Portuguese. My friends have had some success in the side events, so we're absolutely going out to celebrate."

Here are the final table results in full.

1. Francisco Lopes - €55,010 + €2,000 WPTDS European Championship Package
2. Omar Lakhdari - €40,037
3. Manuel Borges - €25,754
4. Paul Marius - €19,061
5. Gregory Janin - €14,305
6. Joao Franco - €11,446
7. Pedro Goncalves - €9,506
8. Pedro Ferro - €7,615
9. Omar Cabral - €5,699

The action started from the moment the players took their seats at the final table. Joao Franco doubled up in the very first hand through Pedro Goncalves, but it didn’t take long for our first casualty of the day.
Omar Cabral five-bet jammed with pocket Jacks into the Ace-King of Paul Marius. There was an Ace on the flop, and with Cabral failing to find one of the remaining jacks, he was eliminated in 9th place for €5,699; not a bad return for someone who won their seat in a €60 satellite.

Omar Lakhdari came into the day as an overwhelming chip leader, but had stopped himself from being overly aggressive in the early stages. However, he three-bet jammed over Pedro Ferrro (pictured below) with Ace-Six only for Ferro to have Ace-Seven. A six on the flop quickly rectified the situation in the favour of Lakhdari and Ferro became the next elimination in 8th place for €7,615.

It was a busy day for Manuel Borges, doubling up not once, not twice but three times. His first came through the chip leader when his sevens bested Lakhdari’s Ace-King. It was hands like this that kept the reins on Lakhdari and stopped his chip lead getting unassailable.

The next casualty was Pedro Goncalves. He held pocket eights against the jacks of Lakhdari, and looked set for a double up after flopping a set of eights. However, Lakhdari hit one of the remaining jacks in the deck on the river to send Goncalves to the rail in 7th for €9,506.

It capped a successful week of poker for Goncalves, who finished sixth in the WPTDS High Roller earlier in the week at the Casino Vilamoura.

The youngest player at the table Joao Franco had done well to ladder to sixth place, but his pocket sevens were cracked by the Ace-King of Paul Marius (pictured below). He left with €11,446. Soon after shortstack Gregory Janin shoved with Jack-Eight suited from the button, and Marius picked off the rest of his stack when his King-Nine held. Janin took home €14,305.

As the average stack grew, the players became emboldened, none moreso than chip leader Omar Lakhdari. In a hand against Francisco Lopes, Lopes check-called on the flop, the turn and a river shove from his opponent. Lopes’s hand was good after Lakhdari was forced to show Seven-Deuce.

It wasn’t long before Lopes took the chip lead, but as soon as he had taken it, he handed over some chips to Manuel Borges and Lakhdari was back in the lead.

Paul Marius had showed glimpses of brilliance throughout the day, and looked to be picking up a head of steam after back-to-back eliminations of Joao Franco and Gregory Janin, however, his stack dwindled and he was next to go against Lopes; his 4th place finish was good enough for €19,061.

Borges managed to get one more double-up in while play was three-handed, but he eventually fell in 3rd place for €25,754. It was the smallest flip with Borges’s Ace-Three ever so slightly behind the pocket deuces of Lakhdari.

And so began an entertaining heads-up affair between Omar Lakhdari, looking to go one better than his runner-up in Cannes three months ago, and 24-year-old student Francisco Lopes.

However, in the end Lopes emerged triumphant to deny Lakhdari, and he celebrated loudly with a rail of friends when the final river card hit after his Ace-Seven held against the Queen-Eight of Lakhdari.

Thank you for joining us for our live updates from the Casino Vilamoura here in Portugal for the WPTDeepStacks Festival. Our next European DeepStacks action will be coming to you from Morrocco with the WPTDeepStacks Marrakech Festival between the 30th September and the 8th October. We hope you will join us there!

Jonathan Khalifa Wins WPTDeepStacks Cannes Main Event for €60,157


Jonathan Khalifa (pictured) has become the WPTDeepStacks Cannes Main Event champion!

The Frenchman emerged victorious atop a final table that sported a lot of familiar names; Khalifa defeated Omar Lahkmari in heads-up play, Team Pro Erwann Pecheux finished in fifth place, and French icon Antonin Teissere finished in sixth place.

All nine final table players were from France.

For his win in the second European WPTDeepStacks event in the tour’s first-ever full season in Europe, Khalifa scored a first-place prize of €60,157, plus a €2,000 seat into the season-ending WPTDeepStacks European Championship.

WPTDeepStacks Cannes Final Table Results

1. Jonathan Khalifa – €60,157
2. Omar Lakhdari – €43,720
3. Anthony Cruz – €28,141
4. Alexandre Le Vaillant – €17,286
5. Erwann Pecheux – €13,297
6. Antonin Teisseire – €11,030
7. Dimitri Paillarguelo – €9,196
8. Fabien Bonavial – €7,595
9. Gilbert Diaz – €6,130

Khalifia joined Thijs Menco, winner of WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam, as the first winners of the season.

Sixteen players returned at 1 p.m. local time to Casino Barrière Le Croisette to crown a new WPTDeepStacks champion. For Dominique Terzian, Richard Msika, Jeremy Saderne, Jean-Paul Pasqualini, Brian Benhamou and Patrick Ambrosio, there was no final table in the cards. The same fate awaited Sebastien Buonomo, who lost ace-queen against pocket nines to become the final table “bubble boy.”

Pecheux began the day with the chip lead, and he also held the lead when the final table began with nine players remaining. Trailing Pecheux’s stack of 1.61 million was Khalifia with 1.527 million and Lakhdari with 1.258 million.

Action started with a bang when Gilbert Diaz misstepped against Lakhdari. In a three-bet pot, Diaz check-raised ace-seven on an eight-seven-six flop. Lakhdari had flopped a set of sixes, moved all in, and got the call from Diaz. It was a pivotal pot to Lakhdari, who moved into the chip lead with the pot.

Fabien Bonavial was eliminated in eighth place after Lakhdari flopped another set. Bonavial had a flush draw, but he didn’t get there.

Dimitri Paillarguelo followed shortly after in seventh place. After a raise and a call, Paillarguello shoved king-queen. Khalifa called with ace-queen to knock him out.

Antonin Teisseire added to his more than $2 million in live tournament earnings when he finished sixth. Short stacked, he shoved ace-eight. Khalifa called with queen-ten and turned a straight to send Teisseire home.

After Teissere’s bust, next to go was Erwann Pecheux. The Team Pro was on his ninth final table in a WPT event, but a victory has proved elusive. It didn’t happen in this event, either, as Pecheux had to settle for fifth place.

Pecheux tumbled quickly down from the top spot and eventually lost a big pot with top pair, top kicker against Anthony Cruz’s bottom set. Pecheux lost his last chips two hands later.

One of the most crucial hands of the final table happened after Pecheux busted out. In a battle of the blinds, Lakhdari held king-queen and Khalifa had king-seven. The two saw a king-king-jack flop, and, after substantial action on flop and turn, a seven landed on the river to give Khalifa a full house. Khalifa won the pot and claimed a massive chip lead that he never lost again.

Short stacks Alexandre Le Valliant and Anthony Cruz fell in the next hour, taking fourth and third places, respectively. Their eliminations set the stage for the heads-up battle between Lakhdari and Khalifa.

After half an hour of small pots, it all ended in one big hand. Khalifa open-shoved ace-three and Lakhdari called for all of his chips with pocket fives.

“One time!” begged Khalifa.

The poker gods obliged, and an ace landed on the flop. Khalifa held from there, and it was all over. Lakhdari received €43,720 for his second-place finish.



Tony Piscitelli Wins the WPTDeepStacks Reno Summer Main Event

Tony Piscitelli (pictured) topped a field of 264 players at a final table that was just over two-and-a-half hours long to win the WPTDeepStacks Reno Summer Main Event on Monday at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. "I'm happy right now, this is incredible, unreal," said Piscitelli right after the victory. He took home $56,468 in prize money to take his career earnings up to $61,418. The Richmond, California resident also secured a $3,000 WPTDS Championship package, and considering that Piscitelli lives just an hour-and-a-half away from Thunder Valley, he is very excited for the season-ending event in December.

Piscitelli had one of his very good friends, Jacob Copp, playing at the final table with him today, and that made this experience even more memorable for Piscitelli. "Jacob in Seat 2, we're best friends ... Unfortunately I took him out in third, but it was a great experience, this is crazy, we came up here together," said Piscitelli. They late-regged at the same time on Day 1, and the two made a deep run all the way to the final table together.

It was apparent that Piscitelli was comfortable and having a good time at the final table, and he confirmed as much after the win. "I just have fun, I make a lot of jokes, I try to be good-natured and have everyone be in a good mood. If everybody is in a bad mood it's no fun, and if everyone is in a good mood it is fun," said Piscitelli.

Cards got into the air at Noon between the final nine players, and we lost one pretty quick to kick off the bustouts. Cary Shutlz fell in ninth place, and then a few players doubled up before the first break in play. The WPTDeepStacks Atlantis Casino Series Champion Marty Gorenc was the next player to exit when he busted in eighth place.

Mitch Ames had started the final table with the chip lead, but his fortunes quickly changed after he doubled up a few opponents, and Ames hit the rail in seventh place two hours into play. Action continued to fly when Kenneth Horrell took his leave in sixth place.

The quick eliminations of Patrick Wall in fifth placeJames Mitchell in fourth place, and Copp in third place took us down to a heads-up final very quick. Piscitelli held a huge chip lead with 5,150,000 giving him a better than 5-1 chip advantage over Jeff Farnes (860,000).

There was only one major skirmish between the final two players. It started when Piscitelli moved all in on the button, and Farnes called all in for about 950,000 from the big blind. Piscitelli showed AcQs, and he had Farnes' QcJs dominated.

The board was dealt 7s5c3c8h6h, and Piscitelli won the pot with ace-high. Farnes was awarded $39,735 for his runner-up finish. Piscitelli took home $56,468, the WPTDS trophy, and a $3,000 prize package for the WPTDS Championship this December at Thunder Valley Casino in Sacramento.

Congratulations to our newest WPTDeepStacks champion, Tony Piscitelli!



Final Table Results

1st: Tony Piscitelli - $56,468 + $3,000 WPTDS Championship Package
2nd: Jeff Farnes - $39,735
3rd: Jacob Copp - $25,535
4th: James Mitchell - $18,895
5th: Patrick Wall - $14,185
6th: Kenneth Horrell - $11,340
7th: Mitch Ames - $9,370
8th: Martin Gorenc - $7,560
9th: Cary Shultz - $5,650

That concludes our coverage from the WPTDeepStacks Reno Summer Main Event. Thanks to the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa for hosting another great stop on the tour. The next stop in North America will take us to the Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee in Florida for the WPTDeepStacks Immokalee Main Event that will run from September 8-10. The Main Event features an $1,100 buy-in and a $200,000 guarantee. The WPTDeepStacks live reporting team will have live updates, chip counts, photos, and videos for you from Florida next week. Over in Europe, the WPTDeepStacks Portugal stop starts on Thursday, and the €1,100 buy-in Main Event runs from August 31-September 3. You can follow all of the live coverage from that event as well right here on



Third Try's the Charm for Rex Clinkscales - Wins 1st WPTDS Title at 3rd Final Table

WPTDeepStacks regular Rex Clinkscales (pictured) topped a record field of 704 players to win the WPTDS Tampa Main Event on Monday at a final table that clocked in at just over six hours of play. It was Clinkscales third final-table appearance on the tour, and this time he took home his first WPTDS title along with $159,354 in prize money.

Clinkscales made a last-minute decision to travel out to Tampa from Las Vegas after he busted out of a World Series of Poker event, and it turned out to be a great call. “It feels amazing. It’s an incredible feeling. I’m just really blessed, and really fortunate to even be here. I’m just very thankful to be able to win,” said Clinkscales, who was very happy after he made his seventh cash on tour his first WPTDS victory.

Cards got into the air at Noon between the final nine players, and it took two hours of play before Karl Manouchakian busted in ninth place, and Danny Laboto exited in eighth place. Another hour transpired before Amelio Amato took his leave in seventh place.

Clinkscales then scored a key double up thru Zoltan Anda, and that eventually sent Anda to the rail in sixth place. After that, Ryan Luker doubled up once, but he wasn’t able to double up the second time he moved all in. Luker cashed in fifth place, and then a long period of double ups sustained a lengthy four-handed battle.

After holding the chip lead for most of the early stages at the final table, Andrew Boccia was knocked down to a short stack during this stretch of play, and Boccia eventually busted in fourth place. The chip leader at the start of play Sebastian Momtazi was eliminated shortly after that in third place to set up a final battle between Clinkscales and Michael Cohen.

Clinkscales held a large lead with 14,475,000 over the 3.1 million of Cohen, but Cohen was able to double up once to prolong the heads-up battle. Cohen moved all in on the button to start the final hand, and Clinkscales called to cover him. They then flipped over their cards one last time.

Clinkscales: ThTc
Cohen: 9d6d

Board: 5c4c3sKc5h

 Cohen was eliminated in second place, good for $92,374, and Clinkscales won the WPTDS Tampa Main Event. He took home $159,354 in prize money, a $3,000 WPTDS Championship package, and a WPTDS trophy. He also received a $5,000 seat in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event, and a Seminole Hard Rock guitar trophy.

Congratulations to our newest WPTDS Champion, Rex Clinkscales!




Michael Lin Wins the WPTDeepStacks Central California Main Event

Michael Lin (pictured) topped a field of 181 players to win the WPTDeepStacks Central California Main Event on Sunday at the Turlock Poker Room in Turlock, California. Lin was awarded $40,664 in prize money and a $3,000 WPTDS Championship package after winning the tournament on a final day that clocked in at just under 10 hours of play. “It just seemed that at the final table everything was going my way. I was getting cards, I was making bluffs, and I was just getting in my groove. I was playing great, but I also got very good cards. I can’t complain, it was just the run of a lifetime,” said Lin in his winner interview.

Cards got into the air at Noon between the final 42 players, and the field busted the money bubble when 21 players remained at 3:30 pm this afternoon. Notables that cashed on the way down to the final table included Darrel Dier (21st), Randy Gil (20th), Tuan Mai (12th), and Jasthi Kumar (11th).

The start of the final table saw a period of slow play before Mario Lopez busted in ninth place, Loren Cloninger fell in eighth place, and WPTDeepStacks Global Ambassador Tristan Wade was eliminated in seventh place.

Action really picked up when the field reached the final six players. Travis Fujisaka went out in sixth place, Paul Saso busted in fifth place, Victor Paredes hit the rail in fourth place, and Kyle Kitagawa exited the tournament in third place.

The final match was quick as well. On the first hand of heads-up play, Kathy Stahl moved all in with 9s3s in the hole, and Michael Lin called holding pocket eights. The board ran out 8s7s5s5d3d, and Lin’s full house topped the flopped flush of Stahl, who took home $30,602 as the runner-up.

Lin won the tournament and took home $40,664 along with the WPTDS trophy, and a $3,000 WPTDS Championship package for the WPTDS Championship event that will take place at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in December.

Congratulations to the newest WPTDS champion, Michael Lin!


Thijs Menco Wins WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam for €73,239 ($80,563)


Thijs Menco saw off a field of 243 to win the first €1,500 WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam and walk away with €73,239 ($80,563) in winnings, the trophy and a €2,000 WPTDS Europe package to the season ending event.

Menco came into the day as the shortest stack but put on a dominant performance full of well-timed aggression to eliminate three players at the final table and eventually walk away the overall winner.

There was a lively start to the final table, with Dennis Bijen and Richard Milne keeping up the table banter. Another player vying with Menco for the accolade of most aggressive player was Tobias Peters, who three-bet relentlessly to dominate proceedings.

The first player eliminated was Dutch TV presenter Robert Stegeman who ran his sevens into the Ace-King of Richard Milne for 9th place (€7,330). It wasn’t enough for Milne to regain the chip-lead, with Peters still holding strong.

Stegeman was followed out the door by Ami Barer (8th – €9,170) and Fredrick Andersson (7th – €10,750), before a decisive moment at the final table.

Pim van Wassenberg secured a vital double with Ace-Queen through the Ace-Jack of overnight chip-leader Milne (pictured above), and the Scot would be next to go in 6th (€12,615). Kees Aerts was next in 5th (€15,225) and then it was the turn of long-time chip-leader Peters whose Ten-Jack of spades was dominated by the pocket Jacks of Menco, and he left in 4th (€19,710).

That left three, and although Dennis Bijen doubled through Menco initially, it was Menco who had the last laugh, limping with Kings and snapping off Bijen who shoved with Jack-Five. Bijen took home €32,405 for his third place finish.

Coming into heads-up play, Menco had a chip advantage of 2:1, but it was Van Wassenberg showing the aggression as he quickly turned the tables on his opponent. Such was the flip it was Menco who secured a vital double-up, rivering a flush against the two-pair of his opponent.

In the final hand, a perfect storm lead to the tournament’s denouement. The river gave Menco a flush and Van Wassenberg (pictured above) two-pair. The chips went in, and the 40-year-old father of three Menco emerged victorious.

Van Wassenberg takes home €51,485 for second place with Menco winning €73,239 as well as a €2,000 WPTDS Europe package for the season ending event.

Position | Name | Country | Prize Money (€) | Prize Money ($)

1 | Thijs Menco | Netherlands | €73,239 | $80,563
2 | Pim van Wassenberg | Netherlands | €51,485 | $56,634
3 | Dennis Bijen | Netherlands | €32,405 | $35,646
4 | Tobias Peters | Netherlands | €19,710 | $21,681
5 | Kees Aerts | Netherlands | €15,225 | $16,748
6 | Richard Milne | Scotland | €12,615 | $13,877
7 | Fredrick Andersson | Sweden | €10,750 | $11,825
8 | Ami Barer | Canada | €9,170 | $10,087
9 | Robert Stegeman | Netherlands | €7,330 | $8,063

Stay tuned to for coverage of the WPT Main Event which starts tomorrow!



Jose Montes Wins WPTDeepStacks Maryland ($95,032)

What started as a loaded final table ended up with some sugar on top as Jose ‘Suganills’ Montes is victorious at WPTDeepStacks Maryland. Montes registered at the last minute on Day 1B and bagged 141,500 to come into Day 2 near the chip average.

Montes had his chip stack move in all directions on Day 2 but managed to hold steady and come into the final table with 647,000. From there, Montes was able to use his years of tournament experience to ladder up the payouts and accumulate chips to stay alive.

Thanks to a few well-timed double ups and big hands, Montes took over the chip lead in shorthanded play with his kings versus ace-king confrontation against Karim Bevans making for the largest pot of the tournament. Montes made quick work of Nicholas Verderamo in heads up play to claim victory and the $95,032 first place prize.

Along with the money and title, Montes earns 800 points toward the WPTDS Player of the Year standings along with a $3,000 package toward the WPTDS Championship at Thunder Valley in December.

We expect to see Montes at some of our upcoming stops as he shoots for his second victory of the season.


Baby! Baby! - Mimi Luu Wins WPTDeepStacks Thunder Valley

Mimi Luu (pictured) topped a record field of 425 players to win the WPTDeepStacks Thunder Valley Main Event on Monday at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, California. Luu was awarded $82,900 in prize money and a $3,000 WPTDS Championship package after winning a quick final table that clocked in at just under five hours of play. “Baby! Baby! I’m very blessed, I can’t believe I made it, this is just amazing. Baby, lately I’ve been running hot, and I’m very blessed,” said an excited Luu after the victory.

Cards got into the air at Noon between the final nine players, and the early stretch of play saw three quick eliminations. Prasad Inamdar (ninth place), Mario Sequeira (eighth place), and TJ Eisenmann (seventh place) fell in quick succession, but then a prolonged stretch of six-handed play took over as the remaining players blinded down to short stacks all around the table.

After the elimination of Dann Turner in sixth place, the final five players decided to a five-way chop, and played it out for the $3,000 WPTDS Championship package, WPTDS Player of the Year points, and an extra $2,500 on top to the winner. Here is the breakdown of the chop.

Wilson Tolon – $55,930
Mimi Luu – $44,024
Kenny Lee – $42,639
Niv Decalo – $40,679
James Maxey – $37,133

Action picked up again after that, and we lost Kenny Lee (fifth place) and Niv Decalo (fourth place) on the same hand, and then Wilson Tolon followed them to the rail in third place.

James Maxey took 2.8 million into heads-up play against the 7.85 million of Mimi Luu, and the heads-up final was a short one. Their was only one all-in confrontation, and it started when Maxey moved all in preflop on the button with Kc5c in the hole. Luu called with 9c9s, and the board was dealt QcTd2s4h8c. Maxey was eliminated in second place after a deep run in the tournament.

Luu won the tournament and took home $82,900 in prize money along with the WPTDS trophy, and a $3,000 WPTDS Championship package for the WPTDS Championship event that will take place right here at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in December. Congratulations to our newest WPTDS champion – Mimi Luu!



Congratulations to Paul Brar, Winner of DSPT Edmonton (C$85,700)

The final table of the C$1,100 DSPT Edmonton Main Event has come to a conclusion with Paul Brar being crowned the champion!

The 455-player field had been whittled down to a final nine that returned today to battle it out until just one player was left standing. Straight out of the gate Adrian Baran would fall in 9th when his K♣K♦ would be out drawn by A♠9♣. A few hands later Kim Graham made a move into overnight chip leader Kris Swanson’s top pair and he was bounced in 8th place. Francis Fan exited in 7th place when his dominated ace wasn’t able to improve even after flopping a flush and chop draw.

For Swanson, he would then make a move in a monster pot that saw him shove A♦J♦ on a 6♥2♣7♥ flop against Michael DeGirolamo’s 7♣6♣ to be eliminated in 6th place as the first break was reached with DeGirolamo holding nearly half of the chips in play. Once play resumed, Russ Meilunas would be next to go when he shoved a weak ace into DeGirolamo’s A♦K♥.

With play now down to the final four, chips would circulate between each of the players before Ryan Godsend shoved top pair on a three-flush board and would be looked up by Amardeep Randhawa’s under pair and a flush draw. A fourth spade on the river would ensure Godsend on his 4th place finish before the final three continued to battle amongst each other. Eventually a monster pot saw Brar and Randhawa battle in a three-bet pot preflop where Randhawa open-shoved a 2♦4♥6♣ flop with A♠T♣ and Brar went deep into the think-tank before calling with 8♣8♦. Randhawa failed to improve and was out in 3rd place while Brar took a six-to-one chip lead into heads up play against DeGirolamo Heads-up play would last just one hand when Brar’s K♥T♣ would river a four-flush against DeGirolamo’s A♠T♦ to end his tournament in 2nd place as Brar would emerge victorious.

DSPT Edmonton Final Table Results
1st: Paul Brar (C$85,700 + US$3,000 DSPT Championship package)
2nd: Michael DeGirolamo (C$60,100)
3rd: Amardeep Randhawa (C$38,655)
4th: Ryan Godsend (C$26,250)
5th: Russ Meilunas (C$20,170)
6th: Kris Swanson (C$16,770)
7th: Francis Fan (C$14,030)
8th: Kim Graham (C$11,310)
9th: Adrian Baran (C$8,580)

For Brar, not only does he capture the C$85,700 first prize, but he is also awarded a US$3,000 DSPT Championship package at Thunder Valley Casino & Resort in December for besting the DSPT Edmonton field.

Congratulations to Paul Brar the DSPT Edmonton Champion, as well as all the in-the-money finishers!

For DSPT, our next stop is at Thunder Valley from April 14th – 17th, 2017. So make sure to take a trip and try your luck at being crowned the next DSPT Champion, or stay tuned right here to to follow all the action live!


Michael Graffeo Wins WPTDS Hollywood Main Event


Michael Graffeo (pictured) topped a field of 1,509 players to win the WPTDeepStacks Hollywood Main Event on Tuesday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Graffeo was awarded $290,687 in prize money after winning a quick final table that clocked in at just over three hours of play.

Cards got into the air at Noon between the final nine players, and the early stretch of play was rough for some of the big names. Aaron Massey was eliminated in ninth place, and after Luis Torres exited in eighth place, it was TK Miles who was the next to fall in seventh place. There was a slight slowdown in play after that, but action picked back up with the elimination of Timothy Banks in sixth place. Then Charlemagne Benjamin (fifth place), Marc Levy (fourth place), and Loni Harwood (third place) fell in quick succession to take us down to a heads-up final between Dantonio Brown and Michael Graffeo.

The heads-up final echoed the final table and didn’t last too long. Their was only one all-in confrontation and it started when Brown raised to 1.6 million preflop on the button. Graffeo reraised all in and Brown called to put his tournament life at risk. Graffeo held Ac3c and Brown showed 8s8d. The board was dealt Ah7s2h2sAd and Brown was eliminated in second place. He took home $178,209 in prize money for his deep run in this huge tournament.

Graffeo won the tournament and took home $290,687 in prize money along with the WPTDS trophy and Seminole Hard Rock trophy, a $3,000 WPTDeepStacks Championship package, and a $5,250 SHRPO Main Event seat. Congratulations to our newest WPTDS champion – Michael Graffeo!





Rommel Santos Takes Down WPTDS Reno ($54,085)

Rommel Santos topped a field of 233 players to win the WPTDeepStacks Reno Main Event Monday afternoon at the beautiful Atlantis Casino Resort Spa here in Reno, Nevada. Rommel was awarded $51,085 in prize money, a $3,000 Championship package, and the WPTDeepStacks trophy after winning a final table that clocked in at just over 3 hours of play today.

Santos won his seat into this event via a $250 satellite, and after picking up the chip lead late on Day 2 never looked back, eliminating 6 out of his 8 opponents at the final table. Coming into the day Santos held a slight chip lead, but the heater started when he eliminated Mario Lopez in 9th place. Shortly after, Santos collided in a monster pot with Valerie Hanley, in which his JdJh held against the AcKh of Hanley when all the chips went into the middle on a board reading 4c9c6h.

The players would take a short break and return with Randy Gil hitting the rail in 7th place. After Gil’s elimination it was Amir Turkzadeh doubling thru Tom Cage, leaving cage with just a few big blinds. Cage would hit the rail in 6th, followed by Jed Hoffman in 5th. Santos continued to pull out in front and then picked up top pair with his KhJc on a board reading KsQsTh. Turkzadeh would move all in holding 6s7s, but would fail to catch another spade and hit the rail in 4th.

Three handed play didn’t last long as Tim Armour moved all in holding TcTs and was quickly called by 9h9s of Santos. The Santos show continued as he flopped a nine, improving to a set and eliminating Armour. The hand would propel Santos into a massive chip lead for heads up play, as he sat on 5,250,000 to the 600,000 of Shawn Van Asdale. A few hands later the two would get it all in with Santos’ Qc8c out in front of the Jc9h of Van Asdale. Again Santos hand would hold up, as he becomes the newest WPTDS Champion.





Josh Wallace Wins DSPT Calgary Main Event ($81,861)


Play has officially concluded here at the DSPT Calgary Main Event and Josh Wallace is the newest DSPT Champion. Wallace topped the field of 403 players to take home the top prize of $81,861.
Wallace gets $77,850 in cash, a $3,000 package to the Season 4 Championship, and a beautiful DSPT Trophy.

Coming into the day Wallace was sitting in the middle of the pack with a stack of 199,000. He continually chipped up throughout the day and eventually found himself heading into the final table with the 2nd biggest stack. When the final table started, it was a flurry of eliminations as Sunny Lubana was quickly eliminated in 9th, followed by Richard Mullen in 8th, and Ryan Godson in 7th. Following the fast paced action, Josh Wallace doubled through Thomas Taylor, leaving Taylor with just a few big blinds. He was eliminated a few hands later in 6th place.

The elimination of Thomas in 6th, Wallace locked up the DSPT Series Champ race, earning a $3,000 package to the Season 4 Championship, along with a trophy and VIP experience at any DSPT televised final table. Wallace started to gain ground on Andrew Gray who sat at the top of the counts but after Gray eliminated Luke Moravec in 5th he once again separated himself from the pack. Wallace however would score the next knockout, sending TJ Waddell to the rail in 4th and putting himself near even with Gray heading into three-handed play.

Richard Li would need to make something happen quickly, as he started three-handed play at a serious chip deficit. Li would do just that as he turned a full house again Gray, earning himself a double. The momentum seemed to continue in Li’s direction he moved all in holding A♠J♦ against the A♣2♥ of Wallace. Unfortunately for Li, Wallace turned a deuce and sent Li packing in third place.

Wallace would rake in the pot and head into heads up play with a slight chip advantage. The two exchanged pots back and forth until eventually it was Wallace doubling through Gray when his A♦Q♣ held against the K♦Q♦ of Gray. The double left Gray with less than an ante and the deficit was too much to overcome. Congratulations to Josh Wallace, the newest DSPT Champion!




Jeremy Meacham Goes Wire to Wire to Win WPTDeepStacks Jacksonville ($114,551)


Play has officially ended here at the WPTDeepStacks Jacksonville Main Event and the Day 1A chipleader, Jeremy Meacham, goes wire to wire to take home the title!

Coming into the day, Meacham was smack in the middle of the pack. Upon play starting, Meacham was nowhere to be found, and actually didn’t arrive until halfway thru the first level of play. The late start certainly didn’t effect Meacham as his calm demeanor carried him throughout the final table and eventually to the trophy.

Play started off fast and furious as Marie Harrell was eliminated on one of the first hands of play, when her AcQs ran into the KcKs of Corey Bierria. Following Harrell, it was Corey Thompson losing a flip to Richard McCrary and hitting the rail in 8th place. McCrary would continue to gain momentum and took over the chip lead before alternating the top spot with Corey Bierria. Bierria regained the lead when he eliminated Nick Gee in 7th place, but McCrary clawed his way right back to the top after eliminating Kenneth Williams in 6th.

During 5 handed play Meacham dipped to the lowest point of his final table run, but chipped back up and eliminated Michael Murphy in 5th. A few hands later Meacham earned a huge double, when he picked up AhAs against the Jc7c of McCrary. The double catapulted Meacham back into the lead, and it was smooth sailing from there. McCrary was the next out the door in 4th, followed shortly there after by Corey Bierria in 3rd.

Heading into heads up play, Meacham help nearly a 4-1 chip lead and quickly found himself playing for the title. Meacham’s 4d4s was up against Trey Walton’s KsQd, and after a clean runout Meacham takes home his biggest career cash of $114,551. Along with the money, Meacham also earns a WPTDS Trophy and the $3,000 WPTDS Championship package.