Bruno Benveniste has won the PMU.fr 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.
Bruno Benveniste has won the PMU.fr 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.
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
Laurent Polito has won WPTDeepStacks Brussels, after beating a field of 400 players to win €90,000 (~$105,300) including a package to the WPTDS Berlin in January.
|Position||Name||Country||Payout (EUR)||Payout (USD)|
|1||Laurent Polito||France||€ 90,000||$ 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|
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.
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 $3,000 WPTDeepStacks Championship package for the WPTDeepStacks Championship in December at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Northern California.
Ioannis Konstas went from eliminating the first three players of the final day to taking down the entire tournament to cap a successful WPTDeepStacks Netherlands Festival for the Greek player.
|Position||Name||Payout (EUR)||Payout (USD)|
|1||Ioannis Konstas||€ 56,806||$ 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|
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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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 PMU.fr WPTDeepStacks Marrakech Festival between the 30th September and the 8th October. We hope you will join us there!
Jonathan Khalifa (pictured) has become the PMU.fr 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 PMU.fr 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 PMU.fr 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.
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.
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 (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 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 WorldPokerTour.com for coverage of the WPT Main Event which starts tomorrow!
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.
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!
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 DSPTLive.com to follow all the action live!
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 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.
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!
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.