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!