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 place, James 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
, and he had Farnes' dominated.
The board was dealt
, 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 www.worldpokertour.com.