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!
Los Angeles, CA (December 20, 2016) – WPT Enterprises, Inc. today announced that it has acquired WPTDeepStacks. World Poker Tour® will now fully own and operate the WPTDeepStacks brand starting with Season 4 of the tour, which begins January 12, 2017. DeepStacks Poker Tour, launched in 2012, partnered with the WPT® to form WPTDeepStacks in mid-2014, replacing the existing WPT Regional and DeepStacks Poker Tour brands in the United States and Europe. The partnership led to growth of the WPTDeepStacks tour, generating more than $10 million in total prize pools since partnering with the WPT.
“We are excited to take our relationship with the World Poker Tour to the next level,” said Chris Torina, WPTDeepStacks Executive Director. “Partnering with the World Poker Tour to form WPTDeepStacks cemented the brand as poker’s premier mid-major tour. We look forward to continuing to innovate, expand, and offer the most player-friendly tournaments at the world’s most beautiful properties.”
“The World Poker Tour is proud to acquire WPTDeepStacks,” said Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour. “Over the years, Chris Torina has become a friend and a great steward of the WPT brand, and he and his team have built WPTDeepStacks into one of the most established brands in poker. WPT, bordered by the support of our parent company Ourgame, is currently looking for strategic, friendly acquisition opportunities of businesses and management teams that reflect our brand and company values. We feel WPTDeepStacks is a model of this initiative.”
As a fully integrated member of the WPT family, WPTDeepStacks will now be able to offer bigger and better events for its playing community, including expansion to new regions and establishing new partnerships. Although WPT acquired all of the assets of WPTDeepStacks, DeepStacks Poker Tour will continue to operate events in certain regions of Canada on its own. Season 4 kicks off with WPTDeepStacks Hollywood at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL, featuring a $1 million guaranteed $1,100 Main Event that runs January 19-24, 2017.
Overall, WPTDeepStacks Season 4 features 18 events in 2017, including a brand new location for the $1 million guaranteed WPTDeepStacks Championship, a $2,500 buy-in event that takes place December 1-4 at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, California.
Complete WPTDeepStacks Season 4 schedule.
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