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!
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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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