Series: May 5-15, 2016 | Main Event: May 13-15, 2016 | Main Event GTD: $100,000
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Jasthi Kumar topped a field of 400 players to win the WPTDeepStacks Thunder Valley Main Event on Monday night at the beautiful Thunder Valley Resort Casino. Kumar was awarded $80,840 in prize money, a $3,000 Championship package, and the WPTDeepStacks trophy after winning a final table that clocked in at just under 5 hours of play today.
The action was slow to start the day, as it took nearly an hour and half before the first elimination occurred. Jimmy Zeldon was the first out the door, after Eugene Schwartz hit running cards to make trips and earn the elimination. After Zeldon it was Schwartz hitting the rail in 8th. Robert Pacleb was out in 7th, in a hand that propelled Theo Tran into the chip lead. David Forster followed Pacleb out the door as he finished in 6th at the hands of Jimmy Gorham. Gorham continued to chip up following the hand, as he found himself battling with Tran atop the leaderboard. Our last lady standing, Larissa Bushman, hit the rail in 4th, followed shortly thereafter by the start of the day chip leader, Adam Curchack.
Three handed play saw a ton of chips splashing around the table, but eventually it was Theo Tran exiting in third when his AcTd was run down by the Ad2s of Jasthi Kumar. The hand left Kumar and Gorham with nearly identical stacks heading into heads up play.
The two battled it our for nearly two levels, with majority of the pots ending in pre flop raises, but Kumar slowly started to chip away at Gorham. After gaining a slight advantage in chips, the two collided in one final hand. Gorham flopped bottom two pair while Kumar turned top pair with top kicker. All of the money went in on the turn and Gorham looked poised to double. Unfortunately for Gorham, the board paired on the river to give Kumar a larger two pair and the best hand. Gorham was denied the title of first two-time WPTDS champion and Kumar earned the trophy, the money, and the Championship package!
Tristan Wade is the Global Ambassador for WPTDeepStacks and the Season 2 WPTDS Player of the Year. Tristan is a professional poker player, mental coach, published writer, and entrepreneur from Boynton Beach, Florida. His poker career started in 2003, during his freshman year in college at the University of Central Florida, where he graduated with a B.S. in Psychology. Tristan has amassed over $1.5 million in live tournament earnings, which includes five WSOP final tables, a WSOP bracelet, WSOPC ring, and a DeepStacks Poker Tour title. Additionally, he has won nearly $2 million in online tournaments, where he goes by the screen name “Cre8ive.”