The last couple of months have seen some of the biggest poker events in the world played out. The most eye-catching of those has been the World Series of Poker, which reached its final stages a couple of weeks ago as the winner of the Main Event was crowned.
However, another very lucrative event that was being staged over a similar period was the Venetian DeepStack Poker Series. The event was staged between September 27th and November 28th, and there were some big winners throughout the 76 events that were staged over the month-long event.
Cimbolas Wins DeepStack Championship
The early prize that all players wanted to get their hands on was the DeepStack Championship. This event took place back in early November, and there were no shortage of players that were involved in the event. A field of 1,283 players were involved, with all stars that finished in the top 136 places getting a pay out. Among the players to miss out on the final table but still get considerable returns were Gloria Jackson and Justin Zaki. However, the event was all about a famous success for Matas Cimbolas.
The Lithuanian got the best of Brady Osterman in the field stages, and claim the fifth largest return of his poker career. He is also now closing in on being the highest money earner from his country, having won over $5.3 million throughout his career. He won $310,265 for his victory in the DeepStack Championship, while Osterman won $200,405 after finishing second in the event.
There were also a lot of familiar faces to finish on the final table, including Jim Agate, Nikita Kutukov and Daniela Rodriguez, who finished in places third, fourth and fifth respectively. World poker star Damian Salas finished in sixth, and won returns of $63,765. Mark Egbert, Charles Phillips and Keyavash Hemyari also finished on the final table.
Success For Waigel In Card Player Poker Tour
The DeepStack Championship wasn’t the only big event to have taken place at the Venetian over the past month, as the Card Player Poker Tour was also staged. This took place in the middle of November, and attracted a field of 975 players. That meant that there was a total prize pool of over $2 million available to players, with stars that finished in the top 99 getting their share of the fund.
However, it was to be Ezeqiel Waigel that won the event, as the Argentinian cruised to success in the final stages against Kevin O’Donnell. He walked away from the competition with huge returns of $417,004. O’Donnell still won decent returns, as he picked up $287,247 for his excellent performance.
Nine players finished on the final table, with Marco Bognanni being the first to fall in ninth for $36,821. Michael Rossitto, Alexander Villa and Keven Stammen were the next to fall. Donovan Dean finished in fifth, while Tibor Nagygyoergy finished in fourth and Fabian Gumz finished in third place in the event.