Jareth East secured the largest score of his career so far when he became the WPT Online Series WPTDeepStacks champion on May 28.
It took three days of intense poker action to reduce the 3,554-strong field to the last man standing and that man was British star East.
WPT #40 – WPTDeepStacks: $3M Gtd
Eighteen players returned to the tables for the final day’s action, two Team partypoker players among them. Sadly, neither reached the final table. Ludovic Geilich busted in 12th for $27,259 and Joni Jouhkimainen finished 11th for the same prize. Geilich, of course, went on to win a Super High Roller Bowl title later that evening.
Everyone at the eight-handed final table locked up $35,113 but with almost $560,000 awaiting the champion, nobody wanted that sum.
Sergi Denisov collected the smaller, yet still substantial prize, when his tournament ended in eighth-place. Seventh-place and $55,87 went to Mihail Zavoloka before Lithuania’s Rimantas Boguzas busted in sixth for $79,431.
The first six-figure prize went to Phil Mighall, namely $116,215. Mighall started the final day second in chips and while he’ll be disappointed not to win, his prize money will help numb the pain.
Maksim Bukreev, the start of the day chip leader, fell in fourth for $167,748 with Dimitrios Farmakoulis crashing out in third for $253,755. His exit left East and Jon Van Fleet, the former MILLIONS Online champion, to clash one-on-one for the title.
The difference in the payouts was a colossal $164,941 but no deal was struck and the two star battled it out.
The final hand saw East limp on the button for 1,200,000 and Van Fleet check. A flop saw Van Fleet check, East lead for 1,200,000 and Van Fleet respond with a check-raise to 3,000,000. East put a raise in of his own to 5,400,000 which resulted in an 18,737,200 jam from Van Fleet. East called.
It was for Van Fleet and for East. The turn was a blank, as was the river. Van Fleet busted in second place for $392,717 and East padded his bankroll with $557,658.
|1||Jareth East||United Kingdom||$557,658|
|2||Jon Van Fleet||Canada||$392,717|
|3||Dimitrios Farmakoulis||United Kingdom||$253,755|
|5||Phil Mighall||United Kingdom||$116,215|
WPT #40 – Mini WPTDeepStacks: $1M Gtd
The $1 million guaranteed Mini WPTDeepStacks ended in a heads-up chop between Anton Yakuba of Ukraine and Luiz Antonio Duarte Ferreira Filho. That dynamic duo shared $266,708.
The final two tables wouldn’t have looked out of place in a tournament 10-times the size. The likes of Marc Wright, Shawn Buchanan busting before the final table, and the likes of Ivan Tononi, and Griffin Benger crashing out in the last eight. Benger exited in fifth for $31,116.
Michael Tureneic was the penultimate player eliminated. The talented Swede won $70,262 for yet another deep run in a major poker tournament.
Yakuba and Filho decided to strike a deal for the remaining prize pool, one that saw Filho bank $129,311 and Yakuba become the tournament’s champion, an accolade that came with $137,396.
|2||Luiz Antonio Duarte Ferreira Filho||Brazil||$129,311*|
*reflects a heads-up deal
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