Perlov Wins DSPT, WPT Bellagio Begins
Artyem Perlov Wins DeepStacks Mohegan Sun
The first DeepStacks Poker Tour stop at Mohegan Sun boasted of many tournaments but none like the $2,500 NLHE Main Event. It began on December 1 with 251 entries and a $559,981 prize pool, and it ran its course to reach the final table on Day 3. The fourth day of action brought those six players back to a televised table of live poker on December 4.
After Nicholas Palma exited in sixth and Patrick Chan in fifth, original chip leader David Stefanski departed in fourth place. Adam Bitker left in third, and heads-up play began with Andrew Sherman-Ash holding only a slight lead over Artyem Perlov. The battle went on for nearly 90 minutes before Perlov eliminated Sherman-Ash to claim the title and $108,864 in cash, not to mention a trophy and very large bottle of the sponsor’s vodka.
1st place: Artyem Perlov ($108,864)
2nd place: Andrew Sherman-Ash ($100,000)
3rd place: Adam Bitker ($70,000)
4th place: David Stefanski ($70,000)
5th place: Patrick Chan ($33,599)
6th place: Nicholas Palma ($25,759)
WPT Five Diamond Begins
The preliminary events of the Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio in Las Vegas were exciting as players like Dwyte Pilgrim and Jeremy Ausmus picked up titles. And it all led up to the World Poker Tour’s appearance to host the Main Event. The $10,000 buy-in NLHE event offered players the opportunity to reenter, which was the source of some controversy on Twitter. The high buy-in and reentry option prompted some to stay away, while others like Daniel Negreanu were anxious to play.
Action began at noon on December 4, and registration showed 165 players already in action, including last year’s champion, James Dempsey. Many big names took their seats, like Antonio Esfandiari, Noah Schwartz, Andy Frankenberger, Matt Salsberg, Eric Baldwin, Andrew Lichtenberger, Barry Greenstein, Carlos Mortensen, Chris Bjorin, Phil Galfond, and Vanessa Selbst. With too many to name, suffice it to say it was an all-star field.
The last level of the night showed 362 entrants, though only 306 of them remained. Final numbers will be available in tomorrow’s update. All information is courtesy of WPT live updates.