Venetian DeepStack Poker Series Awards $22M; Cimbolas & Waigel Big Winners

Venetian DeepStacks

During the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP), several other series played out around Las Vegas such as The Grand Poker Series at the Golden Nugget downtown and the 2021 Wynn Fall Classic on the Strip.

Another series that just wrapped was the Venetian DeepStack Poker Series, which ran from September 27-November 28 and guaranteed more than $10 million in prize pools. During the course of the 76-event series, a combined 27,873 entrants competed and $22,546,322 in prize money was awarded.

PokerNews was on-site to provide live updates from a pair of Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) tournaments, which included Ethan “Rampage Poker” Yau’s victory in the $1,100 Main Event for $230,379 and Lithuania’s Gediminas Uselis taking down the $1,600 Main Event for $325,428.

Others to capture titles during the series were Ray Henson (Event #7: $800 PLO 8 or Better for $23,994), Angela Jordison (Event #22: $600 Monster Stack for $39,570), Mark Darner (Event #36: $1,100 Monster Stack for $87,744), Ravi Raghavan (Event #44: $600 NLH Monster Stack for $45,000), Tomas Soderstrom (Event #66: $900 Pot-Limit Omaha for $22,633), and Mohamed Serry (Event #71: $400 Monster Stack for $13,689).

Matas Cimbolas Wins DeepStack Championship

Matas Cimbolas
Matas Cimbolas

In early November, the $1,600 DeepStack Championship attracted 1,283 runners and offered up a $1,821,860 prize pool. That was paid out to the top 136 finishers, and some of those to make relatively deep runs but fall short of the final table were Daniel Illingworth (10th – $25,506), Gloria Jackson (11th – $25,506), David Eldridge (16th – $17,672), Kenny Hallaert (18th – $17,672), Justin Zaki (26th – $10,020), Phil Mader (32nd – $7,652), and Mukul Pahuja (36th – $7,652).

In heads-up play, Lithuania’s Matas Cimbolas bested Brady Osterman to claim the title and $310,265 first-place prize. It was the fifth-largest cash for the poker pro, who sits second on his country’s all-time money list with more than $5.3 million in lifetime earnings according to The Hendon Mob.

DeepStack Championship Final Table Results

Place Player Hometown/Country Prize
1 Matas Cimbolas Lithuania $310,265
2 Brady Osterman Mesa, AZ $200,405
3 Jim Agate Las Vegas, NV $145,749
4 Nikita Kutukov Worcester, MA $111,316
5 Daniela Rodriguez Colombia $83,806
6 Damian Salas Argentina $63,765
7 Mark Egbert Windsor, CA $49,190
8 Charles Phillips Huntersville, NC $38,259
9 Keyavash Hemyari Houston, TX $30,972

Ezeqiel “EZ” Waigel Wins Card Player Poker Tour for $417K

Ezeqiel “EZ” Waigel
Ezeqiel “EZ” Waigel

In mid-November, Venetian played host to the $2,500 Card Player Poker Tour, which more than doubled its $1 million guarantee as 975 runners created a prize pool of $2,218,125, which was paid out to the top 99 finishers.

Among those to cash were Ryan Dodd (11th – $27,727), Justin Saliba (13th – $20,850), Sergio Aido (19th – $13,974), Thomas Eychenne (27th – $10,647), Joe Serock (41st – $7,985), Martin Jacobson (46th – $7,098), and Adrian Mateos (49th – $7,098).

The title came down to Argentina’s Ezeqiel “EZ” Waigel and Kevin O’Donnell, and the former ultimately prevailed after starting with a 7:1 chip lead to claim the title and $417,004 top prize. It was relatively smooth sailing for Waigel, who bagged one of the biggest stacks on Day 1a, the third-biggest on Day 2, and began the final table as chip leader.

Card Player Poker Tour Venetian Final Table Results

Place Player Hometown/Country Prize
1 Ezeqiel “EZ” Waigel Argentina $417,004
2 Kevin O’Donnell Penny Grove, CA $287,247
3 Fabian Gumz Germany $210,722
4 Tibor Nagygyoergy Hungary $157,487
5 Donovan Dean Rainsville, AL $117,561
6 Keven Stammen Dayton, KY $88,725
7 Alexander Villa Canada $66,544
8 Michael Rossitto Italy $48,799
9 Marco Bognanni Italy $36,821

2021 Venetian DeepStack Poker Series Winners

Date Tournament Entries Prize Pool Winner Hometown Prize
27-Sep Event #1: $400 NLH 92 $30,820 Matthew Zazaian Henderson, NV $9,248
27-Sep Event #2: $400 NLH Survivor 42 $15,000 5 Winners N/A $2,900
30-Sep Event #3: $800 Ultimate Stack 737 $508,530 Antonio Torpoco Memphis, TN $101,700
30-Sep Event #4: $600 Limit Omaha 8B 161 $82,593 Kelly Vandemheen Omaha, NE $15,047
1-Oct Event #5: $600 Monster Stack 202 $103,020 Sean Davidson Plymouth, MA $20,646
2-Oct Event #6: $600 Monster Stack 205 $104,550 Florian Ribouchon France $28,656
2-Oct Event #7: $800 PLO 8/B 181 $127,605 Ray Henson Houston, TX $23,994
5-Oct Event #78: $600 Monster Stack 1,321 $667,105 Bassel Asi Houston, TX $113,609
3-Oct Event #9: $400 NLH Survivor 190 $64,980 19 Winners N/A $3,400
4-Oct Event #10: $400 NLH Survivor 162 $55,404 15 Winners N/A $3,400
6-Oct Event #11: $800 Monster Stack 413 $289,100 Frederic Normand Canada $54,126
7-Oct Event #12: $600 Monster Stack 301 $153,510 Gloria Jackson Jacksonville, FL $35,306
8-Oct Event #13: $800 Big O 333 $233,100 Josh Thatcher Gwinn, MI $53,383
8-Oct Event #14: $600 Monster Stack 316 $161,160 Phillip Gioia Wheat Ridge, CO $23,367
  Event #15: Mega Satellite          
10-Oct Event #16: $1,100 Ultimate Stack 895 $859,200 Matthias Auer Austria $169,256
11-Oct Event #17: $1,100 Monster Stack 458 $444,260 Joseph Crowley Arlington, VA $78,263
  Event #18: Mega Satellite          
14-Oct Event #19: $1,100 MSPT 1,741 $1,680,065 Ethan “RampagePoker” Yau Quincy, MA $230,379
12-Oct Event #20: $600 Pot Limit Omaha 164 $84,460 Shaun Conroy Ireland $19,724
15-Oct Event #21: $1,100 Double Stack 317 $309,075 Howard Mash Coconut Creek, FL $61,082
16-Oct Event #22: $600 Monster Stack 359 $183,090 Angela Jordison Crooked River Ranch, OR $39,570
16-Oct Event #23: $1,100 PLO 267 $260,325 James Minghini Stateline, NV $63,907
  Event #24: Mega Satellite          
17-Oct Event #25: $800 Ultimate Stack 256 $176,640 Forrest Kollar Talent, OR $43,367
  Event #26: Mega Satellite          
20-Oct Event #27: $1,600 MSPT 1,341 $1,910,925 Gediminas Uselis Lithuania $325,428
  Event #28: Mega Satellite          
21-Oct Event #29: $1,100 Double Stack 205 $199,875 Jorge Gomez Miami, FL $50,000
24-Oct Event #30: $600 Monster Stack 602 $305,214 Robin Guillaumot France $54,961
22-Oct Event #31: $400 Survivor 161 $55,062 16 Winners N/A $3,400
25-Oct Event #32: $800 PLO 8/B 227 $158,900 Michael Howell Las Vegas, NV $36,437
25-Oct Event #33: $1,100 MonsterStack 422 $409,340 Carlos Villamarin Alexandria, VA $74,289
  Event #34: Mega Satellite          
28-Oct Event #35: $1,100 Ultimate Stack 1,408 $1,351,680 Jordan Meltzer Everett, WA $193,781
28-Oct Event #36: $1,100 Monster Stack 411 $398,670 Mark Darner Denver, CO $87,744
31-Oct Event #37: $300 Seniors 50+ 969 $670,548 Robert Wein Costa Mesa, CA $93,191
29-Oct Event #38: $600 PLO/PLO8 215 $110,725 Sterling Lopez Anchorage, AK $19,273
  Event #39: Mega Satellite          
31-Oct Event #40: $1,100 Monster Stack 358 $347,260 Joakim Beaupre Canada $79,867
  Event #41: Mega Satellite          
1-Nov Event #42: $800 Super Seniors 60+ 237 $164,004 Moussa Haddad Glendale, AZ $20,000
3-Nov Event #43: $1,100 Mini Deepstack Championship 1,950 $1,872,000 Bhavesh Patel Richardson, TX $238,233
4-Nov Event #44: $600 NLH Monster Stack 592 $301,920 Ravi Raghavan Northbrook, IL $45,000
5-Nov Event #45: $600 NLH Monster Stack 538 $274,380 Chris Furbert Bermuda $44,890
6-Nov Event #46: $800 Pot-Limit Omaha 322 $225,400 Peter Walsworth Lakewood Ranch, FL $51,839
6-Nov Event #47: $600 NLH Monster Stack 631 $321,810 Bryan Obregon San Antonio, TX $67,230
  Event #48: Mega Satellite          
9-Nov Event #49: $1,600 Deepstack Championship 1,283 $1,821,860 Matas Cimbolas Lithuania $310,265
  Event #50: Mega Satellite          
  Event #51: Mega Satellite          
10-Nov Event #52: $600 PLO Bounty 186 $95,790 Zachary Peay Evansville, IN $16,060
  Event #53: Mega Satellite          
  Event #54: Mega Satellite          
12-Nov Event #55: $2,500 CardPlayer Poker Tour 975 $2,218,125 Ezeqiel Waigel Argentina $417,004
11-Nov Event #56: $400 NLH Survivor 206 $70,452 20 winners N/A $3,400
  Event #57: Mega Satellite          
13-Nov Event #58: $1,100 NLH Monster Stack 341 $330,770 Joseph Cook Gilbert, AZ $67,894
14-Nov Event #59: $1,100 NLH Monster Stack 204 $197,880 Jason Wong United Kingdom $48,866
14-Nov Event #60: $400 NLH Survivor 112 $38,304 11 winners N/A $3,400
17-Nov Event #61: $800 Ultimate Stack 502 $346,380 Michael Ung Long Beach, CA $60,857
15-Nov Event #62: $600 Limit Omaha 8B 127 $65,405 Itsuko Yoroi Japan $13,197
17-Nov Event #63: $600 NLH Monster Stack 395 $201,450 Stephane Tayar France $37,738
17-Nov Event #64: NLH Survivor 156 $53,352 11 winners N/A $3,400
21-Nov Event #65: $600 Epic Stack 1,278 $639,000 Brandon Zuidema Fontana, CA $82,337
18-Nov Event #66: $900 Pot-Limit Omaha 107 $75,435 Tomas Soderstrom Austria $22,633
21-Nov Event #67: $400 Monster Stack 181 $60,635 Maksym Lavrov Ukraine $14,183
24-Nov Event #68: $400 Monster Stack 608 $202,464 Julien Weymouth Guam $33,289
22-Nov Event #69: $300 NLH Bounty 162 $40,500 Junghyun Cheon San Francisco, CA $4,975
23-Nov Event #70: $300 NLH Bounty 122 $30,500 Antoine Goutard France $5,174
24-Nov Event #71: $400 Monster Stack 175 $58,625 Mohamed Serry New York, NY $13,689
24-Nov Event #72: $300 NLH Bounty 80 $20,000 Jan Jansma Netherlands $4,080
25-Nov Event #73: $300 NLH Turbo 63 $15,750 Liang Lim Chicopee, MA $5,512
25-Nov Event #74: $300 NLH Bounty 98 $24,500 Jason Cevasco Fairbanks, AK $3,023
28-Nov Event #75: $400 Ultimate Stack 702 $231,660 Dan Sepiol Michigan City, IN $42,454
28-Nov Event #76: $400 Monster Stack 108 $36,180 Robert Tony Las Vegas, NV $10,852
Venetian

Poker players don’t have to wait long for the next series at Venetian; in fact, it’s happening now!

The Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza (NYE) began on November 29 and will run through January 9, 2022. More than $2.3 million in guaranteed prize pools will be offered throughout 56 events.

That includes an $1,100 buy-in, $500K GTD Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) from December 28-30. That tournament will start players with 25,000 in chips and play 40-minute levels. There will be two starting flights with Day 1a at 11:10 a.m. PT on Tuesday, December 28 with Day 1b taking place at the same time on Wednesday, December 29.

The surviving players from each flight with then return as 11 a.m. PT on Thursday, December 30 to play down to a winner on Day 2. PokerNews will be on-site to offer live updates for the duration of that tournament.

Click here for a look at the full Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza (NYE) schedule.

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