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Engaged Poker Couple Each Win Separate Live Poker Tournaments In Las Vegas

2012 WSOP Runner-Up Jesse Sylvia Won $184,707 Just Days After His Fiancé Ashley Sleeth Earned A WSOP Circuit Ring


On Feb. 19 Ashley Sleeth defeated a field of 205 players to win the 2019 World Series of Poker Circuit Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Las Vegas $400 no-limit hold’em turbo event. Sleeth earned $17,586 and her first WSOPC gold ring.

Just four days later her fiancé, 2012 World Series of Poker main event runner-up Jesse Sylvia, overcame a massive field of 797 entries to win the $1,600 buy-in, $1 million guaranteed main event at the Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza I series for $184,707.

Sleeth’s winner photo featured Sylvia sitting on her lap, fulfilling the wish of Veronica Brill, a poker player and frequent commentator on live streams from Stones Gambling Hall. Brill had recently tweeted that she hopes that, “… when a woman wins a bracelet this summer she has her boyfriend sit on her lap for the photo.”

Sleeth is a full-time poker player, who had previously focused on cash games but has recently made the transition to being a tournament player. She has already accumulated $188,988 in earnings.

“I am really committed to tournaments now, and I am really excited about it,” said Sleeth in an interview with WSOP reporters after coming out on top to win her second career title.

Sleeth picked up poker after she began seeing Sylvia, who has more than $7.3 million in earnings and a World Poker Tour title to his name. She worked at the poker training site “Run It Once” as a content manager for a number of years before deciding to play full time.

Sylvia secured his title at The Venetian Las Vegas by overcoming a tough final table that included the likes of WSOP bracelet winners Joey Weissman (6th – $44,604) and Barry Hutter (5th – $58,328). Sylvia survived to heads-up play, where he made a deal with 2014 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star champion James Carroll that saw the two evenly chop the remaining prize money to each take home $184,707. They played one more hand after striking the deal, which Sylvia won to lock up the title.

Here is a look at the payout and Card Player Player of the Year points awarded at both final tables:

WSOP Circuit $400 NLH Turbo

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Ashley Sleeth $17,586 144
2 Christian Smith $10,865 120
3 Scott Cooper $7,845 96
4 Christina Read $5,762 72
5 Maxx Dansky $4,305 60
6 Ivan Zarate $3,271 48
7 Jason Seitz $2,527 36
8 Bobby Poe $1,984 24
9 Reuben Peters $1,583 12

Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza I $1,600 NLH $1 Million Gtd.

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Jesse Sylvia $184,707 912
2 James Carroll $184,707 760
3 Mitch Garshofsky $102,933 608
4 Jose Villacanas $76,513 456
5 Barry Hutter $58,328 380
6 Joey Weissman $44,604 304
7 Benjamin Ector $34,311 228
8 Peter Vitantonio $26,305 152
9 Vladimir Mefodichev $20,587 76