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Andrey Pateychuk Wins CPPT Venetian DeepStack Championship Poker Series Main Event

Russian Poker Pro Banks $547,777 After Topping Field Of 564


For many poker players, the Card Player Poker Tour Venetian DeepStack Championship Poker Series $5,000 main event represented the last chance to make their mark on Las Vegas before heading home. With a $2 million guarantee, players knew that a deep run could add to a great summer, or perhaps salvage a poor one.

That was the case with Russian poker pro Andrey Pateychuk, who got off to a miserable start this summer before turning it around late with a deep run in the WSOP main event.

“I came to Las Vegas in the middle of June, and my first three weeks were terrible,” admitted Pateychuk. “I mean, really, really terrible. I never had [above] my starting stack in any tournament. I would just fold for five hours and bust. Everyday, I would go first to the Rio and bust there. Then I would go to the Wynn and lose a couple entries. Then I would go to Venetian and do the same thing. But then I ran deep in the main event, had a few cashes, and now this.”

This, being a win, of course. Pateychuk topped a field of 564 players to earn the lion’s share of the $2,608,500 prize pool, scoring a payday of $547,777. This was the third largest score of the 29-year-old’s career. He previously won the EPT San Remo main event for $963,628 and the WPT Prague main event for $599,720.

While some players took full advantage of the two starting flights, day 2 registration, and re-entries, Pateychuk said he was only in for two bullets in this $5,000 event. Other players in the field were not as fortunate.

Pateychuk, who splits his time between Moscow and Minsk, had to change his flight home twice during his run in the four-day tournament. The inconvenience, however, ended up being worth it in the end as he overcame an international final table that also included representatives from China, England, Germany, Spain, Hungary, and the United States.

The stacked final table featured notable pros Marton Czuczor (9th), Chris Klodnicki (4th), Stephen Chidwick (3rd), and WSOP main event tenth place-finisher Robert Heidorn (5th).

Chidwick, who took June off following the birth of his first child, promptly kick started his summer by winning his first WSOP bracelet and $1,618,417 in the $25,000 pot-limit Omaha championship event.

Stephen ChidwickIncredibly, this was Chidwick’s second consecutive year making the final table of this tournament. Last year, he finished in fourth place for $177,091. This year, he improved by one spot, cashing for $245,199 to put a cherry on top of an incredible few weeks of poker that also included a runner-up finish in an Aria $10,000 high roller event.

The British poker pro now has $25.1 million in career live tournament earnings. As a result of his run, Chidwick now sits in first place in the overall Card Player Player of the Year race with 5,521 points.

Other notables who finished in the money in this tournament included Jeremy Ausmus (10th), Igor Yaroshevskyy (12th), Benjamin Palmer (13th), Nadya Magnus (15th), Adam Owen (17th), Joe Kuether (18th), Manig Loeser (22nd), JC Tran (25th), Eddy Sabat (32nd), Shannon Shorr (46th), Elio Fox (48th), John Phan (55th), Aaron Mermelstein (57th), and Brian Yoon (59th).

Check out the final table results below.

Place Player Payout POY Points
1 Andrey Pateychuk $547,777 1,680
2 Yake Wu $336,497 1,400
3 Stephen Chidwick $245,199 1,120
4 Chris Klodnicki $182,595 840
5 Robert Heidorn $138,251 700
6 Jerry Robinson $104,340 560
7 Fabian Gumz $80,864 420
8 Nabil Mohamed Abdien Cardoso $62,604 280
9 Marton Czuczor $49,562 140

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