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Caleb Hershey Wins Venetian DeepStack Showdown Poker Series $100,000 Guaranteed Event

The $400 Buy-In Live Poker Tournament Attracted 1,538 Total Entries To More Than Quintuple The Guarantee


Caleb HersheyThe Venetian® Resort Las Vegas hosted Sin City’s first major live poker tournament series during the month of September. The DeepStack Showdown Poker Series ran from Sept. 7-27, and featured more than $400,000 in guaranteed prize money to be awarded across a 32-event schedule. The turnout for the series was strong, with every single event beating its guarantee and most doing so by a considerable margin.

The marquee event of the festival was a $400 buy-in no-limit hold’em ‘Monster Stack’ event that featured a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool. The tournament ran from Sept. 23- 27, with four starting flights to choose from. A total of 1,538 entries were made in the event, blowing away the guarantee to create a prize pool of $512,154.

In the end, Caleb Hershey of Rugby, ND emerged victorious with the title and a top payout of $74,123 after striking a deal during three-handed play. This was the third career live tournament title on Hershey’s resume, and by far his largest score. As the champion, he was also awarded 432 Card Player Player of the Year points. This was his first POY-qualified score of 2020, but it alone was enough to see him climb into 336th place in the POUY race standings, which are sponsored by Global Poker.

Bronx, New York resident Joseph Reddick took home $70,596 as the runner-up finisher, bringing his career earnings to $932,798. Reddick’s largest previous score came in a $450 buy-in event at the 2016 Borgata Winter Poker Open series. He beat out a field of 3,268 entrants in that event to win $217,792.

Travis Sargent was the third player involved in the three-way deal that concluded this event. He earned $49,655 for his deep run in this event. A number of big names made deep runs in this event, including eight-time World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner Sean Yu (14th – $4,865), six-time ring winner David Larson (25th – $2,612), and current POY race 23rd-ranked player Trung Pham (27th – $2,612).

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Name Earnings POY Points
1 Caleb Hershey $74,123 432
2 Joseph Reddick $70,596 360
3 Travis Sargent $49,655 288
4 Edwin Lee $27,656 216
5 Pofuk Ying $17,925 180
6 Louise Francoeur $13,316 144
7 Edward Hecker $9,987 108
8 Jora Beit $8,194 72
9 Josias Santos $6,760 36