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Asher Conniff Among Recent Winners At Venetian's DeepStack Extravaganza I Poker Series

A Look At The Most Recent Champions Decided At The The 35-Event Series Running Feb. 2-28


The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas’ DeepStack Extravaganza I has entered the second half of its schedule. The 35-event series is running Feb. 2-28, with more than $2 million in guaranteed prize money. A total of 19 events have been completed to date, with 4,206 entries made and $2,331,646 in prize money paid out so far.

There are still plenty of massive tournaments remaining on the schedule, including the $500,000 guaranteed $2,500 buy-in Card Player Poker Tour no-limit hold’em main event, which will run from Feb. 19-22.

Check out our recap of the first 12 winners here. Below is a look at the results in the most recent events to wrap up.

Event 14 – $800 No-Limit Hold’em UltimateStack ($300k gtd.)

Asher ConniffThe $800 buy-in no-limit hold’em UltimateStack event featured a $300,000 guaranteed prize pool. The tournament offered three starting flights from Feb. 11-13, and by the time registration was officially closed, a total of 965 entries had been made to see the guarantee more than doubled, with $655,850 ultimately paid out to the top 104 finishers.

When the dust settled, the last player standings was 2015 World Poker Tour Championship winner Asher Conniff. The Brooklyn, New York native took home $98,669 as the champion. He now has more than $2.6 million in recorded live tournament earnings to his name.

In addition to the title and the money, Conniff also earned 456 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. This was his second POY-qualified final table of the year, having finished seventh in a $2,200 buy-in event at the Lucky Hearts Poker Open in January. He now sits in 24th place in the 2021 POY race.

Conniff struck a three-handed deal with Gloria Jackson (2nd – ) and Matthew Gross (3rd – $80,000) to bring the event to a conclusion.

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Asher Conniff $98,669 456
2 Gloria Jackson $93,669 380
3 Matthew Gross $80,000 304
4 Mikal Smith $39,285 228
5 Jerrimie Pacheco $25,968 190
6 Brendan Shiller $19,310 152
7 Ricardo Eyzaguirre $14,649 114
8 Christopher Haydt $10,654 76
9 Felipe Quijano $9,322 38

Event 15 – $200 No-Limit Hold’em Survivor ($6k gtd.)

This $200 buy-in no-limit hold’em survivor tournament saw the top 10 percent of the field all receive a payout of $1,600. A total of 59 players turned out, which meant that the top five players all earned that payday, while 6th-place finisher Andrew McCollough took home $1,440.

Event 16 – $300 No-Limit Hold’em MonsterStack Freezout ($15k gtd.)

The 16th event of this series was the $300 buy-in no-limit hold’em MonsterStack freezeout. There were 177 players who turned out for this tournament, nearly tripling the $15,000 guarantee to create a final prize pool of $43,365. In the end, Carlos Matos secured the largest payout and the title, earning $9,211 and 125 POY points for the win.

David Thurston earned just one dollar less ($9,210) as the runner-up after an apparent. chop heads-up. David Larson secured his third cash of the series, placing tenth for $1,088.

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Carlos Matos $9,211 125
2 David Thurston $9,210 104
3 Mehdi Saleh $5,030 83
4 Koma Fenton $3,556 62
5 Tho Nguyen $2,515 52
6 Sarah Lee $1,951 42
7 Anthony Pitesa $1,561 31
8 Joshua Manus $1,301 21
9 Tom DeVilliers $1,088 10

Event 17 – $200 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty ($6k gtd.)

The next tournament on the agenda was a $200 buy-in no-limit hold’em bounty event with a $6,000 guarantee. With 59 entries, the prize pool grew to $9,440, which was paid out among the top six finishers.

A deal was struck amount the final three players that saw an even split, with each of Mona Jones, Christina Gollins, and Alencia Deanda-Gregg earning $1,642.

Place Player Earnings
1 Mona Jones $1,642
2 Christina Gollins $1,642
3 Alencia Deanda-Gregg $1,642
4 Roberto Martinez $681
5 Ivan Ruban $500
6 Glendon Nelson $383

Event 18 – $400 No-Limit Hold’em MonsterStack ($20k gtd.)

Joshua ManusThe $400 buy-in no-limit hold’em MonsterStack event held on Feb. 15 saw 12 entries made, easily surpassing the $20,000 guarantee to create a final prize pool of $50,920.

Joshua Manus emerged victorious in the end, securing the title, the top prize of $12,087, and 115 POY points. This was his second live tournament title, both of which have come at Venetian Las Vegas.

Dean Baranowski earned $8,952 as the runner-up finisher. This was his 75th career cash.

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Joshua Manus $12,087 115
2 Dean Baranowski $8,952 96
3 Tuan Mai $7,559 77
4 Joseph Malebranche $4,328 58
5 Dustin Lee $3,055 48
6 Yegor Moroz $2,393 38
7 Manuel Labandeira $1,986 29
8 Roberto Martinez $1,680 19
9 Chike Obi $1,405 10

Event 19 – $300 Pot-Limit Omaha Eight-or-Better ($7k gtd.)

Leonel RodriguezThe $300 buy-in pot-limit Omaha eight-or-better event saw 68 entries made, more than doubling the $7,000 guarantee to build a $16,864 prize pool. The title went to Leonel Rodriguez of Weslaco, Texas after he struck a heads-up deal with Thomas Larson (2nd – $4,080).

This was Rodriguez’s first recorded tournament cash. Larson, on the other hand, now sits with $378,645 in tournament scores to his name.

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Leonel Rodriguez $5,464 58
2 Thomas Larson $4,080 48
3 Robert Stutzman $2,412 38
4 David Thurston $1,720 29
5 Steve Warr $1,282 24
6 Justin Haller $1,029 19
7 Wesley Gronhovd $877 14

Event 21 – $200 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty ($6k gtd.)

Joseph AndinoAt the time that this article was published, event 20 (a three-day $400 MonsterStack tournament) had not yet decided a champion. Event 20, the $200 no-limit hold’em bounty tournament, was a single-day event that began on the same day and has come to a conclusion.

Joseph Andino came out on top of the field of 68 entries, securing $2,000 and the title as part of a three-way deal with George Der (2nd – $1,652) and David Norelius (3rd – $1,652).

Place Player Earnings
1 Joseph Andino $2,000
2 George Der $1,652
3 David Norelius $1,652
4 Lee Drotzur $763
5 Henry Smith $568
6 Leon Brenneman $456
7 Jose Gomez $389

Make sure to stay tuned to Card Player for more coverage of the 2021 DeepStack Extravaganza I. A complete schedule of the remaining events on offer, including the $500,000 guaranteed CPPT $2,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event running Feb. 19-22, can be found here.