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Anthony Denove Wins 2021 World Series of Poker $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em Event

The California Resident Overcame A Field of 3,991 Entries To Win $446,983 and His First Gold Bracelet


The 2021 World Series of Poker $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em ‘Double Stack’ event attracted a massive field of 3,991 total entries, building a prize pool of $3,551,990 that was paid out among the top 599 finishers. The tournament kicked off with the first of two starting flights on Friday, Oct. 22. Five days later the sea of entrants was finally narrowed down to a single player: California’s Anthony Denove. The Toluca Lake resident earned $449,983 and his first WSOP gold bracelet for the win.

This was by far the largest live tournament score of Denove’s career, blowing away the $6,330 he earned for a 137th-place finish in the WSOP ‘Millionaire Maker’ event just a few weeks earlier. He now has more than $520,000 in total tournament earnings to his name.

In addition to the title and the money, Denove also locked up 1,320 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion of this event. This was his first POY-qualified score of the year, but it alone was enough to move him into a three-way tie for 121st place in the overall standings.

The final day of this event began with 17 players remaining and bracelet winner Michael Wang in the lead. Wang was ultimately knocked out in ninth place, losing a three-way all-in with his pocket nines running into the pocket kings of Denove and the ADiamond Suit10Spade Suit of Matthew Raffoul. Denove flopped top set and held from there to eliminate Raffoul (10th – $36,949) and Wang (9th – $46,430).

Denove entered the final table as the chip leader, with nearly ten times as many chips as the shortest stack at the table. Joshua Harrison was the first to fall, with his A-8 failing to beat out the K-Q of Frank Lagodich. Harrison earned $58,735 as the eighth-place finisher while Lagodich climbed closer to the top few spots on the leaderboard.

Kenneth Inouye’s run in this event came to an end when he open-shoved from middle position with QHeart Suit10Heart Suit for just shy of 7 big blinds. David Guay called with AHeart Suit8Heart Suit and made aces full of eights by the turn to leave Inouye (7th – $74,769) drawing dead.

The next bustout came when Steven Stolzenfeld’s pocket eights lost facing the ADiamond Suit5Diamond Suit of Timothy Little. The flop gave Little a pair of aces. He added a flush draw on the turn to leave Stolzenfeld with just one out. The 8Diamond Suit on the river gave Stolzenfeld a set, but it also filled Little’s flush. Stolzenfeld was eliminated in sixth place, earning $95,878 for his strong showing in this event.

Two very strong holdings clashed to result in the elimination of Ladogich. With a board of QHeart Suit7Diamond Suit5Spade Suit10Spade Suit5Heart Suit, Ladogich moved all-in holding ASpade SuitQSpade Suit. His queens and fives with an ace kicker was bested by the 10Heart Suit10Club Suit of David Guay, who called with his full house to take down the massive pot to move into the chip lead. Ladogich was awarded $123,710 as the fifth-place finisher.

jeff PlattPokerGO commentator Jeff Platt was left as the short stack when four-handed play began. Platt had already guaranteed himself the largest score of his career, topping the $113,764 he had earned for a 60th-place finish in the 2015 WSOP main event. Platt’s final hand in this event began with him shoving for 8,400,000 (just shy of 8.5 big blinds) with ADiamond Suit9Club Suit as the first to act preflop. Guay called with KSpade SuitJDiamond Suit and the board ran out JHeart Suit7Heart Suit4Club Suit10Club Suit9Spade Suit. Guay flopped top pair and held from there to knock Platt out in fourth place ($160,662).

Guay remained atop the chip counts to start three-handed play. He added to that advantage when he called the shove of just shy of ten big blinds made by Timothy Little. Guay called with ASpade Suit8Heart Suit, which was ahead of Little’s AHeart Suit3Club Suit. Guay made kings and eights with an ace kicker by the river to take down the pot. Little was sent home in third place with $210,004.

Heads-up play began with Guay holding 83,200,000 to Denove’s 76,570,000. Denove was able to quickly take over the lead, though, and built a 2:1 chip advantage of his own within 45 minutes of the final showdown getting underway. The final hand of the event was a preflop cooler, with Guay running pocket nines into the pocket tens of Denove. Guay three-bet the button open of Denove and called his four-bet shove. Neither player improved on a JSpade Suit5Spade Suit5Heart SuitKDiamond Suit8Spade Suit runout and the pot and the title were shipped to Denove. Guay earned $276,269 as the runner-up.

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

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Anthony Denove $446,983 1,320
2 David Guay $276,269 1,100
3 Timothy Little $210,004 880
4 Jeff Platt $160,662 660
5 Frank Lagodich $123,710 550
6 Steven Stolzenfeld $95,878 440
7 Kenneth Inouye $74,796 330
8 Joshua Harrison $58,735 220
9 Michael Wang $46,430 110

Winner photo credit: WSOP / Melissa Haereiti.