Keven Stammen (Stamdogg) Wins WPT Championship


On Saturday night, Keven StamdoggStammen (pictured) took down the World Poker Tour Championship for $1.3 million. The season finale had a brand new location at Borgata in Atlantic City this year with a more affordable buy-in of $15,400 and 328 entrants turned out. In the end, PocketFivers ruled the day, as Stammen brought home his first WPT title and will have his name engraved in the tour’s Championship Cup.

Stammen led the way entering the WPT Championship six-handed final table, holding 113 big blinds, or 50 more than the next closest player. It took 34 hands for the first player to be knocked out, as Abe Korotki ran A-7 into PocketFiver Ryan g0lfa D’Angelo’s A-J. The 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure final tablist was ahead the whole way, rivering a jack to boot, and Korotki exited in sixth place for $235,000.

Curt Kohlberg doubled through Stammen to trim the latter’s death grip on the final table after A-10 out-raced pocket fives. Then, Stammen took a pot worth 3.15 million in chips off D’Angelo after the latter called a bet on the river with top pair, but Stammen showed the nut flush.

Stammen continued to dominate, opening 19% of pots through the first 100 hands, the second most of any player. Kohlberg, meanwhile, busted in fifth place at the hands of Byron Kaverman after he came out on the losing end of a flip.

D’Angelo hit the rail in fourth place after shoving for his final seven big blinds and coming up short. One hand before that, Tony Bond18 Dunst (pictured), a WPT host, doubled up through D’Angelo. However, Dunst still sat on a dangerously short stack and busted shortly thereafter in third place for $452,000. It was Dunst’s third WPT final table.

Stammen had a 2:1 chip lead entering heads-up play against Kaverman, who has had six WPT cashes since November and ultimately took the chip lead before ceding it back for good. On the 151st hand of final table play, Kaverman 3bet all-in with pocket fours and Stammen snap-called with A-8. Kaverman was ahead until an ace on the river sealed the deal, giving Stammen his first WPT title in his third WPT final table:

1st Place: Keven StamdoggStammen – $1,350,000
2nd Place: Byron Kaverman – $727,860
3rd Place: Tony Bond18Dunst – $452,729
4th Place: Ryan g0lfaD’Angelo – $363,930
5th Place: Curt Kohlberg – $286,292
6th Place: Abe Korotki – $235,341

Stammen joins a solid group of past WPT Championship winners:

Season I: Alan Goehring – $1,036,886 (111 entries)
Season II: Martin de Knijff – $2,728,356 (343 entries)
Season III: Tuan Le – $2,856,150 (647 entries)
Season IV: Joe Bartholdi – $3,760,165 (605 entries)
Season V: Carlos Mortensen – $3,970,415 (639 entries)
Season VI: David Chiu – $3,389,140 (545 entries)
Season VII: Yevgeniy Jovial Gent Timoshenko (pictured) – $2,149,960 (338 entries)
Season VIII: David Williams – $1,530,537 (195 entries)
Season IX: Scott Seiver – $1,618,344 (220 entries)
Season X: Marvin Rettenmaier – $1,196,858 (152 entries)
Season XI: Chino Rheem – $1,150,297 (146 entries)
Season XII: Keven StamdoggStammen – $1,350,000 (328 entries)

Congrats to Stammen on his WPT win!

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