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On Wednesday, Britain's Jareth East topped a record field in the WPTDeepStacks Online event at partypoker to win $557,658.14. East's triumph came from besting a 3,554-entry field. The $1,050 buy-in event proved the largest field size in WPTDeepStacks history. The win also proved to be the largest score of East's poker career. Prior to this WPTDeepStacks Online win, East's largest online score was for $132,200. His largest live tournament score was for $35,940. East, a PocketFives member since 2013 who has been ranked as high as 12th in the world, defeated Jon Van Fleet in heads-up play. Van Fleet earned $392,717 for his runner-up performance. East entered the final day of the event in ninth chip position with 15 players remaining. When it was all said and done, East was the last man standing to win the $557,658.14 first-place prize. Notable deep runs were had by Ludovic Gelich (12th - $27,259.18), Govert Metaal (19th - $15,282.20), Connor Drinan (29th - $11,052.94), and Julien Martini (41st - $8,636.22). Event #40 $1,050 WPTDeepStacks Entries: 3,554 Prize pool: $3,554,000 Jareth East - $557,658.14 Jon Van Fleet - $392,717 Dimitrios Farmakoulis - $253,755.60 Maksim Bukreev - $167,748.80 Phillip Mighall - $116,215.80 Rimantas Petras Boguzas - $79,431.90 Mihail Zavoloka - $55,087 Sergei Denisov - $35,113.52 [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Maksim Bukreev, who entered the final day as the chip leader, placed fourth for $167,748.80. On his final hand, Bukreev opened from under the gun to 3.52 million with the blinds at 400,000/800,000 with a 100,000 ante. Bukreev left himself with 420,628 behind after the raise. On the button, Van Fleet called and the two took a flop of [poker card="Jh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="9c"]. Bukreev moved all in and Van Fleet called, to reveal that it was Bukreev's [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Tc"] up against the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qs"] for Van Fleet. The turn was the [poker card="5d"] and the river was the [poker card="2c"] to bust Bukreev. Farmakoulis fell in third place. East raised to 1.68 million from under the gun and Farmakoulis called out of the big blind to leave himself with 3.85 million behind. On the [poker card="Ts"][poker card="9c"][poker card="2c"] flop, Farmakoulis moved all in and East made the call with the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qd"]. Farmakoulis had the [poker card="Js"][poker card="8s"] and bricked out with the [poker card="6d"] and [poker card="4h"] hitting the board. Van Fleet had the lead to start heads-up play, with 65.54 million to East's 40.75 million. The two battled for about 40 minutes before the final hand was played. On the final hand, East limped the button for 1.2 million and Van Fleet checked his option in the big blind. The flop was [poker card="Jh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="6s"] and Van Fleet checked. East bet 1.2 million and Van Fleet raised to 3 million. East then made it 5.4 million and Van Fleet shoved for 18.73 million. East called with the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qc"] and Van Fleet had the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="3s"]. The turn was the [poker card="5c"] and the river was the [poker card="2h"] to give Van Fleet the win. Anton Yakuba Wins Mini WPTDeepStacks Online As with the entire WPT Online Series at partypoker, there was a mini version of the WPTDeepStacks event. The Mini WPTDeepStacks Online had a $109 buy-in and drew a field of 10,400 entries for a $1.04 million prize pool. The winner was Anton Yakuba for $137,396.29 after a deal was made with Luiz Antonio Duarte Ferreira Filho. Filho took home $129,311.72 Michael Tureniec finished third in the Mini WPTDeepStacks Online for $70,262.40, and Griffin Benger took fifth for $31,116.80. Event #40 $109 Mini WPTDeepStacks Entries: 10,400 Prize pool: $1,040,000 Anton Yakuba - 137,396.29* Luiz Antonio Duarte Ferreira Filho - 129,311.72* Michael Tureniec - 70,262.40 Rodrigo Semeghini - $45,552 Griffin Benger - $31,116.80 Peter Haden - $21,008 Ivan Tononi - $14,622.40 Bernardo Soares - $9,287.20 *Denotes a deal. Also running deep were Shawn Buchanan (12th - $7,134.40), Jan-Eric Schwippert (21st - $3,723.20), Paul Vas Nunes (26th - $2,506.40), and Kenneth Hicks (36th - $2,121.60).
There was a time in the not-too-distant past where Jason Mercier would put on a Springtime show on the online poker felt. Mercier is one of just 10 players to have won five PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker titles and was the 2015 SCOOP Player of the Year. On Friday night, the 33-year-old won his first World Poker Tour Online title after shipping Event #46 ($10,300 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller) for more than a quarter-million dollars. Mercier defeated Linus Loeliger heads-up to put a bow on topping the 101-player field to win $279,265. Loeliger ended up earning $176,750 while third-place finisher Viktor Blom walked away with $121,200. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Yuri Dzivielevski just missed out on a podium finish earning $86,860 for fourth place. Mercier's win was one of five WPT Online titles awarded on Friday. Frank Lillis took down Event #47 ($1,575 Six Max Bounty Hunter) for $35,456.23 and another $39,931.67 worth of bounties. Patrik Sundvik came in second place for $35,415.72 and $13,798.82. Pavel Plesuv, who won a SCOOP title earlier in the week, narrowly missed out on a second title, finishing in third place for $25,193.32 and another $13,863.28 from collected bounties Team partypoker Pro Kristen Bicknell finished fourth for $18,403.80 and an additional $1,968.75 in bounties. Alex Everitt topped the 1,367-entry field in Event #47 Mini ($162 Six Max Bounty Hunter) to win $12,071 and another $9,311.61 in bounties. United Kingdom-based Andres Gonzalez De Agustin earned $8,478.16 from the prize pool and another $12,164.09 in bounties after outlasting 184 other runners in Event #48 ($530 Six Max Hyper Bounty NLHE). Players player from the U.K. took up the top four spots. Runner-up Josh Anthony Mitchell Hall earned $8,468.80 and $2,234.36 from bounties, third-place finisher Jareth East won $5,957.88 and $2,664.06 in bounties, while Ian Hamilton banked $4,316.15 from the prize pool and $1,640.62 in bounties for finishing fourth. Fausto Tantillo won Event #48 Mini ($55 Six Max Hyper Bounty NLHE) to win $3,099.06 and another $2,127.84 in bounties. The fifth WPT DeepStacks flight also ran on Friday with 196 players paying the $1,050 buy-in. Erick Delgado Fernandez finished with the biggest stack (519,490) to lead the 27 players who advanced to Day 2. Event #40 Mini: $109 Mini WPT DeepStacks Flight 1E Entries: 719 Prize pool: $71,900 George Mavrikkou - 749,664 Jens Lakemeier - 648,379 Oleg Netaliev - 648,331 Gregory Mc Auley - 544,796 Francis Talbot - 482,348 Shankar Pillai - 472,493 Brad Simpson - 439,316 Andy Goosen - 434,954 Fabrizio Gonzalez - 417,738 Amichai Barer - 396,719 Event #40: $1,050 WPT DeepStacks Flight 1E Entries: 196 Prize pool: $196,000 Erick Delgado Fernandez - 519,490 Carmine Claps - 474,602 Daniel Christofer Erlandsson - 440,188 Jarkko Nystrom - 437,222 James Rann - 396,862 Ilya Anatski - 355,113 Dimitar Danchev - 332,046 Andres Gonzalez De Agustin - 280,765 Shankar Pillai - 230,337 Jans Arends - 208,880 Event #46: $10,300 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller Entries: 101 Prize pool: $1,010,000 Jason Mercier - $279,265 Linus Alarik Loeliger - $176,750 Viktor Blom - $121,200 Yuri Dzivielevski - $86,860 Andras Torberg - $63,125 John O'Shea - $41,915 Event #47 Mini: $162 Six Max Bounty Hunter Entries: 1,367 Prize pool: $205,050 Alex Everitt - $12,071 + $9,311.61 Elvis Arzic - $12,049.62 + $3,785.51 Pedro Perez Gomez - $9,385.02 + $3,193.11 Maximilian Lehmanski - $6,784.35 + $918.75 Mathias Siljander - $4,522.90 + $2,315.09 Steven Gray - $2,826.81 + $1,066.42 Event #47: $1,575 Six Max Bounty Hunter Entries: 269 Prize pool: $403,500 Frank Lillis - $35,456.23 + $39,931.67 Patrik Sundvik - $35,415.72 + $13,798.82 Pavel Plesuv - $25,193.32 + $13,863.28 Kristen Bicknell - $18,403.80 + $1,968.75 Alexandre Reard - $13,717.12 + $7,195.31 David Tovar Lasierra - $9,144.75 + $8,414.06 Event #48 Mini: $55 Six Max Hyper Bounty NLHE Entries: 906 Prize pool: $45,300 Fausto Tantillo - $3,099.06 + $2,127.84 Niklas Ehrenholz - $3,094.12 + $1,344.99 Daniel Bowden - $2,304.11 + $767.42 Ryan Yearsley - $1,610.12 + $535.57 Pascal Gregoire - $1,066.81 + $323.44 David Patz - $729.33 + $192.58 Event #48: $530 Six Max Hyper Bounty NLHE Entries: 185 Prize pool: $92,500 Andres Gonzalez De Agustin - $8,478.16 + $12,164.09 Josh Anthony Mitchell Hall - $8,468.80 + $2,234.36 Jareth East - $5,957.88 + $2,664.06 Ian Hamilton - $4,316.15 + $1,640.62 Fabiano Kovalski - $3,177.53 + $843.75 Luke Martinelli - $2,118.35 + $2,093.75
A few weeks ago, Jareth jareth3542East (pictured) took down the Full Tilt Sunday Majoroutright for $41,000, defeating a field of 675 entrants. "One word that springs to mind is 'relief,'" he told us following his big hit. "On PokerStars and Full Tilt, I have been making a lot of big final tables recently and getting eighth and ninth place every time. It was getting really frustrating, so to win one feels great." To celebrate, he did what any rational person would do: went to McDonald's for breakfast. His meal of choice: an Egg McMuffin with double sausage and egg. He had a rock solid month of February, so the meal was probably well-deserved too. In addition to the Full Tilt Sunday Major win, he took down the 888 Poker Volcano for $27,000 and won the PokerStars Thursday Thrill for $50,000 during the 28-day period. Those represent three of his nine largest scores all-time. "Last year, I spent a lot of my time playing live," East said of 2014. "After a really good end to 2013, I traveled around the world last year playing poker, including the WSOP. EPT London was a close one where I finished 20th and I'm still waiting for that to be shown on TV where I'll be playing with all of the PokerStars pros. I didn't play much online until the WCOOP; I went on to win one of those to make up for missing most of the year." East has been a member of PocketFives since 2013 and can be found at #32 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings. "The most difficult part has to be the lifestyle," he said of being a professional player. "You have to put up with messed up sleeping patterns and the stress that comes when you constantly get close to that big score, but then get a bad beat. It can really make you feel demoralized." He added, "A typical online grinder like me can easily be up until the early hours of the morning playing a tournament and then end up sleeping all day. The best thing about it is doing something I love and making a living from it, getting to travel the world, meeting new people that you instantly have a common interest with, and moments like this when you get interviewed for winning a tournament." East threw in the fact that playing poker for a living takes a lot more work than outsiders would give credit for. Yes, it's playing cards, but it's also a whole lot more: "They think, 'He has it easy playing cards on his computer earning money,' but it isn't like that at all. Putting in 14-hour shifts, sometimes I wish I were doing a 9-5 job, but I'm secretly kidding myself since I would never do that." Prior to playing poker full-time, East was pursuing a degree in math and planned to become an accountant. "I always saw myself doing something math-related," he told us, "until college where I had my heart set on studying music, but that never manifested." Music-wise, his passion was drumming. We closed by asking East what his advice would be for up-and-coming players, so if you're new to the game, listen up! "Keep studying whenever you're not actually playing," East suggested. "You have to keep studying to stay ahead of the game because so many stables out there hire coaches and the game is changing. People are getting better all the time, so you need to constantly adapt your game to the current curve people are playing on. There are people who used to crush the game seven years ago, but can't beat it anymore because they think they can just play the same and win." He wanted to send a shout out to Rachel Dolan, so we'll make sure to get that in there as well! Congrats to East on his phenomenal February. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.