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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! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
There’s a reason that summer in Las Vegas is often called ‘poker player summer camp’ and it’s not just because the World Series of Poker is going on. During the summer bracelet chasing takes center stage in Sin City but over the past decade, many other Las Vegas poker rooms have battled with the WSOP for the hearts and minds of the poker playing public by consistently scheduling competing summer series that offer players excellent value through great structures and big guarantees. Here's a quick look around the city at some of those non-WSOP tournaments keeping poker players in action. ARIA Poker Classic and High Roller Series There are basically two tournament series happening at the same time inside the ARIA. The first is for the everyday player. It's filled with buy-ins right around the $400 and $240 buy-in level, The ARIA Poker Classic. The second is home to the high rollers - small fields, high buy-in, and elite competition - The ARIA Summer High Roller Series. Even though the Rio has offered some big buy-in tournaments early in the WSOP schedule, many of the biggest names in the game have been spending more time in the ARIA this summer simply because it’s where the biggest games are. Before he was embroiled in controversy for folding out of order at the WSOP, Sam Soverel bested the 23 player field in Aria High Roller 11 on May 30 for a $235,880 payday. He was joined in the money by David Peters (runner-up, $189.620), Jake Schindler (3rd, $92,000) and Poker Central founder Cary Katz (4th, $57,500). Australia’s Michael Addamo won the $10,000 buy-in ARIA High Roller 12 on June 4 for $136,000, defeating Germany’s Manig Loeser heads up. Loeser finished in second place taking home $88,400 for his efforts while fellow countryman Rainer Kempe finished in third for $54,400. Spain’s Juan Dominguez is having a nice start to his summer as he went back-to-back at the ARIA. First, he topped the 45 player field of the $10,000 ARIA High Roller 13 for $153,000 and the very next day he won the $10,000 ARIA High Roller 14 for another $126,682. Ben Yu was the official runner-up, taking home $125,318 while the familiar faces of Jake Schindler (3rd, $67,500), Manig Loeser (4th, $45,000) and Ali Imsirovic (5th, $36,000) also made final table appearances. The 2019 Wynn Poker Classic One of the nicer properties on the Las Vegas strip, the Wynn/Encore hosts the Wynn Poker Classic and through the first week and a half, players have been turning up en masse to play in their daily offerings. The Wynn has been offering multiple $1K+ buy-in tournaments and some well-known names have been showing up for them. On June 3, 484 runners showed up for the $1,100 in which the UK’s Louis Salter took home the $98.452 first-place prize and defeated a final table that included Connor Drinan (runner-up, $64,295) and Lily Kiletto (7th, $13,907). The next day 432 players jumped into the $1,600 buy-in which saw Florida’s Evan Teitelbaum hold off one-time WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehen to take down the $138,209 first place prize. McKeehen settled for $89,018 as the runner-up. Other notable final table players included Mark Radoja (5th, $31,068) as well as Entourage and Ballers music supervisor Scott Vener (9th, $12,468). Keven Stammen bested the 618 runners of the $550 daily on June 6 for a $50,940 payday while Justin Liberto defeated Germany’s Bart Lybaert on June 8 to win a $1,100 tournament for $94,659. Lybaert’s $61,412 runner-up prize helped push him to over $3M in career earnings. The DeepStack Championship Poker Series at The Venetian The Venetian continues to provide large field tournaments for players looking for action outside the Rio. They have a partnership with the Mid-States Poker Tour for some of their larger events but also provide daily tournaments for players looking for buy-ins under $1,600. Although the Deepstack Series starts in the middle of May, the $1,100 ‘Summer Kickoff ‘ Event from May 27-29 brought out 518 runners where World Poker Tour Champion Brian Altman took home the $90,905 first-place prize. He defeated Robert Kuhn who ended up with $84,390 as the runner-up. The final table included popular Twitch Poker streamer Ricky ‘RatedGTO’ Guan who finished in fourth for $36,364, a top-3 score for his young career. Pot Limit Omaha cash game grinder Sasha Liu outlasted the 144 runners in the $800 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Max Bounty to take down the $20,161 first-place prize. Canadian Kevin Barton fell in second place for a $11,995 payday.