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Rex Clinkscales Defeats 704 Entries in WPTDeepStacks Main Event, Wins $162K

2017 WPTDeepStacks
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Main Event
$1,100 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries: 704
Prize Pool: $689,920
June 15-19, 2017

Photo: Drew Amato/WPTDeepStacks

WPTDeepStacks Main Event draws more than 700 entries, marks 30 percent year over year growth for Tampa and the third-largest finale in the tour’s history

(Tampa, Fla.) — Rex Clinkscales came out on top of the third-largest field in WPTDeepStacks Main Event history Monday evening at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Clinkscales, a Las Vegas-based professional poker player, maneuvered through 704 entries in the $1,100 buy-in event taking home $162,354 and a $5,250 seat in the August’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship. In addition, the top prize is inclusive of a $3,000 WPTDeepStacks Championship package.

“It feels amazing,” Clinkscales told WPTDeepStacks’ Jeanine Deeb. “It’s an incredible feeling. I’m just really blessed and really fortunate to even be here. I’m just very thankful to be able to win.”

The 2017 series marked the second consecutive year for the Tampa property to host the WPTDeepStacks. The inaugural event was a huge success drawing more than 500 entries, but year two blew the doors off the Seminole Hard Rock’s new, state-of-the-art poker room. The 704-entry turnout marked an attendance increase of more than 30 percent year over year. The prize pool more than doubled the $300,000 guarantee before settling in at $689,920.

“I realized and I remembered that this tournament was going on in Tampa,” said Clinkscales, who left Las Vegas to play the event. “[Seminole][Hard][Rock][Tampa] is amazing. This place is gorgeous, the staff is great. I highly recommend this place to everyone.”

Starting flights for the event ran at 12pm, Thursday, June 15, Friday, June 16 and Saturday June 17. The first two days drew 191 and 199 entries respectively while Saturday’s play settled in at a stout 314. Day 2 began Sunday at 12pm with 127 players remaining and only the top 72 finishing in the money. Reigning Seminole Hard Rock Poker Player of the Year David Prociak, WPTDeepStacks-Hollywood Main Event champion Michael Graffeo and Seminole Hard Rock Tampa poker ambassador Wally Maddah were among those to bust shy of the money.

The bubble burst a couple hours in to Day 2 and defending Champion Anthony Astarita (22nd, $3,641) headlined those who finished in the money. The action concluded when nine players remained and they returned Monday at 12pm to play the event out in Hard Rock Cafe on the live streamed final table. Sebastian Momtazi lead the way while Clinkscales sat second in the counts. Joining the duo at the top were hometown favorites Daniel Lobato, Amelio Amato and reigning WPTDeepStacks Player of the Series Karl Manouchakian.

The action moved fast as Manouchakian, Lobato and Amato exited ninth, eighth and seventh respectively. Clinkscales cruised as Zoltan Anda busted sixth, Ryan Luker fifth and Andrew Boccia fourth. Clinkscales eliminated Momtazi third and took a nearly three-to-one chip lead into heads up play against Michael Cohen. The final duel lasted only a few hands as Cohen succumbed to Clinkscales finishing runner up for $92,734.

Clinkscales is 34 years old and a regular on the poker tournament circuit. His tournament resume boasts over 120 cashes and nine victories. His win in Tampa marks his largest score to date and moves him over $1,175,000 in career earnings.

The WPTDeepStacks at Seminole Hard Rock began June 8th and concluded Monday evening with Clinkscales’ victory. In all, the series boasted five primary events. In addition to the Main Event, the 12-day festival was headlined by $570 and $350 prelims.

Main Event results:

1st: Rex Clinkscales – $162,354* + Guitar Trophy/SHRPO Seat
2nd: Michael Cohen – $92,734
3rd: Sebastian Momtazi – $56,671
4th: Andrew Boccia – $46,711
5th: Ryan Luker – $37,781
6th: Zoltan Anda – $30,911
7th: Amelio Amato – $24,729
8th: Daniel Lobato – $18,890
9th: Karl Manouchakian – $13,051
10th: Michael Gallo – $8,587
11th: Jeff Krusinski – $8,587
12th: Shawn Barnett – $8,587
13th: Harvey Vandeven – $6,182
14th: Jennifer Parker – $6,182
15th: Michael Vadala – $6,182
16th: Matt Steinberg – $4,259
17th: Rafael Fernandes – $4,259
18th: Howard Millian – $4,259
19th: Claudemir Osorio – $3,641
20th: John Ott – $3,641
21st: David Rauf – $3,641
22nd: Anthony Astarita – $3,641
23rd: Ryan Galpern – $3,641
24th: Larry Lee – $3,641
25th: Chad Padgett – $3,641
26th: Mirza Sopovic – $3,641
27th: Maroun Akiki – $3,641
28th: Andrew Grose – $3,229
29th: James Nettnin – $3,229
30th: Kyle Jensen – $3,229
31st: Joseph Mole – $3,229
32nd: Christian De Guzman – $3,229
33rd: Li ZHou – $3,229
34th: James Sutherland – $3,229
35th: Danny Wilson – $3,229
36th: Charles Johnson – $3,229
37th: Gregory Balot – $2,885
38th: Dillon Burns – $2,885
39th: Mauricio Farias – $2,885
40th: Steve Trizis – $2,885
41st: Daniel Griggs – $2,885
42nd: Natalia Nogina – $2,885
43rd: Stepas Tindziulis – $2,885
44th: Haroon Samnani – $2,885
45th: Peter Walsworth – $2,885
46th: Carlos Evangelista – $2,542
47th: Jeffrey Albright – $2,542
48th: James McDonald – $2,542
49th: Christopher Hyden – $2,542
50th: Michael Landress – $2,542
51st: David Tiffenberg – $2,542
52nd: Michael Palumbo – $2,542
53rd: Ronald Sullivan – $2,542
54th: Gareth Walker – $2,542
55th: Evan Panesis – $2,267
56th: Dustin Smith – $2,267
57th: Collin Wilson – $2,267
58th: Katherine Stahl – $2,267
59th: Robert Woodward – $2,267
60th: James Smith – $2,267
61st: David Owens – $2,267
62nd: John McCarthy – $2,267
63rd: Michael Le May – $2,267
64th: Harry Rosenblum– $1,992
65th: Alexander Colin – $1,992
66th: Brett Howard – $1,992
67th: Peter Bradley – $1,992
68th: Ok Haselton – $1,992
69th: Wagner Wysotchanski – $1,992
70th: Jorge Gomez – $1,992
71st: Amie Martini – $1,992
72nd: Andre Crooks – $1,992

Main Event: Rex Clinkscales Wins WPTDeepStacks Main Event ($162,354); Michael Cohen Eliminated in 2nd Place ($92,734)

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$300,000 Guaranteed | Live Streamed Final Table
Level 36: 150,000/300,000/50,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 1/704

Rex Clinkscales

Michael Cohen open-shoved the button for just over 3,000,000. Rex Clinkscales snap-called and Cohen was drawing slim.

Clinkscales: tcth
Cohen: 9d6d

Runout: 5c4c3skc5h

Clinkscales’ tens held and he won the WPTDeepStacks Main Event for $162,354. Michael Cohen was eliminated in second place earning $92,734.

Michael Cohen

A full report will be posted shortly. In the meantime, here’s a look at the final table results:

1st: Rex Clinkscales – $162,354* + Guitar Trophy/SHRPO Seat
2nd: Michael Cohen – $92,734
3rd: Sebastian Momtazi – $56,671
4th: Andrew Boccia – $46,711
5th: Ryan Luker – $37,781
6th: Zoltan Anda – $30,911
7th: Ameilio Amato – $24,729
8th: Daniel Lobato – $18,890
9th: Karl Manouchakian – $13,051

Main Event: Sebastian Momtazi Eliminated in 3rd Place ($56,671)

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$300,000 Guaranteed | Live Streamed Final Table
Level 35: 125,000/250,000/25,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 2/704

Sebastian Momtazi

Rex Clinkscales raised the small blind to 600,000 and it was on Sebastian Momtazi in the big blind. He shoved and Clinkscales called.

Clinkscales: 3h3d
Momtazi: kcjh

Runout: asad9h8s7h

Clinkscales’ threes held and Momtazi was eliminated in third place.

Sebastian Momtazi – Eliminated in 3rd place ($56,671)

Main Event: Andrew Boccia Eliminated in 4th Place ($46,711)

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$300,000 Guaranteed | Live Streamed Final Table
Level 35: 125,000/250,000/25,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 3/704

Andrew Boccia

Sebastian Momtazi shoved 4,005,000 from under the gun and Michael Cohen folded the button. It was on Andrew Boccia in the small blind and he moved all-in for less. Rex Clinkscales was in the big blind and asked for a count before folding. Boccia was at risk.

Boccia: ackc
Momtazi: asjd

Runout: 7d3c2h9hjh

Momtazi spiked a jack on the river to take the lead in the hand and bust Boccia in fourth place.

Sebastian Momtazi – 5,200,000
Andrew Boccia – Eliminated in 4th place ($46,711)

Main Event: Updated Chip Counts, Remaining Payouts and Final Table Results

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$300,000 Guaranteed | Live Streamed Final Table
Level 35: 125,000/250,000/25,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 4/704

Seat 1: Sebastian Momtazi – 4,455,000
Seat 2: Michael Cohen – 2,355,000
Seat 3: Andrew Boccia – 3,180,000
Seat 4: Rex Clinkscales – 7,575,000

1st – $162,354* + Guitar Trophy/$5,250 SHRPO Seat
2nd – $92,734
3rd – $56,671
4th – $46,711

5th: Ryan Luker – $37,781
6th: Zoltan Anda – $30,911
7th: Ameilio Amato – $24,729
8th: Daniel Lobato – $18,890
9th: Karl Manouchakian – $13,051

Main Event: Rex Clinkscales Takes Chip Lead via Andrew Boccia

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$300,000 Guaranteed | Live Streamed Final Table
Level 34: 100,000/200,000/25,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 4/704

Rex Clinkscales opened to 475,000 from late position and Andrew Boccia — who had Clinkscales covered — shoved the big blind. Clinkscales called off and the hands were put face up.

Clinkscales: tdth
Boccia: adts

Runout: jc9h3skc2s

Clinkscales’ tens held and he doubled through the previous chip leader.

Rex Clinkscales – 9,870,000
Andrew Boccia – 475,000

Main Event: Ryan Luker Eliminated in 5th Place ($37,781)

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$300,000 Guaranteed | Live Streamed Final Table
Level 34: 100,000/200,000/25,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 4/704

Ryan Luker

Ryan Luker shoved 1,435,000 from the cutoff and Rex Clinkscales called from the button. The blinds folded and Luker was at risk.

Luker: as8s
Clinkscales: ad3h

Luker was in great position to double, but a kd8h7h2h5h runout changed that. With four hearts on the board, Clinkscales improved to a flush and earned the pot. Luker was eliminated in fifth place.

Ryan Luker – Eliminated in 5th place ($37,781)

Main Event: Sebastian Momtazi Doubles through Andrew Boccia

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$300,000 Guaranteed | Live Streamed Final Table
Level 33: 75,000/150,000/25,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 5/704

Andrew Boccia opened from early position and Sebastian Momtazi shoved the big blind. Boccia called putting Momtazi at risk.

Momtazi: ac8d
Boccia: kcjs

Runout: ts6c4hqd3h

Boccia turned Broadway outs, but the river 3h wasn’t one of them. Momtazi’s ace-hight was good and he doubled.

Sebastian Momtazi – 3,335,000

Main Event: Ryan Luker Doubles through Andrew Boccia

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$300,000 Guaranteed | Live Streamed Final Table
Level 33: 75,000/150,000/25,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 5/704

Andrew Boccia raised the button to 375,000 and Ryan Luker shoved the small blind for 1,205,000. Boccia called and Luker was at risk.

Luker: 5s5d
Boccia: ac5c

Runout: kcjstd2s9d

Luker’s fives held and he doubled through the chip leader.

Ryan Luker – 2,735,000
Andrew Boccia – 7,400,000

Main Event: Zoltan Anda Eliminated in 6th Place ($30,911)

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$300,000 Guaranteed | Live Streamed Final Table
Level 32: 60,000/120,000/20,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 5/704

Zoltan Anda

Andrew Boccia raised to 270,000 from early position and Zoltan Anda moved all-in for less — 55,000 — from the button. Rex Clinkscales called the 270,000 from the small blind and played for a side pot with Boccia.

Flop: jh5c5h

Clinkscales checked. Boccia bet 250,000. Clinkscales folded and Boccia earned the side pot and went face up for the main pot with Anda.

Boccia: asjc for top pair top kicker
Anda: 9s4d for nine-high

Turn and river: 8s3s

Anda was eliminated in sixth place earning $30,911 while Boccia added to his lead.

Zoltan Anda – Eliminated in 6th place ($30,911)

Main Event: Rex Clinkscales Doubles through Zoltan Anda

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$300,000 Guaranteed | Live Streamed Final Table
Level 32: 60,000/120,000/20,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 6/704

In a blind-versus-blind  battle, Zoltan Anda was in the small and Rex Clinkscales in the bag. The flop was kckdtc and the pair got the last of Clinkscales’ stack in. Clinkscales had the nuts with ksts for a fullhouse. Anda owned qsqd and was second best but had Clinkscales covered.

Turn and river: qc8h

Anda improved to a fullhouse, but it was still second best to Clinkscales. Clinkscales doubled.

Rex Clinkscales – 4,050,000

Main Event: Amelio Amato Eliminated in 7th Place ($24,729)

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$300,000 Guaranteed | Live Streamed Final Table
Level 32: 60,000/120,000/20,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 6/704

Amelio Amato

Sebastien Momtazi opened from late position to 250,000. It folded to Andrew Boccia on the button and he called. It was on Amelio Amato in the small blind and he moved all-in for 1,160,000. Momtazi folded and Boccia found a call.

Amato: adth
Boccia: ksqs

Runout: kckh2s7ctc

Boccia improved to trips and grew his chip lead. Amato was eliminated in seventh place earning $24,729.

Amelio Amato

Amelio Amato – Eliminated in 7th place ($24,729)

Main Event: Updated Counts and Remaining Payouts

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$300,000 Guaranteed | Live Streamed Final Table
Level 32: 60,000/120,000/20,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 7/704

Seat 1: Sebastian Momtazi – 2,485,000
Seat 2: Michael Cohen – 1,375,000
Seat 3: Andrew Boccia – 6,390,000
Seat 4: Amelio Amato – 1,750,000
Seat 5: Ryan Luker – 1,350,000
Seat 6: Zoltan Anda – 2,365,000
Seat 7: Rex Clinkscales – 1,850,000

1st – $162,354* + Guitar Trophy/$5,250 SHRPO Seat
2nd – $92,734
3rd – $56,671
4th – $46,711
5th – $37,781
6th – $30,911
7th – $24,729

Main Event: Daniel Lobato Eliminated in 8th Place ($18,890)

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$300,000 Guaranteed | Live Streamed Final Table
Level 31: 50,000/100,000/15,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 7/704

Daniel Lobato

Sebastian Momtazi opened it for a raise from late position and Andrew Boccia shoved the cutoff. It was on Daniel Lobato on the button and he moved all-in for less — about 1,200,000. The blinds folded as did Momtazi in late position. Lobato was at risk against Boccia.

Boccia: qcqh
Lobato: tsth

Runout: kh9h4h9s4s

Lobato’s tens were no good and he busted in eighth place earning $18,890.

Daniel Lobato

Daniel Lobato – Eliminated in 8th place ($18,890)

Main Event: Rex Clinkscales vs. Sebastian Momtazi

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$300,000 Guaranteed | Live Streamed Final Table
Level 30: 40,000/80,000/10,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 8/704

Rex Clinkscales raised the button to 200,000. Start-of-day chip leader Sebastian Momtazi called from the small blind and they saw a flop heads up.

Flop: js8c5c – Momtazi checked and Clinkscales bet 180,000. Momtazi called.

Turn: js8c5c7d – Both players checked.

River: js8c5c7d3d – Momtazi checked a third time. Clinkscales bet 210,000 and Momtazi called.

Clinkscales: 9s9c

Momtazi’s cards hit the muck and Clinkscales took the pot.

Rex Clinkscales – 3,650,000
Sebastian Momtazi – 1,650,000

Main Event: Karl Manouchakian Eliminated in 9th Place ($13,051)

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$300,000 Guaranteed | Live Streamed Final Table
Level 29: 30,000/60,000/10,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 8/704

Karl Manouchakian

Karl Manouchakian shoved the cutoff for 560,000. It folded to Zoltan Anda in the small blind and he called. Rex Clinkscales folded his big blind and Manouchakian was at risk.

Anda: acjc
Manouchakian: kh8h

Runout: 9d6h5c2c6d

Manouchakian never caught up and the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa standout was eliminated in ninth place.

Manouchakian is a professional poker player who was born in Lebanon but now resides in Tampa. He’s the reigning WPTDeepStacks Player of the Series having finished runner-up in last year’s opener and winning the $350 re-entry a few days later.

The ninth-place finish today marked his third largest score to date.

Karl Manouchakian

Karl Manouchakian – Eliminated in 9th place ($13,051)

Main Event: Day 2 Resumes; Sebastien Momtazi Leads Final Nine

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$300,000 Guaranteed | Live Streamed Final Table
Level 28: 25,000/50,000/5,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 9/704

It’s just after 12pm at the Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa, Florida and the final day of action in the property’s WPTDeepStacks Main Event is underway. From 704 starting entries, the field is down to the final nine. They’ve each locked up $13,051 but the winner is slated to head home with $162,354 along with a $5,250 seat in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship and the signature guitar trophy.

It’s Sebastien Momtazi who leads a stout field with a stack of 2,840,000. He’s trailed by a tough lineup that includes Seminole Hard Rock Tampa regulars Daniel Lobato, Karl Manouchakian, Amelio Amato.

Seat 1: Sebastian Momtazi – 2,840,000
Seat 2: Michael Cohen – 2,150,000
Seat 3: Andrew Boccia – 2,590,000
Seat 4: Daniel Lobato – 1,800,000
Seat 5: Amelio Amato – 600,000
Seat 6: Karl Manouchakian – 885,000
Seat 7: Ryan Luker – 1,320,000
Seat 8: Zoltan Anda – 2,680,000
Seat 9: Rex Clinkscales – 2,700,000

1st – $162,354* + Guitar Trophy/$5,250 SHRPO Seat
2nd – $92,734
3rd – $56,671
4th – $46,711
5th – $37,781
6th – $30,911
7th – $24,729
8th – $18,890
9th – $13,051

The live stream is set to begin 30 minutes from now with hole cards and commentary by last year’s champion Anthony Astarita. Updates throughout the day will be available right here at SHRTPoker.com.

Main Event: Restart at 12pm with $162K Up Top; Live Stream at WPTDSLive.com

Seat 1: Sebastian Momtazi – 2,840,000
Seat 2: Michael Cohen – 2,150,000
Seat 3: Andrew Boccia – 2,590,000
Seat 4: Daniel Lobato – 1,800,000
Seat 5: Amelio Amato – 600,000
Seat 6: Karl Manouchakian – 885,000
Seat 7: Ryan Luker – 1,320,000
Seat 8: Zoltan Anda – 2,680,000
Seat 9: Rex Clinkscales – 2,700,000

1st – $162,354* + Guitar Trophy/$5,250 SHRPO Seat
2nd – $92,734
3rd – $56,671
4th – $46,711
5th – $37,781
6th – $30,911
7th – $24,729
8th – $18,890
9th – $13,051

Nine Remain in WPTDeepStacks Main Event; Live Streamed Final Table Begins Monday at 12pm, $162K Up Top

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$300,000 Guaranteed | Live Streamed Final Table
Level 28: 25,000/50,000/5,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 9/704

The WPTDeepStacks Main Event at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood marked the third largest finale in the tour’s four-year history. From 704 starting entries, the $1,100 buy-in event is down to the final nine left jockeying for the lion’s share of the $689,920 prize pool. Each remaining player has locked up $13,051 while the tournament’s champion is set to pocket $162,354 along with a $5,250 seat in August’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship.

WPTDeepStacks regular Rex Clinkscales sits second in the counts trailing chip leader Sebastian Momtazi just slightly. Clinkscales holds 2,700,000 while Momtazi owns 2,840,000. Seminole Hard Rock Tampa regulars Karl Manouchakian and Amelio Amato join the action as the tournament short stacks.

Karl Manouchakian
Amelio Amato

Final table seating assignments and chip counts:

Seat 1: Sebastian Momtazi – 2,840,000
Seat 2: Michael Cohen – 2,150,000
Seat 3: Andrew Boccia – 2,590,000
Seat 4: Daniel Lobato – 1,800,000
Seat 5: Amelio Amato – 600,000
Seat 6: Karl Manouchakian – 885,000
Seat 7: Ryan Luker – 1,320,000
Seat 8: Zoltan Anda – 2,680,000
Seat 9: Rex Clinkscales – 2,700,000

1st – $162,354* + Guitar Trophy/$5,250 SHRPO Seat
2nd – $92,734
3rd – $56,671
4th – $46,711
5th – $37,781
6th – $30,911
7th – $24,729
8th – $18,890
9th – $13,051

Play resumes Monday at 12pm with 10:38 left in Level 28 — 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante.

The final table will be live streamed with hole cards on a 30-minute delay on WPTDSLive.com. Tournament updates will be available right here at SHRTPoker.com.