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Maroun Akiki Captures the Deep Stack Challenge Title Outright for $37,870

2024 Winter Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 4
$700 Deep Stack Challenge (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  292
Prize Pool:  $178,120
January 29 – 31, 2024

Maroun Akiki, WPO Event 4 champ

The $700 Deep Stack Challenge was one of the last events before the WPO Championship, and a lot of talented players came out for the warmup. By the night’s end, Maroun Akiki outlasted everyone for the outright win for $37,870.

This was the biggest cash of Akiki’s career, topping the $32K he earned for a Lucky Hearts Poker Open title in Hollywood over a decade ago. He beat a tough final table in WPO Event 4 that included two-time WSOP bracelet winner Michael Wang and Tampa tournament killer Fred Paradis.

Congrats Maroun and good luck in the Championship!

Results:

PlaceFirst NameLast NameCityStatePrize Amount
1MarounAkikiKissimmeeFL$37,870
2MichaelWangLas VegasNV$25,210
3FredParadisOldsmarFL$18,370
4TeresaRamseyBroken ArrowOK$13,560
5RossCorlessLakelandFL$10,150
6EvanPantanoKey WestFL$7,700
7ChadLiptonFort LauderdaleFL$5,920
8AlexanderZiskinFort MyersFL$4,620
9TravisGentileTampaFL$3,650
10JoshuaHertzIvylandPA$3,650
11JasonBlockTampaFL$2,980
12JaredPenneyAlachuaFL$2,980
13ChristopherCochranRinggoldGA$2,480
14MarcusGurleySummerland KeyFL$2,480
15JustinHorneMount AiryNC$2,110
16RaymondManciniSarasotaFL$2,110
17NicholasCostaPort OrangeFL$1,830
18EdwinVasconcelosPort OrangeFL$1,830
19RyanLuppinoCharlestonSC$1,830
20HristosTsironisOrlandoFL$1,830
21AndrewPhillipsPalm CoastFL$1,620
22YunkyuSongCamasWA$1,620
23KevinDilkGreenwoodIN$1,620
24MatthewBallSeffnerFL$1,620
25WilliamGreenfieldVillanovaPA$1,460
26RyanHoganWinter GardenFL$1,460
27EricksonZschunkeAtlantaGA$1,460
28RonaldLaneWilmerAL$1,460
29FelipeKouryRio De Saneiro$1,460
30PeterWalsworthLakewood RanchFL$1,460
31RandyLevinTampaFL$1,460
32IsaacAliTampaFL$1,460
33BrianBrookshireGreenwoodIN$1,360
34SanjibAcharyaTampaFL$1,360
35JamesMckinnonSaint PetersburgFL$1,360
36CuinnGriffinSarasotaFL$1,360
37SihaoZhangUseldange$1,360

Event 4: Maroun Akiki Wins ($37,870); Michael Wang Runner-up ($25,210)

$700 Deep Stack Challenge (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante

Maroun Akiki

On the dramatic last hand of the tournament, Maroun Akiki and Michael Wang put all the chips in the middle with Wang at risk.

Wang flopped two pair eights and sixes but Akiki hit the two-out ace on the turn. He took the pot and the title along with $37,870 while Wang earned $25,210 for his runner-up finish.

1st: Maroun Akiki – $37,870 + WPO Trophy
2nd: Michael Wang – $25,210

Michael Wang

Event 4: Chip Counts at Break

$700 Deep Stack Challenge (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 22:  15,000/30,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining:  7 of 292

The seven remaining players went on another break and returned with a familiar Tampa player at the top of the counts. Fred Paradis worked a short stack earlier in the day but now leads the $700 Deep Stack Challenge followed closely by two-time WSOP bracelet winner Michael Wang.

Seat 1: Teresa Ramsey – 950,000 (32 bb)
Seat 2: Fred Paradis – 2,115,000 (71 bb)
Seat 4: Maroun Akiki – 720,000 (24 bb)
Seat 5: Michael Wang – 2,100,000 (70 bb)
Seat 6: Ross Corless – 1,710,000 (57 bb)
Seat 7: Evan Pantano – 565,000 (19 bb)
Seat 8: Chad Lipton – 600,000 (20 bb)

1st: $37,870 + WPO Trophy
2nd: $25,210
3rd: $18,370
4th: $13,560
5th: $10,150
6th: $7,700
7th: $5,920