2019 WPTDeepStacks Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
$1,100 Buy-in Main Event (Re-Entry)
Prize Pool: $639,230
June 13-17, 2019
(Tampa, FL) — The WPTDeepStacks Main Event concluded Monday evening at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa. Claiming an outright win in the $1,100 buy-in series finale was Jeff Trudeau, a Seminole regular, earning $120,842. That prize figure is inclusive of a $3,000 package into the season-ending WPTDeepStacks Champions where Trudeau will represent the Seminole Hard Rock.
Trudeau was a man of few words following the win.
“Pretty good,” he laughed when asked how it felt to be a WPTDeepStacks Tampa champion.
Running over the course of three starting flights and two restart days, Trudeau’s win was a marathon that went deep into the structure. His Day 2 bag came in Flight C and he stayed toward the top of the list before bagging the second biggest stack at the final table.
Monday’s final session action was fast, losing the first six players in just over two hours. Trudeau was a spectator for much of that and could only watch as tablemate Fabian Foster built a huge stack. Following Wendy Vo’s third-place elimination, it was heads and Trudeau was a 2-to-1 underdog. He doubled to level the stacks, but gave up a double a few hands later was a 4-to-1 chip underdog. In the end, he overcame Foster to be crowned a WPTDeepStacks champion. Foster, who was born and raised in Jamaica, earned $82,627 for his second-place finish.
Trudeau is a 25-year-old poker professional from nearby Mount Dora. His WPTDeepStacks victory is a career highlight, but the winner’s circle is familiar territory for the accomplished pro. Dating back to 2011, he’s recorded more than 170 tournament cashes including 19 tournament wins and totaling more than $1,500,000. Monday’s six-figure score marks his second-largest cash to date behind only a 26th-place finish in last year’s $10,000 World Series of Poker Main Event.
The WPTDeepStacks Main Event marked the eighth of 10 trophy events on the Tampa schedule which began June 5. With 659 entries, the $500,000 prize pool was easily surpassed topping out at $639,230. Additionally, the turnout marked a notable year-over-year attendance increase of nearly 40 entries.
It was Trudeau that got the best of it, but a slew of other notables finished in the money; Jonathan Hilton (12th, $9,792), Jordan Joeckel (13th, $7,794), Steve Trizis (30th, $3,118), Wally Maddah (39th, $2,736), Tony March (40th, $2,736) and Anthony Astarita (68th, $1,934). Astarita’s 68th-place finish might not seem like much, but he won the inaugural WPTDeepStacks Tampa in 2016 and has recorded cashes every since.
Thank you to everyone who played this event and see you next year!
WPTDeepStacks Tampa results:
1st: Jeff Trudeau – $120,842 + Trophy
2nd: Fabian Foster – $82,627
3rd: Wendy Vo – $53,259
4th: Saj Illikal – $38,765
5th: Dan Chalifour – $29,712
6th: Mark Scacewater – $23,776
7th: Peter Walsworth – $19,704
8th: Ryan Anderkin – $15,689
9th: Alex Kimpel – $11,783
Complete tournament results available by clicking the link below