The inaugural DeepStacks Poker Tour Western New York Poker Championship has reached a final table after two days of play at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, New York. The tournament began with 217 players, including several high-profile members of Team DeepStacks, but only six will return for the televised final table on Sunday.
Day 2 began with 42 players, and a whirlwind of early eliminations left only 25 players on the money bubble in the third level of the day. That's when the biggest hand of the day took place. With several small stacks simply trying to squeeze into the money, the two biggest stacks in the room collided for the biggest pot of the tournament to that point.
Chip leader Kyaw Naing raised to 15,000 from the cutoff and Lou Procopio three-bet to 62,000 from the small blind. Action folded back to Naing, who made the call, and the dealer rolled out a flop. Naing checked and Procopio took his time before betting 150,000. Naing check-raised all-in and Procopio stood up and announced a call.
Naing needed a heart to burst the bubble and take an overwhelming lead over the rest of the field. However, the turn brought the and the river was the , giving Procopio around 850,000 — more than double the stack of any other player. Naing was left with just 82,500, and he was sent home as the bubble on the very next hand.
Michael Mizrachi was the biggest story entering the day. The man with more the $12 million in live tournament earnings had the chip lead when play began, but "The Grinder" had a turbulent ride at the feature table all afternoon. Mizrachi snuck his way into the money, but he was eliminated in 14th place when his was bested by Mike Crystal's .
Procopio used the chips he won on the money bubble to run over his opponents the rest of the day. He also got the help of a timely turn card in a big hand against Jonathan Dimmig. Dimmig got his 300,000-plus chip stack all-in preflop with against Procopio's , but the board gave an animated Procopio a set of kings. Procopio is second in chips entering the final table, trailing only William Vogel.
Vogel climbed past Procopio for the lead on the final hand of the night. Vogel and Husni Aga both checked the flop, but when Vogel made it 25,000 on the turn, Aga called. The river seemed innocent enough, but Aga decided to shove his last 185,000 in the middle. After about two minutes in the tank, Vogel called with , picking off Aga's bluff to secure the final table.
Every member of the final table is from Upstate New York, making the tournament a true Western New York Poker Championship. Joining Vogel and Procopio at the final table will be Tom Krol, Nicholas Goetz, Michael Wachowski, and last year's runner-up at the DeepStacks Seneca Poker Open, Steve Przybyl.
Here's a look at the table draw and chip counts of the final six:
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