Poker Couple Ashley Sleeth & Jesse Sylvia Both Capture Titles in Las Vegas
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Move over Alex Foxen and Kristen Bicknell. Poker has a new power couple – at least for this week!
Jesse Sylvia and Ashley Sleeth, who are engaged, both found success within a week of each other out in Las Vegas. That is where the World Series of Poker Circuit is playing out at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, and also the DeepStack Extravaganza I series wrapped up at the Venetian.
Sleeth Puts a Ring on It
In the WSOPC Rio, Event #6: $400 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo attracted 205 entrants, which created a $67,650 prizepool. In the end, it was Sleeth who came out on top to capture a $17,586 first-place prize and a coveted gold ring.
"I am really committed to tournaments now, and I am really excited about it."
"I'm feeling awesome," Sleeth told WSOP officials after her win. "I had a bigger stack to my left. I kind of was handcuffed at the beginning [of the final table], but then I opened and he shoved all in when I had aces, so then I doubled up through him."
The win brought Sleeth’s lifetime tournament earnings up to $198,669. It marked the second-largest score of her career behind the $31,300 she won for taking second in last November’s Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza IV Event #30: $1,100 Double Stack, and just ahead of the $17,243 she won for taking 786th in the 2018 WSOP Main Event.
"I am really committed to tournaments now, and I am really excited about it," said Sleeth.
WSOPC Rio Event #6 Final Table Results
|1||Ashely Sleeth||Locahatchee, Florida||$17,586|
|2||Christian Smith||Manhattan, Kansas||$10,865|
|3||Scott Cooper||Mauldin, South Carolina||$7,845|
|4||Christina Read||Sugar Hill, Georgia||$5,762|
|5||Maxx Dansky||Nashville, Tennessee||$4,350|
|6||Ivan Zarate||Reno, Nevada||$3,271|
|7||Jason Seitz||Shakopee, Minnesota||$2,527|
|8||Bobby Poe||Las Vegas, Nevada||$1,984|
|9||Reuben Peters||Boston, Massachusetts||$1,583|
Sylvia Follows Up with Venetian Victory
The Venetian wrapped up its DeepStack Extravaganza I series over the weekend. It culminated with Event #42: $1,600 NLH Main Event, a tournament that surpassed its $1 million guarantee by attracting 797 runners. That meant an $1,143,695 prize pool was paid out to the top 81 players.
The final table proved to be a stacked affair with the likes of 2012 WSOP Main Event runner-up Jesse Sylvia, James Carroll, Barry Hutter, and Joey Weissman.
According to updates from the event, Weissman got his chips in preflop with Big Slick and failed to win a race against Sylvia’s pocket jacks to bust in seventh place for $44,604. As for Hutter, he fell in fifth place after getting it in with pocket fours against both ace-king and ace-queen. Hutter did not prevail and was technically eliminated by Carroll.
It was actually Sylvia and Carroll who would make it to heads-up play, which is when they agreed to an even chop and to deal one more hand to determine the winner and recipient of the trophy. Carroll was dealt the and Sylvia the . The board ran out and Sylvia rivered a pair of eights to win it.
Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza I Main Event Results
*Denotes heads-up deal.
*Lead photo c/o WSOP.
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