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Poker Couple Ashley Sleeth & Jesse Sylvia Both Capture Titles in Las Vegas

Ashley Sleeth and Jesse Sylvia
  • Engaged couple @SleethChips & @MrJesseJames4 both found success out in Las Vegas.

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

1Ashely SleethLocahatchee, Florida$17,586
2Christian SmithManhattan, Kansas$10,865
3Scott CooperMauldin, South Carolina$7,845
4Christina ReadSugar Hill, Georgia$5,762
5Maxx DanskyNashville, Tennessee$4,350
6Ivan ZarateReno, Nevada$3,271
7Jason SeitzShakopee, Minnesota$2,527
8Bobby PoeLas Vegas, Nevada$1,984
9Reuben PetersBoston, 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.

Jesse Sylvia
Jesse Sylvia (Image c/o Venetian)

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 {a-Clubs}{5-Spades} and Sylvia the {8-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}. The board ran out {k-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{7-Spades}{8-Spades} and Sylvia rivered a pair of eights to win it.

Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza I Main Event Results

1Jesse Sylvia$184,707*
2James Carroll$184,707*
3Mitch Garshofsky$102,933
4J.F. Villacanas$76,513
5Barry Hutter$58,328
6Joey Weissman$44,604
7Ben Ector$34,311
8Peter Vitantonio$26,305
9Vladimir Mefodichev$20,587
10Rok Gostisa$17,041

*Denotes heads-up deal.

*Lead photo c/o WSOP.

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