Foxen, Weissman, and Black Among Venetian March DeepStack Showdown Winners

March DeepStack Showdown

From Mach 6-April 2, Venetian Las Vegas played host to the March DeepStack Showdown, which offered more than $3 million in guaranteed prize pools across 42 events. When all was said and done, the series catered to 4,989 entrants (not including satellites) and awarded $4,119,408in prize money. However, the Venetian did have to eat $153,550 in overlay in their $1,600 NLH Mysrtey Bounty event, which was won by one of the biggest names in poker – more on that below.

Among those to claim titles were David Larson (Event #9: $500 Epic Stack Freezeout for $14,463), Jason Bral (Event #12: $400 PLO for $4,300), and Samy Dighlawi (Event #19: $500 Epic Stack for $10,500). Also, the Czech Republic’s Karel Kratochvil was a two-time winner of the festival. First, he topped a 123-entry field to win Event #13: $400 NLH Epic Stack for $9,296, and two days later navigated an 82-entry field to win Event #17: $400 NLH Epic Stack for $7,885.

Similarly, Giorgii Skhulukhiia claimed two titles first besting a 474-entry field to win Event #28: $1,100 Ultimate Stack for $80,554, and then three days later topping a 308-entry field to win Event #33: $600 Ultimate Stack for $31,097. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the following day Skhulukhiia won the Wynn’s $200 Daily for $5,083.

All those scores follow Skhulukhiia’s March 9 victory in the Wynn Millions $3,000 NLH Event for $124,300. Check out his winner photo glamor shots:

Giorgii Skhulukhiia
Giorgii Skhulukhiia

Here are some other notable winners from the series.

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Alex Foxen Ships $1,600 Mystery Bounty Event

Alex Foxen
Alex Foxen

On April 2, Event #39: $1,600 Mystery Bounty fell short of its $1,000,000 guarantee, meaning the 594 entrants enjoyed a $153,550 overlay. Of the $1 million in the prize pool, $347,500 was paid out in bounties, while the rest was reserved for the top 75 finishers.

Some familiar names to cash Kenny Huynh (12th - $7,370), Justin Young (13th - $7,370), Jonathan Dimming (19th - $5,102), Eric Baldwin (20th - $5,102), Kfir Nahum (25th - $5,102), Ryan Riess (28th - $4,342), Farah Galfond (34th - $4,342), John Morgan (39th - $3,754), and J.J. Liu (49th - $3,296).

The final table was filled with crushers including Cole Ferraro (8th - $14,289), James Romero (7th - $18,334), and Calvin Anderson (5th - $31,472), but in the end, it was Alex Foxen defeating David Goodman in heads-up play to win the tournament for $109,010 plus any bounties he collected along the way.

Event #39 Final Table Results

1Alex FoxenLas Vegas, NV$109,010
2David GoodmanLas Vegas, NV$78,335
3Valentyn ShabelnykUkraine$57,039
4Timothy PaiSan Jose, CA$42,086
5Calvin AndersonLas Vegas, NV$31,472
6Tommy TranLas Vegas, NV$23,856
7James RomeroLas Vegas, NV$18,334
8Cole FerraroLas Vegas, NV$14,289
9Wo ZhuSan Francisco, CA$11,295

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Joey Weissman vs. Bryan Piccioli in Event #3

Joey Weissman
Joey Weissman

Earlier in the series on March 9, Event #3: $2,500 NLH Ultimate Stack saw 441 entrants battle for a $996,660 prize pool, which was paid out to the top 56 finishers. Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were Dylan Linde (10th - $14,996), Philip Shing (16th - $10,084), Michael Wang (19th - $8,458), Martins Adeniya (23rd - $8,458), and 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Ryan Riess (24th - $8,458).

The final table was filled with some familiar names in MSPT champs Dan Colpoys (8th - $23,650), James Romero (6th - $39,489), and Thomas Boivin (5th - $52,105). However, in the end, it was a pair of top poker pros in Joey Weissman and Bryan Piccioli duking it out heads up with the former ultimately prevailing to win the tournament for $180,774.

Event #3 Final Table Results

1Joey WeissmanLas Vegas, NV$180,774
2Bryan PiccioliLas Vegas, NV$129,848
3Niko KoopGermany$94,502
4Evgenii FidchukUkraine$69,699
5Thomas BoivinBelgium$52,105
6James RomeroLas Vegas, NV$39,489
7Cameron DruckerLas Vegas, NV$30,345
8Dan ColpoysWeymouth, MA$23,650
9Andres MoralesBoca Raton, FL$18,696

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Taylor Black Gets Job Done in Event #6

Taylor Black
Taylor Black

On March 11, Event #6: $800 NLH Ultimate Stack had 301 players generate a $207,690 prize pool that was paid out to the top 39 finishers. Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were Paul Gunness (10th - $3,569), George Heim (13th - $2,989), Vladimir Grechnikov (22nd - $1,991), Brandon Eisen (25th - $1,817), Patrick Truong (36th - $1,695), and Alexander Nachtwey (39th - $1,695).

The tournament ended when poker pro Taylor Black defeated David Yokoyama in heads-up play, a victory with a $41,340 payday.

Event #6 Final Table Results

1Taylor BlackLas Vegas, NV$41,340
2David YokoyamaWailuku, HI$29,210
3Jacob FerroCrystal River, FL$20,974
4Elvis ToomasSunland, CA$15,545
5Ivan RubanRussia$11,664
6Jean OrtegaHenderson, NV$8,858
7Gerald MorrellCastle Rock, CO$6,855
8Austin WilsonAmerican Fork, UT$5,407
9Cheang YooSeattle, WA$4,349

Venetian March DeepStack Showdown Winners

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DateTournamentEntriesPrize PoolOverlayWinnerHometownPrize
6-MarEvent #1: $1,600 NLH Epic Stack180$257,400$0Chris HundleyKirkland, WA$26,242
 Event #2: Mega Satellite      
9-MarEvent #3: $2,500 NLH Ultimate Stack441$996,660$0Joey WeissmanLas Vegas, NV$180,774
 Event #4: Mega Satellite      
 Event #5: Mega Satellite      
11-MarEvent #6: $800 NLH Ultimate Stack301$207,690$0Taylor BlackLas Vegas, NV$41,340
9-MarEvent #7: $300 NLH Bounty Survivor51$12,750$06 winnersN/A$1,500
10-MarEvent #8: $300 NLH Bounty Survivor68$17,000$06 winnersN/A$2,000
11-MarEvent #9: $500 NLH Epic Stack Freezeout137$57,814$0David LarsonLas Vegas, NV$14,463
11-MarEvent #10: $300 NLH Bounty40$10,000$0Yani BenitezFrance$2,121
12-MarEvent #11: $500 NLH Epic Stack124$52,328$0Andrew RodgersHenderson, NV$13,554
12-MarEvent #12: $400 PLO41$13,940$0Jason BralBeverly Hills, CA$4,300
13-MarEvent #13: $400 NLH Epic Stack123$40,959$0Karel KratochvilCzech Republic$9,296
13-MarEvent #14: $300 NLH Bounty Survivor48$12,000$05 winnersN/A$1,920
14-MarEvent #15: $400 NLH Epic Stack72$23,976$0Howard SchumanBrightswaters, NY$7,341
14-MarEvent #16: $300 NLH Bounty35$10,000$1,250Rocco AmorossoStony Brook, NY$2,463
15-MarEvent #17: $400 NLH Epic Stack82$27,306$0Karel KratochvilCzech Republic$7,885
15-MarEvent #18: $300 NLH Bounty62$15,500$0Salvatore GenoveseMarina, CA$1,894
16-MarEvent #19: $500 NLH Epic Stack110$46,420$0Samy DighlawiTemecula, CA$10,500
16-MarEvent #20: $300 NLH Bounty Survivor63$15,750$06 winnersN/A$2,000
20-MarEvent #21: $600 NLH Ultimate Stack372$187,860$0David YokoyamaWailuku, HI$30,825
17-MarEvent #22: $400 Big O61$20,740$0Randy Gonzales Jr.Chino, CA$5,745
20-MarEvent #23: $400 NLH Seniors131$43,885$0William GoldenFort Myers, FL$11,228
20-MarEvent #24: $300 NLH Bounty86$21,500$0Cornelius VervloetCanada$2,597
23-MarEvent #25: $400 NLH Ultimate Stack468$154,440$0Joseph LoebachSurprise, AZ$27,456
21-MarEvent #26: $300 NLH Bounty Survivor79$19,750$012 winnersN/A$1,254
 Event #27: Mega Satellite      
26-MarEvent #28: $1,100 NLH Ultimate Stack474$455,040$0Giorgii SkhulukhiiaRussia$80,554
 Event #29: Mega Satellite      
 Event #30: Mega Satellite      
26-MarEvent #31: $500 NLH Epic Stack120$50,640$0Sejo KasicLas Vegas, NV$13,162
26-MarEvent #32: $300 NLH Bounty Survivor57$14,250$05 winnersN/A$2,000
29-MarEvent #33: $600 NLH Ultimate Stack308$155,540$0Giorgii SkhulukhiiaGeorgia$31,097
27-MarEvent #34: $400 PLO Bounty39$13,260$0Alex GilNew York, NY$3,309
 Event #35: Mega Satellite      
29-MarEvent #36: $1,100 NLH Epic Stack115$110,975$0CJ PeakeTrotwood, OH$26,000
 Event #37: Mega Satellite      
 Event #38: Mega Satellite      
2-AprEvent #39: $1,600 NLH Mystery Bounty594$1,000,000$153,550Alex FoxenLas Vegas, NV$109,010
 Event #40: Mega Satellite      
 Event #41: Mega Satellie      
2-AprEvent #42: $600 NLH Epic Stack Freezeout107$54,035$0Carlos Chadha-VillamarinAlexandria, VA$14,679

What’s Coming Up Next?

The Venetian is already hosting their 2023 DeepStack Extravaganza II, which kicked off on April 2 and will run through May 21. That series will offer more than $2.2 million in guaranteed prize pools across 70 events.

Click here for a look at the full DeepStack Extravaganza II schedule.

*Images courtesy of Venetian.

  • The @VenetianPoker March DeepStack Showdown catered to 4,989 entrants and awarded $4,119,408.

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