Venetian DeepStack Championship Poker Series Awards $27 Million; Boivin & Aoki Winners

Venetian Winners

The DeepStack Championship Poker Series ran from May 22 to July 31 and featured nearly $14 million in guaranteed prize pools across dozens of events at Venetian Las Vegas.

That number was smashed as $27,391,509 in prize money was awarded and a total of 27,489 entrants competed in the Venetian summer series.

Among those to claim titles during the series were Valeriano Toledano (Event #36: $2,500 NLH DeepStack Championship for $183,859), David Gutfreund (Event #38: $1,600 NLH Seniors for $110,533), Chin Wei Lim (Event #44: $1,100 NLH UltimateStack for $115,331), and Danny Chang (Event #46: $800 PLO 8/B for $29,460).

Another winner was Stephen Sola, who took down a pair of tournaments only a few days apart as the series winded down (Event #71: $500 NLH EpicStack for $9,396 and Event #74: $500 NLH EpicStack for $8,000).

Here’s a look at some other winners from the DeepStack Championship Poker Series.

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Thomas Boivin Victorious in $2,500 NLH Mystery Bounty

Thomas Boivin
Thomas Boivin

The $2,500 NLH Mystery Bounty attracted 671 players to generate a prize pool of $1,516,460, with $671,000 set aside for the mystery bounties.

At the end of it, Belgian Thomas Boivin claimed the trophy and the $136,792 top prize, in addition to $57,000 in bounties, after he defeated Israel’s Ran Shahar in heads-up play. At the time of his victory, Boivin broke through the $5 million mark in total live earnings and moved up to second on Belgium’s all-time money list according to the Hendon Mob.

Others among the top 84 finishers to grab a piece of the prize pool include David Peters (22nd - $6,401), Joris Ruijs (33rd - $5,448), Ryan Laplante (65th - $3,344), and Romain Lewis (81st - $3,082).

Event #53: $2,500 NLH Mystery Bounty Final Table Results

1Thomas BoivinBelgium$136,792
2Ran ShaharIsrael$98,320
3Marc RiveraPhilippines$71,594
4Alonzo Hock LauSan Francisco, CA$52,827
5Stephane RevellyFrance$39,504
6Florian PesceSeattle, WA$29,945
7Rogen ChhabraMadison, MS$23,014
8Alessandro RighettiItaly$17,935
9David MargiIsrael$14,176

Mikiyo Aoki Wins Venetian LIPS Ladies Event

Mikiyo Aoki
Mikiyo Aoki

On June 28, the $500 NLH LIPS Ladies Event saw a total of 273 entrants battle it out on the felt for a piece of the $115,206 prize pool paid to the top 35 finishers.

Among those to make it into the money but fall short of the final table were Katerina Lukina (16th - $1,463), Brittany Spain (22nd - $1,166), and Jamie Kerstetter (33rd - $1,023).

At the end of it, Montana’s Mikiyo Aoki took the trophy and $20,317 after striking a heads-up deal with Texas’ Dusti Smith.

Aoki is no stranger to success in these types of events, as she finished runner-up in the 2014 WSOP Ladies Event and third in the 2021 WSOP Ladies Event. With this result, Aoki moved up to sixth on Montana’s all-time money list.

Event #42: $500 NLH Lips Ladies Final Table Results

1Mikiyo AokiBozeman, MT$20,317
2Dusti SmithDallas, TX$20,315
3Denise AllenGambrills, MD$12,000
4Susan MurpheyMarietta, GA$8,754
5Alisha Daniels-DuckworthWilton, CA$6,512
6Alejandra ReidelArgentina$4,940
7Jacqueline PenningtonAlbuquerque, NM$3,825
8Marsha AdamsSt. Louis, MO$3,023
9Lauren BunchJenks, OK$2,440

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Anthony Spinella Take Down $1,600 NLH Ultimate Bounty

Anthony Spinella
Anthony Spinella

On June 27, a $1,600 NLH Monster Bounty tournament ran with a $300K GTD, offering players $500 bounties from the start and $2,500 bounties once players were in the money. 580 entrants created a prize pool of $826,500 paid out to the top 73 finishers.

Among those to run deep but fall short of the final table were Andre Butler (17th - $3,688), Rodney Turvin (31st - $2,645), Zachary Hall (37th - $2,294), and Nicholas Seward (44th - $2,294).

Anthony Spinella was the last man standing and took the $66,157 first-place prize after defeating Andrew Tang in heads-up play. With the result, Spinella notched his ninth recorded victory and moved up to over $4.4 million in live tournament earnings according to the Hendon Mob.

Event #40: $1,600 NLH Ultimate Bounty Final Table Results

1Anthony SpinellaLas Vegas, NV$66,157
2Andrew TangLas Vegas, NV$47,448
3Richard DavisJupiter, FL$34,493
4Shu Yih NgMalaysia$25,418
5Bill WolfeSeattle, WA$18,990
6Peter VitantonioHighland Heights, OH$14,387
7Adi RajkovicAustria$11,055
8Hang XuUnited Kingdom$8,617
9Martin Gavasci NapoletaItaly$6,816

2023 DeepStack Championship Poker Series Winners

Venetian Poker Chips
DateTournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerHometownPrize
5/22Event #1: $500 NLH EpicStack87$36,714Cornel CimpanSacramento, CA$10,599
5/22Event #2: $300 NLH Bounty Survivor40$10,000Multiple WinnersN/A$1,800
5/25Event #3: $600 NLH UltimateStack334$168,670Yuzu WangChina$33,183
5/23Event #4: $300 NLH Survivor35$10,000Multiple WinnersN/A$2,500
5/25Event #5: $600 NLH EpicStack110$55,500Josh ReichardJanesville, WI$14,953
5/25Event #6: $300 NLH Survivor51$12,750Multiple WinnersN/A$2,500
5/29Event #7: $1,100 NLH MSPT807$778,755Matthew SchulteHamilton, OH$118,874
5/26Event #8: $400 PLO79$26,860Datian ZhangBayside, NY$7,972
5/26Event #9: $300 NLH Survivor61$15,250Multiple WinnersN/A$2,500
5/27Event #10: $300 NLH Survivor77$19,250Multiple WinnersN/A$2,407
6/1Event #11: $1,600 NLH MSPT701$998,925Corel TheumaBoca Raton, FL$113,900
5/30Event #12: $600 Limit Omaha 8/B138$69,690James Van AlstyneLas Vegas, NV$13,257
5/30Event #13: $400 NLH Survivor109$37,060Multiple WinnersN/A$3,060
6/1Event #14: $800 NLH EpicStack257$178,615Brian AltmanBoston, MA$37,626
6/2Event #15: $600 NLH EpicStack271$136,855Steven WilkieArvada, CO$24,812
6/2Event #16: $800 PLO Bounty297$208,791Joseph AltomonteClifton, NJ$26,500
6/3Event #17: $600 NLH EpicStack280$141,400Hussein HassanAustralia$29,288
6/3Event #18: $800 Big O253$177,859Leonard TalericoMerritt Island, FL$37,791
6/6Event #19: $1,600 NLH UltimateStack FO677$961,340Aleksandr GofmanRussia$154,990
6/4Event #20: $800 PLO 8/B294$206,682Pearce-Christian ArnoldBaltimore, MD$39,876
6/6Event #21: $800 NLH UltimateStack429$300,300Michael JohnsonChatham, IL$47,215
6/7Event #22: $1,100 PLO Monster Bounty445$431,650Samuel BifarellaFrance$37,926
6/10Event #23: $1,600 NLH UltimateStack944$1,340,480Thibault LetortFrance$179,408
6/10Event #24: $800 NLH UltimateStack380$266,000Joshua BoultonUnited Kingdom$38,010
6/13Event #25: $1,100 NLH UltimateStack FO611$586,560Cody BellYorba Linda, CA$97,179
6/13Event #26 $1,100 NLH UltimateStack263$253,795Ting-Yi TsaiTaiwan$53,463
6/13Event #27: $300 NLH Turbo Mega Satellite     
6/16Event #28: $2,500 NLH Ultimate Bounty390$1,000,000Mario NavarroSpain$111,024
6/14Event #29: $300 NLH Turbo Mega Satellite     
6/16Event #30: $1,100 Big O Bounty413$400,610Carlos GuerreroOrlando, FL$36,594
6/17Event #31: $1,100 NLH Ultimate Bounty294$283,710Ying VangSacramento, CA$32,690
6/17Event #32: $1,600 NLH UltimateStack FO244$347,700Vitor De Souza CoutinhoBrazil$74,853
6/21Event #33: $1,100 NLH UltimateStack1,336$1,282,560Narcis NedelcuRomania$128,280
6/21Event #34: $800 NLH UltimateStack590$413,000Pierre MerlinFrance$69,246
6/21Event #35: $300 NLH Turbo Mega Satellite     
6/24Event #36: $2,500 NLH DeepStack Championship422$1,000,000Valeriano ToledanoUnited Kingdom$183,859
6/22Event #37: $300 NLH Turbo Mega Satellite     
6/26Event #38: $1,600 NLH Seniors798$1,133,160David GutfreundLas Vegas, NV$110,533
6/26Event #39: $1,100 NLH UltimateStack525$506,625Mehrdad YousefzadehRoslyn, NY$61,001
6/27Event #40: $1,600 NLH Ultimate Bounty580$826,500Anthony SpinellaLas Vegas, NV$66,157
6/28Event #41: $800 NLH UltimateStack407$284,900Stephen FriedrichTolland, CT$46,814
6/28Event #42: $500 NLH Lips Ladies273$115,206Mikiyo AokiBozeman, MT$20,317
6/29Event #43: $1,600 NLH UltimateStack FO380$541,500Adam CroffutSeattle, WA$70,927
6/30Event #44: $1,100 NLH UltimateStack767$740,155Chin Wei LimMalaysia$115,331
7/2Event #45: 1,100 NLH Super Seniors256$247,680Linda IwaniakUnited Kingdom$52,372
7/1Event #46: $800 PLO 8/B214$150,442Danny ChangLas Vegas, NV$29,460
7/2Event #47: $1,100 NLH UltimateStack418$403,370Yanick LabattagliaCanada$64,293
7/3Event #48: $1,100 NLH Ultimate Bounty641$618,565Alessio SabatiniItaly$48,634
7/4Event #49: $800 NLH UltimateStack686$480,200Robert HoverCanton, MA$67,200
7/5Event #50: $1,100 NLH UltimateStack693$668,745Kamoru YusufHumble, TX$87,331
7/6Event #51: $800 NLH Ultimate Bounty648$453,600Bradley OubreLuling, LA$35,997
7/6Event #52: $300 NLH Turbo Mega Satellite     
7/9Event #53: $2,500 NLH Mystery Bounty671$1,516,460Thomas BoivinBelgium$136,792
7/7Event #54: $300 NLH Turbo Mega Satellite     
7/9Event #55: $1,100 NLH UltimateStack570$550,050Samuel BernsteinEnglewood. NJ$89,000
7/10Event #56: $1,100 NLH UltimateStack765$738,225Michael AllenUnited Kingdom$104,649
7/11Event #57: $800 NLH Ultimate Bounty688$481,600Ariel CelestinoBrazil$37,552
7/15Event #58: $1,600 NLH UltimateStack1,379$1,958,180Boris BerthometFrance$258,621
7/12Event #59: $800 PLO Bounty258$181,374Jeffrey GoldmanDurham, NC$20,258
7/15Event #60: $800 NLH UltimateStack282$197,400Ling DongyingSingapore$29,868
7/16Event #61: $800 NLH UltimateStack226$158,200Ksenia ShualiCanada$20,354
7/20Event #62: $1,100 NLH UltimateStack923$886,080Furkan BegTurkey$109,888
7/17Event #63: $800 Big O Bounty234$164,502Matthew BretzfieldHollywood, FL$20,036
7/20Event #64: $600 NLH EpicStack224$113,120David PhamHouston, TX$24,967
7/24Event #65: $800 NLH Mystery Bounty680$469,200Yuan YuChina$48,092
7/22Event #66: $600 Limit Omaha 8/B69$34,845Kao SaechaoRenton, WA$8,841
7/24Event #67: $600 NLH EpicStack160$80,800Lucas TaeWesley Chapel, FL$19,634
7/27Event #68: $400 NLH UltimateStack469$154,770Terry FleischerHenderson, NV$15,475
7/25Event #69: $300 NLH Bounty Survivor69$17,250Multiple WinnersN/A$2,000
7/26Event #70: $300 NLH Bounty Survivor46$11,500Multiple WinnersN/A$1,750
7/27Event #71: $500 NLH EpicStack75$31,650Stephen SolaLas Vegas, NV$9,396
7/31Event #72: $600 NLH EpicStack514$257,000Garen ZobianLas Vegas, NV$44,525
7/28Event #73: $300 NLH Bounty Survivor44$11,000Multiple WinnersN/A$1,760
7/31Event #74: $500 NLH EpicStack92$38,824Stephen SolaLas Vegas, NV$8,000
7/31Event #75: $300 NLH Bounty Survivor46$11,500Multiple WinnersN/A$2,000
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