The 2012 DeepStacks Poker Tour Mohegan Sun National Championship kicked off on Saturday as 251 entries hoped to navigate their collective way to Tuesday's final table. Among those who participated were DeepStacks Pros Michael Mizrachi, Mike Matusow, Tristan Wade and Chip Jett. Other notables to take to the DeepStacks felt were Vanessa Selbst, Vinny Pahuja and Allen Kessler. However, each fell short in their quest, making way for six fresh faces to have their chance at poker glory. When the dust settled, it was Artyem Perlov who was the sole survivor following a four-handed chop.
DSPT Mohegan Sun Final Table Results
*denotes four-handed deal
Though he began the final table as the short stack, Andrew Sherman-Ash took over the chip lead on the last hand of Level 27 (blinds of 25,000/50,000/5,000). It was the 73rd hand of the final table when David Stefanski, who began with the chip lead, opened to 100,000 from the hijack seat. Sherman-Ash three-bet to 240,000 from the small blind. Stefanski came back over the top with a four-bet, and before the amount was announced, Sherman-Ash five-bet all in for 1.615 million. A call from Stefanski revealed the was racing with the of Sherman-Ash. If the jacks held up, Stefanski would command more than half of the chips in play with five players remaining, but the board ran out to give Sherman-Ash the double up to 3.3 million.
From there, Sherman-Ash became the table captain starting with the very next hand, and he scored double elimination at the 30,000/60,000/10,000 level. From the cutoff, Nicholas Palma went all in for 640,000. Sherman-Ash called from the button, but that didn't deter Patrick Chan from squeezing all in for 1,315,000. Sherman-Ash called to put both players at risk.
Chan was in good shape to get back in the game, but the board fell to pair Sherman-Ash's seven and reduce the final table to four. It wasn't long after that a deal was agreed upon by the remaining players, and the details were as follows:
Set aside for the winner was the remaining $38,864 in prize money. While one might expect play to have picked up, it would be 51 hands before the next elimination. Stefanski was the one to go and it came on the heels of a big pot that saw him get drawn out on.
Still at 30,000/60,000/10,000, Stefanski opened to 120,000 from the cutoff. Adam Bitker defended his big blind, and the two saw a flop. Bitker checked to Stefanski who bet 95,000, but Bitker popped it to 255,000. A call from Stefanski led to the turn where Bitker bet 360,000. Stefanski called delivering the on the river. About a half pot-sized bet of 635,000 came from Bitker, who was happy to table his when Stefanski called. The rivered inside straight draw by Bitker left Stefanski with only 805,000, and he fell about ten hands later.
The blinds and antes were at the 40,000/80,000/10,000 level when Bitker moved all in from the small blind. Stefanski called all in for 795,000 with the and looked to survive against the of Bitker. However, that was going to be a tall task after the flop that absolutely nailed Bitker. Stefanski found no help from the turn nor the river, ending his run in fourth place.
Bitker, though, was the next to fall. With the blinds and antes at 50,000/100,000/10,000, Bitker opened to 200,000 on the button. Sherman-Ash re-raised to 375,000, only to see Bitker four-bet all in for 2.395 million. An immediate call from Sherman-Ash with was bad news for Bitker. His was in a world of hurt and would not be saved by the board that came down .
That set the stage for the heads-up battle. Sherman-Ash began with a slight 5.18 million to 5.015 million lead over Perlov, but Perlov had the upper hand for most of the duel. It came to an end of the 53rd hand of heads-up play, No. 219 of the final table, when Perlov opened to 250,000 at 60,000/120,000/20,000. Sherman-Ash reraised all in for 1.635 million, Perlov called, and the cards were on their backs.
An action flop hit the table to pair Sherman-Ash's ten, but Perlov had outs to a flush. The turn added chop outs to a wheel, but the river fell to seal the deal for Perlov after giving him his flush.
The next event lined up for the DeepStacks Poker Tour will be Jan. 28-29, 2013 at the Isle of Pompano in Pompano Park, FL. The DeepStacks Poker Tour PPC South Florida Main Event will boast a $1,500 buy-in with a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool. The event will be hosted by Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, live streamed via DeepStacks360, and the winner will receive an entry to the 2013 DSPT Championship. As proud media partner of the DeepStacks Poker Tour, PokerNews hopes to see you there!