In September The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas hosted Sin City’s first large tournament series since the COVID-19 outbreak. Each and every event held during that series blew away the posted guarantee, often by four or five times the promised prize pool. As a result, another series was announced for October, with the DeepStack Showdown featuring 18 events spread from Oct. 5-18, with more than $400,000 in guaranteed prize money up for grabs.
The centerpiece of the whole affair was a $400 buy-in no-limit hold’em ‘Monster Stack’ event that featured a $150,000 guaranteed prize pool, up from a $100,000 guarantee for the comparable event last month. The tournament ran from Oct. 13-18, with five starting flights to choose from. A total of 1,653 entries were made in the event, easily surpassing the guarantee to create a final prize pool of $552,102.
In the end, it was Las Vegas-based poker pro Aaron Massey who emerged victorious with the title and the top prize of $58,742. This was Massey’s 15th record tournament title, and it brought his career earnings to just shy of $4.2 million.
As the champion, he was also awarded 432 Card Player Player of the Year points. This was his first POY-qualified score of 2020, but it alone was enough to see him climb into a ten-way tie for 399th place in the POY race standings, which are sponsored by Global Poker.
The final day of this event began with 85 players remaining from the 1,653 entries. Samir Desai held the chip lead when play resumed, while Massey sat in 24th place to start. 2019 Wynn Winter Classic main event champion Michael Rocco finished eighth in this event for $8,733. The tournament concluded following the elimination of Praise Ogwo in fifth place ($18,323), as the final four players agreed upon a deal that chopped up the remaining prize money between them, with Massey earning the largest payout and the title. See the final table results below for full details.
Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:
Photo credit: Venetian Poker Room Twitter account.