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The first-ever WPTDeepStacks Houston $1,000 Main Event crowned a champion in Texas-based recreational player Daryl Aguirre (cover image), who outlasted the huge field of 790 entries to win his WPTDeepstacks title. Aguirre only had $16,000 in poker earnings previously and with this win, pocketed the first-place purse worth $143,765, which includes a $3,000 WPTDS Championship package.
“This is just so surreal, it’s just crazy. Three days, from Saturday all the way to here to actually win the tournament with this big buy-in and 790 entries, it’s just crazy.” said Aguirre in the post-event interview.
The event attracted 790 entries from the four starting flights that created a prize pool of almost $800,000 with names like Josh Turner, DJ Alexander, Ray Henson, Max Young and Kunal Patel taking home a piece of the prize money!
It was quite a comeback for Aguirre who was left struggling in chips with under 20 players remaining, but he ran up his 10 big-blind stack to enter the final table with the second largest stack of 4,495,000, just behind Robert Bresner (4,920,000).
Final Table Action
Jules Allum was the first one to exit after he jammed with 10 big blinds with ace-jack but he couldn’t beat Dennis Brand’s better ace-queen.
Lam Tran followed him out in eighth place with Jose Cavazos becoming the next player to fall.
The eventual runner up Jason Brice then eliminated Satheesh Francis with his prevailing over the of Francis.
Brice then took out two more players i.e. Dennis Brand in fifth place and then he won with ace-jack against queen-six of Mohammad Arani to take the huge lead.
Down to three-handed play, the start of day chip leader Robert Bresner moved all-in with but lost out to Aguirre whose clipped top pair on the board.
The heads-up play between Brice and Aguirre started with the former in a comfortable lead but Aguirre took little time in catching up and then finishing the job. On the final hand of the tournament, with the board open , Aguirre check-jammed holding for top pair and Brice called with . The river completed the board and just like that Aguirre picked up his first-ever WPTDeepStacks title.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Daryl Aguirre – $143,765*
2. Jason Brice – $98,735
3. Robert Bresner – $63,715
4. Mohammad Arani – $47,140
5. Dennis Brand – $35,965
6. Satheesh Francis – $28,520
7. Jose Cavazos – $23,610
8. Lam Tran – $18,780
9. Jules Allum – $14,095
*includes $3,000 WPTDS Championship package