Engel, Sleeth & Seif Claim 2021 Venetian DeepStack Championship Titles


Venetian Winners

Since the beginning of May, Venetian Las Vegas has played host to the DeepStack Championship Poker Series, which will run through August 1 and offer more than $15 million in guaranteed prize pools.

Thus far through approximately 95 events in the 121-event series, over 30,000 entrants have participated and nearly $26 million in prize money has been awarded.

Among the highlights thus far were Chance Kornuth and Harlen Miller winning mid-six-figure prizes in a pair of MSPT Main Events; Sean Perry, Shawn Daniels, and Ali Imsirovic winning high roller titles, Chad Eveslage taking down the WPT Venetian for $910K, and side event wins by Jesse Lonis and Ashraf Chehata.

Below is a look at some other winners who’ve made headlines over the past couple of weeks.

Click here to view the entire Venetian DeepStack Championship schedule

Ari Engel Nabs Limit Omaha 8/B Title

Ari Engel
Ari Engel

On June 20, poker pro Ari Engel topped a 168-entry field to win Event #66: $600 Limit Omaha 8/B for $24,734.

The tournament offered up an $86,184 prize pool that was paid out to the top 18 players. Among those to cash but fall short of making the final table was Casey Hayes (16th – $1,207), Andrew Yeh (14th – $1,379), Cory Wilbur (11th – $1,551), and Christopher Castaneda (10th – $1,551).

Event #66 Final Table Results

Place Player Hometown Prize
1 Ari Engel Del Ray Beach, FL $24,734
2 Kathy Chang Valencia, California $15,513
3 Benny Glaser UK $10,342
4 Robert Campbell Las Vegas, NV $7,326
5 John Emmons Leander, TX $5,171
6 Alexader Christian Oakland, CA $3,620
7 Mark Pharo Birmingham, AL $2,844
8 Peter Levine Las Vegas, NV $2,327
9 James Tinley Sandy Springs, GA $1,896

Mark Seif Claims Back-to-Back Titles

Mark Seif claimed back-to-back Venetian titles.
Mark Seif claimed back-to-back Venetian titles.

In late June, Event #78: $600 NLH MonsterStack attracted 358 runners, which surpassed the $100K guarantee by creating a $182,580 prize pool. Seif made his way to the final table and wound up besting Ryan Dodd in heads-up play to claim the title and $41,991. It marked the first major win for Seif in more than 15 years since he captured two gold bracelets at the 2005 World Series of Poker.

Then, on June 30, Event #81: $800 NLH Ultimate Stack wrapped up. The tournament had attracted a massive 1,811 entries and offered up a $1,249,590 prize pool. Some of the familiar names to make deep runs and cash were Joey Weissman (10th – $15,932), Corey Paggeot (18th – $11,621), Ryan Laplante (34th – $5,123), and Andy Frankenberger (35th – $5,123).

Seif once again found himself at the final table and he posted the following to social media:

“I’m trying to do something pretty similar to what I did 16 years ago. In June 2005, I was fortunate enough to win back-to-back World Series of Poker bracelets. There’s still a long way to go but if I win this event at the Venetian DeepStacks Championship Poker Series, I’ll have won bac- to-back DCPS titles as well. I received an email this morning from a poker historian that tells me no one has ever won back-to-back WSOP titles and back-to-back DCPS titles”

Well, Seif managed to make history as he once again closed it out, this time for a much heftier $193,416.

Event #81 Final Table Results

Place Player Hometown Prize
1 Mark Seif Henderson, NV $193,416
2 Ryan Hunsinger Boulder City, NV $124,959
3 Andrew Kaplan Del Ray Beach, FL $93,719
4 Joey Katzen Santa Ana, CA $69,977
5 Robert Natividad Riverside, CA $53,732
6 Jason Johnson Waterford, MI $41,236
7 Conrad Simpson Wilmington, NC $32,489
8 Bob Mather Las Vegas, NV $24,992
9 Joseph Liberta Berlin, NJ $19,993

Ashley Sleeth Wins LIPS Ladies Event

Ashley Sleeth
Ashley Sleeth

In late June, the two-day Event #74: $500 NLH LIPS tournament played out. The ladies event attracted 110 runners and offered up a $47,300 prize pool to the top dozen players. Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were Shannan Weeks, Jacqueline Pennington, and Lily Torrence, who finished 10th-12th respectively for $993 each.

The tournament came down to two well-known players in the community in Ruth Hall and Ashley Sleeth, the latter being the significant other of 2012 WSOP Main Event runner-up Jesse Sylvia. Sleeth ultimately prevailed and captured a $14,190 top prize.

Event #74 Final Table Results

Place Player Hometown Prize
1 Ashley Sleeth Las Vegas, NV $14,190
2 Ruth Hall Round Rock, TX $8,798
3 Michelle Reidy Lake Forest, CA $6,196
4 Cindy Murabito Cantreville, VA $4,494
5 Geneva Santiago Pahrump, NV $3,311
6 Natalia Nogina Canada $2,554
7 Roni Taylor West Covina, CA $1,987
8 Sarah Lee Honolulu, HI $1,561
9 Karen Robison Dallas, TX $1,230

DeepStack Championship Poker Series Winners

DeepStack Championship Poker Series
DeepStack Championship Poker Series

Here’s a look at all those who’ve captured title thus far:

*Date Tournament Entries Prize Pool Winner Hometown Prize*            
5/3/21 Event 1: $500 NLH Survivor 68 $29,580 7 winners N/A $4,300            
5/3/21 Event 2: $200 NLH Bounty 87 $13,920 Oscar Tobar San Francisco, CA $2,379            
5/4/21 Event 3: $500 NLH Survivor 50 $21,750 6 winners N/A $4,300            
5/4/21 Event 4: $200 NLH Bounty 87 $13,290 Kilo Krahn Sandy, Utah $2,678            
5/5/21 Event 5: $400 NLH Monster Stack 122 $40,870 Virab Zakaryan Las Vegas, NV $10,252            
5/5/21 Event #6: $200 NLH Survivor 96 $15,360 9 winners N/A $1,600            
5/8/21 Event #7: $400 NLH $50K GTD 690 $229,770 Austin Roberts Monterery, California $35,552            
5/6/21 Event #8: $200 NLH Survivor 85 $13,600 8 Winners N/A $1,600            
5/9/21 Event #9: $300 NLH Freeze Out 135 $33,075 Kennii Nguyen Las Vegas, NV $6,786            
5/11/21 Event #10: $400 NLH 543 $180,819 Ricardo Eyzaguirre Las Vegas, NV $29,277            
5/10/21 Event #11: $200 NLH Survivor 89 $14,240 11 winners N/A $1,295            
5/12/21 Event #12: $400 NLH 204 $68,340 Christopher Marshall Las Vegas, NV $11,810            
5/16/21 Event #13: $600 NLH 832 $421,824 Matthew Wantman Stoneham, MA $70,000            
5/13/21 Event #14: $200 NLH Survivor 96 $15,360 9 winners N/A $1,600            
5/16/21 Event #15: $300 NLH 171 $41,895 Leo Creger Mililani, HI $6,686            
5/20/21 Event #16: $400 NLH 739 $243,870 Dylan Wilkerson Las Vegas, NV $48,270            
5/17/21 Event #17: $200 NLH Survivor 91 $14,560 9 winners N/A $1,600            
5/20/21 Event #18: $400 NLH 230 $77,050 Mehdi Saleh Tempe, AZ $12,647            
5/22/21 Event #19: $600 NLH 646 $326,230 Jordan Cristos Las Vegas, NV $57,088            
5/23/21 Event #20: $400 NLH 186 $62,310 Oleksandr Symonenko Ukraine $16,514            
5/26/21 Event #21: $400 NLH MonsterStack 549 $182,817 Ross Ward Charleston, SC $31,073            
5/24/21 Event #22: $200 NLH Survivor 110 $17,600 11 winners N/A $1,600            
5/26/21 Event #23: $400 NLH MonsterStack 186 $62,310 Justin Mevs Seattle, WA $8,485            
5/29/21 Event #24: $600 NLH 867 $437,835 Tuan Mai San Jose, CA $75,000            
5/27/21 Event #25: $10,000 High Roller 77 $770,000 Ali Imsirovic Vancouver, WA $200,200            
5/27/21 Event #26: $400 Limit Omaha 8/B 92 $31,280 Khamar Xaythavone West Valley, UT $9,383            
5/27/21 Event #27: $300 NLH Bounty 89 $22,250 Alan Sugano Rancho Pals Verdes, CA $3,573            
5/28/21 Event #28: $10,000 High Roller 65 $650,000 Shawn Daniels Henderson, NV $175,500            
5/28/21 Event #29: $400 PLO 69 $23,460 Nohad Teliani Canada $8,211            
5/28/21 Event #30: $300 NLH Bounty 85 $21,250 Andrew Meyer Manhattan, KS $4,058            
5/29/21 Event #31: $25,000 High Roller 43 $1,075,000 Sean Perry Las Vegas, NV $365,500            
5/30/21 Event #32: $500 PLO 8/B 142 $60,634 David Brookshire Chatsworth, CA $16,977            
5/29/21 Event #33: $300 NLH Bounty 96 $24,000 Kason Bradley Portland, OR $4,319            
5/30/21 Event #34: $600 NLH 177 $90,270 Lawrence Engerman Las Vegas, NV $21,135            
5/31/21 Event #35: $400 NLH 351 $117,585 Bejnamin Garrick Gold Beach, OR $22,745            
5/31/21 Event #36: $200 NLH Survivor 183 $29,280 18 winners N/A $1,600            
  Event #37: Mega Satty                      
6/1/21 Event #38: $600 NLH 307 $156,570 Santiago Plante Canada $36,008            
6/1/21 Event #39: $300 NLH Survivor 163 $40,740 16 winners N/A $2,500            
  Event #40: Mega Satty                      
6/5/21 Event #41: $1,100 MSPT 2,790 $2,692,350 Harlen Miller Mandan, ND $367,801            
6/2/21 Event #42: $300 NLH Survivor 154 $38,500 14 winners N/A $2,500            
6/3/21 Event #43: $300 NLH Survivor 155 $38,750 16 winners N/A $2,500            
6/6/21 Event #44: $1,100 NLH 358 $347,260 Bronson Moses Georgetown, TX $79,867            
6/8/21 Event #45: $1,100 NLH 676 $648,960 Michael Newman Nanuet, NY $120,000            
6/7/21 Event #46: $600 Big O 162 $83,106 Robert Slagle Sherman, TX $22,026            
6/7/21 Event #47: $300 NLH Survivor 177 $44,250 17 winners N/A $2,500            
6/8/21 Event #48: $300 NLH Survivor 159 $39,750 16 winners N/A $2,500            
  Event #49: Mega Satty                      
6/9/21 Event #50: $600 NLH 277 $141,270 Ye Ping Shan Canada $20,511            
6/9/21 Event #51: $400 NLH Survivor 138 $47,196 14 winners N/A $3,400            
  Event #52: Mega Satty                      
6/12/21 Event #53: $1,600 MSPT 2,011 $2,865,675 Chance Kornuth Las Vegas, NV $412,086            
6/10/21 Event #54: $400 NLH Survivor 149 $50,958 14 winners N/A $3,400            
6/11/21 Event #55: $400 NLH Survivor 164 $56,088 16 N/A $3,400            
6/13/21 Event #56: $1,100 NLH 330 $320,100 Matt Vaughan Las Vegas, NV $57,758            
6/13/21 Event #57: $300 NLH Survivor 104 $26,000 10 Winners N/A $2,500            
6/15/21 Event #58: $1,100 NLH 637 $611,520 Andrew Moreno San Diego, CA $127,740            
6/14/21 Event #59: $300 NLH Survivor 129 $32,250 12 Winners N/A $2,500            
6/15/21 Event #60: $300 NLH Bounty 134 $33,500 Ronald West Los Angeles, CA $4,912            
6/16/21 Event #61: $600 NLH 258 $131,580 Darius Studdard Medford, NY $32,299            
6/16/21 Event #62: $300 NLH Bounty 101 $25,250 Marinko Milicevic Baraboo, WI $4,545            
6/18/21 Event #63: $400 NLH 1,013 $337,329 David Yokoyama Henderson, NV $59,395            
6/17/21 Event #64: $600 PLO 8/B 84 $43,260 Cornelio McLean Tacoma, WA $13,844            
6/17/21 Event #65: $300 NLH Bounty 81 $20,250 Venerando Villarino Las Vegas, NV $3,887            
6/20/21 Event #66: $600 Limit Omaha 8/B 168 $86,184 Ari Engel Del Ray Beach, FL $24,734            
6/19/21 Event #67: $600 NLH 344 $175,440 Kim Bassett Indianapolis, IN $34,000            
6/21/21 Event #68: $800 NLH Seniors 634 $438,728 Scott Roberts Marietta, GA $63,287            
6/20/21 Event #69: $400 NLH Bounty 112 $38,304 Gordon Hamilton League City, TX $4,240            
6/21/21 Event #70: $400 NLH Bounty 114 $38,988 Kevin Theodore Seattle, WA $8,278            
6/25/21 Event #71: $600 NLH 1,526 $770,630 Michael Thach Las Vegas, NV $112,481            
6/23/21 Event #72: $500 PLO 158 $67,466 Jason Fitzpatrick Houston, TX $19,363            
6/24/21 Event #73: $400 NLH Survivor 104 $35,568 11 Winners N/A $3,400            
6/25/21 Event #74: $500 LIPS Ladies 110 $47,300 Ashley Sleeth Las Vegas, NV $14,190            
6/25/21 Event #75: $600 PLO Bounty 124 $63,860 Andrew Donabedian Las Vegas, NV $11,046            
6/26/21 Event #76: $600 NLH 514 $262,140 Samy Dighlawi Temecula, CA $37,874            
6/26/21 Event #77: $200 NLH Survivor 83 $28,386 Dee Witt Odessa, TX $6,427            
6/27/21 Event #78: $600 NLH 358 $182,580 Mark Seif Henderson, NV $41,991            
6/28/21 Event #79: $1,600 PLO Championship 248 $352,160 Jesse Lonis Medford, OR $81,485            
6/27/21 Event #80: $400 NLH Bounty 81 $27,702 Josh Suyat Las Vegas, NV $6,273            
6/30/21 Event #81: $800 NLH Ultimate Stack 1,811 $1,249,590 Mark Seif Henderson, NV $193,416            
6/28/21 Event #82: $400 NLH Survivor 110 $37,620 11 Winners N/A $3,400            
6/29/21 Event #83: $400 NLH Survivor 95 $32,490 9 Winners N/A $3,400            
6/30/21 Event #84: $600 NLH Survivor 95 $49,400 9 Winners N/A $5,200            
7/1/21 Event #85: $1,100 NLH 407 $394,790 Zachary Smiley Toledo, OH $70,000            
7/1/21 Event #86: $600 NLH Survivor 215 $111,800 21 Winners N/A $5,200            
7/4/21 Event #88: $5,000 WPT 1,199 $5,545,375 Chad Eveslage Ramsey, IN $910,370            
7/2/21 Event #89: $600 NLH Survivor 239 $124,280 23 Winners N/A $5,200            
7/5/21 Event #90: $1,100 NLH 215 $208,550 Ken Ware Frankfort, KY $44,592            
7/7/21 Event #91: $800 NLH 1,143 $788,670 Ashraf Chehata St. Augustine, FL $125,462            
7/6/21 Event #92: $400 NLH Survivor 155 $53,010 15 Winners N/A $3,400            
7/7/21 Event #93: $400 NLH Survivor 168 $57,456 16 Winners N/A $3,400            
7/8/21 Event #95: $600 NLH 462 $235,620 Nick Blackburn Long Bottom, OH $50,663            
7/8/21 Event #96: $400 NLH Survivor 121 $41,382 12 Winners N/A $3,400            

*Images courtesy of Venetian.



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