Dean Walsh Wins First Title at Edmonton DeepStacks
The DeepStacks Poker Tour (DSPT) arrived in Edmonton at Casino Yellowhead again from September 29 through October 8. Over the course of the 10-day series, seven different tournaments played out, including a team event and a pot-limit Omaha tournament. The big prize, as always, was the $1,100 Main Event, and local Edmonton player Dean Walsh scored his first major live win and his biggest live cash ever in the marquee tournament.
The series kicked off on September 28 with the first of two Day 1s. A total of 288 entries were recorded for the $660 event, and when the dust settled, Yiuri Zhang was the one with all the chips, defeating Tony Comely heads-up for his first DSPT title and nearly $29,000.
Alongside the final day of the first tournament, the $440 PLO was running as well. There were 120 entries for that, and the final prize ended up with a battle between Saskatchewan's Phil Riley and Edmonton's Sheraz Nasir. Nasir took town the first-place prize worth $13,450 to hit $430,239 in total life live earnings.
For players looking for a lower-priced buy-in, the $330 no-limit hold'em of Event 3 was just the ticket. A total of 263 entries built a prize pool of $74,955. In the end, Edmontonian Ryan Comely one-upped his brother Tony's second-place finish in Event 1 with a win in Event 3, when he was able to close it out with a commanding chip lead heads up against Mohammed Alanelgada. Comely took home $17,095 for the win.
Event 4 was a one-day Seniors event. The $330 buy-in included a $50 bounty and it was Joe Herlein who bested the 65-entry field for a prize of $5,345. The fifth event in the series was a Ladies event. The $220 event came down to heads-up between Betty Brown and Bernice McLennan with McLennan taking down the $2,650 first-place prize.
The $1,100 Main Event featured three Day 1 starting flights that drew 387 entries and built a prize pool that blew past the $300,000 guarantee to $364,200. Dean Walsh was the last player standing at the end of the event, winning in a heads-up battle with Tyler St. Clair. The win, worth $75,540, was Walsh's first major win, and represents his biggest live cash to date.
Cards will once again be in the air for DeepStacks action in Alberta in Calgary. Grey Eagle Resort & Casino in Calgary will host the DSPT Championship from November 22 through December 3.
Lead photo courtesy of DeepStacks Poker Tour.