Shaun Deeb Wins Turning Stone Casino’s WSOPC Main Event

Turning Stone Casino and Resort hosted the World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Main Event on March 27, 2023. Shaun Deeb emerged as the winner and took home $275,916. Still, the Las Vegas resident received his first gold ring.

Deeb has had a successful professional poker career since he won 41 events. Statistics state that he has $12,653,007 in career earnings. Also, the latest tournament was his third six-figure payout this year after a fourth-place finish at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 pot-limit Omaha tournament that earned him $121,500 and winning $208,800 in February at the PokerGO Tour (PGT) $10,300 buy-in H.O.R.S.E Tournament.

The poker pro has 1,650 Card Player Player of the Year (POY) points and is 41st in the POY race. He informed WSOPC journalists after the tournament that he hoped he was the best participant in the field. Yet, he admits that it was tough as he got into several tough spots.

Some players caged Deeb at the final table but his momentum helped him win the tournament. He played his first cash poker tournament in a casino at Turning Stone two decades ago. Deeb enjoys competing with other experienced payers and interacting with the casino's staff.

The $1,700 buy-in no-limit Hold'em event attracted 1,070 players who formed a $1,621,050 prize pool. It had three starting flights and the leading 155 entrants won at least $2,542 each. They included James Campbell, Andrew Brongo, Adam Foster, Anthony Potis, Matt Matros, Joseph Rice, Timothy Kelliher, Jesse Lonis, Eric Siegel, Ryan Eriquezzo, Tony Sinishtaj, Roland Israelashvili, and Greg Ostrander.

What Did the Top Nine Finalists Win?

  1. Shaun Deeb-$275,916 and 960 POY points
  2. Giyeon Han-$170,528 and 800 POY points
  3. Cindy Spier-$126,097 and 640 POY points
  4. Kyle Grupp-$94,272 and 480 POY points
  5. Paul Ross-$71,272 and 400 POY points
  6. Gilberto Tavares Garcia-$54,492 and 320 POY points
  7. Raymond Ezzie-$42,139 and 240 POY points
  8. Matthew Wantman-$32,964 and 160 POY points
  9. Patrick White-$26,089 and 80 POY points

Day 2 Highlights

Only 112 players out of the initial 1,070 advanced to Day 2. The remaining players set a nine-handed final table at 1 a.m.

Deeb had the second-largest stack when the final table's action kicked off. He eliminated Matthew Wantman in the eighth position after a short while. The former had a 12.2 million stack lead when the table was reduced to five players and none of his opponents had over 6 million chips.

This helped him maintain his chip lead. He later increased his stack to 24 million chips before his heads-up match against Han began. Their final battle lasted for 10 minutes.

Han made a 6.5 million chips all-in move after Deeb placed a 750,000 wager on the final hand. The latter used AClub Suit3Club Suit in the hole as the former held him using AHeart SuitKHeart Suit to hold him.

The final board turned 9Club Suit6Heart Suit2Diamond Suit4Club Suit3Diamond Suit and Deeb landed a three on the river earning him the top prize. The Grand Victoria Casino in Illinois will hold the upcoming WSOP Circuit tournament between April 6 and April 17.


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