Both the WPTDeepStacks Opener and Mini Opener events crowned their champions on October 11 with those champions padding their partypoker bankrolls with a combined $$48,319. Aleksandr Zhilin won the $215 Opener with Dominic Burn taking down the $22 Mini Opener.

Zhilin Becomes a WPTDeepStacks Champion

Aleksandr Zhilin can forever call himself a WPTDeepStacks champion after he triumphed in the $215 buy-in $200,000 guaranteed Opener. Some 1,125 partypoker players bought in over the course of several Day 1s, and the 168 surviving players returned to the action on Day 2 on October 11.

Each of the Day 2 players were in the money, and each had an eye on the $37,047 top prize. Establish pros including Andy Black, Sylvain Loosli, Robin Ylitalo, Fabio Sperling, and our very own Matthew Staples cashed but failed to reach the seven-handed final table. Staples crashed out in 11th place for a $2,557 score.

Swedish legend Niklas Astedt navigated his way to the final table, although his time there was short-lived. Astedt bowed out in seventh for $4,369, much to the relief of the other six finalists.

Alessandro Cirillo and Matthew Sherman saw their tournaments end abruptly. The elimination of the latter locking in a five-figure prize for the remaining four players.

Austria’s Fabio Breitfuss was the first player to net five figures, his fourth-place finish came with $11,783. Fellow Austrian Manfred Hermann joined Breitfuss on the rail, doing so with $17,312 more in his partypoker account that a couple of days ago.

Zhilin found himself heads-up against one of online poker’s greats, Jans Arends. Zhilin did not let that faze him, and he emerged victorious to scoop $37,047, resigning Arends to a $25,471 consolation prize. No doubt we will see all the finalists in WPTDeepStacks action in the coming week or so.

WPTDeepStack #01 Opener Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Aleksandr Zhilin Russia $37,047
2 Jans Arends Austria $25,471
3 Manfred Hermann Austria $17,312
4 Fabio Breitfuss Austria $11,783
5 Matthew Sherman Canada $7,982
6 Alessandra Cirillo Malta $5,827
7 Niklas Astedt Sweden $4,369

Burn Banks Mini Opener Top Prize

The Mini Opener attracted 3,875 players to the partypoker felt, and 577 of those starters progressed to October 11th’s Day 2. Everyone who reached the seven-handed final table enjoyed at least $1,243 from their $22 investment; Mikalay Burtyl got his hands on that sum when he fell in seventh.

Brazilian pair Joao Pedro Lobo ($1,672) and Alonne Martins Fernandes ($2,343) were the next players to bust, before Peter Shaw ($3,412), and Jim Cooke (5,067) crashed and burned, leaving Dominic Burn heads-up against Slovenian grinder Marko Blazic.

The one-on-one battle went Burn’s way, and he became a worthy recipient of the $11,272 top prize. Blazic, while disappointed not to secure the victory, walked away with the $7,572 runner-up prize.

WPTDeepStack #01 Mini Opener Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Dominic Burn United Kingdom $11,272
2 Marko Blazic Slovenia $7,572
3 Jim Cooke Canada $5,067
4 Peter Shaw United Kingdom $3,412
5 Alonne Martins Fernandes Brazil $2,343
6 Joao Pedro Lobo Brazil $1,672
7 Mikalaya Burtyl Belarus $1,243

WPTDeepStacks Events and Side Events on October 12

The Opener and Mini Opener may be done and dusted but the WPTDeepStacks is far from over. October 12 is another action-packed day of online poker, with a handful of Turbo Knockout and Mini Turbo Knockout flights scheduled.

You will also find Phase 1, 2, and 3 for the $500,000 guaranteed High Roller Event, plus a trio of special side events in the shape of the Super $2.20, Super $22, and Super $215.

Date Time (BST) Event Buy-in
Tue 12 Oct 14:05 WPTDeepStack #05 Turbo Knockout Day 1: $300K Gtd $109
14:05 WPTDeepStack #06 Mini Turbo Knockout Day 1: $100K Gtd $11
14:30 WPTDeepStack #07 High Roller: $500K Gtd (Phase 1) $5.50
15:30 WPTDeepStack #07 High Roller: $500K Gtd (Phase 1) $5.50
16:15 WPTDeepStack #07 High Roller: $500K Gtd (Phase 1) $5.50
17:05 WPTDeepStack #05 Turbo Knockout Day 1: $300K Gtd $109
17:05 WPTDeepStack #06 Mini Turbo Knockout Day 1: $100K Gtd $11
17:05 WPTDeepStack #07 High Roller: $500K Gtd (Phase 2) $55
17:45 WPTDeepStack #07 High Roller: $500K Gtd (Phase 1) $5.50
18:35 WPTDeepStack #07 High Roller: $500K Gtd (Phase 2) $55
19:05 Super $215: $50K Gtd $215
19:05 Super $22: $25K Gtd $22
19:05 Super $2.20: $3K Gtd $2.20
20:05 WPTDeepStack #07 High Roller: $500K Gtd (Phase 3) $530
20:05 WPTDeepStack #05 Turbo Knockout Day 1: $300K Gtd $109
20:05 WPTDeepStack #06 Mini Turbo Knockout Day 1: $100K Gtd $11
23:05 WPTDeepStack #05 Turbo Knockout Day 1: $300K Gtd $109
23:05 WPTDeepStack #06 Mini Turbo Knockout Day 1: $100K Gtd $11

Another 100x $1,100 Main Event Seats Guaranteed This Week

In addition to the WPTDeepStack events and side events, there are plenty of Main Event satellites running on October 12 and, indeed, the rest of the week. They start at a mere $0.01 and all roads point towards the WPTDeepStacks Main Event Day 1B Mega Sat: $100 x x$1,100 Gtd [Phase Final], which runs from 16:05 BST on October 17.

The Day 1A Mega Sat awarded 100 seats, and 14 of those seat winners navigated their way through Day 1A, so are already guaranteed a healthy return on their satellite buy-in. Four of those 14 progressed with a top ten stack, so have a legitimate shot at scooping the lion’s share of the $1 million guaranteed prize pool. Perhaps you can do the same this week?

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