Shaun Deeb Wins $260 Capital Region Classic for $37kAugust 31, 2017 10:55 am
The US-based TV Show called Poker Night in America (PNIA) headed to the Rivers Casino & Resort in New York recently, with one of the events held having been the $260 Capital Region Classic NLH $100,000 Guaranteed tournament.
As well as helping to comment on the show, Shaun Deeb also decided to enter the event which got underway on August 23rd, but rather than buying in at the start, Deeb waited until his PNIA duties had been wrapped up before spending $1,100 on Day 2 in return for a quadruple starting stack. That happened to be a very shrewd move, as the 31 year-old New York resident ended up taking the tournament down for a healthy $36,559 payday.
All told, 733 players entered the $260 Capital Region Classic to create a prize pool worth $181,565, and after just 20 players remained, Deeb made quad aces and doubled up to take a huge chip lead into the final table. At this stage, Deeb held more than twice the chips of his nearest competitor, and ultimately he then managed to plough through the opposition, including Michael Lynchn heads-up, to claim the event’s top prize. As a result, Deeb now boasts $2,837,645 in live earnings, to go with the $6,519,939 he has won playing tournaments online, with around two-thirds of that amount won on PokerStars.
In the meantime, the Rivers Casino also played host to a special tournament called the Poker Night in America King of the Hill competition, with the two-day heads-up winner-take-all event featuring Phil Hellmuth, Doug Polk, Daniel Cates and Frank Kassela, all of whom contributed $50,000 each to its prize pool. The competition proved to be a lot of fun, too, especially with Polk’s slapdown video aimed at Hellmuth, but in the end no amount of baiting could deter the 14-times WSOP bracelet winner from ultimate victory, despite his looking to be headed to the rail at one point. Talking about his incredible comeback after seeing his 100,000-chip stack reduced to just 5,800 chips, Hellmuth stated that he just never gives up in those spots.