Keven Stammen Wins WPT World Championship For $1.35mApril 28, 2014 12:20 pm
Keven Stammen has won the 2014 WPT World Championship, after besting a field of 328 players over six days on his way to capturing the title, and collecting the $1,350,000 first place prize.
Stammen has played poker professionally since he was 18, his previous biggest score coming in 2009 after taking down the $2,500 WSOP NL event for $506,786. Now with his latest victory in Atlantic City, the 29 year-old boasts $3,554,381 in live tournament earnings to go with the $5,553,866 he has won online playing under the screen name Stamdogg.
The $15,400 WPT World Championship was held at the Borgata Hotel Casino and guaranteed a prize poool worth $5,000,000. Amongst the notable players then cashing in at the event was Athanasios Polychronopoulos in 34th ($30,085), Matthew Stout in 30th ($30,085), Scott Seiver in 21st ($33,967), and 2012 WSOP ME winner Anthony Gregg in 9th ($189,244).
By the time the final table of six had been reached, Stammen held the chip lead but faced some stiff top-level competition in the guise of Abe Korotki, Curt Kohlberg, Ryan D’Angelo, Tony Dunst, and Byron Kaverman.
D’Angelo then proceeded to eliminate Abe Korotki in 6th for $235,341, while Kaverman did likewise to Kohlberg in 5th place for $286,292. With four players remaining, Stammen had 9.3 million chips compared to the 7 million chips held by his remaining opponents, but
Byron Kaverman managed to chip up after being dealt Q-2 and calling D’Angelo’s short-stack push to eliminate him in 4th for $363,930.
Keven Stammen (K-6) subsequently dispatched Tony Dunst (A-3) to the rail in 3rd ($452,729), to go heads-up against Byron Kaverman for the WPT title. As the final battle got underway, Stammen held an almost 2 to 1 lead over his final opponent, and after being reduced to a short-stack Kaverman went all-in preflop holding pocket fours only to be called by Stammen with A-8. The board then rolled out Q-9-6-3-A to consign Byron Kaverman to a runner-up finish worth $727,860, while Keven Stammen was awarded the title.
Final Table Results:
1. Keven Stammen, $1,350,000
2. Byron Kaverman, $727,860
3. Tony Dunst, $452,729
4. Ryan D’Angelo, $363,930
5. Curt Kohlberg, $286,292
6. Abe Korotki, $235,341