There has been no shortage of high-stakes tournament action in 2021. The latest five-figure buy-in event was a $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em high roller at the 2021 Venetian DeepStack Showdown III. The event attracted a total 30 entries, building a prize pool of $300,000. In the end the lion’s share of that money was awarded to Andrew Lichtenberger, who emerged victorious with the title and the top prize of $120,000.
This was Lichenberger’s 10th live tournament title, and it increased his career tournament earnings to more than $11.5 million. The World Series of Poker bracelet winner has now recorded 26 six-figure cashes since first debuting on the live circuit in 2007.
In addition to the title and the money, Lichtenberger was also awarded 240 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion of this event. This was his first title and fourth final-table finish of the year. With 1,120 points and $428,000 in year-to-date earnings, Lichtenberger now sits in a tie for 92nd place in the 2021 POY race, which is sponsored by Global Poker.
Lichtenberger also earned 120 PokerGO Tour rankings points after coming out on top. This was also his fourth qualified score in that high-stakes tournament race. He currently sits in 27th place on the PokerGO Tour leaderboard as a result.
Only the top five finishers made the money in this event. Andy Park was eliminated on the bubble when his pocket tens were beaten by a rivered pair of jacks for bracelet winner Anuj Agarwal. Sean Winter was the first to be eliminated inside the money. The high-stakes tournament regular earned $21,000 and 100 points for his 12th POY-qualified final table of the year. He now sits in 14th place in the POY race. The 21 PokerGO Tour points he secured with this cash further cemented his hold on the fourth-place spot in those rankings.
Eric Worre was the next to fall, with his AQ running into the AA of Lichtenberger. The board brought four diamonds to give Lichtenberger the nut flush and the pot. Worre cashed for $33,000.
Cary Katz battled his way into the chip lead at one point during three-handed action, but fell towards the bottom of the pack after Lichtenberger picked off a big bluff of his. Katz ultimately got the last of his short stack all-in with K3 against the KK of Lichtenberger. The pocket pair held up and Katz was eliminated in third place. This was his thirteenth POY-qualified final-table finish of the year, with one title won in the $100,000 buy-in event at the PokerGO Cup. Katz earned 160 POY points to climb into 14th place. The 44 rankings points he earned on the PokerGO Tour saw him maintain his fifth-place ranking on that leaderboard.
Lichtenberger took better than a 2.5:1 chip lead into heads-up play with Agarwal. The two see-sawed back and forth a bit before Lichtenberger took the lead for the last time. In the final hand, Agarwal moved all-in preflop with AA and Lichtenberger called with 1010. The board ran out Q93103 and Lichtenberger madetens full of threesto crack Agarwal’s pocket aces for the win. Agarwal took home $78,000 as the runner-up finisher.
Here is a look at the payouts and rankings points awarded in this event:
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