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Michael Rossitto Wins WPTDeepStacks Championship at Thunder Valley ($250,073)


The $2,500 buy-in WPTDeepStacks Championship at Thunder Valley Resort and Casino in Northern California wrapped up a successful event Tuesday night with Michael Rossitto coming out on top of the 588-entry field. In doing so, he won $250,073 in front of a live-streamed WPT.com audience.

In total, 74 players cashed, with the min-cash paying $3,680. Many mid-stakes tournament grinders made the trek to NorCal to compete at one of the top World Poker Tour spots.

2021 WPTDeepStacks Championship Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1st Michael Rossitto $250,073
2nd Paul Snead $171,750
3rd Andrew Ostapchenko $110,085
4th Zach Smyth $80,035
5th Justin Levitt $61,435
6th William Prin $50,440
7th Brad Miller $41,570
8th Brock Wilson $33,150
9th Steve Chanthabouasy $24,870

Player of the Year at Stake

Albert Knafo showed up to the final table to anti-rail Andrew Ostapchenko. He wasn’t doing it to be rude or disrespectful. Knafo needed Ostapchenko to bust at any point at the final table to wrap up the WPTDeepStacks Player of the Year award.

The sweat was real for Knafo as Ostapchenko was right in the thick of things as the tournament winded down to its final four players, although he was far and away the smallest stack at that point.

Entering Tuesday’s Day 3 session, 27 players returned to Thunder Valley all with a huge payout still in sight. Paul Snead held a slim chip lead over Duff Charette, who had a rough final session and was bounced from the tournament in 18th place ($13,775). D.J. Hughes came into the day third in chips but only finished one spot higher than Charette (17th place for $13,775).

Knafo received some good news when Snead busted Ostapchenko in third place ($110,085). He officially became the Player of the Year, while Ostapchenko ended the season in second place.

Albert Knafo
WPTDeepStacks Player of the Year

Up-and-Down Final Table for Snead

Brock Wilson lost one of the most memorable bad beats of the day to bust, although he was short-stacked when he went all in preflop with {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}. Snead made the call with {j-Spades}{j-Diamonds} and watched the flop smack him in the face when it came {j-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}. No help appeared on the turn or river for Wilson, who was out in eighth place for $33,150.

Snead would use that hand to begin his march to the top of the chip counts. He busted Justin Levitt in fifth place ($61,435) on a brutal cooler, turning a straight against the flopped set of 10’s. He’d soon give a bunch back when his ace-high bluff didn’t get through against the full house of Rossitto, who scored a full double-up in the massive pot four-handed.

Rossitto would get the best of Snead during heads-up play on the final hand when he called an all-in bet with {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts} against Snead’s {a-Spades}{9-Hearts}. The board ran out nice and clean for Rossitto, who scooped the pot to finish of the 2021 WPTDeepStacks Championship at Thunder Valley.

*Images courtesy of World Poker Tour.





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