2017 Deep Stack Series

Deep Stack Series in Review

2017 Deep Stack Series — Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood

More than 2,500 entries generate in excess of $1,300,000 in prize pools!

The 2017 Deep Stack Series began May 18 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. The 12-day, seven-event festival boasted two prelim headliners — a $350 buy-in $150,000 guaranteed and a $560 buy-in $150,000 guaranteed — along with a $1,650 buy-in $300,000 guaranteed closer. In all, the events drew a combined 2,582 generating an astounding $1,326,385 in prize pools!

Taking the series spotlight was the $1,650 closer which drew a field of 465 entries generating a $697,500 prize pool. In the end Geddes Cooper of Pembroke Pines took the tournament’s top spot and more than $112,000.

Here’s a look at all Deep Stack Series events:

That’s a wrap for the Deep Stack Series. Next up is the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open running August 3-15 in the ballrooms.

Michael Newman Wins Holiday Deep Stack for $7,345 and $5,250 Seat

2017 Deep Stack Series
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, FL
Event #7
$250 Holiday Deep Stack
No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 328
Prize Pool: $68,880
May 29, 2017

Michael Newman is a 10-time Seminole Hard Rock tournament winner following a victorious performance in the final event of the 2017 Deep Stack Series. Newman defeated 328 total entries in the $250 Holiday Deep Stack to secure $7,345 in cash along with an added $5,250 seat in this August’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship.

The complete tournament results will be posted tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s a look at how the chop went down.

1st: Michael Newman – $7,345 + $5,250 Seat
2nd: Georges Boyadjian – $7,040
3rd: Ashram Ragoonanan – $6,888
4th: Bradley Patton – $6,372
5th: Victor Shkurka – $6,078
6th: Kirk Toney – $4,988
7th: Yves Bohemier – $3,963
8th: Joshua Wasserman – $3,833
9th: Marc Sacheli – $1,488
10th: Carlos Torres Vazquez – $1,254
11th: Hari Sukhu – $1,254
12th: Jeffrey Silverstein – $1,254
13th: Nicholas Chiapetta – $1,068
14th: Rudy Vazquez – $1,068
15th: Jose Ordonez – $1,068
16th: Frank DiMaria – $889
17th: Jonathan Brody – $889
18th: Joseph Villatico – $889
19th: Califf Nahmias – $730
20th: Robert Cann – $730
21st: Nissin Vaknin – $730
22nd: Dangiras Valiusis – $596
23rd: Hobart Adkins – $596
24th: Jessica Meir – $596
25th: Victor Nassif – $517
26th: Almog Biton – $517
27th: Changfei Cui – $517
28th: David Ward – $437
29th: Keith Wagner – $437
30th: Jonathan Marks – $437
31st: Nick Blackburn – $437
32nd: Jodria Beal – $437
33rd: Justin Levy – $437
34th: Eric Kolodny – $437
35th: Billy Sasin – $437
36th: Thomas Gari – $437
37th: Richard Bowers – $358
38th: Nisim Yamin – $358
39th: Nachum Lumelski – $358
40th: Matthew Ehrlich – $358
41st: Trenton Baker – $358

Geddes Cooper Defeats 465 Entries in Seminole Hard Rock $1,650 Event, Wins $112,771

2017 Deep Stack Series
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, FL
Event #4
$1,650 Deepest Stack
No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 465
Prize Pool: $697,500
May 25-29, 2017

Seminole Hard Rock in-room $1,650 draws 465 entries generating $697,500 prize pool; WPT Season XV Player of the Year Ben Zamani and recent PokerStars SCOOP Main Event champion Harrison Gimbel among in-the-money finishers.

(Hollywood, FL) — Geddes Cooper claimed victory in the premier event of the 2017 Deep Stack Series at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood Monday night. The $1,650 buy-in “Deepest Stack” tournament saw Cooper come out on top of a 465-entry field to earn the lion’s share of the massive $697,500 prize pool following a three-way chop. Cooper pocketed $112,771 along with the trophy, while James Dorrance went down second for $104,625 and local grinder Haim Toorgeman third for $80,653.

  • 1st: Geddes Cooper – $112,771 + Trophy
  • 2nd: James Dorrance – $104,625
  • 3rd: Haim Toorgeman – $80,653

“[The][Deepest][Stack] is my favorite tournament,” Cooper said. “This tournament I really, really wanted to play. I ran pretty good and I’m happy about that. That’s about all you can do.”

Cooper was born in Kingston, Jamaica but now resides in Pembroke Pines. He is a 35-year-old semi-professional poker player and his win Monday night marks his largest by a margin.

“The harder and harder they get, the more I realize how hard it is to win a tournament because everyone’s good,” Cooper said. “You have to dodge a million bullets and fade a million different things. Every time you do win a tournament, you have to cherish it.”

The $1,650 Deepest Stack ran as part of the 2017 Deep Stack Series. There were seven primary events, three of which were the headliners — Event 1, a $350 buy-in, $150,000 guaranteed “Deep Stack,” Event 3, a $560 buy-in, $150,000 guaranteed “Deeper Stack” and Event 4, the $1,650 buy-in, $300,000 guaranteed “Deepest Stack.” All events boasted the same blind levels (40, 60 and 90 minutes) but were differentiated by their starting stacks — 30,000, 40,000 and 50,000 respectively.

After a stellar turnout in 2016 saw 367 entries pony up $1,650, this year’s event blew doors off the Seminole Hard Rock drawing 465 marking a year-over-year attendance increase of more than 26 percent. The event had no shortage of notables including World Poker Tour Season XV Player of the Year Ben Zamani and recent PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event champion Harrison Gimbel, both of whom cashed.

With the stars in his wake, it was Cooper who stole the show at the Seminole Hard Rock. He ran hot at the final table eliminating Seminole Hard Rock Tampa ambassador Wally Maddah fifth Matthew Zimmerman fourth before taking the chip lead into three-handed play.

When asked what he’d take away from the event, Cooper was succinct.

“112K,” he said.

The conclusion of the Deepest Stack marks the end of the 2017 Deep Stack Series at Seminole Hard Rock. Next up is the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open August 3-15 followed by the property’s first-ever World Series of Poker Circuit event slated September 21-October 2.

Deepest Stack results:

1st: Geddes Cooper – $112,771 + Trophy
2nd: James Dorrance – $104,625
3rd: Haim Toorgeman – $80,653
4th: Matthew Zimmerman – $42,687
5th: Wally Maddah – $32,783
6th: Andjelko Andrejevic – $27,300
7th: Ryan McKnight – $22,808
8th: Evan Teitelbaum – $18,323
9th: Ken Bruno – $13,866
10th: Alberto Rodriguez – $11,397
11th: Neil Blumenfield – $11,397
12th: Darryll Fish – $11,397
13th: Ben Zamani – $9,033
14th: Maurice Costigan – $9,033
15th: Charlemagne Benjamin – $9,033
16th: Aleksandr Gorelik – $7,638
17th: Joshua Smith – $7,638
18th: Michael Larkin – $7,638
19th: Daren Stabinski – $6,417
20th: Ricardo Eyzaguirre – $6,417
21st: David Diaz – $6,417
22nd: Steven Wolansky – $5,371
23rd: Harrison Gimbel – $5,371
24th:Jeffrey Trudeau, Jr. – $5,371
25th: Farid Jattin – $4,638
26th: Dominique Mosley – $4,638
27th: Juan Endara – $4,638
28th: Mark Dube – $4,080
29th: Butchie Mitchell – $4,080
30th: Ory Hen – $4,080
31st: Pedro Diaz – $4,080
32nd: Steve Karp – $4,080
33rd: Stu Paterson – $4,080
34th: Raminder Singh – $4,080
35th: Chad Eveslage – $4,080
36th: Michael McCarthy – $4,080
37th: Shea Smith – $3,529
38th: Dustin Tragethon – $3,529
39th: Josh Gibson – $3,529
40th: Bradley Snider – $3,529
41st: Gregory Barba – $3,529
42nd: Sean Posner – $3,529
43rd: Michael Elbilia – $3,529
44th: Stephen Nowlin – $3,529
45th: Nissin Vaknin – $3,529
46th: Nashaat Antonious – $2,999
47th: David DiBernardi – $2,999
48th: Brian Powell – $2,999
49th: Josias Santos – $2,999
50th: Jermain Gerlin – $2,999
51st: Juan Ferrer – $2,999
52nd: Claudio Kalili – $2,999
53rd: Harvey Vandeven – $2,999
54th: Jean “Prince” Gaspard – $2,999
55th: Sagi Zommer – $2,546
56th: Juan Garcia – $2,546
57th: Michael Tait – $2,546
58th: Santana Noronha – $2,546
59th: Jacob Snider – $2,546

Event 4: Geddes Cooper Wins Deepest Stack Event and $112K Following Three-Way Chop

Event 4: $1,650 Deepest Stack
$300,000 Guaranteed | Payout Info
Level 29: 50,000/100,000/15,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 3/465

Immediately after Matthew Zimmerman’s fourth-place elimination, the remaining three players ran the numbers. Chip stacks broke down as follows:

Geddes Cooper – 11,465,000
James Dorrance – 8,455,000
Haim Toorgeman – 3,260,000

After running the figures, the baseline deal came back with Cooper earning $112,711, Dorrance $104,625 and Toorgeman $80,653.

Toorgeman made it known he would be alright with a deal. Cooper and Dorrance, who exchanged some friendly banter on a few occasions during the final table, gave each other glance.

Ultimately, they agreed to a deal with no modifications. Cooper went home the champion earning $112,771 along with the guitar trophy.

James Dorrance
Haim Toorgeman

A full report will be posted shortly. In the meantime, here’s a look at the final table results:

1st: Geddes Cooper – $112,771
2nd: James Dorrance – $104,625
3rd: Haim Toorgeman – $80,653
4th: Matthew Zimmerman – $42,687
5th: Wally Maddah – $32,783
6th: Andjelko Andrejevic – $27,300
7th: Ryan McKnight – $22,808
8th: Evan Teitelbaum – $18,323
9th: Ken Bruno – $13,866
10th: Alberto Rodriguez – $11,397

Event 4: Matthew Zimmerman Eliminated in 4th Place ($42,687)

Event 4: $1,650 Deepest Stack
$300,000 Guaranteed | Payout Info
Level 29: 50,000/100,000/15,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 3/465

Matthew Zimmerman

Matthew Zimmerman was left short after his axqx was outdrawn by Haim Toorgeman’s kxqx. Toorgeman doubled while Zimmerman nursed barely 10 big blinds.

On his final hand, Zimmerman shoved about 1,000,000 from the button. Chip leader Geddes Cooper called.

Cooper: 5c5h
Zimmerman: as3s

Runout: qc9c2hkd4s

Cooper’s pair held and he won the pot. Zimmerman was eliminated in fourth place.

The remaining three players promptly talked chop.

Matthew Zimmerman – Eliminated in 4th place ($42,687)

Event 4: Wally Maddah Eliminated in 5th Place ($32,783)

Event 4: $1,650 Deepest Stack
$300,000 Guaranteed | Payout Info
Level 29: 50,000/100,000/15,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 4/465

Wally Maddah

A few hands after his flopped set was run down by Geddes Cooper’s rivered straight, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa ambassador Wally Maddah open-shoved for his last 525,000. Cooper called putting Maddah at risk.

Cooper: jcth
Maddah: td7h

Runout: qh6d4hts3h

Maddah was eliminated in fifth place earning $32,783. Cooper, meanwhile, added to his chip lead.

For Maddah, the run was disappointing, but quite the accomplishment. He was down to less than two big blinds with two tables remaining.

Wally Maddah – Eliminated in 5th place ($32,783)

Event 4: Geddes Cooper Doubles through James Dorrance

Event 4: $1,650 Deepest Stack
$300,000 Guaranteed | Payout Info
Level 29: 50,000/100,000/15,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 5/465

Geddes Cooper

James Dorrance opened under the gun for 230,000. It folded to Geddes Cooper in the small blind and he called.

Flop: ts2s2c

Cooper checked. Dorrance bet 300,000. Cooper called.

Turn: ts2s2c7s

Cooper checked again. Dorrance bet 500,000. Cooper called.

River: ts2s2c7s5c

Cooper checked a third time and Dorrance jammed. Cooper had 3,045,000 and was covered. He went deep into the tank. It wasn’t until a few minutes in that the clock was called. Tournament Director Tony Burns gave the countdown and Cooper rode it all the way inside the 10-second window before calling.

Dorrance turned over ac9d

“What is that?” Dorrance loudly asked with his tournament life on the line.

It was ace-nine high and it was second best to Cooper’s adtd top pair. Cooper won the pot and doubled through Dorrance.

Geddes Cooper – 8,150,000
James Dorrance – 7,015,000

Event 4: Updated Chip Counts and Remaining Payouts

Event 4: $1,650 Deepest Stack
$300,000 Guaranteed | Payout Info
Level 29: 50,000/100,000/15,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 5/465

Seat 1: Wally Maddah – 1,150,000
Seat 2: Geddes Cooper – 5,720,000
Seat 3: Haim Toorgeman – 1,985,000
Seat 4: James Dorrance – 11,470,000
Seat 5: — Empty —
Seat 6: Matthew Zimmerman – 2,870,000
Seat 7: — Empty —
Seat 8: — Empty —
Seat 9: — Empty —
Seat 10: — Empty —

1st – $138,649 + Trophy
2nd – $97,043
3rd – $62,357
4th – $42,687
5th – $32,783

Event 4: Geddes Cooper and Haim Toorgeman Play a Big One

Event 4: $1,650 Deepest Stack
$300,000 Guaranteed | Payout Info
Level 28: 40,000/80,000/10,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 5/465

Geddes Cooper raised the button to 250,000 and Haim Toorgeman three-bet the small blind to 625,000. Cooper called and they saw a flop.

Flop: ac7s7d

Toorgeman lead for 400,000. Cooper called.

Turn: ac7s7d8d

Both players checked.

River: ac7s7d8d3d

Toorgeman checked. Cooper bet 1,125,000. Toorgeman was noticably uncomfortable with the bet. After a couple minutes, he called.

“Nice hand,” Cooper conceded turning over tstd.

Toorgeman flipped up 9d9h and to Cooper’s surprise his tens were good. Cooper dragged the pot.

Updated chip counts for all players will be posted momentarily.

Event 4: Matthew Zimmerman Doubles through Geddes Cooper

Event 4: $1,650 Deepest Stack
$300,000 Guaranteed | Payout Info
Level 28: 40,000/80,000/10,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 5/465

Geddes Cooper opened under the gun to 210,000. It folded to Matthew Zimmerman in the small blind and he shoved 790,000. Cooper called and the hands were put face up.

Zimmerman: ac9s
Cooper: as4c

Runout: kc9c8hah2d

Zimmerman’s two pair was good and he doubled through Cooper.

Matthew Zimmerman – 1,700,000

Event 4: Wally Maddah Doubles through James Dorrance

Event 4: $1,650 Deepest Stack
$300,000 Guaranteed | Payout Info
Level 28: 40,000/80,000/10,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 5/465

Seminole Hard Rock Tampa ambassador Wally Maddah was under the gun and jammed 760,000. Geddes Coopers folded the button and chip leader James Dorrance called from the small blind. Matthew Zimmerman folded the big blind and Maddah was at risk.

Maddah: jsjd
Dorrance: 6c6h

Dorrance let out a groan as the dealer burned and turned qdtd3h5s2d.

Maddah’s pair held and he doubled.

Wally Maddah – 1,650,000

Event 4: Andjelko Andrejevic Eliminated in 6th Place ($27,300)

Event 4: $1,650 Deepest Stack
$300,000 Guaranteed | Payout Info
Level 28: 40,000/80,000/10,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 5/465

Andjelko Andrejevic

Andjelko Andrejevic was under the gun and shoved for 180,000. Haim Toorgeman called from the button and so did James Dorrance from the small blind.

Toorgeman and Dorrance were playing for a potential side pot, but checked down the qc8d5hqh7s runout.

Toorgeman: as7c
Dorrance: td9c
Andrejevic: kcts

Toorgeman’s pair of sevens was best and Andrejevic was eliminated in sixth place.

Andjelko Andrejevic – Eliminated in 6th place ($27,300)

Event 4: Ryan McKnight Eliminated in 7th Place ($22,808)

Event 4: $1,650 Deepest Stack
$300,000 Guaranteed | Payout Info
Level 28: 40,000/80,000/10,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 6/465

Ryan McKnight

James Dorrance opened the cutoff for 200,000. It folded to Ryan McKnight in the small blind and he shoved for 1,695,000. Dorrance called.

Dorrance: 7h7d
McKnight: ac9d

Runout: kd9s7c5c8c

McKnight hit a pair, but Dorrance spiked a set. McKnight was eliminated in seventh place while Dorrance added to his chip lead.

Ryan McKnight – Eliminated in 7th place ($22,808)

Event 4: A Look at the Short Stacks

Event 4: $1,650 Deepest Stack
$300,000 Guaranteed | Payout Info
Level 28: 40,000/80,000/10,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 7/465

Here’s a look at the table short stacks to begin Level 28.

  • Ryan McKnight – 1,430,000 (17 bb)
  • Matthew Zimmerman – 965,000 (12 bb)
  • Wally Maddah – 830,000 (10 bb)
  • Andjelko Andrejevic – 550,000 (6 bb)

James Dorrance is the current chip leader with over 8,000,000 — more than 100 big blinds.

Event 4: Three Consecutive Hands for Andjelko Andrejevic

Event 4: $1,650 Deepest Stack
$300,000 Guaranteed | Payout Info
Level 27: 30,000/60,000/10,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 7/465

Andjelko Andrejevic has spun it up after being down to less than one big blind. Here’s how the last three hands have played out:

Hand 1

Andrejevic was in the small blind and had Wally Maddah’s last 615,000 chips at risk from the big blind.

Maddah: jc9c
Andrejevic: th6s

Maddah hit two pair on the runout and he doubled through Andrejevic. Andrejevic was left with 60,000 chips.

Hand 2

After anteing 10,000 of his 60,000 chips, Andrejevic was on the button and action folded to him. He casually put his last 50,000 — less than one big blind — in the pot. Maddah completed from the button and Geddes Cooper checked the big blind. Maddah and Cooper checked down the runout and it was Andrejevic’s axtx that took the pot. He tripled up.

Hand 3

With a slightly more respectable 210,000 chips, Andrejevic was in the cutoff and jammed. Maddah called from the button and Haim Toorgeman defending from the big blind. The board ran out qh5s3s5cas. Maddah flashed txtx but it was no good against Andrejevic’s qcqd set. With that, he tripled again.

After being down to 50,000 chips, Andrejevic now claims over 600,000.

Event 4: Chip Dispersion Seven-Handed

Event 4: $1,650 Deepest Stack
$300,000 Guaranteed | Payout Info
Level 27: 30,000/60,000/10,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 7/465

The seven remaining players

With seven players left, James Dorrance, Geddes Cooper and Haim Toorgeman have the majority of the chips in play. Wally Maddah, Matthew Zimmerman, Ryan McKnight and Andjelko Andrejevic, meanwhile, sit on less than 2,000,000 each. Andrejevic and Maddah took it one step further, event, and have less than 1,000,000 each.

Event 4: James Dorrance vs. Geddes Cooper Again

Event 4: $1,650 Deepest Stack
$300,000 Guaranteed | Payout Info
Level 27: 30,000/60,000/10,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 7/465

Geddes Cooper raised the button to 135,000 and James Dorrance defended his big blind. The pair saw a flop of ksqs4h. Dorrance checked and Cooper bet 130,000. Dorrance called.

Fourth street fell the 6s. Both players checked.

Dorrance checked a third time when the 3d came on the river. Cooper reached into his stack and pulled out a 280,000-chip bet. Dorrance stared down his opponent for some time before he called.

“Nice hand,” Cooper said verbally conceding the pot.

Dorrance turned over qh2h for second pair and he took the pot.

James Dorrance – 8,060,000
Geddes Cooper – 2,950,000

Event 4: Evan Teitelbaum Eliminated in 8th Place ($18,323)

Event 4: $1,650 Deepest Stack
$300,000 Guaranteed | Payout Info
Level 27: 30,000/60,000/10,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 7/465

Evan Teitelbaum

In a blind-versus-blind battle, Evan Teitelbaum had about 800,000 in preflop from the small blind. He was all-in and at risk against Ryan McKnight in the big blind.

McKnight: ac9s
Teitelbaum: ah5h

Runout: qhts8c9hqs

McKnight paired up his nine while Teitelbaum was left with ace-high. He was eliminated in eighth place.

Evan Teitelbaum

Ryan McKnight – 2,630,000
Evan Teitelbaum – Eliminated in 8th place ($18,323)

Event 4: Updated Chip Counts and Remaining Payouts

Event 4: $1,650 Deepest Stack
$300,000 Guaranteed | Payout Info
Level 27: 30,000/60,000/10,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 8/465

Seat 1: Wally Maddah – 1,890,000
Seat 2: Geddes Cooper – 3,495,000
Seat 3: Haim Toorgeman – 4,960,000
Seat 4: James Dorrance – 6,550,000
Seat 5: Ken Bruno – Eliminated in 9th place ($13,866)
Seat 6: Matthew Zimmerman – 1,910,000
Seat 7: Evan Teitelbaum – 820,000
Seat 8: Alberto Rodriguez – Eliminated in 10th place ($11,397)
Seat 9: Ryan McKnight – 1,760,000
Seat 10: Andjelko Andrejevic – 1,181,000

1st – $138,649 + Trophy
2nd – $97,043
3rd – $62,357
4th – $42,687
5th – $32,783
6th – $27,300
7th – $22,808
8th – $18,323

Event 4: James Dorrance vs. Evan Teitelbaum

Event 4: $1,650 Deepest Stack
$300,000 Guaranteed | Payout Info
Level 26: 25,000/50,000/5,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 8/465

James Dorrance raised the cutoff to 125,000 and Evan Teitelbaum and Ryan McKnight came along from the blinds. They were three-handed.

Flop: as9c6c

It checked to Dorrance and he bet 125,000. Teitelbaum called from the small while McKnight folded the big.

Turn: as9c6c6h

Teitelbaum lead for 250,000. Dorrance called.

River: as9c6c6h9s

Teitelbaum checked. Dorrance bet 1,000,000. Teitelbaum took his time, but called.

Dorrance: 9h8h for a fullhouse

Teitelbaum flashed the ad in disbelief and mucked.

James Dorrance – 6,710,000
Evan Teitelbaum – 740,000