Hector Pacheco Wins DSPS Event 1 Outright for $62,160

2021 May Deep Stack Poker Series
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 1
$400 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  1,102
Prize Pool:  $369,170
May 20-23, 2021

Hector Pacheco, DSPS Event 1 champion

The 2021 May Deep Stack Poker Series opened on May 20 with the first of three flights of Event 1. The $400 buy-in tournament drew more than 1,000 entries and Hector Pacheco outlasted them all, dominating the final table for an outright win for $62,160.

“It was a great run,” Pacheco said after his win. “I did not do good after two buy-ins (Saturday).”

“Then I got in again around 8 o’clock and from that point on it was just smooth sailing.”

The final tally had 1,100 entries put up their buy-in, more than tripling the $100,000 guarantee, and they combined for a prize pool worth $369,170. The three starting flights had 207 players advance to Day 2 plus another 29 who joined before registration closed on Sunday.

The last 138 players took home a piece of that prize pool and they played late into the evening as the payouts increased. Event 1 reached its eight-handed final table in the early morning hours and Pacheco took a huge lead before they bagged up for Day 3.

Ryan Hogan and Pacheco had the two biggest stacks at the start of the final table and they ran into each other late. Hogan flopped two pair with kings and queens against Pacheco’s pockets aces then the board went running threes to give Pacheco the bigger two pair. It was a huge hand that had him return with 13 million of the 33 million in play.

“The aces versus king-queen,” Pacheco when asked about his biggest hands of the tournament. “That was the craziest one.”

“The two big stacks and the threes went runner-runner. That was the biggest one.”

Pacheco never blinked after the restart, using his massive stack to his advantage to push around the rest of the players until he was heads-up with Vinny Monteiro for the title. That only took one hand and Pacheco walked away with the title and the trophy.

The Puerto Rican native and Davie, FL resident is a Solutions Architect by trade and plans to stick around for the rest of the series.

“It feels great,” Pacheco said. “This is the best poker room I’ve ever been to and the staff is great. I’m going to have fun playing all week.”

Congrats Hector and thanks to all of our players who made the opening tournament a huge success.

Final table results:

1st: Hector Pacheco – $62,160 + Trophy
2nd: Vinny Monteiro – $43,630
3rd: Arkadiy Pervyy Bakhtin – $28,310
4th: John Desoto – $20,965
5th: Ryan Hogan – $15,860
6th: Marc Duquette – $12,800
7th: Paul Freedman – $9,895
8th: Rafael Lima – $7,305

Event 1: Hector Pacheco ($62,160) Defeats Vinny Monteiro ($43,630) for the Win

$400 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante

Hector Pacheco

Before the heads-up match began, Hector Pacheco and Vinny Monteiro briefly discussed a deal to divide up the remaining prize pool but decided to play it out.

Seat 2: Vinny Monteiro – 8,575,000 (86 bb)
Seat 8: Hector Pacheco – 24,475,000 (245 bb)

The match lasted one hand, Monteiro had his chips in the middle trying to double into a tie while Pacheco was trying to win it.

Monteiro: Qh9s
Pacheco: Qd4d

Monteiro was looking good, flopped an open-ended straight draw on the 8d7s6d board, but now needed to dodge diamonds. The Th turn completed his straight but the river Jd gave Pacheco the flush along with the Event 1 title.

Monteiro earned $43,630 for his second-place finish while Pacheco took home $62,160 and the second biggest cash of his career.

1st: Hector Pacheco – $62,160 + Trophy
2nd: Vinny Monteiro – $43,630

Vinny Monteiro

Event 1: Arkadiy Pervyy Bakhtin – 3rd Place ($28,310)

$400 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 1,102

Arkadiy Pervyy Bakhtin

Arkadiy Pervyy Bakhtin was buoyed by his ladder up the payout and went into aggressive mode. Several shoves made it through without calls until he made one for 3,550,000 after Hector Pacheco opened to 500,000 on the button.

“OK, let’s go!” Pacheco said.

Bakhtin: Ac2c
Pacheco: Qd9d

Bakhtin was ahead but needed to dodge Pacheco’s two live, suited cards. The flop came Js7h2h to improve Bakhtin to a pair of deuces, the turn 7s gave him sevens up, but Pacheco hit the Qh river to make a bigger two pair to send Bakhtin out in third place.

Hector Pacheco – 24,475,000 (245 bb)
Arkadiy Pervyy Bakhtin – Eliminatedin 3rd Place ($28,310)

Event 1: John Desoto – 4th Place ($20,965)

$400 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 1,102

John Desoto

John Desoto was the short stack coming back and found a quick double. He flopped trip nines with 9c8d against Hector Pacheco’s AcTd on a 9s9h4cJc3c for a double.

Two hands later, he was all in again against Pacheco trying for another double.

Desoto: Ac4c
Pacheco: AdKs

“I’m going to make a flush,” Desoto joked with Pacheco.

But it wasn’t meant to be. The dealer spread the 6s5c2h9dKh board and Pacheco’s pair of kings sent Desoto out in fourth place.

Hector Pacheco – 21,500,000 (215 bb)
John Desoto – Eliminated in 4th Place ($20,965)

Event 1: Counts on Break

$400 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 1,102

Level 28 came to an end and players were sent on a 10-minute break. They return to blinds at 50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante and the average stack is 8,275,000 (83 bb)

Seat 2: Vinny Monteiro – 8,500,000 (85 bb)
Seat 3: Arkadiy Pervyy Bakhtin – 3,350,000 (34 bb)
Seat 4: John Desoto – 1,600,000 (16 bb)
Seat 8: Hector Pacheco – 19,550,000 (196 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $62,160 + Trophy
2nd: $43,630
3rd: $28,310
4th: $20,965