July has been a great month for Poker tournaments, with players heading to the Venetian Hotel and Casino for the Deep Stack Challenge just after the WSOP, and ahead of the Triton Super High Roller Series that opened at month end.
500 players entered the Deep Stack Championship at the Venetian, with a $5000 main event and a guaranteed $2 million prize pool. This was Vegas’s final series before the action headed to London. Most of the winners of the tournament were from outside the US, and headed home somewhat richer than when they arrived.
In the Deep Stack Championship, Russia’s Andrey Pateychuck took the winners pool, pocketing a neat $547777. Pateychuck is known for winning the 2011 European Poker Tour in San Remo, and just a few weeks later the World Poker Tour in Prague. He banked €680000 and €450000 respectively.
Next up was Yake Wu from Shanghai, who won $336497, and third was Stephen Chidwick who added $245199 to his career winnings. Yake Wu is a relatively unknown player, however, Chidwick, whose winnings passed the $25 million mark with this latest victory, is a High Roller 8-Handed winner.
In other Vegas Poker news, the Aria Resort and Casino held Partypoker Millions this month too. The buy-in was set at $10300 and was the first branded event to be held in the US. Lucky winner Thomas Marchese took home the first prize of $1 million followed by Spain’s, Ana Marquez’s $445000. Conor Beresford collected $170000 and Chris Moneymaker a tidy $70000.
The Triton Poker Super High Roller Series kicked off in London at the end of the month, and this event is the biggest buy-in Poker event in the world, and runs over nine days. Players were required to secure their seats with a £50000 deposit, and registration was only complete once they made their final buy-in.
The player pool is a mix of professional players, recreational businessmen, and their guests. The tournament will take place at the London’s Hilton on Park Lane in the Grand Ballroom. This elite high roller event aims to raise funds for charities such as the One Drop Foundation, Credit One World Charity, Caring for Children Foundation, REG, and Healthy Hong Kong.