Another successful DeepStack Championship event is in the books. This time, our Event #48 $600 PLO $75K GTD attracted 227 players who created a prize pool of $117,586 surpassing the $75K guarantee. Of those, 27 made it to Day 2, and we paid out 24 places.
Once at the final table the action started off relatively quickly. The internationals were no match for Karl Held who took out Tarek Sleiman from Chile (9th) and Alfredo Vega from Germany (8th) in the same hand. Shortly after he eliminated Ib Hermansen from Denmark (6th) to extend his lead.
The story of the final table was Michael Song who, without ever showing up for the days play, was able to see his stack make it all the way to seventh place. When Day 2 started, Song’s stack was sitting in ninth place overall, and would sit there patiently all the way to the final table as others fell around it. Song did finally show up (when he was taking a dinner break from the Millionaire Maker at the WSOP) and was shocked to collect his $4,351.
James Chen would take out the next two players (one of which was Diego Goncalves who a week ago made the final table of the $800 PLO 8-Max Bounty event) leaving the final table three-handed. He would be Held’s final victim when Held would turn a straight against Chen who had flopped a set.
Once at heads-up, Held held a three-to-one chip lead and had Laura Lindauer all in and at risk on several occasions. She would hold on each time, until finally, the two decided on an even chop.
Held adds to an already impressive resume which leaves him just a tad short of $200,000 in career earnings after his third highest score to date.
Congratulations again to Karl Held from Forest Hills, NY.