Jan 18, 2016
Salomon Ponte topped a massive field of 1,684 players to win the WPTDeepStacks Hollywood Main Event on Monday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Ponte was awarded $341,420 in prize money and the WPTDeepStacks trophy after roughly four hours of play at the live-streamed final table.
Action was nonstop all day with Paul Balzano hitting the rail first, exiting in 9th place. Following Balzano out the door was Zack Goodman (8th), Ryan D’Angelo (7th), Michael Goodman (6th), Kenneth Watson (5th) and Harrison Gimbel (4th). Three-handed play was pretty short as Thong Ho made his exit fairly soon after Gimbel.
After Gimbel was eliminated, the heads-up battle between Edward Mallon and Ponte concluded rather quickly. Mallon quickly chipped up to take a commanding lead, but Ponte ran down Mallon’s wired pair of nines with to flip the script. The two were all in nearly 10 times after that key hand, and on the final hand dealt Ponte’s ace-king held against Mallon’s nine-eight.
Confident as ever, Ponte explained his keys to success on camera after the big win:
Here is a look at the final table results:
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