«Stamm vs Soverel

It all happened at Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza. David Stamm opposed Sam Soverel at Venetian High Roller and defeated his opponent and got it all: about $306,000 as the first prize and the title.

Once upon a time I used to groan ad moan about poker players participating at the Venetian festival. It was clear that the defeat is close, so I couldn’t do anything but coming towards it.

High Roller of $10,000 was organized by the Venetian Poker Room and became a part of their festivities. It was greeted by enormous delight of players who normally enjoy such things for breakfast, lunch and dinner, swarming around hungry for action.

107 contestants took part in the final battle, and the final table was enormous and impressive, because it attracted whales from the whole world. Nine greatest champions headed into the millions and the final champion wasn’t a professional player.

The professional reigned over such battles as WSOP (World Series of Poker), One Drop High Roller and SHRB (Super High Roller Bowl), but this time an amateur became the king. It was the amateur who took several bucks out of the world’s poker economy and won in the Venetian’s battle.

So who is David Stamm? He works at a software company based in California (he’s the CEO there). He started at Day 2 searching for scraps and no one ever could imagine that he would be the winner and that his face would be in the focus of many cameras.

Stamm came into the head-up phase of the whole competition with a 1.9 m versus 3.3 m chip disadvantage against Soverel. Then the audience and the players were watching Soverel squaring off against about $230,000 of Stamm.

But do we really care about statistics? We all know that it’s poker – anyone can win, and David Stamm could.

At the final hand Soverel called an all-in from David Stamm and the board showed us AcQcQs9c.Soverel chose Q5 for trips and Stamm decided to make a flush with 84 cc. Soverel saw as the river bricked, and Stamm was left with the necessity of looking for room in his bag for his new trophy.

The closing date of the Venetian DeepStack is July 23 and till that moment $23m is going to be doled out, so this is the reason for people to take a seat and enjoy playing.

Final Table Results

1. David Stamm – $306,554

2. Sam Soverel – $190,064

3. Paul Volpe – $133,862

4. Chris Hunichen – $97,076

5. Christian Christner – $71,530

6. Martin Kozlov – $53,136

7. David Peters – $42,918

8. Darren Elias – $34,743

9. Adrian Mateos – $27,950

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