Deepstack Extravaganza takes over Venetian poker

Dec 8, 2015 3:00 AM

The DeepStack Extravaganza tournament events at the Venetian are one of the most popular poker festivals in the world. With five major events a year there is always great tournament action and excitement.

The Extravaganza kicks off this Wednesday and runs through Sunday with $163K in guaranteed prize pools. The New Year’s Eve event starts Dec. 25 and continues through Jan. 10, 2016 with a $700K prize pool. More information can be found on the Venetian website at:

Seminole Hard Rock

Jake Bazeley of Cincinnati, Ohio walked away with $568,687 after winning first place in the $3,500 buy-in Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ’n’ Roll” Poker Open $2 Million Guaranteed Championship last week Hollywood. Offering two starting flights, the Championship produced 766 entries, with a prize pool of $2,451,200 – a 25% increase from 2014.

The 14-event series, held in the resort ballrooms, significantly surpassed every major guarantee. Opening day kicked off Thursday, Nov. 19 with a $350 buy-in Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em $500,000 guarantee from six starting flights. The event drew 3,022 entries resulting in a prize pool of $906,600, nearly doubling the guarantee.

The next big tournament was Event 5, which guaranteed a $250,000 prize pool. The $570 buy-in No Limit Hold’em started Nov. 23 with four starting flights. A total of 830 entries generated a prize pool of $415,000, again crushing the guarantee.

The Open Championship drew some of the top professionals in poker, including Harrison Gimbel, John Racener, Noah Schwartz, John Dolan, Matt Waxman, Johnathan Duhamel, Phil Laak and poker legend Jason Mercier.

Other notable players in the field were Vanessa Rousso, from reality TV show, “Big Brother,” Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Tilly and “Weeds” writer/producer Matt Salsberg. The six finalists were Bazeley, David Prociak, Joshua Gibson, Martin Carnero, Marvin Rettenmaier and Jessica Dawley.

Prociak received $330,912 for second place.


1st: Jake Bazeley (Cincinnati, Ohio) $568,687

2nd: David Prociak (Orlando, Florida) $330,912

3rd: Joshua Gibson (Fort Myers, Florida) $202,224

4th: Martin Carnero (Davie, Florida) $166,682

5th: Marvin Rettenmaier (Leonburg, Germany) $134,816

6th: Jessica Dawley (Jeffersonville, Indiana) $110,304

“Poker Night in America,” a nationally-televised poker show filmed high-stakes poker action during the final weekend of the series. Three cash games, featuring some of the highest limit players in poker and a “Ladies Night,” will be aired on CBS Sports in spring 2016.

The $2 Million Guaranteed Championship final table will also air on the network’s new show, “Poker Night: The Tour.”

Good luck, and may the “nuts” be with you!

H. Scot Krause is a gaming industry analyst, researcher and journalist. He is a former entertainment director and 21-year resident of Las Vegas. Email: [email protected].