Dean Walsh Wins DeepStacks Edmonton Main Event

Dean Walsh (pictured) topped a field of 387 players at a final table that was just over six hours long to win the DeepStacks Edmonton Fall Main Event on Monday at Casino Yellowhead. He took home $78,540 in prize money, which included a $3,000 DSPT Championship package.

“It’s great, it was just a ton of fun. Great players, and to go heads up against Tyler was really fun. Obviously he’s a really good player, and I had to get lucky to take him out. I caught the cards at the right time,” said Walsh right after the biggest win of his tournament poker career.

“With Tyler on my left it was a little challenging. I didn’t open as much as I might have in a different situation, but the cards really lended themselves to playing that way anyway. I got the good cards when I needed to, and the ugly cards when I didn’t,” Walsh continued with a chuckle.

“I would love to play more poker, but I’m finding that it’s a little challenging in Edmonton. Typically I try to get down to the States and play a little bit because work allows the flexibility, but the only tournaments that I ever want to play are these main ones. It’s a great field, a great challenge, and they’re run so well. Yellowhead and Joanne and her staff here ran this far better than a lot of the other tournaments that are going on,” said Walsh when he was asked about his experience at Casino Yellowhead for DeepStacks Edmonton.

Final Table Results

1st: Dean Walsh – $75,540 + $3,000 DeepStacks Championship prize package
2nd: Tyler St. Clair – $52,490
3rd: Jeff Chiasson – $34,030
4th: Prabakaran Sivabalasundaram – $22,500
5th: Shawn Taghavi – $17,320
6th: Darcy Van Wachem – $14,350
7th: Kevah Payman – $12,020
8th: Erleen Mclean – $9,780
9th: Francis Fan – $7,560

Cards got into the air at 1 p.m. between the final nine players, and Francis Fan (ninth)Erleen Mclean (eighth)Kevah Payman (seventh), and Darcy Van Wachem (sixth) quickly took the final table down to five players.

There was a slight pause five-handed, but action picked up again when Shawn Taghavi (fifth)Prabakaran Sivabalasundaram (fourth), and Jeff Chiasson (third). That set up a final battle between Dean Walsh (6,480,000) and Tyler St. Clair (3,265,000).

On the final hand of the night, St. Clair raised to 290,000 preflop from the button, and Walsh reraised to 800,000. St. Clair reraised all in, and Walsh called to cover him. The final two players in the tournament then flipped over their cards.

Walsh: A 9
St. Clair: A 4

Board: A 9 7 Q 2

St. Clair was eliminated in second place, good for $52,490 thanks to his deep run in the tournament, and Walsh is the DeepStacks Edmonton champion. Walsh took home the top prize of $78,540, which includes a $3,000 DeepStacks Championship package, and the newly-redesigned DeepStacks trophy.

Congratulations to our new DeepStacks champion – Dean Walsh!

That concludes our coverage from the DeepStacks Edmonton Fall Main Event. Thanks to Casino Yellowhead for hosting another great event. The next stop on tour will take us to Ocean’s Eleven Casino in Oceanside, California for the DeepStacks San Diego Main Event that will run from October 11-15. The Main Event features an $1,100 buy-in, and a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool. The DeepStacks live reporting team will have live updates, chip counts, photos, and videos for you from Southern California in just a few days.