Jeremy Pekarek Takes WSOP Gold and $398,281 in $600 NLHE Deepstack

It took a day longer than expected, but at the end of the $600 No-Limit Holdem Deepstack it was Illinois Jeremy Pekarek who emerged victorious – lifting his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet and $398,281

By: Andrew Burnett

It was the massive 6151 entries that forced a third day’s play upon the hopefuls, close to 1000 having made the cash but only nine returning to decide the whereabouts of the bracelet for event nine on the schedule.

Pekarek had managed to hang around short-stacked throughout the second day, after his victory stating: “Just being relentless and hanging in there and fighting is key to these things".

Despite the stack being short on average, it took a good couple of hours until the bustouts started, but when they did they were relentless – and soon there were just three fighting for WSOP glory.

The run-outs were kind to Pekarek as he firstly disposed of Magana when way behind, and then a short and sweet heads-up saw him turn an ace in a race against Dan Kuntzman and the bracelet was his.

Pekarek explained his winning ethos later to PokerNews: "I just feel like this is a culmination of the past five years of just me learning more about myself. Self-awareness is everything in this game".

Final results

1 Jeremy Pekarek $398,281
2 Dan Kuntzman $245,881
3 Juan Magana $182,173
4 Benjamin Underwood $135,959
5 Noomis Jones $102,216
6 Tan Nguyen $77,418
7 Paul Jain $59,075
8 John Skrovan $45,418
9 David Elet $35,183



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