New York State’s William Vogel has collected $71,827 for taking down the first ever DeepStacks Poker Tour Western New York Poker Championship main event in Niagara Falls.
The Stockport player emerged victorious from a 217-player field at the $1,500 buy-in tournament, ultimately defeating fellow New York State player Lou Procopio in their heads-up battle after three days’ play at the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel.
Procopio took home $43,928 for his runner-up spot, while the top five was filled out by third placed Nick Goetz ($31,161), Mike Wachowski ($22,245) in fourth and Tom Krol ($17,802), who secured fifth spot.
Sixth place and $13,359 went to Steve Przybyl, Husni Aga took $8,915 for seventh, Matt Brunskole pocketed $7,228 in eighth, Justin Brocato left with $6,131, and 10th placed Mike Crystal added $5,372 to his bank account.
Heads-Up Battle Sees Vogel Move Ahead
The head-to-head finale was set up once Vogel – who secured his seat in the tournament via a $55 satellite – had eliminated Goetz in third place, leaving the former and Procopio with almost identical chip stacks.
However, Vogel swiftly moved into a commanding chip lead and was never seriously troubled by Liverpool’s Procopio thereafter as the eventual champion took down two huge pots to take a 7 to 1 advantage.
Vogel, on the button, raised it to 125,000, only for Procopio to go all-in for his remaining 680,000 chips. Vogel thought about his next move for a short while before calling to put Procopio in danger of crashing out.
Procopio showed Q♠ J♦ to be just slightly behind Vogel’s K♥ 4♥, prompting the latter to say: “This is exciting” to his gathered family and friends before the dealer placed down a flop of 8♥ 8♦ 3♠.
Inaugural Champion is Crowned
Vogel was still ahead, although the 3♥ turn did hand Procopio some extra outs for a split pot.
But the river card was the 9♦ and that sealed Vogel’s victory for him to be crowned the inaugural DeepStacks Poker Tour champion.
Vogel had started the six-handed final table just ahead of Procopio, only for the latter to moved top on the final day’s second hand, when he eliminated short stack Przybyl in sixth place.
The blinds were 10,000 and 20,000, with a 3,000 ante, when Procopio – in the cut-off seat – raised to 46,000. But Cheektowaga’s Przybyl, in the big blind, then shoved all-in for 173,000 while holding A♠ J♥ to be called by the former. Procopio showed Q♦ 4♦ and sent Przybyl crashing out on a queen-high board.
Tom Krol Exits in Fifth Place
Fifth place went to Krol when he lost out to Vogel. Small blind Krol limped in, while big blind Vogel checked to see a flop of J♦ 10♠ 7♣.
Lake View’s Krol led out with a bet of 50,000, but Vogel then shoved all-in – leaving the former to consider his next moved before calling for his remaining 193,000 chips.
Krol had flopped top pair with his J♥ 3♠ while Vogel showed Q♣ 9♥ for an open-ended straight draw.
Inevitably, the K♠ arrived on the turn to hand Vogel the straight and leave Krol drawing dead. He was already standing to say his goodbyes when the dealer placed the unimportant K♥ on the table.
Vogel Takes Over as Chip Leader
Vogel then took over as chip leader after picking up a pot against Goetz, before sending Buffalo’s Wachowski to the rail in fourth place in the last hand of level 23, when the blinds were set at 12,000 and 24,000 with a 4,000 ante.
In the cut-off seat, Vogel raised to 55,000 and big blind Wachowski called to see a 4♦ 2♥ Q♥ flop. Wachowski checked, while Vogel made a 35,000 continuation bet, only for the former to check-raise to 120,000.
Vogel made the call and, following the arrival of the 2♣ on the turn, Wachowski swiftly moved all-in for 343,000. Vogel gave it some thought, but then called to show Q♣ 9♠ for two pair.
Wachowski showed K♥ 7♠, leaving just a king to keep his tournament life alive. However, the 4♦ river was no good and Wachowski was gone as the players took a well-earned break.
Nick Goetz Eliminated in Third Spot
The chip leader continued his winning run by eliminating Williamsville’s Goetz during level 24 with the blinds at 15,000 and 30,000 with a 50,000 ante.
On the button, Goetz shoved all-in for 425,000 just a few minutes after losing about a third of his stack to Procopio.
Small blind Vogel called, leaving Procopio to make a big decision and, although he put a chip on his cards, he eventually folded.
Goetz revealed Q♥ 10♣ to be massively dominated by the A♥ 10♠ of Vogel. Nothing changed on a flop of 9♣ 4♦ 2♠, leaving Goetz in serious trouble, although he did pick up a few more outs as the J♦ arrived on the turn.
However, the 10♦ on the river handed Vogel the pot with a better kicker. Not that 21-year-old Goetz appeared unhappy as he left with $31,161, which he plans to split between paying off his car, saving some for school, and adding the remainder to his bankroll.
That left us with just Procopio and Vogel for their heads-up battle, which the latter dominated to win the first event on the DeepStacks Poker Tour.
Michael Mizrachi Takes 14th Place
Several big-name pros entered the event, with two-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi, of Hollywood, the best placed when securing 14th place for $4,415.
However, the likes of Los Angeles’ Mike ‘The Mouth’ Matusow, Vietnam’s Karina Jett, World Poker Tour (WPT) winners Randal Flowers, of North Carolina, and Justin ‘Boosted J’ Smith, of Florida, as well as Ohio’s Robert Croak and one-time WSOP champion Tristan Wade all failed to cash.
The opening season of the DeepStacks Poker Tour also takes in Quebec, Oregon, Nevada and California.
Top 10 payouts from the Western New York Poker Championship main event:
1. William Vogel (USA) – $71,827
2. Lou Procopio (USA) – $43,928
3. Nick Goetz (USA) – $31,161
4. Mike Wachowski (USA) – $22,245
5. Tom Krol (USA) – $17,802
6. Steve Przybyl (USA) – $13,359
7. Husni Aga (USA) – $8,915
8. Matt Brunskole (USA) – $7,228
9. Justin Brocato (USA) – $6,131
10. Mike Crystal (USA) – $5,372