2021 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #43: $1,000 Double Stack
Days:

Event Info

Buy-in $1,000
Prize Pool $3,551,990
Players 3991

Level Info

Level 38
Blinds 600,000 / 1,200,000
Ante 1,200,000

Players Info - Day 4

Players Left 1
Entries 17
Event #43: $1,000 Double Stack
Day 4 completed

Anthony Denove Wins Event #43: $1,000 Double Stack No Limit Hold’em

MrCleverFox • Level 38: 600,000-1,200,000, 1,200,000 ante
Anthony Denove
Anthony Denove

After eight and a half hours of play on Day 4 of Event #43: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold'em at the 2021 World Series of Poker, it was cash game player Anthony Denove who took down the first-place prize of $446,983 and his first WSOP bracelet.

The cash game player, who up until this week had $76k in live earnings, with his biggest recorded cash being $6,000 has more than tripled his lifetime earnings with his win here today. “It’s been my dream to win a bracelet,” Denove said overcome with emotion. “I’ve been playing cash for six years but I do really love tournaments.”

Denove, who also recently became a father, was the start of the final table chip leader, full of big names like Michael Wang, Jeff Platt, and David Guay who had come in seventh place in this event in 2019.

“I knew a lot of those players would not be making any mistakes in a lot of spots,” he said when asked about the lineup. “I try not to be too conscious of it, helps keep my expectations in check.”

Event #43: $1,000 Double Stack Final Table Results

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1Anthony DenoveUnited States$446,983
2David GuayCanada$276,269
3Timothy LittleUnited States$210,004
4Jeff PlattUnited States$160,662
5Frank LagodichUnited States$123,710
6Steven StolzenfeldUnited States$95,878
7Kenneth InouyeUnited States$74,796
8Joshua HarrisonUnited States$58,735
9Michael WangUnited States$46,430
10Matthew RaffoulCanada$36,949

The action with the final 17 players was fast and furious and players were eliminated rather quickly. Bracelet winners Jonathan Dokler (15th-$23,877) and Sejin Park (13th-$29,602) came into the day with bigger stacks, but ultimately found themselves on the wrong side of some coinflips and were eliminated before the final table. Within a few hours, the final table of ten was set.

Final Table Action

The action went quickly at the final table, starting out with Denove raising in the cutoff and Matthew Raffoul putting his entire stack in the middle. Start of day chip leader Michael Wang in the big blind thought for a long time before deciding to do the same and put his whole stack in the middle and Denove called covering them both. Denove’s pocket kings were well ahead of the ace-ten of Raffoul and pocket nines of Wang, and Denove flopping a set left his opponents drawing very thin. Neither of them improved and they were eliminated. Raffoul in tenth place for $36,949 and Wang in ninth place for $46,430.

The next player to fall was Joshua Harrison when his ace-eight could not hold against the king-queen held by Frank Lagodich. A king on the flop sealed Harrison’s fate and he departed in eighth place for $58,735.

Start of the final table short stack was able to ladder up a few spots, but in the end, Kenneth Inouye got in his remaining chips with queen-ten suited against David Guay’s ace-eight suited and Guay filled up on the turn to have Inouye drawing dead before the river even came. Inouye received $74,796 for his seventh-place finish.

Steven Stolzenfeld was next to leave when he got his remaining chips in with pocket eights against Timothy Little’s ace-five suited. The board paired Little’s ace and the river brought an eight to give Stolzenfeld three of a kind, but it was no good as the eight he got was a flush completing card for Little. Stolzenfeld departed in sixth place for $95,878.

Lagodich had lost almost all of his chips in a massive pot against Guay but had managed to double up three times, putting him in the top three for chips with five people left. But a big pot emerged with Guay when he had top pair versus middle set and all the chips went in the middle, leaving Lagodich to depart in fifth place for $123,710.

PokerGO commentator Jeff Platt spent most of the time on the short stack when players were five-handed, and he departed shortly after Lagodich when his ace-nine could not hold up against the king-jack of Guay. Platt congratulated the other players as he departed in fourth place for $160,662.

Jeff Platt
Jeff Platt

Things were pretty even between Guay and Denove for chips with Timothy Little being the shortest stack three-handed. Eventually, Little got his chips in with ace-three against Guay’s ace-eight. The board came all high cards, looking as if it was going to be a chop, but an eight came on the river to pair up Guay and Little departed in third place for $210,004.

Heads-up play chip counts started very even, but within thirty minutes Denove was comfortably ahead. With Denove acquiring a 2:1 chip lead, Guay picked up pocket nines and Denove picked up pocket tens, and all of the chips got in before the flop. Guay could not find improvement on the board, and the seventh-place finisher of this event in 2019 ended his second final table run in the double stack in second place for $276,269.

Guay and Denove shook hands and Denove went to his rail, full of emotion as he went to go talk to his father on the rail about the tournament that he won to get his first WSOP bracelet.

Denove said he will come back to try to play the Main Event, but first, he is going to go home and spend some time with his wife and daughter.

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Anthony Denove
Anthony Denove and Friends

Tags: Anthony DenoveDavid GuayFrank LagodichJeff PlattJonathan DoklerJoshua HarrisonKenneth InouyeMatthew RaffoulMichael WangSejin ParkSteven StolzenfeldTimothy Little

David Guay Eliminated in 2nd Place ($276,269)

• Level 38: 600,000-1,200,000, 1,200,000 ante
David Guay
David Guay

From the button Anthony Denore raised to 2,800,000. David Guay three-bet to 10,600,000, Denore four-bet all in and Guay called.

David Guay: {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}
Anthony Denore: {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}

It was a cooler situation by heads-up standards as Guay was pipped by Denore's better pocket pair and would need help.

The flop came {j-Spades}{5-Spades}{5-Diamonds} for no help. The turn was the {k-Diamonds} leaving Guay only drawing to a nine but the river was the {8-Spades} and just like that heads-up play was abruptly over and Guay was eliminated in second place.

Anthony Denove us
Anthony Denove
us 159,640,000 53,000,000
David Guay ca
David Guay
ca Busted

Tags: Anthony DenoreDavid Guay

Denore Gathers More With Two-Pair

• Level 38: 600,000-1,200,000, 1,200,000 ante

David Guay raised to 3,000,000 from the button and Anthony Denore called.

The flop came {q-Spades}{6-Hearts}{5-Clubs}. Guay bet 2,500,000, denore called.

The turn came the {9-Diamonds}, action went check-check.

The river was the {2-Spades}. Denore bet 3,600,000 and Guay called. Denore tabled the {q-Clubs}{9-Hearts} and took down the pot.

Anthony Denove us
Anthony Denove
us 106,640,000 10,640,000
David Guay ca
David Guay
ca 50,000,000 -13,640,000

Tags: Anthony DenoreDavid Guay

Denove Wins Rare Pot Postflop

• Level 38: 600,000-1,200,000, 1,200,000 ante

David Guay called a raise preflop to 2,600,000 from Anthony Denove and the two of them took a flop.

The flop came out {2-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{8-Clubs} and Guay check-called a bet of 2,200,000 from Devone.

The {k-Spades} was checked once more by Guay and Devone bet once more, this time to the tune of 4,600,000. Guay thought breifly before folding.

Anthony Denove us
Anthony Denove
us 96,000,000 8,680,000
David Guay ca
David Guay
ca 63,640,000 -8,680,000

Denove Tests Guay

• Level 38: 600,000-1,200,000, 1,200,000 ante

Anthony Denove raised to 2,600,000 from the button. David Guay three-bet to 8,500,000 from the big blind and Denove called.

The flop came {9-Spades}{8-Clubs}{3-Hearts}. Guay check-called a bet of 5,200,000. The turn was the {2-Hearts} and both players checked.

The river came the {6-Spades}. Guay checked again and Denove cut out a bet of 15,200,000. Guay went into the tank and after three minutes laid down his hand.

Anthony Denove us
Anthony Denove
us 87,320,000 3,000,000
David Guay ca
David Guay
ca 72,320,000 -4,000,000

Tags: Anthony DenoveDavid Guay

Denove Pulls Ahead

• Level 38: 600,000-1,200,000, 1,200,000 ante

Anthony Denove has raised several pots preflop and only one flop was seen, which Denove took down.

Anthony Denove us
Anthony Denove
us 84,320,000 8,320,000
David Guay ca
David Guay
ca 76,320,000 -6,180,000

Heads-Up Play Underway

• Level 38: 600,000-1,200,000, 1,200,000 ante

The two players have come back from a five-minute break to play their heads up match.

David Guay - Anthony Denove
David Guay - Anthony Denove

Timothy Little Eliminated in 3rd Place ($210,004)

• Level 38: 600,000-1,200,000, 1,200,000 ante
Timothy Little
Timothy Little

Timothy Little moved all in from the button for about 11,000,0000 and was called by David Guay in the big blind.

Timothy Little: {a-Hearts}{3-Clubs}
David Guay: {a-Spades}{8-Hearts}

Guay had the lead as the flop came {9-Hearts}{10-Spades}{k-Clubs}. The turn was the {k-Spades} to make a chop pot likely but the {8-Spades} came on the river to give Guay two-pair and end the night for Little in third place and set up heads up play with very tight stacks.

David Guay ca
David Guay
ca 83,200,000 20,200,000
Anthony Denove us
Anthony Denove
us 76,570,000 1,670,000
Timothy Little us
Timothy Little
us Busted

Tags: David GuayTimothy Little