Live Events 1
Event #25: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack
Days:
12

Event Info

Buy-in $800
Prize Pool $2,859,648
Players 4,062

Level Info

Level 45
Blinds 2,500,000 / 5,000,000
Ante 5,000,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 240

Highlights

Highlights

Event #25: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack
Day 2 completed

Rob Wazwaz Ships Event #25: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack For $358,346

Toogood32 • Level 45: 2,500,000-5,000,000, 5,000,000 ante
Rob Wazwaz
Rob Wazwaz

Event #25: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack has come to a close. After two days of tournament poker 4,062 entrants were whittled down to just one, with Rajaee Wazwaz taking down the tournament and his first World Series of Poker bracelet for $358,346.

He told PokerNews that his name is actually Rob Wazwaz, but there was an error with his name at some point when signing up for tournaments with his card. Either way, he has just won his first bracelet.

The $2,859,648 prizepool ensured the final four players earned over $100,000 each. They entered the day with 240 remaining, and they played down from 1:00 p.m. local time to crown a champion at 02:30 a.m. the following day, over 13 hours later.

Event #25: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Rajaee "Rob" WazwazUnited States$358,346
2Robert CrowUnited States$221,399
3Terence ReidUnited States$166,011
4Sean LegendreUnited States$125,371
5Dov MarkowichCanada$95,363
6Maxime DuhamelCanada$73,064
7Abhinav IyerIndia$56,388
8Sebastien ClotFrance$43,839
9Liran BetitoIsrael$34,336

Notable faces were in the field today and many ran deep, Dean Hutchison (15th), Ryan Phan (53rd), Melanie Weisner (101st )and Adam Levy (108th).

The unofficial final table table started with Italian Fabrizio Petroni hero calling versus Terence Reid and being wrong.

The official final table started with Liran Betito busting as the short stack against Wazwaz, running into aces.

Next was Sebastien Clot, the French player getting unfortunate to lose his all-in with his ace-king against Maxime Duhamel's queen-jack.

Bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer fell short of winning his second bracelet, after taking down the 2019 ''The Closer'' event for over $500,000. The Indian player took his exit with class, when he had to get his ace-six in against five-four and it couldn't hold.

Duhamel had one of the bigger rails of the final table and busted when he ran his pocket fours into Sean Legendre's tens. Dov Markowich, who went from chip leader to last in chips, then back up to the top, before ultimately getting short again, busted in fifth place. His king-queen couldn't get there against the ace-seven of Wazwaz.

Heads-up was thick and fast as players were so short stacked, like much of the final table. Originally, Robert Crow had the chip lead. He was hoping to lock up the event as it was his first tournament in five or six years and had only played smaller events in the past. He played this purely to tick it off his bucket list. He was all in for the win with king-six but couldn't get there against Wazwaz's pocket queens. The stacks flipped at that point, and momentum went the way of Wazwaz.

The final hand of the day came when Crow shoved all-in on the river with king-high, and Wazwaz sniffed out his bluff to capture his first bracelet. Still, the Seattle Seahawks fan Crow still has quite the story to go home with, not to mention $221,399.

Rajaee Wazwaz
Rajaee Wazwaz celebrates on the rail.

Speaking to Wazwaz afterward, he shared his story, how it felt and what it was like having his buddies rail him all night. ''It was my third final table, but first since a long time. Back then, I wasn't as experienced, I didn't play them right when I got deep. But I've come a long way, and my dream was to come out here and win a bracelet''.

Wazwaz told PokerNews, ''I ran so pure, so pure, like my whole life of playing tournaments, this was the purest tournament I've ever ran in my entire life''.

A humble but elated Wazwaz also had a lot of good to say about his fellow final tablists, ''They were all great players, it was a very tough match, very tough. I'm just so proud of myself for winning. My wife will be happy, and I really appreciate my rail being here. My rail was amazing''.

Wazwaz, the Minnesotan native, goes back to his wife and five children with the bracelet. The entrepreneur says poker is just his side hobby and he's been playing a long, long time. When asked about his plans to play more events he told PokerNews ''I was going to come and go for two final tables, but now I'm coming back for two bracelets!''. Fighting talk from Wazwaz, who will come back to Vegas once he's seen his family to search for more glory and gold in the 2022 World Series of Poker.

That concludes the coverage of Event #25, but be sure to stay with at PokerNews for updates from all other events tomorrow and throughout the series live from Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.

Tags: Abhinav IyerAdam LevyDean HutchisonDov MarkowichLiran BetitoMaxime DuhamelMelanie WeisnerRajaee WazwazRob WazwazRobert CrowRyan PhanSean LegendreSebastien ClotTerence Reid

Robert Crow Eliminated in 2nd Place ($221,399)

veunstyle72 • Level 45: 2,500,000-5,000,000, 5,000,000 ante
Robert Crow
Robert Crow

Robert Crow raised it to 10,000,000 from the button and Rajaee Wazwaz called to see a flop.

{2-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{a-Spades} was check-called by Wazwaz for 10,000,000 before both players checked a {9-Clubs} on the turn. The river {7-Hearts} completed the board and Crow announced all-in for 34,000,000. Wazwaz took a good minute to think about the situation, before tossing a chip in the middle.

"Good call", said Crow before showing {k-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} for nothing. Rajaee Wazwaz exults, he made the call with {6-Clubs}{3-Clubs} for just a pair of Six, and it was enough to win the tournament and his first bracelet.

Rajaee Wazwaz us
Rajaee Wazwaz
us 162,480,000 52,480,000
Robert Crow US
Robert Crow
US Busted
Level:
45
Blinds:
2,500,000/5,000,000
Ante:
5,000,000

Terence Reid Eliminated in 3rd Place ($166,011)

Toogood32 • Level 44: 2,000,000-4,000,000, 4,000,000 ante
Terrence Reid
Terrence Reid

With only 13,300,000 chips, Rajaee Wazwaz moved all-in from the button, Robert Crow folded his small blind and Terence Reid called all-in for his last 9,000,000 or so.

Cards were on their backs.

Terence Reid: {k-Hearts}{2-Spades}
Rajaee Wazwaz {a-Clubs}{3-Clubs}

The board ran out {4-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} to give Wazwaz the win, eliminating Reid in third.

Rajaee Wazwaz us
Rajaee Wazwaz
us 23,000,000 9,000,000
Terence Reid us
Terence Reid
us Busted

Tags: Rajaee WazwazRobert CrowTerence Reid

Sean Legendre Eliminated in 4th Place ($125,371)

veunstyle72 • Level 44: 2,000,000-4,000,000, 4,000,000 ante
Sean Legendre
Sean Legendre

It was a long battle with four warriors, but one of them finally had to give it up.

Sean Legendre went all-in for his last 22,000,000 chips. Robert Crow, who just won a big coin flip to double up against Terence Reid with ace-Jack on the hand right before, did not hesitate for long before calling with the same hand.

Sean Legendre: {k-Clubs}{8-Clubs}
Robert Crow: {a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}

The board came {3-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{2-Spades} and after almost three levels, there was finally another elimination.

Robert Crow US
Robert Crow
US 135,000,000 83,000,000
Sean Legendre us
Sean Legendre
us Busted
Level:
44
Blinds:
2,000,000/4,000,000
Ante:
4,000,000
Level:
43
Blinds:
1,500,000/3,000,000
Ante:
3,000,000