Tony Piscitelli Wins the WPTDeepStacks Reno Summer Main Event

Tony Piscitelli (pictured) topped a field of 264 players at a final table that was just over two-and-a-half hours long to win the WPTDeepStacks Reno Summer Main Event on Monday at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. 

"I'm happy right now, this is incredible, unreal," said Piscitelli right after the victory. He took home $56,468 in prize money to take his career earnings up to $61,418. The Richmond, California resident also secured a $3,000 WPTDS Championship package, and considering that Piscitelli lives just an hour-and-a-half away from Thunder Valley, he is very excited for the season-ending event in December.

Piscitelli had one of his very good friends, Jacob Copp, playing at the final table with him today, and that made this experience even more memorable for Piscitelli. "Jacob in Seat 2, we're best friends ... Unfortunately I took him out in third, but it was a great experience, this is crazy, we came up here together," said Piscitelli. They late-regged at the same time on Day 1, and the two made a deep run all the way to the final table together.

It was apparent that Piscitelli was comfortable and having a good time at the final table, and he confirmed as much after the win. "I just have fun, I make a lot of jokes, I try to be good-natured and have everyone be in a good mood. If everybody is in a bad mood it's no fun, and if everyone is in a good mood it is fun," said Piscitelli.

Cards got into the air at Noon between the final nine players, and we lost one pretty quick to kick off the bustouts. Cary Shutlz fell in ninth place, and then a few players doubled up before the first break in play. The WPTDeepStacks Atlantis Casino Series Champion Marty Gorenc was the next player to exit when he busted in eighth place.

Mitch Ames had started the final table with the chip lead, but his fortunes quickly changed after he doubled up a few opponents, and Ames hit the rail in seventh place two hours into play. Action continued to fly when Kenneth Horrell took his leave in sixth place.

The quick eliminations of Patrick Wall in fifth placeJames Mitchell in fourth place, and Copp in third place took us down to a heads-up final very quick. Piscitelli held a huge chip lead with 5,150,000 giving him a better than 5-1 chip advantage over Jeff Farnes (860,000).

There was only one major skirmish between the final two players. It started when Piscitelli moved all in on the button, and Farnes called all in for about 950,000 from the big blind. Piscitelli showed AcQs, and he had Farnes' QcJs dominated.

The board was dealt 7s5c3c8h6h, and Piscitelli won the pot with ace-high. Farnes was awarded $39,735 for his runner-up finish. Piscitelli took home $56,468, the WPTDS trophy, and a $3,000 prize package for the WPTDS Championship this December at Thunder Valley Casino in Sacramento.

Congratulations to our newest WPTDeepStacks champion, Tony Piscitelli!