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Skolnik & Clinkscales Capture Titles During Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza II

From the end of March through May 1, Venetian Las Vegas hosted the DeepStack Extravaganza II, a 60-event series that catered to a combined 6,669 entrants and awarded $2,369,868 in prize money.

Among those to win titles during the series were Christopher Bowen (Event #1: $400 Ultimate Stack for $25,167), Tiago Jesus Luis (Event #6: $800 Ultimate Bounty for $44,757), Basil Glezakos (Event #28: $365 Monster Stack for $33,865), Christina Gollins (Event #40: $600 Monster Stack for $11,000), and Tuan Mai (Event #53: $500 Monster Stack for $12,239).

Here’s a look at some highlights from the series.

Cory Skolnik Wins $600 Monster Stack

Cory Skolnik
Cory Skolnik

Near the end of the series on May 1, the $600 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack attracted 619 runners and offered up a $313,833 prize pool to the top 63 finishers. Among those to cash were Chip Jett (54th – $1,412), Rex Clinkscales (44th – $1,569), Michael Dyer (26th – $2,040), Dustin Lee (13th – $3,609), Jeff Tanouye (8th – $6,904), and Michael Steinbacher (3rd – $34,135).

In the end, it was Cory Skolnik of Las Vegas besting Hawaii’s Jesse Rivera in heads-up play to win the title for $55,442. It was a career-high score for Skolnik, who according to The Hendon Mob had less than $5,000 in tournament earnings before the victory.

$600 Monster Stack Final Table Results

Place Player Hometown Prize2
1st Cory Skolnik Las Vegas, NV $55,442
2nd Jesse Rivera Kaneohe, HI $34,264
3rd Michael Steinbacher Spring, TX $34,135
4th Kevon Bakhtiari Mission Viejo, CA $31,356
5th Josh Greenberg Henderson, NV $16,162
6th Atrayon Trevino Oceanside, Ca $8,944
7th Ophir Atar Sherman Village, CA $12,083
8th Jeff Tanouye Las Vegas, NV $6,904
9th Kao Zaechao Las Vegas, NV $5,492

Back-to-Back Clinkscales

Rex Clinkscales
Rex Clinkscales

On April 11, Rex Clinkscales won an event at The Wynn Signature Series for $11,149. The day before, he was busy winning one at the Venetian when he topped an 83-entry field to win Event #24: $400 NLH Monster Stack for $6,081 after a three-way deal.

Also a part of that deal was Barry Shulman of CardPlayer Magazine fame and Daniel Pinto, who finished in second and third place respectively for the same amount,

Event #24: $400 NLH Monster Stack Final Table Results

Place Player Hometown Prize
1st Rex Clinkscales Las Vegas, NV $6,081*
2nd Barry Shulman Las Vegas, NV $6,080*
3rd Daniel Pinto Las Vegas, NV $6,079*
4th Charles Briggs Avon, CO $2,808
5th Paul Lui Irvine, CA $2,058
6th Joel Galloway Springfield, VA $1,557
7th Bruce Jaffe Aptos, CA $1,223
8th Allan Myer Beverly Hills, CA $1,029
9th Mohsen Mousavi Las Vegas, NV $890

*Denotes three-way deal.

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Venetian 2022 DeepStack Extravaganza II Winners

Date Tournament Entries Prize Pool Winner Hometown Prize
30-Mar Event #1: $400 NLH Ultimate Stack 427 $140,910 Christopher Bowen San Francisco, CA $25,167
28-Mar Event #2: $300 NLH Bounty 59 $14,750 Pablo Lopez Lake Oswego, OR $3,320
29-Mar Event #3: $300 NLH Bounty 49 $12,250 Julian Rugna Argentina $2,074
30-Mar Event #4: $400 NLH Monster Bounty 122 $40,870 Arturo Moreira Sampaio Brazil $9,653
30-Mar Event #5: $300 NLH Survivor 60 $15,000 6 Winners N/A $2,300
2-Apr Event #6: $800 NLH Ultimate Bounty 477 $329,130 Tiago Jesus Luis Portugal $44,757
31-Mar Event #7: $300 NLH Survivor 71 $17,750 7 Winners N/A $2,500
1-Apr Event #8: $300 NLH Survivor 79 $19,750 7 Winners N/A $2,500
3-Apr Event #9: $400 NLH Monster Stack 137 $45,895 Gladys Landegger Las Vegas, NV $11,390
3-Apr Event #10: $300 NLH Bounty 46 $11,500 David Weiss Maple Shade, NJ $2,932
6-Apr Event #11: $400 Ultimate Stack 425 $140,250 Taran Turner Hesperia, CA $21,100
4-Apr Event #12: $300 NLH Bounty 36 $10,000 Robert Selag Pomona, CA $3,008
5-Apr Event #13: $300 NLH Bounty 49 $12,250 Julian Rugna Argentina $2,971
6-Apr Event #14: $400 NLH Monster Stack 108 $36,180 Anthony Abram Australia $7,756
6-Apr Event #15: $300 NLH Survivor 58 $14,500 5 winners N/A $2,500
7-Apr Event #16: $300 Senior Monster Stack 112 $37,250 Robert McGuire Linwood, NJ $8,405
7-Apr Event #17: $400 PLO 8 or Better 49 $16,660 Ryan Hammel Neenah, WI $5,399
7-Apr Event #18: $300 NLH Bounty 52 $13,000 Ekrem Bozkurt Las Vegas, NV $2,924
8-Apr Event #19: $400 NLH Monster Stack 78 $8,585 Brian Meadows Renton, WA $8,585
8-Apr Event #20: $400 Pot-Limit Omaha 42 $14,280 Justin Haller Redondo Beach, CA $5,039
8-Apr Event #21: $300 NLH Bounty 40 $10,000 Bruce Jiang SeaTac, WA $2,780
9-Apr Event #22: $400 NLH Monster Bounty 83 $27,805 Avertano Cawich Los Angeles, CA $5,616
9-Apr Event #23: $300 NLH Bounty 52 $13,000 Matias Chervin Argentina $2,367
10-Apr Event #24: $400 Monster Stack 83 $27,805 Rex Clinkscales Las Vegas, NV $6,081
10-Apr Event #25: $300 NLH Survivor 48 $12,000 5 winners N/A $2,300
11-Apr Event #26: $400 Monster Stack Bounty 71 $23,785 Peter Braglia Las Vegas, NV $6,897
11-Apr Event #27: $300 NLH Bounty 72 $18,000 Lee Wagner United Kingdom $2,122
12-Apr Event #28: $365 NLH Monster Stack 536 $200,000 Basil Glezakos Canada $33,865
12-Apr Event #29: $300 NLH Bounty 40 $10,000 Benjamin Garrick Bandon, OR $2,820
13-Apr Event #30: $300 NLH Survivor 67 $16,750 6 Winners N/A $2,500
14-Apr Event #31: $300 NLH Bounty 70 $17,500 Alexander Wadley Sherman Oaks, CA $2,506
15-Apr Event #32: $300 NLH Bounty 58 $14,500 Michael Cavanaugh Independence, NY $2,201
16-Apr Event #33: $300 NLH Bounty 56 $14,000 Michael Christiansen Las Vegas, NV $2,375
17-Apr Event #34: $400 NLH Monster Stack 108 $36,180 Susannah Altman Henderson, NV $7,440
17-Apr Event #35: $300 NLH Survivor 54 $13,500 5 winners N/A $2,500
18-Apr Event #36: $400 NLH Monster Bounty 86 $28,810 Michael Mortaji Denver, CO $7,939
18-Apr Event #37: $300 NLH Bounty 45 $11,250 Makayla Rounseville Henderson, NV $2,868
19-Apr Event #38: $400 NLH Monster Stack 62 $20,770 Jong Jin Las Vegas, NV $5,300
19-Apr Event #39: $300 NLH Bounty 47 $11,750 Brandon Turk Crosby, MN $2,795
20-Apr Event #40: $600 NLH Monster Stack 90 $45,900 Christina Gollins Las Vegas, NV $11,000
20-Apr Event #41: $300 NLH Survivor 35 $10,000 Zachary Bartholomew Aubrey, TX $2,400
24-Apr Event #42: $400 NLH Ultimate Stack 565 $186,450 Sungwoo Tae Las Vegas, NV $29,525
21-Apr Event #43: $300 NLH Survivor 74 $18,500 7 winners N/A $2,500
22-Apr Event #44: $300 NLH Bounty 70 $17,500 Lee Viloria Hayward, CA $3,674
24-Apr Event #45: $400 NLH Monster Stack 73 $24,455 Rysom Sanderlin Berthoud, CO $5,172
24-Apr Event #46: $300 NLH Bounty 56 $14,000 Robert McGlew Los Angeles, CA $2,200
25-Apr Event #47: $400 NLH Monster Stack 81 $27,135 George Long Las Vegas, NV $8,682
25-Apr Event #48: $300 NLH SuperStack 52 $12,740 Michael Allis Post Falls, ID $4,777
25-Apr Event #49: $300 NLH Bounty 66 $16,500 William Lathrop Atlanta, GA $3,465
26-Apr Event #50: $400 NLH Monster Stack Throwback 91 $30,485 Brendan Shiller Las Vegas, NV $8,565
26-Apr Event #51: $300 NLH SuperStack 67 $16,415 Layne Thompson Potton, TX $4,680
26-Apr Event #52: $300 NLH Bounty 54 $13,500 Ryan Awwad Sacramento, CA $3,037
27-Apr Event #53: $500 NLH Monster Stack 90 $38,250 Tuan Mai San Leandro, CA $12,239
27-Apr Event #54: $300 NLH Super Stack 57 $13,965 Trung Nguyen Canada $5,237
27-Apr Event #55: $300 NLH Survivor 42 $10,500 5 winners N/A $2,000
1-May Event #56: $600 NLH Monster Stack 619 $313,833 Cory Skolnik Las Vegas, NV $55,442
28-Apr Event #57: $300 NLH Survivor 53 $13,250 5 winners N/A $2,500
29-Apr Event #58: $400 Pot-Limit Omaha 64 $21,760 Richard Crystal Surprise, AZ $6,576
1-May Event #59: $400 NLH Monster Stack 89 $29,815 Geraint George United Kingdom $9,542
1-May Event #60: $300 NLH Bounty 67 $16,750 Trevor Lewis Rogers, AR $1,946

The Venetian Summer DeepStack Championship kicked off on May 2 and is slated to run through the summer until July 31. The 133-event series offers more than $22 million in guaranteed prize pools. Click here for a look at the full schedule.

*Images courtesy of Venetian.

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