Simply the best: Mark Fester wins world’s largest WPTDeepStacks Main Event at The Star Sydney

Mark Fester has defeated the largest WPTDeepStacks Main Event field in global history, defeating a field of 2,023 entries to win $413,006 in prize money.

Smashing the previous record of 1,684 entries at WPTDeepStacks Seminole, the WPTDeepStacks Sydney Main Event generated a total prize pool of almost $2.7 million … and lauded by many as one of the greatest poker series in recent memory.

For Fester, the win still hasn’t sunk in yet, telling WPT Royal Flush Crew’s Ashleigh Lawrence that it all happened very quickly: “Three hands into heads up and it was all over!” Fester said.

“Everyone is very excited, I’m very excited, but I think when the dust settles that I’ll realise that I’m a WPT Champion, and that’s awesome!”

When asked how it felt to say those words out loud, he continued, “I’ve been playing poker casually for so many years, I got involved during the poker boom and at that time, WSOP and WPT were the big names.”

“I watched so many tournaments, and all of my favourite players, through the years, so to now say that I am a champion when I thought that it was just a dream that would never be achieved … and it’s now come true, that’s amazing.”

WPTDEEPSTACKS SYDNEY MAIN EVENT ($1,500 buy-in, 2,023 entries, 253 players paid)

1stMark FesterAustralia$413,006
2ndNick WrightAustralia$275,328
3rdAnthony CiercoFrance$204,270
4thLuke McCredieAustralia$152,906
5thBenedikt ErbeleAustria$115,507
6thLirui ZhangChina$88,090
7thDarius BucinskasAustralia$67,803
8thSpencer DaviesAustralia$52,655
9thMarco PerriAustralia$41,274

WPT Live Events Specialist Danny McDonagh said that WPT staff “had an inkling” that we might be looking towards the global record, but to have exceeded 2,000 entries was simply staggering.

“We definitely weren’t expecting that, and to hit that milestone on the 20th Anniversary blew our minds,” McDonagh said. “To everyone who took part, thank you. You made this series special.”

From next month, the WPTDeepStacks will be phased out and rebranded as WPT Prime, with the first series in the Asia-Pacific region to be held in Vietnam from 19-30 May before heading to The Star Gold Coast in June.

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