Rex Clinkscales has won a WPTDeepStacks Main Event at the third time of asking after taking down the 704-entrant field in the WPTDeepStack Tampa event at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa.
Rex Clinkscales is the latest World Poker Tour (WPT) DeepStacks Main Event champion after taking down the monster field at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa Bay, Florida.
Clinkscales is a WPTDeepStack grinder with seven cashes and three final tables under his belt, but he had never won a title before this, and it very nearly didn’t happen.
The Texas native was grinding at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) when he decided to take a break from the Rio and make the trip to Florida to settle into one of his favourite tours.
The event attracted 704 entrants, not bad when you consider the exodus to Vegas, and the final table was a marathon, lasting over six hours before Clinkscales eliminated Michael Cohen in heads-up action.
The victory takes Clinkscales over the $1.1m mark in live tournament earnings, and this is his largest score to date. Clinkscales also owns a World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) gold ring.
“It feels amazing. It’s an incredible feeling,” Clinkscales told the WPT after his win before confirming that he is going to target the WPTDeepstacks Player of the Year (POY) title.
The winner of the WPTDeeptsacks POY leaderboard will win:
– $15,000 in buy-ins at select WPT Main Tour Stops
– $5,000 WPTDS sponsorship package
– A customised trophy
– A customised poker table
– A spotlight feature on WPTDeepstacks.com
– As much WPTDeepstacks gear as you can pack
Here is the updated leaderboard:
1. Michael Graffeo – 1250 points
2. Justin Liberto – 1,100
3. Loni Harwood – 1,075
4. Jeremy Meacham – 1,000
5. Dantonio Brown – 1,000
6. Rex Clinkscales – 1,000
Clinkscales came close to winning the WPTDeepStacks POY in 2015 but lost out to the WSOP bracelet winner, Tristan Wade, in a race that went to the wire. In a show of true sportsmanship, Wade, who was already a WPTDeepStacks Ambassador, gave the sponsorship package to Clinkscales as a show of appreciation.
If Clinkscales is going to go all the way, then he needs to be present and correct at the final six stops.
Here they are:
• WPTDeepStacks Reno Summer (Aug 25)
• WPT DeepStacks Immokalee (Sep 8)
• WPTDeepStacks Oklahoma (Sep 22)
• WPTDeepStacks Iowa (Oct 20)
• WPTDeepStacks San Diego (Oct 26)
• WPTDeepStacks Championship (Dec 1)