A called-off family vacation prompted Lemarquand to take a trip to Pittsburgh and win a WPTDeepStacks title
Erik Lemarquand was not supposed to be in Pittsburgh at the time when the WPTDeepStacks Pittsburgh was taking place at the host venue, Rivers Casino. In fact, Lemarquand was supposed to be on a family trip to Sri Lanka at that exact time.
However, the trip was called off due to the multiple bombing attacks that took place on Easter in the tiny Southeast Asian country. The suicide bombings killed and wounded hundreds of people.
While disappointed that he and his family could not make it to Sri Lanka, Lemarquand decided to take a trip to Pittsburgh and take part in the Main Event of the WPTDeepStacks Pittsburgh.
That decision and a terrific run at the tournament’s nine-handed final table earned him his first title from the series and a winner’s $66,593 payday.
Of his triumph, the brand new WPTDeepStacks champ said that he had a pretty crazy run, but some good hands came along his way. According to Lemarquand, good hands play a very important role in one’s performance at the poker table. The winner also pointed out that with the cards he was getting, he only needed to put pressure on his fellow contenders for the title.
Apparently, Lemarquand’s strategy played more than well. But here is more about how the player scooped the title.
Final Table Run
Lemarquand did not start his final table run as the chip leader. He was about mid-stacked with just over 1 million chips when the nine final tablists returned for the final day of action.
Action did not unfold very quickly. It took a good while before the first of the nine finalists hit the rail. That unfortunate player was John Cebula. He kicked off nine-handed play with a solid stack and even managed to win some chips before his run was ended prematurely.
Cebula’s elimination gave a much-needed boost to the game. However, action slowed once again after a while.
It was then Lemarquand who became the star of the next active stretch. Down to six players, the eventual winner began putting serios pressure on his opponents. Four contenders for the title quickly succumbed to that pressure and by the time there were just two players left at the table, Lemarquand had accumulated a stack of 7.15 million in chips.
The eventual champion entered the two-handed duel against Michele Iacovone as the chip leader and never looked back. Their first all-in confrontation ended with a chop. However, their second all-in turned out to be the last hand of the tournament.
On that final hand, Iacovone went all-in preflop for around one million, and Lemarquand got him covered. Iacovone tabled [Js][6c], while his opponent turned over [Ks][Qh]. The board delivered [Qc][10c][10s][7d][2d] to send Iacovone to the rail. The eventual runner-up had to settle for $46,704 in prize money.
As for Lemarquand, he took home his first title from the WPTDeepStacks and $66,593 in prize money. His cash from the Pittsburgh event was one of the largest he has ever won and ballooned his career winnings to more than $350,000.
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