CALGARY – Jerome Makonen beat out a main event field of 560 participants to win the DeepStacks Canadian Championship Main Event at Grey Eagle Resort & Casino in Calgary. For his big win, Jerome took home $155,170 in prize money and the title of main event winner.
The final table was a fast-moving, action-packed table and it only took Jerome four hours to beat out the other eight contestants to take home the title. Once heads-up, Jerome made quick work of his opponent, Kirk Nilson, and on the final hand, Jerome held the lead going into the flop with his pocket 4’s versus Nilson’s A-J offsuit. The flop virtually sealed the hand and the win for Jerome as he flopped a set of 4’s which later turned into a full house.
After the victory, Jerome was full of emotion and happiness. “It feels good, it feels great. I pretty much just picked my opponents that I battled with, I opened up a bit after the hero call, it was smooth sailing after that. I won a couple flips, and it just went my way heads up, it was a dream spot,” said Jerome.
For Jerome, he has scored multiple cashes at the DeepStacks tournaments in Alberta the past few years but this was his first DeepStacks title win.