Jerome Makonen Wins $155,170 in Deepstacks Canadian Championships

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.

About

James previously worked in one of Canada's largest casinos, River Rock Casino Resort, for over six years. He initially worked as a card dealer, then as a floor supervisor.