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.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.