Winter Poker Open Saturday Schedule

11am: $1,650 Main Event ($500,000 guaranteed), Flight C

  • $1,650 buy-in, $500,000 guaranteed
  • 30,000 chips and 45-/60-minute levels
  • A one-hour dinner break occurs following Level 9 (~6:15pm)
  • Registration and unlimited re-entry until the start of Level 10 (~7:15pm)
  • Day 1 concludes following Level 14 (~11:15pm)
  • Day 2 begins Sunday, December 17 at 12pm
  • Day 3 begins Monday, December 18 at 2pm
  • Structure sheet

2017 Winter Poker Open Tournament Schedule

Main Event: Chip Counts (through Flight B)

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Day 2 Blinds: 1,500/3,000/500 | Structure
Players Remaining: 79/353

Flight A: 164 Entries, 38 Advanced
Flight B: 189 Entries, 41 Advanced
Flight C: Saturday at 11am
Day 2: Sunday at 12pm
Day 3: Monday at 2pm

Day 2 chip counts through Flight B:

RANKFIRST NAMELAST NAMECHIP COUNTTABLESEAT
1FARIDJATTIN435,500148
2JUANMARTINEZ377,500121
3BRETTBADER371,50038
4TOMNGUYEN364,000151
5BRANDONTJHANG305,00063
6RICARDOEYZAGUIRRE271,50058
7RUSSELLJAICKS233,000104
8CHADDEBERRY230,000142
9ANTHONYASTARITA219,00066
10LEONARDDEMCHAK216,500134
11RAFAELFERNANDES213,000102
12GARTHFUDENS211,000133
13SCOTTCARACCIOLO204,000132
14NGHIALE200,00034
15JOHN CHRISTIANTEMPLETON199,00062
16KYLEUPPER195,00036
17CHRISTOPHERMCLEAN192,500144
18SHADRACH SAMUELTERCY183,000161
19KENNETHO'DONNELL172,000156
20JOHNRICHARDS168,50024
21GLORIAJACKSON167,500107
22WILLIAMMUNIZ160,50092
23HAIMTOORGEMAN157,000122
24JOSEPHDE LUCIA156,50056
25JEFFREYTRUDEAU JR150,500131
26KevinDunlap148,500162
27MICHAELNEWMAN147,50016
28MARKWISER138,50073
29KEVINGREENE138,000101
30LawrenceDowling136,00082
31TROYBERCOT135,00027
32JOHNRACENER JR131,50061
33GERALDSILVA130,000106
34JOSEPHORSINO128,000126
35JAMESRUMPTZ127,50014
36BENJAMINVAN KLINK125,50084
37BRANDONCAPUTO123,50044
38LANCEGARCIA119,00068
39ABDELOUAHEDBOUANANI118,00052
40DERRICKCUTLER116,50057
41ORYHEN113,00043
42BRIANLARRIS105,50077
43RAYPRIETO104,00046
44JIMSARCA101,00051
45AMELIOAMATO101,000166
46NIKOLAOSCOSTARELIS98,000123
47STANLEYTAVANESE97,000124
48DENNISBOBBY96,50074
49JAMESSALMON III90,000103
50JOSEPHMOLE90,000146
51JOSIASCARDOSO DOS SANTOS87,50071
52DAVIDHEINEN87,00096
53MARIODE LA PUENTE86,00086
54ERIKCHRISTENSEN85,00088
55MICHAELCOLLINS81,50054
56LANCEHOWARD81,00076
57AUSTINBUCHANAN78,00081
58ELILTONGOUVEIA77,500127
59ROBERTLASETER77,50032
60ADEMARBUCKLE75,50072
61JACOBSNIDER75,50097
62RANDOLPHSPAIN75,00094
63HUYENVO73,00022
64WILLIAMMCKOWN72,500164
65TERRI-ANNECRAWFORD72,000136
66ISMAELCABRERA69,00041
67JANETFITZGERALD67,500153
68TIMOTHYSHORTELL63,50021
69BRETTAPTER61,50033
70NICHOLASMANN61,00053
71JOHNGORDON46,50023
72JaredGrey45,00091
73MICHAELTURTON45,00083
74ROBERTCORNETTE45,000147
75BRANDONBYARS43,50064
76JOHNO'NEAL40,00013
77RICHARDALSUP39,000152
78CHARLESKAPETANAKOS38,00042
79CHADANZALONE32,50093

Main Event: Farid Jattin and Brett Bader Top Flight B

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 14: 1,000/2,000/300 | Structure
Flight B Players Remaining: 42/189

Farid Jattin (left) and Brett Bader

Flight B is a wrap and it’s official. Farid Jattin bagged the top spot and the overall lead with 435,500 chips. Next up in the Flight B counts is Brett Bader with 371,000 followed by Tom Nguyen with 364,000.

Complete chip counts through Flight B will be posted by 2am.

Main Event: Two More Hands Before Play Wraps; Farid Jattin Leads

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 14: 1,000/2,000/300 | Structure
Flight B Players Remaining: 42/189

Farid Jattin

Tournament staff just announced they’ll log two more hands before Flight B wraps. At present, it’s Farid Jattin that’s in command with a stack of more than 400,000. His tablemate, Brett Bader, also has healthy holdings and will go home toward the top of the counts. The clock shows 42 players remaining, but that will likely tick down a few.

Main Event: Tom Nguyen Cracks 400K, Promptly Goes Back to 300K

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 14: 1,000/2,000/300 | Structure
Flight B Players Remaining: 49/189

Tom Nguyen

Tampa’s Tom Nguyen’s roller-coaster day continued as he and Joey Wideman played a massive pot. As recounted to us by the table, the board was txtx8xkxqx. Wideman owned about 100,000 chips and he got them in the middle and Nguyen called.

Nguyen: qxtx for tens full of queens
Wideman: tx8x for tens full of eights

Wideman was no good and hit the rail courtesy of Nguyen. The massive hand saw Nguyen stack about 430,000 chips.

Just a couple hands later, Nguyen picked up kxkx and had an opponent’s 90,000 chips at risk preflop. The opponent held ax3x and Nguyen was in great shape to reach uncharted territory. The flop was unkind, though, as it fell ace high and Nguyen sent a double up next door.

Even still, Nguyen’s stack totaled 330,000.

Main Event: Big Preflop Hand for Brett Bader

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 13: 1,000/2,000/300 | Structure
Flight B Players Remaining: 53/189

Brett Bader

With a late-position raise already in the middle, Brett Bader was in the small blind and three-bet to 15,800. It was back on the original raiser and he four-bet to 41,000. Bader was up again and he reached into his stack for an all-in bet having the opponent well covered. Were he to get a call and win the pot, Bader would have been the chip leader. The opponent folded after a bit in the tank and Bader took the pot.

With the hand, Bader owned about 280,000 and contended with Farid Jattin for the chip lead — who just so happened to be sitting to Bader’s direct right.

Main Event: Farid Jattin Big Leader on Final Break

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 13: 1,000/2,000/300 | Structure
Flight B Players Remaining: 58/189

Farid Jattin

Fresh off a cash in the Bellagio’s WPT Five Diamond, Farid Jattin is a big chip leader here in the Winter Poker Open Main Event.  Jattin has turned his 30,000 starting chips in to better than 370,000 and has a stranglehold on the Flight B field. If the flight were to end right now, he’d bag second in chips overall (just behind Flight A’s Juan Martinez). With two more levels to play, Jattin is a favorite to overtake the chip lead through Flight B.

The final break wrapped moments ago and the clock shows 57 players remaining. They’ll log two more levels before the Flight B action concludes.

Main Event: Tom Nguyen vs. Cord Garcia

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 12: 800/1,600/200 | Structure
Flight B Players Remaining: 64/189

Tom Nguyen

Cord Garcia kicked it off with a raise to 4,100. It was on Tom Nguyen who three-bet to 10,300. It folded back to Garcia and he called.

The pair saw a flop of ahkd8s. Garcia checked and Nguyen bet 13,000. Garcia called.

The turn fell the 4h and both players checked.

The river completed the action with the 6s. Garcia checked a third time. Nguyen bet 21,000. Garcia broke down his remaining stack and eventually found a call.

Nguyen: adqc for top pair

Garcia’s hand hit the muck and Nguyen took a nice pot growing his stack. Garcia was knocked down to about average.

Main Event: Brett Apter Back for Another Shot

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 12: 600/1,200/200 | Structure
Flight B Players Remaining: 75/189

Brett Apter

Brett Apter flew to the Seminole Hard Rock on Wednesday after being randomly selected for a free entry in the property’s Win a Seat drawing. Yesterday’s play didn’t go as planned and he busted shy of a Day 2 berth. The East Coast resident decided to stay a bit longer and is mixing it up again here in Flight B.

Apter recently took a small pot after opening to 2,500 and getting a pair of callers. The trio checked the flop and it checked to Apter again on the turn. He threw a bet in the middle and took it down.

Main Event: Worthwhile Tripe for Erik Christensen

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 11: 600/1,200/200 | Structure
Flight B Players Remaining: 88/189

Erik Christensen

Erik Christensen is one of a number of players that made the journey to Tampa from South Florida. So far so good as he’s had a steady Flight B that sees him holding 139,000 chips midway through Level 11. Christensen claims loads of cashes in his home region, but just one here in Tampa. He hopes to change that as he currently sits healthy with over 100 big blinds.

Main Event: Ory Hen in Six Figures

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 10: 500/1,000/100 | Structure
Flight B Players Remaining: 91/189

Ory Hen

From the big blind, Ory Hen check called the flop and turn on an asjs6d7h board. The river fell the ac and Hen mixed it up, leading for 5,500. The opponent took a few moments to think it out before he folded.

Hen, the 2015 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Player of the Year, took the pot and grew his stack to over 100,000.

Main Event: Flight B Final at 189 Entries; Two Flight Total = 353, Prize Pool $529,500

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 10: 500/1,000/100 | Structure
Flight B Entries: 189 | Total Entries: 354

The dinner break’s a wrap and registration is closed in Flight B of the Winter Poker Open Main Event. The second of three starting flights drew 189 entries marking an incredible year-over-year attendance increase of more than 68 percent. The two-flight total field stands at 353 entries easily surpassing the $500,000 guarantee with an unofficial prize pool of $529,500.

Flight C kicks off tomorrow and the tournament is all but assured to surpass the $800,000 figure.

Here’s a look at the breakdown:

Day/TimeFlightEntries
Thur/11amA164
Fri/11amB189
Sat/11amC
Total353

Unofficial prize pool: $529,500

Main Event: Chip Leader Tom Nguyen

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 9: 400/800/100 | Structure
Flight B Entries: 179 | Total Entries: 343

Tom Nguyen

Tom Nguyen, a familiar face to any player that spends time in the Tampa poker room, enjoys the chip lead just before dinner break in the Main Event. Nguyen, who just finished third in teh $350 two days ago, claims a stack of roughly 200,000 and is in good shape to find a bag in Flight B.

Main Event: Guarantee Gone; $500K+Up for Grabs

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 8: 300/600/75 | Structure
Flight B Entries: 172 | Total Entries: 336

With the 170th Flight B entry, the $500,000 guarantee has officially been bested in the Winter Poker Open Main Event. Today’s flight specifically has seen a huge turnout as it’s currently in the midst of a 53-percent year-over-year attendance increase.

In the end, the prize pool should easily hit the $750,000 mark and will likely cross into the $800,000s.

Main Event: 2016 POY and Sunday’s $350 Champ, David Prociak

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 7: 250/500/75 | Structure
Flight B Entries: 163 | Total Entries: 327

David Prociak

David Prociak, the 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Player of the Year, has already had a nice success at this year’s Winter Poker Open. Just two days ago, he won the series’ $350, besting 546 entries and earning $40,787 in the process.

He’s in Flight B of the Main Event now, and returned from break about 30 minutes with one of the top stacks in the room. He took a hit after a quartet of players got 6,200 in the pot prelop. The flop fell nine-high and Alex Ivan lead for 11,200. Two others players folded and it was on Prociak who had Ivan covered. Prociak put a pile of gray in the middle and Ivan called off.

Ivan: jsjc for an over pair
Prociak: 7d7h for a pair of sevens

The turn and river came blanks and Prociak’s six-figure stack took a notable hit as he shipped about 27,000 chips the way of Ivan.

Main Event: Defending Champion David Bradshaw Back for Flight B

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 6: 200/400/50 | Structure
Flight B Entries: 157 | Total Entries: 321

David Bradshaw

Defending Winter Poker Open Main Event champion David Bradshaw put a hurt on the early stages of yesterday’s Flight A taking over 200,000 chips to the dinner break. He lead the field by a margin, but got a bit squirrely in a few pots late. Bradshaw got short when he risked a big portion of his stack with his pair and a flush draw, but never improved against an opponent’s two pair.

Bradshaw busted shy of a bag, but is back on the felt mixing it up again here in Flight B.

Main Event: Another Big Day of $500K Guaranteed Play

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 6: 200/400/50 | Structure
Flight B Entries: 148 | Total Entries: 312

Flight B is outperforming even the most optimistic of projections.

With 148 entries kicking off Level 6, the most recent Main Event installment is already 32 percent bigger than last year’s same flight (which drew 112 entries). That puts the combined field at 312 entries good for an unofficial prize pool of $468,000. With tomorrow’s Flight C still to come, an $800,000 prize pool is a real possibility in the Winter Poker Open Main Event.

Main Event: Hollywood’s Most Recent Champ

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 5: 150/300/25 | Structure
Flight B Entries: 141 | Total Entries: 305

Michael Newman

Fresh off a big, $374,000 score in Hollywood, Michael Newman is back to tournament poker. Just about two weeks ago, he defeated a difficult field stacked with pros in the Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Championship. Newman was rewarded handsomely and makes his way to the Winter Poker Open Main Event with a head of steam.

Main Event: Tampa Poker Ambassador Wally Maddah

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 5: 150/300/25 | Structure
Flight B Entries: 137 | Total Entries: 301

Wally Maddah

Seminole Hard Rock Tampa poker ambassador Wally Maddah is never one to take a day off from the felt. He was getting short late in yesterday’s Flight A and joked that he didn’t want to bag because then he’d have nothing to do during Friday and Saturday’s flights. Maddah ultimately found the felt late and is back for a full day of poker here in Flight B. He has a tough table with a slew of Tampa regulars.

Main Event: Colossus Cord and Rafael Reis

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 4: 100/200/25 | Structure
Flight B Entries: 130 | Total Entries: 294

Rafael Reis (left) and Cord Garcia

Cord Garcia and Rafael Reis each claim some notable tournament titles from their time on the felt. Garcia captured a gold bracelet in the largest tournament by entries in poker history, the 2015 World Series of Poker Colossus event. He maneuvered through a mine field of more than 22,000 players and earned better than $635,000.

Reis, too, owns a “largest ever” win. In November of 2016, he bested 5,018 entries in Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood’s $360 Deep Stack. That event went down as the largest poker tournament ever to take place in the state of Florida and earned Reis better than $155,000.

The pair clearly knows how to make their way through big fields, and they’ll have to learn how to make their way through eachother in Tampa. They are seated side-by-side at Table 12 early in Flight B of the Main Event.

Main Event: SHRP Team in Town

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 3: 75/150/25 | Structure
Flight B Entries: 112 | Total Entries: 276

Mike Laake

The Flight B entry count just hit the 112 figure which matches last year’s turnout for this same flight. Yesterday’s action enjoyed a year-over-year attendance increase of about 15 percent and today’s installment is on pace to see an even higher percentage increase.

One of the most recent entries in the game is Seminole Hard Rock Poker team member Mike Laake. Laake is a staple at any major SHRP event and has enjoyed nine tournament wins during his time in the game. During this series two years ago, Laake defeated 634 entries in the $570 good for a $54,756 payday.

Main Event: The Wine Man Cometh to Tampa

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 2: 75/150 | Structure
Flight B Entries: 83 | Total Entries: 248

Brian Reinert

Brian Reinert followed a bit of yesterday’s Winter Poker Open Main Event Flight A from his home in Atlanta. When he saw on Twitter the opener drew 164 entries generating a $246,000 prize pool with two flights still to come, the gears started turning.


He booked a flight, secured a room in downtown Tampa and less than 24 hours later found a seat in today’s Flight B. Reinert has five reported tournament victories along with more than $560,000 in earnings. He hopes to add to those figures in this Main Event.