With a primary focus on the health and safety of guests, team members and the public, the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Seminole Gaming have voluntarily decided to temporarily close all Seminole and Hard Rock Casinos throughout Florida.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa, FL. closed at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020. We will reopen as soon as it is appropriate and safe to do so. All hotel reservations during the closure period will be cancelled automatically. Hotel guests will be contacted directly to accommodate their current bookings and needs, wherever possible.
The Seminole Tribe of Florida and Seminole Gaming are very grateful to all our loyal guests and dedicated team members. We look forward to welcoming everyone back soon.
We will continue to post updates on SHRTPoker.com and our Twitter account as they become available. Stay safe!
Statement from Seminole Gaming (Gary Bitner, Seminole Tribe spokesman)
Seminole Casinos in Florida are currently open and constantly monitoring the coronavirus situation. All poker rooms will close at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 until further notice. Beyond the rescheduling of shows and other mass gathering events, the casinos have taken several steps to help guests maximize their social distancing, including turning off many slot machines to add significant distance between guests, plus limiting the number of players at all table games.
Multi table tournaments will be cancelled starting at 11am. We will continue to post updates on SHRTPoker.com and our Twitter account as they become available. Stay safe!
Tampa, Fla. (March 13, 2020) – Effective tonight at midnight, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa’s High Hands will be paid out according to the following timetable: from 11 a.m. until midnight, $300 will be paid out every 30 Minutes. From midnight until 11 a.m., $100 will be paid out every 30 minutes. High Hands will not have rollovers. In addition, there will be no Bonus High Hands or Mega High Hands until further notice. For the foreseeable future, all guaranteed tournaments at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa will no longer have a guarantee. The leaderboard promotion will end as scheduled on March 17th. Players earning a prize from the leaderboard will be issued cash in lieu of tournament seats, when applicable. The health and safety of players, guests and team members are of the utmost importance, and Seminole Hard Rock Tampa is aligning with local, state, federal and global public health agencies and guidelines. Please check back for details and additional updates as they become available.
February Big Stack Special $160 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts Players Remaining: 118 of 1,222
Registration closed after nine flights of the February Big Stack Special and the tournament drew 1,222 entries. The combined to create a prize pool worth $152,750 for a class besting of the $100,000 guarantee. The last 118 spots will be paid with a min-cash worth $243 and the winner will earn $26,444.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa hosted its first-ever World Series of Poker Circuit series and the turnout was fantastic.
The opening event drew 2,433 entries including 1,023 on the first Saturday to completely pack the Event Center. The tournament created a $1,252,995 prize pool to set the record for the biggest in Tampa poker history.
That record stood for a week. When the WSOP Circuit Main Event rolled around, it took the $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool up to $1,760,430 with $290,974 going to the champ. Isaac Kempton nearly went wire-to-wire for the victory, ending each day with the chip lead, and capping of his Main Event win on a very tough final table.
Over the 14 primary events, the tournaments drew a combined 7,998 entries and awarded nearly $5.8 million in prize money. That number is up from the $2.23 million in guarantees and another sign that the series was a huge success.
During the 12-day run, David Prociak won his second career WSOP Circuit ring ($1,125 PLO) and Arkadiy Tsinis won his fifth ($600 Six-Handed). David Tuthill conquered the $400 Turbo tournament and finished sixth in the $1,125. Along with four other cashes, he lock up the WSOP Casino Champion and a seat in the Global Casino Championship.
Thank you to all of our old friends, new friends, and out of town travelers for making our first WSOP Circuit series a huge success. See you next time!
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2020 WSOP Circuit – February Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, Florida Event 10 $1,700 WSOPC Main Event (Single Re-Entry)$1,000,000 Guaranteed Entries: 1,162 Prize Pool: $1,760,430 February 14-17, 2020
When Isaac Kempton stumbled across some poker videos on YouTube four years ago, he had no idea that it would lead to him winning $290,974 and a WSOP Circuit Main Event ring in only the second live tournament he had ever played.
“I saw some YouTube videos,” said Kempton, “probably through the auto-recommendation algorithm. It recommended some poker hands from the old High Stakes Poker days.” Kempton watched those videos, and then continued down the rabbit hole, consuming more and more poker content until he was ready to play it himself.
“This game looks really fun,” Kempton said, as he reminisced about his first exposure to poker. “And they’re playing for a ton of money. Maybe I should try this.” And try it he did.
“I just played for fun for two years,” said Kempton, who started out by playing free-money games online and little sit-n-go tournaments in his college dorm. “And then I decided, ‘Hey, this is really fun, and I think I’m pretty good at it. I’m going to try taking it seriously.’ So I started studying and trying to get better. And I was able to grind my way up, and now I’m here.”
Kempton has been primarily a cash game player, and if you don’t count the sit-n-gos from the college dorms, this WSOP Circuit Main Event was just the second live poker tournament that Kempton played.
Kempton was the overall chipleader after Day 1, and when the final 25 players bagged up at the end of Day 2, Kempton was once again atop the leaderboard. But when the final table was down to four players, Kempton found himself as the short stack.
Kempton doubled up with pocket sixes against Paul Balzano’s ace-nine, and then won a big three-way pot to eliminate Rob Manjura in fourth place and catapult into the chip lead. One hand later, Kempton eliminated Balzano in third place to get heads-up with David Jackson with a 2.3-to-1 chip lead.
Jackson was able to gain some ground on Kempton, but the tournament ended when Jackson shoved the river with (jack-high) on a board of , and Kempton tank-called with to win the title with a pair of eights.
Along with the prize money and the coveted WSOP Circuit ring, Kempton receives an entry into the invitation-only WSOP Global Casino Championship. It won’t be easy, but if Kempton wins that event, he could have a WSOP Circuit ring and a WSOP Bracelet after playing only three live poker tournaments. And if that were to happen, you can bet that there would be a new generation of players inspired by watching videos of Isaac Kempton on YouTube.
Final Table Results:
1st: Isaac Kempton – $290,974 + WSOP Circuit Ring 2nd: David Jackson – $179,833 3rd: Paul Balzano – $135,794 4th: Rob Manjura – $103,434 5th: James Calderaro – $79,480 6th: Ioannis Patsourakis – $61,616 7th: Francisco Gomez – $48,195 8th: Brad Sailor – $38,039 9th: Fares Santana – $30,297 10th: John Ott – $24,353
2020 WSOP Circuit – February Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, Florida Event 14 $250 Double Stack NLH (Re-Entry) $50,000 Guaranteed Entries: 455 Prize Pool: $91,000 February 17, 2020
With the day off from his full-time job due to the national holiday, Presidents Day, Harmeet Singh entered the final event of this series, the $250 Double Stack. It ended up being a Presidents Day to remember, as Singh not only final tabled the event with a friend, but Singh went on to win his first WSOP Circuit ring and $17,990.
“It’s the best feeling for any poker player,” said Singh after his victory, “and I really appreciate it.
When the final river card hit, the fifth-place finisher, Siddharth Siddharth, seemed even more excited for Singh than Singh was for himself. Singh introduced Siddharth to poker, and taught him a lot about the game.
“I introduced him to poker,” said Singh, who then began speaking about the person who helped guide him through the poker world. “My teacher has been my uncle, Raminder Singh, who has already won a WSOP Circuit ring. He is my mentor. He’s a teacher, a poker player, he’s my friend, he’s my parent, he’s my everything.” (Raminder Singh not only has a WSOP Circuit ring on his resume, but he is one of the winningest players in Seminole Hard Rock history with six trophies. )
The $17,990 that Singh won in this event was the second largest cash of his career, but if poker continues for him the same way that it has for his Uncle Raminder, then he has many more victories to look forward to.
Final Table Results:
1st: Harmeet Singh – $17,990 + WSOP Circuit ring 2nd: Kenneth Frey – $11,116 3rd: David Tuthill – $8,140 4th: Richard Porter – $6,042 5th: Siddharth Siddharth – $4,546 6th: James Soper – $3,469 7th: Luke Speer – $2,685 8th: Garth Fudens – $2,108 9th: John Bossinger – $1,679 10th: Chad Summers – $1,357