Poker Room Closed Until Further Notice

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!

Poker Room Closing Until Further Notice Starting Tuesday, March 17th @ 7pm

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!

Updated Poker Tournament and Promotions Information

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.

Josias Cardoso ($23,000) Wins Big Stack Special in Headsup Deal!

February Big Stack Special
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
$160 Buy-in/$100,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 1,222
Prize Pool: $152,750
February 18 – 23, 2020

Josias Cardoso ($23,000) Big Stack Special Winner
PlaceFirst NameLast NameCityStatePrize Amount
1JOSIASCARDOSO DOS SANTOSKENTWA$23,000*
2RYANHOGANWINTER GARDENFL$21,966*
3BlakeRobinsonTAMPA PALMSFL$12,000
4SPENCERSWEISFORDPOTTSTOWNPA$8,870
5DREWDODGESPRING HILLFL$6,713
6SONGOTAMPAFL$5,357
7KARLMANOUCHAKIANTAMPAFL$4,434
8JOHNBATESEustisFL$3,527
9JOHNROVETOLAKEWOOD RANCHFL$2,644
10VINCENTYENKOORLANDOFL$2,139
11AARONLIPSTETAUSTINTX$2,139
12JACKDUNNBRADENTONFL$2,139
13BRENDALANE-WORLEYRIVERVIEWFL$1,680
14HarryBindaTAMPAFL$1,680
15JAMESALLENGLEN BURNIEMD$1,680
16EMILIORUSCITOPLAINVILLECT$1,382
17JAMESWOODCLEARWATERFL$1,382
18RAFAELMARCONDES DOS REISKENTWA$1,382
19RobertBerryTAMPAFL$1,153
20SAMUELOHDULUTHGA$1,153
21JOHNLISIPALM HARBORFL$1,153
22MICHAELWODZINSKIEAST MEADOWNY$970
23JOHNCOETALLAHASSEEFL$970
24CHARLESWASHINGTONORLANDOFL$970
25RAYMONDKALMBACHSEMINOLEFL$799
26SHELBYEDMONDSNORTH PORTFL$799
27MEIRBARACKNORTHDALEFL$799
28SOELEEGOTHAFL$690
29JOHNTRELEVASTampaFL$690
30KWIHYONPAEKTAMPAFL$690
31JOHN WREDDEN JRORLANDOFL$690
32MICHAELMILLERST PETERSBURGFL$690
33NATHANLEEORLANDOFL$690
34BRENTPASQUARELLATAMPAFL$690
35ADNANKAZIMRIVERVIEWFL$690
36RONALDPULEOSARASOTAFL$690
37GEORGEHEMPHILLSAINT CLOUDFL$596
38MANELICMINAYATAMPAFL$596
39WINSTONOWENOSPREYFL$596
40GILBERTOSANCHEZBARTOWFL$596
41CHARLESKAHRSPALM HARBORFL$596
42HASSANEL HAKIMSARASOTAFL$596
43FERNANDORODRIGUEZ VAZQUEZNEWARKDE$596
44CHERIBEATTYPALM HARBORFL$596
45DUANEREMINGTONSAINT JOHNSFL$596
46CECILRIDDLECLEARWATERFL$527
47ROQUEVEVIURKAOAKLANDFL$527
48PETERHSUBROOKSVILLEFL$527
49RYANNICOLLSPRING HILLFL$527
50DEREKWORLEYRIVERVIEWFL$527
51SIDDHARTHSIDDHARTHAISHBAGH$527
52FELIPESANCHO MENESES$527
53RICHARDKINCAIDOCOEEFL$527
54MARKWISERLAND O LAKESFL$527
55BRANDONBYARSTAMPAFL$478
56MARIOTAMAYOSACOWESLEY CHAPELFL$478
57JAMESMAGNUSONOCALAFL$478
58JOSEPHMORRISSt PetersburgFL$478
59ROBERTSCHMALORLANDOFL$478
60ARTEMIOMACAHIAORLANDOFL$478
61JOHNAMBROSIMELBOURNEFL$478
62TOMNGUYENTAMPAFL$478
63REGINALDBAUTISTASAINT PETERSBURGFL$478
64JOHNHALDIE IIITRINITYFL$438
65BLAIRMILLERSARASOTAFL$438
66CARMELOSCAGLIONETITUSVILLEFL$438
67ANHLUBRADENTONFL$438
68STEVENPELLINGRATAMPAFL$438
69MARCUSLITTLERIVERVIEWFL$438
70BORISCOXRUSKINFL$438
71ROYGURNERTAMPAFL$438
72SHERRIEEWILLIAMSBUCKLEYWA$438
73DAVIDBOTVINIKTEMPLE TERRACEFL$403
74RONALDDUNNBRADENTONFL$403
75GEORGEJOB IIIAPOPKAFL$403
76TAEYOONTAMPAFL$403
77RAYLAMBERTCLEARWATERFL$403
78JAYJACOBSLAND O LAKESFL$403
79GUYJACKSONBradentonFL$403
80JAMESBUZAWESTWOODMA$403
81HECTORSANTIAGOKISSIMMEEFL$403
82KEITHDUQUELUTZFL$368
83AMAURYLOPEZORLANDOFL$368
84CHRISTOPHERBINIONODESSAFL$368
85WILLIAMWALLACEVENICEFL$368
86JOSEPHLORDIYARDLEYPA$368
87JOHNHAAS IIITAMPAFL$368
88RASHAUDCOOKLAKELANDFL$368
89TYTUSKALBERERPUNTA GORDAFL$368
90NICHOLASSTRAUSSSEMINOLEFL$368
91NATHANIELGALLIFORDMIAMIFL$333
92AHMADHAMOUSHKISSIMMEEFL$333
93RINACOSSWESLEY CHAPELFL$333
94PETERKOSAKOWSKILUTZFL$333
95MICHAELSTEINBERGRYENH$333
96DAVIDCRAIGALTAMONTE SPRINGSFL$333
97WALTERCONNORSINVERNESSFL$333
98RONALDGRIMESGREENSBORONC$333
99JACQULYNKAGANBRANDONFL$333
100MARTELLCORREARUSKINFL$301
101ELLIANNEMUNOZLAND O LAKESFL$301
102LOUELLAGERSTNERSeffnerFL$301
103PHILIPSTARNERBELLEVIEWFL$301
104DAVIDWHITELAKELANDFL$301
105GULNARATAULWINTER PARKFL$301
106LANANESTERTAMPAFL$301
107ANTHONYPAULINOKISSIMMEEFL$301
108JONATHANMARLOWAPOPKAFL$301
109JEREMYBECKERNEW CITYNY$269
110THOMASWYSMULLEROGUNQUITME$269
111ADAMFAUSERWESLEY CHAPELFL$269
112JOAOFIGUEIREDOcuitiba$269
113GARYLUCCIAMMERSTNS$269
114LOUISROTHENBERGTALLAHASSEEFL$269
115SEBASTIENSYSSAUORLANDOFL$269
116SANJIBACHARYATAMPAFL$269
117DAVIDSMITHODESSAFL$269
118JOSEGARCIAORLANDOFL$243

*Denotes Headsup Deal

February Big Stack Special – Day 2 Seat Assignments

February Big Stack Special
$160 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Players Remaining: 118 of 1,222

Flight A: 65 Entries; 6 Advanced
Flight B: 81 Entries; 8 Advanced
Flight C: 89 Entries; 8 Advanced
Flight D: 87 Entries; 8 Advanced
Flight E: 100 Entries; 10 Advanced
Flight F: 113 Entries; 10 Advanced
Flight G: 144 Entries; 14 Advanced
Flight H: 223 Entries; 22 Advanced
Flight I: 320 Entries; 32 Advanced
Day 2: Sunday at 11am

TableSeatFirst NameLast NameCitySTChip Count
81TaeYoonTampaFL31,000
82TomNguyenTampaFL96,000
83JohnBatesEustisFL80,000
84DerekWorleyRiverviewFL68000
85JosephMorrisSt PetersburgFL98,000
86JamesMagnusonOcalaFL78,000
87MichaelWodzinskiEast MeadowNY141,000
88WilliamWallaceVeniceFL103,000
89RyanHoganWinter GardenFL202,000
91AdnanKazimRiverviewFL188,000
92DavidCraigAltamonte SpringsFL17,000
93NicholasStraussSeminoleFL68000
94RyanNicollSpring HillFL282,000
95VincentYenkoOrlandoFL316,000
96CecilRiddleClearwaterFL152,000
97GulnaraTaulWinter ParkFL35,000
98KaganJacqulynBrandonFL225000
99RoqueVeviurkaOaklandFL307,000
101AaronLipstetAustinTX516,000
102GeorgeHemphillSaint CloudFL351,000
103KarlManouchakianTampaFL188,000
104JohnRovetoLakewood RanchFL221,000
105JamesBuzaWestwoodMA69,000
106SteinbergMikeRyeNH33,000
107PeterHsuBrooksvilleFL214,000
108CharlesWashingtonOrlandoFL162,000
109RinaCossWesley ChapelFL161,000
111NathanielGallifordMiamiFL154,000
113JohnReddenOrlandoFL152,000
114PaekKwihyonTampaFL87000
115JosiasCardoso Dos SantosKentWA148,000
116HassanEl HakimSarasotaFL177,000
118PasquarellaBrentTampaFL156,000
119AnthonyPaulinoKissimmeeFL110,000
191AmauryLopezOrlandoFL126,000
192GaryLucciAmmerstNS106,000
193DavidBotvinikTemple TerraceFL71,000
194FelipeSancho MenesesUnknown72,000
195SherrieeWilliamsBuckleyWA162,000
196JohnTrelevasTampaFL315,000
197LouellaGerstnerSeffnerFL139,000
198JayJacobsLand O LakesFL39000
199ShelbyEdmondsNorth PortFL132,000
201RobertBerryTampaFL203,000
202JohnHaldie IiiTrinityFL87,000
204SebastienSyssauOrlandoFL19,000
206WalterConnorsInvernessFL161,000
207BlakeRobinsonTampa PalmsFL185,000
208JeremyBeckerNew CityNY53,000
209GuyJacksonBradentonFL90,000
211DrewDodgeSpringhillFL266,000
212EmilioRuscitoPlainvilleCT193,000
213JosephLordiYardleyPA60,000
214CarmeloScaglioneTitusvilleFL159,000
216JoseGarciaOrlandoFL15,000
217RaymondKalmbachSeminoleFL763,000
218MarkWiserLand O LakesFL99,000
219SiddharthSiddharthAishbagh144,000
221MartellCorreaRuskinFL120,000
222LouisRothenbergTallahasseeFL21,000
223ArtemioMacahiaOrlandoFL55,000
224SongOTampaFL236,000
225BrandonByarsTampaFL128,000
226SchmalRobertOrlandoFL152000
227JohnHaas IiiTampaFL117,000
228KeithDuqueLutzFL68,000
229JonathanMarlowApopkaFL87,000
311KahrsCharlesPalm HarborFL118,000
312StevenPellingraTampaFL249,000
313GilbertoSanchezBartowFL216,000
314AhmadHamoushKissimmeeFL62,000
315HectorSantiagoKissimmeeFL112,000
316JoaoFigueiredoCuitiba12,000
317MarcusLittleRiverviewFL130,000
318RichardKincaidOcoeeFL205,000
319PhilipStarnerBelleviewFL87,000
321BautistaReginaldSt PetersburgFL241,000
322AnhLuBradentonFL135,000
323MinayaManelicTampaFL320,000
324TytusKalbererPunta GordaFL127,000
325FernandoRodriguez VazquezNewarkDE195000
326JohnCoeTallahasseeFL78,000
327JamesWoodClearwaterFL43,000
329DavidSmithOdessaFL147,000
331PuleoRonaldSarasotaFL141,000
332BorisCoxRuskinFL161,000
333RayLambertClearwaterFL176,000
335SoeLeeGothaFL259,000
336ChristopherBinionOdessaFL156,000
337MeirBarackNorthdaleFL110,000
338MarioTamayosacoWesley ChapelFL45000
339BlairMillerSarasotaFL258,000
421DuaneRemingtonSaint JohnsFL41000
422SamuelOhDuluthGA122000
423RashaudCookLakelandFL32,000
424BrendaLane-WorleyRiverviewFL326,000
425SpencerSweisfordPottstownPA330,000
426GurnerRoyTampaFL227,000
427JohnLisiPalm HarborFL190,000
428DavidWhiteLakelandFL18,000
429WinstonOwenOspreyFL161,000
431ThomasWysmullerOgunquitME54,000
432GeorgeJobApopkaFL186,000
433LanaNesterTampaFL35,000
434EllianneMunozLand O LakesFL42,000
435PeterKosakowskiLutzFL183,000
436RafaelMarcondes Dos ReisKentWA141,000
437JohnAmbrosiMelbourneFL201,000
438NathanLeeOrlandoFL285,000
439CheriBeattyPalm HarborFL316,000
441MichaelMillerSt PetersburgFL213,000
442JackDunnBradentonFL44,000
443SanjibAcharyaTampaFL13,000
444HarryBindaTampaFL492000
446RonaldDunnBradentonFL108000
447RonaldGrimesGreensboroNC166,000
448JamesAllenGlen BurnieMD446,000
449AdamFauserWesley ChapelFL133,000

February Big Stack Special – Day 2 Chip Counts

February Big Stack Special
$160 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Players Remaining: 118 of 1,222

Flight A: 65 Entries; 6 Advanced
Flight B: 81 Entries; 8 Advanced
Flight C: 89 Entries; 8 Advanced
Flight D: 87 Entries; 8 Advanced
Flight E: 100 Entries; 10 Advanced
Flight F: 113 Entries; 10 Advanced
Flight G: 144 Entries; 14 Advanced
Flight H: 223 Entries; 22 Advanced
Flight I: 320 Entries; 32 Advanced
Day 2: Sunday at 11am

First NameLast NameCitySTChip Count
RaymondKalmbachSeminoleFL763,000
AaronLipstetAustinTX516,000
HarryBindaTampaFL492000
JamesAllenGlen BurnieMD446,000
GeorgeHemphillSaint CloudFL351,000
SpencerSweisfordPottstownPA330,000
BrendaLane-WorleyRiverviewFL326,000
MinayaManelicTampaFL320,000
CheriBeattyPalm HarborFL316,000
VincentYenkoOrlandoFL316,000
JohnTrelevasTampaFL315,000
RoqueVeviurkaOaklandFL307,000
NathanLeeOrlandoFL285,000
RyanNicollSpring HillFL282,000
DrewDodgeSpringhillFL266,000
SoeLeeGothaFL259,000
BlairMillerSarasotaFL258,000
StevenPellingraTampaFL249,000
BautistaReginaldSt PetersburgFL241,000
SongOTampaFL236,000
GurnerRoyTampaFL227,000
KaganJacqulynBrandonFL225000
JohnRovetoLakewood RanchFL221,000
GilbertoSanchezBartowFL216,000
PeterHsuBrooksvilleFL214,000
MichaelMillerSt PetersburgFL213,000
RichardKincaidOcoeeFL205,000
RobertBerryTampaFL203,000
RyanHoganWinter GardenFL202,000
JohnAmbrosiMelbourneFL201,000
FernandoRodriguez VazquezNewarkDE195000
EmilioRuscitoPlainvilleCT193,000
JohnLisiPalm HarborFL190,000
AdnanKazimRiverviewFL188,000
KarlManouchakianTampaFL188,000
GeorgeJobApopkaFL186,000
BlakeRobinsonTampa PalmsFL185,000
PeterKosakowskiLutzFL183,000
HassanEl HakimSarasotaFL177,000
RayLambertClearwaterFL176,000
RonaldGrimesGreensboroNC166,000
CharlesWashingtonOrlandoFL162,000
SherrieeWilliamsBuckleyWA162,000
WalterConnorsInvernessFL161,000
RinaCossWesley ChapelFL161,000
BorisCoxRuskinFL161,000
WinstonOwenOspreyFL161,000
CarmeloScaglioneTitusvilleFL159,000
ChristopherBinionOdessaFL156,000
PasquarellaBrentTampaFL156,000
NathanielGallifordMiamiFL154,000
JohnReddenOrlandoFL152,000
CecilRiddleClearwaterFL152,000
SchmalRobertOrlandoFL152000
JosiasCardoso Dos SantosKentWA148,000
DavidSmithOdessaFL147,000
SiddharthSiddharthAishbagh144,000
RafaelMarcondes Dos ReisKentWA141,000
PuleoRonaldSarasotaFL141,000
MichaelWodzinskiEast MeadowNY141,000
LouellaGerstnerSeffnerFL139,000
AnhLuBradentonFL135,000
AdamFauserWesley ChapelFL133,000
ShelbyEdmondsNorth PortFL132,000
MarcusLittleRiverviewFL130,000
BrandonByarsTampaFL128,000
TytusKalbererPunta GordaFL127,000
AmauryLopezOrlandoFL126,000
SamuelOhDuluthGA122000
MartellCorreaRuskinFL120,000
KahrsCharlesPalm HarborFL118,000
JohnHaas IiiTampaFL117,000
HectorSantiagoKissimmeeFL112,000
MeirBarackNorthdaleFL110,000
AnthonyPaulinoKissimmeeFL110,000
RonaldDunnBradentonFL108000
GaryLucciAmmerstNS106,000
WilliamWallaceVeniceFL103,000
MarkWiserLand O LakesFL99,000
JosephMorrisSt PetersburgFL98,000
TomNguyenTampaFL96,000
GuyJacksonBradentonFL90,000
JohnHaldie IiiTrinityFL87,000
PaekKwihyonTampaFL87000
JonathanMarlowApopkaFL87,000
PhilipStarnerBelleviewFL87,000
JohnBatesEustisFL80,000
JohnCoeTallahasseeFL78,000
JamesMagnusonOcalaFL78,000
FelipeSancho MenesesUnknown72,000
DavidBotvinikTemple TerraceFL71,000
JamesBuzaWestwoodMA69,000
KeithDuqueLutzFL68,000
NicholasStraussSeminoleFL68000
DerekWorleyRiverviewFL68000
AhmadHamoushKissimmeeFL62,000
JosephLordiYardleyPA60,000
ArtemioMacahiaOrlandoFL55,000
ThomasWysmullerOgunquitME54,000
JeremyBeckerNew CityNY53,000
MarioTamayosacoWesley ChapelFL45000
JackDunnBradentonFL44,000
JamesWoodClearwaterFL43,000
EllianneMunozLand O LakesFL42,000
DuaneRemingtonSaint JohnsFL41000
JayJacobsLand O LakesFL39000
LanaNesterTampaFL35,000
GulnaraTaulWinter ParkFL35,000
SteinbergMikeRyeNH33,000
RashaudCookLakelandFL32,000
TaeYoonTampaFL31,000
LouisRothenbergTallahasseeFL21,000
SebastienSyssauOrlandoFL19,000
DavidWhiteLakelandFL18,000
DavidCraigAltamonte SpringsFL17,000
JoseGarciaOrlandoFL15,000
SanjibAcharyaTampaFL13,000
JoaoFigueiredoCuitiba12,000

February Big Stack Special – Prize Pool and Payouts

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.

1st: $26,444
2nd: $18,522
3rd: $12,000
4th: $8,870
5th: $6,713
6th: $5,357
7th: $4,434
8th: $3,527
9th: $2,644
10th-12th: $2,139
13th-15th: $1,680
16th-18th: $1,382
19th-21st: $1,153
22nd-24th: $970
25th-27th: $799
28th-36th: $690
37th-45th: $596
46th-54th: $527
55th-63rd: $478
64th-72nd: $438
73rd-81st: $403
82nd-90th: $368
90th-99th: $333
100th-108th: $301
109th-117th: $269
118th: $243

WSOP Circuit in Review

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!

WSOP Circuit Main Event Champion Isaac Kempton
WSOP Circuit Main Event Champion Isaac Kempton
David Prociak
David Tuthill

Click the links below for tournament recaps and updates:

Isaac Kempton Wins the WSOP Circuit Main Event in Just His Second Live Tournament

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

WSOP Circuit Main Event Champion Isaac Kempton
WSOP Circuit Main Event Champion Isaac Kempton

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 Js9d (jack-high) on a board of 10s8h3d4dAs, and Kempton tank-called withQs8c 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

Harmeet Singh Celebrates Presidents Day by Winning His First WSOP Circuit Ring

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

Event 14 Champion Harmeet Singh
Event 14 Champion Harmeet Singh

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.

Event 14 Champion Harmeet Singh with Siddharth Siddharth
Event 14 Champion Harmeet Singh poses with his poker student, Siddharth Siddharth, who finished fifth.

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