Event 1: They’re in the Money

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 18: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 72 of 721

It took just 10 minutes of play in Level 18 for Tom Nguyen to pick up pocket jacks and scoop the last 183,000 chips of his opponent’s ace-king all-in preflop. The hand left 73 players remaining and sent the tournament into hand-for-hand play.

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Tom Nguyen sends the tournament to the money bubble

Lana Nester took care of business on the bubble just one hand later spiking an ace on the river holding as4s against the 9c9d of her opponent.

Lana Nester hits an ace to burst the money bubble
Lana Nester hits an ace to burst the money bubble

Still on the bubble but at an adjacent table, Len Nhoung — who we mentioned earlier in the day — was shortstacked and all-in as well. She held ace-rag versus kings and hit an ace on the river to stay alive. With that, the remaining 72 players, including Nhoung who started the day near last in the counts, were in the money.

Len Nhoung celebrates after tournament staff officially announces the field is in the money
Len Nhoung celebrates after tournament staff officially announces the field is in the money

Here’s a look at some of the notables counts in the money:

Tom Nguyen – 820,000 (136 bb)
Brandon Byars – 600,000 (100 bb)
Lana Nester – 105,000 (17 bb)
Len Nhoung – 100,000 (16 b)

Event 1: Nguyen and Byars Tops on Break

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
End of Level 17: 2,500/5,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 80 of 721

Players are on their first 15-minute break of the day. Out in front with the money bubble right around the corner are Tampa regulars Tom Nguyen and Brandon Byars. Nguyen’s stack is roughly 580,000 while Byars is right behind him with about 550,000.

The clock shows 80 players remaining and putting the money bubble right around the corner. With the level up coming following the break, play is expected to start fast and the tournament will be into the money shortly. The details of bubble play will be provided after it bursts.

Winter Poker Open Event 1 payouts:

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Event 3: Another Trophy up for Grabs in the Turbo

$150 Deep Stack Turbo NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 1: 25/50
Entries: 42

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The clock strikes 2pm and the third of 14 primary events of the 2016 Winter Poker Open is underway. The $150 Deep Stack Turbo event features a $15,000 guarantee, 20,000 starting chips and 15-minute levels. Late registration and re-entry are available until the start of Level 13.

In addition to the lion’s share of the prize pool, the tournament’s champion will earn a Seminole Hard Rock guitar trophy.

Event details:

2PM: Event 3 – $150 Deep Stack Turbo NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $15,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 13
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 3 Structure Sheet

Coverage of this tournament will pick up after registration closes and the final table nears.

Event 1: Andy Ly Spikes Quads to Eliminate David Prociak

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 16: 2,000/4,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 106 of 721

Andy Ly
Andy Ly

Reigning Seminole Hard Rock Poker Player of the Year David Prociak got about 65,000 in preflop holding adqd. Andy Le had the headliner at risk with kckh. The js7d3s flop had Prociak drawing live. The ks turn and kd river were a different story, though. They improved Ly to quads and left Prociak bust.

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Andy Ly – 325,000 (81 bb)
David Prociak – Eliminated

Event 1: A Familiar Face with a Big Stack; Tom Nguyen Tops 400K

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 16: 2,000/4,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 113 of 721

Tom Nguyen
Tom Nguyen

With about 25 players having hit the rail in the first level, there’s plenty of chips finding new owners early. Just when it seemed a handful of players were taking control of the event, a new leader emerged — Tom Nguyen.

Nguyen is a two-time Seminole Hard Rock Tampa tournament winner, 46-time casher and owns nearly $275,000 in career earnings. With a stack of 425,000, he’s all but guaranteed to steamroll his way into the money today and pad his accolades.

Tom Nguyen – 425,000 (106 bb)

Event 1: Hoang and Blewitt Making Moves

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 15: 1,500/3,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 129 of 721

Quyen Hoang
Quyen Hoang
Kevin Blewitt
Kevin Blewitt

Start-of-day chip leader John Alegria has grown his stack a touch, but it’s Quyen Hoang and Kevin Blewitt who are making the biggest waves early on Day 2. Blewitt began play 24th in the counts while Hoang was way down to 56th.

According to the table, Hoang went on a hot streak busting multiple players including four in a two-hand stretch. Hyperbole or not, Hoang now owns a stack of 360,000 and appears to lead the way late in the first level of the day.

Like Hoang, Blewitt is experiencing some early success and sits on 350,000.

Quyen Hoang – 360,000 (120 bb)
Kevin Blewitt – 350,000 (116 bb)

Event 1: Len Nhoung Fades an Exit

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 15: 1,500/3,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 129 of 721

Len Nhoung
Len Nhoung

An early mass exodus is typical of super-sized restarts like that in Event 1. One player not a part of the throngs heading to the rail is short stack Len Nhoung.

Nhoung began the day with 27,500 chips — 130th of 135 returners —  and surrendered a few blinds and antes before she got her last 18,500 in the middle holding qh9h against an opponent’s ahqc.

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The dealer made her sweat, burning and turning a kh8d2h7s flop and turn. Nhoung headed to the river looking for a heart or a nine, and got just that when the 7h fell improving to her a flush. Nhoung’s face broke out in a smile and he doubled up early on Day 2.

Len Nhoung – 43,500 (14 bb)

Event 1: Day 2 Underway in Tampa Winter Poker Open $350

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 15: 1,500/3,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 135 of 721

Headlining the Winter Poker Open Day 4 schedule at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa is the restart of the $350 buy-in, $150,000 guaranteed opener. It drew 721 entries smashing its six-figure target to the tune of a $214,6500 prize pool. The field is down to the final 135 players, but only 72 of them will go home with a payday.

Chip Counts | Table Draws | Payouts

John Alegria
John Alegria

Leading all advancers is John Alegria who sits on a stack of 264,000. Alegria is one of just two players over the 260,000 mark. The other, Enzo Romano, is basically level with Alegria owning 263,000 chips.

Enzo Romano
Enzo Romano

Others still in the hunt on Day 2 include Brandon Byars (215,500), Staffon Lind (209,500), David Tuthill (199,500) and Seminole Hard Rock Tampa team member Wally Maddah (55,000).

Play restarted just moments ago and we’ll keep an eye on the event all the way through its conclusion.

WPO Day 4 Schedule

Main Event Schedule

12PM: Event 1 Day 2 – $350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)

2PM: Event 3 – $150 Deep Stack Turbo NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $15,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 13
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 3 Structure Sheet

Event 1: Day 2 Returning Table/Seat Assignments

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Returning to Level 15: 1,500/3,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 135 of 721

Structure Sheet

Flight A: 105 Entries, 17 Advanced
Flight B: 93 Entries, 21 Advanced
Flight C: 98 Entries, 18 Advanced
Flight D: 106 Entries, 16 Advanced
Flight E: 184 Entries, 34 Advanced
Flight F: 135 Entries, 29 Advanced
Day 2: Sunday at Noon

Day 2 chip counts through Flight F:

First NameLast NameChip CountTableSeat
StanleyHolley122,000311
DanielPearlman130,000312
MatthewBorder215,000313
KevinBlewitt162,500314
BrianBlanchard71,500315
StaffanLind209,500316
NikitaPatalinghug248,000317
DavidGillespie68,500318
JordanWunder128,000319
JosephOrsino80,500321
LeifOskarsson250,500322
JeffreyEssink81,000323
IanPearson143,000324
LeonNeece28,000325
WesleySkinner138,500326
EricWert38,500327
DustinBradley70,500328
AlexandruIvan115,000329
AsifWarris84,500331
DonaldDrapel149,000332
WyattGlyn-Williams223,500333
QinghaoZheng130,500334
DavidGodjikian27,000335
ChadMiker39,500336
JoshFulford65,000337
JosephGarcia-Bustelo47,000338
JenniferArojado136,500339
JordanPacheco18,500342
JuneAmer93,000343
YongshuangWang138,000344
BrentPhilbin113,000345
DavidAdduce200,500346
LanaNester72,000347
ChristopherHyden47,500348
JosephBuonodono48,000349
GregorySalem105,500351
RobertGill101,500352
DillonBurns215,500353
KilenNhoung27,500354
MattSilva110,000355
WallyMaddah55,000356
CynthiaHickey52,000357
MarkManesh107,500358
RobertHeller III72,500359
MichaelSanchez58,500361
Enzo GRomano263,000362
MallikBegur91,500363
DmitryAgrachov258,500364
ChristopherBinion89,500365
RobertManjura118,000366
WillAllison60,500367
KennethBrown74,000368
JamesPalmeri88,500369
JustinMaddox150,000371
DouglasErwin73,500372
RamsesRosa76,000373
LaheenImkhaoun202,500374
BrianMirras69,000375
VickiHolmes118,500376
LouisConstant47,500377
SanjibAcharya73,500378
DustinGeselius137,000379
RyanWyant63,500381
CaryAlter59,000382
AhmadHamoush72,500383
TrentSmith80,500384
AnthonyPellegrini52,500385
MohammadGoodarzi83,000386
SusanSamies28,000387
MarkWiser117,500388
KevinBaker59,500389
KarlManouchakia88,500421
PedroArcia123,500422
MarkBuff23,500423
AlanRamkhalawan74,000424
RichardHiggins120,000425
DavidKolaskey87,000426
MuneerAhmed60,000427
HarlonKinney76,000428
JamesTopping97,000429
DebraDorcy40,5004210
DavidLawrence66,000431
EricKappel145,000432
RandolphSpainN/A433
WilliamMuniz94,000434
BrettStreicher44,000435
DavidTuthill119,500436
JosephBoulais152,000437
DavidDiBernardi93,500438
KyleStrube184,500439
TomNguyen109,500441
VitorCoelho80,000442
OnderEkinci107,500443
JamesSmith III74,500444
JasonHamilton192,000445
MichaelFreix114,500446
RonaldIhrig96,000447
DanielLi163,000448
ScottQueckboerner78,500449
AaronYoung81,000451
FrankWeigel169,000452
QuyenHoang106,500453
MalO'Connor187,000454
TimothyWright83,500455
JohnDubard49,500456
GregoryOsborne66,000457
FilippKhavin41,500458
RobertSheets47,500459
AricPluskat205,000461
JohnRya III215,500462
PaulHughes94,500463
RobertIrby91,000464
WilliamThompson138,000465
RobertoMelo120,500466
JeremyZides74,000467
ThomasJackson47,000468
ChristopherLowe102,500469
QuentinJonesN/A471
AndyLy222,500472
ForrestJahn III64,500473
StevieTrizis175,500474
DavidProciak93,000475
MichaelScott151,000476
BrandonByars215,500477
StanTavanese208,000478
JohnAlegria264,000479
DanielMijac114,000481
DavidRauf53,000482
DanielLobato63,000483
MichaelJoseph58,500484
ChristyPham35,000485
AbdelouahedBouanani180,000486
MosesClepper85,000487
DanielKasper89,000488
IvanColes124,000489

Event 1: Day 2 Returning Chip Counts

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Returning to Level 15: 1,500/3,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 135 of 721

Structure Sheet

Flight A: 105 Entries, 17 Advanced
Flight B: 93 Entries, 21 Advanced
Flight C: 98 Entries, 18 Advanced
Flight D: 106 Entries, 16 Advanced
Flight E: 184 Entries, 34 Advanced
Flight F: 135 Entries, 29 Advanced
Day 2: Sunday at Noon

Day 2 chip counts through Flight F:

RankFirst NameLast NameChip Count
1JohnAlegria264,000
2Enzo GRomano263,000
3DmitryAgrachov258,500
4LeifOskarsson250,500
5NikitaPatalinghug248,000
6WyattGlyn-Williams223,500
7AndyLy222,500
8DillonBurns215,500
9JohnRya III215,500
10BrandonByars215,500
11MatthewBorder215,000
12StaffanLind209,500
13StanTavanese208,000
14AricPluskat205,000
15LaheenImkhaoun202,500
16DavidAdduce200,500
17JasonHamilton192,000
18MalO'Connor187,000
19KyleStrube184,500
20AbdelouahedBouanani180,000
21StevieTrizis175,500
22FrankWeigel169,000
23DanielLi163,000
24KevinBlewitt162,500
25JosephBoulais152,000
26MichaelScott151,000
27JustinMaddox150,000
28DonaldDrapel149,000
29EricKappel145,000
30IanPearson143,000
31WesleySkinner138,500
32YongshuangWang138,000
33WilliamThompson138,000
34DustinGeselius137,000
35JenniferArojado136,500
36QinghaoZheng130,500
37DanielPearlman130,000
38JordanWunder128,000
39IvanColes124,000
40PedroArcia123,500
41StanleyHolley122,000
42RobertoMelo120,500
43RichardHiggins120,000
44DavidTuthill119,500
45VickiHolmes118,500
46RobertManjura118,000
47MarkWiser117,500
48AlexandruIvan115,000
49MichaelFreix114,500
50DanielMijac114,000
51BrentPhilbin113,000
52MattSilva110,000
53TomNguyen109,500
54MarkManesh107,500
55OnderEkinci107,500
56QuyenHoang106,500
57GregorySalem105,500
58ChristopherLowe102,500
59RobertGill101,500
60JamesTopping97,000
61RonaldIhrig96,000
62PaulHughes94,500
63WilliamMuniz94,000
64DavidDiBernardi93,500
65JuneAmer93,000
66DavidProciak93,000
67MallikBegur91,500
68RobertIrby91,000
69ChristopherBinion89,500
70DanielKasper89,000
71JamesPalmeri88,500
72KarlManouchakia88,500
73DavidKolaskey87,000
74MosesClepper85,000
75AsifWarris84,500
76TimothyWright83,500
77MohammadGoodarzi83,000
78JeffreyEssink81,000
79AaronYoung81,000
80JosephOrsino80,500
81TrentSmith80,500
82VitorCoelho80,000
83ScottQueckboerner78,500
84RamsesRosa76,000
85HarlonKinney76,000
86JamesSmith III74,500
87KennethBrown74,000
88AlanRamkhalawan74,000
89JeremyZides74,000
90DouglasErwin73,500
91SanjibAcharya73,500
92RobertHeller III72,500
93AhmadHamoush72,500
94LanaNester72,000
95BrianBlanchard71,500
96DustinBradley70,500
97BrianMirras69,000
98DavidGillespie68,500
99DavidLawrence66,000
100GregoryOsborne66,000
101JoshFulford65,000
102ForrestJahn III64,500
103RyanWyant63,500
104DanielLobato63,000
105WillAllison60,500
106MuneerAhmed60,000
107KevinBaker59,500
108CaryAlter59,000
109MichaelSanchez58,500
110MichaelJoseph58,500
111WallyMaddah55,000
112DavidRauf53,000
113AnthonyPellegrini52,500
114CynthiaHickey52,000
115JohnDubard49,500
116JosephBuonodono48,000
117ChristopherHyden47,500
118LouisConstant47,500
119RobertSheets47,500
120JosephGarcia-Bustelo47,000
121ThomasJackson47,000
122BrettStreicher44,000
123FilippKhavin41,500
124DebraDorcy40,500
125ChadMiker39,500
126EricWert38,500
127ChristyPham35,000
128LeonNeece28,000
129SusanSamies28,000
130KilenNhoung27,500
131DavidGodjikian27,000
132MarkBuff23,500
133JordanPacheco18,500
134RandolphSpainN/A
135QuentinJonesN/A

WPO Day 3 Closes with Big Event 1 Fields

The third day of the 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Winter Poker Open has come to an end. It was a busy day in the ballroom with the final two flights of Event 1 running with more than 300 joining on the last day.

They pushed the prize pool over the $150,000 Guarantee in the first flight and over $200,000 during the second. The prize pool was finalized and the Event 1 winner will take home nearly $50,000 tomorrow plus a seat in the WPO Championship.

Survivors from all six flights will return tomorrow, first trying to make the money before grinding to the final table.

For those who didn’t qualify for Day 2, we have a nice Sunday afternoon tournament which will move along at a nice pace. The $150 buy-in Event 3 has a turbo structure with a $15,000 guaranteed prize pool.

Event 1 Flight F: Patalinghug Leads Final Flight

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
End of Level 14: 1,200/2,400 with a 400 ante
Flight F Players Remaining: 29 of 135

Remedios Patalinghug
Nikita Patalinghug

Play has come to an end for the final flight of Event 1 with 29 players joining the previous 107 who advanced to Day 2.

Nikita Patalinghug took the lead late in the day and will return with 248,000. Brandon Byars put 215,500 away for tomorrow and he’ll be joined by Eric Wert, Anthony Pellegrini, and SHRP POY David Prociak.

Full Day 2 chip counts and seat assignments will posted as soon as they are availab.e

Event 1 Flight F: Laake Sends One Out

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 12: 800/1,600 with a 200 ante
Flight F Players Remaining: 48 of 135

Michael Laake
Michael Laake

Michael Laake has been working hard trying to run up a Day 2 stack and took a positive step forward as they were heading into Level 12.

An opponent moved all-in ahead of him and he quickly moved in behind having him covered. The rest of the table released their hands and Laake needed to win a race with ackh versus 4h4d.

The tcth8s flop changed nothing but he took the lead on the kd turn. Laake dodged the qs river to send one out and move up to 45,000. The SHRP team member still has some work to put himself in contention but now he’s closer.

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Event 1 Flight F: Crawling Down

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 11: 600/1,200 with a 200 ante
Flight F Players Remaining: 55 of 135

Anthony Pellegrini
Anthony Pellegrini

The field is slowing creeping lower as the levels march on, they only have a few more to build a bag for tomorrow.

Anthony Pellegrini is another making the most of his last flight chance as he tries to build on his 2015 Pot Limit Omaha/ title. He still here and working up his stack.

Event 1: Payouts Information Released; Almost $50K for Winner

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 9: 400/800 with a 100 ante
Flight F Players Remaining: 66 of 135

Event 1 drew 721 entries to create a prize pool worth $216,300 with the last 72 players taking home a piece. A min-cash is worth $622 while the Event 1 champion will earn just under $50,000 along with a $1,650 seat into the 2016 WPO Championship.

2016 Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Winter Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, FL
Event 1
$350 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 721
Prize Pool: $214,650
December 1 – 4, 2016

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Event 1 Flight F: Registration Closes on Opening Event

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 9: 400/800 with a 100 ante
Flight F Entries: 135

Registration closed on the final flight of Event 1 with 135 entries in the evening session. That brings the final Event 1 total up to 721 for a very nice opening 2016 WPO prize pool.

Today’s players will make their way through to Level 14 when the survivors will bag up and join the 107 who already advanced to Day 2 tomorrow at noon.

Tournament breakdown:

FlightEntriesAdvanced
A10517
B9322
C9818
D10616
E18434
F135TBD
Total721107

Event 1 Flight F: Last Chance to Register

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 8: 300/600 with a 75 ante
Flight F Entries: 130

Flight F players are on their second break of the day which leaves only 15 minutes for players to make their way to the poker room for a piece of the big opening pie.

It looks like Brandon Byars is making the most of his last chance in Event 1. He was down to only 5,000 earlier but now sits with ~200,000 heading into the last six levels of the night. If play ended right now, that would be good enough for a top 15 stack.

We’ll update the entry count once it’s official and the prize pool/payout information will be released later this evening.

Event 1 Flight F: Loving in Tampa

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 7: 250/500 with a 75 ante
Flight F Entries: 124

Carlos Loving
Carlos Loving

The entrant count only clicked up a little over the last 30 minutes as players seem content with their stacks or fishing in the cash game.

One later entry was SHRP regular Carlos Loving. He can be found grinding tournament around the state and he’s collected several SHRP trophies along the way plus his first career WSOP Circuit ring in November.

Event 1 Flight F: POY Prociak Adds to the Crowd

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 6: 200/400 with a 50 ante
Flight F Entries: 120

David Prociak
David Prociak

The poker room is hopping on a Saturday night and only part of that is the sixth flight of Event 1. Every table has a game and the sound is joyous grinding.

Reigning Seminole Hard Rock Poker Player of the Year David Prociak is making an appearance today and trying to work his way through the Flight F field. He has captured several SHRP titles around the state but is still looking for his first Seminole Hard Rock Tampa title. Prociak didn’t only crush Florida poker last year, he also earned his first WSOP bracelet this summer in the $1,500 Stud/8 event.

Event Flight F: Triple Digits with Laake

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 5: 150/300 with a 50 ante
Flight F Entries: 100

Michael Laake
Michael Laake

The night-time last flight of Event 1 jumped over 100 entries after the first break of the day and it will continue to climb until we lock things down at 10:30pm.

Seminole Hard Rock Poker team member Michael Laake is back with us this evening after an unsuccessful first firing this afternoon. He’s a regular in the poker room and has some nice scores here among his $825,000 in career earnings. In the last year, Laake won the $560 Deep Stacks event during the 2015 Winter Poker Open, captured the $1,100 Six-Max title during the 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, and cashed six times this summer during the WSOP including a final table appearance.