$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.
Lana Nester took care of business on the bubble just one hand later spiking an ace on the river holding against the of her opponent.
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.
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)
$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.
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.
$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry) Level 16: 2,000/4,000 with a 500 ante Players Remaining: 106 of 721
Reigning Seminole Hard Rock Poker Player of the Year David Prociak got about 65,000 in preflop holding . Andy Le had the headliner at risk with . The flop had Prociak drawing live. The turn and river were a different story, though. They improved Ly to quads and left Prociak bust.
Andy Ly – 325,000 (81 bb) David Prociak – Eliminated
$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry) Level 16: 2,000/4,000 with a 500 ante Players Remaining: 113 of 721
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.
$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry) Level 15: 1,500/3,000 with a 500 ante Players Remaining: 129 of 721
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.
$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry) Level 15: 1,500/3,000 with a 500 ante Players Remaining: 129 of 721
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 against an opponent’s .
The dealer made her sweat, burning and turning a flop and turn. Nhoung headed to the river looking for a heart or a nine, and got just that when the fell improving to her a flush. Nhoung’s face broke out in a smile and he doubled up early on Day 2.
$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.
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.
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.
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.
$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
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
$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry) Level 14: 1,200/2,400 with a 400 ante Flight F Players Remaining: 37 of 135
Flight players have reached their last level of the evening, also their last chance to run up a big stack. They’ll play down to ten minutes remaining, pick a random number, and finish that many hands before bagging up.
$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 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 versus .
The flop changed nothing but he took the lead on the turn. Laake dodged the 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.
$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
$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.
$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry) Level 7: 250/500 with a 75 ante Flight F Entries: 124
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.
$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry) Level 6: 200/400 with a 50 ante Flight F Entries: 120
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.
$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry) Level 5: 150/300 with a 50 ante Flight F Entries: 100
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.