2016 Winter Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
$350 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em
Prize Pool: $214,650
December 1 – 4, 2016
(Tampa, FL) – The opening event of the 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Winter Poker Open was a success and drew a big crowd to start the series. After six flights, 721 entries were logged in the game and it was SHRP Tampa regular Rob Manjura taking home the title after a nine-way final table deal.
The tournament kicked off on Thursday morning and the fields were great throughout the six starting sessions. They combined to push the $150,000 guaranteed prize pool over $200,000 by the time registration closed and the last 72 players earned a piece of the money.
Only 135 players were still around at the end of their starting day and they gathered together on Sunday afternoon for Day 2. The field quickly played into the money after the first break and down to three tables shortly after the second.
Seminole Hard Rock Tampa ambassador Wally Maddah was a short stack at the restart but built it back up to sit comfortably after the money bubble. Other notables to cash were Steve Trizis, Matt Silva, Tom Nguyen, and Brandon Byars.
They were down to the final table ten when Pedro Arcia ran into a big pair against Manjura. The hand sent Arcia out in 11th place while breaking the virtual tie between Manjura and Justin Maddox at the top of the counts.
WSOP Circuit winner David Tuthill was eliminated on the first hand of the final table and the last nine players worked out a deal to divide up the remaining prize pool. Manjura took home the biggest prize, the guitar, and the title while Maddah negotiated his way into the 2016 WPO Championship seat.
This is the ninth career tournament victory for Manjura, adding onto his more than $100,000 in career earnings. His last title came right here a year ago when he won the 2015 Fall Little Slick Series Main Event for $36,000.
Final table results:
1st: Rob Manjura – $30,000
2nd: Justin Maddox – $25,900
3rd: Max Goodzari – $16,861
4th: Debra Dorcy – $16,510
5th: Wally Maddah – $14,442 + Championship Seat
6th: Greg Osborne – $12,070
7th: Jordan Wunder – $11,972
8th: Randy Spain – $11,312
9th: John Ryan – $11,188
10th: David Tuthill – $2,683