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Event 1: Rob Manjura Takes the Opening Tournament Title

2016 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

Rob Manjura, Event 1 Champion
Rob Manjura, Event 1 Champion

(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

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Event 1: David Tuthill – 10th Place ($2,683)

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 27: 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 721

After a brief pause at the start of the final table, David Tuthill moved all-in on the first hand back with pocket jacks. Justin Maddox called with QcQd to dominate the WSOP Circuit winner.

The board ran Ts8d6sAs6d and the jacks failed to advance Tuthill.

Justin Maddox – 3,300,000 (66 bb)
David Tuthill – Eliminated in 10th place ($2,683)

Event 1: Final Table Lineups

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 27: 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 721

Seat 1: Greg Osborne – 850,000 (17 bb)
Seat 2: Wally Maddah – 1,200,000 (24 bb)
Seat 3: Max Goodarzi – 1,600,000 (32 bb)
Seat 4: David Tuthill – 765,000 (15 bb)
Seat 5: Jordan Wunder – 850,000 (17 bb)
Seat 6: Randy Spain – 760,000 (15 bb)
Seat 7: Justin Maddox – 2,500,000 (50 bb)
Seat 8: John Ryan – 760,000 (15 bb)
Seat 9: Rob Manjura – 3,540,000 (71 bb)
Seat 10: Debra Dorcy – 1,525,000 (31 bb)

Event 1: Pedro Arcia – 11th Place ($2,683)

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 27: 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 721

After a few trips around the tables on the final table bubble, it was a quick end when Pedro Arcia moved all-in and Rob Manjura quickly called.

Manjura: QsQc
Arcia: 9s9h

Arcia was dominated and it got much worse on the Qh7d7c flop. The 4h turn left him drawing dead to 11th place and tournament staff paused the clock to redraw the final table ten.

Rob Manjura – 3,540,000 (71 bb)
Pedro Arcia – Eliminated in 11th place ($2,683)

Event 1: Break Time Counts

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 27: 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 12 of 721

Table 42
Seat 1: — Empty —
Seat 2: David Tuthill – 865,000 (17 bb)
Seat 3: Max Goodarzi – 1,900,000 (38 bb)
Seat 4: — Empty —
Seat 5: — Empty —
Seat 6: Wally Maddah – 1,150,000 (23 bb)
Seat 7: Greg Osborne – 510,000 (10 bb)
Seat 8: Justin Maddox – 2,500,000 (50 bb)
Seat 9: Randolph Spain – 700,000 (14 bb)

Table 43
Seat 1: Jordan Wunder – 650,000 (13 bb)
Seat 2: — Empty —
Seat 3: Debra Dorcy – 1,325,000 (27 bb)
Seat 4: John Ryan – 650,000 (13 bb)
Seat 5: Pedro Arcia – 1,100,000 (22 bb)
Seat 6: — Empty —
Seat 7: — Empty —
Seat 8: Frank Weigel – 435,000 (9 bb)
Seat 9: Robert Manjura-Boddy – 2,600,000 (52 bb)

Event 1: Staffan Lind — 13th Place ($1,932)

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 26: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 12 of 721

Staffan Lind open shoved about 400,000 from the button and Seminole Hard Rock Tampa ambassador Wally Maddah called from the small blind. Maddah’s stack totaled about 550,000 and it was Lind who was at risk.

Maddah: AsKh
Lind: AdQd

Runout: 5h5d4dJh2c

Maddah’s ace-king held and he earned the pot. Lind was eliminated in 13th place.

Wally Maddah – 1,050,000 (26 bb)
Staffan Lind – Eliminated in 13th place ($1,932)

Event 1: Brandon Byars – 16th Place ($1,331)

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 26: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 15 of 721

Brandon Byars
Brandon Byars

Brandon Byars told us he was card dead for the last four hours, and in the end, it was a cooler that got him. Action folded to him in the small blind and he moved all-in for his last 157,000 and David Tuthill quickly called in the big blind.

Tuthill: AhAs
Byars: Kc8h

A tough spot for the short stack and he found nothing to help him as the board ran out Td6d3d6s3c to send him out in 16th place.

David Tuthill – 1,150,000 (29 bb)
Brandon Byars – Eliminated in 16th place ($1,331)

Event 1: John Alegria – 18th Place ($1,331)

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 25: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 17 of 721

John Alegria tables his cards
John Alegria tables his cards

John Alegria open/shoved for 252,000 and Pedro Arcia called in the big blind with a monster.

Arcia: AhAd
Alegria: JcTc

Alegria was dominated and found no help on the 2d2s2c flop but picked up a flush draw on the Kc turn. No love on the 6h river and Alegria was knocked out in 18th place.

Pedro Arcia – 1,365,000 (46 bb)
John Alegria – Eliminated in 18th place ($1,331)

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Event 1: Erick Kappel – 20th Place ($1,138)

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 25: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 18 of 721

Erick Kappel
Erick Kappel

After a slow restart after dinner, Event 1 is quickly down to two tables with two eliminations at the same time.

Erick Kappel began his exit on Table 43 when he open/shoved for 248,000 and Frank Weigel called after taking his time to think it out.

Weigel: 9s9d
Kappel: AcKs

Weigel asked the dealer for a low board and his wish was granted as she spread 6c3d2d2h4d to send Kappel out in 20th place.

While that was going down, dinner-time leader Quyen Hoang’s fall from grace was complete in 19th place.

Frank Weigel – 1,200,000 (40 bb)
Erick Kappel – Eliminated in 20th place ($1,138)

19th: Quyen Hoang – $1,138
20th: Erick Kappel – $1,138
21st: David Gillespie – $1,138
22nd: James Topping – $1,138
23rd: Ramses Rosa – $1,138

Event 1: Wunder Doubles Through Hoang

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 24: 12,000/24,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 23 of 721

Jordan Wunder
Jordan Wunder

Quyen Hoang returned from dinner with the biggest stack remaining but his post-feast run has not gone well. The latest set back occurred when Jordan Wunder moved all-in from early position and Hoang reshipped from the small blind.

Wunder: AcKc
Hoang: TcTs

Hoang was ahead in the race but Wunder flopped well on the 7c6s5c board. He had a ton of outs heading to the turn and hit the Kd. The 9d river left Hoang shipping a lot of chips across the table to leave him the short stack.

Jordan Wunder – 1,100,000 (46 bb)
Quyen Hoang – 320,000 (13 bb)

Event 1: Tom Nguyen – 24th Place ($1,138)

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 23: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 23 of 721

Tom Nguyen (left) and Wally Maddah (right)
Tom Nguyen (left) and Wally Maddah (right)

Tom Nguyen’s run came to an end at the hands of friend Wally Maddah. He moved all-in from the small blind for 130,000 and Maddah slow peeled his big blind.

The Seminole Hard Rock Tampa ambassador leaned back, laughed, and called.

Maddah: JdJs
Nguyen: Qs5c

Nguyen needed some help to stay alive and caught a piece of the Th6s5s flop. His brief window of salvation closed as Maddah turned a set when the dealer dropped the Jc. Nguyen was drawing dead to the 2s river and 24th place.

Wally Maddah – 775,000 (39 bb)
Tom Nguyen – Eliminated in 24 place ($1,138)

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Event 1: Chad Miker – 27th Place ($1,138)

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 23: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 26 of 721

Justin Maddox
Justin Maddox

It took a while for players to mix it up after the three-table redraw, deep stacks and getting a feel for their new tablemates. The stalemate broke when short stacked Chad Miker took a shot with QdTh and ran into (now) chip leader Justin Maddox’ dominating KhQh.

The all-low 5s2c2h8d8s never gave either a sweat to send Miker out after the pay jump and push Maddox near 1.5 million.

Justin Maddox – 1,485,000 (74 bb)
Chad Miker – Eliminated in 27th place ($1,138)

Event 1: Down to the Final Three Tables

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 22: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 27 of 721

Just 27 players remain and they’ve redrawn to the final three tables. Here’s a glace at those still in followed by remaining payouts and updated results.

Table 1
Table 1
Table 2
Table 2
Table 3
Table 3

1st – $49,799 + $1,650 Championship Seat
2nd – $28,978
3rd – $17,709
4th – $14,596
5th – $11,806
6th – $9,659
7th – $7,727
8th – $5,903
9th – $4,078
10th-12th – $2,683
13th-15th – $1,932
16th-18th – $1,331
19th-27th – $1,138

28th: Alex Ivan – $1,009
29th: Susan Samies – $1,009
30th: Asif Warris – $1,009
31st: John Dubard – $1,009
32nd: Lahcen Imkhaoun – $1,009
33rd: Matthew Silva – $1,009
34th: Wesley Skinner – $1,009
35th: Enzo Romano – $1,009
36th: Brent Philbin – $1,009

Additional results are available in the posts below.

Event 1: Staffan Lind Cracks Aces, Takes Chip Lead

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 22: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 30 of 721

Staffan Lind
Staffan Lind

A late-position player had 30,000 in the pot. Staffan Lind was on the button with stack of 100,000 shoved forward. The small blind was in on it, too, with an all-in bet of 144,000 in the middle. The late-position player made an uneasy fold while Lind nonchalantly called the 44,000 extra putting the small blind at risk.

Small blind: AhAd
Lind: 5c5d

Lind was well behind in the hand, but had the small blind easily covered. The flop left little room for a sweat when it fell 9d8c5h giving Lind a set of fives. The turn 3c and river 3d improved Lind to a fullhouse. He busted the small blind and took the chip lead in the process.

Staffan Lind – 1,555,000 (97 bb)

Event 1: David Tuthill Chugging Along

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 21: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 32 of 721

David Tuthill
David Tuthill

David Tuthill is one of the most experienced players to have made Day 2 here in the Winter Poker Open $350. He’s been steady throughout the day, but is making a move as of late.

He recently lead out for 43,000 on a QsTc9s7s board. The pot was heads up and action was on a player in early position. That player called and they saw the Jd river. Tuthill jammed having his opponent’s last roughly 100,000 chips covered. The opponent mucked and Tuthill took the pot.

David Tuthill – 435,000 (36 bb)

Event 1: Team Member Climbing the Counts; More Results

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
End of Level 20: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 36 of 721

Wally Maddah
Wally Maddah

Players are in the midst of their second 15-mintue break of the day. Seminole Hard Rock Tampa team member Wally Maddah began the day with 55,000 chips and now finds himself with 525,000. While he’s a long way off of the lead, it’s good for over 40 big blinds with just 36 players remaining.

Results 37th-49th:

37th: Wyatt Glyn-Williams – $902
38th: David Kolaskey – $902
39th: Brett Streicher – $902
40th: Joseph Orsino – $902
41st: Michael Joseph – $902
42nd: Kevin Blewitt – $902
43rd: David Adduce – $902
44th: Christopher Binion – $902
45th: Roberto Melo – $902
46th: William Muniz – $794
47th: Len Nhoung – $794
48th: William Thompson – $794
49th: Thomas Jackson – $794

Additional results are available in the posts below.

Event 1: Max Goodarzi Over 1,000,000

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 20: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 43 of 721

Max Goodarzi
Max Goodarzi

Blinds are rising, players are busting and tables are breaking. One of the most recent tables to break is Table 47. Along with fellow big stacks Brandon Byars and Justin Maddox, Max Goodarzi was at Table 47 and just recently took a new seat to the dismay of his new tablemates.

Goodarzi’s stack sits at 1,075,000 not only making him the first player over the 1,000,000 mark, but putting him atop the counts with only fives tables remaining.

Max Goodarzi – 1,075,000 (107 bb)

Event 1: Another Round of Results

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 20: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 49 of 721

50th: Michael Freix – $794
51st: Steve Trizis – $794
52nd: Leif Oskarsson – $794
53rd: Quentin Jones – $794
54th: Jose Garcia – $794
55th: Dustin Bradley – $708
56th: Abdelouahed Bouanani – $708
57th: Stanley Tavanese – $708
58th: Mark Wiser – $708
59th: Andy Ly – $708
60th: Brian Mirras – $708
61st: Daniel Kasper – $708
62nd: Cynthia Hickey – $708

Additional results are available in the posts below.

Event 1: Steve Trizis Eliminated by Justin Maddox

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 19: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 50 of 721

Steve Trizis
Steve Trizis

Justin Maddox raised to 20,000 from middle position only to see Seminole Hard Rock Tampa regular Steve Trizis jam from his direct left for about 140,000. It folded around to Maddox who called putting the Tampa-area business owner at risk.

Maddox: 8h8d
Trizis: QhTc

Runout: JdTh5s8s2c

Trizis improved to a pair on the flop, but Maddox hit his set on the turn. Trizis was eliminated while Maddox took a nice pot.

Justin Maddox – 670,000 (83 bb)
Steve Trizis – Eliminated

Event 1: Max Goodarzi Running Up a Stack

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 19: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 62 of 721

Max Goodarzi (left) and Brandon Byars
Max Goodarzi (left) and Brandon Byars

Brandon Byars has had quite the table draw through the first few levels of Day 2. He found himself sitting across from the start-of-day leader early, and now is on the direct left of current chip leader Max Goodarzi. Despite the tough competition, Byars has accumulated a stack worth 590,000, it just happens to be in the shadow of Goodarzi’s 895,000 chips.

Most recently, Goodarzi picked up QsJs and got all-in preflop versus the JcJd of Andy Ly. The runout came Td9s5d6h8s giving Goodarzi an unlikely straight. He earned the pot, eliminated Ly and continued to build his stack.

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Max Goodarzi rivers a straight to eliminate Andy Ly

Max Goodarzi – 895,000 (111 bb)
Brandon Byars – 590,000 (73 bb)
Andy Ly – Eliminated

Event 1: The First Round of Results

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 18: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 62 of 721

63rd: Daniel Lobato – $708
64th: Jeff Essink – $622
65th: Vicki Holmes – $622
66th: Jeremy Zides – $622
67th: Dillon Burns – $622
68th: Cary Alter – $622
69th: Lana Nester – $622
70th: Robert Gill – $622
71st: Ahmad Hamoush – $622
72nd: Mallik Begur – $622

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)