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Brazil’s Josias Santos Wins Tampa Title in WPO Turbo ($4,749)

Below is a recap of Event 3 of the Winter Poker Open, a $150 Deep Stack Turbo event that concluded Sunday, December 4.

2016 Winter Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, FL
Event 3
$150 Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 184
Prize Pool: $20,430
December 4, 2016

Josias Santos, Event 3 Champion
Josias Santos, Event 3 Champion

Josias Santos broke through and carded another tournament victory at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sunday night during the property’s Winter Poker Open. Santos, a native of Brazil, defeated a field of 184 entries in a $150 Deep Stack Turbo event pocketing $4,749 and a $1,650 seat in the series’ $300,000 guaranteed Championship. The victory is his second at the Seminole Hard Rock, his first coming in 2015 when he carded more than $30,000 in the Deep STack Winter Poker Series.

Event 3 played out in a flash, narrowing from nearly 200 starting entries to the final table of 10 in just about seven hours. The average stack hovered around 10 big blinds and Louis Constant’s 10th-place finish opened the floodgates. Just about 30 minutes after his departure play narrowed to a heads-up battle between Santos and eventual runner-up Jennifer Arojado. Santos owned roughly three-quarters of the chips in play heads up, but that didn’t stop Arojado from trying to negotiate an even chop. Santos was reluctant at first, but obliged after a few minutes of debate. The prize money was split evenly, but Santos’ deal was sweetened with the Championship seat, and of course, the property’s token guitar trophy.

Santos is a 52-year-old business owner who spends as much of his free time on the tournament felt he can. His poker resume boasts 44 cashes totaling nearly $160,000 in career earnings. He experienced some success in Tampa recently as well, finishing fourth in the WPTDeepStacks-Tampa in June for over $18,000.

Event 3 final results:

1st: Josias Santos – $4,749 + $1,650 Championship Seat
2nd: Jennifer Arojado – $4,749
3rd: Kenneth Jensen – $1,941
4th: Myhong Han – $1,634
5th: Michael Scott – $1,226
6th: Eric Buel – $1,022
7th: Moses Clepper – $817
8th: Peter Dalcamo – $613
9th: Mark “Bud” Wiser – $460
10th: Louis Constant – $409
11th: Michael Conner – $409
12th: Matthew Sacks – $409
13th: Paul Huffer – $358
14th: Gerald Silva – $358
15th: Robert Bloom – $358
16th: Jean Hebert – $306
17th: Roerto Polanco – $306
18th: Daniel Pearlman – $306

Event 3: Josias Santos Wins in Heads Up Deal ($4,749); Jennifer Arojado — 2nd Place ($4,749)

$150 Deep Stack Turbo NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 28: 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 184

Josias Santos
Josias Santos

Despite owning roughly three-quarters of the chips in play, Josias Santos agreed to an even chop with Jennifer Arojado. The pair both pocketed $4,749, but Santos went home with the $1,650 Championship seat as well as the token guitar trophy.

Jennifer Arojado
Jennifer Arojado

A complete report will be posted tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s a look at the tournament’s final results:

1st: Josias Santos – $4,749 + $1,650 Championship Seat
2nd: Jennifer Arojado – $4,749
3rd: Kenneth Jensen – $1,941
4th: Myhong Han – $1,634
5th: Michael Scott – $1,226
6th: Eric Buel – $1,022
7th: Moses Clepper – $817
8th: Peter Dalcamo – $613
9th: Mark “Bud” Wiser – $460
10th: Louis Constant – $409
11th: Michael Conner – $409
12th: Matthew Sacks – $409
13th: Paul Huffer – $358
14th: Gerald Silva – $358
15th: Robert Bloom – $358
16th: Jean Hebert – $306
17th: Roerto Polanco – $306
18th: Daniel Pearlman – $306

Event 3: Eric Buel — 6th Place ($1,022)

$150 Deep Stack Turbo NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 28: 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 184

Eric Buel
Eric Buel

Eric Buel was in the cutoff and jammed about 85,000. Kenneth Jensen called from the big blind and tabled ahtd. Buel was in a world of hurt owning ac4d.

“I hate ace-rag,” Buel said standing from his chair.

The dealer burned and turned five blanks and Buel was the sixth-place finisher.

Eric Buel – Eliminated in 6th place ($1,022)

Event 3: Moses Clepper — 7th Place ($817)

$150 Deep Stack Turbo NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 27: 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 184

Moses Clepper
Moses Clepper

Moses Clepper shoved the button for 185,000 and Jennifer Arojado called from the big blind.

Arojado: adqc
Clepper: khtc

Runout: qh7s5c5s5d

Arojado improved to a fullhouse and Clepper was eliminated in seventh place for $613.

Moses Clepper – Eliminated in 7th place ($817)

Event 3: Louis Constant — 10th Place ($409)

$150 Deep Stack Turbo NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 26: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 184

Louis Constant
Louis Constant

Louis Constant open-shoved for 125,000. Kenneth Jensen called from the button and so did Myong Han from the big blind. The trio saw a flop of kc2s2d. Han and Jensen, who were competing for the side pot, checked. The turn fell the td and Ham lead for 100,000. Jensen folded and Han and Constant tabled their holdings.

Han: ksqh for a pair of kings
Constant: ad8d for an ace-high flush draw

The river fell the qs and Constant was eliminated in 10th place earning $409.

Louis Constant – Eliminated in 10th place ($409)

Event 3: Final Table of 10 Reached; Josias Santos Leads

$150 Deep Stack Turbo NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 25: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 184

Josias Santos has a stranglehold on the chip lead owning 1,140,000 of the 3,680,000 in play.

Here’s a look at how the table stacks up:

Seat 1: Michael Scott – 415,000
Seat 2: Kenneth Jensen – 550,000
Seat 3: Moses Clepper – 193,000
Seat 4: Myong Han – 370,000
Seat 5: Mark “Bud” Wiser – 145,000
Seat 6: Louis Constant – 214,000
Seat 7: Jennifer Arojado – 275,000
Seat 8: Peter Dalcamo – 104,000
Seat 9: Eric Buel – 307,000
Seat 10: Josias Santos – 1,140,000

1st – $6,127 + $1,650 Championship Seat
2nd – $3,371
3rd – $1,941
4th – $1,634
5th – $1,226
6th – $1,022
7th – $817
8th – $613
9th – $460
10th – $409

Event 3: “Bud” Wiser Bursts the Bubble

$150 Deep Stack Turbo NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 22: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 18 of 184

Mark "Bud" Wiser
Mark “Bud” Wiser

On the eighth hand of hand-for-hand play, there was a three-way pot between Mark “Bud” Wiser in the small blind and two unknowns who occupied the big blind and button. The flop was acqd4c and it checked to the button who shoved 34,000 (only two big blinds). Wiser, who claimed just 35,000, also moved all-in. The big blind had both players covered but opted to fold. The button was at risk.

Wiser: ahts for top pair
Button: qcjc for a pair, a flush draw and a backdoor straight draw

Runout: 7h turn 9d river

Wiser’s pair held and the button was eliminated sending the final 18 players into the money.

Here’s a look at the tournament payouts:

1st – $6,127 + $1,650 Championship Seat
2nd – $3,371
3rd – $1,941
4th – $1,634
5th – $1,226
6th – $1,022
7th – $817
8th – $613
9th – $460
10th-12th – $409
13th-15th – $358
16th-18th – $306

Event 3: Josias Santos Leads; Three Tables Remain

$150 Deep Stack Turbo NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 19: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 27 of 184

Josias Santos
Josias Santos

After just over five hours of play, the 184-entry field in today’s 2pm $150 buy-in Deep Stack Turbo event is down to the final 27. Out in front with a stack of 470,000 is Josias Santos who left his mark on this property during the WPTDeepStacks-Tampa series this summer.

Santos started the series off with a 22nd-place finish in the 698-entry opener, then followed it up with a fourth-place finish and $18,000 score a few days later in a $350.

His stack in the Turbo is good for now, but with 15-minute levels and rising blinds he’ll need to keep winning pots if he hopes to steamroll into the money.

Stay tuned for bubble play.

Event 3: Registration Closed; $6,127 and WPO Championship Seat to Winner

$150 Deep Stack Turbo NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 13: 1,000/2,000 with a 300 ante
Players Remaining: 60 of 184

Registration closed on the Sunday afternoon Turbo Event 3 with 184 entries creating a prize pool worth $20,430. The last 18 players will take home a piece of the money with a min-cash worth $302 and the winner earning $6,127, the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa guitar trophy, and a seat in the 2016 WPO Championship.

2016 Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Winter Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, FL
Event 3
$150 Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 184
Prize Pool: $20,430
December 4, 2016

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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.

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

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.