2016 Winter Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em
Prize Pool: $310,350
December 8 – 11, 2016
Event 7 was the third multi-day tournament on the 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Winter Poker Open schedule and it brought out the players. Six starting flights combined to put 624 entries in the game and SHRP regular Dmitry Agrachov outlasted them all to become the next WPO champion after an eight-way deal put $40,727 in his bankroll.
The $570 buy-in tournament was on pace to hit its $200,000 guaranteed prize pool after the first two flights and then blasted past it on the weekend. They pushed the prize over $300,000 by the time registration closed and 113 players returned for Day 2 with a chance to earn a piece of it.
Jerry Silva was the big stack chip leader at the restart but the best he could manage was a 44th place finish with 63 getting paid. Other notables making the money were Tony March, John Holley, David Tuthill, 2010 WSOP November Niner John Dolan, and reigning SHRP Player of the Year David Prociak.
None of them were around as the tournament neared the big money at the final table. Steve Tziris went out in 11th place to set up the ten-handed final table but Joseph Boulais went out at the same time on the other table to make it nine.
Ari Prostak hit the rail shortly after they redrew seats and the remaining eight players worked out a deal to divide up the remaining prize pool. SHRP regular Dmitry Agrachov had run his stack over 3 million and was awarded the title.
Nikita Patalinghug did well to take home more than $30,000 after late trouble. She was down to a single big blind with 16 players remaining then ran up her short stack to the second biggest at the final table.
Rafael Reis continues his hot streak after winning the record-setting Event 1 field during the 2016 Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” series and Jenn Haselton took away a nice cash while her mother was finishing 20th in the Turbo Event 8 nearby.
But Agrachov is the marquee name at the end of the day. He has nearly $400,000 in career earnings including several close calls to winning a first title. Agrachov has now locked up those honors and now has a tournament win to his credit along with the guitar trophy and a seat $1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship.
Event 7 results:
1st: Dmitry Agrachov – $40,727 + Championship seat
2nd: Nikita Patalinghug – $30,151
3rd: Rafael Reis – $28,360
4th: Steve Pellingra – $26,710
5th: Scott “Twitch” Anderson – $24,730
6th: John Alegria – $23,680
7th: Sean Heywood – $20,700
8th: Jenn Haselton – $20,200
9th: Ari Prostak – $5,897