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Event 9: Bryce McVay Earns Another Tampa Title

2016 Winter Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, FL
Event 9
$250 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 119
Prize Pool: $23,340
December 12, 2016

Bryce McVay, Event 9 Champion

With only a few days left before the 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Winter Poker Open Championship, there were a few one-day tournaments left for players to earn their glory. Event 9 was the first and former Tampa Deep Stacks Series champion Bryce McVay outlasted everyone to win another title, $5,428 plus a seat in the WPO Championsion.

The $250 buy-in Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em tournament drew 119 entries to easily surpass its $20,000 guaranteed prize pool. The last 18 players earned a piece with some big local players still around including John Holley and 2016 WPO Ladies Event champion Kirsten Olieberg.

The tournament was down to the money bubble not long after registration closed and it only took a handful of hands to get them there. Besides Olieberg, the final table included two-time SHR Tampa winner Claudemir Osorio, five-time WSOP Circuit champ John Holley, and Moe Affaneh.

The stacks were deep and the structure slow, they took their time getting closer to a winner until Holley went out in fourth place. There was some talk of a prize pool deal but Olieberg dropped out in third place before they could work it out. Osorio and McVay were happy where they were and divided up the remaining prize pool evening with McVay’s chip lead earning him top honors.

1st: Bryce McVay – $5,428 + Championship seat
2nd: Claudemir Osorio – $5,427
3rd: Kirsten Olieberg – $2,217
4th: John Holley – $1,867
5th: Michael Cairo – $1,400
6th: Ari Prostak – $1,167
7th: Hank Zheng – $934
8th: Moe Affaneh – $700
9th: Norbert Kara – $525
10th: LaVann Williams – $467
11th: Jay Ballentine – $467
12th: Robbie Godbey – $467
13th: Frank Muir – $408
14th: Ian Pearson – $408
15th: Ben Van Klink – $408
16th: Greg White – $350
17th: Joe Buonodono – $350
18th: Ted Wild – $350

Event 9: Bryce McVay Wins Title in Heads Up Deal

$250 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 23: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 119

Bryce McVay

After Kirsten Olieberg was eliminated, Bryce McVay and Claudemir Osorio quickly decided to chop up the remaining prize pool down the middle with McVay taking the title and WPO Championship seat via his big chip lead.

1st: Bryce McVay – $5,428 + Championship seat
2nd: Claudemir Osorio – $5,427

Claudemir Osorio

Event 9: John Holley – 4th Place ($1,867)

$250 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 23: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 119

John Holley

John Holley opened to 204,000 from the button leaving 65,000 behind, Kirsten Olieberg moved all-in from the small blind for a few chips more, and Holley called.

Olieberg: AcAd
Holley: KcQh

It was big trouble for Holley and he never caught up as the board ran 8c6c5hJhQs to send the five-time WSOP Circuit winner out in fifth place.

Kirsten Olieberg – 610,000 (31 bb)
John Holley – Eliminated in 4th place ($1,867)

Event 9: Michael Cairo – 5th Place ($1,400)

$250 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 22: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 119

Michael Cairo

Michael Cairo open/shoved for 165,000 and Claudemir Osorio moved all-in over the top from the small blind. Bryce McVay released his big blind and Cario saw he was in trouble.

Osorio: KdKc
Cairo: JhJs

The advantaged quickly changed when the dealer put a jack in the window of the Jd6h5d flop. The Ah turn was harmless but the suck/resuck completed on the Ks river for the two-out knock out.

Claudemir Osorio – 835,000 (52 bb)
Michael Cairo – Eliminated in 5th place ($1,400)

Event 9: Ari Prostak – 6th Place ($1,167)

$250 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 22: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 119

Ari Prostak

Ari Prostak open/shoved for 241,000 from the button and Bryce McVay quickly called in the small blind.

“I only looked at one,” said Prostak

McVay: ThTd
Prostak: Ad2s

Prostak needed some help but found none as the dealer spread the Qc9s4c5d6d board to send him to the rail in sixth place.

Bryce McVay – 990,000 (62 bb)
Ari Prostak – Eliminated in 6th place ($1,167)

Event 9: Hang Zheng – 7th Place ($934)

$250 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 21: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 119

Hank Zheng

Hank Zheng had plenty of chips at the last break but sent most of them across the table to Claudemir Osorio soon after with his AsJs going down to JdJh. He was down to 75,000 and moved all-in after Kirsten Olieberg opened to 35,000.

She quickly called and Zheng was in a good spot to double.

Olieberg: QsQc
Zheng: AhAc

The 8c3s2s flop was harmless but the Qd turn got a rise out of the table. Zheng couldn’t find one of the two remaining aces on the 9s river and he was gone in seventh place.

Kirsten Olieberg – 390,000 (33 bb)
Hank Zheng – Eliminated in 7th place ($934)

Event 9: Break Time Counts

$250 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Returning to Level 21: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 119

The seven remaining players are on a 15-minute break with Bryce McVay leading the way.

Seat 1: Bryce McVay – 460,000 (38 bb)
Seat 2: Hank Zheng – 410,000 (34 bb)
Seat 3: Michael Cairo – 317,000 (26 bb)
Seat 4: John Holley – 196,000 (16 bb)
Seat 5: Kirsten Olieberg – 410,000 (34 bb)
Seat 7: Claudemir Osorio – 235,000 (20 bb)
Seat 9: Ari Prostak – 335,000 (28 bb)

Event 9: Michael Cairo Doubles Through Claudemir Osorio

$250 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 20: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 119

Claudemir Osorio opened to 30,000 from early position and Michael Cairo three-bet to 75,000 from the small blind leaving 77,000 behind.

“This is going to make the blog,” John Holley joked.

Cairo moved all-in after the AcTs7c flop and Osorio quickly called.

Cairo: JhJd
Osorio: Ad5h

Cairo’s jacks were in trouble, the 9h turn changed nothing, but he spiked the Js river for the double up.

Michael Cairo – 330,000 (33 bb)
Claudemir Osorio – 240,000 (24 bb)

Event 9: John Holley Doubles Through Hank Zheng

$250 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 20: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 119

John Holley was the second shortest stack at start of the final table and the five-time WSOP Circuit winner kept trying to double up but picked up no callers.

He found what he needed after Hang Zheng limped from the cutoff and called after Holley shoved for 96,500 from the small blind.

Holley: AcQc
Zheng: KhJc

Holley had to dodge two live cards before he hit the Qd5s3h flop. Zheng needed to catch a king to send Holley out but the 4c turn and Ah were good for a Holley double up.

Hank Zheng – 460,000 (46 bb)
John Holley – 205,000 (21 bb)

Event 9: Moe Affaneh – 8th Place ($700)

$250 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 20: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 119

Moe Affaneh

Moe Affaneh open/shoved from the cutoff for 99,500 and Bryce McVay quickly called in the big blind to put him at risk.

McVay: AsTs
Affaneh: Ah7h

Affaneh was dominated and fell further behind on the KcJdTh flop. He was drawing thin, then drawing dead after the 3d turn to exit Event 9 in eighth place.

Bryce McVay – 365,000 (37 bb)
Moe Affaneh – Eliminated in 8th place ($700)

Event 9: Norbert Kara – 9th Place ($525)

$250 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 19: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 119

Norbert Kara

Norbert Kara made a move at the final table for all his chips and ran into a monster in Hank Zheng’s hand.

Kara: 9c9s
Zheng: AsAh

A tough cooler and he couldn’t catch as the board ran KsQs6h7dTh to send him out in ninth place while pushing Zheng into the lead.

Hank Zheng – 500,000 (63 bb)
Norbert Kara – Eliminated in 9th place ($525)

Event 9: LaVann Williams — 10th Place

$250 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 18: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 119

LaVann Williams

LaVann Williams open-shoved 64,000 from early position and it folded all the way around to Ari Prostak in the small blind. He called putting Williams at risk.

Williams: QcQd
Prostak: KdJs

Runout: Ts8s4dKs6d

Prostak spiked a better pair on the turn busting Williams in 10th place.

Ari Prostak – 395,000
LaVann Williams – Eliminated in 10th place ($467)

Event 9: Final Table of 10

$250 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 18: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 119

The field is down to 10 players and consolidated to one table. The average stack sits at about 39 big blinds leaving plenty of play with the tournament’s $7,004 prize up top.

Here’s how they stack up.

Seat 1: Bryce McVay – 280,000
Seat 2: Hank Zheng – 253,000
Seat 3: LaVann Williams – 74,000
Seat 4: Michael Cairo – 69,000
Seat 5: John Holley – 73,500
Seat 6: Kirstin Olieberg – 320,000
Seat 7: Moe Affaneh – 160,000
Seat 8: Claudemir Osorio – 292,000
Seat 9: Norbert Kara – 345,500
Seat 10: Ari Prostak – 506,000

1st – $7,004 + Championship seat
2nd – $3,851
3rd – $2,217
4th – $1,867
5th – $1,400
6th – $1,167
7th – $934
8th – $700
9th – $525
10th – $467

Event 9: Jay Ballentine — 11th Place ($467); Robbie Godbey — 12th Place ($467)

$250 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 18: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 119

Jay Ballentine
Robbie Godbey

Jay Ballentine just ran his jacks into Ari Prostak’s aces to bust 11th. He was preceded on the rail by Robbie Godbey who busted 12th.

The field is now down to 10 players and consolidating to one table.

Updated results:

11th: Jay Ballentine – $467
12th: Robbie Godbey – $467
13th: Frank Muir – $408
14th: Ian Pearson – $408
15th: Ben Van Klink – $408
16th: Greg White – $350
17th: Joe Buonodono – $350
18th: Ted Wild – $350

Event 9: Frank Muir — 13th Place ($408)

$250 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 18: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 12 of 119

Frank Muir

Short stack Frank Muir shoved and Mohammed Affaneh called.

Affaneh: KsKh
Muir: Ac7c

Muir was in a world of hurt and the runout didnt help any. He was eliminated while Affaneh scooped a nice one.

Mohammed Affaneh – 163,000
Frank Muir – Eliminated in 13th place ($408)

Event 9: Ian Pearson — 14th Place ($408)

$250 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 17: 2,500/5,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 13 of 119

Ian Pearson

Ian Pearson opened for his last roughly 80,000 and was called by Norbert Kara. Pearson was at risk racing for his tournament life.

Kara: JcJh
Pearson: AcKc

A Jd8h6d flop prompted Pearson to gather his things. Kara had a set and the Qh turn nor the 2c river didn’t give Pearson the lead he needed. After finishing fifth in last night’s turbo, Pearson carded another deep run busting 14th good for $408.

Kara raked a pot that grew his stack to roughly 330,000.

Ian Pearson – Eliminated in 14th place ($408)

Event 9: Field Down to 14 as Van Klink Busts; Updated Results

$250 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 17: 2,500/5,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 14 of 119

Ben Van Klink was the most recent elimination as he got his AsJh all-in versus Hank Zheng’s AhQh. Van Klink hit the jack he wanted on the flop, but it was accompanied by a queen. The runout ended up being QsJc4cKc4d and Van Klink was eliminated in 14th place.

Here are the tournament’s updated results to this point:

15th: Ben Van Klink – $408
16th: Greg White – $350
17th: Joe Buonodono – $350
18th: Ted Wild – $350

Event 9: Two Tables on Break

$250 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
End of Level 16: 2,000/4,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 17 of 119

Only 17 players remain in Event 9 and they are on another 15-minute breather away from the tables.

Table 31
Seat 1: Claudemir Osorio
Seat 2: Joe Buonodono
Seat 3: John Holley
Seat 4: Robbie Godbey
Seat 5: Michael Cairo
Seat 6: Lavann Williams
Seat 7: Hank Zheng
Seat 8: Ben Van Klink
Seat 9: Bryce McVay

Table 32
Seat 1: Jay Ballentine
Seat 2: Ari Prostak
Seat 3: Kirsten Olieberg
Seat 4: — Empty —
Seat 5: Frank Muir
Seat 6: Greg White
Seat 7: Ian Pearson
Seat 8: Mohammed Affaneh
Seat 9: Norbert Kara

Event 9: They’re in the Money Courtesy of Claudemir Osorio

$250 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 16: 2,000/4,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 18 of 119

Claudemir Osorio wins a race, promptly “bumps” the dealer

On the third round of hand-for-hand play, an unknown player shoved about 10 big blinds and Claudemir Osorio called. Osorio, who won the opening event of the WPTDeepStacks-Tampa series, was ahead in the race claiming QcQd against the all-in players’ AdJc.

Runout: Ts4c4d9s3s

Osorio’s hand held and he burst the bubble. The final 18 players are now in the money each having locked up at least $350.

1st – $7,004 + Championship seat
2nd – $3,851
3rd – $2,217
4th – $1,867
5th – $1,400
6th – $1,167
7th – $934
8th – $700
9th – $525
10th-12th – $467
13th-15th – $408
16th-18th – $350

Event 9: Ballentine Ends up with Wild’s Chips

$250 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 15: 1,500/3,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 21 of 119

Jay Ballentine

It’s unclear what went down, but Jay Ballentine ended up with the majority of Ted Wild’s stack. Ballentine is comfortably over 200,000 while Wild now sits with less than 100,000.

Ballentine’s stack doesn’t quite look to be the biggest left, but he’s definitely toward the top of the counts with the bubble right around the corner.

Event 9: An Unlucky Departure for Phillips

$250 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 13: 1,000/2,000 with a 300 ante
Players Remaining: 27 of 119

Alan Phillips

Play moved slow following break, but there was a three-way all-in recently that left yesterday’s turbo champion Alan Phillips bust.

Phillips got all-in holding AhJc and was against the KcQc of one opponent and the KhQh of another. With his adversaries each holding two of the others’ outs, and Phillips holding two of their straight cards, the turbo champ was a favorite to win.

A Js9s5s flop paired Phillips, but the Th turn gave his opponent’s a straight. Frustrated, he stood from the table. After a second or two to cool down, he pushed in his chair and left with a smile.

Event 9: Ted Wild Leads Following Dinner

$250 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 13: 1,000/2,000 with a 300 ante
Players Remaining: 28 of 119

Ted Wild

Cards are back in the air following a 30-minute dinner break. Out in front with only 28 players remaining is Ted Wild. Wild sits on 212,000 chips and leads the likes of Mohammad Affaneh, John Holley, Alan Phillips, Hank Zheng, Kirsten Olieberg and others.

Event 9: Three Tables Remain

$250 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 12: 800/1,600 with a 200 ante
Players Remaining: 30 of 119

Action is narrowing quick and just three tables house the last 30 players. Only the top 18 go home with prize money and the money bubble is like just a couple levels away.

Here’s a glance at the final three tables followed by the remaining payouts:

Table 1
Table 2
Table 3

1st – $7,004 + Championship seat
2nd – $3,851
3rd – $2,217
4th – $1,867
5th – $1,400
6th – $1,167
7th – $934
8th – $700
9th – $525
10th-12th – $467
13th-15th – $408
16th-18th – $350

Event 9: Chop It Up for Kirsten Olieberg

$250 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 12: 800/1,600 with a 200 ante
Players Remaining: 35 of 119

Kirsten Olieberg bets the flop

With a couple limps already in the pot, Kirsten Olieberg raised to 7,600 from the button. The blinds folded as did all others except for the cutoff.

Olieberg and the cutoff saw a flop of 7s6h3s. The cutoff checked and Olieberg bet 8,500. The cutoff called.

The turn was the 4d. The cutoff checked again. Olieberg bet 16,000. The cutoff promptly moved and Olieberg rechecked her hole cards. She called and the hands were tabled.

Cutoff: 5s5c
Olieberg: Qd5d

Both players had a straight and the tension ceased as the dealer burned and turned the Jh on the river. With that, there was no damage on the hand.