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
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
$250 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry) Level 23: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante Players Remaining: 2 of 119
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.
$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 had plenty of chips at the last break but sent most of them across the table to Claudemir Osorio soon after with his going down to . 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.
The flop was harmless but the turn got a rise out of the table. Zheng couldn’t find one of the two remaining aces on the river and he was gone in seventh place.
Kirsten Olieberg – 390,000 (33 bb) Hank Zheng – Eliminated in 7th place ($934)
$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 opened for his last roughly 80,000 and was called by Norbert Kara. Pearson was at risk racing for his tournament life.
A flop prompted Pearson to gather his things. Kara had a set and the turn nor the 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.
$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 all-in versus Hank Zheng’s . Van Klink hit the jack he wanted on the flop, but it was accompanied by a queen. The runout ended up being 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
$250 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry) Level 13: 1,000/2,000 with a 300 ante Players Remaining: 27 of 119
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 and was against the of one opponent and the 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 flop paired Phillips, but the 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.
$250 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry) Level 13: 1,000/2,000 with a 300 ante Players Remaining: 28 of 119
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.