The 2016 Winter Poker Open at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa began December 1 and concluded during the early morning hours of December 19. The 14-tournament series ran as part of the 2016/2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker season and was capped off by the $1,650 Championship.
The series finale boasted a $300,000 guarantee that was more than doubled as 489 entries ponied up the buy-in for a shot at a Tampa title. In all, the prize pool settled at $733,500 and the event enjoyed a year-over-year attendance increase of almost 40 entries. Earning the tournament’s top prize along with the guitar trophy and a $5,250 seat in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship was David Bradshaw of Atlanta, Georgia.
That concludes the 2016 Winter Poker Open. Next up for Seminole Hard Rock Tampa is the WPTDeepStacks-Tampa series slated for June of 2017. Complete series details will be posted right here at SHRTPoker.com when available.
2016 Winter Poker Open Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, FL Event 13 $1,650 Championship Entries: 489 Prize Pool: $733,500 December 15-18, 2016
David Bradshaw won the Winter Poker Open Championship during the early morning hours of Monday pocketing $154,750. The $1,650 buy-in event ran at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa and drew a huge field of 489 entries. In addition to the lion’s share of the $733,500 prize pool, Bradshaw earned the property’s token guitar trophy and a $5,250 seat in next August’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship.
“Everything just worked out,” Bradshaw said. “Perfect timing. I ended the year right. I guess I’m going to have to learn how to play the guitar now.”
Bradshaw remained poised often playing 100 or more big blinds deep during the late stages of play. He began the final table with an advantage of nearly 2-to-1 over second place and eventual runner-up Matthew Leecy. From there, the action moved fast with Susan MacPherson, Joey Alegria and John O’Neal busting in the first level of nine-handed play. Chris Boyle was next to go in sixth leaving the remaining five players with an average stack of almost 60 big blinds. It wasn’t until Moe Affaneh picked up aces against Josh Lowing’s ace-king that the next elimination came. The duo got it in preflop only to see a Q-J-10-Q-J runout. Broadway left Affaneh’s aces busted and he was eliminated fifth. Next to go was Shawn Barnett who picked up jacks against Bradshaw’s aces. Barnett got no help and busted fourth.
The final three played for a bit, but soon agreed to the aforementioned deal. Leecy pocketed an even $120,000 while Josh Lowing earned $86,857.
Bradshaw is 41 years old. He was born in Miami but now resides in Atlanta where he is a store owner. This marks his second major tournament win and puts him over $200,000 in career earnings.
The 2016 WPO Championship’s monster field generated a total prize pool of more than $730,000. That number easily exceeded the $300,000 guarantee and marked an increase of about 35 entries year over year. The event’s three starting flights broke down as follows; Flight A: 142 entries, 30 advanced, Flight B: 112 entries, 26 advanced, Flight C: 235 entries, 54 advanced.
“I think it was a great tournament,” Bradshaw said. “I liked it being over in two days. I’ll definitely be here to play it again.”
The finale drew such headliners as 2004 WSOP Main Event champion Greg Raymer, 2010 November Niner John Dolan, reigning SHRP Player of the Year David Prociak and SHRP team member Sheddy Siddiqui. While none of these standouts were able to make Day 2, many others did including all three Seminole Hard Rock Tampa team members John Racener, Justin Zaki and Wally Maddah, defending champion John Templeton, SHRP team members Jessica Dawley and Mike Laake as well as Allen Kessler.
Among those to finish in the money were Russ Head (16th), Cheri Beatty (22nd), Kessler (23rd), James Calderaro (29th), Laake (31st), Ryan Van Sanford (39th) and Dawley (45th).
The conclusion of the Championship marked the end of the 2016 WPO. The next major series taking place at the property is the WPTDeepStacks-Tampa series slated for June of 2017.
WPO Championship final results:
1st: David Bradshaw – $154,750 + SHRPO Seat 2nd: Matthew Leecy – $120,000 3rd: Josh Lowing – $86,857 4th: Shawn Barnett – $53,179 5th: Moe Affaneh – $41,810 6th: Chris Boyle – $34,841 7th: John O’Neal – $27,873 8th: Joey Alegria – $21,272 9th: Susan MacPherson – $14,670 10th: Peter Walsworth – $9,536 11th: Jaeli Moron – $9,536 12th: Manny Minaya – $9,536 13th: Bradley Snider – $7,335 14th: Allauddin Khan – $7,335 15th: Mark Darner – $7,335 16th: Russ Head – $5,795 17th: John Gordon – $5,795 18th: Paul Balzano – $5,795 19th: Brett Bader – $4,548 20th: Kirsten Olieberg – $4,548 21st: Talesh Patel – $4,548 22nd: Cheri Beatty – $4,548 23rd: Allen Kessler – $4,548 24th: Kevin Chan – $4,548 25th: Ahmad Hamoush – $4,548 26th: Rosario Simone – $4,548 27th: Anthony Astarita – $4,548 28th: Ralph Dyer – $4,034 29th: James Calderaro – $4,034 30th: Antuan Bunkley – $4,034 31st: Mike Laake – $4,034 32nd: Jonathan Toth – $4,034 33rd: Chris Binion – $4,034 34th: Lewis Gallo, Jr. – $4,034 35th: Mok Bsaiso – $4,034 36th: Alex Venovski – $4,034 37th: Paul Stanechewski – $3,668 38th: Mark Scacewater – $3,668 39th: Ryan Van Sanford – $3,668 40th: Michael Osborne – $3,668 41st: Stephen Speer – $3,668 42nd: Luis Torres – $3,668 43rd: Mark “Bud” Wiser – $3,668 44th: Brian Arbaugh – $3,668 45th: Jessica Dawley – $3,668
$1,650 WPO Championship (Re-Entry) Level 30: 50,000/100,000 with a 15,000 ante Players Remaining: 3 of 489
The final three players agreed to a deal that saw chip leader David Bradshaw earn $154,750 along with the $5,250 seat and guitar. Matthew Leecy pocketed an even $120,000 while short stack Josh Lowing went home with $86,857.
A complete tournament report will be posted shortly. In the meantime, here’s a look at the final table results:
1st: David Bradshaw – $154,750 + SHRPO Seat 2nd: Matthew Leecy – $120,000 3rd: Josh Lowing – $86,857 4th: Shawn Barnett – $53,179 5th: Moe Affaneh – $41,810 6th: Chris Boyle – $34,841 7th: John O’Neal – $27,873 8th: Joey Alegria – $21,272 9th: Susan MacPherson – $14,670
$1,650 WPO Championship (Re-Entry) Level 29: 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante Players Remaining: 3 of 489
David Bradshaw raised the button to 180,000 and Shawn Barnett shoved about 1,300,000 from the small blind. Bradshaw quickly called and flipped over . It was a bit of a cooler as Barnett held and was drawing slim.
Barnett never improved and was eliminated in fourth place. Bradshaw took a healthy chip lead three handed with about half the chips in play.
David Bradshaw – 7,350,000 (91 bb) Shawn Barnett – Eliminated in 4th place ($53,179)
$1,650 WPO Championship (Re-Entry) Level 28: 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante Players Remaining: 4 of 489
Josh Lowing was in the cutoff and raised to 150,000. It was on Moe Affaneh in the small blind and he moved all in for roughly 1,100,000. Lowing called and Affaneh quickly flipped his holdings. Affaneh was at risk, but in great shape.
Affaneh stood from the table as the monster hands went to a flop.
Flop: — Lowing flopped Broadway. Affaneh let out a yell. The turn fell the giving him outs to a boat, but the river wasn’t one of them. After taking out some frustrations, Affaneh returned to the table and calmly said, “Nice hand. Good game.”
He finished in fifth place for $41,810.
Josh Lowing – 3,200,000 (53 bb) Moe Affaneh – Eliminated in 5th place ($41,810)
$1,650 WPO Championship (Re-Entry) Level 27: 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante Players Remaining: 5 of 489
On the first hand of Level 27, Shawn Barnett raised the button and it folded to Chris Boyle in the big blind. He moved all in for about 900,000. Barnett called and turned over . He was racing against the of Boyle.
The flop hit both players, falling . Boyle paired up but Barnett spiked a set. The turn was the and the river the . Boyle was eliminated in sixth place earning $34,841.
$1,650 WPO Championship (Re-Entry) Level 26: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante Players Remaining: 7 of 489
Moe Affaneh opened for 100,000 from early position and Joey Alegria moved all-in for about 480,000 from his direct left. It folded back to Affaneh and the pair exchanged from friendly banter before Affaneh plopped in a call.
Alegria was eliminated in 8th place good for a score of $21,272.
Busted 8th in the $1650 @SHRTPoker 2 final tables during the Winter Open so can't complain
$1,650 WPO Championship (Re-Entry) Level 26: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante Players Remaining: 9 of 489
Following near simultaneous eliminations of Jaeli Moron in 11th and Peter Walsworth in 10th, the Winter Poker Open Championship is down to nine players and consolidated to one table. The updated seating chart with chip counts will be posted shortly.
Peter Walsworth – Eliminated in 10th place ($9,536) Jaeli Moron – Eliminated in 11th place ($9,536)
2016 Winter Poker Open Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, FL Event 14 $250 Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) Entries: 102 Prize Pool: $21,420 December 18, 2016
SHRP regular John Holley made a declaration at the start of the 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Winter Poker Open. He was going to take home one of the WPO guitar trophies. After Event 14 was complete, he was taking a winner’s photo with one before walking out the door with it.
Event 14 was the final tournament on the WPO schedule and it was a $250 buy-in, fast-paced, turbo format on a Sunday afternoon. The 102 entries surpassed the $20,000 guaranteed prize pool with the last 18 players earning a piece.
The tournament quickly played down to the money bubble after registration closed with Lily Kiletto and Seminole Hard Rock Tampa ambassador Wally Maddah making some money. They would fall short of a final table that included Event 12 champion John Pishos, 2015 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Event 10 winner Michael Ortiz, 2015 WPO Turbo runner-up Dallas Henderson, and the five-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Holley.
The final table moved along at the same snappy pace as the rest of the tournament and Holley was soon heads-up with India resident Abhishek Chhallani. Holley had better than a two-to-one chip lead and they decided to chop the remaining prize pool down the middle with Holley taking top honors due to his stack.
“It’s tough for me to play a post-lim after busting the main event,” Holley said. He came into Day 2 of the Championship but was unable to make it deep.
“It’s tough when you go from playing for $187,000 and then only $6,000,” he continued. “I’m just happy I finally got my guitar.”
Besides his five WSOP-C wins, Holley has amassed more than $1.5 million in a career that includes tournament wins at our sister properties in Hollywood and Coconut Creek. Now Holley can add Seminole Hard Rock Tampa champion to his list of credits as well.
$1,650 WPO Championship (Re-Entry) Level 26: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante Players Remaining: 12 of 489
Moe Affaneh opened and David Bradshaw three-bet from his direct left. It was on Chris Boyle on the button. Boyle, who was at or near the top of the counts at the time, four-bet all in. Affaneh folded while Bradshaw snapped off his stack — which totaled a hefty 2,060,000.
The board ran out complete blanks — — and Bradshaw won the massive pot while taking the chip lead in the process. Boyle was crippled.
David Bradshaw – 4,280,000 (107 bb) Chris Boyle – 140,000 (3 bb)
$1,650 WPO Championship (Re-Entry) Level 25: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante Players Remaining: 12 of 489
The flop laid and Matthew Leecy was in the big blind in a heads-up pot versus Moe Affaneh. Leecy lead for 90,000 and Affaneh slid a raise into the pot that appeared to be worth 300,000. After a couple minutes in the tank, Leecy spoke up.
“I can’t fold,” he said. “I’m all in.”
Affaneh: for an overpair with a flush draw Leecy: for an ace-high flush draw
The turn completed the heart draws falling the . The river was a meaningless . Leecy’s all-in bet was broken down to 1,305,000. Affaneh cut out the chips and Leecy raked in a pot worth nearly 3,000,000.
Leecy held the lead for just a couple hands before doubling up the 980,000-chip stack of David Bradshaw.
$1,650 WPO Championship (Re-Entry) Level 23: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante Players Remaining: 17 of 489
Paul Balzano was all-in preflop for about 190,000 and at risk against chip leader Moe Affaneh.
The flop smacked Affaneh coming . All the table could do was let out a collective chuckle as Affaneh had drawn quads and had Balzano dead.
The turn was the and river the making it official. Balzano, who finished fourth in last year’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Player of the Year race, was eliminated. Affaneh’s stack, meanwhile, flirted with 2,000,000.
Moe Affaneh – 1,995,000 (99 bb) Paul Balzano – Eliminated in 18th place ($5,795)