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High Hand Poker and Hot Seat for February 2016

High Hand Poker and Hot Seat for February 2016!

For High Hand Poker, Every Monday through Thursday, High Hand winners will be rewarded every half hour each day from 12pm – 1:59am.

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The 2015 Winter Poker Open in Review

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The 2015 Winter Poker Open ran December 3rd through 20th at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa, FL. In that time, 14 new winners were crowned with John Templeton taking the cake as the victor in the Championship. The 18-day series enjoyed attendance increases across the board, most notably a more than 50 percent year-over-year uptick in the finale.

Here’s a look at each of the series’ winners:

Stay tuned as the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa announces its future series. In the meantime, thanks for a great Winter Poker Open and congratulations to all our winners!

Championship: John Templeton Wins WPO Championship and $134K

2015 Winter Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa
Event #13
$1,650 Championship
Total Entries: 453
Prize Pool: $679,500
December 17-20, 2015

John Templeton

Tampa, FL (December 21, 2015) — John Templeton was victorious in the 2015 Winter Poker Open Championship at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino early Monday morning in Tampa. Templeton, who hails from Sarasota, maneuvered his way through a massive, 453-entry field in the $1,650 finale before chopping three ways with David Lappano and Seminole Hard Rock Poker Ambassador Sheddy Siddiqui. The chop saw Templeton earn $134,731 and the token guitar trophy while Lappano pocketed $107,798 and Siddiqui $92,459. A seven-year pro, Templeton, 24, acknowledged the value his first career trophy had, but he wasn’t going to say no to the six-figure score, either.

“It means everything,” Templeton said of the top prize. “It’s the biggest score I’ve had by, I believe, $125,000. My biggest cash before that is just under $10,000. This is life changing as far as my poker playing goes.”

The 2015 WPO Championship drew a supersized field that marked a year-over-year attendance increase of more than 50 percent. Templeton’s victory came following three starting flights and a 14-hour Day 2. The unique event attracted some of the game’s best pros including 2010 WSOP Main Event runner up John Racener, gold bracelet winners Tristan Wade and Chris Tryba, Mike Laake, Steve Karp, John Holley and Timothy Miles.

“It was ran really, really well,” Templeton said of the event. “I loved the Day 1 structure. I loved it so much I entered four times. It took me four bullets to make Day 2. I believed in the structure and that I was better than the skill level of the field on average, so I just kept buying in.”

The money was life-changing and the trophy was the first in a career that’s sure to be filled with many, but those two things weren’t what meant most to Templeton as he basked in his victory tableside. Templeton remembered his father, who he lost unexpectedly to kidney failure in October. His father backed him and helped him get on his feet as a young, inexperienced pro.

“He was my backer while I lost,” Templeton admitted. “He paid for me to get my education in poker the first few years. He’s always backed me and he never really got to see me have a big score. This means a lot. He would have been my first phone call if he was still here. This is kind of for him.”

Templeton’s father smiled down on his son as he battled his way through a tough tournament that saw Wally Maddah finish 40th, Sean Shah 31st, Holley 16th, and Miles 5th.

“It was more difficult than I expected,” Templeton said of the field. “Everyone was playing fairly well except for maybe one or two spots that everyone was kind of gunning for. Besides that, everyone played really, really well and made it pretty difficult.”

Difficult as it was, Templeton made it look easy, and in the end, scored his first trophy, six figures and paid homage the most influential figure in his poker life — his father.

Final results:

1st: John Templeton – $134,731
2nd: David Lappano – $107,798
3rd: Sheddy Siddiqui – $92,459
4th: Robert Georato – $49,264
5th: Timothy Miles – $38,732
6th: Jonathan Lagace-Bastien – $32,276
7th: Carl Carodenuto – $25,821
8th: Alex Ivan – $19,706
9th: John Duhig – $13,590
10th: Ron West – $8,834
11th Steve Cohen – $8,834
12th: Michael Raimon – $8,834
13th: Roberto Melo – $6,795
14th: Shawn Barnett – $6,795
15th: Paul Stanechewski – $6,795
16th: John Holley – $5,368
17th: Eric Wilkinson – $5,368
18th: Thomas Jackon – $5,368
19th: Corey Thompson – $4,213
20th: Michael Ferrer – $4,213
21st: Jon Graham – $4,213
22nd: Antuan Bunkley – $4,213
23rd: Cory Waaland – $4,213
24th: Steve Karp – $4,213
25th: Craig Eshleman – $4,213
26th: Tony March – $4,213
27th: Todd Michael – $4,213
28th: Andre Crooks – $3,737
29th: Vitor Coelho – $3,737
30th: Richard Robinson – $3,737
31st: Sean Shah – $3,737
32nd: James Smith – $3,737
33rd: Richard Hope – $3,737
34th: Harrison Goforth – $3,737
35th: David Hunt – $3,737
36th: Mohammad Hassan – $3,737
37th: Konstantinos Pantaridis – $3,398
38th: Aric Pluskat – $3,398
39th: Herbert Woodbery – $3,398
40th: Wally Maddah – $3,398
41st: William Burdick – $3,398
42nd: Saum Sharifi – $3,398
43rd: Chris Mitchell – $3,398
44th: David Dibernardi – $3,398
45th: Jimmy Dowda – $3,398

Championship: John Templeton Wins in Three-Way Deal

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 28: 30,000/60,000/10,000 Ante

John Templeton won the 2015 Winter Poker Open Championship following a three-way deal with David Lappano and Seminole Hard Rock Poker Ambassador Sheddy Siddiqui. The deal saw Templeton earn $134,731 and the guitar while Davida Lappano and Sheddy Siddiqui scored $107,798 and $92,459 respectively.

A full report on the win will be made available shortly. In the meantime, here’s a look at the tournament’s final results:

1st: John Templeton – $134,731
2nd: David Lappano – $107,798
3rd: Sheddy Siddiqui – $92,459
4th: Robert Georato – $49,264
5th: Timothy Miles – $38,732
6th: Jonathan Lagace-Bastien – $32,276
7th: Carl Carodenuto – $25,821
8th: Alex Ivan – $19,706
9th: John Duhig – $13,590
10th: Ron West – $8,834
11th Steve Cohen – $8,834
12th: Michael Raimon – $8,834
13th: Roberto Melo – $6,795
14th: Shawn Barnett – $6,795
15th: Paul Stanechewski – $6,795
16th: John Holley – $5,368
17th: Eric Wilkinson – $5,368
18th: Thomas Jackon – $5,368
19th: Corey Thompson – $4,213
20th: Michael Ferrer – $4,213
21st: Jon Graham – $4,213
22nd: Antuan Bunkley – $4,213
23rd: Cory Waaland – $4,213
24th: Steve Karp – $4,213
25th: Craig Eshleman – $4,213
26th: Tony March – $4,213
27th: Todd Michael – $4,213
28th: Andre Crooks – $3,737
29th: Vitor Coelho – $3,737
30th: Richard Robinson – $3,737
31st: Sean Shah – $3,737
32nd: James Smith – $3,737
33rd: Richard Hope – $3,737
34th: Harrison Goforth – $3,737
35th: David Hunt – $3,737
36th: Mohammad Hassan – $3,737
37th: Konstantinos Pantaridis – $3,398
38th: Aric Pluskat – $3,398
39th: Herbert Woodbery – $3,398
40th: Wally Maddah – $3,398
41st: William Burdick – $3,398
42nd: Saum Sharifi – $3,398
43rd: Chris Mitchell – $3,398
44th: David Dibernardi – $3,398
45th: Jimmy Dowda – $3,398

Championship: Robert Georato Eliminated 4th ($49,264)

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 28: 30,000/60,000/10,000 Ante

Robert Georato (Naples, FL)
Robert Georato (Naples, FL)

In a heads up pot between Robert Georato and John Templeton, the board was 8c4d2d6c. Georato checked. Templeton bet 540,000. After a couple minutes in the tank, Georato announce, “all in”. It didn’t take Templeton long to call as he flipped over 4c4h for a set. Georato was behind, but live with ackc for a flush draw.

The river 6h completed the action and earned Templeton the pot. Tournament staff broke down his stack and it was revealed he had Georato covered. Georate busted 4th earning $49,264.

Georato is 47 years old and resides in Naples, FL. He owns three tournament cashes and more than $800,000 in career earnings.

With his elimination, the remaining three players are talking chop.

Robert Georato – Eliminated 4th ($49,264)

Championship: Georato Leveling the Stacks

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 28: 30,000/60,000/10,000 Ante

Robert Georato raised to 120,000 from the cutoff. John Templeton called from the small blind and David Lappano defended his big blind.

The flop came ah7c4d. Templeton and Lappano checked. Georato bet 135,000. Templeton folded while Lappano called. They were heads up and saw the kc turn. Lappano checked a second time. Georato bet 280,000. Lappano folded and Georato took the pot.

Robert Georato – 2,600,000
David Lappano – 3,900,000

Championship: Timothy Miles Eliminated 5th ($38,732)

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 28: 30,000/60,000/10,000 Ante

T.K. Miles (Tallahassee, FL)
T.K. Miles (Tallahassee, FL)

Florida pro Timothy Miles opened the button for 125,000 and John Templeton three-bet to 325,000 from the small blind. David Lappano folded his big blind and it was back on Miles. With about 900,000 behind, Miles shoved. Templeton called and Miles was racing for his tournament life.

Miles: tstd
Templeton: ahjs

The flop nailed Templeton, falling asqh9s. Miles shook his head a bit and began to slide his chips forward. The turn was the qs. Templeton improved further when the river fell the ac. Miles busted 5th earning $38,732.

The deep run marks Miles’ second in as many years at the Winter Poker Open Championship. He finished 11th last year earning $5,792.

John Templeton – 3,650,000
Timothy Miles – Eliminated 5th ($38,732)

Championship: Georato Doubles through Lappano

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 28: 30,000/60,000/10,000 Ante

David Lappano opened to 125,000 from the cutoff and Robert Georato moved all in from the button for 1,130,000. Sheddy Siddiqui and Timothy Miles surrendered their blinds. After a minute or two in the tank, Lappano called.

Georato: adjh
Lappano: ah7d

The board ran out askd2h6s5s and Georato doubled through the chip leader.

Robert Georato – 2,390,000
David Lappano – 4,200,000

Championship: Jonathan Lagace-Bastien Eliminated 6th ($32,276)

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 27: 25,000/50,000/5,000 Ante

Jonathan Lagace-Bastien (Laval, QC)
Jonathan Lagace-Bastien (Laval, QC)

After jumping a few steps on the pay ladder, Jonathan Lagace-Bastien got the last of his short stack in with qsjs versus Sheddy Siddiqui’s ah6h. The board ran out 7d6d4s3h7h and Lagace-Bastien was eliminated 6th for $32,276.

Lagace-Bastien is a 28-year-old marketing professional from Montreal, Canada.

Sheddy Siddiqui – 2,100,000
Jonathan Lagace-Bastien – Eliminated 6th ($32,276)

Championship: Carl Carodenuto Eliminated 7th ($25,821)

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 27: 25,000/50,000/5,000 Ante

Carl Carodenuto (St. Cloud, MN)
Carl Carodenuto (St. Cloud, MN)

After a back-and-forth raising war, Carl Carodenuto got about 1,650,000 in preflop against David Lappano. Lappano snap called and flipped over adkd. Carodenuto was in trouble with acqd.

The board didn’t do a thing except strengthen Lappano’s hand when it fell th9d2d3h8d giving him a flush. Carodenuto, stunned, busted 7th earning $25,821. Lappano, meanwhile, took the chip lead.

For Carodenuto, this marked his second deep run of December. Less than two weeks ago, he won an MSPT Main Event at Canterbury Park for $116,103.

David Lappano – 5,600,000
Carl Carodenuto – Eliminated 7th ($25,821)

Championship: Jonathan Lagace-Bastien Getting Short

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 27: 25,000/50,000/5,000 Ante

In a pot where Jonathan Lagace-Bastien had opened the action under the gun and Carl Carodenuto came along from the small blind, the board was td5h2c9h5d. Carodenuto lead for 175,000 and Lagace-Bastien called. Carodenuto flipped over 8s8h and Lagace-Bastien mucked.

Carodenuto won the pot and Lagace-Bastien is now the second shortest stack at the table.

Jonathan Lagace-Bastien – 775,000

Championship: Timothy Miles Chipping Up

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 27: 25,000/50,000/5,000 Ante

T.K. Miles (Miami, FL)
T.K. Miles (Miami, FL)

Timothy Miles came back from break as the second shortest stack, but is creeping up toward the middle of the pack after a hand he played against David Lappano.

The flop was asqd2s and Lappano checked. Miles bet 125,000. Lapano called. The turn was the 2c and Lappano switched gears, leading for 125,000. Miles called. Both players checked the 3h river. Lappano flipped over 9s5s for a busted flush draw. Miles’ ac9c pair of aces was best and he took the pot.

Timothy Miles – 1,200,000
Anthony Lappano – 3,650,000

Championship: Updated Chip Counts

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 27: 25,000/50,000/5,000 Ante

2015 Winter Poker Open trophy
2015 Winter Poker Open trophy

The Championship final table is back underway with David Lappano leading the eight remaining and Alex Ivan the shortest. The current average stack is 1,700,000 and 34 big blinds.

Seat 1: Timothy Miles – 1,065,000 (21 bb)
Seat 2: Alex Ivan – 775,000 (16 bb)
Seat 3: Carl Carodenuto – 1,255,000 (25 bb)
Seat 4: John Templeton – 1,955,000 (39 bb)
Seat 5: Jonathan Lagace-Bastien – 1,335,000 (27 bb)
Seat 6: David Lappano – 3,435,000 (69 bb)
Seat 7: Robert Georato – 1,655,000 (33 bb)
Seat 8: Sheddy Siddiqui – 2,125,000 (43 bb)

David Lappano – 3,435,000 (69 bb)
Sheddy Siddiqui – 2,125,000 (43 bb)
John Templeton – 1,955,000 (39 bb)
Robert Georato – 1,655,000 (33 bb)
Jonathan Lagace-Bastien – 1,335,000 (27 bb)
Carl Carodenuto – 1,255,000 (25 bb)
Timothy Miles – 1,065,000 (21 bb)
Alex Ivan – 775,000 (16 bb)

Championship: John Duhig Eliminated 9th ($13,590)

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 26: 20,000/40,000/5,000 Ante

John Duhig (Lithia, FL)
John Duhig (Lithia, FL)

In a battle of the blinds, Sheddy Siddiqui and John Duhig got the chips in the middle with Siddiqui having the bigger stack.

Siddiqui also held the best hand with asqs dominating Duhig’s ac6c and nothing changed as the board ran out 9s8s3djhkd. Duhig earned one title earlier in the series but had to settle for 9th place in the Championship for $13,590.

The hand moved Shiddiqui up to 2,700,000 and back in contention for the lead at the eight-handed table.

Championship: Ron West Eliminated 10th ($8,834)

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 25: 15,000/30,000/5,000 Ante

Ron West (Los Angeles, CA)
Ron West (Los Angeles, CA)

Ron West moved all in from late position for 506,000. It was on Timothy Miles in the cutoff and he shoved for more. The button and blinds folded and Miles saw the bad news.

West: asad
Miles: tsth

The flop came 6s5d3h. It wasn’t until the turn tc that Miles took the lead. West stood with a groan. The river was the 9c and West busted 10th earning $8,834. Miles, meanwhile, sits at 1,200,000.

Ron West is 45 years old and resides Los Angeles. His poker resume boasts one tournament victory and over $300,000 in earnings.

Event 14: Mohd Eid Wins Final WPO Event

2015 Winter Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa
Event #14
$150 Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Total Entries: 210
Prize Pool: $25,200
December 20, 2015

Mohn Eid, Event 14 Champion
Mohn Eid, Event 14 Champion

Tampa, FL (December 20, 2015) — The last tournament on the 2015 Winter Poker Open schedule kicked off Sunday afternoon in the poker room while the Championship played out nearby. It was a $150 buy-in Turbo No Limit Hold’em event which drew a nice 210 entrant crowd to close out the series.

Mohd Eid outlasted the entire field and beat Eric Wert heads up to claim the title and $7,054 first place prize. Just like the fast-paced Turbo events before it, Event 14 quickly played down to the final table in less than seven hours with Event 4 title winner Wert coming in as the chip leader.

Wert wasn’t the only player at the final table with success this series. “Tampa Bay Ray” Del Cueto finished seventh in the Seniors Event and Jay Giles finish seventh in this event last Tuesday.

The final table took less than an hour to play out with 15-minute levels and built-to-move stack sizes. James Rigsby went out in fourth place and the remaining three considered a deal but Eid took Wert and Huicun Qiao before they could calculate the numbers.

This is Eid’s first career title and third best tournament cash. His wife was in attendance and just as excited as her husband. Eid tried to make a deep run in the Championship but was unable to bag chips for Day 2. His result here takes some of the sting out.

“It feels good. It makes up for the [Championship].” Eid said. “I ran really bad in the [Championship]. It feels good. I almost didn’t come to play [Event][14].”

“I just wanted to take a break then I said, ‘It’s Sunday, let me come and play.” he finished.

A recent transplant from Massachusetts, he now resides in Pinellas Park, FL and enjoyed his first success at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa.

“I love [the][Winter][Poker][Open]. I hope they have it more often. I just moved here, to Florida. I like it.”

Event 14 was a fun way to wrap up the 2015 Winter Poker Open schedule for all those unable to make it deep in the Championship. The turnout and results prove this is a great format to end a successful series.

Event 14 Results:

1st: Mohd Eid – $7,054
2nd: Eric Wert – $4,158
3rd: Huicun Qiao – $2,394
4th: James Rigsby – $1,940
5th: Jeffrey Slayton – $1,512
6th: Alexander Bury – $1,260
7th: Patrick Kelly – $1,008
8th: Ray Del Cueto – $756
9th: Marc Saddik – $504
10th: Jay Giles – $328
11th: Ryan Hittel – $328
12th: James Rickard – $328
13th: David Loveless – $277
14th: Brian Kinser – $277
15th: Donald Drapel – $277
16th: Edith Norman – $252
17th: Frank Mast – $252
18th: Frank Muir – $252
19th: Maria Harrell – $227
20th: Christopher Binion – $227
21st: John Pishos – $227
22nd: Kevin Boyd – $227
23rd: Debra Keller – $227
24th: Mansoor Kader – $227
25th: Luke Gresock – $227
26th: Jami Cvek – $227
27th: Michael Shannon – $227

Championship: 10-Handed Final Table

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 24: 12,000/24,000/4,000 Ante

Championship final table

Seat assignments and chip counts
Seat 1: Timothy Miles – 884,000 (37 bb)
Seat 2: Alex Ivan – 925,000 (39 bb)
Seat 3: Carl Carodenuto – 1,200,000 (50 bb)
Seat 4: John Templeton – 1,280,000 (53 bb)
Seat 5: Jonathan Lagace-Bastien – 2,050,000 (85 bb)
Seat 6: David Lappano – 2,200,000 (92 bb)
Seat 7: Robert Georato – 1,389,000 (58 bb)
Seat 8: Sheddy Siddiqui – 938,000 (39 bb)
Seat 9: Ron West – 1,012,000 (42 bb)
Seat 10: John Duhig – 1,585,000 (66 bb)

David Lappano – 2,200,000 (92 bb)
Jonathan Lagace-Bastien – 2,050,000 (85 bb)
John Duhig – 1,585,000 (66 bb)
Robert Georato – 1,389,000 (58 bb)
John Templeton – 1,280,000 (53 bb)
Carl Carodenuto – 1,200,000 (50 bb)
Ron West – 1,012,000 (42 bb)
Sheddy Siddiqui – 938,000 (39 bb)
Alex Ivan – 925,000 (39 bb)
Timothy Miles – 884,000 (37 bb)

Remaining payouts
1st – $173,607
2nd – $100,226
3rd – $61,155
4th – $49,264
5th – $38,732
6th – $32,276
7th – $25,821
8th – $19,706
9th – $13,590
10th – $8,834

Updated results
11th Steve Cohen – $8,834
12th: Michael Raimon – $8,834
13th: Roberto Melo – $6,795
14th: Shawn Barnett – $6,795
15th: Paul Stanechewski – $6,795
16th: John Holley – $5,368
17th: Eric Wilkinson – $5,368
18th: Thomas Jackon – $5,368
19th: Corey Thompson – $4,213
20th: Michael Ferrer – $4,213
21st: Jon Graham – $4,213
22nd: Antuan Bunkley – $4,213
23rd: Cory Waaland – $4,213
24th: Steve Karp – $4,213
25th: Craig Eshleman – $4,213
26th: Tony March – $4,213
27th: Todd Michael – $4,213
28th: Andre Crooks – $3,737
29th: Vitor Coelho – $3,737
30th: Richard Robinson – $3,737
31st: Sean Shah – $3,737
32nd: James Smith – $3,737
33rd: Richard Hope – $3,737
34th: Harrison Goforth – $3,737
35th: David Hunt – $3,737
36th: Mohammad Hassan – $3,737
37th: Konstantinos Pantaridis – $3,398
38th: Aric Pluskat – $3,398
39th: Herbert Woodbery – $3,398
40th: Wally Maddah – $3,398
41st: William Burdick – $3,398
42nd: Saum Sharifi – $3,398
43rd: Chris Mitchell – $3,398
44th: David Dibernardi – $3,398
45th: Jimmy Dowda – $3,398