2016 WPTDeepStacks Tampa Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

EventDayDateTimeTournament DescriptionDetails
1AThurs9-Jun11am$570 No Limit Hold'em ($200,000 GTD)Structure
1BThurs9-Jun6pm-
1CFri10-Jun11am-
1DFri10-Jun6pm-
1ESat11-Jun11am-
1FSat11-Jun6pm-
1Sun12-JunNoonDay 2
2Sun12-Jun2pm$250 Turbo ($20,000 GTD)Structure
3AMon13-Jun11am$350 No Limit Hold'em ($100,000 GTD)Structure
3BMon13-Jun6pm-
3CTues14-Jun11am-
3DTues14-Jun6pm-
3Wed15-JunNoonDay 2
4AThurs16-Jun11am$1,100 Main Event ($300,000 GTD)Structure
4BFri17-Jun11am-
4CSat18-Jun11am-
4Sun19-JunNoonDay 2
4Mon20-JunNoonFinal Table (Live Streamed)
5Sun19-Jun2pm$250 Turbo ($20,000 GTD)Structure

Satellite Schedule

EventDayDateTimeTournament DescriptionDetails
6Thurs9-Jun3pm$110 Satellite into Events 1 and 3 (5 Packages GTD)Structure
7Mon13-Jun3pm$90 Satellite into Event 3 (10 seats GTD)Structure
8Wed15-Jun11am$140 Satellite into Main Event (20 Seats GTD)Structure
9Wed15-Jun3pm$140 Satellite into Main Event (5 Seats GTD)Structure
10Wed15-Jun6pm$260 Satellite into Main Event (5 Seats GTD)Structure
11Thurs16-Jun3pm$140 Satellite into Main Event (5 Seats GTD)Structure
12Thurs16-Jun7pm$140 Satellite into Main Event (5 Seats GTD)Structure
13Fri17-Jun4pm$260 Satellite into Main Event (5 Seats GTD)Structure

Brandon Byars Wins Little Slick and $30,422

2016 Little Slick Spring Poker Series
Seminole Hard Rock Tampa
Tampa, Fla.
$150 Buy-In, $150,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 1,931
Prize Pool: $231,720
April 11-17, 2016

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The 2016 Little Slick Spring Poker Series concluded late Sunday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa. With 11 starting flights, the event played out over the course of a week and saw local grinder Brandon Byars walk with its top spot and $30,422.

The Little Slick boasted a $150 buy-in and a $150,000 guarantee. The six-figure target proved to be a formality as it was edged out during Friday’s Flight J and obliterated during Saturdays 452-entry Flight K. In all, the tournament saw a field of 1,931 generate a prize pool of $231,720.

Flight breakdown:

Flight A: 122 Entries, 13 Advanced
Flight B: 127 Entries, 11 Advanced
Flight C: 92 Entries, 12 Advanced
Flight D: 117 Entries, 15 Advanced
Flight E: 123 Entries, 16 Advanced
Flight F: 134 Entries, 14 Advanced
Flight G: 149 Entries, 19 Advanced
Flight H: 155 Entries, 23 Advanced
Flight I: 191 Entries, 21 Advanced
Flight J: 269 Entries, 27 Advanced
Flight K: 452 Entries, 61 Advanced

Total: 1,931 Entries, 232 Advanced

Remaining players returned for Day 2 Sunday at 11 a.m. and the tournament played out in a furry finishing less than 12 hours later after a four-way chop. While Byars left the top dog, Rafael Marcondes Reis finished 2nd ($27,000), Bryan Maguire 3rd ($24,000) and James Gavin 4th ($20,000).

Byars is 36 years old and resides in Tampa. The victory marks his eighth career cash and more than doubles his lifetime earnings

Final table results:

1st: Brandon Byars – $30,422
2nd: Rafael Marcondes Reis – $27,000
3rd: Bryan Maguire – $24,000
4th: James Gavin – $20,000
5th: Bradley Patton – $12,397
6th: Steven Bander – $9,964
7th: Antuan Bunkley – $7,763
8th: Matthew Longfellow – $5,677
9th: Eric Wilkinson – $4,055

Full Results

That’s a wrap on the 2016 installment of the Little Slick. Hope to see you in June for WPTDeepStacks!

Raphael Doromal Outlasts Massive 509-Entry Field in Presidents’ Day Deep Stack

2016 Presidents’ Day Deep Stack
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Tampa, Fla.
$250 No Limit Hold’em ($30,000 Guaranteed)
Entries: 509
Prize Pool: $106,890
February 15, 2016

Raphael Doromal Winner
Presidents’ Day Deep Stack champion, Raphael Doromal ($10,400)

Tampa, Fla. (February 16, 2015) — The 2016 Presidents’ Day Deep Stack shattered expectations and blew the doors off the poker room Monday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa. The $250 buy-in, $30,000 guaranteed event drew a field of 509 entries obliterating the targeted prize pool before topping it out at $106,890.

The top 54 spots paid and the tournament saw the final table agree to a 10-way, ICM deal. Raphael Doromal of Orlando held the chip lead at the time and went home as the tournament’s champion. He turned his $250 buy-in into $10,400.

Final table results:

1st: Raphael Doromal – $10,400
2nd: Anthony March – $10,050
3rd: Amelio Amato – $9,510
4th: Kammar Andries – $9,080
5th: Mary Donahoe – $8,788
6th: James Mouser – $8,030
7th: Fausto Cruz – $7,869
8th: Dustin Geselius – $7,600
9th: Franklin Brigham – $5,900
10th: Michael Medina – $3,000

Full Results

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