Event 2 Day 1A: Registration Closed with 203 Entries

$300 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 5:  200/400 with a 400 ante
Players Remaining:  140 of 203

Registration closed on the first flight of Event 2 and it continued the trend from yesterday with another great turnout. Flight A of the $100,000 guarantee tournament drew 203 entries to put $66,990 towards the prize pool with two more big weekend flights to go.

This one is going to be huge.

Flight A will continue to play throughout the day into the evening and until only 21 players remain. Those players will bag up their chips for a Day 2 return on Sunday already in the money coming back.

Event 1: Irfan Khairi Wins Outright

2020 Winter Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 1
$300 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 335
Prize Pool: $83,750
December 2, 2020

Irfan Khairi, Event 1 Champion

The Winter Poker Open returned to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa on December 2 and it had a great kickoff. Event 1 of the series had a $300 buy-in with a $50,000 guaranteed prize pool and it attracted an incredible 335 entries on the first day of the series.

Those entries combined to push the prize pool up to $83,750 with more than $18,000 set aside for the champion. The tournament drew a slew of our local regulars and past champions including David Dibernardi, Mario De La Puente, Peter Walsworth, Bryce McVay, Josias Santos, Karl Manouchakian, and Wally Maddah.

The last 34 players were set to take home some cash and they made the money soon after the dinner break. The field steadily dropped until they formed the final table with everyone eyeing the big money and guitar trophy.

Dan Hanselman and Justin Howard were quickly eliminated from the final table and the last five settled in for a long grind with deep stacks. Ken O’Donnell, Carlos Aranda, and Jeremy Zides all took turns with the chip lead but it came down to a heads-up match between Austin Reilly and Irfan Khairi.

Reilly, a two-time WSOP Circuit winner, held nearly a 2-to-1 chip lead at the start of heads-up play but that changed when Khairi turned a full house to best Reilly’s flopped trip sixes. Soon after, Khairi made another full house to take the rest of Reilly’s chips for the win.

Reilly took home $11,390 for his runner-up finish while Khairi earned $18,063 and the Hard Rock Guitar Trophy. The Orlando resident had several close calls in the past but booked his first career tournament win with his victory.

Congrats to Irfan and thanks again to all of our players who came out to support the Poker Room in our first event of the series.

Event 1 results:

1st: Irfan Khairi – $18,063 + Guitar Trophy
2nd: Austin Reilly – $11,390
3rd: Ken O’Donnell – $7,349
4th: Jeremy Zides – $5,025
5th: Carlos Aranda – $3,936
6th: Patrick Hamilton – $3,059
7th: Justin Howard – $2,596
8th: Dan Hanselman – $2,178
9th: Mario De La Puente – $1,851
10th: Anthony Askey – $1,591
11th: Vanessa Waich – $1,591
12th: Vaughn Wagner – $1,591
13th: David Dibernardi – $1,382
14th: Rickey Evans – $1,382
15th: Josias Santos – $1,382
16th: Daniel Chandler – $1,214
17th: Jonmikel MacNichols – $1,214
18th: Jeremy Becker – $1,214
19th: Czeslaw Szerszen – $1,131
20th: Kevin Rodriguez – $1,131
21st: Judes Chenet – $1,131
22nd: Christina Read – $1,047
23rd: Tracy Allen – $1,047
24th: Karl Manouchakian – $1,047
25th: Derrick Cutler – $984
26th: Julie McCrary – $984
27th: Jerome Hall Jr – $984
28th: Alexander Chiang – $888
29th: David Edwards – $888
30th: Ryan Luker – $888
31st: Thomas Koscak – $888
32nd: David McElroy – $888
33rd: Wilfor Marentes Pinto – $888
34th: Jason Javino – $888

Event 2 Day 1A: $100K GTD Set to Go

$300 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 1:  100/100

The first big tournament on the WPO schedule ran late into the evening and now it’s time to roll out the first big multi-flight tournament on the schedule. Event 2 has a $400 buy-in with a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool and three starting flights. The first kicks off at 11am in the Poker Room with another on Friday and Saturday at the same time.

Tournament players sit down to 20,000 starting stacks and all levels will last 30 minutes. Late registration is open until the start of Level 3 at noon with re-entries available until the start of Level 5 at 1:30pm. Their day will come to an end when only 10% of the starting field remains, rounding up, and those players will return on Sunday for Day 2.

Cards go in the air in a few minutes and we will pick up coverage after registration has closed.

  • $100,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration available until the start of Level 3
  • Re-entry available until the start of Level 5
  • Day 1 will end at 10% of the field or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 2 Structure Sheet

2020 WPO Day 2 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

11AM: Event 2 Day 1A – $400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $100,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration available until the start of Level 3
  • Re-entry available until the start of Level 5
  • Day 1 will end at 10% of the field or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 2 Structure Sheet

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Event 1: Irfan Khairi Defeats Austin Reilly for the Title

$300 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28:  40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante

Irfan Khairi

Irfan Khairi began heads-up play with Austin Reilly looking to double back into contention. That chance came early.

With the board reading Ah6h6sJc, Reilly checked and Khairi bet 275,000. Reilly raised to 550,000 and Khairi called after a short think.

The river came Ts and Reilly announced all in. Khairi called  for 1,895,000 and showed JdJs for the turned full house. Reilly showed 6c4s for flopped trip sixes, not good enough to prevent him sending the lead across the table.

Irfan Khairi – 5,375,000 (67 bb)
Austin Reilly – 1,325,000 (17 bb)

Soon after, Reilly had his stack in the middle and Khairi had a chance to lock up the title.

Khairi: Kd9c
Reilly: QsJc

Reilly was live but Khairi smashed the 9s9c7h flop for trip nines. The Kc turn and 7d river completed the board and we had our first 2020 WPO champion.

Congrats to Irfan on his first career win and thanks to everyone who came out today.

1st: Irfan Khairi – $18,063 + Guitar Trophy
2nd: Austin Reilly – $11,390

Full tournament recap will be posted on Thursday afternoon.

Austin Reilly

Event 1: Heads-Up Counts

$300 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28:  40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 335

With the elimination of Ken O’Donnell in third place, Irfan Khairi and Austin Reilly were heads up for the title with the latter holding a nice lead.

Seat 3: Austin Reilly – 4,250,000 (53 bb)
Seat 7: Irfan Khairi – 2,450,000 (31 bb)

1st: $18,063 + Guitar Trophy
2nd: $11,390

Event 1: Jeremy Zides – 4th Place ($5,025)

$300 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28:  40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 335

Jeremy Zides

Jeremy Zides open-shoved from under the gun for 550,000 and Austin Reilly called on the button. The blinds folded and Zides saw some trouble.

Reilly: KcKd
Zides: AsTs

Zides was looking for help but could not connect on the JsJh2d6s4d board to exit in fourth place.

Austin Reilly – 3,150,000 (39 bb)
Jeremy Zides – Eliminated in 4th place ($5,025)

Event 1: Carlos Aranda – 5th Place ($3,936)

$300 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27:  30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 335

Carlos Aranda

Action folded around to Carlos Aranda and he moved all in from the button for ~320,000. Irfan Khairi folded his small blind and Ken O’Donnell called in the big.

O’Donnell: Jh9d
Aranda: 8h7h

Aranda had two live, suited cards, missed the 9h6h6s flop, but picked up an open-ended straight flush draw. Most of those outs went out the door when the 9s hit the turn to give O’Donnell a full house. Aranda could not hit one of his two outs on the Jc river to go out in fifth place.

Ken O’Donnell – 1,900,000 (32 bb)
Carlos Aranda – Eliminated in 5th place ($3,936)

Event 1: Patrick Hamilton – 6th Place ($3,059)

$300 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27:  30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 335

Patrick Hamilton

Ken O’Donnell opened the action from under the gun to 125,000 and Patrick Hamilton moved all in from the button. The blinds folded and O’Donnell called with the bigger stack.

O’Donnell: JhJs
Hamilton: 8s8d

Hamilton’s pair was dominated and he couldn’t find a miracle on the Kh5s3cAhTh board to exit in sixth place.

Ken O’Donnell – 1,650,000 (28 bb)
Patrick Hamilton – Eliminated in 6th place ($3,059)

Event 1: Jeremy Zides Doubles Through Ken O’Donnell

$300 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 26:  25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining:  6 of 335

There was a cooldown after Justin Howard was eliminated but Jeremy Zides heated it back up. He moved all in for 425,000 from the small blind after Ken O’Donnell raised to 125,000 from the button. O’Donnell called with a chance to send Zides out.

Zides: As9d
O’Donnell: QhJd

Zides was ahead but had to dodge two live cards to double. The board ran out 7c3s2hAcJh board and Zides pair of aces was good enough to double.

Jeremy Zides – 950,000 (19 bb)
Ken O’Donnell – 950,000 (19 bb)