2016 Winter Poker Open

The 2016 Winter Poker Open in Review

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.

Winter Poker Open Championship winner, David Bradshaw

Here’s a look at all the series champions:

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.

David Bradshaw Wins WPO Championship for $154K, an SHRPO Seat and Guitar Trophy

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

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

Championship: David Bradshaw Wins Following Three-Way Deal ($154,750)

$1,650 WPO Championship (Re-Entry)
Level 30: 50,000/100,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 489

David Bradshaw

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.

Matthew Leecy
Josh Lowing

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

Championship: Leecy Doubles through Lowing

$1,650 WPO Championship (Re-Entry)
Level 29: 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 489

Josh Lowing raised the button to 310,000 and Matthew Leecy defended the big blind.

Flop: qs9s3d — Leecy checked. Lowing bet 310,000. It was back on Leecy and he raised. Lowing moved all in and Leecy quickly called.

Leecy: qc9h for top two
Lowing: ahad for an overpair

Runout: 2ckd

Leecy was the at-risk player and his all-in bet was broken down to 2,835,000.

Matthew Leecy – 6,430,000 (80 bb)
Josh Lowing – 1,195,000 (14 bb)

Championship: Shawn Barnett — 4th Place ($53,179)

$1,650 WPO Championship (Re-Entry)
Level 29: 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 489

Shawn Barnett

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 asad. It was a bit of a cooler as Barnett held jsjc and was drawing slim.

Runout: 8s8h3h2h4c

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)

Championship: Moe Affaneh — 5th Place ($41,810)

$1,650 WPO Championship (Re-Entry)
Level 28: 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 489

Moe Affaneh

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: asac
Lowing: ahkd

Affaneh stood from the table as the monster hands went to a flop.

Flop: qcjhth — Lowing flopped Broadway. Affaneh let out a yell. The turn fell the qd giving him outs to a boat, but the river jc 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)

Championship: Slow Going with 60 Big Blind Stacks

$1,650 WPO Championship (Re-Entry)
Level 27: 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 489

With blinds of 25,000 and 50,000, the average stack currently sits at 2,934,000 — nearly 60 big blinds. The pots have been small as players are able to pick their spots as they see fit.

Remaining payouts:

1st – $187,401 + SHRPO Seat
2nd – $108,191
3rd – $66,015
4th – $53,179
5th – $41,810

Championship: Chris Boyle – 6th Place ($34,841)

$1,650 WPO Championship (Re-Entry)
Level 27: 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 489

Chris Boyle

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 6s6c. He was racing against the as7s of Boyle.

The flop hit both players, falling ac6d4c. Boyle paired up but Barnett spiked a set. The turn was the qc and the river the 9d. Boyle was eliminated in sixth place earning $34,841.

Chris Boyle – Eliminated in 6th place ($34,841)

Championship: John O’Neal — 7th Place ($27,873)

$1,650 WPO Championship (Re-Entry)
Level 26: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 489

John O’Neal

John O’Neal made it 100,000 from the small blind. Shawn Barnett called from the big blind.

The duo saw a flop of kh9s3h. O’Neal checked. Barnett bet 140,000. O’Neal verified the value of the bet before he moved all-in for about 740,000. Barnett snapped.

Barnett: 3s3c for bottom set
O’Neal: kd2d for top pair

The turn was the ts and O’Neal stood from the table. The river fell the td and he was officially out in seventh place.

Shawn Barnett – 1,460,000 (36 bb)
John O’Neal – Eliminated in 7th place ($27,871)

Championship: Joey Alegria — 8th Place ($21,272)

$1,650 WPO Championship (Re-Entry)
Level 26: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 489

Joey Alegria

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.

Affaneh: ahtd
Alegria: kcqs

Runout: 8d5d2c7hjc

Alegria was eliminated in 8th place good for a score of $21,272.


Moe Affaneh – 1,633,000 (40 bb)
Joey Alegria – Eliminated in 8th place ($21,272)

Championship: Susan MacPherson – 9th Place ($14,670)

$1,650 WPO Championship (Re-Entry)
Level 26: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 489

Susan MacPherson

Matthew Leecy opened from early position for 100,000 and Susan MacPherson jammed the button for 701,000. Leecy called and MacPherson was at risk.

Leecy: 9s9d
MacPherson: as4h

Runout: kd8h3d7d9h

Leecy’s nines held and MacPherson, who final tabled the Winter Poker Open Ladies Event each of the last two years, was eliminated.

Matthew Leecy – 3,000,000 (75 bb)
Susan MacPherson – Eliminated in 9th place ($14,670)

Championship: The Final Table

$1,650 WPO Championship (Re-Entry)
Level 26: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 489

Seat 1: Joshua Lowing – 2,360,000
Seat 2: David Bradshaw – 4,600,000
Seat 3: Susan MacPherson – 764,000
Seat 4: Moe Affaneh – 1,600,000
Seat 5: Joey Alegria – 589,000
Seat 6: John O’Neal – 889,000
Seat 7: Shawn Barnett – 889,000
Seat 8: Matthew Leecy – 2,287,000
Seat 9: Christopher Boyle – 1,100,000

1st – $187,401 + SHRPO Seat
2nd – $108,191
3rd – $66,015
4th – $53,179
5th – $41,810
6th – $34,841
7th – $27,873
8th – $21,272
9th – $14,670

Championship: Peter Walsworth — 10th Place ($9,536); Jaeli Moron — 11th Place ($9,536)

$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
Jaeli Moron

Peter Walsworth – Eliminated in 10th place ($9,536)
Jaeli Moron – Eliminated in 11th place ($9,536)

Event 14: John Holley Wins Final Turbo

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

John Holley, Event 14 Champion

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.

Event 14 results:

1st: John Holley – $4,981
2nd: Abhishek Chhallani – $4,980
3rd: Michael Ortiz – $2,035
4th: John Pishos – $1,714
5th: Dallas Henderson – $1,285
6th: Gil Alferez – $1,071
7th: John Gordon – $857
8th: Eric Eisenberg – $643
9th: Qinghao Zheng – $482
10th: Jacob Snider – $428
11th: Lily Kiletto – $428
12th: Sufian Soufan – $428
13th: Wally Maddah – $375
14th: Martin Markov – $375
15th: Harlon Kinney – $375
16th: Lonny Weitzel – $321
17th: Joseph DeLucia – $321
18th: Mahmoud Bidarian – $321

Championship: Manny Minaya — 12th Place ($9,536)

$1,650 WPO Championship (Re-Entry)
Level 26: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 11 of 489

Manny Minaya

A shortstacked Manny Minaya just got all-in preflop versus Matthew Leecy. Minaya’s ax9x was behind versus the ahjs of Leecy. The dealer kept it that way as Minaya never improved on the runout.

Minaya earned $9,536 for his 12th-place finish.

Manny Minaya – Eliminated in 12th place ($9,536)

Championship: Bradshaw Doubles in Massive Battle Versus Boyle

$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.

Bradshaw: kskh
Boyle: qsqh

The board ran out complete blanks — 7h6s2d8h3s — 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)

Championship: Leecy Doubles through Affaneh to Take Lead, Gives it Up Shortly After

$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 th6h3h 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 snapped.

Affaneh: jhjc for an overpair with a flush draw
Leecy: ah2c for an ace-high flush draw

The turn completed the heart draws falling the 5h. The river was a meaningless 9d. 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.

Championship: Bradley Snider – 13th Place ($7,335)

$1,650 WPO Championship (Re-Entry)
Level 25: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 12 of 489

Bradley Snider

Bradley Snider, who won this summer’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $2,650 which ran as part of The Big 4, has been eliminated from the Winter Poker Open Championship in 13th place. He earned $7,335.

Bradley Snider – Eliminated in 13th place ($7,335)

Championship: Allauddin Khan – 14th Place ($7,335)

$1,650 WPO Championship (Re-Entry)
Level 25: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 13 of 489

Allauddin Khan

Josh Lowing opened for 70,000 and Allauddin Khan moved all-in for 318,000 from his direct left. It folded all the way back around to Lowing who called.

Lowing: qsqh
Khan: ah7s

Runout: kdtcthtd9c

Lowing’s queens held and Khan was eliminated in 14th place for $7,355.

Josh Lowing – 1,625,000 (54 bb)
Allauddin Khan – Eliminated in 14th place ($7,335)

Championship: Russ Head – 16th Place ($5,795)

$1,650 WPO Championship (Re-Entry)
Level 24: 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 15 of 489

Russ Head

Joey Alegria raised to 70,000 from late position and Russ Head called from the small blind.

Flop: askd6s — Both players checked.

Turn: askd6s7c — Head lead for 120,000 and Alegria called.

River: askd6s7cjs — Head checked. Alegria bet 250,000. Head promptly moved all-in for just over 500,000 total and Alegria snapped.

Alegria: 7s5s for a flush
Head: adks for top two

Head hit the rail in 16th place earning $5,795.

Joey Alegria – 1,755,000 (73 bb)
Russ Head – Eliminated in 16th place ($5,795)

Championship: John Gordon – 17th Place ($5,795)

$1,650 WPO Championship (Re-Entry)
Level 24: 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 16 of 489

John Gordon

John Gordon shoved 98,000 from middle position and it folded around to Mark Darner in the big blind who sat on about 500,000 chips. He called.

“Nice call,” Gordon said flipping over 8s7s. Darner’s 9h3d was ahead, but not by much.

Runout: astd2skckd

Darner’s nine played and Gordon was eliminated in 17th place.

John Gordon – Eliminated in 17th place ($5,795)

Championship: Two Table Lineup

$1,650 WPO Championship (Re-Entry)
Level 23: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 17 of 489

Players are on another break with 17 players remaining alive with a chance for the title and Moe Affaneh continues to lead with 2.125 million.

Table 42
Seat 1: Josh Lowing
Seat 2: Allauddin Khan
Seat 3: John Alegria
Seat 4: John O’Neal
Seat 5: Susan MacPherson
Seat 6: Shawn Barnett
Seat 7: Russ Head
Seat 8: Peter Walsworth
Seat 9: David Bradshaw

Table 43
Seat 1: Chris Boyle
Seat 2: John Gordon
Seat 3: Matthew Leecy
Seat 4: Manny Minaya
Seat 5: Jaeli Moron
Seat 6: Moe Affaneh
Seat 7: Mark Darner
Seat 8: — Empty —
Seat 9: Bradley Snider

Championship: Paul Balzano – 18th Place ($5,795)

$1,650 WPO Championship (Re-Entry)
Level 23: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 17 of 489

Paul Balzano

Paul Balzano was all-in preflop for about 190,000 and at risk against chip leader Moe Affaneh.

Affaneh: qsqh
Balzano: astd

The flop smacked Affaneh coming ksqcqd. All the table could do was let out a collective chuckle as Affaneh had drawn quads and had Balzano dead.

The turn was the 6s and river the th 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)