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2024 TPC Series in Review

Paul Snead, 2024 TPC Champion

The 2024 Tampa Poker Classic featured nine trophy events over 13 days with a lot of money and a bit of history by the time we were done. Here’s a look at the raw numbers –

Events: 9
Entries: 2,366
Guarantees: $605,000
Prize Pools: $1,208,680

We guaranteed more than $600,000 in prize pools, and our players put nearly double that number up for grabs.

The headliner was the TPC Championship, with a $1,700 buy-in and a prize pool of over $500,000. In the end, Paul Snead took home the title along with $101,000 and it was an historic win. No one in our history won two Championships/Main Events until Sunday evening; Snead also won the 2022 TPC Championship for a unique record.

Here’s a list of the rest of the winners, along with a link to their results. Thank you to everyone who came out to make the series a huge success!

TPC Championship – Paul Snead – $101,000
Event 1 ($400 NLH): Thomas Robertson – $59,500
Event 2 (Bankroll Builder): John Ryan – $8,010
Event 3 ($400 O8): Brian Ulch – $6,980
Event 4 ($700 NLH): Ashraf Chehata – $31,600
Event 5 ($400 Triple Stud): Anthony Angerami – $4,780
Event 6 ($400 PLO): Robert Fregosi – $7,305
Event 8 ($400 NLH): Sam O’Bryant – $8,250
Event 9 ($250 Seniors): John Darby  – $8,395

John Darby Wins TPC Seniors for $8,395 to Close the Series!

2024 Tampa Poker Classic
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 9
$250 Seniors 50+ (Re-Entry)
$10,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  171
Prize Pool:  $35,055
March 25, 2024

John Darby, TPC Seniors champ
PlaceFirst NameLast NameCityStatePrize Amount
2JosiasCardoso Dos SantosKentWA$5,570
5ThomasVoglewedeFleming IsleFL$2,220
13RobertWinslerLakewood RanchFL$580
16KristineGlassmanNew PaltzNY$510
18DonnaStuttsSt PetersburgFL$470
19ThomasButlerTreasure IslandFL$470
20FravyCollazoWinter GardenFL$450
22JamesMorrisseyLand O LakesFL$450

Paul Snead Wins Second TPC Championship and $101,000!

2024 Tampa Poker Classic
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
$1,700 TPC Championship (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  359
Prize Pool:  $538,500
March 21 – 25, 2024

Paul Snead, the 2024 TPC Champion!

The 2024 Tampa Poker Classic topped off the series with the $1,700 buy-in $300,000 guaranteed Championship. The tournament drew 359 entries over three starting flights, and Paul Snead won the title in a three-way deal for $101,000.

This is the second time Snead ended a TPC Championship sitting at the top; in 2022, he won the same title after a tough final table. Snead became the first player in our history with two major Championship wins and only the second to do it in Seminole Poker history.

The other was Brian Altman, who won the 2015 and 2020 WPT LHPO Championships in Hollywood.

“That’s pretty good company to be in,” Snead said when he heard about his feat. “I have a lot of respect for Brian’s game, and ironically, when I won two years ago, he was at the final table. I had to get through him to win. I’m humbled to be in the same category.”

Snead began Day 2 with a better-than-average stack in a field full of tough players. But as they went to the payout desk, he built his stack for a deep run.

At the final table, Snead was patient at first and then switched gears, holding more than half of the chips in play with five players remaining.

“I was kind of just waiting and trying to pick my spots,” Snead said of his strategy. “There were a couple of really good players here, and you had to really be careful. You couldn’t just run the table over, so I didn’t try.”

“I didn’t have a lot of big hands. I had ace-king a few times, ace-queen a couple of times. But I never, believe it or not, I never flopped a set today. Not once. So it was just be patient and pick my spots.”

“When we got five-handed, I went to work because I understand the value of ICM and putting pressure on the shorter stacks,” Snead continued.

“They didn’t want to play while (short-stacked) Carlos (Loving) was still in,” Snead finished. “So I recognized that. And I used that to my full advantage and put a lot of pressure on them,”

Snead had his wife Elizabeth on the rail for the final table, a rare occasion for the couple.

“It really meant a lot, you know? She doesn’t travel with me at all, I had to bribe her,” he said after the win.

“I know how much it meant to him,” Elizabeth said. “It’s a lot and I’m glad he brought me.”

Congratulations to Paul on winning the TPC Championship, again, and adding to his legacy!

Final table results:

1st: Paul Snead: $101,000 + TPC Trophy *
2nd: Tom McDonald – $66,930 *
3rd: John Gordon – $66,930 *
4th: Billy Papadopoulos – $39,360
5th: Austin Srur – $29,520
6th: Zachary Wells – $22,410
7th: Carlos Loving – $17,220
8th: James McKinnon – $13,400
9th: Korey Taylor – $10,560
* – denotes results of a three-way deal

Full TPC Championship results (PDF)

Event 9: Seniors Closer

$250 Seniors 50+ (Re-Entry)
$10,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 1:  100/200 with a 200 ante

We are closing out the 2024 Tampa Poker Classic with a fun one at 10 am. The $250 Seniors 50+ has a nice $10,000 guaranteed prize pool and it will be fun while they win some cash.

Players start with 30K stacks and all levels last 30 minutes. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 at 2:30 pm. They have a dinner break at 6:45 pm and return to find out last champ of the series.

  • $10,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 30,000 in chips
  • Levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9 (2:30pm)
  • This is a one day tournament and please to completion
  • Event 8 Structure Sheet

Sam O’Bryant Wins TPC Event 8 for $8,250!

2024 Tampa Poker Classic
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 8
$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$25,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  130
Prize Pool:  $43,550
March 24, 2024

Sam O’Bryant, TPC Event 8 champ
PlaceFirst NameLast NameCityStatePrize Amount
2RileyObrienCastle RockCO$7,322
5JasonAndrzejewskiLand O LakesFL$2,750
10JulioDelgado ReyesOrlandoFL$1,110
11JosiasCardoso Dos SantosKentWA$970
17JaniceHulbertPinellas ParkFL$790

Championship: We Have a Deal!

$1,700 TPC Championship (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 359

Paul Snead

With Paul Snead holding a massive lead, the Tom McDonald and John Gordon offered him a deal. Snead would take $101,000 while they would split the remaining money. It was accepted, and Snead earned his second Tampa Poker Classic Championship title.

Paul Snead – 8,975,000
Tom McDonald – 2,350,000
John Gordon – 2,250,000

1st: Paul Snead: $101,000 + TPC Trophy
2nd: Tom McDonald – $66,930
3rd: John Gordon – $66,930

Tournament recap to come tomorrow, congrats Paul!

Tom McDonald
John Gordon

Championship: Billy Papadopoulos – 4th Place ($39,360)

$1,700 TPC Championship (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 359

Billy Papadopoulos

After Paul Snead began running over the table, the other three needed to make a move to catch up. Billy Papadopoulos took his shot with an open-shove for 1,225,000 and Tom McDonald called in the big blind with only 100K more.

McDonald: KsQd
Papadopoulos: 7s7c

They were racing, the board ran AsTs9h8sJh, and McDonald rivered a Broadway straight to send Papadopoulos out.

Tom McDonald – 2,675,000 (21 bb)
Billy Papadopoulos – Eliminated in 4th Place ($39,360)

Championship: Austin Srur – 5th Place ($29,520)

$1,700 TPC Championship (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 359

Austin Srur

Austin Srur opened to 200,000 from the button and Paul Snead called in the big blind. The flop was Qs7c6s, Snead checked, Srur bet 150,000, and Snead check-raised to 700,000.

Srur moved all in for 1,050,000 total and Snead called.

Srur: Qc9d
Snead: Qd4c

Srur was head with a pair of queens bigger kicked but the 4s turn made two pair for Snead. The river 5d finished the board and Srur was eliminated in fifth place.

Paul Snead – 7,500,000 (75 bb)
Austin Srur – Eliminated in 5th Place ($29,520)

Championship: Zachary Wells – 6th Place ($22,410)

$1,700 TPC Championship (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 359

Zachary Wells

After a series of big raises, Zachary Wells and Tom McDonald got all their chips in the middle with similar stacks.

Wells: 5h5d
McDonald: JdJs

Wells was dominated by the bigger pair and it got much worse when McDonald flopped a set of jacks on the JcTh2d board. The 9d turn and 3d river finished the board and the stacks were counted down.

McDonald was the at-risk player for 1,725,000 and Wells was left with only 75K. He found a small triple on the next hand but Paul Snead finished the job one hand later.

Tom McDonald – 3,600,000 (36 bb)
Zachary Wells – Eliminated in 6th Place ($22,410)