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Event 3 Flight A: Derrick Cutler Leads

$570 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed 
Level 9: 500/1,000 with a 1,000 ante
Flight A Entries: 50

Derrick Cutler

The second break is complete and registration is closed on Flight A of Event 3. The clock shows an unofficial 50 entries and we will update once the numbers are counted.

After eight levels, Derrick Cutler ran his 25,000 starting stacks up to 100,000 on the nose. Then he won the race off to move to 100,500. That’s good enough for the lead with Mark Wiser sitting with more than 80,000.

Cutler has two wins, both in the state, but his biggest result saw him part of SHRP history. Back in 2013, SHR Hollywood ran the first massive SHRPO Championship, complete with a $10,000,000 Guarantee and $12,000,000 prize pool. Cutler was among the 2,384 entries and made the final table where he collected a whopping $232,000 for an eighth-place finish.

Event 3 Flight A: Last Level to Register

$570 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed 
Level 8: 400/800 with a 800 ante
Flight A Entries: 49

Justin Zaki

Flight A moved into Level 8 and that means time is running out to jump in the game this afternoon. We should hit 50 entries before that time, the exact number we need per flight to hit the $100,000 Guarantee, and this will likely be the smallest of the four sessions.

Tampa reg Justin Zaki was one of the latest to get in the game but he does not have a soft table. The 2018 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open runner-up was moved to a new table as soon as he arrived and joined John Dolan and Bryce McVay in a short-handed, tough lineup.

Event 3 Flight A: WPTDeepStacks Champ Joins

$570 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed 
Level 7: 300/600 with a 600 ante
Flight A Entries: 47

Lawrence Whyte

WPTDeepStacks events have been a mainstay on our schedules for a few years with some great results. But back in the early history of the tour, the first DeepStacks Poker Tour event run on a Seminole property was in Hollywood back in 2015. This was at the time when the tour was beginning its transition to the World Poker Tour banner and the 2015 SHR Hollywood LHPO Main Event, at the time, was one of the biggest the tour ran.

Compared to more recent turnouts, the 396 entries in that tournament might seem small but it set the standard moving forward for bigger, stronger, four-figure WPTDS fields.

This afternoon we have the winner of that tournament. Lawrence Whyte captured the title in 2015 over a tough final table that included Stuart Greenbaum, Stephen Diamantas, Nick Pupillo, Carlos Loving, soon-to-be SHRP Player of the Year Ory Hen, and current SHRP POY Brett Bader.

Whyte earned $91,000 for the title along with a piece of SHRP history.

Event 3 Flight A: John Dolan Enters

$570 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed 
Level 5: 200/400 with a 400 ante
Flight A Entries: 44

John Dolan

The first break is complete and action is back underway in Flight A. We picked up a couple more entries while they were gone and it’s a nice, comfortable afternoon for poker.

Local favorite John Dolan took his seat before the break and remarkably aiming for his first SHR Tampa title. He has nearly $4.8 million in live career earnings with WSOP Circuit titles and a Coco Poker Open Championship win along with his 2010 WSOP Main Event November Nine fourth-place finish. But he’s still waiting on that first big score on his home turf.

Event 4: Great Turnout

$300 Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Level 3: 200/400 Limits
Entries: 50

Ronnie Morone

The Omaha 8 tournament continues to pull in great numbers, further proof that Tampa loves the game. We have 50 entries in Event 4 after the first hour and the back of the poker room is filling up on a Monday afternoon.

We have a few friends in town from the other side of the Sunshine State trying to take a guitar trophy home with them. Carey Pickus has some H.O.R.S.E. success with two third-place finishes in back-to-back years at the SHR Hollywood RRPO series. So she knows her Omaha and split pot games.

Ronnie Morone has spent time at the table in two different capacities; as a dealer and a player. On the playing side, Morone won the SHR Hollywood LHPO Omaha 8 event in 2017.

Event 3 Flight A: Mark Wiser Back for More

$570 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed 
Level 3: 100/200 with a 200 ante
Flight A Entries: 39

Mark Wiser

The Event 3 entry count is moving up for Flight A as we move into the afternoon hours and pacing nicely to beat the $100,000 Guarantee.

Mark Wiser returned to the poker room and the SHR Tampa regular had another deep run yesterday. He was grinding his way through Day 2 of the Deepstack Challenge opening event and made his way to the last two tables, finishing 17th out of 1,128 entries to walk away with more than $3,000.

Event 4: Split Pot Omaha

$300 Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Level 1: 100/200 Limits

Omaha is a very popular game in our area and today we have our first four-card tournament on the Tampa Poker Classic Schedule. Event 4 will play with an Omaha 8 format with a $300 buy-in with some of the best talent in the area.

They will sit down to 12,000 starting stacks and all levels will last 30 minutes in this one-day tournament. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 at 4:30pm and they will have a 30-minute dinner break after Level 11.

They will continue playing down this evening until we have our Omaha 8 champion.

  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 4 Structure Sheet