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Event 1 Flight A: WPO Ready to Go

$350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 1: 25/50

The wait is over and it’s time to start the 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Winter Poker Open. The schedule has 14 big events along with another 14 tournaments on the side event/satellite schedule. We kick things off with a multi-day tournament sporting a nice, big guaranteed prize pool.

Event 1 is a $350 buy-in Deep Stack tournament with a $150,000 Guarantee and six starting flights. Today is the first with another running tonight at 6pm.

Tournament entrants will start with 20,000 stacks and play 30-minute levels throughout Day 1. Late registration and re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 around 3:30pm and they will play down from there until the end of Level 14.

Those with chips at that time will bag them up for a return on Day 2. This is “best stack forward” tournament so players can enter as many flights as they’d like and their biggest bag will be put in action for Day 2.

Cards will fly at the top of the hours to kick off the 2016 WPO.

  • $150,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Day 1 will end after Level 14 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 1 Structure Sheet

WPO Day 1 Schedule

Main Event Schedule

11AM: Event 1 Day 1A – $350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $150,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Day 1 will end after Level 14 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 1 Structure Sheet

6PM: Event 1 Day 1B – $350 Deep Stack NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $150,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Day 1 will end after Level 14 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 1 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

3PM: Event 15 – $110 Satellite to Event 1 and 7 (1-in-10)

  • 5 packages guaranteed into Event 1 and Event 7
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 20-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 15 Structure Sheet

* – Complete chip counts for Flight A and B will be posted Friday morning along with the start of our Winter Poker Open tournament updates.

Championship: Updated Chip Counts

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 27: 25,000/50,000/5,000 Ante

2015 Winter Poker Open trophy
2015 Winter Poker Open trophy

The Championship final table is back underway with David Lappano leading the eight remaining and Alex Ivan the shortest. The current average stack is 1,700,000 and 34 big blinds.

Seat 1: Timothy Miles – 1,065,000 (21 bb)
Seat 2: Alex Ivan – 775,000 (16 bb)
Seat 3: Carl Carodenuto – 1,255,000 (25 bb)
Seat 4: John Templeton – 1,955,000 (39 bb)
Seat 5: Jonathan Lagace-Bastien – 1,335,000 (27 bb)
Seat 6: David Lappano – 3,435,000 (69 bb)
Seat 7: Robert Georato – 1,655,000 (33 bb)
Seat 8: Sheddy Siddiqui – 2,125,000 (43 bb)

David Lappano – 3,435,000 (69 bb)
Sheddy Siddiqui – 2,125,000 (43 bb)
John Templeton – 1,955,000 (39 bb)
Robert Georato – 1,655,000 (33 bb)
Jonathan Lagace-Bastien – 1,335,000 (27 bb)
Carl Carodenuto – 1,255,000 (25 bb)
Timothy Miles – 1,065,000 (21 bb)
Alex Ivan – 775,000 (16 bb)

Event 14: Mohd Eid Wins Final WPO Event

2015 Winter Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa
Event #14
$150 Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Total Entries: 210
Prize Pool: $25,200
December 20, 2015

Mohn Eid, Event 14 Champion
Mohn Eid, Event 14 Champion

Tampa, FL (December 20, 2015) — The last tournament on the 2015 Winter Poker Open schedule kicked off Sunday afternoon in the poker room while the Championship played out nearby. It was a $150 buy-in Turbo No Limit Hold’em event which drew a nice 210 entrant crowd to close out the series.

Mohd Eid outlasted the entire field and beat Eric Wert heads up to claim the title and $7,054 first place prize. Just like the fast-paced Turbo events before it, Event 14 quickly played down to the final table in less than seven hours with Event 4 title winner Wert coming in as the chip leader.

Wert wasn’t the only player at the final table with success this series. “Tampa Bay Ray” Del Cueto finished seventh in the Seniors Event and Jay Giles finish seventh in this event last Tuesday.

The final table took less than an hour to play out with 15-minute levels and built-to-move stack sizes. James Rigsby went out in fourth place and the remaining three considered a deal but Eid took Wert and Huicun Qiao before they could calculate the numbers.

This is Eid’s first career title and third best tournament cash. His wife was in attendance and just as excited as her husband. Eid tried to make a deep run in the Championship but was unable to bag chips for Day 2. His result here takes some of the sting out.

“It feels good. It makes up for the [Championship].” Eid said. “I ran really bad in the [Championship]. It feels good. I almost didn’t come to play [Event][14].”

“I just wanted to take a break then I said, ‘It’s Sunday, let me come and play.” he finished.

A recent transplant from Massachusetts, he now resides in Pinellas Park, FL and enjoyed his first success at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa.

“I love [the][Winter][Poker][Open]. I hope they have it more often. I just moved here, to Florida. I like it.”

Event 14 was a fun way to wrap up the 2015 Winter Poker Open schedule for all those unable to make it deep in the Championship. The turnout and results prove this is a great format to end a successful series.

Event 14 Results:

1st: Mohd Eid – $7,054
2nd: Eric Wert – $4,158
3rd: Huicun Qiao – $2,394
4th: James Rigsby – $1,940
5th: Jeffrey Slayton – $1,512
6th: Alexander Bury – $1,260
7th: Patrick Kelly – $1,008
8th: Ray Del Cueto – $756
9th: Marc Saddik – $504
10th: Jay Giles – $328
11th: Ryan Hittel – $328
12th: James Rickard – $328
13th: David Loveless – $277
14th: Brian Kinser – $277
15th: Donald Drapel – $277
16th: Edith Norman – $252
17th: Frank Mast – $252
18th: Frank Muir – $252
19th: Maria Harrell – $227
20th: Christopher Binion – $227
21st: John Pishos – $227
22nd: Kevin Boyd – $227
23rd: Debra Keller – $227
24th: Mansoor Kader – $227
25th: Luke Gresock – $227
26th: Jami Cvek – $227
27th: Michael Shannon – $227

Championship: Steve Cohen Eliminated 11th ($8,834)

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 24: 12,000/24,000/4,000 Ante

Steve Cohen (Los Angeles, CA)
Steve Cohen (Los Angeles, CA)

Steve Cohen’s stack had dropped under 400,000 when he went heads up with Robert Georato to the 7d6d3c flop and shoved his last 361,000 first to act.

Georato asked for a count and talked it over to himself. He called the move with a King-high flight draw KdTd and was well ahead of Cohen’s Jack-high Jd8h. Cohen needed help but was down to five outs after the As turn and missed the Th river to go out on the final table bubble.

Tournament staff paused the clock to redraw the final table. We will return with the lineup and counts.

Event 14: Turbo Final Table

$150 Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 23: 25,000/50,000/5,000 Ante

While almost all eyes are on the Championship playing down towards its final table and winner, Event 14 quickly hit its own final table. The last tournament on the 2015 Winter Poker Open has ten players remaining with Event 4 winner Eric Wert leading the way.

Final Table
Seat 1: Eric Wert – 883,000 (18 bb)
Seat 2: James Will Rigsby – 460,000 (9 bb)
Seat 3: Huiluix Qiao – 698,000 (14 bb)
Seat 4: Jeffrey Slayton – 600,000 (12 bb)
Seat 5: Marc Saddin – 451,000 (9 bb)
Seat 6: “Tampa Bay Ray” Del Cueto – 200,000 (4 bb)
Seat 7: Jay Giles – 255,000 (5 bb)
Seat 8: Patrick Kelly – 425,000 (9 bb)
Seat 9: Mohn Eid – 823,000 (16 bb)
Seat 10: Alex Bury – 464,000 (9 bb)

Eric Wert – 883,000 (18 bb)
Mohn Eid – 823,000 (16 bb)
Huiluix Qiao – 698,000 (14 bb)
Jeffrey Slayton – 600,000 (12 bb)
Alex Bury – 464,000 (9 bb)
James Will Rigsby – 460,000 (9 bb)
Marc Saddin – 451,000 (9 bb)
Patrick Kelly – 425,000 (9 bb)
Jay Giles – 255,000 (5 bb)
“Tampa Bay Ray” Del Cueto – 200,000 (4 bb)

Championship: Two Table Lineup

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 22: 8,000/16,000/2,000 Ante

Here is the current lineup for the last two tables of the Championship with approximate chip counts.

Table 1
Seat 1: John Holley – 225,000 (19 bb)
Seat 2: Robert Melo – 126,000 (11 bb)
Seat 3: Michael Raimon – 240,000 (20 bb)
Seat 4: Steve Cohen – 905,000 (75 bb)
Seat 5: Jonathan Lagace-Bastien – 1,610,000 (134 bb)
Seat 6: John Duhig – 900,000 (75 bb)
Seat 7: Sheddy Siddiqui – 990,000 (83 bb)
Seat 8: Robert Georato – 925,000 (77 bb)
Seat 9: –Empty–

Table 2
Seat 1: David Lappano – 1,015,000 (85 bb)
Seat 2: T.K. Miles – 510,000 (43 bb)
Seat 3: Shawn Barnett – 460,000 (38 bb)
Seat 4: Ron West – 1,210,000 (101 bb)
Seat 5: Alex Ivan – 1,100,000 (92 bb)
Seat 6: Paul Stanechewski – 425,000 (35 bb)
Seat 7: John-Christian Templeton – 1,020,000 (85 bb)
Seat 8: Carl Carodenuto – 1,175,000 (98 bb)
Seat 9: –Empty–

  1. Jonathan Lagace-Bastien – 1,610,000 (134 bb)
  2. Ron West – 1,210,000 (101 bb)
  3. Carl Carodenuto – 1,175,000 (98 bb)
  4. Alex Ivan – 1,100,000 (92 bb)
  5. John-Christian Templeton – 1,020,000 (85 bb)
  6. David Lappano – 1,015,000 (85 bb)
  7. Sheddy Siddiqui – 990,000 (83 bb)
  8. Robert Georato – 925,000 (77 bb)
  9. Steve Cohen – 905,000 (75 bb)
  10. John Duhig – 900,000 (75 bb)
  11. T.K. Miles – 510,000 (43 bb)
  12. Shawn Barnett – 460,000 (38 bb)
  13. Paul Stanechewski – 425,000 (35 bb)
  14. Michael Raimon – 240,000 (20 bb)
  15. John Holley – 225,000 (19 bb)
  16. Robert Melo – 126,000 (11 bb)

Championship: Thomas Jackson (18th) and Eric Wilkinson (17th) Eliminated

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 22: 8,000/16,000/2,000 Ante

Thomas Jackson (Tampa, FL)
Thomas Jackson (Tampa, FL)

Before they could finish the process of breaking Table 3, there were two big hands going down. Thomas Jackson was knocked out in 18th on Table 2 while Eric Wilkinson and Ron West were tangling on Table 3.

Wilkinson and West were heads up to the Ac8s5c flop and both checked. Wilkinson bet out 75,000 after the 4h turn and West called to see the Jc river.

Wilkinson moved all-in and West quickly called with Aces up As8h and was good against Wilkinson King-high KxQx to send him out in 18th for $5,368.

Eric Wilkinson (Palmetto, FL)
Eric Wilkinson (Palmetto, FL)

Championship: Corey Thompson – 19th Place ($4,213)

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 22: 8,000/16,000/2,000 Ante

Corey Thompson (Winter Park, FL)
Corey Thompson (Winter Park, FL)

Corey Thompson opened to 35,000 and Jonathan Lagace-Bastien three-bet to 105,000. Thompson responded with a shove for his last 400,000 and Lagace-Bastien called with QsQd.

Thompson needed a lot of help with his JxJx but the dealer did him no favors as the board ran out KcTs7sQh2h. He was knocked out in 19th place for $4,213 and Table 3 is breaking up.

Championship: Michael Ferrer Eliminated 20th ($4,213)

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 22: 8,000/16,000/2,000 Ante

Michael Ferrer (Toronto, ON)
Michael Ferrer (Toronto, ON)

It was three-ways to the Qh9s6s flop and Michael Ferrer moved all-in with his short stack. David Lappano was the only one to call and he had a good lead with AcAh against Ferrer’s Ad6d.

The board completed 7s turn and Ts river to send Ferrer out and set up another mini-bubble for the last two tables.

Michael Ferrer – Eliminated in 20th place ($4,213)
David Lappano – 1,250,000

Championship: Updated Results

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Return to Level 21: 6,000/12,000/2,000 Ante

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: Dinner Time Counts

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Return to Level 21: 6,000/12,000/2,000 Ante

Alex Ivan (Palm Harbor, FL)
Alex Ivan (Palm Harbor, FL) holds the chip lead at the dinner break

Table 1
Seat 1: Cory Waaland – 165,000 (14 bb)
Seat 2: T.K. Miles – 180,000 (15 bb)
Seat 3: Carl Carodenuto – 675,000 (56 bb)
Seat 4: Corey Thompson – 880,000 (73 bb)
Seat 5: Shawn Barnett – 575,000 (48 bb)
Seat 6: Sheddy Siddiqui – 455,000 (38 bb)
Seat 7: Jonathan Lagace-Bastien – 980,000 (82 bb)
Seat 8: John Holley – 415,000 (35 bb)
Seat 9: Antuan Bunkley – 690,000 (58 bb)

Table 2
Seat 1: Michael Raimon – 215,000 (18 bb)
Seat 2: John Duhig – 810,000 (68 bb)
Seat 3: Alex Ivan – 1,350,000 (113 bb)
Seat 4: Thomas Jackson – 522,000 (44 bb)
Seat 5: — Empty —
Seat 6: Robert Georato – 795,000 (66 bb)
Seat 7: — Empty —
Seat 8: John-Christian Templeton – 271,000 (23 bb)
Seat 9: Jon Graham – 355,000 (30 bb)

Table 3
Seat 1: Michael Ferrer – 230,000 (19 bb)
Seat 2: Eric Wilkinson – 725,000 (60 bb)
Seat 3: Steve Karp – 129,000 (11 bb)
Seat 4: Ron West – 913,000 (76 bb)
Seat 5: Steve Cohen – 660,000 (55 bb)
Seat 6: Robert Melo – 168,000 (14 bb)
Seat 7: — Empty —
Seat 8: David Lappano – 564,000 (47 bb)
Seat 9: Paul Stanechewski – 490,000 (41 bb)

  1. Alex Ivan – 1,350,000 (113 bb)
  2. Jonathan Lagace-Bastien – 980,000 (82 bb)
  3. Ron West – 913,000 (76 bb)
  4. Corey Thompson – 880,000 (73 bb)
  5. John Duhig – 810,000 (68 bb)
  6. Robert Georato – 795,000 (66 bb)
  7. Eric Wilkinson – 725,000 (60 bb)
  8. Antuan Bunkley – 690,000 (58 bb)
  9. Carl Carodenuto – 675,000 (56 bb)
  10. Steve Cohen – 660,000 (55 bb)
  11. Shawn Barnett – 575,000 (48 bb)
  12. David Lappano – 564,000 (47 bb)
  13. Thomas Jackson – 522,000 (44 bb)
  14. Paul Stanechewski – 490,000 (41 bb)
  15. Sheddy Siddiqui – 455,000 (38 bb)
  16. John Holley – 415,000 (35 bb)
  17. Jon Graham – 355,000 (30 bb)
  18. John-Christian Templeton – 271,000 (23 bb)
  19. Michael Ferrer – 230,000 (19 bb)
  20. Michael Raimon – 215,000 (18 bb)
  21. T.K. Miles – 180,000 (15 bb)
  22. Robert Melo – 168,000 (14 bb)
  23. Cory Waaland – 165,000 (14 bb)
  24. Steve Karp – 129,000 (11 bb)

Championship: Three Tables Remain

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 20: 5,000/10,000/1,000 Ante

With nine minutes remaining in Level 20, former WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown final table member Andre Crooks was sent out of the Championship in 28th place.

Tournament staff paused the clock for the three-table redraw but Todd Breyfogle wouldn’t be a part of it either. He moved in with JhTh but couldn’t catch up to QcQd to leave us with 26 after they all receive new seats.

Alex Ivan, Antuan Bunkley, Jonathan Lagace-Bastien, John Holley, and Seminole Hard Rock Poker ambassador Sheddy Siddiqui are still around.

Todd Breyfogle (Hopkins, MN) goes out in 27th
Todd Breyfogle (Hopkins, MN) goes out in 27th

Championship: Ivan Joins Million Chip Club

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 20: 5,000/10,000/1,000 Ante

Alex Ivan (Palm Harbor, FL)
Alex Ivan (Palm Harbor, FL)

Alex Ivan had a top five chip stack coming into Day 2 but lost a few before he showed up. He’s pulled those back and added enough chips to put him at 1,250,000 as the field crawls down toward the three-table redraw.

With 31 players remaining, the redraw is racing with the dinner-break set for the end of the level in 20 minutes.

Championship: Down to Four Tables

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 19: 4,000/8,000/1,000 Ante

Four tables

It didn’t take long for the Championship field to lose an entire table worth of players after getting in the money. They weren’t tearing things up after the first break but the quick bubble let a few shorter stacks slide into the money.

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Tampa ambassador was among those to cash in the Championship, his seventh of the series. He had to settle for a min-cash but he immediately jumped into the Turbo event to close out his Winter Poker Open

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

Wally Maddah (Tampa, FL)
Wally Maddah (Tampa, FL)

Championship: Closing on the Bubble at Break

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
End of Level 17: 2,500/5,000/500 Ante

Carl Carodenuto's 1 Milly Castle
Carl Carodenuto’s 1 Milly Castle

Players are on the first break of Day 2 with 52 players remaining and 45 getting paid. The chip average is hovering around 50 big blinds but that number is skewed thanks to the big stacks of Carl Carodenuto, Antuan Bunkley, and Ron West.

Carodenuto continues to lead with 1,100,000 over Bunkley’s 821,000 with West not far behind with 775,000.

Other notable players still around include John Holley (296,000), Tony March (109,000), and Seminole Hard Rock Poker ambassador Sheddy Siddiqui (310,000).

Championship: Bunkley Getting Comfortable

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 17: 2,500/5,000/500 Ante

Antuan Bunkley extends his lead
Antuan Bunkley extends his lead

Antuan Bunkley was on a heater to end Day 1 and, so far, riding it into the start of Day 2. He began the day with the lead and moved it up to 740,000 as they transitioned to Level 17. Seminole Hard Rock Poker regular Erik Christensen was one of his recent conquests when Bunkley flopped quad Sevens to send him out.

Bunkley doesn’t need to worry about racking up his huge castle of chips for a seat change. His starting Day 2 seat draw was the table which will eventually become the final table, all he needs to sweat is getting there and the three-table redraw.

Championship: Ivan Returns and Doubles Beltran

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 16: 2,000/4,000/500 Ante

Alex Ivan returns
Alex Ivan returns

Perhaps it was a good thing Alex Ivan stayed away for his extended break. He made his return and promptly lost chips when he doubled up Thuy “Cindy” Beltran.

She was down to 27,500 and put them in the middle to see a call from Ivan in the small blind. Beltran was ahead with JsJc against 8c8d and breathed a sigh of relief when she hit the JdTh3d flop. The Ah turn left Ivan drawing dead but it was a small hit to his stack.

Thuy "Cindy" Beltran (left) doubles thru Alex Ivan (right)
Thuy “Cindy” Beltran (left) doubles thru Alex Ivan (right)

Championship: Curious Case of Alex Ivan

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 15: 1,500/3,000/500 Ante

Alex Ivan
Alex Ivan’s bag getting blinded down

Alex Ivan pulled an interesting move last night, leaving his +400,000 stack all alone for more than an hour at the end of the night in Level 13. He put his player’s card on top of the stack and let tournament supervisors know they’d have to bag him up.

He still finished with 399,000 for the return today but there’s one problem. Ivan still hasn’t returned to unbag and play those chips with one level almost gone. Staff pulled out enough chips to get through the blinds and antes but they might have to dive back in for more.

Alex Ivan's stack
Alex Ivan’s stack at the end of Day 1C

Championship: Tough Starting Table

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 15: 1,500/3,000/500 Ante

Table 48

We should mention Table 48 at the start of action because we’re not sure how long it will be around. It will likely be one of the first tables to break today so the rough lineup will disperse throughout the room.

Its players have earned a combined $5.6 million with four of them (Tristan Wade, Sheddy Siddiqui, Ory Hen, and John Holley) having more than $1 million each. Wade owns a WSOP bracelet, Holley three WSOP Circuit rings, and Fuller a Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown title.

Seat 1: Ory Hen
Seat 2: Sheddy Siddiqui
Seat 3: Luis Torres
Seat 4: David Hunt
Seat 5: Riley Fuller
Seat 6: Tristan Wade
Seat 7: Paul Stanechewski
Seat 8: Harrison Goforth
Seat 9: John Holley

Championship Day 1C: Ivan Builds Stack; Calls It a Night

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 14: 1,000/2,000/300 Ante

Alex Ivan's stack
Alex Ivan’s abandoned stack

You don’t see a player walk away from a big tournament with an hour left and a big stack. Seminole Hard Rock Tampa regular Alex Ivan did just that.

Tournament staff was breaking another table as Ivan was putting together a stack a few chips shy of 400,000 and Carl Carodenuto took a seat to his right.

“This is as good a time to leave as any,” Ivan said to a tournament supervisor. He left his player’s card for someone else to bag up his big stack at the end of Level 14.

Championship Day 1C: Carodenuto Takes Overall Lead

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 10: 500/1,000/100 Ante

Carl Carodenuto sends one out
Carl Carodenuto sends one out

It looked like Carl Carodenuto would a chance before the end of the night to move past the huge Flight B stack of Jonathan Lagace-Bastien and he did it with three levels remaining.

He could still back that off over the next two hours but he will put a big number in a bag.

The latest big hand came when Carodenuto knocked someone out after they put their money in drawing stone dead. It was three-ways with the board reading Kc9c3c7s and Carodenuto was facing a shove for 40,000. He flatted the bet and the third player smelled something funny and let his top pair King go.

Carodentu quickly tabled Ac5c for the nut flush and his opponent reluctantly showed the no-chance-to-win JcTd. That hand pushed Carodentu up to 365,000 as they get ready for the next break.

Carl Carodenuto takes overall chip lead
Carl Carodenuto takes overall chip lead

Championship Day 1C: Teitelbaum Looking for Another Title

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 10: 500/1,000/100 Ante

Evan Teitelbaum (Parkland, FL)
Evan Teitelbaum (Parkland, FL)

The field quickly dropped another table of players plus some to get under 100 remaining. Evan Teitelbaum is one of those still around and looking to finish 2015 the way he started. He came into the first big series of 2015 at the Seminole Lucky Hearts Poker Open and won Event 1 for $153,000.

Teitelbaum is currently sitting with an above average stack at 92,000 with more than three levels to go.

Championship Day 1C: Carl Carodenuto Climbing

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship
Level 10: 500/1,000/100 Ante

"Emperor" Carl Carodenuto climbing
“Emperor” Carl Carodenuto taking over more chips

Flight C continues to shrink after the registration desk closed, no more chances to get in, while Carl Carodenuto is making a bid to catch current overall leader Jonathan Lagace-Bastien.

Caroduneto, doing a fine imitation of Emperor Palpatine (gratuitous Star Wars reference), continued to move his stack north and has run his lead up to 290,000 at the start of Level 10. Lagace-Bastien finished Flight B with 357,500 and well within Caroduneto’s reach.

More than half of the starting entrants are gone with 112 still her and we expect to cut that in half again before the end around 11pm.