$600 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 10: 600/1,200 with a 1,200 ante Flight C Entries: 729
Registration closed for Flight D of WPT Tampa Event 1 with 649 entries, pushing the combined total to 2,326 for the tournament. The tournament has now easily topped the $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool with two more starting flights remaining.
Flight D will play late into the night and come to an end when 65 players remain. They will bag their chips and return for Day 2 on Sunday at 1 pm in the money.
$600 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 4: 200/300 with a 300 ante Flight D Entries: 591
DeVaughn Smith raised to 2,000 preflop UTG+1, and Steve Buckner called from middle position before the flop was dealt . They both checked to the on the turn before Buckner bet 4,000, and Smtih check-called.
The river delivered the , both players checked, and Buckner flipped over . Smith held to win the hand and grow his stack to 26,000. Buckener was at 47,000 after the hand.
DeVaughn Smith – 26,000 (86 bb) Steve Buckner – 47,000 (156 bb)
2022 WPT Tampa Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, Florida Event 3 $1,100 Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $50,000 Guaranteed Entries: 76 Prize Pool: $73,720 August 25, 2022
Ken Fishman won Event 3 tonight against a strong lineup at the final table that included Jacob Ferro, AJ Kelsall, and his heads-up opponent Aaron Thivyanathan. Fishman persevered to win the top prize money of $21,980 and the WPT trophy. Here is what he had to say after the tournament victory. “It feels great, really good to close one out,” said Fishman.
The final stages of the tournament saw a particularly long slowdown in play at the money bubble and during five-handed action. This is where Fishman dug deep to persevere. “I was just trying to hang in there and survive and wait for a good spot. I just tried to stay patient, it was a lot of trial and error you know for sure,” said Fishman.
“I’m a little tired, but I’m going to play another tournament tomorrow. I’m going to try for another trophy,” said Fishman when he was asked about his plans to celebrate the tournament win.
Fishman is a local regular here at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, so he was happy to take home the win close to home. “Oh, I love it here, the competition is great, the food is good here, and I love to hang out with all my buddies here, all my friends,” said Fishman.
Here is a look at the final results for the tournament:
2022 WPT Tampa Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, Florida Event 2 $400 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry) Entries: 174 Prize Pool: $58,920 August 25, 2022
Vinny Monteiro claimed the first tournament trophy of the series tonight along with $13,135 thanks to a large chip lead when the final three players decided to chop at the conclusion of Event 2 at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa.
Here is a what Monteiro had to say a short time after his victory. “It feels good, this is my first trophy. This is the third time I’ve played in a PLO tournament live, and it’s my second final table, and this one I took it down. Now let’s go for the hold’em tournaments and see if we can take those down too.”
“I came from Hollywood, I live in Boca Raton, so I came with the family and we’re all going to stay here the whole week. I brought the wife, the kids, everybody. It’s going to be fun, I plan on staying until at least the Main Event,” said Monteiro when he was asked about his plans for the tournament series.
Monteiro took control of the final table with over half the chips in play during the later stages of the night. “There was a guy that was super big when we got to the final table, and I was able to capitalize on him since he we playing every hand. I was able to get most of his chips to my side, and then I was able to just pressure the table all the time, and that was it,” said Monteiro about his journey through the final table.
Here is a look at the final results in the tournament: