$1,650 Tampa Poker Classic Main Event $300,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts Level 19: 4,000/8,000 with a 8,000 ante Players Remaining: 19 of 332
Staff approached the table to find Alex Ivan on the button with 60,000 chips in the pot. Randolph Spain was in the big blind all-in for 90,000. Ken O’Donnell was in late position also all-in and having both players well covered.
Action was on Ivan who had about 400,000 chips he needed to make a decision with. There were a few minutes spent in the tank before Ivan called, “Clock,” on himself and the 30-second countdown started. He called and all three hands were tabled.
O’Donnell: Ivan: Spain:
Spain’s spiked a set to triple up while Ivan was eliminated in 20th place.
Randolph Spain – 290,000 Ken O’Donnell – 1,250,000 Alex Ivan – Eliminated in 20th place ($5,603)
$1,650 Tampa Poker Classic Main Event $300,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts Level 18: 3,000/6,000 with a 6,000 ante Players Remaining: 34 of 332
With 35 players remaining and 34 finishing in the money, Cody Hernandez and start-of-day chip leader John O’Neal played what would be Hernandez’s last hand.
When staff approached the table, Hernandez was in late position facing off against O’Neal in the cutoff. O’Neal had 45,000 chips slid into the pot while Hernandez moved all-in for 261,000 total. Action was back on O’Neal. He called and the hands were up.
O’Neal’s pair held and Hernandez was eliminated on the bubble. The remaining 34 players — including Wally Maddah at a neighboring table with only 2,000 chips — were sent into the money.
$1,650 Tampa Poker Classic Main Event $300,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts Level 18: 3,000/6,000 with a 6,000 ante Players Remaining: 37 of 332
Florida’s Erik Christensen is the most recent casualty here on Day 2 of the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Poker Classic Main Event. Christensen unofficially fell in 38th place with only the top 34 finishing in the money.
$1,650 Tampa Poker Classic Main Event $300,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts Heading to Level 18: 3,000/6,000 with a 6,000 ante Players Remaining: 39 of 332
The day’s first break has arrived and players are on a quick 15-minute recess. Blinds are about to go up 3,000/6,000 with a 6,000 ante and the money bubble is right around the corner. There are 39 left with only 34 finishing in the money.
Here’s a look at some of the short stacks hoping to sneak their way into a payday:
Event 9 of the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Poker Classic kicks off at 2pm. This is a one-day, $360 buy-in Deepstack Six-Max Re-Entry tournament with $20,000 guaranteed. Players begin with 20,000 chips and will log 30-minute levels throughout. Registration and re-entry are available until about 6:30pm and the tournament is expected to wrap during the early morning hours of Monday.
Our live reporting efforts will be concentrated on the Main Event, but we’ll provide the highlights of this six-max including the prize pool and payouts when available as well as the 10-handed final table seat draw.
$1,650 Tampa Poker Classic Main Event $300,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts Level 17: 2,500/5,000 with a 5,000 ante Players Remaining: 52 of 332
The day’s first level was rather uneventful with only six players hitting the rail. We’re up now with Level 17 at 2,500/5,000 and a 5,000 ante. The average stack sits at just over 191,000 good for about 38 big blinds.
Wally Maddah, Vitor Coelho, Randy Spain, Trey Harrell, Luke Vrabel and Huicun Qiao are among some of the short stacks looking still looking to spin it up.
$1,650 Tampa Poker Classic Main Event $300,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts Return to Level 16: 2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 ante Players Remaining: 58 of 332
Three start days are in the book and it’s on to Day 2 of the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Poker Classic Main Event. The $1,650 buy-in drew a total of 332 entries generating a $498,000 prize pool. Following 15 Day 1 levels, only 58 remain.
Leading the action is Seminole regular John O’Neal. O’Neal jumped high during Day 1A and was never caught at the top of the counts with 455,000 chips. He’s one of two players over the 400,000, being joined by fellow Floridian Jeff Trudeau, Jr. who claims 453,500. The pair is neck-and-neck and leading the likes of Karl Manouchakian in third with 385,000.
The remaining players are jockeying for one of 34 in-the-money spots. A min-cash awards $3,416 while the tournament’s champion is reserved a $112,425 top prize. In addition, they’ll go home with the property’s token trophy — a guitar.
$1,650 Tampa Poker Classic Main Event $300,000 Guaranteed | Structure End of Level 9: 400/800 with a 6800 ante Day 1C Entries: 152 (Total Entries: 325)
Dinner break has arrived and this marks players’ final chance to get in the $1,650 buy-in Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Poker Classic Main Event. Cards go back in the air just after 6:30pm local time and the registration desk closes at that time.
As is, the clock shows 152 Day 1C entries good for a combined field of 325 and a $487,500 prize pool. Complete payouts will be posted after dinner break as soon as they’re made available.
$1,650 Tampa Poker Classic Main Event $300,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 9: 400/800 with a 6800 ante Day 1C Entries: 145 (Total Entries: 318)
The Day 1C clock reads 145 entries in the game and the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Poker Classic Main Event prize pool is inching toward the $500,000 mark. At present, the combined field is 318 putting the kitty at $477,000. That means only 16 more entries are needed to push the prize pool over half-a-million.
Registration and re-entry are available for about 90 more minutes — until about 6:30pm — before the desk closes after dinner break.
$1,650 Tampa Poker Classic Main Event $300,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 7: 300/500 with a 500 ante Day 1C Entries: 134 (Total Entries: 307)
There was a raised pot between Chad Kitchen in the big blind and Vincent Censabella in early position. The flop fell and Kitchen checked. Censabella threw out a gray 5,000 chip and announced an unknown bet. Kitchen promptly raised to 7,000 and Censabella promptly jammed 15,300 total. Kitchen snapped and the hands were tabled.
Kitchen: for bottom set Censabella: for top pair
Censabella was halfway out the door before the river even hit. He was eliminated while Kitchen piled his stack to about 135,000.
$1,650 Tampa Poker Classic Main Event $300,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 6: 200/400 with a 400 ante Day 1C Entries: 128 (Total Entries: 301)
Bryce McVay upped it to 1,000 from middle position and the player to his direct left called. It was on Oscar Zeledon in the cutoff and he three-bet to 3,000. The blinds called as did McVay and the other middle position player. It was a three-bet pot five-handed.
Flop: – It checked all the way to Zeledon who C-bet 5,000. Everyone folded except the middle position player. They were heads-up to the turn.
Turn: – The middle position player lead for 5,000. Zeledon quick raised to 10,000 and the middle position player called just as quickly.
River: – The middle position player checked and Zeledon plopped a pile of chips in. The middle position player mucked, surrendering the pot. Zeledon tabled his quad kings — — for good measure and the players went on break.
The pot earned Zeledon a stack worth about 62,000.
$1,650 Tampa Poker Classic Main Event $300,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 6: 200/400 with a 400 ante Day 1C Entries: 120 (Total Entries: 293)
The action was heads-up between Ryan Van Sanford in middle position and Toby Boas on his direct left. The board was complete and it laid . Van Sanford checked and Boas bet 3,300. Van Sanford sat for some time, then raised big to 16,000. Boas shifted in his seat before finding a call.
Boas: for a straight Van Sanford: for a pair of kings
Boas was best and he took a good chunk for his neighbor to the right. Both players have had a good go of Day 1C thus far and about level stacked above starting.
$1,650 Tampa Poker Classic Main Event $300,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 5: 200/300 with a 300 ante Day 1C Entries: 107 (Total Entries: 280)
As the field fills fast, so too are the stacks of some players. Tampa’s Bryce McVay has been on the good end of a number of showdowns and is climbing the counts quickly. He claims over 90,000 chips and has more than tripled up here early in Level 5.
McVay is one his tablemates do not want to see with chips. He owns seven tournament wins and more than $450,000 in earnings.