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Main Event: Alex Ivan Eliminated in Three-Way All-in

$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

Alex Ivan

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: KhKd
Ivan: JcJd
Spain: 8h8d

Runout: Qd8c6c7d3s

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)

Main Event: 27 Players, Three Tables Remain

$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: 27 of 332

1st: $112,425
2nd: $79,152
3rd: $50,906
4th: $31,050
5th: $23,979
6th: $19,870
7th: $16,683
8th: $13,944
9th: $11,245
10th-12th: $9,462
13th-15th: $8,093
16th-18th: $6,778
19th-21st: $5,603
22nd-24th: $4,482
25th-27th: $3,860

28th: Mark Radcliff – $3,416
29th: Hai Ly – $3,416

Additional results are available in the post below.

Main Event: Wally Maddah Down as the First in-the-Money Elimination

$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: 33 of 332

Wally Maddah

Wally Maddah’s unlikely run came to an end in 34th place. It was on the first hand after the bubble burst that his 2,000 chips went into the middle and never came back.

Wally Maddah – Eliminated in 34th place ($3,416)

Main Event: Cody Hernandez Eliminated on the Bubble; Wally Maddah Sneaks into the Money with 2,000 Chips

$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

Cody Hernandez

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: QcQd
Hernandez: AhKh

Runout: 8c4s2h8dJc

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.

Wally Maddah flashes his final two orange 1,000 chips

John O’Neal – 730,000
Wally Maddah – 2,000
Cody Hernandez – Eliminated

Main Event: Erik Christensen Out

$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

Erik Christensen

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.

Erik Christensen – Eliminated

Main Event: Break Time with the Bubble Approaching

$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

Chris Tryba’s chip-leading stack at first break

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:

  • Trey Harrell – 104,000
  • Karen Longfellow – 99,000
  • Charles Kelly – 84,000
  • Randolph Spain – 81,000
  • Jeff Russell – 70,000
  • Wally Maddah – 47,000
  • Vitor Coelho – 38,000

Main Event: Two to the Rail Courtesy of Ken O’Donnell

$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: 41 of 332

Ken O’Donnell

There was three-way, preflop action between Ken O’Donnell, Aric Pluskat and Matthew Smith. O’Donnell had the best of it, while Pluskat and Smith were all-in and behind.

O’Donnell: AsAd
Pluskat: KsKh
Smith: AhKd

Runout: Ts9c4d3s7s

No help for the crew. O’Donnell’s aces held while Pluskat and Smith were sent to the rail shy of the money. O’Donnell piled up about 800,000 chips and took the lead.

Ken O’Donnell – 800,000
Aric Pluskat – Eliminated
Matthew Smith – Eliminated

Event 9: One-Day Postlim Goes at 2pm

$360 Deepstack Six-Max NLH (Re-Entry)
$20,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 1: 100/100

Juan Rodriguez’s 620,000 chips went in the middle

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.

Here are the details:

2PM: Event 9 – $360 Deepstack Six-Max NLH (Re-Entry)

  • $20,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 9 Structure Sheet

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.

Good luck, six-max players!

Main Event: Fillip Khavin Flops a Boat, Eliminates Chris Boyle

$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: 46 of 332

Filipp Khavin

Chris Boyle was short and his all-in bet wasn’t for much. Filipp Khavin called and Boyle needed to hold to hold onto his tournament life.

Boyle: AcJc
Khavin: Tc9c

Runout: Td9s9d4c7s

The flop came fast, giving Khavin a boat. Boyle was out of his seat and on his way out before the river even hit.

Chris Boyle

Filipp Khavin – 220,000
Chris Boyle – Eliminated

Main Event: Level Up After Slow Kickoff

$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.

Main Event: Greg Muzzillo Doubles through Deon Sampson

$1,650 Tampa Poker Classic Main Event
$300,000 Guaranteed
 | Structure | Payouts
Level 16: 2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 52 of 332

Greg Muzzillo

Greg Muzzillo jammed 91,500 from the cutoff and Deon Sampson called from the small blind. Muzzillo was the at-risk player as Sampson had about 140,000 behind. Muzzillo needed to improve.

Sampson: KsKd
Muzzillo: Ac7d

Runout: Jc8d7hTc7s

A flopped pair improve to trips on the river and Muzzillo came from behind to double through Sampson.

Greg Muzzillo – 193,000
Deon Sampston – 140,000

Main Event: Mark Radcliff Hits Better Turn to Bust Oscar Zeledon

$1,650 Tampa Poker Classic Main Event
$300,000 Guaranteed
 | Structure | Payouts
Level 16: 2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 55 of 332

Mark Radcliff

Mark Radcliff had the best of it preflop versus Oscar Zeledon. The pair went back and forth ultimately getting Zeledon’s remaining stack in the middle.

Radcliff: AsAd
Zeledon: KcKd

Flop: KsTd9s – Zeledon came from behind, flopping the best of it with top set.

Turn: Ah – Just as fast, Radcliff came back getting a better set on the turn.

River: 2h – The elusive one-outer didn’t come through for Zeledon and he was eliminated early on Day 2.

Mark Radcliff – 275,000
Oscar Zeledon – Eliminated

Main Event: Next Stop, the Final Table; Day 2 Goes at Noon

$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

Tampa Poker Classic Main Event chip leader, John O’Neal

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.

Day 2 Chip Counts | Table Draws

Jeffr Trudeau Jr
Karl Manouchakian

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.

Main Event Payouts

Cards go in the air at 12pm and play is scheduled to go down to the final table. We’ll be here following all the action until the 10th-place bustout. Good luck, players!

Main Event Day 1C: Dinner Time; Registration Closes at ~6:30pm

$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.

Main Event Day 1C: Closing in on Half-a-Million

$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.

Main Event Day 1C: Byars Gets One Through

$1,650 Tampa Poker Classic Main Event
$300,000 Guaranteed
 | Structure
Level 8: 300/600 with a 600 ante
Day 1C Entries: 138 (Total Entries: 311)

Brandon Byars

A quartet of players got 1,500 in the pot pre and they saw a flop of QsJh6s. The small blind checked and Oscar Zeledon bet 2,500. Brandon Byars called while the button folded. The small blind called, too.

It was three-handed action on the Qd turn and all three players checked.

The river fell the 8c and the small blind checked a third time. Zeledon sent the action over to Byars who shoved 11,500. Both players folded and Byars lived to fight another day.

It was a nice win,  but Byars still sat under starting stack.

Main Event Day 1C: Kitchen Filets Censabella

$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)

Chad Kitchen

There was a raised pot between Chad Kitchen in the big blind and Vincent Censabella in early position. The flop fell QsTd7c 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: 7h7d for bottom set
Censabella: KsQd for top pair

Runout: 5dJc

Censabella was halfway out the door before the river even hit. He was eliminated while Kitchen piled his stack to about 135,000.

Main Event Day 1C: Quads for Zeledon

$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: KcJh6c – 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: KcJh6cKd – The middle position player lead for 5,000. Zeledon quick raised to 10,000 and the middle position player called just as quickly.

River: KcJh6cKd5d – 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 — KsKh — for good measure and the players went on break.

The pot earned Zeledon a stack worth about 62,000.

Main Event Day 1C: Boas Straightens Out Van Sanford

$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)

Toby Boas

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 7d5s3hAs4s. 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: 6s6d for a straight
Van Sanford: KsKd 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.

Main Event Day 1C: Bryce McVay on the Up

$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)

Bryce McVay

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.