Championship: Heavy Hitters at Hard Rock Table 45

$1,500 + $100 + $50 No Limit Hold’em Championship Event (Re-Entry)
Level 7: Blinds 250/500/75 ante

Zaki & Kessler

The first flight is up to 100 players with registration now closed. The field putting up half the entries needed to reach the $300,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool.

Players have two more chances to get a piece of the WPT Hard Rock Tampa Winter Poker Open Championship action with tonight’s second flight (7 pm) and Saturday’s third flight (11 am).

We mentioned Allen Kessler’s (Las Vegas) tough table draw earlier in the day, and it’s gotten tougher with the addition of local baller Just Zaki (Tampa) who tweeted:

Kessler and Zaki combined have just under 4 million in combined career live tournament earnings. Here’s a tale of the tape:

PlayerCareer EarningsCashesBest Result
Kessler$2.7 million1891st Place – 12 Times
Zaki$1 million383rd Place 2011 Seminole Hard Rock Showdown ($416,00)

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