Corey Wade Wins the Championship Event to Bring the WPT Tampa Series to a Close

2022 WPT Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 21
$3,500 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  1,165
Prize Pool:  $3,728,000
September 2-7, 2022


The 2022 WPT Tampa Championship headlined the two-week festival and the $3,500 buy-in tournament featured a $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. After a tough final table, Corey Wade took the Championship title and earned $615,050.

“It feels absolutely amazing, I got heads-up for a bracelet this summer and fell short with a big chip lead, and this time I came through and got lucky on the river, I’m really excited. It felt so good, it’s a surreal feeling,” said Wade right after the victory.

“I was to Brock Wilson’s left, and he was the best player at the table, and I didn’t have a lot of big stacks on my left so I was able to open more than I would have otherwise than not open. I was able to maneuver more than the stack size I had should have been able to do. I was able to open up my range a little bit and find some spots that were good to take,” said Wade when he was asked about his journey through the final table.

“This is the first time I’ve ever been here, and the casino is really big and really nice, I enjoyed it. The room service was great, the tournament ran perfect. I only have good things to say, I had a great time,” said Wade.

Wade took some tough beats earlier in the tournament, and here is his answer about how he persevered, “I wear my emotions on my sleeve, and it really got to me for a while. I had to call a couple people to calm me down. I tried to just tell myself, whatever happens, happens, so just be happy.”

The tournament drew a record-tying 1,165 entries over two starting flights to create a prize pool worth $3,728,000. Both numbers tied the 2021 WPT Tampa Championship turn out as the biggest in our history.

The last 146 places were paid with the tournament reaching the money before the end of Day 2. They played down to 16 players on Day 3 with Wade leading the way, and the Championship hit the final table early on Day 4.

Local favorite Fred Paradis (who won his seat in the Championship Event in a $550 satellite) had the big stack at the tough six-handed WPT final table, featuring Wade, David Tuthill, Seth Berger, Steven McKoy, and high roller specialist Brock Wilson.

That brings the WPT Tampa series to a close and concludes our coverage. Congratulations to all the trophy winners, and thanks to all the players that made the last two weeks a success.

Here are the results from the final table today:

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Payout