Event 1: Robbie Godbey Captures His First Tampa Title

2019 Seminole Hard Rock WPTDeepStacks Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 1
$360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 1,012
Prize Pool: $303,600
June 5-9, 2019

Robbie Godbey, Event 1 champion

(Tampa, Florida) – The 2019 WPTDeepStacks Tampa series kicked off on June 5 with a big, multi-day tournament the produced a great turnout. The $360 buy-in tournament beat its $250,000 Guarantee with more than one thousand entries and local Robbie Godbey was the player posing with the guitar trophy at the end before he collected $31,000 for the title.

Event 1 featured seven starting flights and it all built up to the huge day on Saturday afternoon. All flights combined to put 1,012 entries into the tournament and the prize pool grew to $303,600 by the time registration closed.

Of those 1,012 entries, we had 155 survive their opening flight to return on Sunday for Day 2. Former SHR Tampa winner Scott Caracciolo had the biggest stack coming back but his day did not go as expected and he had to settle for a 29th place finish.

The field quickly hit the money with 102 getting paid. The hand-for-hand process was quick and painless for all but one. David Yo’s AsTc could not beat Jermaine Gerlin’s AdQs to send him out on the bubble.

There was no slowdown throughout the day and Event 1 was down to its final table before the dinner break came around. Several of the last nine players took turns at top of the counts among those nine players including Gerlin, Shadrach Tercy, and Romel “Romeo” Huelga. Godbey hovered in the middle of the pack until he went on a heater.

With seven players remaining, Godbey wrestled control of the chips with more than 5 million, more than a million better than second position Tercy. The day was getting late and the last seven players were ready to call it a night.

On the last break of the day, they negotiated and reached an agreement for an ICM division of the remaining prize pool. Godbey took the lion’s share of the money and nearly doubled his career earnings total with this $31,000 payday. In addition to the prize money, Godbey also won a $1,100 seat into the 2019 WPTDeepStacks Tampa $3,00,000 Guarantee Main Event kicking off on June 13.

Congratulations to Robbie and thanks to our local favorites and out of town friends for making the opening event such a great success.

Event 1 final table results:

1st: Robbie Godbey – $31,000 + WPTDeepStacks Main Event Seat *
2nd: Shadrach Tercy – $29,013 *
3rd: Jose Garcia – $25,818 *
4th: Kevin Blewitt – $22,769 *
5th: Jermaine Gerlin – $21,923 *
6th: Romel Huelga – $19,631 *
7th: Mehdi Belhassan – $17,459 *
8th: Austin Jeffords – $7,181
9th: Eric Fetter – $5,381
* – denotes results of seven-way deal

Full Event 1 results