Event 8: John Pappas Wins in Four-Way Deal

2015 Winter Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa
Event #8
$150 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em Turbo (Re-Entry)
Total Entries: 202
Prize Pool: $24,240
December 13, 2015

John Pappas, Event 8 Champions
John Pappas, Event 8 Champions

Tampa, Fla. (December 9, 2015) – The second weekend of the 2015 Winter Poker Open brought out another Turbo crowd on a Sunday afternoon. The second such event on the schedule drew a nice crowd of 202 entrants and it was local favorite John Pappas taking home the title along with a $1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship seat.

This week’s field topped the 199 entrants from Event 3 but they played down just as fast. Less than half the field remained when registration closed at the start of Level 13 and they were facing the money bubble not longer after.

Seminole Hard Rock Tampa ambassador Wally Maddah did the heavy lifting to get the last 27 players in the money and he was joined by local regular Cheri Beatty, social media superstar Kevin “Kevmath” Mathers, and John “Call Me Johnny” Pappas.

After a short break, they played down to the final table in short time and it was wrapped up within the hour. Kostas Papstavrov, Mike Drawdy, and James D’Arcangelis went out in the first few hands followed by Agnes Barton and Beatty, two of the three women at the final table.

After Chad Policarpio’s knockout in 5th place, the last four players negotiated a deal to evenly divide the remaining prize pool and Pappas picked up the title as the chip leader. He earned the honor along with a seat in the $1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship.

“I was already going to play,” Pappas quipped. “Now I already have my seat.”

The wins puts the Brooklyn-born amateur’s career earnings a little further over $100,000. The win is his third cash during the 2015 Winter Poker Open and second final table after a 5th place finish in Event 4.

Event 8 Results:

1st: John Pappas – $3,485 + $1,650 WPO Championship seat*
2nd: Josh Fulford – $3,485*
3rd: Pamela Osteen – $3,485*
4th: Stephen Davidson – $3,485*
5th: Chad Policarpio – $1,355
6th: Cheri Beatty – $1,130
7th: Agnes Barton – $904
8th: James D’Arcangelis – $678
9th: Mike Drawdy – $452
10th: Kostas Papastavrov – $294
11th: Kozma Llazari – $294
12th: Kevin Mathers – $294
13th: Dave Phillips – $248
14th: Seth Newberry – $248
15th: Achin Sahay – $248
16th: Wally Maddah – $226
17th: Allauddin Khan – $226
18th: Dustyn Schindewolf – $226
19th: Peter Cantine – $203
20th: Joshua Rose – $203
21st: David Hall – $203
22nd: Stanley Holley – $203
23rd: Mahmoud Bidarian – $203
24th: Anthony Paulino – $203
25th: Ronald Rose – $203
26th: David Smith – $203
27th: William Linderman – $203

* – Denotes four-way deal