2023 Tampa Signature Poker Series
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
$3,500 Signature NLH (Re-Entry)
Prize Pool: $121,600
September 19, 2023
The $3,500 Signature event was a big buy-in tournament for locals and those still around for the Championship. It drew 38 entries, and WSOP bracelet winner Joe Serock defeated former Tampa Poker Classic Champion Paul Snead heads-up for the title and $45,630.
The turnout for this inaugural event created a prize pool worth $121,600 and the last five players were set to make some money. Francis Anderson picked up a fifth-place payout before the tournament paused overnight.
Snead was the chip leader coming back for the rest of the final table action and Duff Charette exited soon after the restart. AJ Kelsall, another WSOP winner, went out in third to set up a nearly tied heads-up match between Serock and Snead.
But as Snead commented, “he can’t miss.”
Serock hit his cards, Snead slipped lower, and couldn’t come from behind on the last hand of the tournament. Snead picked up $30,420 for his runner-up finish while Serock took home the top prize along with the SPS trophy.
1st: Joe Serock – $45,630 + SPS Trophy
2nd: Paul Snead – $30,420
3rd: AJ Kelsall – $20,280
4th: Duff Charette – $14,380
5th: Francis Anderson – $10,890