Level 7: 250/500/50 ante
Lowe Going High
Nearly half the starting field of 88 entries and half the play for tonight’s flight is in the books.
Currently 46 players remain with an average stack of 29k (58 bb) as the halfway point (of 14 levels) concludes.
The big stacks are climbing north of 60k (120 bb) and includes Marc Lowe (Tampa), but not everyone’s having a great night, including this anonymous player:
Dealer Bre with (l-r) Carl Marks (Tampa), Jeff Jarrell (Myrtle Beach, SC)
& Luis Rosario (Brandon) Before the Start of their Satellite
In addition to the tournament tables for Event 1A, nearly every table in the Poker Room is alive with action.
The cash games range from $2-$4 Limit to $5-$10 PLO and there’s always a lists of interests, including the single table sit-n-gos.
Right now a $55 satellite is underway with the top three spots paying $160. The winnings can be used towards entry into any of the events during the Winter Tampa Bay Open.
Level 5: Blinds 150/300/25 ante
Another Big Stack for Brinkley
It’s early in the tournament, but Jim Brinkley (Tampa, FL) finds himself with a lot of chips, again. Brinkley finished 4th in June’s Summer Tampa Bay / WPT Regional Series for a career best $29,000 payday.
“I had the chip lead for three days,” Brinkley laments on what he labels a disappointing finish.
Brinkley’s run-good continues in this event as he’s up to 40k (133 bb) and is the big stack after the first break.
“It’s a hobby,” says the car repair shop owner about his poker game. “I do a lot of work for the dealers here.” And now he’s providing a crash course on how to do damage to his Tampa opponents.
Level 4: 100/200/25 ante
Williams (left) Gets a Double Through Brinkley (right) as
Nunziante Rinaldo (Clermont, FL) looks on
On the last hand of the level, Jim Brinkley (Tampa, FL) opens to 800 and Steve Williams (Plant City, FL) moves all in for 2,350.
Brinkley makes the call, even though he assumes he’s behind, and is:
Williams: A♥ Q♥
Brinkley: J♥ 8♥
The board runs clean for Williams who doubles up to nearly 5k (17 bb), while Williams can afford the donation with his 40k (133 bb) big stack.
“Everyday,” when asked how often he plays at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa. “Both tournaments and cash, but mostly tournaments.”
Williams is still a short stack and says, “Hope I don’t have to play again tomorrow (Day 1B),” which is the plan if he busts tonight.
Players are on break and registration is open for the next 15 minutes. The next blinds are 150/300/25 ante.
Level 4: 100/200/25 ante
Saturday Night (Poker) Fever
The kickoff event at the WPT Regional Tampa Bay Open continues with 80+ entries in the second flight. Registration for the $150,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool is open through the break at the end of this level (~9:25 pm).
In addition to tournament tables, the Poker Room is buzzing with cash games and single table satellites for the $1,650 Main Event (Dec. 13th-15th).
First Flight Complete
John Faucette & Stephen Diamontas on to Day 2
18 players bagged an average chip count of 86k (29 bb) with blinds going to 1,500/3,000/500 ante for the start of Day 2.
Play resumes 12 pm Sunday.
Kirk Adams 206,100
Jimmy Dowda 177,300
Martin Werch 129,600
John Pappas 116,400
Scott Gertiser 113,500
Sterling Savill 101,500
Ricky Carter 90,200
Michael Masella 90,600
AVG CHIP STACK 86,000
Michael Ferneman 79,000
John Faucette 78,000
Roy Young 61,800
Tom Nguyen 60,200
Rebecca Furlong 54,800
Meir Barack 53,100
Stephen Diamontas 46,000
Shawn Deufel 39,300
Thomas Powers 37,200
James D’Arcangelis 16,000
Kirk Adams, Chip Leader
The 11 am flight is in the books and the chip leader is Kirk Adams (St. Pete Beach, FL) who bags 206,100 and is thrilled to be playing close to home.
“I travel a lot,” said the full time pro, “so to have a series 45 minutes away is awesome.”
Adams is one of 18 players who bagged chips and will return Sunday for Day 2. Second in chips is Dean “Jimmy” Dowda (Orlando, FL) who finished with 177,300 after leading earlier in the day.
Adams’ good start continues his best year to date in poker as he has a couple of final tables and $30,000+ in tournament earnings alone from Biloxi, Mississippi. He’s been playing professionally since 2006 when he was doing well enough online to quit his job as a bartender.
“I miss bartending, the social aspect of it,” said the 34-year-old Adams, but he doesn’t bring that part of his personality to the table. “You’re trying to take their money. It’s not like sitting around to watch a football game,” he said.
And speaking of football, Adams is staying put Saturday to watch the SEC Championship game, which meant poker was out of the question.
“I had extra incentive to play well (today), said Adams, “I’m doing it for Auburn. War Eagle”
The 18 remaining players will join the remainder of Flights 1A & 1B at noon Sunday to play for their piece of the $150,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
Level 14: Blinds 1,200/2,400/400 ante
We’ve only lost one player since returning from dinner break, so it looks like, with 21 players remaining, the field will complete the level before bagging and tagging.
The clock will be stopped at 7:30 pm (10 minutes left on the level) and each table will play five more hands to end the session.
The second flight of the day is off and running in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Room.
Players start with 15k in chips with levels lasting 30 minutes each. Re-entry and late registration is open for the first two hours (~9 pm).
Players who busted from the 11 am flight may also play in this one and/or Flight 1B set for 11 am Saturday. Day 2 is 12 pm Sunday.
Level 13: Blinds 1k/2k/300 ante
The opening flight of most multi-flight tournaments tend to draw the lowest numbers and Event 1 is no exception.
Today’s 103 entries are buzzing through the field and play may stop before the scheduled 14 levels to keep from the number from going too low. If the field hits 15 players (15% of the starting field), play will end early so as to not affect the money bubble.
The remaining 22 players are back from dinner and will play the next two levels, or 15 players, whichever comes first.