Event 2: Sandavol Flops Boat, Sinks Opponent

$175 + $25 + $20 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Level 6: Blinds 200/400

Steve SandovalSteve Stays with Read

On a board of A-A-9-K, Steve Sandoval (Tampa) bets 5k and his opponent raises 10k on top.

“Did we really both flop a full house,” ponders Sandoval, who is virtually all in if he commits any more chips to the pot. “Did you turn the blade on me, this is brutal.”

After replaying the action, Sandoval says he’s all in and gets a call.

Sandoval: T-9-9-6 (9s full of Aces)
Opponent: A-T-8-4 (trip Aces)

The river is a blank and Sandoval gets the double-up to take his stack to 50k (125 bb).

“I figured I was good,” says Sandoval to the player to his right, “but she had a lot of chips and I was confused.”

46 players remain with an average stack of 18k (45 bb); Sandavol’s opponent busts a few hands later after having close to 60k.

Event 2: The Game You Love to Hate

PLO:  $175 + $25 + $20 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Level 5: Blinds 150/300

Michael MasellaMasella Multi Tabling Events 1 & 2

Just coming back from break, Michael Masella (Daytona Beach) says, “the reasons we hate this game, are the reasons we love it so much.”

Case in point is a hand that Masella, “shouldn’t have been in,” but he had two pairs and “couldn’t fold.”

Masella ran his stack to 50k, but gave some back before the break and is now at 36k.

The chip leaders are currently in the 45k-50k range and include Alex Quinones (Riverview) and Core Dinic (Louisville, KY).

Not only is Mesella looking for a deep run in PLO, but he’s one of the returning players in Event 1 with an average stack of 91k. “I’m looking forward to it, it’s going to be fun,” he says.

With registration closed, the cage is verifying the total entries and the prize pool will be available shortly as this one-day tournament will wrap-up after midnight.


Event 1: Day 2 Preview

$490 + $45 + $20 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Play Resumes 12 pm Sunday

Kirk AdamsKirk Adams, Chip Leader

Local Pro Kirk Adams (St. Pete Beach, FL) returns as the chip leader for Day 2 in the premiere event of the WPT Regional Winter Tampa Bay open at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.  Adams leads with 206k (69 bb), while Tampa amateur Bobby Rosetta is second, just shy of 200k.

52 players, of 322 total entries, return for their shot at the $41,844 first place prize and are just 20 spots from the money ($994 min cash, 32nd place).

The average chip stack is 93k (31 bb) with blinds heading to 1,500/3k/500 ante when play resumes noon Sunday.

Top 10 Stacks

Kirk Adams 206,100
Robert Rosetta 199,600
Lane Phillips 189,600
Wayne Alesia 179,100
Jimmy Dowda 177,300
Michael Nykoliation 167,800
Alan Korpi 149,800
Alex Ivan 147,400
Jeff Coutroulis 145,000
Jon Godwin 139,700

A full list of chip counts and table draws will be posted later tonight

Event 1B: Final Flight Chip Counts

$490 + $45 + $20 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Day 2 Resumes 12 pm Sunday

Robert Rosetta 199,600
Lane Phillips 189,600
Wayne Alesia 179,100
Michael Nykoliation 167,800
Jon Godwin 139,700
Raphael Doromal 124,800
Rawitej Garlapati 115,900
Dominic Minaya 108,200
Dennis Schmitt 108,000
Amelio Amato 108,200
Dan Duda 89,200
Pete Walsworth 67,900
Adam Templeman 61,800
Christian McKean 59,800
Hai Ly 57,500
Richard Calledare 53,300
Chris Langrad 51,800
George Weirich 45,300
Charles Fawcett 32,600
Alan Phillips 24,200

Event 1B: End of Night Chip Leader

$490 + $45 + $20 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Day 1 Complete

Bobby Rosetta

Rosetta, 1B Chip Leader – 2nd Overall

Bobby Rosetta (Tampa via Philadelphia, PA) is the chip leader of the third and final flight with 199,600.

“I was never above the (overall) chip leader,” says Rosetta, who will take the second biggest chip stack into Day 2. “It was slow and steady and more of a grind,” he says, “No big hands.”

20 players bagged and tagged for the night, which sets the overall remaining number of players at 52.  Kirk Adams (St. Pete Beach, FL) returns as the chip leader with 206,100.

The field returns at noon Saturday, just 20 spots from the money. The top 32 get paid as they play for the $41,844 first prize.

“I feel pretty comfortable,” adds Rosetta, who works in IT and plays Hard Rock Tampa cash games mostly on weekends.

Event 1B: Five More Hands

$490 + $45 + $20 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 14: 1,200/2,400/400 ante

The third and final flight is winding down to the end of level 14 and with 10 minutes left on the night, the clock is paused. Each table will play 5 more hands and then bag and tag.

25 players remain with an average stack of 79k (33 bb).

Event 2: 7 pm PLO Tournament Underway

$175 + $25 + $20 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
$10,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool

After three flights of No Limit Hold’em, the Winter Tampa Bay Open switches gear with PLO action.

Players start with 10k in chips and the levels are 30 minutes each.

Late Registration/Re-Entry is open until the conclusion of the first break of the night (~9:15 pm).

In addition to first place cash, the winner of this event receives $1,650 entry into the WPT Hard Rock Tampa Bay Winter Poker Open Championship (Dec. 13-15).

Event 1B: Back in Action

$490 + $45 + $20 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 13: Blinds 1k/2k/300 ante

34 players are back from dinner break, including chip leader Dominick Minaya (Tampa) to finish out the last two levels of the night. At the conclusion of Level 14 (~7:45 pm) the remaining players will bag and tag.