Event 1A: One Hour Break

On Break; Play Resumes 2:52 am

The structure sheet calls it a dinner break, but these players are taking a late night snack break. When the 18 remaining players return, the plan is to play until the field is down to 14 or the end of Level 14 whichever comes first.

Matt Perrin (Chesterfield, MI) is the chip leader with 131k (66 bb) and the average stack is 73k (37 bb).

Event 1A: Rackin’ & Rollin’

Level 12: Blinds 800/1,600/200

Herbert Woodbery & Wally MaddahWoodbery & Maddah Moving to a New Table

Eliminations are fast and furious with one player saying, “even a blind squirrel finds a nut,” when his short stack gets a knockout with A5 against his opponent’s A6 after flopping a straight.

20 players remain, including Poker Room regulars Herbert Woodbery (Orlando) and Wally Maddah (Tampa), which means the field is getting dangerously close to 15% remaining (13 players) of the 88 entries. It looks like play may have to stop before the scheduled 14 levels.

Event 1A: Blinds Krushing Karlin, Coutroulis Doubles

Level 11: Blinds 600/1,200/200 ante

Jeff CoutroulisJeff Coutroulis

After reporting that USF Professor Marv Karlins was one of the chip leaders, he gets crushed on back-to-back hands from the big and small blinds.

First he sends a double-up to Andrey Ivlev (Tampa via Russia), who has KK against Karlins flopped OE straight draw. On the next hand, Karlins moves all in on a board of Q-J-T-5-9.

Jeff “Flicker” Coutroulis (Tampa) calls and knowing he can’t beat the nuts of AK says,”I don’t have an ace,” and turns over KQ for a King-high straight.

Karlins shows AT for just a pair of Tens and sends 23k across the table on the final bet.

The two hands takes Karlins from 90k to less than 30k, while Coutroulis and Ivlev both have new life.

Coutroulis has more than $200,000 in career tournament earnings including a 5th place finish in June’s Summer Tampa Bay / WPT Regional Series for $18,000. Ivlev has one recorded tournament cash from a 2011 event in Kiev, Ukraine.

Event 1A: 1/3 of a Tank

Level 10:  500/1,000/100 ante

Matt PerrinPerrin Representing the Motor City

The field of 88 entries for the 7 pm flight is down to 27 players, roughly 1/3 of what started.

Matt Perrin (Chesterfield, MI) is one of the big stacks at 90k, close to double the average stack of 49k (49 bb) as the level winds down.

Event 1A: Read ‘Em and Reap

Level 9: Blinds 400/800/100 ante

Marv KarlinsKarlins with an Easy Post Flop Read

On one of the first hands back from break Anthony Brammer (Tampa) is all in on a Jack-high flop and Marv Karlins (Tampa, FL) snap calls.

Karlins: AJ (pair of Jacks)
Brammer: 88

Karlins ends up winning the hand with trip Jacks, knocking out Karlins in the process. And as it turns out, it’s USF on USF crime.

Brammer, the University of Southern Florida Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach, is eliminated by a Professor of Management at USF.

“I’ve been there 40 years and teaching for 50,” says the 72-year-old who takes his stack to 80k.

In addition to teaching, Karlins is known in these parts as one of the authors of Read ‘Em and Reap, a book on poker tells.  “We shot some of it right over there,” says Karlins who points across the Poker Room.

Karlins, along with poker super star Phil Hellmuth (record 13 WSOP bracelets) and ex-FBI agent Joe Navarro, wrote about non-verbal cues and decoding poker tells. But he’s not willing to admit he has any advantage over his opponents.

“One mistake with these guys and I’m done,” he laughs while pointing to two players who also have above average chip stacks.

It would have been interesting to see what kind of read Karlins would have had if Brammer moved all in preflop.

A coin flip, for 1/3 of his stack, with a chance to knockout a university colleague.  Wonder what chapter that’s covered in?

Event 1A: Live Action

Level 8: Blinds 300/600/75 ante

Anthony BrammerBrammer Checking out Hoops & Hold’em

Tournament reporting is one of the new additions to the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa poker experience.

Our media team will be on site from beginning to end and bring you all the action from the 11 tournaments over 10 days and $615,000 in total guaranteed prizes.

Players like Anthony Brammer (Tampa) are already finding the action and sharing it with their friends and family.  Brammer is taking a break from his duties as Video Coordinating Coach for the USF men’s basketball team and playing in the kickoff event.

This tournament fits perfectly into Brammer’s schedule as Bulls have a home game Saturday (vs Alabama on tournament Day 1B). And if Brammer makes it to Sunday’s Day 2, he’s got a week off from basketball and can focus on poker.

Brammer has less than 20k and will need to chip up over the next few levels if he’s going to bag and tag at the end of the night.

Blog Screen ShotFrom the Felt to Your Phone

Event 1A: Halfway Home

Level 7: 250/500/50 ante

Marc Lowe 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:

anonymousSeven-Deuce Again!?!?!

Satellite Action

Sit and Go Bre, Carl Marks, Jeff Jarrell, Luis RosarioDealer 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.

Event 1A: On the Brinkley of Another Run

Level 5: Blinds 150/300/25 ante

Jim BrinkleyAnother 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.

Event 1A: Courtesy Double-Up

Level 4: 100/200/25 ante

Steve Williams & Jim BrinkleyWilliams (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.