Championship: Familiar Faces Fill Hard Rock Tampa Poker Tables

$1,500 + $100 + $50 No Limit Hold’em Championship Event (Re-Entry)
Level 2: Blinds 75/150

John Pizano, Scott Strickland, Robert Manjua-Boody, Allen Kessler & Ayed Shweihat
(l-r) Pizano, Strickland, Manjua-Boody, Kessler, Shweihat

One of the tougher tables features some series stalwarts along with a fresh face to Tampa this week in Allen Kessler.

Kessler’s a WPT veteran with nearly $2.8 million in career tournament earnings. He’s seated next to Robert Manjua-Boody and Scott Strickland, who both earned parts of chops earlier this series.

Robert Manjua-Boody was part of yesterday’s Turbo 4-way deal (Event 8), while Strickland was part of the 10-way final table chop in the $165 entry (Event 6).

Also at the table is John Pizano who final tabled last month’s Rock ‘N Roll Poker Open at Hollywood (7th place – $24,000) and Ayed Shweihat who made Day 2 of Event 6, but missed the money.

More than 50 players, and counting, are in this opening flight.

WPT Hard Rock Tampa Winter Poker Open Championship Underway

$1,500 + $100 + $50 No Limit Hold’em Championship Event (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
Level 1: Blinds 50/100

The first nine events of the Tampa Winter Poker Open was just the appetizer to the main course. The WPT Championship Event, with a $300,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool, is the tournament players are most looking forward to.

The first of three flights is underway and it’s been a slow and steady stream of players as the deep structure allows for a lot of play.

20k starting stacks and 40 minute levels to start (60 min levels on Final Day) means there’s no hurry and patience is always key.

Re-entry and late registration is open for four hours of play (~3:30 pm).

The second flight is tonight at 7 pm, while the third and final flight is 11 am Saturday. The Championship final day is Sunday (12 pm) with the crowning of our winner.

The action is underway!

Final Results – Event 9

Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Winter Poker Open
Event 9: $220 Seniors (50+) No Limit Hold’em
December 12, 2013

Entries: 131
Prize Pool: $25,000

1st Place

1st Place
PLACENAMEFROMWINNINGS
1MARTIN WELCHZEPHYRHILLS, FL$3,905
2DAVID LOVELESSTAMPA, FL$3,905
3DUANE PODGORSKILAKELAND, FL$3,905
4RYAN UMIPEGBRANDON, FL$3,905
5JOHN PAPPASTAMPA, FL$3,905
6FRANK SHUMOCK IIIVALRICO, FL$1,225
7ROCKY COVIELLODAVENPORT, FL$925
8JOSEPH MIHALISZYNRUSKIN, FL$700
9HOWARD RODETSKYLARGO, FL$575
10ROGER MEEHANLAKELAND, FL$550
11YVONNE ISAACWESLEY CHAPEL, FL$525
12JOSEPH WILLIAMSPLANT CITY, FL$500
13CHARLES LEBOWITZTAMPA, FL$475

Event 9: Martin Welch Wins Seniors Event

$175 + $25 + $20 NLH Seniors (Re-Entry)

The early morning hours led the five remaining players to do an even chop with Martin Welch being declared the winner of the tournament and the recipient of the entry into the Championship Event. Congratulations on the victory Martin!

 

The final payouts were as follows:

PlaceNameHometownPayout
1stMartin WelchOntario$3,905.00
2ndDavid LovelessTampa, FL$3,905.00
3rdDuane PodgorskiLakeland, FL$3,905.00
4thJohn PappasTampa, FL$3,905.00
5thRyan UmipegBrandon, FL$3,905.00
6thFrank ShumochTampa, FL$1,225.00
7thRocky CovielloPolk County, FL$925.00
8thJoe MichaelsonSun City Center, FL$700.00
9thHoward RodetskyLargo, FL$575.00
10thRoger MeehanLakeland, FL$550.00
11thYvonne IsaacWesley Chapel, FL$525.00
12thJoseph WilliamsPlant City, FL$500.00
13thCharles LebowitzTampa, FL$475.00

Event 9: 6th Place, Frank Shumoch – $1,225

$175 + $25 + $20 NLH Seniors (Re-Entry)

Blinds 6K/12K Ante 2K

Frank Shumoch and Martin Welch saw a Ts9s3s flop and both players checked. They checked again on the 7s turn. On the 3h river Shumoch moved all in and was quickly called by Welch. Frank had As6s for the flopped nut flush. However, Welch had caught up and surpassed him on the river with his pair of 9’s for a flopped set that turned into a full house. Shumoch finishes in 6th place for $1,225.

6th place - Frank Shumoch
6th place – Frank Shumoch

Event 9: 8th Place, Joe Michaelson – $700

$175 + $25 + $20 NLH Seniors (Re-Entry)

Blinds 4K/8K Ante 1K

A short stacked Joe Michaelson was all in pre-flop with K-T against the A-8 of David Loveless. The flop came 9-7-3 keeping David ahead. The turn was a 6. The river gave Joe a pair as it was a ten but it also gave Loveless a straight. Michaelson finishes in 8th place for $700.

8th place - Joe Michaelson
8th place – Joe Michaelson

Event 9: 9th Place, Howard Rodetsky – $575

$175 + $25 + $20 NLH Seniors (Re-Entry)

Blinds 2.5K/5K Ante 500

Howard Rodetsky had moved all in countless times over the course of the evening without receiving any callers. He did so again on a AhKs9s flop but this time he found a taker in Martin Welch who had Kd9d for flopped bottom two pair. Howard had Ac6c for top pair. The turn was another 9… the 9d and Howard was drawing to one of the two remaining Aces in the deck. The river was the 6c though and Rodetsky was eliminated in 9th place.

9th place - Howard Rodetsky
9th place – Howard Rodetsky