David DiBernardi Wins His Second WSOP Circuit Ring in His Hometown

2020 WSOP Circuit – February
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 13
$600 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries:  374
Prize Pool:  $192,610
February 16-17, 2020

Event 13 Champion David Dibernardi
Event 13 Champion David Dibernardi

A year ago this month, David DiBernardi won his first WSOP Circuit ring down at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, but after busting out of the Main Event on Sunday, DiBernardi was prepared to call it a series.

“I almost didn’t play this event,” said DiBernardi. “I was waiting in line because I min-cashed the Main Event, and my buddy said, ‘Dude, you’ve got to hop in this.'”

DiBernardi did hop into it, and finished Day 1 third in chips. By the time the final table began, he had moved up the leaderboard to second in chips, and when the final river card hit, DiBernardi was victorious in winning his second WSOP Circuit ring in his own hometown.

When asked about the WSOP Circuit coming to Tampa, DiBernardi said, “I’m from Tampa, and I’ve been waiting for something like this. It’s awesome, what the Hard Rock has done. This room has been amazing. It was a great series, and I’m excited that it’s coming back in September.”

Event 13 Champion David Dibernardi and Friends


Final Table Results:

1st:  David DiBernardi  –  $40,079 + WSOP Circuit Ring
2nd:  Victor Nissim  –  $24,768
3rd:  Giedrius Bagdonas  –  $17,957
4th:  Bradley Coultas  –  $13,216
5th:  William Watson  –  $9,877
6th:  Rodney Turvin  –  $7,497
7th:  Gregory Masters  –  $5,780
8th:  Stephen Song  –  $4,529
9th:  Saehyun Kim  –  $3,606
10th:  Lily Kornik  –  $2,920

Main Event: Isaac Kempton Wins ($290,974); David Jackson Finishes as Runner-Up ($179,833)

$1,700 WSOPC Main Event (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 36:  200,000/400,000 with a 400,000 ante
Players Remaining:  1 of 1,162

Final Hand Between David Jackson and Isaac Kempton
In the final hand of the WSOP Circuit Main Event, David Jackson (left) shoves the river against Isaac Kempton.

After a flop of 10s8h3d, Isaac Kempton checked, David Jackson bet 650,000, and Kempton called.

The turn card was the 4d, Kempton checked, Jackson bet 2,500,000, and Kempton called.

The river card was the As, Kempton checked, Jackson moved all in for 8,900,000, and Kempton asked for an exact count and went into the tank.

Eventually, Kempton quietly put out a single white chip (1,000,000) to indicate a call, and Jackson reluctantly showed his Js9h for a missed straight draw — jack high.

Kempton turned over Qs8c to win the pot — and the WSOP Circuit Main Event — with a pair of eights.

David Jackson finished as the runner-up, earning $179,833.

Isaac Kempton won $290,974, a WSOP Circuit Championship ring, and a seat into the WSOP Global Casino Championship.

Stay tuned for a recap from this final table.

1st:  Isaac Kempton  –  $290,974 + WSOP Circuit Ring
2nd:  David Jackson  –  $179,833
3rd:  Paul Balzano  –  $135,794
4th:  Rob Manjura  –  $103,434
5th:  James Calderaro  –  $79,480
6th:  Ioannis Patsourakis  –  $61,616
7th:  Francisco Gomez  –  $48,195
8th:  Brad Sailor  –  $38,039
9th:  Fares Santana  –  $30,297
10th:  John Ott  –  $24,353

Final Hand of the WSOP Circuit Main Event, with J-9 bluffing against Q-8 on a board of 10-8-3-4-A.

Main Event: Paul Balzano – 3rd Place ($135,794)

$1,700 WSOPC Main Event (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 35:  150,000/300,000 with a 300,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 1,162

Paul Balzano
Paul Balzano

The next hand after Rob Manjura was eliminated in fourth place, Paul Balzano moved all in from the button for 5,700,000, and Isaac Kempton called from the big blind with Ah9d.

Balzano turned over Jh10h, and needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came Ac8h7c3d5s — Kempton paired his ace on the flop to Balzano’s gutshot straight draw, but Balzano improved no further. Kempton won the pot with his pair of aces to eliminate Balzano in third place.

Paul Balzano  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($135,794)

There are less than 15 minutes left in the level, and the final two players ask to take their break now instead. Here are the official chip counts before heads-up play begins:

Isaac Kempton  –  24,350,000  (81 bb)
David Jackson  –  10,525,000  (35 bb)

And here is the final table prizepool:

1st:  $290,974 + WSOP Circuit Ring
2nd:  $179,833

3rd:  Paul Balzano  –  $135,794
4th:  Rob Manjura  –  $103,434
5th:  James Calderaro  –  $79,480
6th:  Ioannis Patsourakis  –  $61,616
7th:  Francisco Gomez  –  $48,195
8th:  Brad Sailor  –  $38,039
9th:  Fares Santana  –  $30,297
10th:  John Ott  –  $24,353

Main Event: Rob Manjura – 4th Place ($103,434)

$1,700 WSOPC Main Event (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 35:  150,000/300,000 with a 300,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 1,162

Rob Manjura
Rob Manjura

Rob Manjura got it all in from UTG/cutoff for 1,500 with 9d9c, and he needed his hand to hold to stay alive against the AcKs of David Jackson in the big blind.

The board came 8c3s2h3c6d, and the pocket nines held up for Manjura to win the pot and double up in chips.

Rob Manjura  –  3,450,000  (12 bb)
David Jackson  –  10,750,000  (36 bb)

Rob Manjura moved all in again from UTG/cutoff for 3,450,000, Isaac Kempton called from the button, and Paul Balzano called from the small blind. David Jackson asked for a good look at Kempton’s stack before he folded in the big blind.

The flop came Kd10h5s, Balzano checked, Kempton moved all in, and Balzano folded.

Manjura showed AsKh for a pair of kings, but Kempton turned over AhAc for a pair of aces. Manjura was drawing very thin, and he needed to improve to stay alive.

The turn card was the Ad, the river card was the 7c, and Kempton won the pot with a set of aces to eliminate Manjura in fourth place.

After the hand, Balzano looked at Kempton and said, “You asked for aces, and you got them.”

Kempton said, “I waited a long time for them.”

Isaac Kempton  –  16,250,000  (54 bb)
Paul Balzano  –  5,700,000  (19 bb)
Rob Manjura  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($103,434)

With three players remaining, the average chip stack is about 11,620,000 (39 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $135,794.

Main Event: David Jackson Doubles Thru Paul Balzano; Isaac Kempton Doubles Thru Paul Balzano

$1,700 WSOPC Main Event (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 35:  150,000/300,000 with a 300,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 1,162

David Jackson
David Jackson

Paul Balzano raised from the button to 600,000, David Jackson moved all in from the small blind for 7,750,000, and chipleader Balzano called with Kh9s. Jackson turned over 8h8d, and needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The board came 10h6h3cJd7d, and the pocket eights held up for Jackson to win the pot and double up in chips.

David Jackson  –  16,100,000  (54 bb)
Paul Balzano  –  9,500,000  (32 bb)

Isaac Kempton
Isaac Kempton

The next hand, Isaac Kempton got it all in from the big blind for 5,025,000 with 6s6d, and he needed his hand to hold to stay alive against the Ac9d of Paul Balzano, who was UTG/cutoff.

The board came Ks7s5c10sJc, and the pocket sixes held up for Kempton to win the pot and double up in chips.

Isaac Kempton  –  10,500,000  (35 bb)
Paul Balzano  –  4,500,000  (15 bb)

With four players remaining, the average chip stack is about 8,725,000 (29 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $103,434.

Main Event: James Calderaro – 5th Place ($79,480)

$1,700 WSOPC Main Event (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 34:  125,000/250,000 with a 250,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 1,162

James Calderaro
James Calderaro

David Jackson raised under the gun to 600,000, James Calderaro moved all in from the big blind for about 2.55 million, and Jackson called with As7d.

Calderaro turned over Kc7c, and he was dominated and facing elimination.

The board came 8c8d3d6h2c, and Jackson won the pot with his ace to eliminate Calderaro in fifth place.

David Jackson  –  13,200,000  (53 bb)
James Calderaro  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($79,480)

With four players remaining, the average chip stack is about 8,725,000 (35 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $103,434.

Main Event: David Jackson Knocks James Calderaro Down to 4bb; Calderaro Bounces Back to 14bb

$1,700 WSOPC Main Event (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 34:  125,000/250,000 with a 250,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 1,162

David Jackson
Gloria Jackson (standing) sweats her husband David Jackson at the final table.

With the board showing Jd4d3c and about 3.9 million already in the pot, David Jackson got it all in from the big blind for 4,400,000 with JsJc for a set of jacks.

Jackson needed his hand to hold to stay alive against the Ad2d (flush draw, gutshot straight draw) of James Calderaro on the button.

The turn card paired the board with the 4s, the river card was the Ks, and Jackson turned a full house to win the pot and double up in chips.

David Jackson  –  12,700,000  (51 bb)
James Calderaro  –  950,000  (4 bb)

Two hands later, James Calderaro moved all in under the gun for 950,000, and Isaac Kempton called from the big blind with Jc2d. Calderaro turned over 9s9d, and needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The board came Kd4d3hKc7d, and the pocket nines held up for Calderaro to win the pot and double up in chips.

James Calderaro  –  2,275,000  (9 bb)
Isaac Kempton  –  4,925,000  (20 bb)

A few minutes later, James Calderaro got it all in from the button for 1,525,000 with Qc8c, and he needed his hand to hold to stay alive against the 9c5c of David Jackson in the big blind.

The board came 7s3c2d4hQd — Jackson turned an open-ended straight draw, but Calderaro won the pot with a rivered pair of queens to double up in chips.

James Calderaro  –  3,425,000  (14 bb)
David Jackson  –  11,000,000  (44 bb)

With five players remaining, the average chip stack is about 6,975,000 (35 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $79,480.

Event 14: Final Table Begins with Kenneth Frey in the Lead

$250 Double Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27:  25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining:  10 of 455

Event 14 Final Table
Event 14 Final Table

After the elimination of Daniel Smith in 11th place, the final 10 players drew for random seats at the final table. These were their chip counts:

Seat 1.  Kenneth Frey  –  2,060,000  (41 bb)
Seat 2.  Rick Porter  –  1,000,000  (20 bb)
Seat 3.  Siddharth Siddharth  –  1,005,000  (20 bb)
Seat 4.  John H. Bossinger  –  700,000  (14 bb)
Seat 5.  Jim Soper  –  885,000  (18 bb)
Seat 6.  Luke Speer  –  450,000  (9 bb)
Seat 7.  David Tuthill  –  1,190,000  (24 bb)
Seat 8.  Chad Summers  –  425,000  (9 bb)
Seat 9.  Garth Fudens  –  170,000  (3 bb)
Seat 10.  Harmeet Singh  –  1,270,000  (25 bb)

And here is the remaining prizepool, followed by the money finishers so far:

1st:  $17,990 + WSOP Circuit ring
2nd:  $11,116
3rd:  $8,140
4th:  $6,042
5th:  $4,546
6th:  $3,469
7th:  $2,685
8th:  $2,108
9th:  $1,679
10th:  $1,357

11th:  Daniel Smith  –  $1,357
12th:  Adnan Kazim  –  $1,357
13th:  Jenn Ruf  –  $1,114
14th:  Philip Vera  –  $1,114
15th:  Steven Fiorentini  –  $1,114
16th:  Joseph Parrish  –  $928
17th:  Blake Whittington  –  $928
18th:  Andrew Kaplan  –  $928
19th:  James Courtney  –  $785
20th:  Aaron Lipstet  –  $785
21st:  Michael Hassab  –  $785
22nd:  Ronald Braswell  –  $675
23rd:  Cain Elkins  –  $675
24th:  Mark Cannon  –  $675
25th:  Edith Norman  –  $589
26th:  Jacqulyn Kagan  –  $589
27th:  Sandra Brown  –  $589
28th:  Christian Ramsey  –  $523
29th:  Paul Joiner  –  $523
30th:  Sharon Fekete  –  $523
31st:  Travis Jackson  –  $472
32nd:  Antonio Machado  –  $472
33rd:  Jeremy Becker  –  $472
34th:  David Piccolo  –  $433
35th:  Jayson Jones  –  $433
36th:  Benjamin Miner  –  $433
37th:  Jeffrey Isman  –  $404
38th:  Joseph Istvan  –  $404
39th:  Steven Cenal  –  $404
40th:  Michael Petrella  –  $404
41st:  Kimberly Unger  –  $404
42nd:  Michael Berkstresser  –  $404
43rd:  Offir Rodan  –  $404
44th:  George Hemphill  –  $404
45th:  Carson Shidel  –  $404
46th:  Nikolaos Costarelis  –  $383
47th:  Angel Pinkham  –  $383
48th:  David Sidler  –  $383
49th:  Matthew Silva  –  $383
50th:  Kate Kopp  –  $383
51st:  Daniel Chandler  –  $383
52nd:  Axel Zengotita  –  $383
53rd:  Steffan Siebel-Cortopassi  –  $383
54th:  George Goodman  –  $383
55th:  Marcus Little  –  $370
56th:  Todd Kobrin  –  $370
57th:  Paul Pfleiderer  –  $370
58th:  John Haldie  –  $370
59th:  Todd McFeeley  –  $370
60th:  Melody Murphy  –  $370
61st:  Mario Tamayosaco  –  $370
62nd:  Kurt Carriveau  –  $370
63rd:  Shannon Moore  –  $370
64th:  Jarrod Parr  –  $364
65th:  Lawrence Dowling  –  $364
66th:  Ronald Puleo  –  $364
67th:  Robert Sutton  –  $364
68th:  Daniel Antunes Lopes  –  $364
69th:  Mark Katz  –  $364

They will be playing down to a winner tonight.

Event 14 Final Table
Event 14 Final Table

Main Event: Paul Balzano Leads the Final Five at the Break with 11.25 Million

$1,700 WSOPC Main Event (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 34:  125,000/250,000 with a 250,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 1,162

Paul Balzano
Chipleader Paul Balzano

The final five players return from break to begin Level 34, with increased blinds of 125,000-250,000 and a 250,000 ante. The average chip stack is about 6,975,000 (28 big blinds).

Here are the official chip counts from the break:

Seat 1.  David Jackson  –  5,050,000  (20 bb)
Seat 2.  Rob Manjura  –  5,000,000  (20 bb)
Seat 3.  Isaac Kempton  –  7,025,000  (28 bb)
Seat 4.  James Calderaro  –  6,550,000  (26 bb)
Seat 5.  Paul Balzano  –  11,250,000  (45 bb)

Main Event: Ioannis Patsourakis – 6th Place ($61,616)

$1,700 WSOPC Main Event (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 33:  100,000/200,000 with a 200,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 1,162

Ioannis Patsourakis

Ioannis Patsourakis moved all in under the gun for 2,510,000, and Rob Manjura called all in from the hijack for 1,875,000 with Ad10c. Patsourakis turned over AcKc, and Manjura was dominated and facing elimination.

But the board came Qd5d3dKd3s, and Manjura turned an ace-high flush to win the pot and double up in chips.

Rob Manjura  –  4,250,000  (21 bb)
Ioannis Patsourakis  –  635,000  (3 bb)

The next hand, Rob Manjura moved all in under the gun for 4.25 million, and Ioannis Patsourakis called all in from the big blind for 435,000 with 8h5d. Manjura turned over KsQs, and Patsourakis needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came Js5s2d10h7s — Patsourakis paired his five on the flop, but Manjura rivered a spade flush to win the pot and eliminate Patsourakis in sixth place.

Rob Manjura  –  4,985,000  (25 bb)
Ioannis Patsourakis  –  Eliminated in 6th Place  ($61,616)

With five players remaining, the average chip stack is about 6,975,000 (35 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $79,480.