Main Event: Filipp Khavin Doubles through John Racener

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 28: 30,000/60,000/10,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 8/671

Filipp Khavin raised all-in from late position for 725,000. John Racener called from the cutoff and the remaining players folded. Khavin was at risk.

Racener: 7h7d
Khavin: adth

Runout: kdqh2hjc2c

Khavin spiked Broadway on the turn and doubled through Racener.

Filipp Khavin – 1,620,000
John Racener – 1,050,000

Main Event: Short Stacks in Level 28

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 28: 30,000/60,000/10,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 8/671

The Winter Poker Open Main Event guitar trophy

Level 28 is underway and there a couple short stacks hanging around during the late action. Filipp Khavin claims 830,000 chips good for 13 big blinds. Satish Surapaneni, meanwhile, has 795,000 also good for 13.

Each of the eight remaining players have locked up $27,679 with the winner pocketing $241,651.

Main Event: Scott Caracciolo and John Racener Battle into Break

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 27: 25,000/50,000/5,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 8/671

John Racener raised to 125,000 from late position. Joseph Skarzynski called from the button and short stack Scott Caracciolo followed along from the small blind.

Flop: ac9d8s — All three players checked

Turn: ac9d8std — Caracciolo open-shoved for 740,000. It was on Racener and he called. Skarzynski folded and Caracciolo was at risk, but ahead.

Caracciolo: astc for aces up
Racener: ah4h for a pair of aces

River: ac9d8std3h

Caracciolo doubled through Racener and the table headed on break.

Scott Caracciolo – 1,900,000
John Racener – 1,925,000

Main Event: John Racener versus Joseph Skarzynski

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 27: 25,000/50,000/5,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 8/671

John Racener opened to 125,000. Joseph Skarzynski called from late position as did Satish Surapaneni  from the button and Kenneth O’Donnell from the big blind.

The flop fell qd8s5s and O’Donnell checked. Racener followed suit and it was on Skarzynski. He bet 250,000. Surapapeni folded the button as did O’Donnell the big blind. Racener called.

They were heads up to the td turn and both checked.

The river fell the 5h and Racener lead for 675,000. Skarzynski called and Racener tabled tsth for a set. Racener took the pot.

John Racener – 3,000,000
Joseph Skarzynski – 3,350,000

Main Event: SHRP Team Member Mike Laake Eliminated in 9th Place by Farid Jattin

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 27: 25,000/50,000/5,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 8/671

Seminole Hard Rock Poker team member, Mike Laake

Farid Jattin opened under the gun for 120,000. It was on Mike Laake in the cutoff and he shoved for just more than 1,250,000. Jattin called and the hands were up.

Jattin: ahks
Laake: adqc

Runout: khkd6d6h7c

Jattin smacked the flop improving to trips and eliminating Laake in ninth place.

Farid Jattin – 6,500,000
Mike Laake – Eliminated in 9th place ($19,124)

Main Event: Joseph Skarzynski Bests Farid Jattin

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 27: 25,000/50,000/5,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 9/671

Farid Jattin had raised the button to 255,000 and Joseph Skarzynski was the only one who came along in the small blind.

They saw a flop of as9s7s and Skarzynski checked. Jattin bet 300,0000 and Skarzynski called.

The turn was the js and both players checked.

Fifth street fell the 3c and Skarzynski lead for 400,000. Jattin called and Skarzynski turned over asks for the nut flush. Jattin mucked and Skarzynski took the pot.

Joseph Skarzynski – 5,000,000
Farid Jattin – 5,300,000

Main Event: Joseph Skarzynski vs. Satish Surapaneni

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 26: 20,000/40,000/5,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 9/671

Joseph Skarzynski opened to 110,000 and Satish Surapaneni called from the small blind.

Flop: ac4d3c — Both players checked.

Turn: ac4d3c5d — Surapaneni checked and Skarzynski bet 80,000. Surapaneni called.

River: ac4d3c5d7c — Surapaneni checked a third time. Skarzynski bet 250,000. Surapeneni called.

Skarzynski: ah2h for a straight
Surapaneni: 7s7d for a set

Skarzynski won the pot.

Joseph Skarzynski – 3,675,000
Satish Surapaneni – 605,000

Main Event: Tom Nguyen Eliminated in 10th Place by Witold Wasik

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 26: 20,000/40,000/5,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 9/671

Tom Nguyen

Tom Nguyen raised to 100,000 from middle position and Witold Wasik called from late position.

Flop: ah4d3s — Nguyen lead for 150,000 and Wasik called.

Turn: ah4d3sqh — Nguyen checked. Wasik bet 350,000 leaving himself 795,000 behind. Nguyen called.

River: ah4d3sqh — Nguyen checked again. Wasik shoved his 795,000 stack. Nguyen, who owned just 10,000 less — 785,000 — called off.

Wasik: qcqh for a set of queens
Nguyen: askh for top pair, top kicker

Nguyen was eliminated in 10th place earning $13,085.

Witold Wasik – 2,800,000
Tom Nguyen – Eliminated in 10th place ($13,085)

Main Event: Shuffle Up and Deal

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 26: 20,000/40,000/5,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 10/671

Cards are in the air for Day 2 with just over 45 minutes remaining in the 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante level. Updates will be available now through the crowning of a champion.

Seat 1: John Racener – 3,270,000 (81 bb)
Seat 2: Farid Jattin – 5,500,000 (137 bb)
Seat 3: Joseph Skarzynski – 3,990,000 (99 bb)
Seat 4: Tom Nguyen – 850,000 (21 bb)
Seat 5: Scott Caracciolo – 645,000 (16 bb)
Seat 6: Satish Surapaneni – 590,000 (14 bb)
Seat 7: Witold Wasik – 1,440,000 (36 bb)
Seat 8: Michael Laake – 1,710,000 (42 bb)
Seat 9: Kenneth O’Donnell – 865,000 (21 bb)
Seat 10: Filipp Khavin – 1,275,000 (31 bb)

1st – $241,651 + Guitar Trophy
2nd – $135,878
3rd – $85,553
4th – $69,449
5th – $55,358
6th – $45,796
7th – $36,737
8th – $27,679
9th – $19,124
10th – $13,085

Main Event: Play Goes at 2pm with Stacked Field Vying for $241K Top Prize

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed

Farid Jattin

The monster field in the Winter Poker Open Main Event is down to 10 and on to Day 3. Leading the action is international pro Farid Jattin. Jattin tops the field by a margin claiming 5,500,000 of the 20,130,000 chips in play. Next up in the counts is Joseph Skarzynski with 3,990,000 followed by 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event runner up John Racener with 3,270,000.  Seminole Hard Rock Poker team member Mike Laake and poker pro Filipp Khavin are also in contention, both with medium stacks.

John Racener
Mike Laake

Seat 1: John Racener – 3,270,000 (81 bb)
Seat 2: Farid Jattin – 5,500,000 (137 bb)
Seat 3: Joseph Skarzynski – 3,990,000 (99 bb)
Seat 4: Tom Nguyen – 850,000 (21 bb)
Seat 5: Scott Caracciolo – 645,000 (16 bb)
Seat 6: Satish Surapaneni – 590,000 (14 bb)
Seat 7: Witold Wasik – 1,440,000 (36 bb)
Seat 8: Michael Laake – 1,710,000 (42 bb)
Seat 9: Kenneth O’Donnell – 865,000 (21 bb)
Seat 10: Filipp Khavin – 1,275,000 (31 bb)

1st – $241,651 + Guitar Trophy
2nd – $135,878
3rd – $85,553
4th – $69,449
5th – $55,358
6th – $45,796
7th – $36,737
8th – $27,679
9th – $19,124
10th – $13,085

The WPO finale drew a huge number with 671 entries ponying up the $1,650 buy-in. That generated a prize pool worth $1,006,500 and reserved a top score of $241,651 for the champion.

Cards go in the air at 2pm ET and updates will begin at that time. Good luck, players!

Main Event: Farid Jattin Leads Final 10; Play Resumes Monday at 2pm

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 26: 20,000/40,000/5,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 10/671

Chip leader Farid Jattin

From 671 starting, just 10 remain in the $1,650 buy-in Winter Poker Open. Poker pro Farid Jattin leads a talented crew of players that includes John Racener, Seminole Hard Rock Poker team member Mike Laake, Filipp Khavin and Tampa regular Tom Nguyen.

Full counts:

Seat 1: John Racener – 3,270,000
Seat 2: Farid Jattin – 5,500,000
Seat 3: Joseph Skarzynski – 3,990,000
Seat 4: Tom Nguyen – 850,000
Seat 5: Scott Caracciolo – 645,000
Seat 6: Satish Surapaneni – 590,000
Seat 7: Witold Wasik – 1,440,000
Seat 8: Michael Laake – 1,710,000
Seat 9: Kenneth O’Donnell – 865,000
Seat 10: Filipp Khavin – 1,275,000

1st – $241,651 + Guitar Trophy
2nd – $135,878
3rd – $85,553
4th – $69,449
5th – $55,358
6th – $45,796
7th – $36,737
8th – $27,679
9th – $19,124
10th – $13,085

Each player has locked up $13,085 with the winner’s share totaling $241,651. Play resumes Monday at 2pm and updates will pick up again at that time. While you wait, here’s a look at the updated results to this point:

11th: Jake Snider – $13,085
12th: Alban Frasheri – $13,085
13th: Josias Santos – $9,562
14th: Kevin Chan – $9,562
15th: Justin Harvell – $9,562
16th: Brandon Caputo – $7,046
17th: Nicholas Mann – $7,046
18th: Ioannis Patsourakis – $7,046
19th: Austin Buchanan – $5,536
20th: Chris McNamara – $5,536
21st: Mark Scarcewater – $5,536
22nd: Cedric Tercy – $5,536
23rd: David McCord – $5,536
24th: Leonard Demchak – $5,536
25th: Riss Ward – $5,536
26th: Ben Van Klink – $5,536
27th: John O’Neal – $5,536
28th: Derrick Cutler – $4,932
29th: Tim Shortell – $4,932
30th: Rafael Fernandes – $4,932
31st: Chris Hyden – $4,932
32nd: Almog Biton – $4,932
33rd: Brett Bader – $4,932
34th: Thai Ha – $4,932
35th: Troy Bercot – $4,932
36th: John-Christian Templeton – $4,932
37th: Abdel Bouanani – $4,429
38th: Juan Martinez – $4,429
39th: Douglas Marro – $4,429
40th: Mark Wiser – $4,429
41st: Michael Turton – $4,429
42nd: Jeffrey Trudeau, Jr. – $4,429
43rd: Joseph Mole – $4,429
44th: Robert Cornette – $4,429
45th: Marcus Gurley – $4,429
46th: Robert Woodward – $3,925
47th: Nghia Le – $3,925
48th: Kevin Dunlap – $3,925
49th: Bradley Patton – $3,925
50th: Robert Manjura – $3,925
51st: Brandon Tjhang – $3,925
52nd: Glorida Jackson – $3,925
53rd: Santana Noronha – $3,925
54th: Bartley O’Connell– $3,925
55th: Terri-Anne Crawford – $3,422
56th: Amelio Amato – $3,422
57th: Chris McLean – $3,422
58th: Plamen Stoyanov – $3,422
59th: Elilton Gouveia – $3,422
60th: Paul Stanechewski – $3,422
61st: James Rumptz – $3,422
62nd: Joe De Lucia – $3,422
63rd: Myung Shin – $3,422

Additional information is available in the posts below.

Main Event: Jake Snider — 11th Place ($13,085)

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 26: 20,000/40,000/5,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 10/671

Jake Snider

Joe Skarzynski raised under the gun and Jake Snider jammed for about 500,000. Skarzynski called and the hands were tabled.

Skarzynski: axjx
Snider: axtx

Skarzynski, who had Snider covered, flopped a jack and that spelled the end for Snider. With that, the final 10 are bagging, tagging and heading home before returning Monday at 2pm to play to a champion.

Complete Day 2 chip counts will be posted shortly.

Jake Snider — Eliminated in 11th place ($13,085)

Main Event: Alban Frasheri — 12th Place ($13,085)

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 26: 20,000/40,000/5,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 11/671

Alban Frasheri

Short stack Alban Frasheri was under the gun and got all-in versus John Racener who was on his direct left.

Racener: khkd
Frasheri: acqd

Racener’s kings held and Frasheri was eliminated in 12th place.

John Racener — 2,950,000
Alban Frasheri — Eliminated in 12th place ($13,085)

Main Event: Josias Santos — 13th Place ($9,562)

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 25: 15,000/30,000/5,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 12/671

Josias Santos

Farid Jattin raised under the gun and it folded to Josias Santos in the small blind who jammed for 430,000. Joe Skarzynski was in the big blind and he called. Jattin folded and it was a blind-versus-blind battle as Skarzynski had Santos at risk.

Skarzynski: 8h8d
Santos: kcjs

Runout: 5s5h2s7dqd

Skarzynski’s eights held and Santos was eliminated in 13th place for $9,562.

Joe Skarzynski – 2,400,000
Josias Sanots – Eliminated in 13th place ($9,562)

Main Event: Farid Jattin Still on Top

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Heading to Level 25: 15,000/30,000/5,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 13/671

Farid Jattin’s stack during the color-up break

Farid Jattin retains a huge lead as the final 13 players are in the midst of a 15-minute break. Here’s a look at the top five big stacks:

  • Farid Jattin – 5,100,000
  • John Racener – 2,200,000
  • Witold Wasik – 2,005,000
  • Joe Skarzynski – 1,800,000
  • Filipp Khavin – 1,700,000

Main Event: Justin Harvell — 15th Place ($9,562)

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 24: 12,000/24,000/4,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 14/671

Justin Harvell

Scott Caracciolo got his last 628,000 in the middle in great shape against Justin Harvell. Caracciolo held pocket aces while Harvell had just jacks. The runout didn’t improve Harvell and his hand was no good. He cut out a huge portion of his stack and shipped it across the way to Caracciolo.

On the very next hand, Harvell was in the small blind with less than 100,000. Farid Jattin Raised and Harvell shoved. Jattin called with khjh and went on to bust Harvell’s jc8s.

Harvell’s 15th place finish earned him $9,562.

Justin Harvell – Eliminated in 15th place ($9,562)

Main Event: Brandon Caputo — 16th Place ($7,046); Nicholas Mann — 17th Place ($7,046); Ioannis Patsourakis — 18th Place ($7,046)

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 24: 12,000/24,000/4,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 15/671

Brandon Caputo

There was a flurry of bustouts to kick off the final two tables. In the most recent elimination, Witold Wasik limped from middle position and Brandon Caputo — who burst the money bubble earlier — shoved for 280,000. Wasik called and Caputo was at risk.

Wasik: jsjd
Caputo: adqd

Runout: qsjh6ckd2c

Wasik’s set was best and Caputo followed Nicholas Mann and Ioannis Patsourakis to the rail.

Ioannis Patsourakis

Witold Wasik – 2,000,000
Brandon Caputo – Eliminated in 16th place ($7,046)
Nicholas Mann – Eliminated in 17th place ($7,046)
Ioannis Patsourakis – Eliminated in 18th place ($7,046)

Main Event: Austin Buchanan — 19th Place ($5,536)

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 24: 12,000/24,000/4,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 18/671

Austin Buchanan

Austin Buchanan was short for much of the post-dinner break play, but managed to find a few doubles. After being down to just a few big blinds, though, he couldn’t recover and was eliminated in 19th place earning $5,536.

With the bustout, the field is down to 18 and at the final two tables.

Austin Buchanan – Eliminated in 19th place ($5,536)

Main Event: Chris McNamara — 20th Place ($5,536); Mark Scacewater — 21st Place ($5,536)

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 24: 12,000/24,000/4,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 20/671

Mark Scacewater hit the rail in 21st place earning $5,536. Next to go in 20th was Chris McNamara. On McNamara’s final hand, Justin Harvell opened under the gun to 52,000 and McNmara shoved for about 200,000. It folded back to Harvell who snapped with ahas. McNamara needed to improve with adkd.

The runout fell no help and McNamara was eliminated in 20th place.

Chris McNamara – Eliminated in 20th place ($5,536)
Mark Scacewater – Eliminated in 21st place ($5,536)

Main Event: Cedric Tercy — 22nd Place ($5,536)

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 23: 10,000/20,000/3,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 21/671

Cedric Tercy

Cedric Tercy was eliminated in 23rd place when his tstc couldn’t hold against chip leader Farid Jattin’s 6d4d. The runout came three diamonds giving Jattin a flush and leaving Tercy busted.

For Tercy, the cash marks his second deep run of his series as he previously finished runner-up in the $570.

Farid Jattin – 3,800,000
Cedric Tercy – Eliminated in 22nd place ($5,536)

Event 6: Alex Bury Cards Outright Win and $9,133 Score in Winter Poker Open $250 Turbo

2017 Winter Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 6
$250 Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 145
Prize Pool: $30,450
December 17, 2017

Tampa, Florida — Alex Bury needed just about eight hours to score an outright win in Event 6 of the Winter Poker Open, a $250 buy-in Deep Stack Turbo tournament. For his efforts, Bury was rewarded with $9,133 and the property’s token guitar trophy.

The last-chance event drew a field of 145 entries easily surpassing the $20,000 guarantee. The $30,450 prize pool paid the top 18 finishers. Joining Bury in the money were Richard Doss (13th, $533) and Christine Holubeck (14th, $533). At the final table, Bury outlasted the likes of Nick Costarelis (ninth, $685), Cheri Beatty (sixth, $1,523) and heads-up opponent David Jackson who earned $5,024 for his second-place finish.

Bury is 32 years and resides here in Tampa where he works as a recruiting manager. Each of his now seven career cashes have come at the Seminole Hard Rock, but tonight’s victory marks his largest to date.

Full results:

1st: Alex Bury – $9,133
2nd: David Jackson – $5,024
3rd: Tsvetelin Parashkevov – $2,893
4th: Ryan Sullivan – $2,436
5th: Sanjib Acharya – $1,827
6th: Cheri Beatty – $1,523
7th: Tajesh Patel – $1,218
8th: Mohammad Goodarzi – $914
9th: Nick Costarelis – $685
10th: Quyen Hoang – $609
11th: Imre Papp – $609
12th: Eric Mutschler – $609
13th: Richard Doss – $533
14th: Chrissy Holubeck – $533
15th: Jason Williamson – $533
16th: Anatoly Zharnitsky – $457
17th: Ray Prieto – $457
18th: Robert Mundy – $457

Main Event: David McCord –23rd Place ($5,536)

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 23: 10,000/20,000/2,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 22/671

David McCord

Joe Skarzynski was on the button preflop with 185,000 chips in the middle. David McCord was under the gun and he had an all-in bet of more than 600,000 in front of him. Action was back on Skarzynski who had a decision on his hands. After some time, Skarzynski called and McCord was at risk and behind.

Skarzynski: adks
McCord: asqh

Runout: kd7d6h7sjc

Skarzynski improved to a pair of kings en route to busting McCord in 23rd place.

Joe Skarzynski – 2,000,000
David McCord – Eliminated in 23rd place ($5,536)

Main Event: Farid Jattin in Front to Kick off Level 23

Winter Poker Open Main Event
$1,650 Buy-In, $500,000 Guaranteed
Level 23: 10,000/20,000/2,000 | Payouts
Players Remaining: 24/671

Players are back in their seats following break. A walk around the last three tables shows us Farid Jattin has a big lead in the $1,650 buy-in event. Jattin has a stack of 3,375,000 and owns a huge edge in chips heading to the 10,000/20,000 level.

Farid Jattin – 3,375,000