Championship Event: Stephen Diamantes Wins WPT Regional Tampa Winter Poker Open

$1,500 + $100 + $50 No Limit Hold’em Championship Event (Re-Entry)

It’s always nice to run hot at exactly the right time. Using run good and good play propelled Stephen Diamantes to what he termed his “biggest tournament score by a long shot”. “We’re going to have a good Christmas,” Stephen, a professional poker player from right here in Tampa, said when asked what he was going to do with the money. His jubilant father was on the rail rooting him on and was in shock at the end result. The biggest pot at the final table was when Diamantes picked up pocket Aces when Steven Korfonta was dealt Queens. “Honestly, the biggest pot for me in the tournament was earlier in the day when I got Jack-Nine against pocket Kings on a Q-J-9 flop. That was by far my biggest sweat.”

Congratulations on the win Stephen!

Stephen Diamantes, Winner, Championship Event
Stephen Diamantes, Winner, Championship Event

Final Results – WPT Hard Rock Tampa Championship

Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Winter Poker Open
Event 10: $1650 WPT Hard Rock Tampa Championship No Limit Hold’em
December 13-15, 2013

Entries: 301
Prize Pool: $451,500

1st Place
1st Place
PLACENAMEFROMWINNINGS
1STEPHEN DIAMANTASTAMPA, FL$121,900
2RYAN SPONAUGLEOLDSMAR, FL$72,240
3STEPHEN KORFONTAHERNDON, VA$47,408
4LANCE GARCIAKATY, TX$32,734
5JOSHUA MILLERALBANY, NY$24,155
6ALLEN KESSLERLAS VEGAS, NV$19,189
7DAVID DEBOERWINTER HAVEN, FL$14,674
8BRANDON VASAPOLLERIVERVIEW, FL$10,610
9DAVID TUTHILLSAINT PETERSBURG, FL$7,676
10JIMMY DOWDAGROVELAND, FL$5,870
11ROBERTO QUINTANATAMPA, FL$5,870
12SALAMEH BAHHURPUNTA GORDA, FL$5,870
13JOSH ERDMANENGLEWOOD, FL$4,741
14ALEXANDRU IVANPALM HARBOR, FL$4,741
15JONATHAN MARLOWAPOPKA, FL$4,741
16WILLIAM MCINTYREAPOLLO BEACH, FL$4,064
17GEORGE LAMPERTNAPLES, FL$4,064
18OSCAR LINDO-ZELEDONSPRING HILL, FL$4,064
19JOHN FRAMPTONCLARENVILLE, $3,386
20VITOR COELHOTAMPA, FL$3,386
21PETER NGUYENREDINGTON BEACH, FL$3,386
22MICHAEL RAIMONB'TON, FL$3,386
23MATTHEW HOFFMANSAINT AUGUSTINE, FL$3,386
24JOHN PAPPASTAMPA, FL$3,386
25DAVID TIFFENBERGSAINT PETERSBURG, FL$3,386
26JARED REINSTEINTALLAHASSEE, FL$3,386
27KEITH FARINAVALRICO, FL$3,386
28ALAN RAMKHALAWANCLEARWATER, FL$2,935
29AMIE MARTINIWILLIAMSTON, MI$2,935
30JASON GOLDMANPT CHARLOTTE, FL$2,935
31ROBERT ONEILLOVIEDO, FL$2,935
32ANDREW GRAHAMWESTFORD, MA$2,935
33ZUHDI MANSOURTAMPA, FL$2,935
34GLEN CHORNY$2,935
35BRET GARDNERBRADENTON, FL$2,935
36CHRISTY PHAMLAKE MARY, FL$2,935

Championship Event: 2nd Place, Ryan Sponaugle – $72,240

$1,500 + $100 + $50 No Limit Hold’em Championship Event (Re-Entry)

And we have a winner. Ryan Sponaugle called after Stephen Diamantes re-raised all in with Kd9h. Diamantes held AsTd. The board ran out Ac7c2h6sTh and Diamantes wins the WPT Regional Tampa Winter Poker Open Championship Event. Ryan stuck around with a short stack for the majority of the tournament. “2nd place is good. I’m not complaining,” said Ryan after congratulating Stephen.

Ryan Sponaugle
Ryan Sponaugle

Championship Event: 3rd Place, Steve Korfonta – $47,408

$1,500 + $100 + $50 No Limit Hold’em Championship Event (Re-Entry)
Blinds: 20k/40k/5k ante
3 players remaining, 2 million avg (50 bb)

Stephen Diamantes grinded down Steve Korfonta to less than 300K and was using his stack to pressure the other two players by moving all in several times. Stephen did it again and with not much left, Korfonta made the call out of the big blind with Kh7h. Diamantes had Ac6c and when Korfonta did not improve we were now heads up with Diamantes holding a 5.15 million to 850K chip advantage.

Steve Korfonta
Steve Korfonta

Championship Event: Stephen Doubles Through Steven

$1,500 + $100 + $50 No Limit Hold’em Championship Event (Re-Entry)
Blinds: 15k/30k/5k ante
3 players remaining, 2 million avg (67 bb)

Steve Korfonta opened the action to 60K and Steven Diamantas re-raised to 160K. Korfonta made a huge re-raise to 560K. “That’s 400 more?” Diamantas asked. After the amount was confirmed, Diamantas announced that he was all in and he was snap called by Korfonta. The third player at the table, Ryan, clapped his hands, knowing an elimination would move him up significantly in pay. Diamantas turned over Aces and Korfonta sighed as he turned over Queens. A cooler of a hand three handed. The board ran out 7s3h2d5dJc and Diamantas pumped his fist as he doubled up to take the chip lead with approximately 3.35 million. Steve Korfonta is still alive with 1.55 million and Ryan Sponaugle is sitting with about 1.1 million.

Championship Event: 4th Place, Cord Garcia – $32,734

$1,500 + $100 + $50 No Limit Hold’em Championship Event (Re-Entry)
Blinds: 15k/30k/5k ante
3 players remaining, 2 million avg (67 bb)

Cord Garcia (Katy, TX) $32,734
Cord Garcia (Katy, TX)
$32,734

Steve Korfonta raises to 65k and Cord Garcia calls.

Flop: JsJd7s

Korfonta bets 65k, Garcia makes it 135k, Korfonta moves all in, Garca snap-calls.

Korfonta: 6s5s (flush draw)
Garcia: QdJh (trip Jacks)

Turn: 6c (no change)

River: 7s

Korfonta hits his flush on the river to knock Garcia out in 4th place for $32,734. It’s his second final table of the series after finishing runner-up in the 6-Max (Event 6).

Korfonta is up to 3 million and has half the chips in play three-handed.

Championship Event: Garcia Doubles Through Diamantas

$1,500 + $100 + $50 No Limit Hold’em Championship Event (Re-Entry)
Blinds: 15k/30k/5k ante
4 players remaining, 1.5 million avg (50 bb)

It was folded to Stephen Diamantas in the small blind and he moved all in hoping to apply pressure to the shortest stack, Cord Garcia. Cord woke up with A-9 though and made the call. Diamantas had Q-J and Cord would pair his 9 which would be more than enough to win the pot.

The players colored up the 1K chips and a quick run down of the stacks gives us the following chip counts:

Seat 1: Cord Garcia 765K
Seat 2: Ryan Sponaugle 1.46 million
Seat 3: Steven Korfonta 2.245 million
Seat 4: Stephen Diamantas 1.55 million

 

Championship Event: 5th Place, Josh Miller – $24,155

$1,500 + $100 + $50 No Limit Hold’em Championship Event (Re-Entry)
Blinds: 12k/24k/4k ante
4 players remaining, 1.5 million avg (63 bb)

Josh Miller
Josh Miller

Josh Miller (Albany, NY) finishes in 5th place after Steve Korfonta hits an open ended straight draw for the knockout.

Cord Garcia opens the action to 50k and gets callers from Ryan Sponaugle (button), and both blinds, Korfonta (SB) and Miller (BB).

Flop: Kc9d6c

Korfonta leads for 150k
Miller moves all in for 375k total
Garcia folds, Sponaugle tank-folds
Korfonta asks for a count and quickly calls .

Korfonta: 8h7h (OE straight draw)
Miller: KdJs (top pair)

Turn: 10s (Korfonta straight, higher gutshot straight draw)

River: 10d

Miller doesn’t hit his Queen and is out in 5th place for $24,155, his highest career cash.

Korfonta is up to 1.8 million.

Championship Event: Sponaugle Doubles Through Garcia

$1,500 + $100 + $50 No Limit Hold’em Championship Event (Re-Entry)

Blinds: 12k/24k/4k ante: 5 players remaining, 1.2 million avg (50 bb)

Cord Garcia opened from the small blind to 50K and Ryan Sponaugle moved all in from the big blind. Garcia made the call with a small pair – 5’s, probably hoping he was racing… but he was dominated by the 6’s that Ryan held. The flop gave Sponaugle a set but it did give Garcia an inside straight draw as it came 6h3s2h. The turn was the Qh and the river gave Garcia a meaningless set… the 5d. Ryan is up to almost 900K after the hand and Cord is down to 725K.

Championship Event: Five for Fighting at Hard Rock Tampa

$1,500 + $100 + $50 No Limit Hold’em Championship Event (Re-Entry)
Blinds: 12k/24k/4k ante
5 players remaining, 1.2 million avg (50 bb)

Which of the final five players will take the top spot on the pay grid? We’ll find out as play resumes.

Name-Chip Count

Stephen Diamantas 2.486 million (104 bb)
Cord Garcia 1.265 million (53 bb)
Steven Korfonta 1.212 million (51 bb)
Ryan Sponaugle 596k (25 bb)
Josh Miller 462k (19 bb)

PlaceNamePayout
1$121,900
2$72,240
3$47,408
4$32,734
5$24,155
6Allen Kessler (Las Vegas, NV)$19,189
7David deBoer (Winter Haven, FL)$14,674
8Brandon Vasapolle (Riverview, FL)$10,610
9David Tuthill (St. Petersburg, FL)$7,676
10Dean Dowda (Orlando, FL)$5,870

Continue reading Championship Event: Five for Fighting at Hard Rock Tampa

Championship Event: 30 Minute Break

$1,500 + $100 + $50 No Limit Hold’em Championship Event (Re-Entry)
Blinds: 12k/24k/4k ante
5 players remaining, 1.2 million avg (50 bb)

The players are taking a 30 minute break (was a scheduled one hour break but they voted to cut it in half). The final five players and their updated chip counts are as follows:

Seat 1: Cord Garcia 1.265 million
Seat 2: Ryan Sponaugle 596K
Seat 3: Steven Korfonta 1.212 million
Seat 4: Josh Miller 462K
Seat 5: Stephen Diamantas 2.486 million

Championship Event: 6th Place, Allen Kessler – $19,189

$1,500 + $100 + $50 No Limit Hold’em Championship Event (Re-Entry)
Blinds: 10k/20k/3k ante
5 players remaining, 1.2 million avg (60 bb)

Allen Kessler opened the action for 40K from early position and it was folded to Cord Garcia in the big blind. Cord thought for twenty seconds before announcing he was all in. Kessler didn’t hesitate and made the call but not before proclaiming “here comes the bad beat” while turning over pocket Jacks. Garcia had AsKd and would hit on the Ah9c7d flop. The turn would give Kessler an inside straight draw with the 8h but the river was not of any help as it was the 5d. Kessler adds almost 20K to his over 2.75 million in lifetime tournament earnings.

Allen Kessler
Allen Kessler

Championship Event: 7th Place – David deBoer – $14,674

$1,500 + $100 + $50 No Limit Hold’em Championship Event (Re-Entry)
Blinds: 8k/16k/2k ante
6 players remaining, 1 million avg (63 bb)

David deBoer
David deBoer

David deBoer (Winter Haven, FL) is all in for 400k with JdJh against the AdKh of Stephen Diamantas.

Diamantas gets the knockout when an Ace flops and the board runs out Ac10s10c5h4c.

deBoer finishes in 7th place for $14,674 and is his second deep run at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa. He won the 2012 WPT Regional here for $128,000.

Diamantas now has 1.425 million chips.

Championship Event: 8th Place, Brandon Vasapolle – $10,610

$1,500 + $100 + $50 No Limit Hold’em Championship Event (Re-Entry)
Blinds: 8k/16k/2k ante

A short stacked Brandon Vasapolle moved all in under the gun and it was folded to Allen Kessler in the big blind. Kessler stated that “I only looked at one” and called and turned over an Ace. Cord Garcia laughed and said “no way you looked at just one” and revealed Kessler’s other card… an 8 for As8s. Brandon had pocket 5’s and would fall way behind when an Ace flopped for Allen. The board would run out AdTd7cTsJs and Vasapolle is our 8th place finisher.

Brandon Vasapolle
Brandon Vasapolle

Final Results – Event 11

Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Winter Poker Open
Event 11: $220 No Limit Hold’em
December 15, 2013

Entries: 132
Prize Pool: $23,100

1st Place

1st Place
PLACENAMEFROMWINNINGS
1WILMAR GILTAMPA, FL$7,507
2JAMES DARCANGELISVENICE, FL$4,274
3DONALD LYERLYWESLEY CHAPEL, FL$2,841
4WALID MADDAHTAMPA, FL$1,964
5ROBERT BEATTYPORT CHARLOTTE, FL$1,455
6CRAIG ESHLEMANLAKEWOOD RANCH, FL$1,132
7DANIEL PELLECHIOROCKLEDGE, FL$855
8PETER BUCZKOWSKIWINDERMERE, FL$647
9LOUIS CONSTANTLAKE MARY, FL$531
10A.L. SARASOTA, FL$508
11FRANK COXSARASOTA, FL$485
12DEWEY PETTYRIVERVIEW, FL$462
13MICHAEL TEICHMANBAYONET POINT, FL$439

Event 11 (am) Results

$175 + $25 +$20 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

PlaceNamePayout
1Wilmar Gil (Tampa, FL)$4,147
2James Darcangelis (Venice, FL)$4,147
3Donald Lyerly (Wesley Chapel, FL)$4,146
4Wally Maddah (Tampa, FL)$4,146
5Robert Beatty (Port Charlotte, FL)$1,455
6Craig Eschleman (Lakewood Ranch, FL)$1,132
7Dan Pellechio (Rockledge, FL)$855
8Peter Buczkowski (Orlando, FL)$647
9Lou Constant (Lake Mary, FL)$531
10A.L. (Sarasota, FL)$508
11Frank Cox (Sarasota, FL)$485
12Dewey Petty (unknown)$462
13Michael Teichman (Hudson, FL)$439

Event 11 (am) Winner – Gil

$175 + $25 +$20 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

Wilmar Gil (Tampa, FL) $4,147
1st Place
Wilmar Gil (Tampa, FL)
$4,147

Wilmar Gil had the chip lead when the final four players make a deal that gives him the win in the the final event of the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Winter Poker Open tournament series. Gil chops with James Darcangelis, Donald Lyerly and Wally Maddah.

Gil’s biggest hand came on the bubble when a player moves all in for 87k and Gil had pocket Aces to get the knockout and send the remaining 13 players into the money.

“Christmas money,” said Gil as he counts his $4,147 first place prize, “not bad for $18.”

Gil took advantage of the recent cash game promotion and used his WPT bucks to cover most of his entry fee into the tournament.

“Put your hours in,” said Gil, “they add up.”

For Gil,  Darcangelis and Lyerly it’s their first recorded tournament cash. While Maddah picks up his third cash of the series after just missing the final table in the Seniors (Event 5) and the $165 (Event 6).

2nd Place - James Darcangelis (Venice, FL)  $4,147
2nd Place
James Darcangelis (Venice, FL)
$4,147
3rd Place - Donald Lyerly (Wesley Chapel, FL)  $4,146
3rd Place
Donald Lyerly (Wesley Chapel, FL)
$4,146
4th Place - Wally Maddah (Tampa, FL)  $4,146
4th Place
Wally Maddah (Tampa, FL)
$4,146

Championship Event: 9th Place, David Tuthill – $7,676

$1,500 + $100 + $50 No Limit Hold’em Championship Event (Re-Entry)
Blinds: 8k/16k/2k ante

After doubling up once to breathe a little life into his stack, David Tuthill opened first to act from late position to 75K and was re-raised all in by Stephen Diamantas. Tuthill made the call and showed pocket 7’s. He would be racing against Stephen and his KsQh. The race was over quickly as a King flopped and the pair of Kings would improve to two pair on the river for Stephen to send his friend to the rail in 9th place.

David Tuthill
David Tuthill

Championship Event: Sponaugle Nearly Triples, Cripples Tuthill In Process

$1,500 + $100 + $50 No Limit Hold’em Championship Event (Re-Entry)
Blinds: 8k/16k/2k ante

From almost out, Ryan Sponaugle has moved up towards the top of the leader board after taking down a huge three way pot against David Tuthill and Cord Garcia. The action started with Tuthill opening to 33K and getting three callers in Steve Diamantas, Cord Garcia, and Sponaugle.

The flop came Qc6h4h and it was checked around. The turn was the Js and Sponaugle led out for 50K after Garcia checked and was called by Tuthill. Diamantas folded and Garcia check raised to 115K. Sponaugle contemplated what to do, his eyes darting back and forth between Garcia, Tuthill, and the board. Finally he made the call for 65K more. After confirming the amount, Tuthill also called. The river was the 2h and Garcia quickly checked. Ryan counted out his stack and then announced that he was all in. After getting a count of 174K, Tuthill called. Garcia quickly folded, saying he had A-Q. Sponaugle turned over Ah3h for the nut flush causing Tuthill to toss his cards in disgust into the center before pulling them back and showing the table that he had KhQh for the 2nd nut flush. Tuthill and Garcia gave Ryan some grief about his play, but Ryan just shrugged as he stacked the chips.

Sponaugle is over 850K after the hand while Tuthill is right at the 100K mark.

Championship Event: 9 Lives, 1 Winner

$1,500 + $100 + $50 No Limit Hold’em Championship Event (Re-Entry)
Blinds: 8k/16k/2k ante
9 players remaining, 669k avg (42 bb)

Diamantas (center), Miller (left), Tuthill & Korfonta (right)
Diamantas (center), Miller, Tuthill (left) & Korfonta (right)

Seat-Name-Chip Count

1 David Deboer (Winter Haven, FL) 400k
2 Cord Garcia (Katy, TX) 875k
3 Ryan Sponaugle (Palm Harbor, FL) 321k
4
5 Allen Kessler (Las Vegas, NV) 480k
6 Brandon Vasapolle (Riverview, FL) 150k
7 Steven Korfonta (Ft. Walton Beach, FL) 1.25 million
8 David Tuthill (St. Petersburg, FL) 414k
9 Josh Miller (Albany, NY) 1.06 million
10 Steve Diamantas (Tampa, FL) 1 million

Final Table Results

Place-Name-Payout

1st $121,900
2nd $72,240
3rd $47,408
4th $32,734
5th $24,155
6th $19,189
7th $14,674
8th $10,610
9th $ 6,766
10th Dean Dowda (Orlando, FL) $5,870