Event 5: Chips Do Talking for Big Stack

$175 + $25 + $20 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Level 9: Blinds 400/800/100 ante

Maroun AkikiAkiki Acquiring Chips & the Big Stack

It’s been a pretty good year for Maroun Akiki (Orlando) and he’s continuing his success as the early chip lead in this Seniors Event.

Akiki, who is up to 140k (175 bb), has three career recorded tournament results, all in 2013 and all are final tables. He has a win and a second place finish from Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood as part of his $46,000 in tournament earnings.

“A couple of good hands,” says Akiki about his monster stack which is well above the 26k (33 bb) average, but doesn’t say more than that.  He’ll just let  his chips do all the talking.

Event 5: Race Time

$175 + $25 + $20 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Level 8: Blinds 300/600/75

As the level winds down, players are set for their second break of the day when the green (25) chips are raced off.

~125 players remain of the 260 entries, putting the average stack at 21k (26 bb) with blinds heading to 400/800/200 ante

Event 5: History Lesson

$175 + $25 + $20 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Level 7: Blinds 250/500/50 ante

Jack CassidyCassidy – Tampa Poker Since ’95

Jack Cassidy (Zephyrhillls) has seen it all in the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Poker Room.

“I was here in 1995 playing for 25 cents,” says a life long marketer and poker player. “It’s been growing in leaps and bounds, not just in the city, but around the state.”

Cassidy points to the 2010 legislation change that allowed uncapped buy-ins for cash games and tournaments as the reason why things have exploded.

“We have more good players now than we’ve ever seen,” says Cassidy. “Anybody who plays well in this room can hold their own anywhere.”

And the strong fields for the Tampa Winter Poker Open shows that the game is alive and well.

Event 5: Bling, Bling; Seniors Bring Bracelets

$175 + $25 + $20 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Level 6: Blinds 200/400/50 ante

Marsha Wolak & Harold Angle collageWolak & Angle

Two WSOP bracelet holders are in the field; Marsha Wolak (Sarasota) and Harold Angle (Sun City Center) are both here.

Wolak won the 2011 WSOP Ladies Event for $192,000, while Angle has a 2010 Seniors bracelet for $488,000.

But while they both have jewelry, they’re worlds apart in tournament results.  Angle’s win is his only recorded result on pokerpages.com, while Wolak has 45 career cashes.

Harold Angle bracelet tight shotAngel’s 2010 WSOP Bracelet

Event 5: Five for Five, We Guarantee it!

$175 + $25 + $20 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Level 5: Blinds 150/300/25 ante

The 5th straight guarantee has been reached at the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Winter Poker Open tournament series. The Seniors $25,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool has been smashed with 260 entries as players continue to fill the tables.

In the first five events, all $205,000 worth of guarantees have been met, including $150,000 in Event 1.

Registration for the Seniors is closed and the prize pool will be announced shortly.

Event 5: Poker Evolving at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa

$175 + $25 + $20 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Level 4: Blinds 100/200/25 ante

John GordonJohn Gordon

John Gordon (Cape Canaveral) sparks a lot of conversation at the table because of his poker themed tee shirts. Today’s he’s sporting Poker Player Evolution and says, “if you ask them, they’ll say I’m somewhere here,” while pointing towards the back end of the donkey.

Gordon’s family is in the tee shirt business and players love seeing the fish-donkey-man-shark evolution. The former mechanical engineer is from the “other coast” and likes to vacation and play poker at the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa.

The next poker themed shirt Gordon wants to break out on the trip is, Nobody Cares What You Folded, which everyone at the table agrees is something that needs to be said, often.

poker evolution t shirtGordon’s Poker Timeline

Event 5: Silver Linings

$175 + $25 + $20 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Level 3: Blinds 100/200

Poker Room Wide Shot, Dale Wagner
Dale Wagner (center) in the Seniors Event

An impressive 200+ entries are in the field as the Poker Room is hopping on a Monday.

Dale Wagner (Clearwater) made the short trip over the bay to play in the 5th event of the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Winter Poker Open tournament series.

Registration is open for another hour, until approximately 1:15 pm.

Final Results – Event 4

Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Winter Poker Open
Event 4: $220 Turbo No Limit Hold’em
December 8, 2013

Entries: 64
Prize Pool: $11,200

1st Place

1st Place
PLACENAMEFROMWINNINGS
1ALLAUDDIN KHANWESLEY CHAPEL, FL$4,043
2DUANE PODGORSKILAKELAND, FL$2,475
3DAVID PHILLIPSCLARKSTON, MI$1,613
4MATTHEW PANGTORONTO, ON$1,120
5ELIZABETH MARSHALLORLANDO, FL$818
6MEGAN GALLAGHERSARASOTA, FL$627
7NORBERT KARALAKITELEK, $504

Final Results – Event 3

Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Winter Poker Open
Event 3: $220 Mixed No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha
December 8, 2013

Entries: 67
Prize Pool: $11,725

David Griffith winner w baby pix
1st Place
PLACENAMEFROMWINNINGS
1DAVID GRIFFITHTAMPA, FL$4,232
2RUSSELL WAGGONERNOKOMIS, FL$2,591
3RYAN HEARRELLORLANDO, FL$1,688
4ANONYMOUSFALLING ROCK, CO$1,173
5STEPHEN HYVONENLAKE MARY, FL$856
6DOYCE BRANNINGLAKELAND, FL$657
7RONALD GROELLERWESLEY CHAPEL, FL$528

Final Results – Event 2

Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Winter Poker Open
Event 2: $220 Pot Limit Omaha
December 7, 2013

Entries: 82
Prize Pool: $14,350

Bobby Sahgal
1st Place
PLACENAMEFROMWINNINGS
1ASHISH "BOBBY" SAHGALWINTER HAVEN, FL$3,882
2DANIEL TIRRELLORLANDO, FL$2,500
3ALLAN YITAMPA, FL$2,000
4CORE DINIZJEFFERSONTOWN, KY$1,800
5ANONYMOUSFALLING ROCK, CO$1,800
6JIM HAGANBRANDON, FL$789
7PAUL WOLFETAMPA, FL$631
8DOMINICK MINAYATAMPA, FL$517
9ALEXANDER QUINONESBRANDON, FL$431