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Charles Davis Scores $9,007 and Guitar Trophy in Outright PLO Victory

Below is the final report from Event 2 of the Winter Poker Open which concluded just before 2am Saturday

2017 Winter Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 2
$250 Pot Limit Omaha Re-Entry
Entries: 143
Prize Pool: $30,030
December 8, 2017

Winner Name: Charles Davis
Age: 50
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Occupation: Self employed
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri

Tampa, Florida — Charles Davis defeated 143 entries in Event 2 of the Winter Poker Open during the early morning hours of Saturday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The $250 Pot Limit Omaha Re-Entry saw a notable year-over-year attendance increase of more than 33 percent and Davis was rewarded with $9,007 and a guitar trophy for his outright win.

The event’s $20,000 guarantee was easily surpassed as a kiddie worth $30,030 was generated by the time registration closed. Davis came out on top of a tough field that included Seminole Hard Rock Tampa poker ambassador Wally Maddah, past WPO Main Event champion A.J. Kelsall and traveling pro John Holley. With 18 players left, Davis played a monster pot against Jeffrey Higgins. Both flopped a set — Higgins jacks and Davis nines — but David also had a pair of queens in his hand. A queen on the turn gave him a better set and he busted Higgins while raking in a pot worth nearly 800,000. Holding better than a third of the chips in play with 17 players left, Davis cruised to the final table and eventually to the winner’s circle.

Davis is 50 years old and resides right here in Tampa. Primarily a cash game player, he says this marked his first tournament and was in fact his first recorded cash.

Final results:

1st: Charles Davis – $9,007 + Guitar Trophy
2nd: Sean Hampson – $4,955
3rd: Ryan Carter – $2,853
4th: Mehdi Belhassan – $2,402
5th: Glenn Pulver – $1,802
6th: Richard Horswell – $1,502
7th: Wagner Wysotchanski – $1,201
8th: A.J. Kelsall – $901
9th: Jim Hagan – $676
10th: William Marsh – $601
11th: Kevin Greene – $601
12th: Wally Maddah – $601
13th: Alberto Martinez – $526
14th: Martin Markov – $526
15th: Alex Ivan – $526
16th: Alonzo Cherry – $450
17th: Mike Raimon – $450
18th: Jeffrey Higgins – $450

Event 2: Charles Davis Wins PLO Guitar ($9,007); Sean Hampson — 2nd Place ($4,955)

Event 2: $250 Pot Limit Omaha, $20K Gtd
Level 20: 6,000/12,000 | Structure | Payouts
Players Remaining: 1/143

Charles Davis

Sean Hampson limped the button and Charles Davis raised the big blind. It was back on Hampson and he potted to 108,000. Davis called and the pair saw a flop of qd8s7d. Davis lead for pot — 216,000. Hampson re-potted for a total of 864,000. Davis announced “call” and there was a little confusion as the pair thought he was all-in. In fact, Davis had a few chips left.

The turn was the 5d and Davis completed the formality by open-shoving for his last roughly 50,000. Hampson called.

Hampson: adahqh9s
Davis: kcqctc9c

River: th

Davis spiked two pair to take the lead from Hampson and win the pot. Hampson was left with less than 10,000 chips and busted in second place the very next hand.

Sean Hampson

A full report on Davis’ win will be posted in the morning. In the meantime, here’s a look at the tournament’s final results:

1st: Charles Davis – $9,007 + Guitar Trophy
2nd: Sean Hampson – $4,955
3rd: Ryan Carter – $2,853
4th: Mehdi Belhassan – $2,402
5th: Glenn Pulver – $1,802
6th: Richard Horswell – $1,502
7th: Wagner Wysotchanski – $1,201
8th: A.J. Kelsall – $901
9th: Jim Hagan – $676
10th: William Marsh – $601
11th: Kevin Greene – $601
12th: Wally Maddah – $601
13th: Alberto Martinez – $526
14th: Martin Markov – $526
15th: Alex Ivan – $526
16th: Alonzo Cherry – $450
17th: Mike Raimon – $450
18th: Jeffrey Higgins – $450

Event 2: Ryan Carter — 3rd Place ($2,853)

Event 2: $250 Pot Limit Omaha, $20K Gtd
Level 20: 6,000/12,000 | Structure | Payouts
Players Remaining: 2/143

Ryan Carter

Ryan Carter opened the button. Sean Hampson folded the small blind and Charles Davis called from the big. The flop fell 8h6s6h. Davis checked. Carter had about 215,000 behind and he bet 65,000 of it. Davis potted.

“Alright. I’m all-in,” Carter said after a few moments.

Davis: kckdac6d
Carter: tcth8d7c

Turn and river: qs4c

Davis earned the pot with kings up and Carter was eliminated in third place.

Ryan Carter — Eliminated in 3rd place ($2,853)

Event 2: Mehdi Belhassan — 4th Place ($2,402)

Event 2: $250 Pot Limit Omaha, $20K Gtd
Level 19: 5,000/10,000 | Structure | Payouts
Players Remaining: 3/143

Mehdi Belhassan

Mehdi Belhassan was under the gun and got his last 33,000 in the middle preflop. Charles Davis folded the button while Ryan Carter and Sean Hampson called from the blinds.

Carter and Hampson checked down an ac6d4h9d8d runout. The hands were turned up and it was Carter’s tc7dxxxx straight that took down the pot. Belhassan, who held ah9sxxxx for two pair, was no good and busted in fourth place.

Mehdi Belhassan – Eliminated in 4th place ($2,402)

Event 2: Richard Horswell — 6th Place ($1,502)

Event 2: $250 Pot Limit Omaha, $20K Gtd
Level 18: 4,000/8,000 | Structure | Payouts
Players Remaining: 5/143

Richard Horswell

Short stack Richard Horswell just got all-in on the flop with top pair. Ryan Carter called with an ace-high flush draw. The turn was a blank, but the river hit Carter’s draw. Horswell was left second best and hit the rail in sixth place for $1,502.

Richard Horswell – Eliminated in 6th place ($1,502)

Event 2: A.J. Kelsall and Wagner Wysotchanski Go Bust, Sean Hampson Leads

Event 2: $250 Pot Limit Omaha, $20K Gtd
Level 18: 4,000/8,000 | Structure | Payouts
Players Remaining: 6/143

With a stack of 750,000, Sean Hampson now leads the final six in the $250 Pot Limit Omaha event. Most recently, Wagner Wysotchanski busted seventh and A.J. Kelsall sixth. They were preceded on the rail by Jim Hagan.

7th: Wagner Wysotchanski – $1,201
8th: A.J. Kelsall – $901

9th: Jim Hagan – $676

Event 2: Charles Davis with a Pair of Sets; Jeffrey Higgins Eliminated

Event 2: $250 Pot Limit Omaha, $20K Gtd
Level 14: 2,000/4,000 | Structure | Payouts
Players Remaining: 16/143

Charles Davis

The aforementioned Jeffrey Higgins and Charles Davis butt heads shortly after the money bubble burst. On a jx9xxx flop, the duo got Higgins stack all in. Higgins had the best of it with a set of jacks, while Davis only had a set of nines. With a pair of queens behind, a queen on the turn was a welcomed sight for Davis. He took a stranglehold in the hand with a better set and went on to fade the river. Higgins was eliminated in 19th place while Davis raked in nearly 800,000 of the 2,145,000 chips in play with 18 players left.

Charles Davis – 755,000
Jeffrey Higgins – Eliminated in 18th place ($450)

Event 2: Jeffrey Higgins Bursts Bubble in PLO

Event 2: $250 Pot Limit Omaha, $20K Gtd
Level 14: 1,500/3,000 | Structure | Payouts
Players Remaining: 18/143

Jeffrey Higgins

Jeffrey Higgins burst the Pot Limit Omaha bubble moments ago eliminating an unknown player in 19th place. The pair got 27,000 in the pot preflop, then another roughly 50,000 in on an acjs8s burn and turn. The turn fell the 3h. Higgins lead, the unknown player shoved and Higgins called for less.

Unknown player: asadkdjc
Higgins: kcqstc7h

The unknown player had top set while Higgins had a few different draws to a straight.

River: kh

Higgins hit Broadway nabbing the pot in dramatic fashion. His all-in call was for about 88,000 and left the unknown player, who busted the very next hand, crippled.

With that, the final 18 players were sent into the money.

1st – $9,007 + Guitar Trophy
2nd – $4,955
3rd – $2,853
4th – $2,402
5th – $1,802
6th – $1,502
7th – $1,201
8th – $901
9th – $676
10th-12th – $601
13th-15th – $526
16th-18th – $450

Seminole Hard Rock Tampa poker ambassador Wally Maddah, Event 1 chip leader Andrew Kelsall and Mike Raimon are among those still in the action.

We will provide another update at the 10-handed final table.

Event 2: Prize Pool and Payouts Finalized

Event 2: $250 Pot Limit Omaha, $20K Gtd
Level 9: 500/1,000 | Structure
Players Remaining: 46/143

Registration is closed and the prize pool is final in Event 2 of the Winter Poker Open, a $250 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha Re-Entry tournament with a $20,000 guarantee. A stout field of 143 entries marked a year-over-year attendance increase of over 33 percent. The $30,030 prize pool eclipsed the $20,000 guarantee handily and pays the top 18 finishers at least $450. In addition to $9,007 in cash, the winner earns the property’s token guitar trophy.

Prize pool and payout details:

2017 Winter Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Tampa, Florida
Event 2
$250 Pot Limit Omaha Re-Entry
Entries: 143
Prize Pool: $30,030
December 8, 2017

1st – $9,007 + Guitar Trophy
2nd – $4,955
3rd – $2,853
4th – $2,402
5th – $1,802
6th – $1,502
7th – $1,201
8th – $901
9th – $676
10th-12th – $601
13th-15th – $526
16th-18th – $450

We will provide another update at the 10-handed final table.

Event 2: PLO Guarantee Gone

Event 2: $250 Pot Limit Omaha, $20K Gtd
Level 4: 100/200 | Structure
Entries: 102

With the 96th entry, the $20,000 guarantee in today’s $250 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha Re-Entry tournament has officially been bested. Each additional buy-in will simply pad the prize pool and grow it further past the $20,000 figure. The number jumped, too, as it now reads over 100 total at the tables.

Event 1 chip leader Andrew Kelsall
Seminole Hard Rock Tampa poker ambassador Wally Maddah
John Holley

There’s a a strong field so far with the Event 1 leader in the clubhouse Andrew Kelsall, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa poker ambassador Wally Maddah and traveling pro John Holley all in. There’s about another two-and-a-half hours of registration and re-entry available until the desk closes at roughly 6:30pm local time.

The full prize pool and payout information will be posted when it’s made available to us.

Event 2: Some Non-Hold’em Action on Friday Night

Event 2: $250 Pot Limit Omaha, $20K Gtd
Level 1: 25/50 | Structure
Entries: 39

For those interested in some four-card poker, there’s a $250 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha Re-Entry tournament freshly underway in the poker room. Players are set to sit to 15,000 chips and will play 30-minute levels throughout. Registration and re-entry are available until about 6:30pm and the tournament is structured to play to its conclusion. It boasts a $20,000 guarantee and will see its champ earn one of the property’s token guitar trophies.

Here are the details:

2pm: $250 Pot Limit Omaha Re-Entry

  • $250 buy-in and $20,000 guaranteed
  • 15,000 chips and 30-minute levels
  • Registration and unlimited re-entry available until the start of Level 9 (~6:30pm)
  • Structure sheet

We’ll take a peek at how the field is filling in in the next hour or two.

Winter Poker Open Day 2 Schedule

11am: $570 Deep Stack NLH Re-Entry, Flight C

  • $570 buy-in and $300,000 guaranteed
  • 20,000 chips and 30-/40-minute levels
  • Registration and unlimited re-entry available until the start of Level 9 (~3:30pm)
  • Play concludes following Level 14 (~6:45pm)
  • Day 2 begins Sunday, December 10 at noon
  • Structure sheet

2pm: $250 Pot Limit Omaha Re-Entry

  • $250 buy-in and $20,000 guaranteed
  • 15,000 chips and 30-minute levels
  • Registration and unlimited re-entry available until the start of Level 9 (~6:30pm)
  • Structure sheet

6pm: $570 Deep Stack NLH Re-Entry, Flight D

  • $570 buy-in and $300,000 guaranteed
  • 20,000 chips and 30-/40-minute levels
  • Registration and unlimited re-entry available until the start of Level 9 (~10:30pm)
  • Play concludes following Level 14 (~1:45am)
  • Day 2 begins Sunday, December 10 at noon
  • Structure sheet

2017 Winter Poker Open Tournament Schedule