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Event 1: Thomas Larson Bests 738 Entries in WPTDeepStacks-Tampa Opener, Pockets $54,580 and Trophy

2017 WPTDeepStacks
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event #1
$570 Deep Stack
No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries: 738
Prize Pool: $369,000
June 8-11, 2017

(Tampa, Fla.) — For the second consecutive year, the WPTDeepStacks headed to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa for a five-tournament, mid-major series. The 12-day festival kicked off last Thursday with the series-opening $570 buy-in, $300,000 guarantee. Tampa faithful joined players from all over the country for the event, ultimately seeing 738 generate a total prize pool of $369,000. Claiming the tournament’s top spot following a six-way chop was Thomas Larson of Mint Hill, N.C. Larson owned the chip lead six-handed and negotiated his way to a $54,580 score. In addition, he earned the property’s signature guitar trophy.

The 738-entry field bested even the most optimistic projections and marked a notable attendance increase year over year. With six total starting flights running at 11am and 6pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the weekend action is what helped push the tournament’s prize pool well above $300,000. The first four starting flights drew 354 entries combined, then Saturday’s action put the pedal to the metal. In all, 384 entered Saturday alone pushing the event over last year’s figure and garnering attention from players throughout the country.

The sizable field saw 146 return for Sunday’s Day 2 with only the top 72 finishing in the money. Play moved fast and Seminole Hard Rock Tampa ambassador Wally Maddah was among those who busted shy of the money. After just over two hours of play with 74 remaining, four players hit the rail simultaneously and tournament staff counted down stacks to verify who made the money. With that, bubble play was non existent and the event cruised into the money.

John Pappas (25th), Robert Majura (30th), Antuan Bunkley (31st), defending champion Claudemir Osorio (44th), Brandon Byars (60th) and defending WPTDeepStacks-Tampa Player of the Series Karl Manouchakian (66th) were among the notables to finish in the money.

Play narrowed to the final table after about nine total hours. There was some talk of a chop 10-handed, but Larson shot it down. By the time play narrowed to six, Larson, who held the chip lead, was satisfied with the deal which saw him earn the guitar trophy and nab better than second place money.

Seminole Hard Rock Tampa marks the 10th North American stop of WPTDeepStacks Season 4. In addition to the $570 opener, the series is headlined by a $350 buy-in, $100,000 guaranteed prelim and the $1,100 Main Event. The Main Event begins June 15th with the first of three starting flights and features a $300,000 guarantee along with a live streamed final table.

More information on the series — which features events daily now through June 19th — is available at WPTDeepStacks.com.

$570 final results:

1st: Thomas Larson – $54,580 + Guitar Trophy
2nd: Puneeth Modha – $38,588
3rd: David Rauf – $38,003
4th: Michael Turton – $34,869
5th: Brandon Vasapolle – $34,289
6th: Rafael Fernandes – $27,525
7th: Kevin Hazzard – $13,284
8th: Enos Smith – $10,148
9th: John Dobson – $7,011
10th: Alex Grandjacquet – $4,613
11th: Mark “Bud” Wiser – $4,613
12th: Stepas Tindziulis – $4,613
13th: Joseph Squires – $3,321
14th: Eliud Diaz – $3,321
15th: James Brinkley – $3,321
16th: Joseph Acquavella – $2,288
17th: James McCarty– $2,288
18th: Anthony Vitale – $2,288
19th: Bill Burdick – $1,956
20th: Ty Wilson – $1,956
21st: Ray Dwyer – $1,956
22nd: Mirza Sopovic – $1,956
23rd: Michael Garrison – $1,956
24th: Krishna Vellanki – $1,956
25th: John Pappas – $1,956
26th: Charles Johnson – $1,956
27th: Brian Arbaugh – $1,956
28th: Carlos Rodriguez Rojas – $1,734
29th: Jeffery Biezunski – $1,734
30th: Robert Manjura – $1,734
31st: Antuan Bunkley – $1,734
32nd: Jennifer Arojado – $1,734
33rd: Anand Rapolu – $1,734
34th: Jean Zabin – $1,734
35th: Amie Martini – $1,734
36th: Troy Symons – $1,734
37th: Daniel Griggs – $1,550
38th: Ronald Sullivan – $1,550
39th: David Graham – $1,550
40th: Robert Rosetta – $1,550
41st: Robert Panetta – $1,550
42nd: Selma Sayin – $1,550
43rd: Derek Melicher – $1,550
44th: Claudemir Osorio – $1,550
45th: Michael Dickerson – $1,550
46th: Daniel Li – $1,365
47th: Michael Collins – $1,365
48th: Juan Sosa – $1,365
49th: Aric Pluskat – $1,365
50th: Nashaat Antonious – $1,365
51st: Oren Segev – $1,365
52nd: William Dubay – $1,365
53rd: Yazan Musa – $1,365
54th: Brandon Vescio – $1,365
55th: Joshua Fulford – $1,218
56th: Mark Smyrski – $1,218
57th: Martin Markov – $1,218
58th: Dustin Geselius – $1,218
59th: Nikolaos Costarelis – $1,218
60th: Brandon Byars – $1,218
61st: Kyle Massey – $1,218
62nd: Thomas Foley – $1,218
63rd: Bruce Snell – $1,218
64th: Marie Harrell – $1,070
65th: Phillip Weast – $1,070
66th: Karl Manouchakian – $1,070
67th: Douglas Lanier – $1,070
68th: James Walden – $1,070
69th: Tam Nguyen – $1,070
70th: Robert Browning – $1,070
71st: James Rubinski – $1,070
72nd: Michael McCarthy – $1,070

Event 1: Thomas Larson Wins Following Six-Way Deal ($54,580)

$570 Buy-in No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry
$200,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 30: 50,000/100,000/10,000
Players Remaining: 6/738

Moments after they agreed to continue playing, they re-agreed to look at the numbers once more. Stacks broke down as follows:

Thomas Larson – 5,420,000
Puneeth Modha – 2,375,000
David Rauf – 2,290,000
Michael Turton – 1,860,000
Brandon Vasapolle – 1,785,000
Rafael Fernandes – 1,010,000

Adjusted payouts:

1st – $54,580
2nd – $38,588
3rd – $38,003
4th – $34,869
5th – $34,289
6th – $27,525

Turton was a bit reluctant, but in the end, all agreed to the deal. Thomas Larson went home the champion and earned $54,578 along with the guitar trophy.

1st: Thomas Larson – $54,580
2nd: Puneeth Modha – $38,588
3rd: David Rauf – $38,003
4th: Michael Turton – $34,869
5th: Brandon Vasapolle – $34,289
6th: Rafael Fernandes – $27,525

A full report will be posted Monday afternoon. In the meantime, here’s a look at the tournament final table results:

1st: Thomas Larson – $54,580 + Guitar Trophy
2nd: Puneeth Modha – $38,588
3rd: David Rauf – $38,003
4th: Michael Turton – $34,869
5th: Brandon Vasapolle – $34,289
6th: Rafael Fernandes – $27,525
7th: Kevin Hazzard – $13,284
8th: Enos Smith – $10,148
9th: John Dobson – $7,011
10th: Alex Grandjacquet – $4,613

Additional results are available in the posts below.

Event 1: Chop Talk

$570 Buy-in No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry
$200,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 30: 50,000/100,000/10,000
Players Remaining: 6/738

Immediately following Kevin Hazzard’s elimination, the remaining six players talked chop.

Here’s how the stacks broke down at the time:

Thomas Larson – 5,430,000
Puneeth Modha – 2,535,000
Michael Turton – 2,380,000
David Rauf – 2,340,000
Rafael Fernandes – 1,200,000
Brandon Vasapolle – 1,065,000

Adjusted payouts:

1st – $54,519 + Guitar Trophy
2nd – $39,648
3rd – $38,617
4th – $38,100
5th – $29,400
6th – $27,566

All except for Turton agreed to the deal. Play went on.

Event 1: Kevin Hazzard Eliminated in 7th place ($13,284)

$570 Buy-in No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry
$200,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 30: 50,000/100,000/10,000
Players Remaining: 6/738

Kevin Hazzard

Thomas Larson was in the cutoff and opened to 250,000. Kevin Hazzard called and they saw a flop heads up.

Flop: 8s6c5c — Hazzard checked. Larson bet 500,000. Hazzard moved all-in for about 1,800,000 total. Larson had him covered, but it was a big portion of his stack. He called and the hands were tabled.

Larson: tctd for an overpair
Hazzard: ac4c for a flush draw

Turn and river: 8d2h

Larson’s overpair held and Hazzard was eliminated in seventh place.

Thomas Larson – 5,430,000
Kevin Hazzard – Eliminated in 7th place ($13,284)

Event 1: Enos Smith Eliminated in 8th Place ($10,148)

$570 Buy-in No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry
$200,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 28: 30,000/60,000/10,000
Players Remaining: 7/738

Enos Smith

Short stack Enos Smith got all-in preflop versus Michael Turton. Smith held qhjh and was behind the jsjd of Turton. The runout fell tc5s5c4djc and Turton’s set was best. Smith was eliminated in eighth place.

Enos Smith – Eliminated in 8th place ($10,148)

Event 1: John Dobson Eliminated in 9th Place ($7,011)

$570 Buy-in No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry
$200,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 28: 30,000/60,000/10,000
Players Remaining: 8/738

John Dobson

Michael Turton opened from early position to 140,000. John Dobson, who was on his direct left, jammed for about 600,000. It folded to Thomas Larson in the big blind and he shoved for more. Turton folded and Dobson was at risk and flipping with Larson.

Dobson: 8h8d
Larson: ackc

Runout: khkd2d6h5c

Larson improved to trips and Dobson was eliminated in ninth place.

John Dobson – Eliminated in 9th place ($7,011)

Event 1: The Final Table; Thomas Larson Leads with Over 3,000,000

$570 Buy-in No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry
$200,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 26: 20,000/40,000/5,000
Players Remaining: 10/738

Seat 1: Puneeth Modha – 1,000,000
Seat 2: Rafael Fernandes – 1,400,000
Seat 3: Thomas Larson – 3,100,000
Seat 4: Brandon Vasapolle – 760,000
Seat 5: Michael Turton – 1,250,000
Seat 6: John Dobson – 1,800,000
Seat 7: Kevin Hazzard 1,690,000
Seat 8: David Rauf – 2,495,000
Seat 9: Enos Smith – 880,000
Seat 10: Alex Grandjacquet – 370,000

1st – $85,604 + Guitar Trophy
2nd – $49,815
3rd – $30,443
4th – $25,092
5th – $20,295
6th – $16,605
7th – $13,284
8th – $10,148
9th – $7,011
10th – $4,613

11th: Mark “Bud” Wiser – $4,613
12th: Stepas Tindziulis – $4,613
13th: Joseph Squires – $3,321
14th: Eliud Diaz – $3,321
15th: James Brinkley – $3,321
16th: Joseph Acquavella – $2,288
17th: James McCarty– $2,288
18th: Anthony Vitale – $2,288
19th: Bill Burdick – $1,956
20th: Ty Wilson – $1,956
21st: Ray Dwyer – $1,956
22nd: Mirza Sopovic – $1,956
23rd: Michael Garrison – $1,956
24th: Krishna Vellanki – $1,956
25th: John Pappas – $1,956
26th: Charles Johnson – $1,956
27th: Brian Arbaugh – $1,956
28th: Carlos Rodriguez Rojas – $1,734
29th: Jeffery Biezunski – $1,734
30th: Robert Manjura – $1,734
31st: Antuan Bunkley – $1,734
32nd: Jennifer Arojado – $1,734
33rd: Anand Rapolu – $1,734
34th: Jean Zabin – $1,734
35th: Amie Martini – $1,734
36th: Troy Symons – $1,734
37th: Daniel Griggs – $1,550
38th: Ronald Sullivan – $1,550
39th: David Graham – $1,550
40th: Robert Rosetta – $1,550
41st: Robert Panetta – $1,550
42nd: Selma Sayin – $1,550
43rd: Derek Melicher – $1,550
44th: Claudemir Osorio – $1,550
45th: Michael Dickerson – $1,550
46th: Daniel Li – $1,365
47th: Michael Collins – $1,365
48th: Juan Sosa – $1,365
49th: Aric Pluskat – $1,365
50th: Nashaat Antonious – $1,365
51st: Oren Segev – $1,365
52nd: William Dubay – $1,365
53rd: Yazan Musa – $1,365
54th: Brandon Vescio – $1,365
55th: Joshua Fulford – $1,218
56th: Mark Smyrski – $1,218
57th: Martin Markov – $1,218
58th: Dustin Geselius – $1,218
59th: Nikolaos Costarelis – $1,218
60th: Brandon Byars – $1,218
61st: Kyle Massey – $1,218
62nd: Thomas Foley – $1,218
63rd: Bruce Snell – $1,218
64th: Marie Harrell – $1,070
65th: Phillip Weast – $1,070
66th: Karl Manouchakian – $1,070
67th: Douglas Lanier – $1,070
68th: James Walden – $1,070
69th: Tam Nguyen – $1,070
70th: Robert Browning – $1,070
71st: James Rubinski – $1,070
72nd: Michael McCarthy – $1,070

Event 1: James McCarty Eliminated in 17th Place ($2,288); Anthony Vitale Eliminated in 18th Place ($2,288)

$570 Buy-in No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry
$200,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 25: 15,000/30,000/5,000
Players Remaining: 16/738

James McCarty

James McCarty open shoved 140,000 and John Dobson called.

Dobson: jsjd
McCarty: kc7c

Runout: acqs6h6s7s

Dobson’s jacks held and McCarty was eliminated in 17th place. He was preceded on the rail in 18th place by Anthony Vitale.

James McCarty – Eliminated in 17th place ($2,288)
Anthony Vitale – Eliminated in 18th place ($2,288)

Event 1: Bill Burdick Eliminated in 19th Place ($1,956)

$570 Buy-in No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry
$200,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 24: 12,000/24,000/4,000
Players Remaining: 18/738

Bill Burdick

Bill Burdick opened the button to 75,000 and Kevin Hazzard called from the small blind.

Flop: adjh6c — Hazzard checked. Burdick, who came back from dinner short stacked, jammed. Hazzard double-checked that Burdick had, in fact, moved all-in. When it was confirmed, he called.

Hazzard: ahjd
Burdick: as3c

“Nice hand,” Burdick conceded sliding his chips to Hazzard.

Turn and river: 8h5h

Bill Burdick (left) pushes his stack to Kevin Hazzard

Burdick was eliminated in 19th place.

Kevin Hazzard – 1,194,000
Bill Burdick – Eliminated in 19th place ($1,956)

Event 1: Ty Wilson Eliminated in 20th Place ($1,956)

$570 Buy-in No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry
$200,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Heading to Level 24: 12,000/24,000/4,000
Players Remaining: 19/738

Ty Wilson

Ty Wilson busted in 20th place just moments ago. Rather than head immediately to the payout desk, he was spotted keeping his seat warm at Table 1 while he finished the martini he brought back from dinner break.

Ty Wilson – Eliminated in 20th place ($1,956)

Event 1: Ray Dwyer Eliminated in 21st Place ($1,956); Mirza Sopovic Eliminated in 22nd Place ($1,956)

$570 Buy-in No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry
$200,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Heading to Level 24: 12,000/24,000/4,000
Players Remaining: 20/738

Ray Dwyer

Ray Dwyer open-shoved about 190,000 and was called by chip leader John Dobson.

Dobson: asjc
Dwyer: ah4d

Runout: tstd2hqd8s

Dobson’s ace-jack held and Dwyer was eliminated in 21st place. He was preceded on the rail in 22nd place by Mirza Sopovic who began the day second in the counts.

Ray Dwyer – Eliminated in 21st place ($1,956)
Mirza Sopovic – Eliminated in 22nd place ($1,956)

Event 1: Dinner Time; John Dobson Leads

$570 Buy-in No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry
$200,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Heading to Level 24: 12,000/24,000/4,000
Players Remaining: 22/738

John Dobson’s 1,875,000-chip stack

Players are in the midst of their 40-minute dinner break. Cards go back in the air at roughly 7:25pm. There are a total of 22 remaining and they’ve all secured $1,956.

A handful of standouts have emerged over the 1,000,000 mark. Among them are James Brinkley (1,229,000) and David Rauf (1,030,000). The chip leader, John Dobson, sits on 1,875,000.

Here’s a look at the updated results since Brian Arbaugh’s 27th-place elimination.

John Pappas – Eliminated in 25th place ($1,956)

23rd: Michael Garrison – $1,956
24th: Krishna Vellanki – $1,956
25th: John Pappas – $1,956
26th: Charles Johnson – $1,956

Event 1: Three Tables Remain

$570 Buy-in No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry
$200,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 23: 10,000/20,000/3,000
Players Remaining: 26/738

Brian Arbaugh busted 27th before the three-table redraw was complete. With that, 26 players remain.

27th: Brian Arbaugh – $1,956

Here’s a look at the field:

Table 1
Table 2

1st – $85,604 + Guitar Trophy
2nd – $49,815
3rd – $30,443
4th – $25,092
5th – $20,295
6th – $16,605
7th – $13,284
8th – $10,148
9th – $7,011
10th-12th – $4,613
13th-15th – $3,321
16th-18th – $2,288
19th-26th – $1,956

Event 1: Another Round of Eliminations

$570 Buy-in No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry
$200,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 23: 10,000/20,000/3,000
Players Remaining: 27/738

Daniel Griggs – Eliminated in 37th place ($1,550)

28th: Carlos Rodriguez Rojas – $1,734
29th: Jeffery Biezunski – $1,734
30th: Robert Manjura – $1,734
31st: Antuan Bunkley – $1,734
32nd: Jennifer Arojado – $1,734
33rd: Anand Rapolu – $1,734
34th: Jean Zabin – $1,734
35th: Amie Martini – $1,734
36th: Troy Symons – $1,734
37th: Daniel Griggs – $1,550
38th: Ronald Sullivan – $1,550
39th: David Graham – $1,550
40th: Robert Rosetta – $1,550
41st: Robert Panetta – $1,550
42nd: Selma Sayin – $1,550
43rd: Derek Melicher – $1,550
44th: Claudemir Osorio – $1,550
45th: Michael Dickerson – $1,550
46th: Daniel Li – $1,365
47th: Michael Collins – $1,365
48th: Juan Sosa – $1,365

Additional results are available in the posts below.

Event 1: Puneeth Modha versus Bill Burdick

$570 Buy-in No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry
$200,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 22: 8,000/16,000/2,000
Players Remaining: 36/738

Puneeth Modha

Bill Burdick opened it up for a raise to 32,000 from early position. It folded to Puneeth Modha in the small blind and he called. The pair was heads up to the flop.

Flop: ksqhqd – Both players checked.

Turn: ksqhqd4c – Modha lead for 28,000. Burdick called.

River: ksqhqd4c2c – Modha lead for 110,000. Burdick called and saw the bad news.

Modha: asqs

Modha’s trips were good and Burdick’s cards hit the muck.

Puneeth Modha – 560,000
Bill Burdick – 290,000

Event 1: Ty Wilson Eliminates Robert Rosetta in 40th Place ($1,550)

$570 Buy-in No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry
$200,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 21: 6,000/12,000/2,000
Players Remaining: 39/738

Ty Wilson

Robert Rosetta open shoved for 83,000 and it folded to Ty Wilson. He called putting the short stack at risk.

Wilson: ahjh
Rosetta: as7h

A ksqhqd flop gave Rosetta outs to a chop in addition to his out to the pair. The turn qc gave him that chop, but the river fell with a fury. Wilson improved to Broadway when the dealer revealed the tc on fifth street. Rosetta was left bust and hit the rail 40th.

Ty Wilson – 245,000
Robert Rosetta – Eliminated in 40th place ($1,550)

Event 1: Some Chip Counts from Around the Room

$570 Buy-in No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry
$200,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Heading to Level 21: 6,000/12,000/2,000
Players Remaining: 44/738

Bill Burdick

Players are on their second break of the day and tournament staff is coloring up some chips and putting the blue 25,000s in play. With 44 players remaining it’s Bill Burdick who appears to lead the way with a stack of 680,000.

Here’s a look at some of the stacks still in:

  • Bill Burdick – 680,000
  • David Rauf – 602,000
  • Mark Wiser – 615,000
  • Antuan Bunkley – 360,000
  • John Pappas – 352,000
  • Robert Majura – 225,000
  • Daniel Griggs – 185,000
  • Claudemir Osorio – 111,000

Event 1: First Round of Eliminations

$570 Buy-in No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry
$200,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 20: 5,000/10,000/1,000
Players Remaining: 48/738

Bruce Snell – Eliminated in 63rd place ($1,218)

49th: Aric Pluskat – $1,365
50th: Nashaat Antonious – $1,365
51st: Oren Segev – $1,365
52nd: William Dubay – $1,365
53rd: Yazan Musa – $1,365
54th: Brandon Vescio – $1,365
55th: Joshua Fulford – $1,218
56th: Mark Smyrski – $1,218
57th: Martin Markov – $1,218
58th: Dustin Geselius – $1,218
59th: Nikolaos Costarelis – $1,218
60th: Brandon Byars – $1,218
61st: Kyle Massey – $1,218
62nd: Thomas Foley – $1,218
63rd: Bruce Snell – $1,218
64th: Marie Harrell – $1,070
65th: Phillip Weast – $1,070
66th: Karl Manouchakian – $1,070
67th: Douglas Lanier – $1,070
68th: James Walden – $1,070
69th: Tam Nguyen – $1,070
70th: Robert Browning – $1,070
71st: James Rubinski – $1,070
72nd: Michael McCarthy – $1,070

Event 1: Kevin Hazzard Doubles through Daniel Griggs, Takes Chip Lead

$570 Buy-in No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry
$200,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 19: 4,000/8,000/1,000
Players Remaining: 52/738

Kevin Hazzard

Kevin Hazzard got it started with a raise to 23,000. It folded to an unknown player in the cutoff and he called. From there, it folded to Daniel Griggs — who claimed one of the biggest stacks in the room — in the big blind and he defended. They were three ways.

Flop: qc7h5c — Action checked around.

Turn: qc7h5ckh — Griggs and Hazzard checked sending the action to the cutoff. He bet 50,000. Griggs reached into his stack and raised to 130,000. It was on Hazzard and he insta-shoved for 322,000. The cutoff went into the tank for about a minute before folding. It was back on Griggs. He had a decision on his hands and ultimately found a call.

Hazzard: kd7d for kings up
Griggs: ac3c for the nut flush draw

Hazzard was the at-risk player.

River: qc7h5ckhas — The river spade improved Griggs to a pair, but it wasn’t enough. He shipped a double across the table to Hazzard who subsequently took the chip lead.

Kevin Hazzard – 765,000
Daniel Griggs – 240,000

Event 1: Martin Markov Eliminated in 57th Place ($1,218)

$570 Buy-in No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry
$200,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 19: 4,000/8,000/1,000
Players Remaining: 56/738

Martin Markov

Martin Markov, fresh off a runner-up finish in the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Deep Stack $350, has been eliminated from the WPTDeepStacks $570 in 57th place. He earned $1,218.

Martin Markov – Eliminated in 57th place ($1,218)