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$350/$100K: James Kerr, an Outright Winner for $30,602 and a Trophy

Below is the final report from Event 4 of the Winter Poker Open which concluded just before 12:30am Thursday

2018 Winter Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 4
$350 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 502
Prize Pool: $150,600
December 10-12, 2018

(Tampa, Florida) — There was an outright winner during the early morning hours of Thursday at the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Winter Poker Open. James “Ping” Kerr of Sterling Park, FL outlasted more than 500 entries in Event 4, a $350 multi-flight no limit hold’em tournament, earning $30,602 a trophy and $1,650 Main Event seat in the process. Kerr, 33, is a past champion at this property having previously won the Tampa Summer Poker Open Championship in 2014.

The Event 4 field was 502 entries generating a $150,600 prize pool — well in excess of the $100,000 guarantee. Over the course of four starting flights and 14 early levels, the tournament narrowed to just 74 advancers. Kerr held a top-10 stack on Day 2 and watched as notables like start-of-day chip leader Fred Paradis hit the rail shy of the money. Kerr kept his cool eventually working his way to the top stack with three tables left. He retained the lead with two tables left and relinquished it just slightly by the time action reached 10-handed.

The final table moved fast and after less than three hours it was heads-up between Kerr and Nelder De Carvalho without a peep of a chop. The pair played aggressive, getting in multiple all-in pots before Kerr found himself with the top stack and holding the best of it all-in preflop — actc versus kd7h. A blank runout officially anointed Kerr the champion while De Carvalho placed 2nd for $21,441.

Kerr is 33 years old and resides nearby in Sterling Park with his wife and three children. He is a restaurant owner by trade, but has more than $165,000 in reported poker tournament earnings.

Complete Event 4 results:

1st: James Kerr – $30,602 + Trophy and $1,650 seat
2nd: Nelder De Carvalho – $21,441
3rd: David Ashkenasi – $13,787
4th: Cedric Tercy – $9,175
5th: Michael Nguyen – $7,060
6th: Sean Tansey – $5,846
7th: Juan Rodriguez – $4,908
8th: Richard Kincaid – $3,984
9th: Al Krux – $3,061
10th: Joseph Acquavella – $2,577
11th: Joe Godbolt – $2,577
12th: Landon Brown – $2,577
13th: Michael Hassab – $2,160
14th: Chris Williams – $2,160
15th: David Brookman – $2,160
16th: Aaron Kerns – $1,773
17th: Duff Charette
18th: Anthony Astarita
20th: Nick Avena – $1,475
21st: Sam Harvey – $1,475
22nd: Li Zhou – $1,241
23rd: Mickey Ma – $1,241
24th: Jacob Naumann – $1,241
25th: Alex Ribeiro – $1,035
26th: Robert Johnson – $1,035
27th: Jean Nascimen – $1,035
28th: Kevin Blewitt – $842
29th: Andrew Mazzurco – $842
30th: Andrew Lanoue – $842
31st: Kevin Pahl – $842
32nd: Warren Jurkowitz – $842
33rd: Tomasz Szymecki – $842
34th: Antonio Fernandez – $842
35th: Robert Panetta – $842
36th: Simon Verkhovsky – $842
37th: Steven Worr – $751
38th: Daniel DeDomenico – $751
39th: Samuel Schenker – $751
40th: Huicun Qiao – $751
41st: Robert Irby – $751
42nd: Cheri Beatty – $751
43rd: Doyle Elliott – $751
44th: Russell Waggoner – $751
45th: Daniel Lobato – $751
46th: Tony Tran – $661
47th: Ahmed Gomez – $661
48th: Herbert Woodbery – $661
49th: Karl Manouchakian – $661
50th: Charles Kahrs – $661
51st: Thang Phu – $661

$350/$100K: James Kerr Wins Outright ($30,602); Nelder De Carvalho — 2nd Place ($21,441)

$350 Deep Stack NLH Re-Entry
$100,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 30: 80,000/160,000 with a 160,000 ante
Players Remaining: 1 of 502

James Kerr

After about 45 minutes of heads-up play, the final hand was dealt in the $350 buy-in Winter Poker Open trophy event.

James Kerr worked his way to the chip lead and called from the button. Nelder De Carvalho shoved 4,315,000 from the big blind and Kerr snapped with the title within reach.

Kerr: actc
De Carvalho: kd7h

Runout: td6d5h9h2c

With that, Kerr scored an outright win and $30,602. De Carvalho was sent home with 2nd-place money worth $21,441.

Nelder De Carvalho

A complete report on the event will be posted Thursday afternoon. In the meantime, here’s a look at the final table results:

1st: James Kerr – $30,602 + Trophy and $1,650 seat
2nd: Nelder De Carvalho – $21,441
3rd: David Ashkenasi – $13,787
4th: Cedric Tercy – $9,175
5th: Michael Nguyen – $7,060
6th: Sean Tansey – $5,846
7th: Juan Rodriguez – $4,908
8th: Richard Kincaid – $3,984
9th: Al Krux – $3,061

Full results are available throughout the posts below.

$350/$100K: David Ashkenasi — 3rd Place ($13,787)

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Level 28: 50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 502

David Ashkenasi

Short stack David Ashkenasi called from the small blind and James Kerr raised the big to 275,000. Ashkenasi promptly moved all-in for about 1,900,000 and Kerr called even more promptly.

Kerr: ackh
Ashkenasi: ah6h

Runout: ks8c8djd2d

Kerr’s kings were best and Ashkenasi was eliminated in 3rd place.

David Ashkenasi – Eliminated in 3rd place ($13,787)

$350/$100K: Cedric Tercy – 4th Place ($9,175); James Kerr Nearly Triples

$350 Deep Stack NLH Re-Entry
$100,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 28: 50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 502

Cedric Tercy

After holding on for numerous doubles, Cedric Tercy has found the rail in fourth place.

On the button, David Ashkenasi open-shoved for just under 3,400,000. Tercy called off about 830,000 from the small blind and it was on James Kerr in the big. He verified the amount Tercy was all-in for and called off about 2,200,000 shortly thereafter. The hands were exposed with Ashkenasi able to eliminate two players.

Kerr: 9c9h
Ashkenasi: as7h
Tercy: ksth

Runout: qs6c3s4c2h

Kerr’s pair held and he scooped the main and the side pot.

James Kerr – 5,430,000
Tercy – Eliminated in 4th place ($9,175)

$350/$100K: Four-Handed Play

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$100,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 28: 50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 502

Seat 1: Cedric Tercy, Seat 2: James Kerr, Seat 3: Nelder De Carvalho, Seat 4: David Ashkenasi

Here’s a look at the four-handed scene with Nelder De Carvalho in first, David Ashkenasi second, James Kerr third and Cedric Tercy the short stack.

1st – $30,602 + Trophy and $1,650 seat
2nd – $21,441
3rd – $13,787
4th – $9,175

$350/$100K: Michael Nguyen — 5th Place ($7,060)

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$100,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 27: 40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 502

Michael Nguyen

Minutes after David Ashkenasi eliminated Sean Tansey in 5th place, he sent Michael Nguyen home in 5th. Nguyen earned $7,060 while Ashkenasi stacked more chips.

Michael Nguyen – Eliminated in 5th place ($7,060)

$350/$100K: Sean Tansey — 6th Place ($5,846)

$350 Deep Stack NLH Re-Entry
$100,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 27: 40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 502

Sean Tansey

Sean Tansey was in the cutoff and his last 600,000 made it in the middle. David Ashkenasi had him at risk from the small blind and the hands were up.

Ashkenasi: ahts
Tansey: kh6h

Runout: adkcjs5c3d

Ashkenasi’s pair of aces was best and he Tansey went to the rail 6th.

David Ashkenasi – 3,620,000
Sean Tansey – Eliminated in 6th place ($5,846)

$350/$100K: Final Table Update

$350 Deep Stack NLH Re-Entry
$100,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 27: 40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 502

Seat 1: Cedric Tercy – 1,620,000
Seat 2: James “Ping” Kerr – 2,250,000
Seat 3: Nelder De Carvalho – 3,875,000
Seat 4: Sean Tansey – 1,200,000
Seat 5: — Empty —
Seat 6: Michael Nguyen – 1,900,000
Seat 7: — Empty —
Seat 8: — Empty —
Seat 9: David Ashkenasi – 1,700,000

1st – $30,602 + Trophy and $1,650 seat
2nd – $21,441
3rd – $13,787
4th – $9,175
5th – $7,060
6th – $5,846

$350/$100K: Richard Kincaid — 8th Place ($3,984)

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$100,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 26: 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 502

Richard Kincaid

Michael Nguyen raised the button and Richard Kincaid shoved 620,000 from the big blind. Nguyen called and Kincaid’s tournament life was in jeopardy.

Nguyen: 4s4d
Kincaid: kdqc

Runout: as7c5s6h7s

The dealer counted down Kincaid’s stack and it was revealed he was indeed covered. He hit the rail 8th while Nguyen stacked the pot.

Michael Nguyen – 1,750,000
Richard Kincaid – Eliminated in 8th place ($3,984)

$350/$100K: Joseph Acquavella – 10th Place ($2,577)

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$100,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 25: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 502

Joseph Acquavella

Joseph Acquavella jammed under the gun for about 450,000. Michael Nguyen called from his direct left and it folded around. Acquavella was at risk.

Nguyen: jcjh
Acquavella: 4c4d

Runout: 8h8d3sks8c

Acquavella’s pocket fours were no good and he was eliminated in 10th place.

Michael Nguyen – 1,550,000
Joseph Acquavella – Eliminated in 10th place ($2,577)

$350/$100K: 10-Handed Final Table

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$100,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 24: 20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 502

Seat 1: Cedric Tercy – 2,420,000
Seat 2: James “Ping” Kerr – 2,250,000
Seat 3: Nelder De Carvalho – 945,000
Seat 4: Sean Tansey – 370,000
Seat 5: Joseph Acquavella – 1,200,000
Seat 6: Michael Nguyen – 835,000
Seat 7: Juan Rodriguez – 2,050,000
Seat 8: Richard Kincaid – 895,000
Seat 9: David Ashkenasi – 1,200,000
Seat 10: Al Krux – 450,000

1st – $30,602 + Trophy and $1,650 seat
2nd – $21,441
3rd – $13,787
4th – $9,175
5th – $7,060
6th – $5,846
7th – $4,908
8th – $3,984
9th – $3,061
10th – $2,577

$350/$100K: Three Busts in 19 Minutes; 10-Handed Final Table Reached

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$100,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 24: 20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 502

Joe Godbolt

It took only 19 minutes following dinner for Michael Hassab to bust 13th, Landon Brown 12th and Joe Godbolt 11th.

Play is now down to the 10-handed final table and we’ll provide a look at the updated table draw including approximate chip counts shortly.

Landon Brown
Michael Hassab

Joe Godbolt – Eliminated in 11th place ($2,577)
Landon Brown – Eliminated in 12th place ($2,577)
Michael Hassab – Eliminated in 13th place ($2,160)

$350/$100K: Dinner Break Updated; 13 Remain

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$100,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Heading to Level 24: 20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining: 13 of 502

The guitar trophy

Seat 1: Nelder De Carvalho – 1,326,000
Seat 2: Joseph Acquavella – 975,000
Seat 3: Michael Hassab – 355,000
Seat 4: David Ashkenasi – 1,050,000
Seat 5: Juan Rodriguez – 1,640,000
Seat 6: Richard Kincaid – 885,000
Seat 7: Al Krux – 490,000

Seat 1: James Kerr – 1,705,000
Seat 2: Cedric Tercy – 880,000
Seat 3: Joe Godbolt – 580,000
Seat 4: Michael Nguyen – 1,525,000
Seat 5: Sean Tansey – 465,000
Seat 6: Landon Brown – 600,000

1st – $30,602 + Trophy and $1,650 seat
2nd – $21,441
3rd – $13,787
4th – $9,175
5th – $7,060
6th – $5,846
7th – $4,908
8th – $3,984
9th – $3,061
10th-12th – $2,577
13th – $2,160

$350/$100K: Chris Williams Eliminated 14th; Dinner Time

$350 Deep Stack NLH Re-Entry
$100,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Heading to Level 24: 20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining: 13 of 502

Chris Williams

There’s been a flurry of bustouts in Level 23 with Chris Williams hitting the rail 14th most recently. The remaining 13 are now on a 40-minute dinner break with play set to resumes at roughly 7:45pm.

We will post a complete look at the table lineups with chip counts momentarily. In the meantime, here is a look at the up-to-date results:

14th: Chris Williams – $2,160
15th: David Brookman – $2,160
16th: Aaron Kerns – $1,773
17th: Duff Charette
18th: Anthony Astarita
20th: Nick Avena – $1,475
21st: Sam Harvey – $1,475
22nd: Li Zhou – $1,241
23rd: Mickey Ma – $1,241
24th: Jacob Naumann – $1,241
25th: Alex Ribeiro – $1,035
26th: Robert Johnson – $1,035
27th: Jean Nascimen – $1,035
28th: Kevin Blewitt – $842
29th: Andrew Mazzurco – $842
30th: Andrew Lanoue – $842
31st: Kevin Pahl – $842
32nd: Warren Jurkowitz – $842
33rd: Tomasz Szymecki – $842
34th: Antonio Fernandez – $842
35th: Robert Panetta – $842
36th: Simon Verkhovsky – $842
37th: Steven Worr – $751
38th: Daniel DeDomenico – $751
39th: Samuel Schenker – $751
40th: Huicun Qiao – $751
41st: Robert Irby – $751
42nd: Cheri Beatty – $751
43rd: Doyle Elliott – $751
44th: Russell Waggoner – $751
45th: Daniel Lobato – $751
46th: Tony Tran – $661
47th: Ahmed Gomez – $661
48th: Herbert Woodbery – $661
49th: Karl Manouchakian – $661
50th: Charles Kahrs – $661
51st: Thang Phu – $661

$350/$100K: Juan Rodriguez Doubles Big through Chris Williams

$350 Deep Stack NLH Re-Entry
$100,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 22: 12,000/24,000 with a 24,000 ante
Players Remaining: 18 of 502

Juan Rodriguez’s 620,000 chips went in the middle

Juan Rodriguez had 620,000 chips and they all found the middle when he got into a confrontation with Chris Williams. Williams was on the button and Rodriguez was in the big blind. Rodriguez was the at-risk player.

Rodriguez: ackd
Williams: axqx

Runout: qs9s4djdkc

Williams found an out flopping the queen, but was dealt a crushing blow when the river fell the kc. Rodriguez’s pair was best and he jumped in excitement.

The damage

Juan Rodriguez – 1,315,000
Chris Williams – 230,000

$350/$100K: Results 20th through 29th

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Level 21: 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining: 19 of 502

21st: Sam Harvey – $1,475

20th: Nick Avena – $1,475
21st: Sam Harvey – $1,475
22nd: Li Zhou – $1,241
23rd: Mickey Ma – $1,241
24th: Jacob Naumann – $1,241
25th: Alex Ribeiro – $1,035
26th: Robert Johnson – $1,035
27th: Jean Nascimen – $1,035
28th: Kevin Blewitt – $842
29th: Andrew Mazzurco – $842

Additional results are available in the posts below.

$350/$100K: Alex Ribeiro Eliminated 25th by Nick Avena

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$100,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining: 24 of 502

Alex Ribeiro

Down to only a couple big blinds, Alex Ribeiro shoved them in preflop from early position. Nick Avena called from the big blind and Ribeiro was at risk.

Avena: adjc
Ribeiro: kdqh

Runout: 9d3s2c8c2h

Ribeiro never improved and just like that. The 25th-place cash added to Ribeiro’s successful Winter Poker Open which also saw him place fourth following a four-way chop in the $570 opener.

Nick Avena – 315,000
Alex Ribeiro – Eliminated in 25th place ($1,035)

$350/$100K: James Kerr Big on Break

$350 Deep Stack NLH Re-Entry
$100,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Heading to Level 21: 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining: 25 of 502

James Kerr

The remaining players are in the midst of their second break of the day. With only 25 left, James Kerr is best of the bunch with a stack of 1,368,000.

James Kerrs’ setup at Table 9 Seat 5

Other notables still in include Anthony Astarita, Al Krux, Joe God Bolt, Chris Williams and Event 1 fourth-place finisher Alex Ribeiro

James Kerr – 1,368,000

$350/$100K: Down to Three Tables

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$100,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 27 of 502

Table 9

1st – $30,602 + Trophy and $1,650 seat
2nd – $21,441
3rd – $13,787
4th – $9,175
5th – $7,060
6th – $5,846
7th – $4,908
8th – $3,984
9th – $3,061
10th-12th – $2,577
13th-15th – $2,160
16th-18th – $1,773
19th-21st – $1,475
22nd-24th – $1,241
25th-27th – $1,035

Table 20
Table 21

$350K/$100K: Results 30th through 47th

$350 Deep Stack NLH Re-Entry
$100,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 18: 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 29 of 502

30th: Andrew Lanoue – $842
31st: Kevin Pahl – $842
32nd: Warren Jurkowitz – $842
33rd: Tomasz Szymecki – $842
34th: Antonio Fernandez – $842
35th: Robert Panetta – $842
36th: Simon Verkhovsky – $842
37th: Steven Worr – $751
38th: Daniel DeDomenico – $751
39th: Samuel Schenker – $751
40th: Huicun Qiao – $751
41st: Robert Irby – $751
42nd: Cheri Beatty – $751
43rd: Doyle Elliott – $751
44th: Russell Waggoner – $751
45th: Daniel Lobato – $751
46th: Tony Tran – $661
47th: Ahmed Gomez – $661