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Event 1: Andrew Pacifico Comes from Behind to Win Opener

2018 WPTDeepStacks Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 1
$200,000 Guaranteed
$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries: 797
Prize Pool: $398,500
June 7-10, 2018

Andrew Pacifico

The 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Tampa WPTDeepStacks series kicked off with a multi-day tournament that hit big marks along the way. Event 1 crushed the $200,000 Guarantee and Andrew Pacifico took home the biggest piece of the prize pool after going from short stack to final table domination. He earned more than $60,000 along with a seat in the $1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event.

Pacifico was down to only a half dozen big blinds late in the day but ran it up, hit the final table with the chip lead, and rode it to the victory.

“When you’re down to that short of a stack it’s very easy to play,” he commented after his win. “The first all-in I was behind but the next four all-ins I was ahead.”

“It put me in a position to kind of chill out and pick my spots.”

Event 1 featured six starting flights over the first three days of the series and they combined to put 797 entries into the game. The players generated a prize pool just shy of $400,000 and the last 100 players shared some of that money.

Day 2 saw 152 players return and each had a shot at the title. Pacifico held a top ten stack for the return after bagging the Flight E chip lead but there were plenty of tough players trying to chase him down. Wally Maddah, Vitor Coelho, Carlos Loving, Derek Bowers, and 2016 WPTDeepStacks Tampa Main Event champion Anthony Astarita were among those vying for the title.

The tournament quickly made into the money before the first Day 2 break and there was a steady parade to the payout desk. Event 1 was down to 16 players at the dinner break and the final table not long after they returned.

Pacifico had the lead to start the final table but Yong Liu was not far behind. One big hand swung even more chips to Pacifico while it was a shocking end for Liu. His turned set ran into Pacifico’s turned straight sending Pacifico further out in front. He held 6.6 million of the 16 million in play with eight players still in contention.

“I had to recheck my cards,” Pacifico said of the hand. “I had to make sure I had the nuts. And I did.”

“I was actually pretty shocked that he had out. I thought he was drawing dead, I’m glad the board didn’t pair.”

Liu wasn’t drawing dead but he was out in ninth and Pacifico held 6.6 million of the 16 million in play with eight players remaining.

Paul Lenkeit saw his aces get cracked with seven players remaining and that set the table for some negotiations. Pacifico earned the title along with the lion’s share of the prize pool courtesy of his huge lead. His official payout was $60,395 plus his WPTDeepStacks Main Event seat.

“I guess I have to drive back down,” Pacifico laughed.

Pacifico transitioned from playing Magic the Gathering into poker after meeting some players who were involved with both. He’s been playing for two decades and was a professional for six years. Now he does real estate and poker training when he’s not at the tables.

It was a great start to the WPTDeepStacks series and we expect to maintain the momentum as we head into the three remaining tournaments.

Congratulations to Pacifico on his biggest career win and thanks to our players for kicking things off with a bang.

Final table results:

1st: Andrew Pacifico – $60,395 + $1,100 Main Event seat*
2nd: Nick Avena – $35,255 *
3rd: Charlie Kapetanakos – $34,111 *
4th: Juan Rodriguez – $30,779 *
5th: Oscar Lindo – $29,811 *
6th: Nick Luczyk – $18,755 *
7th: Paul Lenkeit – $11,902
8th: Ahmad Hamoush – $9,466
9th: Yong Liu – $7,098
10th: Robert Urspruch – $5,842
* – denotes results of a six-way deal

Complete Event 1 results

Event 1: Andrew Pacifico Wins Opening Title After Six-Way Deal

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28: 50,000/100,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 797

Andrew Pacifico

After Paul Lenkeit was eliminated in seventh place, the six remaining players went into serious negotiations to divide up the remaining prize pool. They took a few minutes to work out the deal with Andrew Pacifico holding a huge chip lead.

An agreement was reached with Pacifico earning $60,395 for the title along with the $1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event seat and the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa guitar trophy.

Tournament report to come later this evening.

1st: Andrew Pacifico – $60,395 + $1,100 Main Event seat
2nd: Nick Avena – $35,255
3rd: Charlies Kapetanakos – $34,111
4th: Juan Rodriguez – $30,779
5th: Oscar Lindo – $29,811
6th: Nick Luczyk – $18,755

Event 1: Paul Lenkeit – 7th Place ($11,902)

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27: 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 797

Paul Lenkeit

Paul Lenkeit opened from the button and Charles Lenkeit moved all in from the small blind for 1,390,000. Nick Luczyk folded his big blind and Lenkeit quickly called with a similar stack.

Kapetanakos: ah5h
Lenkeit: asac

Kapetanakos was in trouble but the table came alive when the dealer spread the hearty qs6h4h flop. The 7c turn changed nothing but the table erupted after the 2h rivered finished the flush for Kapetanakos. Lenkeit had his aces cracked, he was left with 15,000 and hit the rail soon after.

Charles Kapetanakos – 2,950,000 (37 bb)
Paul Lenkeit – Eliminated in 7th place ($11,902)

Event 1: Juan Rodriguez Doubles Through Oscar Lindo

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27: 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 797

Juan Rodriguez open-shoved from under the gun for 705,000 and the move made it around to Oscar Lindo in the big blind.

“I didn’t look,” Lindo asked him. “You want to sweat it together?”

Lindo slow peeled for the both and they both knew he was calling.

Lindo: adqs
Rodriguez: acts

Rodriguez was in danger of going out in seventh place but the th6c5s flop moved him ahead. The board finished 9h and 9c to send Rodriguez the double up.

Juan Rodriguez – 1,520,000 (19 bb)
Oscar Lindo – 1,800,000 (23 bb)

Event 1: Ahmad Hamoush – 8th Place ($9,466)

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27: 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 797

Ahmad Hamoush

The players took a quick 15-minute break from the final table and Ahmad Hamoush immediately open-shoved for approximately 800,000 when they returned. It folded around to Paul Lenkeit in the big blind and he called.

“You got me,” Hamoush said.

Lenkeit: tsth
Hamoush: ah7h

Hamoush had an over and hearts but missed the save when it came 7c6d5h3sqs to exit in eighth place.

Paul Lenkeit – 2,300,000 (29 bb)
Ahmad Hamoush – Eliminated in 8th place ($9,466)

Event 1: Yong Liu – 9th Place ($7,098)

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 26: 30,000/60,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 797

Yong Liu

A huge pot developed between a couple big stacks when Yong Liu opened to 150,000 from middle position, Oscar Lindo called next to act, and Andrew Pacifico called in the big blind. The flop came kc8d6c and Liu continued for 100,000 after Pacifico checked.

Lindo folded, Pacifico called, and the turn came 5d. Pacifico checked again, Liu bet 235,000 and Pacifico checked-raised to 805,000. Liu moved all in for his 1,400,000 behind and Pacifico called.

Pacifico: 9c7c
Liu: 5s5c

Liu looked a little ill when he saw the hands. His turned set was behind Pacifico’s turned straight and he could not find a river boat on the 7h river for the surprising exit.

Andrew Pacifico – 6,600,000 (110 bb)
Yong Liu – Eliminated in 9th place ($7,098)

Event 1: Paul Lenkeit Doubles Through Yong Liu

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 26: 30,000/60,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 797

Paul Lenkeit opened to 125,000 from early position and picked up calls from Nick Avena on the button, Yong Liu in the small blind, and Oscar Lindo in the big. Liu bet 200,000 after the 6s3c3h flop and Lindo folded. Lenkeit moved all in for 520,000 and Avena released. Lui thought for a moment and called the extra 320,000.

Lenkeit: 9s9d
Liu: khqs

Lenkeit was ahead with his pair versus two overs and picked up his double after the 8s turn and 2c river.

Paul Lenkeit – 1,540,000 (26 bb)
Yong Liu – 1,850,000 (31 bb)

Event 1: Robert Urspruch – 10th Place ($5,842)

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 25: 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 797

Robert Urspruch

Yong Liu opened to 130,000 and Robert Urspruch called all in for his last 60,000. The rest of the table released and Liu earned a rebate on his raise.

Liu: 6s4s
Urspruch: kdqd

“Courtesy double up,” Liu joked right before he hit the 6d3s2s flop. He improved to trip sixes on the 6c turn and Urspruch was sent out after the tc river.

Yong Liu – 2,300,000 (46 bb)
Robert Urspruch – Eliminated in 10th place ($5,842)

Event 1: Oscar Lindo Doubles Through Yong Liu

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 25: 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 797

Yong Liu opened to 130,000 from the cutoff and Oscar Lindo three-bet to 300,000 from the small blind. The big blind released and Liu announced: “all in”. Lindo quickly called with a monster.

Lindo: acad
Liu: thtc

Lindo was in great shape for the double and the kskc4c4sjc board caused him no problems.

Oscar Lindo – 2,240,000
Yong Liu – 2,450,000

Event 1: Final Table Lineup

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 25: 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 797

Event 1 final table

Tournament staff paused the clock and the last ten players redrew seats at the final table. Andrew Pacifico was the big stack along with Yong Liu with Robert Urspruch needing a lot of help.

Seat 1: Nick Luczyk – 945,000
Seat 2: Andrew Pacifico – 3,950,000
Seat 3: Ahmad Hamoush – 900,000
Seat 4: Nick Avena – 1,700,000
Seat 5: Yong Liu – 3,600,000
Seat 6: Robert Urspruch – 80,000
Seat 7: Oscar Lindo – 1,100,000
Seat 8: Juan Rodriguez – 845,000
Seat 9: Paul Lenkeit – 1,025,000
Seat 10: Charles Kapetanakos – 2,005,000

Remaining payouts:

1st: $70,972 + $1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event seat
2nd: $49,762
3rd: $32,118
4th: $23,757
5th: $18,121
6th: $14,374
7th: $11,902
8th: $9,466
9th: $7,098
10th: $5,842

Event 1: Maroun Akiki Eliminated by Oscar Lindo

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 25: 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 797

Maroun Akiki

Action folded to Maround Akiki in the small blind and he moved all in for 420,000. Oscar Lindo called in the big blind with the bigger stack.

Lindo: kd9d
Akiki: qdjc

Lindo was ahead for the knockout and he improved on the 9s4s2h flop. The ac turn and 9h river did not change the hand and Akiki was eliminated on the final table bubble.

Event 1: Douglas Erwin Eliminated by Andrew Pacifico

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 24: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 14 of 797

Douglas Erwin

Douglas Erwin opened to 125,000 from the button and Andrew Pacifico put him all in from the big blind after a minute’s thought. Erwin called at risk for approximately 600,000 more and was ahead.

Erwin: ad9c
Pacifico: ksjh

Erwin needed to dodge the big face cards and the qs8s4h flop was safe. The 3d turn was no problem either but the spiked kh river was bad news to send Erwin out in 15th place.

Andrew Pacifico – 3,300,000
Douglas Erwin – Eliminated in 15th place ($4,630)

Event 1: Gerald Dunn Eliminated by Ahmad Hamoush

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 24: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 15 of 797

Gerald Dunn

A short-stacked Ahmad Hamoush opened-shoved from early position and it folded around to Gerald Dunn in the small blind. He called all in with the shorter stack and was the player at risk.

Hamoush: asks
Dunn: tc9c

Dunn had two live cards and hit the flop but so did Hamoush as it came adth8s. The 3s turn and 3c river were no help and Dunn was out in 16th place.

Ahmad Hamoush – 625,000
Gerald Dunn – Eliminated in 16th place ($3,835)

Event 1: Dinner Time Counts

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 24: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 16 of 797

While the rest of the players went on dinner break, Mackenzie Ramsay and Andrew Pacifico played one more huge pot. Ramsay called a three-bet then shoved with his pocket eights and Pacifico sent him packing with pocket kings.

The huge hand put Pacifico into the lead and staff will balance the tables when they return.

Table 1
Seat 1: Parm Mehmi – 345,000
Seat 2: Rocky Garieri – 205,000
Seat 3: Paul Lenkeit – 1,070,000
Seat 4: Robert Urspruch – 1,600,000
Seat 5: Gerald Dunn – 215,000
Seat 6: Yong Liu – 1,500,000
Seat 7: Nick Avena – 2,380,000
Seat 8: Ahmad Hamoush – 290,000
Seat 9: Charles Kapetanakos – 1,800,000

Table 2
Seat 1: Oscar Lindo – 905,000
Seat 2: Douglas Erwin – 650,000
Seat 3: — Empty —
Seat 4: — Empty —
Seat 5: Andrew Pacifico – 2,915,000
Seat 6: Jean Brigagao – 355,000
Seat 7: Nick Luczyk – 305,000
Seat 8: Juan Rodriguez – 625,000
Seat 9: Maroun Akiki – 740,000

By chips:

  1. Andrew Pacifico – 2,915,000
  2. Nick Avena – 2,380,000
  3. Charles Kapetanakos – 1,800,000
  4. Robert Urspruch – 1,600,000
  5. Yong Liu – 1,500,000
  6. Paul Lenkeit – 1,070,000
  7. Oscar Lindo – 905,000
  8. Maroun Akiki – 740,000
  9. Douglas Erwin – 650,000
  10. Juan Rodriguez – 625,000
  11. Jean Brigagao – 355,000
  12. Parm Mehmi – 345,000
  13. Nick Luczyk – 305,000
  14. Ahmad Hamoush – 290,000
  15. Gerald Dunn – 215,000
  16. Rocky Garieri – 205,000

Remaining payouts:

1st: $70,972 + $1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event seat
2nd: $49,762
3rd: $32,118
4th: $23,757
5th: $18,121
6th: $14,374
7th: $11,902
8th: $9,466
9th: $7,098
10th – 12th: $5,842
13th – 15th: $4,630
16th: $3,835

Event 1: Leif Oskarsson Eliminated by Charles Kapetanakos

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 23: 15,000/30,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 17 of 797

Leif Oskarsson

Leif Oskarsson was the short stack after sending a double up to Parm Mehmi and then he lost a sizable pot to leave him in need of a double himself. He moved all in for 126,000 and Charles Kapetanakos called.

Charles Kapetanakos: qdqs
Oskarsson: kd8d

“Well, I have an over,” Oskarsson half-joked. “Good game guys.”

The tc9d2c5s7d board could not keep him around and he was sent out in 19th place.

Tournament staff broke Table 13 and get the field down to two tables.

While that was going on, Timothy Steorts was eliminated in 18th place and the remaining players took off on a 40-minute dinner break.

Event 1: Huge Chop

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 23: 15,000/30,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 21 of 797

There was a lot of tension on Table 2 as a huge pot was built. Nick Luczyk open-shoved for 221,000 and Curtis Stroman called with around 40,000 behind. Andrew Pacifico took his time in the small blind and eventually put out a full barrel of 25K chips for a 500,000 bet. Jean Brigagao folded his big blind and Stroman called for the three-way all in.

Stroman: asqh
Pacifico: ahqd
Luczyk: adqs

The tension was instantly relieved and the 9h3d2c flop met they would all chop it up.

Event 1: Bill McKown Eliminated by Charles Kapetanakos

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 22: 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 23 of 797

Charles Kapetanakos

Bill McKown was riding the short stack and took a shot after two others dropped after the redraw. He was racing with ksqs against the pocket tens of Charles Kapetanakos (pictured) but never whiffed a save on the as3c2d8h4s board to exit in 24th place for $2,671.

Charles Kapetanakos – 1,100,000 (46 bb)
Bill McKown – Eliminated in 24th place ($2,671)

25th: Andra Zachow – $2,214
26th: Raymond Dwyer – $2,214
27th: Mark Winchell – $2,214

Event 1: Bradley Smith Eliminated; Three Table Redraw

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 22: 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 27 of 797

Bradley Smith was all in for 124,000 and Mackenzie Ramsay was the big stack putting him in danger. Smith was dominated with qdjd against khqc and nothing on the board could save his knockout.

Tournament staff paused the clock and the 27 remaining players are redrawing seats at the last three tables.

Table 1
Seat 1: Parm Mehmi
Seat 2: Leif Oskarsson
Seat 3: Paul Lenkeit
Seat 4: Jamie Martin
Seat 5: Corey Major
Seat 6: Bill McKown
Seat 7: Andra Zachow
Seat 8: Ahmad Hamoush
Seat 9: Charles Kapetanakos

Table 2
Seat 1: Curtis Stroman
Seat 2: Douglas Erwin
Seat 3: Timothy Steorts
Seat 4: Mark Winchell
Seat 5: Andrew Pacifico
Seat 6: Jean Brigagao
Seat 7: Nick Luczyk
Seat 8: Gerald Dunn
Seat 9: Maroun Akik

Table 13
Seat 1: Nick Avena
Seat 2: Yong Liu
Seat 3: Juan Rodriguez
Seat 4: Thomas Leonzio
Seat 5: Rocky Garieri
Seat 6: Robert Urspruch
Seat 7: Mackenzie Ramsay
Seat 8: Raymond Dwyer
Seat 9: Oscar Lindo

Event 1: Andrew Pacifico Joins Million Chip Club

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 28 of 797

Andrew Pacifico

Event 1 is on the cusp of another big moment. Only 28 players remain and the tournament will redraw seats at the last three tables when they get down to 27.

Andrew Pacifico bagged the lead in his flight the other day and is back among the leaders. He’s the most recent to top the million-chip mark and sits with 1,481,000.

Event 1: Nick Avena’s Time Up Top

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 37 of 797

Nick Avena

They are back underway in Event 1 and we have a new player to chase. Nick Avena began a run by knocking out Vitor Coelho earlier and now he’s the big stack in the room with 1,972,000.

Mackenzie Ramsay sits in second with 1,292,000 followed by Paul Lenkeit with 1,138,000 and Yong Liu right on 1,000,000. Maroun Akik is also sticking around the top of the counts with 975,000.

Event 1: Walk Away

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 37 of 797

After a crazy two hours that included scores of knockouts and a quick power blip, the 37 remaining players are taking another 15-minute break from the tables.

We will round up our big stacks and see who’s pushing for a final table appearance.

When they return, they will play three more levels and then take a 40-minute dinner break.

Event 1: Yong Liu Leads; Paul Lenkeit Closing

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 41 of 797

Paul Lenkeit

Yong Liu continued to push his way higher and now sits with 1,100,000 as the first over seven digits. Maroun Akik is still among the leaders but Paul Lenkeit is the big mover with 900,000 as they head towards the second break.

Event 1: Results 47th Through 100th

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 46 of 797

Carlos Loving

Now that things have calmed a bit in Event 1 with them solidly grinding the last five tables, we were able to catch up on some information and find an accounting for the first half of the payouts.

Among those making the money but falling short were Carlos Loving (pictured), Doyle Scott Elliott, Steve Trizis, Mark “Bud” Wiser, and starting Day 2 chip leader Erik Morian.

Click the “Continue reading” link below to expand the post and see the recent results.

Continue reading Event 1: Results 47th Through 100th

Event 1: Vitor Coelho Eliminated by Nicholas Avena

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 19: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 48 of 797

Vitor Coelho

With the flop reading ad9c7c, former SHR Tampa champ Vitor Coelho moved all in for 165,000. Nicholas Avena called and Coelho had a sweat.

Coelho: ahjd
Avena: ac4c

Coelho was ahead for the double with top pair/decent kicker but needed to face clubs or a four. The ks turn was safe but the 4h river sent the pot to Avena. Coelho was sent out in 49th place as Avena moved up to 550,000.

Event 1: Yong Liu Moving Up

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 19: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 50 of 797

Yong Liu

With the parade of players to the payout desk, we were bound to see more players heading to the top of the counts. We are down to five tables and there are a lot of chips on Table 13.

Mackenzie Ramsay looks like the new leader with right at 800,000 but now that table also has to deal with Yong Liu and his 785,000 stack.