2019 Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Poker Classic
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
$360 Buy-In No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Prize Pool: $338,400
February 20-24, 2019
(Tampa, FL) – The inaugural Tampa Poker Classic kicked things off with a big, multi-day tournament that set a great pace for the series. More than 1,000 entries got in the game and it was 2017 WPTDeepstacks Tampa Main Event final table member Andrew Boccia outlasting them all, taking the title and nearly $50,000 after a five-way deal.
Event 1 drew 1,128 entries over the six starting flights to push the $200,000 guaranteed prize pool up to $338,400. Only 179 advanced to Day 2 on Sunday with Todd Doan leading the field. Unfortunately for him, a series of bad beats and second best hands sent him out short of the money with 113 getting paid.
The bubble burst after the first break and it was a steady parade of eliminations getting in line for their payout. There were only 15 players remaining on the dinner break and they were down to the final table within one level.
Philip Starner began the final table with the chip lead but Boccia was not far behind. Christopher Boyle spent some time on top of the counts after sending Dan Kennedy and Ed Vasconcelos out at the same time with a two-out river to start the action at the ten-handed table.
Boyle’s lead did not last long as Boccia went on a heater until only five players remained. They made a deal to divide up the remaining prize pool and Boccia took the lion’s share of $46,255 plus a seat in the $300,000 Guarantee Main Event.
This was the second biggest live payday for Boccia and only a few hundred behind what he picked up for his fourth-place finish in the 2017 WPTDeepstacks Tampa Main Event.
Congrats to Andrew and thanks to our players for a great kickoff.
Final table results:
1st: Andrew Boccia $46,255 + $1,650 Seat
2nd: Daniel Mills – $36,494
3rd: Christopher Boyle – $31,772
4th: Philip Starner – $25,393
5th: Bob Van Syckle – $21,417
6th: Eddie Kofler – $11,904
7th: Thomas Leonzio – $9,850
8th: Edward Muniz – $7,836
9th: Ed Vasconcelos – $5,883
10th: Dan Kennedy – $4,765
Click link below for full Event 1 results: