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Event 3: Glyn Griffis Runs Hot to Win TPC Title

2019 Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Poker Classic
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 3
$570 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 287
Prize Pool: $143,500
February 25-27, 2019

Glyn Griffis

Event 3 was the second multi-day tournament on the Tampa Poker Classic schedule and the early week tournament put together a six-digit prize pool. After a long grind on Day 2, Orlando’s Glyn Griffis topped a tough final table to earn the title along with more than $33,000.

The tournament featured four starting flights and a $100,000 Guarantee. It hit the mark at the start of the fourth flight and the 287 entries created a prize pool worth $143,500. The last 29 spots paid with 56 players returning for Day 2.

They made the money shortly after the first break and Griffis began to assert himself. He quickly moved himself up among the leaders and was the big stack when they reached the final table. Griffis continued to catch big hands as players dropped around him. He had only one hiccup along the way, and it was self-induced.

Griffis made a technical error late on the final table that cost him a third of his stack, a live misclick of an all-in, but he bounced back after the misstep to dispatch Juan Rodriguez heads-up for the outright win.

Our Event 3 champ was excited to collect his first career tournament win. Griffis earned $33,430 for the title and happily packed up his Tampa Poker Classic guitar for the trip back to Orlando.

Final table results:

1st: Glyn Griffis – $33,430 + $1,650 TPC Main Event seat
2nd: Juan Rodriguez – $23,473
3rd: Brian Arbaugh – $14,540
4th: Hanish Patel – $8,844
5th: Bryce McVay – $6,830
6th: Derek Bowers – $5,660
7th: Tom Nguyen- $4,823
8th: James Soper – $4,114
9th: Gerald Silva – $3,343
10th: JT Mention – $2,919

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Event 3: Glyn Griffis Defeats Juan Rodriguez for the Guitar

$570 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed Structure | Payouts
Level 27: 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante

Glyn Griffis

The heads-up match did not last long. Griffis continued to apply pressure and extended his lead. After a flop of qc5c2d, Rodriguez put his last 1,380,000 in the middle and Griffis called after a minute.

Rodriguez: as3s
Griffis: tc9c

Rodriguez was ahead with ace-high and a gutshot wheel draw but had a lot of outs to fade to double. The 8h turn kept him in the lead but Griffis had 18 river outs to end the match. The 9d paired him to give him the hand, the pot, and the title.

Rodriguez earned $23,473 for the runner-up finish while Griffis walked away with $33,430 along with a seat into the Tampa Poker Classic Main Event kicking off in the morning.

1st: Glyn Griffis – $33,430 + $1,650 TPC Main Event seat
2nd: Juan Rodriguez – $23,473

We will post a complete tournament recap on Thursday morning.

Juan Rodriguez

Event 3: Heads-Up Underway

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Level 27: 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 287

The table is set and the heads-up battle is underway for the Event 3 title. Glyn Griffis holds a big lead but Juan Rodriguez can get back in with one double.

Seat 2: Juan Rodriguez – 2,250,000 (38 bb)
Seat 8: Glyn Griffis – 4,900,000 (82 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $33,430 + $1,650 TPC Main Event seat
2nd: $23,473

Event 3: Brian Arbaugh – 3rd Place ($14,540)

$570 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed Structure | Payouts
Level 27: 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 287

Brian Arbaugh

Glyn Griffis folded his button and Brian Arbaugh moved all in from the small blind for 495,000. After confirming the count, Juan Rodriguez slammed in a call. Fist full of chips slam.

Arbaugh: kc9s
Rodriguez: qstc

Abraugh was ahead for the double but Rodriguez jumped out front on the qh8d7s flop. The board finished 5d turn and 7h river to send Arbaugh out while setting up the heads-up match for the title.

Juan Rodriguez – 2,250,000 (38 bb)
Brian Arbaugh – Eliminated in 3rd place ($14,450)

Event 3: Hanish Patel – 4th Place ($8,844)

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$100,000 Guaranteed Structure | Payouts
Level 26: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 287

Hanish Patel

Hanish Patel open-shoved for ~1,200,000 from under the gun and Glyn Griffis thought for a moment. He announced call and the other two players could not fold fast enough.

Patel: khqd
Griffis: thtd

Patel was racing to stay alive but the board ran ad6c2c3c7h to send our starting day 2 chip leader out in fourth place.

After that hand, the three remaining players were sent on a ten-minute break.

Event 3: Bryce McVay – 5th Place ($6,830)

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$100,000 Guaranteed Structure | Payouts
Level 26: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 287

Bryce McVay

Bryce McVay shipped most of his stack to Juan Rodriguez in a cooler, his adqh second best to ackc, and he moved all in for 245,000 after Glyn Griffis opened to 100,000. Griffis called with another big hand.

Griffis: khkd
McVay: qsjc

McVay was dominated, caught a little hope on the qhth4d flop, but that was it after the 3d turn and 2d.

Glyn Griffis – 2,650,000 (53 bb)
Bryce McVay – Eliminated in 5th place ($6,830)

Event 3: Derek Bowers – 6th Place ($5,660)

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$100,000 Guaranteed Structure | Payouts
Level 26: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 287

Derek Bowers

Glyn Griffis opened to 200,000 from the small blind and Derek Bowers put in a stack after announce all-in. His shove was for ~675,000 and Griffis called.

Bowers: ad6h
Griffis: qhth

Bowers needed to dodge the two live, suited cards but the ahksjs was the opposite of that. Griffis flopped the joint and Bowers was drawing dead to sixth place after the 8c turn.

Glyn Griffis – 2,450,000 (49 bb)
Derek Bowers – Eliminated in 6th place ($5,660)

Event 3: Bryce McVay Doubles Through Derek Bowers

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Level 25: 20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 287

Derek Bowers opened to 100,000 from the cutoff and Bryce McVay three-bet shipped for 515,000. Bowers quickly called then tapped the table when he saw the hands.

McVay: asth
Bowers: ad6d

McVay needed to dodge a bad beat to stick around and the 8s5c3c flop was not unkind. Bowers was open-ended after the 4c turn but bricked the 4d river to send a double.

Bryce McVay – 1,090,000 (27 bb)
Derek Bowers – 620,000 (16 bb)

Event 3: Brian Arbaugh Doubles Through Glyn Griffis

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$100,000 Guaranteed Structure | Payouts
Level 25: 20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 287

Glyn Griffis opened to 100,000 from the button, Derek Bowers folded his small blind, and Brian Arbaugh moved all in for 500,000. That’s when things became a little interesting. Griffis open was with four blue chips and he went to replace them with a barrel of 5Ks but did not say “fold” first.

After consulting the floor supervisor, the action was deemed a call and Griffis put in the 500,000.

Arbaugh: khkc
Griffis: 4h3s

Griffis’ live misclick had a dream to crack kings after the td7s4d flop but the tc turn and 5d river meant he had to ship a nice chunk of his stack across the table.

Brian Arbaugh – 1,060,000 (27 bb)
Glyn Griffis – 1,825,000 (46 bb)

Event 3: James Soper – 8th Place ($4,114)

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$100,000 Guaranteed Structure | Payouts
Level 24: 15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 287

James Soper

James Soper opened to 60,000 from under the gun and Glyn Griffis three-bet to 150,000 from the hijack. It folded back around to Soper, he called, and the flop came ahjh4d. Soper checked out both stacks and announced all in. Griffis quickly called and Soper was in for ~425,000.

Griffis: asjd
Soper: kcqh

Griffis was ahead with top two and Soper was left with a gutshot plus backdoor flush outs. The qs turn and 7c river were no help and Soper was sent out.

“Pay jump for me!” short-stacked Tom Nguyen laughed.

Glyn Griffis – 2,200,000 (73 bb)
James Soper – Eliminated in 8th place ($4,114)

Event 3: Gerald Silva – 9th Place ($3,343)

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$100,000 Guaranteed Structure | Payouts
Level 24: 15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 287

Gerald Silva

Action was fast after the dinner break with Glyn Griffis extending his lead after besting James Soper, then he went after Gerald Silva.

Silva open-shoved for 230,000 from the cutoff, Tom Nguyen folded his button, and Griffis snapped from the small blind. Derek Bowers got out of the way in the big and Griffis had it again.

Griffis: asac
Silva: 9s6d

Silva needed a lot of help to crack the aces, caught a gutshot on the 5c4d2h flop, but could not survive the kc turn or 8c river to exit in ninth place.

Glyn Griffis – 1,750,000 (58 bb)
Gerald Silva – Eliminated in 9th place ($3,343)

Event 3: Dinner Break Counts

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Level 24: 15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 287

The players are still on break but here’s how the chip counts will look when they return. Glyn Griffis, Juan Rodriguez, and Derek Bowers hold the big stacks while the other six have 25 big blinds or less.

Seat 1: Brian Ardaugh – 750,000 (25 bb)
Seat 2: Juancho Rodriguez – 1,380,000 (46 bb)
Seat 3: Bryce McVay – 635,000 (21 bb)
Seat 4: James Soper – 540,000 (18 bb)
Seat 5: Hanish Patel – 500,000 (17 bb)
Seat 6: Gerald Silva – 260,000 (9 bb)
Seat 7: Tom Nguyen – 395,000 (13 bb)
Seat 8: Glyn Griffis – 1,390,000 (46 bb)
Seat 9: Derek Bowers – 1,325,000 (44 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $33,430 + $1,650 TPC Main Event seat
2nd: $23,473
3rd: $14,540
4th: $8,844
5th: $6,830
6th: $5,660
7th: $4,823
8th: $4,114
9th: $3,343
10th: $2,919

Event 3: Juancho Rodriguez Doubles Through Hanish Patel

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$100,000 Guaranteed Structure | Payouts
Level 23: 15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 287

Juancho Rodriguez opened to 60,000 from the cutoff and Hanish Patel defended in the big blind to the qhjctd flop. Both players checked and Patel bet 100,000 after the 5d turn and Rodriguez moved all in for 585,000. After a short think, Patel called.

Patel: qd8d
Rodriguez: kcks

Rodriguez had the big hand (with an open-ender), Patel had top pair with a flush draw but his gutshot draw was dead. The river came 9s to give Rodriguez the king-straight and a big double up.

The final table played three more hands and they were sent on a 40-minute dinner break.

Juancho Rodriguez – 1,330,000 (53 bb)
Hanish Patel – 515,000 (21 bb)

Event 3: JT Mention – 10th Place ($2,919)

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$100,000 Guaranteed Structure | Payouts
Level 23: 15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 287

JT Mention

James Soper found his small double early at the final table. That left JT Mention as the shortest stack and he waited till he found a good hand to take into battle.

He found it after Glyn Griffis opened to 75,000 and moved all in for ~120,000. Griffis quickly called with a monster.

Griffis: ahas
Mention: 9d9c

A tough spot for the short stack and he could not come back on the acth7hjc6s despite turning a guthot draw.

Glyn Griffis – 1,450,000 (58 bb)
JT Mention – Eliminated in 10th place ($2,919)

Event 3: Glyn Griffis Leads Final Ten

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Level 22: 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 287

Three more bust outs and Event 3 is down to its final table even before reaching Level 23. Glyn Griffis retook the lead and Derek Bowers sitting in second while James Soper needs to make a move.

Seat 1: Brian Ardaugh – 715,000 (36 bb)
Seat 2: Juancho Rodriguez – 925,000 (46 bb)
Seat 3: Bryce McVay – 750,000 (38 bb)
Seat 4: James Soper – 200,000 (10 bb)
Seat 5: Hanish Patel – 1,155,000 (58 bb)
Seat 6: Gerald Silva – 600,000 (30 bb)
Seat 7: Tom Nguyen – 480,000 (24 bb)
Seat 8: Glyn Griffis – 1,210,000 (61 bb)
Seat 9: Derek Bowers – 880,000 (44 bb)
Seat 10: JT Mention – 255,000 (13 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $33,430 + $1,650 TPC Main Event seat
2nd: $23,473
3rd: $14,540
4th: $8,844
5th: $6,830
6th: $5,660
7th: $4,823
8th: $4,114
9th: $3,343
10th: $2,919

11th: Walter Lustgraaf – $2,919
12th: William Criego – $2,919
13th: David Smith – $2,504

Event 3: Lawrence Whyte Out; Dereks Bowers Over One Million

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$100,000 Guaranteed Structure | Payouts
Level 22: 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining: 13 of 287

Derek Bowers

Event 3 is inching its way to the final table but Lawrence Whyte will not be a part of it. The 2015 WPTDeepStacks Hollywood champ went out in 14th place to leave them only three from the final table.

While the last few levels have not been fortunate for some, former Tampa Summer Poker Open Black Chip bounty champ Derek Bowers has been running it up. He sits with more than 1,000,000 and the only player in seven digits.

Event 3: Four Quick Exits

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$100,000 Guaranteed Structure | Payouts
Level 22: 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining: 14 of 287

Joseph Orsino

We lost four players in a hurry after the break to put Event 3 on the cusp of the ten-handed final table. The stacks are up but so are the blinds, they should get to that last table well before the dinner break after Level 23.

The four knockouts were four of our regulars; Joseph Orsino, Herbert Woodbery, Nolan Burton, and Erik Christensen.

15th: Erik Christensen – $2,504
16th: Nolan Burton – $2,088
17th: Herbert Woodbery – $2,088
18th: Joseph Orsino – $2,088

Event 3: Back in Action

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Level 21: 10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 18 of 287

The second break is complete and they are back in action after a short pause to redistribute the players from Table 22. We now have two full tables and a dinner break in two hours.

We might see a little pick up in the action over the next level. The slowdown earlier caused the average stack to dip below 30 big blinds so some will be making moves.

Event 3: Two Tables on Break

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Level 20: 6,000/12,000 with a 12,000 ante
Players Remaining: 18 of 287

Trey Harrell

There was a quick little spurt of activity as Level 20 came to a close. Trey Harrell was among the recent eliminations when he ran his ah9c into aces and Jake Naumann went out in 19th with a battle of the blinds th6c going down to Derek Bowers’ qdjc.

Naumann was eliminated on the last hand before the orange chip color up so technically three tables still remain but they will break a table when after they return.

19th: Jake Naumann – $1,672
20th: Troy Bercot – $1,672
21st: Trey Harrell – $1,672
22nd: Benjamin Keathley – $1,312
23rd: Luke Graham – $1,312
24th: Adam Fauser – $1,312

Event 3: Glynn Griffis Way Out Front; Tom Nguyen Second

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$100,000 Guaranteed Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 6,000/12,000 with a 12,000 ante
Players Remaining: 24 of 287

Tom Nguyen

The slowdown is back on with 40-minute levels giving them plenty of time to make their moves. We lost only one player in the last bit of play with former SHRP LHPO winner Oscar Lindo going out in 25th place.

Glynn Griffis grabbed the lead during bubble play and his stack has only expanded. He now sits with 840,000 for a huge advantage and Tom Nguyen currently sits in second with 550,000.

Event 3: Early Payouts

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Level 19: 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 25 of 287

Josias Santos

The blinds went up and we lost four players shortly after the bubble. Fred Paradis had the second biggest stack coming back but nothing went right today and he had to settle for a min-cash.

SHR Tampa poker regular Robert Cornette, WSOPC ring winner Jose Reyes, and SHRP champ Josias Santos were the first round of players to pick up some cash.

26th: Josias Santos – $1,116
27th: Robert Cornette – $1,116
28th: Jose Reyes – $980
29th: Fred Paradis – $980

Event 3: James Baune Eliminated by Tom Nguyen on the Bubble

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Level 18: 4,000/8,000 with a 8,000 ante
Players Remaining: 29 of 287

James Baune

Unlike the previous action, the money bubble burst in a hurry. It almost did not even reach hand-for-hand when Herbert Woodbery was at risk and is aces held as they went to bubble play.

At the same table on the first hand, James Baune moved all in for 71,000 and Tom Nguyen had him covered in a race.

Nguyen: 6s6c
Baune: khts

Baune caught a big hand earlier and needed a repeat. The as7d5d flop changed nothing but the 6d turn left him drawing dead to the 3h river.

No other players hit the rail and Baune was eliminated on the money bubble.

Tom Nguyen – 441,000 (55 bb)
James Baune – Eliminated in 30th place

Payouts:

1st: $33,430 + $1,650 TPC Main Event seat
2nd: $23,473
3rd: $14,540
4th: $8,844
5th: $6,830
6th: $5,660
7th: $4,823
8th: $4,114
9th: $3,343
10th-12th: $2,919
13th-15th: $2,504
16th-18th: $2,088
19th-21st: $1,672
22nd-24th: $1,312
25th-27th: $1,116
28th-29th: $980

Event 3: Money Bubble

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Level 18: 4,000/8,000 with a 8,000 ante
Players Remaining: 30 of 287

It took longer than expected, most of Level 18, but Event 3 hit the money bubble with 30 remaining and 29 getting paid.

Tournament staff paused the clock and they will take two minutes off for each round of hand-for-hand until the bubble bursts.

Event 3: Glynn Griffis Leads After Break

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Level 18: 4,000/8,000 with a 8,000 ante
Players Remaining: 33 of 287

Glynn Griffis

Event 3 is back underway after the break and your new leader is Glynn Griffis. He came into the day with one of the bigger stacks but now he is the biggest with 544,000 coming back.

The tournament is only a handful of eliminations away from the money and we should get there before the next level.