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2019 WPO in Review

David Moses

The 2019 Winter Poker Open featured seven trophy events and was headlined by the $1,650 Main Event with a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool. South Carolina’s David Moses captured the Main Event title along with nearly $150,000.

SHR Tampa regular Tony March took home a win the first weekend of the series in the multi-day $360 No Limit Hold’em tournament. As is his custom, March donated the entire $48,851 top prize to the Back It Backward Foundation, the charity organization he runs.

You can find updates and results on the links below for the series.

Thanks to our players for another great series, we look forward to see everyone back for the WSOP Circuit series in February.

Event 1 ($160 NLH): Thomas Clements – $10,237
Event 2 ($360 NLH): Tony March – $48,851
Event 3 ($570 Freeze-Out): David DiBernardi – $12,379
Event 4 ($570 NLH): Jacob Naumann – $14,505
Event 5 ($1,100 NLH/PLO): Justin Harrell – $16,000
Main Event ($1,650 NLH): David Moses – $149,595
Event 7 ($480 NLH): Shadrach Tercy – $21,004

Tony March

David Moses Captures 2019 Winter Poker Open Main Event Title

2019 Winter Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event
$500,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 479
Prize Pool: $718,500
December 12-16, 2019

David Moses

The Winter Poker Open spent 13 days awarding big money and Guitar Trophies with the Main Event headlining the schedule. The $1,650 buy-in tournament had a great turnout and it was Greenville, SC resident David Moses taking home nearly $150,000 as the WPO Main Event Champion.

The tournament featured a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool that reached $718,500 after 479 entrants joined over the three starting flights. There were 72 players advancing to Day 2 on Sunday with only 48 of them set to earn a piece of the prize pool.

Austin Buchanan bagged a huge chip lead in Flight A and no one caught him in the next two. He stayed hot on Day 2 with the chip lead for most of the day but found himself at the bottom of the counts when the final table reconvened on Monday afternoon.

SHR Tampa favorite Manny Minaya began the final table with the chip lead but dropped to the pack as Moses began to build. Buchanan was the first to be eliminated from the final table followed by Mark Scacewater. Terri-Anne Crawford, the lone woman still in the Main Event, battled over the last two days but had to settle for seventh place.

With five players remaining, Minaya and Duff Charette were the two shorter stacks and went out shortly after a break. The last three players, Moses, Justin Zaki, and TK Miles, were all talented and the stacks were virtually even when it went three-handed.

Miles took a cooler against Zaki, queens into kings, and made a valiant come back that ultimately came up short. Moses and Zaki exchanged the heads-up lead until they got the chips in with similar stacks. Moses had the best hand, it held up, and he took home the title along with $149,595 while Zaki had to settle for a $104K score.

This is the second major Seminole Hard Rock Poker title for Moses to go along with his February 2019 WSOP Circuit win in Coconut Creek.

Congratulations to David and a huge thanks to all of our players who made this a very successful series.

Main Event final table results:

1st: David Moses – $149,595
2nd: Justin Zaki – $104,750
3rd: TK Miles – $67,345
4th: Duff Charette – $44,367
5th: Manny Minaya – $34,165
6th: Nick Mann – $28,295
7th: Terri-Anne Crawford – $23,711
8th: Mark Scacewater – $19,320
9th: Austin Buchanan – $14,959

Download – Complete Main Event Results (PDF)

David Moses

Main Event: David Moses Defeats Justin Zaki for the Win

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31:  100,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante

David Moses

David Moses pulled into a slight lead when they played the biggest pot of the tournament. Justin Zaki opened his button to 350,000 and Moses moved all in.

“I’m leaning call,” Zaki told him after a few minutes thought.

Zaki thought some more and slapped in a calling stack.

Moses: Ah9h
Zaki: As8d

“I run pretty bad in these,” Moses told Zaki.

Not this time. The dealer ran out the 6h5s3h7cTc board to send the pot to Moses. They counted down the stacks and Moses’s 7,425,000 was good enough for the title.

1st: David Moses – $149,595
2nd: Justin Zaki – $104,750

Main Event: Heads-Up Counts

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31:  100,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 479

There was a brief discussion of a heads-up deal but nothing could be agreed upon. Justin Zaki leads but it’s a near dead heat for the title.

Seat 5: David Moses – 6,875,000 (46 bb)
Seat 8: Justin Zaki – 7,525,000 (50 bb)

Main Event: Justin Zaki Doubles Through David Moses

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31:  100,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 479

With the flop JsTd5c, David Moses checked and Justin Zaki bet 225,000. David Moses check-raised to 600,000 and Zaki moved all in for 3,775,000 and Moses called.

Zaki: JhTh
Moses: QsJd

Zaki flopped top two against Moses single pair of jacks and his hand held after the 4d turn and 3d river to double into the lead.

Justin Zaki – 8,000,000 (53 bb)
David Moses – 6,400,000 (43 bb)

Main Event: Updated Counts

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 479

There were no major pots over the first 30 minutes after the break. Justin Zaki was able to pull back a few more chips but Moses continues with a comfortable lead.

Seat 5: David Moses – 10,575,000 (85 bb)
Seat 8: Justin Zaki – 3,825,000 (31 bb)

Main Event: Updated Counts on Break

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 479

David Moses and Justin Zaki were sent on another break as the 5K chips were removed from play. David Moses continues to lead but Zaki has enough chips to make his moves.

Blind levels will now last 40 minutes each until we have a winner.

Seat 5: David Moses – 11,000,000 (88 bb)
Seat 8: Justin Zaki – 3,400,000 (27 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $149,595
2nd: $104,750

Main Event: Justin Zaki Doubles Back Twice

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 479

Justin Zaki

Justin Zaki was down to nine big blinds and put them in on the first hand after losing the big pot. Moses called with a chance to win it.

Zaki: KhQc
Moses: AdKs

Zaki was dominated but found a save when he paired his queen on the Qs7c3h7d5c board to double.

Two hands later, he moved all in again with Moses trying to end the tournament once more.

Zaki: KcTc
Moses: Ac6c

Zaki had two live cards to survive and popped the KhKdJd flop. His trip kings were good after the 9s turn and 4h river to double back into the heads-up match.

Justin Zaki – 3,820,000 (38 bb)
David Moses – 10,580,000 (106 bb)

Main Event: David Moses Doubles Huge Through Justin Zaki

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 479

David Moses

Justin Zaki continued to come back and took the heads-up lead when David Moses opened his button to 350,000. Zaki called, the flop came Ah4h2c and Zaki checked. Moses bet 400,000 and Zaki announced all in. Moses double-checked his cards and called.

Moses: AcKh
Zaki: 3h2h

Moses was ahead with top-top against Zaki’s pair of deuces/flush draw/gutshot wheel draw. The Qd turn changed nothing and Moses won the pot after the 8c river. He was the at risk player and was all in for 6,335,000.

David Moses – 13,470,000 (135 bb)
Justin Zaki – 930,000 (9 bb)

Main Event: Updated Counts

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 479

There were no major pots over the first 30 minutes of heads up play but Justin Zaki was able to pull back some chips to decrease the gap with David Moses.

Once Level 29 comes to an end, they will take a 15-minute break as the 5K chips are colored off and blind levels will go to 30 minutes each.

Seat 5: David Moses – 8,300,000 (83 bb)
Seat 8: Justin Zaki – 6,100,000 (61 bb)

Main Event: TK Miles – 3rd Place ($67,435)

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 479

TK Miles

TK Miles opened to 225,000 from the button and picked up calls from David Moses in the small blind and Justin Zaki in the big. The flop came 8s7s6s and was checked by Moses and Zaki.

Miles bet 300,000 and Moses announced all in. Zaki folded, Miles checked his cards, and called at risk.

Moses: As4s
Miles: 9h5h

Miles flopped a nine-high straight but was drawing dead against Moses’s nut flush. The Td turn and Qc river finished the board and Miles comeback attempt was cut short.

Third place cash was enough to push his combined SHR Tampa poker career tournament earnings over $400K, the most of any player.

David Moses – 8,800,000 (88 bb)
TK Miles – Eliminated in 3rd Place ($67,345)

Main Event: TK Miles Doubles Twice To Bounce Back

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28:  40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 479

TK Miles

Soon after his cooler, TK Miles moved all in from the button for 875,000 and David Moses called to put him at risk.

Miles: AhKc
Moses: As8d

Miles found a big hand at a crucial time and the all-heart Th9h3h5hKh board sent him a double.

Then he got his chips in once again for 1,830,000 and Zaki called trying to knock him out.

Miles: AcAs
Zaki: AdTd

Two monster hands and Miles made another flush on the 7s6s3s2s2h board to double again, right back in the mix.

Seat 2: TK Miles – 3,660,000 (46 bb)
Seat 5: David Moses – 5,790,000 (72 bb)
Seat 8: Justin Zaki – 5,120,000 (64 bb)

Main Event: Justin Zaki Coolers TK Miles in Massive Double Up

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28:  40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 479

Justin Zaki

David Moses opened his button and Justin Zaki three-bet to 715,000 from the small blind. TK Miles ripped it in from the big blind, Moses folded, and Zaki quickly called at risk.

Zaki: KhKs
Miles: QhQc

Two huge hands at the three-handed table and the all-low 7s7c2d4h6d board gave Zaki the pot. He was all in for 3,195,000 and Miles was left with 11 big blinds.

Justin Zaki – 6,950,000 (87 bb)
TK Miles – 875,000 (11 bb)

Main Event: Duff Charette – 4th Place ($44,367)

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28:  40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 479

Duff Charette

Duff Charette open-shoved from under the gun for 1,165,000 and David Moses reshipped from the button with his chip leading stack. Justin Zaki and TK Miles folded their blinds and they were heads up.

Moses: AhKd
Charette: Ad3d

Charette ran into a bigger ace and he found no help on the 7s6s2c7d4s flop to exit in fourth place for $44,367.

David Moses – 6,665,000 (83 bb)
Duff Charette – Eliminated in 4th Place ($44,367)

Main Event: Manny Minaya – 5th Place ($34,165)

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28:  40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 479

Manny Minaya

David Moses opened the action under the gun with a big ship all in for his big stack. Justin Zaki folded, Manny Minaya called all in on the button and the blinds folded.

“You’re ahead,” Moses said before the cards were flipped up.

Moses: AdTc
Minaya: 9c9d

Minaya was ahead but he needed to fade the over cards. Moses paired his ten on the JcTs3c flop and Minaya was out in fifth place after the board finished with the 8s turn and 2d river.

David Moses – 5,500,000 (69 bb)
Manny Minaya – Eliminated in 5th Place ($34,165)

Main Event: Updated Counts on Break

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28:  40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 479

Nick Mann was the only player eliminated over the last two hours while Manny Minaya and David Moses found needed doubles. Blinds are going up to 40,000/80,000 with an 80,000 big blind ante and the average stack is 2,880,000 (36 bb).

Seat 2: TK Miles – 3,845,000 (48 bb)
Seat 4: Duff Charette – 1,350,000 (17 bb)
Seat 5: David Moses – 3,885,000 (49 bb)
Seat 8: Justin Zaki – 3,610,000 (45 bb)
Seat 9: Manny Minaya – 1,710,000 (21 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $149,595
2nd: $104,750
3rd: $67,345
4th: $44,367
5th: $34,165

Main Event: David Moses Doubles Through Justin Zaki

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27:  30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 479

David Moses

David Moses and Justin Zaki were heads up in the blinds to a 9d5c3d flop. Moses checked from the small blind, Zaki bet 275,000 from the big and Moses check-raised to 700,000.

Zaki looked at Moses’s stack, put in a big barrel of 100K chips and Moses called all in for 1,675,000.

Moses: 7d6d
Zaki: As9h

Zaki was ahead with top pair, top kicker and Moses had a diamond draw along with the ol’ double belly buster straight draw. The 6h turn paired Moses’s six to give him 20 outs to the river. One of them was the 4h to give him a seven-high straight and the double up.

David Moses – 3,650,000 (61 bb)
Justin Zaki – 3,725,000 (62 bb)

Main Event: Manny Minaya Doubles Through Duff Charette

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27:  30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 479

Manny Minaya

Manny Minaya opened from the button and Duff Charette defended to the Tc8s2h flop. Both players checked, the turn was 6s, and Charette bet 170,000.

Minaya called, the river was Qc and Charette bet enough to Minaya all in for his last 505,000. Minaya quickly called with Qs9c for a pair of queens to top Charette’s KdJh.

Manny Minaya – 1,590,000 (27 bb)
Duff Charette – 1,895,000 (32 bb)

Main Event: Nick Mann – 6th Place ($28,295)

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27:  30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 479

Nick Mann

Nick Mann opened to 135,000 from under the gun and picked up calls from Justin Zaki and Manny Minaya in the blinds. The flop was 8s3d2d, Zaki checked from the small blind, Minaya checked in the big blind, and Mann bet 210,000.

Only Zaki came along and the turn was Kc. Zaki checked, Mann bet 375,000 and Zaki check-raised to 925,000. Mann thought for a few minutes, announced all in, and Zaki quickly called.

Zaki: 8d8h
Mann: AcAh

Zaki flopped a set of eights against Mann’s rockets and the Kh river finished the board. Mann was all in for ~2,100,000 and Zaki it covered to send him out in sixth place.

Justin Zaki – 5,400,000 (90 bb)
Nick Mann – Eliminated in 6th Place ($28,295)

Main Event: Updated Counts

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27:  30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining:  6 of 479

With the deep stacks, there were no major pots after the Duff Charette/David Moses battle. The blinds are up to 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 big blind ante and the average stack is 2,400,000 (40 bb).

Seat 1: Nick Mann – 2,350,000 (39 bb)
Seat 2: TK Miles – 3,325,000 (55 bb)
Seat 4: Duff Charette – 2,060,000 (34 bb)
Seat 5: David Moses – 1,875,000 (31 bb)
Seat 8: Justin Zaki – 3,075,000 (51 bb)
Seat 9: Manny Minaya – 1,715,000 (29 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $149,595
2nd: $104,750
3rd: $67,345
4th: $44,367
5th: $34,165
6th: $28,295

Main Event: Duff Charette Versus David Moses

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 26:  25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining:  6 of 479

Duff Charette limped from the small blind, David Moses checked in the big, and the flop came Jh8d6s. Charette bet 50,000 and Moses called. The turn was 4c, Charette bet another 125,000 and Moses called.

The river was Ac, Charette fired a final bullet of 300,000 and Moses called. Charette flipped up 6h4h for two pair and Moses showed KdJd before mucking.

It was a continuing trend for Moses after the break, dropping down after several of his early raises and three-bets were shoved out of the way but opponents.

Duff Charette – 2,375,000 (48 bb)
David Moses – 1,175,000 (24 bb)

Main Event: Updated Counts on Break

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 26:  25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining:  6 of 479

The six remaining players were sent on the first break of the day. They return to blinds at 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 big blind ante and the average stack at 2,400,000 (48 bb)

Seat 1: Nick Mann – 2,560,000 (51 bb)
Seat 2: TK Miles – 2,580,000 (52 bb)
Seat 4: Duff Charette – 1,760,000 (35 bb)
Seat 5: David Moses – 2,125,000 (43 bb)
Seat 8: Justin Zaki – 2,635,000 (53 bb)
Seat 9: Manny Minaya – 2,740,000 (55 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $149,595
2nd: $104,750
3rd: $67,345
4th: $44,367
5th: $34,165
6th: $28,295

Main Event: TK Miles Shoves On Manny Minaya

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 25:  20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining:  6 of 479

Manny Minaya opened to 85,000 from the button and TK Miles defended his big blind to see the TcTh4d flop. Miles checked, Minaya bet 75,000 and Miles check-raised to 225,000.

Minaya called, the turn came 3d and Miles continued for 350,000. Minaya stood up, checked out the stack of Miles, and called.

The river was 2d and Miles moved all in for 820,000. Minaya thought for a minute before mucking the big pot to Miles.

TK Miles – 2,140,000 (54 bb)
Manny Minaya – 2,275,000 (57 bb)

Main Event: Terri-Anne Crawford – 7th Place ($23,711)

$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 25:  20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining:  6 of 479

Terri-Anne Crawford

Duff Charette opened to 100,000 from the cutoff, David Moses called on the button, and Terri-Anne Crawford shoved for 620,000 from the small blind. Charette asked for a count, moved all in over the top, and Moses quickly folded.

Charette: QdQh
Crawford: 5c5h

“Good game,” Crawford said when she saw the hands then gave a little chuckle when Charette nailed the Qc6c4s flop. The board finished 6d turn and 9d river to send Crawford off the final table in seventh place.

Duff Charette – 1,975,000 (49 bb)
Terri-Anne Crawford – Eliminated in 7th Place ($23,711)