$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event $500,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 6: 300/500 with a 500 ante Flight B Entries: 112
Manny Minaya is one of the more popular regulars we see in our big tournament and one of more successful players in today’s field.
He has nearly $2 million in career earnings and three cashes over $100,000 including a $222,575 payout for a Borgata Poker Open $2,500 tournament win in 2008. Minaya owns two Tampa Winter Poker Open trophies and he won the $150 Big Stack RRPO title in Hollywood two weeks ago.
$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event $500,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 3: 100/200 with a 200 ante Flight B Entries: 78
The first break is coming up soon and the 78 entries so far outpaces yesterday’s opening flight. It will continue to build throughout the day as players make their weekend plans.
Jacob Naumann returned to the Poker Room a few days after picking up his first Tampa Guitar Trophy. He won the $570 Eight-Handed tournament on Tuesday and took home $14,505 after a heads-up deal with fellow regular Karl Manouchakian.
$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event $500,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 2: 100/100 with a 100 ante Flight B Entries: 50
The entry count surpassed the half-century mark in the first level and we are starting to see some friends from outside our immediate area. We expect to see more travelers hitting the Main Event with the weekend beginning in earnest.
At Table 1, we found a couple of SHR Poker regulars making their way into the headliner. Michael Tait comes to us from Fort Lauderdale with some nice results on the east coast including a sixth-place finish out of 1,258 entries in Hollywood’s RRPO Event 21 last week.
David Moses joins us from North Carolina and he picked up his first career WSOP Circuit ring at another sister property, a win last February in Coconut Creek.
$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event $500,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 1: 100/100
The first flight of the 2019 Winter Poker Open Main Event wrapped up yesterday with 106 entries towards the $500,000 guaranteed prize pool. Only 14 survived the day with Austin Buchanan holding a huge lead at the moment.
Flight B gets underway at 11 am with a $1,650 buy-in and the final flight goes on Sunday at 11 am as well.
Main Event players will sit down to 30,000 stacks and the levels will last for 40 minutes each on Day 1, increasing to 60 on Day 2. Late registration is available until the start of Level 10 after the dinner break at ~6:30 pm. They will complete for 15 full levels and survivers will bag up and return for Day 2 on Sunday at 11 am.
We are rolling into the final weekend of the series and it is getting exciting in the Poker Room
$500,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
Players begin with 30,000 in chips
Day 1 levels last 40 minutes; Day 2 levels last 60 minutes
Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 10
Day 1 will end after Level 15 or Tournament Director discretion
$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event $500,000 Guaranteed | Structure End of Level 15: 2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 ante Day 1A Players Remaining: 14 of 107
Flight A of the Main Event came to an end with 14 players of 106 entries advancing to Day 2 on Sunday. Austin Buchanan was an early chip leader and swapped it with Haitham Kaki during the day. The important part for him, he is the leader at the end of the day with 639,000.
Ken O’Donnell bagged the second biggest with 452,000 followed by Haitham Kaki’s 407,000.