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Event 7: Sidi Taleb Wins $570 Title

2019 Seminole Hard Rock WPTDeepStacks Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 7
$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 279
Prize Pool: $139,500
June 10-12, 2019

Sidi Taleb

Event 7 on the WPTDeepStack Tampa schedule was a perfect warmup for the impending Main Event kicking off on Thursday. The $570 buy-in tournament had four starting flights and a six-digit prize pool. After three long days, Sidi Taleb survived a tough final table to take home the title along with more than $33,000.

There were a combined 279 entries over those four starting flights to push the $100,000 guaranteed prize pool up to $139,500. Only 44 players survived to return for Day 2 and they quickly hit the money before the first break.

Five hours after the start of Day 2, the field was down to the final table and it took another five hours to get home from there. There were three quick eliminations as Allauddin Khan, Zachary Hammons, and Wayne Daley dropped out and the last seven players settled in for a long grind with deep stacks and long levels.

James “Ping” Kerr held the lead for large portions of late play but fell in third place to set up the heads-up battle between Taleb and Mitchell King. Taleb held a big lead at the start of heads-up but King took over after several big hands.

But Taleb worked his way back on top when both turned a pair of aces and his kicker gave him a double. A few hands later, pocket eights were good for Taleb and he earned the outright win for $33,007.

Thanks to everyone for coming out and we look forward to seeing everyone in the Main Event.

Event 7 Results:

1st: Sidi Taleb – $33,007 + WPTDeepStacks Main Event seat
2nd: Mitchell King – $23,087
3rd: James “Ping” Kerr – $14,186
4th: Brian Arbaugh – $8,629
5th: Rocco DeFina – $6,664
6th: Tom Nguyen – $5,522
7th: Brent Pasquarella – $4,706
8th: Wayne Daley – $4,014
9th: Zachary Hammons – $3,301
10th: Allauddin Khan – $2,906
11th: Hassan El Hakim – $2,906
12th: Scott Swatcheno – $2,906
13th: Conor O’Neil – $2,491
14th: Karl Manouchakian – $2,491
15th: Thomas Betts – $2,491
16th: Woodrow Pass – $2,076
17th: Stephen Brite – $2,076
18th: Carlos Martir – $2,076
19th: Brian Trieglaff – $1,661
20th: Trevor Phelps – $1,661
21st: Jeffrey Baar – $1,661
22nd: Rodney Turvin – $1,280
23rd: Dani Mae – $1,280
24th: Troy Bercot – $1,280
25th: Wadie Khalaf – $1,028
26th: Ronald Brown – $1,028
27th: Tony March – $1,028
28th: Matthew Trizis – $958

Event 7: Sidi Taleb Defeats Mitchell King for the Title

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28: 40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante

Sidi Taleb

Sidi Taleb lost the heads up lead early but turned it back around and won the tournament in two pivotal hands.

On the first, Taleb limped his button and Mitchell King raised to 250,000. Taleb called, the flop was Kh9s7c, and King bet 225,000. Taleb called, the turn was Ac and King checked.

Taleb bet 700,000 and King announced, “all in”. After a minute, Taleb called at risk.

Taleb: AhJh
King: As8h

Both turned a pair of aces but Taleb was ahead with his jack kicker. The river 3s finished the board and Taleb’s stack was counted. King owed him 2,740,000 and was left with five big blinds.

Those went in the middle a few hands later, all in for 475,000 and Taleb called.

Taleb: 8d8h
King: 8c7d

A tough spot for King against the eights, he paired his seven on the QhJc7h flop but came no closer as the dealer finished with the 6d turn and 5c river to finish off the tournament.

King earned $23,087 for his runner-up finish while Talbe took home $33,007 plus a WPTDeepStacks Tampa Main Event seat.

Full tournament to come later this evening.

1st: Sidi Taleb – $33,007 + WPTDeepStacks Main Event seat
2nd: Mitchell King – $23,087

Event 7: Mitchell King Pulls into the Lead

$570 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 279

Mitchell King

Sidi Taleb limped his button and Mitchell King raised to 175,000. Taleb called, the flop was 9c5h3c and King bet 150,000. Taleb raised to 400,000 and King called.

Both checked the 5c turn and the river was Qh. King slid out two barrels of 25K ships for a 1,000,000 bet. Taleb checked his cards several times and folded the huge pot to King.

Mitchell King – 3,700,000 (62 bb)
Sidi Taleb – 3,275,000 (55 bb)

Event 7: Updated Counts

$570 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 279

Sidi Taleb and Mitchell King decided to forgo the scheduled break and they continue pushing towards a winner. King dropped down, found a double, and now they are back to where they started heads-up.

Seat 5: Sidi Taleb – 4,825,000 (97 bb)
Seat 8: Mitchell King – 2,150,000 (43 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $33,007 + WPTDeepStacks Main Event seat
2nd: $23,087

Event 7: Brian Arbaugh – 4th Place ($8,629)

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 25: 20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 279

James “Ping” Kerr opened to 100,000 and Brian Arbaugh three-bet to 275,000 from the small blind. Mitchell King folded his big blind and Kerr announced all in. Arbaugh called with a similar stack and it was a race.

Kerr: 8d8s
Arbaugh: AdQs

The board came Ks6s6c9d2c to send the pot to Kerr. He was the all-in at risk player after counting the stacks. Kerr was all-in for 1,065,000 and Arbaugh was left with only 325,000. Three hands later, he was eliminated by Sidi Taleb when his Jd9d was no good against ThTc.

James “Ping” Kerr – 2,210,000 (74 bb)
Brian Arbaugh – Eliminated in 4th Place ($8,629)

Event 7: Rocco DeFina – 5th Place ($6,664)

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 24: 15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 279

Rocco DeFina

Brian Arbaugh was down to 390,000 and moved all in from the cutoff. Rocco DeFina reshipped from the small blind for 590,000 to isolate.

Arbaugh: Ad6d
DeFina: AhKd

DeFina was in great shape to knock Arbaugh out but fell behind on the As6s3s flop. Arbaugh took the lead with two pair aces and sixes and they held on the Td turn and 2s river to double.

DeFina was down to 200,000 and was eliminated on the next hand.

Brian Arbaugh – 840,000 (28 bb)
Rocco DeFina – Eliminated in 5th Place ($6,664)

Event 7: Updated Counts

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 24: 15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 279

Level 23 came to an end and players are enjoying a 10-minute break.

Seat 3: Rocco DeFina – 690,000 (23 bb)
Seat 4: James “Ping” Kerr – 2,120,000 (71 bb)
Seat 5: Sidi Taleb – 1,610,000 (54 bb)
Seat 6: Brian Arbaugh – 705,000 (24 bb)
Seat 8: Mitchell King – 1,860,000 (62 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $33,007 + WPTDeepStacks Main Event seat
2nd: $23,087
3rd: $14,186
4th: $8,629
5th: $6,664

Event 7: Tom Nguyen – 6th Place ($5,522)

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 23: 15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 279

Tom Nguyen

James “Ping” Kerr opened to 65,000 from under the gun, Sidi Taleb called, and Tom Nguyen called from the big blind. The flop came Tc3c3s and Nguyen bet 65,000. Kerr bet enough to put Nguyen all in for his 420,000 and Nguyen called all in.

Kerr: Ah3h
Nguyen: Jc4c

Nguyen was on a flush draw up against Kerr’s flopped trip threes. The turn was Kd and the river Ad filled Kerr’s boat to send Nguyen out.

James “Ping” Kerr – 2,080,000 (83 bb)
Tom Nguyen – Eliminated in 6th Place ($5,522)

Event 7: Brent Pasquarella – 7th Place ($4,706)

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 23: 15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 279

Brent Pasquarella

Sidi Taleb opened to 70,000 from the hijack and Brent Pasquarella moved all in from the button for 235,000. The blinds folded and Taleb called.

Pasquarella: KdTd
Taleb: AsQc

Pasquarella was drawing live but found nothing on the 6c6s4s8d8c board and kickers played to send Pasquarella out in seventh place.

Sidi Taleb – 1,800,000 (72 bb)
Brent Pasquarella – Eliminated in 7th Place ($4,706)

Event 7: Wayne Daley – 8th Place ($4,014)

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 22: 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 279

Wayne Daley

James “Ping” Kerr opened to 45,000 from early position and Mitchell King three-bet to 130,000 from the button. Wayne Daley moved all in for 235,000 from the big blind, Kerr folded, and King called.

King: KdKc
Mitchell: AhQd

Mitchell found big ace with the short stack but ran into a monster. He picked up a gutshot on the flop but was gone after the JdTsTc4s9s spread.

Mitchell King – 2,450,000 (123 bb)
Wayne Daley – Eliminated in 8th Place ($4,014)

Event 7: Sidi Taleb Doubles Through Mitchell King

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 22: 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 279

With the flop reading Tc7c2h, Sidi Taleb checked, and Mitchell King bet 40,000. Taleb check-raised to 115,000 and King announced all-in. Taleb thought for a minute and called at risk for 435,000.

Taleb: KcTs
Mitchell: JdTh

Both flopped top pair but Mitchell was outkicked. The turn As and river 3h finished the board and Taleb doubled up.

Sidi Taleb – 930,000 (47 bb)
Mitchell King – 1,540,000 (77 bb)

Event 7: Zachary Hammons – 9th Place ($3,301)

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 279

Zachary Hammons opened to 35,000 from under the gun and Brent Pasquarella moved all in from the button for 355,000. The blinds folded and Hammons called.

Pasquarella: AhKd
Hammons: AcQd

Pasquarella was way ahead and the board ran 9d9s5s8s3c to send him the pot. After counting down the stacks, Hammon was left with only 25,000 and in the big blind the next hand. It was a near family pot and Hammons was eliminated despite picking up pocket sevens.

Brent Pasquarella – 750,000 (50 bb)
Zachary Hammons – Eliminated in 9th Place ($3,301)

Event 7: Allauddin Khan – 10th Place ($2,906)

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 279

Allauddin Khan

Brent Pasquarella tripled up on the first hand of the final table and we had another big hand soon after.

Mitchell King opened to 35,000 from the cutoff and Tom Nguyen called on the button. Allauddin Khan moved all in for 400,000 from the small blind, Zachary Hammons folded his big, and King announced “all-in” to get a quick fold from Nguyen.

King: AsKh
Khan: Ah4d

Khan was dominated, caught a gut-shot wheel draw on the Td3s2d board, but couldn’t finish it on the Jh turn or 8d river to exit the final table.

Mitchell King – 2,200,000 (147 bb)
Allauddin Khan – Eliminated in 10th Place ($2,906)

Event 7: Final Table Lineup

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 279

The last ten players are in the last seats they will have in Event 7. Mitchell King and Rocco DeFinal are the big stacks while Brent Pasquarella needs to make something happen.

Seat 1: Zachary Hammons – 600,000 (40 bb)
Seat 2: Wayne Daley – 355,000 (24 bb)
Seat 3: Rocco DeFina – 935,000 (62 bb)
Seat 4: James “Ping” Kerr – 865,000 (58 bb)
Seat 5: Sidi Taleb – 400,000 (27 bb)
Seat 6: Brian Arbaugh – 640,000 (43 bb)
Seat 7: Brent Pasquarella – 95,000 (6 bb)
Seat 8: Mitchell King – 1,840,000 (123 bb)
Seat 9: Tom Nguyen – 805,000 (54 bb)
Seat 10: Allauddin Khan – 450,000 (30 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $33,007 + WPTDeepStacks Main Event seat
2nd: $23,087
3rd: $14,186
4th: $8,629
5th: $6,664
6th: $5,522
7th: $4,706
8th: $4,014
9th: $3,301
10th: $2,906

Event 7: Hassan El Hakim Eliminated by Mitchell King; Final Table Set

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 279

Hassan El Hakim

With the board reading 9s8c6hTc, Hassan El Hakim had his chips in the middle with top pair QsTh and Mitchell King had him at risk holding 7c4d for a ten-high straight and El Hakim was eliminated after the 3c river.

Tournament staff paused the clock to redraw seats at the final table.

Event 7: Back from Break on Final Table Bubble

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 11 of 279

After that quick spurt of action, the players were probably happy to take a short break from the tables. The 1K chips were colored off and cards are back in the air with blinds at 10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 big blind ante. The average stack is now 636,000 (42 bb).

Event 7: Flying Along

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 6,000/12,000 with a 12,000 ante
Players Remaining: 11 of 279

Scott Swatcheno

In less than a level, Event 7 went from the last two tables to the final table bubble. Eights players out in a snap including Karl Manouchakian and starting Day 2 leader Scott Swatcheno.

Manouchakian went out in exceptionally brutal fashion, getting his chips in good with AcAd against Allauddin Khan’s AsKc then watched the board run out Kd7d6sKs5s to give Khan trip kings.

12th: Scott Swatcheno – $2,906
13th: Conor O’Neil – $2,491
14th: Karl Manouchakian – $2,491
15th: Thomas Betts – $2,491
16th: Woodrow Pass – $2,076
17th: Stephen Brite – $2,076
18th: Carlos Martir – $2,076

Event 7: Carlos Martir Eliminated by James Kerr

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 19: 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 18 of 279

Brian Trieglaff

Brian Trieglaff moved all in for 84,000 and it folded to James “Ping” Kerr in the big blind. He called and Trieglaff was the player at risk.

Trieglaff: QcJc
Kerr: QdTh

Trieglaff was in great shape but the 9s9d2cJd8s board gave Kerr the queen-high straight. Trieglaff was sent out in 19th place, Kerr moved over 1,000,000 and tournament staff broke Event 7 down to its last two tables.

Table 12
Seat 1: Zachary Hammons
Seat 2: Conor O’Neil
Seat 3: Brian Arbaugh
Seat 4: Tom Nguyen
Seat 5: Carlos Martir
Seat 6: Woodrow Pass
Seat 7: Stephen Brite
Seat 8: Rocco Defina
Seat 9: Thomas Betts

Table 13
Seat 1: James “Ping” Kerr
Seat 2: Karl Manouchakian
Seat 3: Scott Swatcheno
Seat 4: Brent Pasquarella
Seat 5: Sidi Taleb
Seat 6: Mitchell King
Seat 7: Allauddin Khan
Seat 8: Hassan El Hakim
Seat 9: Wayne Dayley

Recent results:

19th: Brian Trieglaff – $1,661
20th: Trevor Phelps – $1,661
21st: Jeffrey Baar – $1,661
22nd: Rodney Turvin – $1,280

Event 7: Rodney Turvin Eliminated; Mitchell King Up Top

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 18: 4,000/8,000 with a 8,000 ante
Players Remaining: 21 of 279

Mitchell King

Rodney Turvin continued a nice couple of days, making the money in Event 7 only a few days after finishing fifth in the $1,650 tournament. He could not match that result and went out in 22nd place while Mitchell King moved up to 826,000.

Recent results:

22nd: Rodney Turvin – $1,280
23rd: Dani Mae – $1,280
24th: Troy Bercot – $1,280
25th: Wadie Khalaf – $1,028
26th: Ronald Brown – $1,028

Event 7: Allauddin Khan Doubles Through Trevor Phelps

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 18: 4,000/8,000 with a 8,000 ante
Players Remaining: 25 of 279

Allauddin Khan (left) versus Trevor Phelps (right)

In a battle of the blinds, Allauddin Khan was all in for 204,000 at risk from the small blind and Trevor Phelps had him at risk in the big.

Phelps: As2h
Khan: KdJs

Phelps was ahead for the knockout but Khan was live to double. The 9h8c6d flop changed nothing, the Jd turn put Khan into the lead, and he doubled after the Qs completed the board.

Allauddin Khan – 416,000 (52 bb)
Trevor Phelps – 271,000 (34 bb)

Event 7: Three-Table Lineup

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 18: 4,000/8,000 with a 8,000 ante
Players Remaining: 26 of 279

Matthew Tziris was eliminated shortly after the money burst to trigger a three-table redraw near the end of the level. Tony March went out in 27th place and the 26 remaining players took a break as the 500 denom purple chips come out of play and the 25K chips are introduced.

Three-table lineup:

Table 12
Seat 1: Zachary Hammons
Seat 2: Wayne Daley
Seat 3: Dani Mae
Seat 4: Tom Nguyen
Seat 5: Jeffrey Baar
Seat 6: Woodrow Pass
Seat 7: Stephen Brite
Seat 8: Rocco Defina
Seat 9: Thomas Betts

Table 13
Seat 1: — Empty —
Seat 2: Karl Manouchakian
Seat 3: Wadie Khalaf
Seat 4: Brent Pasquarella
Seat 5: Sidi Taleb
Seat 6: Mitchell King
Seat 7: Allauddin Khan
Seat 8: Trevor Phelps
Seat 9: Rodney Turvin

Table 14
Seat 1: Scott Swatcheno
Seat 2: Conor O’Neil
Seat 3: Hassan El Hakim
Seat 4: Troy Bercot
Seat 5: James “Ping” Kerr
Seat 6: Brian Arbaugh
Seat 7: Brian Trieglaff
Seat 8: Ronald Brown
Seat 9: Carlos Martir

Recent eliminations:

27th: Tony March – $1,028
28th: Matthew Trizis – $958

Event 7: Mark Wiser Eliminated by Dani Mae on the Bubble

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 17: 3,000/6,000 with a 6,000 ante
Players Remaining: 28 of 279

Mark “Bud” Wiser

It took some work to get there, but Event 7 hit the money after ten rounds of hand-for-hand action.

On that tenth hand, Mark Wiser was all in for 2,500 in the big blind (plus his 6,000 big blind ante). Mitchell King opened to 15,000 from the hijack and Dani Mae called on the button.

Both live players checked down the KdJs3d7cAh board and Mae showed KcQc for a pair of kings. King quickly mucked and Wiser showed 8h7h for second best pair of sevens before leaving his seat on the money bubble.

Dani Mae – 110,000 (22 bb)
Mark Wiser – Eliminated