2021 Tampa Winter Poker Open Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, Florida Event 3 $400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guaranteed Entries: 1,000 Prize Pool: $335,000 December 2-5, 2021
The first multi-flight tournament of the 2021 Winter Poker Open had a fantastic turnout with an even 1,000 entries showing up for the $400 tournament over three flights. Our players combined to sail right past the $100,000 to put up a prize pool worth $335,000 and Andrea Ruosi earned the biggest chunk after a six-way final table deal.
The tournament had 101 players return for Day 2 already in the money and action was fast the entire day. They were down to the final table in a hurry as Mark Rupkin began running away with a huge lead.
He had a huge stack through the late-level breaks but he fell back to the pack when the nine last players hit the final table. That’s where Andrea Ruosi took over. He quickly built a huge stack of his own and sent Rupkin out in seventh place and stacked more than 8 million of the 20 million chips in play.
The last six players decided to divide up the remaining prize money with Ruosi earning $44,887 as the big stack and he captured the WPO Event 3 title.
Thanks to all of our players for such a great first weekend of the series.
Final table results:
1st: Andrea Ruosi – $44,887 * 2nd: Jarrod Stokes – $34,203 * 3rd: Dave Bennett – $34,034 * 4th: Lee Jang – $25,658 * 5th: Tony Zharnitsky – $24,971 * 6th: Steve Collins – $16,907 * 7th: Mark Rupkin – $9,160 8th: Ivan Yatsuk – $7,110 9th: Savahn Steadman – $5,600 * – Denotes results of six-way deal
$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts Level 27: 50,000/75,000 with a 75,000 ante Players Remaining: 6 of 1,000
After Mark Rupkin was eliminated in seventh place, the six remaining players decided to discuss a deal to split up the remaining prize money. They looked at ICM numbers, made some tweaks, and wrapped up the tournament.
Andrea Ruosi held 8,150,000 of the 20,000,000 chips in play to earn the biggest share $44,887 along and the WPO Event 3 trophy.
Andrea Ruosi – 8,150,000 (109 bb) Jarrod Stokes – 3,875,000 (52 bb) Dave Bennett – 3,825,000 (51 bb) Li Tran – 1,850,000 (25 bb) Tony Zharnitsky – 1,725,000 (23 bb) Steve Collins – 575,000 (8 bb)
1st: Andrea Ruosi – $44,887 2nd: Jarrod Stokes – $34,203 3rd: Dave Bennett – $34,034 4th: Lee Jang – $25,658 5th: Tony Zharnitsky – $24,971 6th: Steve Collins – $16,907
$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts Level 26: 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante Players Remaining: 7 of 1,000
Andrea Ruosi opened to 150,000 from the cutoff and Jarrod Stokes raised from the small blind to 480,000. Ivan Yatsuk moved all in for 565,000 from the big blind to get calls from both Ruosi and Stokes.
Both live players checked down the board and the cards were tabled.
Stokes: Yatsuk: Ruosi:
None paired their hole cards and Stokes took the pot with the bigger aces to send Yatsuk out in eighth place.
Jarrod Stokes – 4,350,000 (73 bb) Ivan Yatsuk – Eliminated in 8th Place ($7,100)
$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts Level 26: 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante Players Remaining: 9 of 1,000
While the double knockout was going down on Table 22, Robert Compton was eliminated on Table 21. The last nine players redrew seats at the final table and cards are back in the air. Below is the player lineup and we will updates counts once they are settled.
Seat 1: Andrea Ruosi Seat 2: Steve Collins Seat 3: Jarrod Stokes Seat 4: Ivan Yatsuk Seat 5: Mark Rupkin Seat 6: Dave Bennett Seat 7: Savahn Steadman Seat 8: Li Tran Seat 9: Tony Zharnitsky
$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts Level 25: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante Players Remaining: 10 of 1,000
Things were quiet for a while.
Until they weren’t.
On Table 22, they lit off some fireworks when Marcu Yofon shipped for 650,000 and Dante Collier called at risk for his last 315,000. Mark Rupnik decided to come along to create the three-way pot with Rupnik having the other two covered.
Yofon: Collier: Rupnik:
Yofon was looking good for a double but Rupnik nailed the for a set of sixes. The board finished with the turn and river to give Rupnik the double knockout.
11th: Marcus Yofon – $4,470 12th: Dante Collier – $4,470 13th: Stephen Allen – $3,620
$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts Level 25: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante Players Remaining: 13 of 1,000
Aces were not kind to Ryan Luker today. He had them cracked and he ran into them and found himself down to 130,000. He moved all in from under the gun and picked up calls from Andrea Ruosi in middle position and Ivan Yatsuk in the big blind.
The flop came , Yatsuk bet 130,000 and Ruosi called. Both players checked the turn and river and all hands were tabled.
Ruosi: Yatsuk: Luker:
“Come on!” Luker half laughed.
He was ahead preflop but Ruosi paired his four on the flop and finished with a boat to send Luker out in 14th place.
14th: Ryan Luker – $3,620 15th: Nicholas Hart – $2,970 16th: Dmitriy Konikov – $2,970
$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts Level 24: 20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante Players Remaining: 16 of 1,000
It only two a couple post-dinner minutes for Event 3 to lose Travis Johnson from the tournament. Tournament staff broke Table 20 to leave with only two tables of players remaining with a shot at the title.