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Brian Altman Captures Inaugural WPT Tampa Championship

2021 WPT Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
$3,500 WPT Tampa Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  1,165
Prize Pool:  $3,728,000
June 18-22, 2021

Brian Altman

The WPT main tour came to Tampa for the first time and we headlined our inaugural series with the $2,000,000 guaranteed WPT Tampa Championship. The tournament drew players from around the world and it was Brian Altman outlasting them all for his third WPT title along with $613,225.

“My experience playing WPT Tampa for the first time was fantastic,” Atman said. “The venue is beautiful, the staff is great, and the tournaments are well-run. I’ve had a blast down here.”

The $3,500 buy-in tournament featured two starting flights and combined for 1,165 entries creating a prize pool worth $3,728,000. Both those numbers were records for our tournaments; our biggest Championship field and the top prize pool in our history.

Altman came into the last day of the tournament with a big lead and went wire-to-wire at the final table as players dropped around him. In addition to Altman, two other players came to the final table with a chance to win another WPT title. Jonathan Jaffe fell short in fourth place followed by Zachary Smiley in third.

With a nearly four-to-one chip lead to start heads up with Gabriel Abusada, Altman quickly won the match and became only the seventh player to earn a third WPT title.

“This is a really special World Poker Tour title for me,” Altman said after his win. “I’m joining the elusive club of three-time champions, which only a few people have done.”

“To be among that company makes me feel really proud.”

Congratulations Brian!

Brian Altman, 2021 WPT Tampa Champion

Final table results:

1st: Brian Altman – $613,225
2nd: Gabriel Abusada – $408,825
3rd: Zachary Smiley – $302,200
4th: Jonathan Jaffe – $225,675
5th: John Haas – $170,275
6th: Will Berry – $129,825
7th: Dave Berman – $100,030
8th: Steve Queen – $77,900
9th: T.K. Miles – $61,325

Championship: Brian Altman ($613,225) Defeats Gabriel Abusada ($408,825) for the Title

$3,500 WPT Tampa Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 32:  150,000/300,000 with a 300,000 ante

Brian Altman

Gabriel Abusada was closing the gap and was up to 18,525,000 when they played the biggest hand of the tournament. He open-shipped from the button and Altman called with a chance to close it out.

Altman: JcJd
Abusada: 6s6c

Altman found a great spot to catch the big pair and it held as the dealer spread the final board Kd9h7sTs5c.

Abusada earned $408,825 for his runner-up finish while Altman claimed the WPT Tampa Championship, third overall, for $613,225.

1st: Brian Altman – $613,225
2nd: Gabriel Abusada – $408,825

Gabriel Abusada

Championship: Updated Counts on Break

$3,500 WPT Tampa Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 32:  150,000/300,000 with a 300,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 1,165

Level 32 came to an end giving Brian Altman and Gabriel Abusada a 10-minute break from the action. Altman extended his lead a bit over the first part of heads up and the grind continues.

Seat 3: Brian Altman – 37,850,000 (126 bb)
Seat 4: Gabriel Abusada – 8,550,000 (29 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $613,225
2nd: $408,825

Championship: Heads-Up Underway

$3,500 WPT Tampa Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31:  125,000/250,000 with a 250,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 1,165

Brian Altman (left) versus Gabriel Abusada (right)

Brian Altman and Gabriel Abusada adjusted their seats to begin their heads-up match for the WPT Tampa Championship title. Levels now last 30 minutes for the duration.

Seat 3: Brian Altman – 35,850,000 (143 bb)
Seat 4: Gabriel Abusada – 10,650,000 (43 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $613,225
2nd: $408,825

Championship: Zachary Smiley – 3rd Place ($302,200)

$3,500 WPT Tampa Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31:  125,000/250,000 with a 250,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 1,165

Zachary Smiley

Zachard Smiley open-shoved for 1,800,000 from the small blind and Brian Altman called in the big.

Altman: AdQh
Smiley: Qd3d

Smiley ran into a big hand in the big blind and he couldn’t catch up on the 9c6c2cTs2s board to exit in third place.

Brian Altman – 35,850,000 (143 bb)
Zachary Smiley – Eliminated in 3rd Place ($302,200)