$400 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) $1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 16: 4,000/8,000 with a 8,000 ante Players Remaining: 31 of 296
The field is down to the final 31 players so hand-for-hand play has begun on the end of day bubble. When one more players busts the remaining field of 30 will advance to Day 2 on Sunday that will start at 1 pm.
2023 Tampa Signature Poker Series Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, Florida Event 2 $400 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry) Entries: 135 Prize Pool: $45,225 September 6, 2023
A field of 135 entries entered the $400 buy-in pot-limit Omaha event on opening night at the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Signature Poker Series, creating a prizepool worth more than $45,000. The final battle between local players Doug Marro and Hoang Tran proved to be the toughest match of the night, with Marro doubling up four times to claim his spot at the top of the tournament.
“It’s definitely ironic, because the guys here know that I give a lot of action in PLO normally, so it’s going to be funny that I won,” said Marro after the victory.
There was a fun community feeling at the final table, especially when things got down to three-handed action; and even more so when it was heads-up for the title. There were even players from Flight B in Event 1 shouting across the room for chip count updates at different times. Various local players kept stopping by to peek in on the action as well.
“Yeah, yeah, I don’t like too much of that, but it was fun. I’m a big fan of the guy that I was playing with, he just moved here recently and we had joked around the last couple months so it was cool that we were heads-up like that. I’m glad it was him because I was actually able to have fun, and not be too serious” said Marro when he was asked about the heads-up final against Tran. He continued, “As the guys know, I like to say ‘trust the process’ and they’ll know what that means [laughs].”
“I think we have a really good poker director Pablo. I have a good relationship with him, and he definitely understands poker, which is very important. He made our cash room a lot better. I normally play cash, and he did a really good job with that so shout out to him,” said Marro when he was asked what he enjoys about consistently returning to the SHR Tampa poker scene.
Even though he primarily plays cash, Marro also said that he will definitely be back for the Championship event and a few other tournaments during the SPS series. He also wanted to say one last thing at the end of his winner’s interview, “Everything that I learned in PLO I learned from Charlie K [laughs].”
1st: Doug Marro – $11,565 + SPS trophy 2nd: Hoang Tran – $7,710 3rd: Zee Kurdi – $5,390 4th: Marshall Morris – $3,870 5th: Michael Laake – $2,860 6th: Daquon Wilson – $2,180 7th: John Casaubon – $1,710 8th: Alexandru Ivan – $1,380 9th: Jonathan Gold – $1,150 10th: Dustin Peglow – $1,150 11th: Barry Blakely – $1,000 12th: Matthew Tedesco – $1,000 13th: Wally Maddah – $900 14th: Alexander Orlov – $900 15th: William Wallace – $820 16th: Joseph Battaglia – $820 17th: Braedon Brown – $820
$400 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry) Structure Level 23: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante Players Remaining: 1/135
Hoang Tran was at a disadvantage in chips when he moved all in with in the hole, and Doug Marro had him covered holding .
The final board read , and Tran was eliminated in second place, good for $7,710. That makes Marro the champion of the tournament, and he takes home $11,565 and the SPS trophy for the victory. Stay tuned for the winner’s interview.
$400 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry) Structure Level 23: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante Players Remaining: 2/135
The flop read when Doug Marro got all in holding , and Hoang Tran had him covered holding . The turn and river fell , and Marro doubled up again to the tune of 1.25 million. Tran was at 2,125,000 after the hand.
$400 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) $1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 17: 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante Players Remaining: 24 of 248
Flight A: 248 Entries; 24 Advanced Flight B: In Progress Flight C: Thursday at 10 am Flight D: Thursday at 5 pm Flight E: Friday at 10 am Flight F: Friday at 5 pm Flight G: Saturday at 10 am Flight H: Saturday at 5 pm Day 2: Sunday at 1 pm
$400 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry) Structure Level 20: 15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante Players Remaining: 4/135
Action has started moving again at the PLO final table, so here is a look at the results
5th: Michael Laake – $2,860 6th: Daquon Wilson – $2,180 7th: John Casaubon – $1,710 8th: Alexandru Ivan – $1,380 9th: Jonathan Gold – $1,150 10th: Dustin Peglow – $1,150 11th: Barry Blakely – $1,000 12th: Matthew Tedesco – $1,000 13th: Wally Maddah – $900 14th: Alexander Orlov – $900 15th: William Wallace – $820 16th: Joseph Battaglia – $820 17th: Braedon Brown – $820
$400 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) $1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 11: 1,500/2,500 with a 2,500 ante Remaining Players: 108/296
The PLO final table has been stuck at nine players for a while now, so we took a look around Flight B. Some familiar faces in the field include James Calderaro, AJ Kelsall, Aaron Thivyanathan, and TK Miles. Kelsall just scored a small double up to 56,000 when his pocket eights held against the of Brent Hoover.
A few hands before that Hoover took out his opponent who held under the gun with pocket fours in the hole on a board reading . Hoover was at 181,000 after that hand, but he gave some of that back when Kelsall doubled through him a short time later.