The turnout and prize money ranks among our top for an in-room series, fantastic support from the first card in the air to the last.
The TPC Championship headlined the series with a $1,700 buy-in and $500,000 guarantee. It drew 625 entries over three flights to create prize pool worth 937,500. Maryland’s Ryan Brown won the title and $148,010 after a tough battle against Tampa regular Fred Paradis.
Paradis had himself a great series as well. He won the opening event of the series, topping the 1,705-entries field for a $91K payout. He followed that up with a win in the $1,100 One-Day Challenge and second place in the Championship. Paradis cashed for $266,465 in the series, more than 12% of all cash awarded during the TPC.
Thank you to all the players who came out to support the series. We had a great time over the two-week run and look forward to the next. We appreciate you!
Links to all 12 events and the result are listed below.
2023 Tampa Poker Classic Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, Florida $1,700 TPC Championship (Re-Entry) $500,000 Guaranteed Entries: 625 Prize Pool: $937,500 March 16 – 20, 2023
The 2023 Tampa Poker Classic Championship was the big game on the schedule and the $1,700 buy-in tournament drew 625 tough players. After a long weekend battling for the title, Ryan Brown took the top spot for $148K after denying Fred Paradis his third title of the series.
The tournament featured a $500,000 guarantee that turned into a prize pool worth $937,500. We had 156 players return for Day 2, 79 made the money, and 20 were still around when they bagged up for an extra day.
Brown held the lead for much of the final table but lost it against Paradis. They were in a dead heat when heads-up play began and the two decided to even out the top two payouts. The lead changed hands but Brown was finally able to knock Paradis out with a full house version a straight.
Paradis earned $138,010 while Brown was crowned our 2023 TPC Champion and he took home $148,010 along with the TPC guitar trophy.
Final table results:
1st: Ryan Brown – $148,010 2nd: Fred Paradis – $138,010 3rd: Thad McNulty – $84,160 4th: Huicun Qiao – $62,630 5th: Alec Magdan – $47,130 6th: Steve Buckner – $35,870 7th: Rodney Turvin – $27,610 8th: Ray Mancini – $21,500 9th: Pavel Milanov – $16,930
$1,700 TPC Championship (Re-Entry) $500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts Level 31: 125,000/250,000 with a 250,000 ante Players Remaining: 2 of 625
With the flop reading , Ryan Brown checked, Fred Paradis bet 400,000 and Brown check-raised to 1,200,000. Paradis called, the turn was , Brown bet 1,100,000 and Paradis called.
The river was and Brown moved all in for 7,150,000. Paradis thought for a minute and called. Paradis showed and was playing the wheel on the board but Brown had for the turned spade flush to re-take the lead.
Ryan Brown – 19,200,000 (77 bb) Fred Paradis – 5,600,000 (22 bb)