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Event 1: Robbie Godbey Captures His First Tampa Title

2019 Seminole Hard Rock WPTDeepStacks Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 1
$360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 1,012
Prize Pool: $303,600
June 5-9, 2019

Robbie Godbey, Event 1 champion

(Tampa, Florida) – The 2019 WPTDeepStacks Tampa series kicked off on June 5 with a big, multi-day tournament the produced a great turnout. The $360 buy-in tournament beat its $250,000 Guarantee with more than one thousand entries and local Robbie Godbey was the player posing with the guitar trophy at the end before he collected $31,000 for the title.

Event 1 featured seven starting flights and it all built up to the huge day on Saturday afternoon. All flights combined to put 1,012 entries into the tournament and the prize pool grew to $303,600 by the time registration closed.

Of those 1,012 entries, we had 155 survive their opening flight to return on Sunday for Day 2. Former SHR Tampa winner Scott Caracciolo had the biggest stack coming back but his day did not go as expected and he had to settle for a 29th place finish.

The field quickly hit the money with 102 getting paid. The hand-for-hand process was quick and painless for all but one. David Yo’s AsTc could not beat Jermaine Gerlin’s AdQs to send him out on the bubble.

There was no slowdown throughout the day and Event 1 was down to its final table before the dinner break came around. Several of the last nine players took turns at top of the counts among those nine players including Gerlin, Shadrach Tercy, and Romel “Romeo” Huelga. Godbey hovered in the middle of the pack until he went on a heater.

With seven players remaining, Godbey wrestled control of the chips with more than 5 million, more than a million better than second position Tercy. The day was getting late and the last seven players were ready to call it a night.

On the last break of the day, they negotiated and reached an agreement for an ICM division of the remaining prize pool. Godbey took the lion’s share of the money and nearly doubled his career earnings total with this $31,000 payday. In addition to the prize money, Godbey also won a $1,100 seat into the 2019 WPTDeepStacks Tampa $3,00,000 Guarantee Main Event kicking off on June 13.

Congratulations to Robbie and thanks to our local favorites and out of town friends for making the opening event such a great success.

Event 1 final table results:

1st: Robbie Godbey – $31,000 + WPTDeepStacks Main Event Seat *
2nd: Shadrach Tercy – $29,013 *
3rd: Jose Garcia – $25,818 *
4th: Kevin Blewitt – $22,769 *
5th: Jermaine Gerlin – $21,923 *
6th: Romel Huelga – $19,631 *
7th: Mehdi Belhassan – $17,459 *
8th: Austin Jeffords – $7,181
9th: Eric Fetter – $5,381
* – denotes results of seven-way deal

Full Event 1 results

Event 1: Robbie Godbey Wins After Seven-Way Deal

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 33: 150,000/250,000 with a 250,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 1,012

Robbie Godbey

The seven remaining players made it to another break. This time instead of walking away, they counted down their stacks and agreed to an ICM adjusted payout deal. Robbie Godbey was holding a nice lead at the time and took the title along with $31,000 and the WPTDeepStacks Main Event seat followed by long time leader Shadrach Tercy.

They were paid out per the counts below along with the deal numbers.

We will post a full tournament recap later this evening.

Robbie Godbey – 5,100,000
Shadrach Tercy – 3,900,000
Jose Garcia – 3,300,000
Kevin Blewitt – 2,500,000
Jermaine “Lion” Gerlin – 2,300,000
Romel “Romeo” Huelga – 1,800,000
Mehdi Belhassan – 1,300,000

1st: Robbie Godbey – $31,000 + WPTDeepStacks Main Event Seat
2nd: Shadrach Tercy – $29,013
3rd: Jose Garcia – $25,818
4th: Kevin Blewitt – $22,769
5th: Jermaine Gerlin – $21,923
6th: Romel Huelga – $19,631
7th: Mehdi Belhassan – $17,459

Event 1: Jermaine Gerlin Triples Up

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 32: 100,000/200,000 with a 200,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 1,012

Robbie Godbey opened to 400,000 and Jermaine Gerlin moved all in for 475,000 from the button. Mehdi Belhassan called from the small blind and Godbey called as well.

Both live players checked down the Ts7h3dJd8s board and all hands were tabled.

Gerlin: As9h
Belhassan: Ad2d
Godbey: KhQd

Nobody made a pair and Gerlin’s best starting hand held up for a triple.

Jermaine “Lion” Gerlin – 1,675,000 (11 bb)
Mehdi Belhassan – 1,100,000 (7 bb)
Robbie Godbey – 5,500,000 (37 bb)

Event 1: Austin Jeffords – 8th Place ($7,181)

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31: 100,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 1,012

Austin Jeffords

It folded around to Austin Jeffords in middle position and he moved all in for 650,000. Robbie Godbey called next to act and the rest of the table folded.

“You have anything good,” Jeffords asked.

“Nope,” Godbey replied.

Godbey: QcJc
Jeffords: Ad9d

Jeffords was ahead and stayed that way on the 7h4d3d turn. He took away diamond outs from Godbey, the 4c turn changed nothing, but Godbey hit the Qh river to send Jeffords out in eighth place.

Robbie Godbey – 2,900,000 (19 bb)
Austin Jeffords – Eliminated in 8th Place ($7,181)

Event 1: Eric Fetter – 9th Place ($5,381)

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31: 100,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 1,012

Eric Fetter

Eric Fetter moved all in for 700,000 from under the gun before the last card was dealt. It folded to Romel Huelga and he called.

Huelga: 7h7c
Fetter: AdQs

It was a race and Fetter needed to come from behind. The board ran out 8h8d4d9d8s to send Fetter out in ninth place.

Romel “Romeo” Huelga – 3,850,000 (26 bb)
Eric Fetter – Eliminated in 9th Place ($5,381)

Event 1: Romel Huelga Doubles Through Robbie Godbey

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30: 75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 1,012

Romel Huelga opened to 250,000 from early position and it folded to Robbie Godbey in the big blind. He announced “all in” and Huelga called for his last 1,475,000.

Huelga: AdJd
Godbey: QcQs

It was Huelga up against the queens this time. He flopped one jack on the Js6s2s board, turned trip jacks on the Jh turn, and faded the spade draw on the 9d river to double.

Romel “Romeo” Huelga – 3,150,000 (21 bb)
Robbie Godbey – 2,100,000 (14 bb)

Event 1: Kevin Blewitt Doubles Through Romel Huelga

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30: 75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 1,012

Action folded around to Kevin Blewitt on the button and he moved all in for 1,475,000. Jermaine Gerlin folded his small blind and Romel Huelga quickly called in the big.

Huelga: QcQh
Blewitt: JhJc

Blewitt was in bad shape but outflopped Huelga when it came KdJs7s. His set put him in the lead and he doubled big after the 3s turn and 5h river completed the board.

Kevin Blewitt – 3,275,000 (26 bb)
Romel “Romeo” Huelga – 2,400,000 (19 bb)

Event 1: Mehdi Belhassan Doubles Twice

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30: 75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 1,012

Action folded all the way around to Mehdi Belhassan in the small blind and his 125,000 stack behind.

“How much are you playing?” Belhassan joked with chip leader Shadrach Tercy in the big blind.

Belhassan dropped his 200,000 total in the middle, Tercy called, and Belhassan’s KcJh held against Qs6d for his first double.

A few hands later, Belhassan shoved for his 525,000 stack and Robbie Godbey gave him action in the big blind.

Belhassan: AdQh
Godbey: Kh5h

Belhassan was again ahead for the double, flopped trip queens on the QsQc5c board, and held to double again.

Mehdi Belhassan – 1,250,000 (10 bb)
Shadrach Tercy – 5,400,000 (43 bb)
Robbie Godbey – 3,400,000 (27 bb)

Event 1: Blinds Up

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30: 75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 1,012

Level 29 came to an end and the blinds were raised to 75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 big blind ante. There’s been little activity since Mehdi Belhassan’s double, mostly the bigger stacks pushing around the middle-of-the-road stacks as they try to outlast the short stacks.

Event 1: Mehdi Belhassan Doubles Through Jose Garcia

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29: 50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 1,012

Mehdi Belhassan was the short stack coming back from dinner and was down to 275,000 and open-shoved from middle position. It folded around to Jose Garcia in the big blind and he shrugged and called.

Belhassan: AsKc
Garcia: Qd8d

Belhassan needed to avoid the suited live cards and they both hit the KdQc3s flop. The board finished 5c turn and Jh river to send keep Belhassan in the game.

Mehdi Belhassan – 700,000 (7 bb)
Jose Garcia – 1,075,000 (11 bb)

Event 1: Dinner Time Counts

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29: 50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 1,012

Dinner time counts with nine remaining and blinds will be at 50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante when they return.

Seat 1: Jose Garcia – 1,325,000 (13 bb)
Seat 2: Kevin Blewitt – 2,075,000 (21 bb)
Seat 3: Jermaine “Lion” Gerlin – 1,325,000 (13 bb)
Seat 4: Romel “Romeo” Huelga – 4,700,000 (47 bb)
Seat 5: Mehdi Belhassan – 525,000 (5 bb)
Seat 6: Shadrach Tercy – 4,825,000 (48 bb)
Seat 7: Eric Fetter – 1,275,000 (13 bb)
Seat 8: Austin Jeffords – 1,700,000 (17 bb)
Seat 9: Robbie Godbey – 2,300,000 (23 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $53,815 + $1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event Seat
2nd: $37,737
3rd: $24,363
4th: $18,029
5th: $13,734
6th: $10,908
7th: $9,027
8th: $7,181
9th: $5,381

Event 1: Joseph Lyles – 10th Place ($4,420)

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28: 40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 1,012

Joseph Lyles

Joseph Lyles open-shoved from the button and Austin Jeffords called in the big blind at risk for 535,000.

Lyles: Ts9c
Jeffords: Kh7s

Jeffords was ahead for the double and caught two pair on the Kc7h4d flop. The turn 6d and river Jd sent him the pot and knocked Lyles low.

A few hands later, Romel Huelga limped from early position and Lyles moved all in for 105,000. Jeffords raised to 400,000 from the cutoff and Huelga folded.

Lyles: 3c3d
Jeffords: AdQh

Lyles was ahead for his small double but Jeffords moved ahead on the AhKd4d flop. He made trip aces on the As turn and Lyles was eliminated after the Js river.

That was the last hand of the level and the nine remaining players are taking a 40-minute dinner break.

Austin Jeffords – 1,700,000 (21 bb)
Joseph Lyles – Eliminated in 10th Place ($4,420)

Event 1: Final Table Lineup

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28: 40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 1,012

Event 1 final table

After Rem Remington’s elimination, Event 1 lost four players in five quick minutes to form the final table ten. Shadrach Tercy leads with Romel “Romeo” Huelga not far behind.

Seat 1: Jose Garcia – 2,125,000 (27 bb)
Seat 2: Kevin Blewitt – 2,255,000 (28 bb)
Seat 3: Jermaine “Lion” Gerlin – 1,340,000 (17 bb)
Seat 4: Romel “Romeo” Huelga – 4,795,000 (60 bb)
Seat 5: Mehdi Belhassan – 175,000 (2 bb)
Seat 6: Shadrach Tercy – 4,810,000 (60 bb)
Seat 7: Joseph Lyles – 920,000 (12 bb)
Seat 8: Eric Fetter – 1,300,000 (16 bb)
Seat 9: Austin Jeffords – 695,000 (9 bb)
Seat 10: Robbie Godbey – 2,310,000 (29 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $53,815 + $1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event Seat
2nd: $37,737
3rd: $24,363
4th: $18,029
5th: $13,734
6th: $10,908
7th: $9,027
8th: $7,181
9th: $5,381
10th: $4,420

Event 1: Rem Remington Eliminated in Massive Three-Way Hand

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27: 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining: 14 of 1,012

Rem Remington

Joseph Lyles opened to 175,000 from middle position and Rem Remington moved all in for 390,000 from the hijack. Shadrach Tercy called on the button and Lyles called as well.

Both live players checked down the As6c3d flop but Lyles bet 575,000 after the 4c turn. Tercy moved all in for 780,000 and Lyles called.

Tercy: AcAd
Lyles: QcJc
Remington: KdJd

Tercy flopped top set of aces, Remington was drawing dead to 15th place, and Lyles was live with his club draw. The river was a club and he temporarily celebrated the 3c river until the dealer pointed out that it also filled a boat for Tercy.

Shadrach Tercy – 2,730,000 (46 bb)
Joseph Lyles – 750,000 (13 bb)
Rem Remington – Eliminated in 15th Place ($3,500)

Event 1: Connor Rash Eliminated by Shadrach Tercy

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27: 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining: 15 of 1,012

Connor Rash

Connor Rash moved all in for 480,000 from middle position and Shadrach Tercy moved all in over the top for more to isolate. The rest of the table folded and the cards were flipped up.

Rash: Tc8c
Tercy: AcKs

Rash has two suited live cards to double but Tercy moved further out front on the KcQh2s flop. The board finished 7c and Th to send Rash out in 16th place.

Shadrach Tercy – 1,900,000 (32 bb)
Connor Rash – Eliminated in 16th Place ($2,904)

Event 1: Jeremy Culnen Eliminated by Austin Jeffords

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27: 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining: 16 of 1,012

Jeremy Culnen

Jeremy Culnen open-shoved from middle position for 210,000 and Austin Jeffords called in the hijack to put him at risk.

Jeffords: Qc8c
Culnen: QdQc

Culnen was in great shape but Jeffords took the lead on the AhJc7s flop. The Ts turn and 8h river were no help and Culnen was sent out in 17th place.

Austin Jeffords – 1,350,000 (23 bb)
Jeremy Culnen – Eliminated in 17th Place ($2,904)

Before that hand went down, Robert Cornette was eliminated in 18th place for $2,904 as well.

Event 1: Down to 18

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 26: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 18 of 1,012

They continue to run at a blistering pace and the only thing that slowed them down was a break after Level 25. As the clock was ticking down, Donald Linsky went out in 19th place to leave two table remaining. When they returned, Table 9 was broken to fill out the rest.

Romel Huegla continues to lead with 3,400,000 with a good number of short stacks needing to make a move.

Table 20
Seat 1: Connor Rash
Seat 2: Jeremy Culnen
Seat 3: Shadrach Tercy
Seat 4: Austin Jeffords
Seat 5: Mehdi Belhassan
Seat 6: Robbie Godbey
Seat 7: Robert Cornette
Seat 8: Joseph Lyles
Seat 9: Rem Remington

Table 21
Seat 1: Jose Garcia
Seat 2: Edward Kane
Seat 3: Romel Huelga
Seat 4: Jermaine Gerlin
Seat 5: Paul Strandquist
Seat 6: Brenda Lane-Worley
Seat 7: Mark Zhang
Seat 8: Eric Fetter
Seat 9: Kevin Blewitt

Result:

19th: Donald Linsky – $2,384
20th: Joseph Fox – $2,384
21st: Woodrow Pass – $2,384
22nd: Vishnu Pabbathi – $2,021
23rd: David Nadeau – $2,021
24th: Michael Beattie – $2,021

Event 1: Estimated Counts

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 25: 20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining: 24 of 1,012

Things are moving quickly, chips are changing hands at a rapid pace, and here’s a quick, estimated look at the current counts.

Table 9
Seat 1: Brenda Lane-Worley – 640,000
Seat 2: Connor Rash – 1,550,000
Seat 3: Jeremy Colnen – 425,000
Seat 4: Paul Strandquist – 560,000
Seat 5: Edward Kane – 825,000
Seat 6: Woodrow Pass – 485,000
Seat 7: Vishnu Pabbathi – 425,000
Seat 8: — Empty —
Seat 9: Romel Huelga – 2,100,000

Table 20
Seat 1: Michael Beattie – 380,000
Seat 2: — Empty —
Seat 3: Shadrach Tercy – 520,000
Seat 4: Austin Jeffords – 1,300,000
Seat 5: Mehdi Belhassan – 900,000
Seat 6: Robbie Godbey – 525,000
Seat 7: Robert Cornette – 580,000
Seat 8: Joseph Lyles – 725,000
Seat 9: Rem Remington – 1,900,000

Table 21
Seat 1: Jose Garcia – 180,000
Seat 2: Joseph Fox – 375,000
Seat 3: — Empty —
Seat 4: Jermaine Gerlin – 525,000
Seat 5: Donald Linsky – 680,000
Seat 6: David Nadeau – 270,000
Seat 7: Mark Zhang – 1,955,000
Seat 8: Eric Fetter – 115,000
Seat 9: Kevin Blewitt – 750,000

Results:

25th: Mark Lynch – $1,673
26th: Stanley Holley – $1,673
27th: Francis Cooke – $1,673

Event 1: Three-Table Redraw; Romel Heugla Leads

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 24: 15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining: 27 of 1,012

Romel Heugla

Event 1 is down to the last three table and we also have a brand new chip leader along the way. Before the restart, Romel Heugla said he was going to win it and now he’s in the best position with 2,700,000 and 26 players between him and the guitar trophy.

Table 9
Seat 1: Brenda Lane-Worley
Seat 2: Connor Rash
Seat 3: Jeremy Colnen
Seat 4: Paul Strandquist
Seat 5: Edward Kane
Seat 6: Woodrow Pass
Seat 7: Vishnu Pabbathi
Seat 8: Francis Cooke
Seat 9: Romel Heugla

Table 20
Seat 1: Michael Beattie
Seat 2: Stanley Holley
Seat 3: Shadrach Tercy
Seat 4: Austin Jeffords
Seat 5: Mehdi Belhassan
Seat 6: Robbie Godbey
Seat 7: Robert Cornette
Seat 8: Joseph Lyles
Seat 9: Rem Remington

Table 21
Seat 1: Jose Garcia
Seat 2: Joseph Fox
Seat 3: Mark Lynch
Seat 4: Jermaine Gerlin
Seat 5: Donald Linsky
Seat 6: David Nadeau
Seat 7: Mark Zhang
Seat 8: Eric Fetter
Seat 9: Kevin Blewitt

Results 28th through 36th:

28th: Anton Lohn – $1,392
29th: Scott Caracciolo – $1,392
30th: Scott Swatscheno – $1,392
31st: John King – $1,392
32nd: Jared Shipley – $1,392
33rd: Mansoor Kader – $1,392
34th: David Russell – $1,392
35th: Forrest Raleigh – $1,392
36th: Sean Davis – $1,392

Event 1: Four Table Remain

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 23: 15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 36 of 1,012

In a virtual snap of the fingers, Event 1 is down to the last four tables of the tournament and showing no signs of slowing. The remaining 36 players hit a pay jump and they are all guaranteed at least $1,392.

Recent results:

37th: Chase Madden – $1,210
38th: Alexander Burry – $1,210
39th: Philip Reyes – $1,210
40th: Grant Clark – $1,210

Event 1: David Nadeau and Paul Strandquist Chop It Up

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 22: 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining: 40 of 1,012

David Nadeau

David Nadeau opened to 75,000 from the cutoff and Paul Strandquist ripped it in from the small blind for 190,000 total. The big blind folded and Nadeau thought for a minute before calling.

Nadeau: AsJc
Strandquist: AcTh

Strandquist was in a lot of trouble against Nadeau’s bigger ace. The 5d4c3h gave Strandquist come wheel chop outs and it came on the 2h turn. The river was the inconsequential 4d and the two of them chopped it up.

Paul Stradquist – 210,000 (11 bb)
David Nadeau – 575,000 (29 bb)

Recent results:

41st: Yao Zhao – $1,210
42nd: John Sellars – $1,210
43rd: Russell Waggoner – $1,210
44th: Viola Pinney – $1,210
45th: Kenneth James – $1,210

Paul Strandquist

Event 1: Two Big-Stacked Neighbors

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 22: 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining: 45 of 1,012

Connor Rash (left) and Mark Zhang (right)

The color up break is complete, a table was broken, and we have two impressive stacks sitting side-by-side.

Mark Zhang continues to lead the way with 1,100,000 but Connor Rash to his right is doing his best to catch up with 895,000. Good luck to the rest on Table 20.

Event 1: Five Tables Remain at Break

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 8,000/16,000 with a 16,000 ante
Players Remaining: 45 of 1,012

1K color up during the break

Event 1 players are enjoying their next break with only five tables remaining in action. Tournament staff will color off the 1K chips while they are gone and introduce the 25K chips into play.

Recent results:

46th: Michael Traficante – $1,074
47th: James Palmeri – $1,074
48th: Tony March – $1,074
49th: David Edwards – $1,074
50th: Joaquin Balaguer – $1,074
51st: Ryan Wyant – $1,074
52nd: Drew Brannon – $1,074
53rd: Jamie Martin – $1,074
54th: Trent Thompson – $1,074
55th: Israr Khan – $971
56th: Trent Thompson – $971