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Event 12: John Pishos Goes Back-to-Back in WPO Event 12

2016 Winter Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, FL
Event 12
$150 Deep Stack Turbo
Entries: 95
Prize Pool: $11,400
December 13, 2016

John Pishos, Event 12 Champion

Event 12 was the last tournament on the 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Winter Poker Open schedule before the $300,000 Guarantee Championship kicks off on Thursday. It brought out a bunch of familiar faces and it ended with John Pishos defending his 2015 WPO Event 12 title for a $3,875 payout.

The 95 entries in the $150 Turbo No Limit Hold’em tournament surpassed last year’s numbers as well as the $10,000 guaranteed prize pool. Seminole Hard Rock Tampa ambassador Wally Maddah was the last player to jump in, after bubbling the Seniors Classic Rocker event, but he did not play a part in the end.

The last ten players earned a piece of the $11,400 prize pool and they wasted no time getting there after registration closed. It was a fast, one-handed money bubble and there were some familiar faces at the final table beside Pishos including Alex Ivan, John Ryan, Onder Ekinci, and Andrew Phillips (son of Event 8 Turbo winner Alan Phillips).

They dropped out one after another in quick succession until Pishos was heads up with a commanding chip lead against Helge Wallem. Wallem tried several times to make a dent in Pishos’ chip stack but it didn’t take long for Pishos to finish it off and give him another WPO Event 12 title.

“I won this tournament last year?” was Pishos’ only laughing comment when asked how it felt to win it back-to-back.

It was a dominant run in the fast-paced game and Pishos earned his second career Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Winter Poker Open title.

Event 12 results:

1st: John Pishos – $3,875
2nd: Helge Wallem – $2,109
3rd: Andrew Phillips – $1,471
4th: Onder Ekinci – $1,083
5th: Joseph Farrar – $809
6th: David Pierce – $616
7th: Chris Brodock – $479
8th: Alex Ivan – $388
9th: John Ryan – $308
10th: Scott Sanford – $262

Event 12: John Pishos Defends His Title

$150 Deep Stack Turbo NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)

John Pishos, Event 12 Champion

While the Rockers Classic final table was playing out, the Turbo event ran right past it and settled on an outright winner. The final table featured several regular faces including Alex Ivan, Odner Ekinci, and John Ryan but it was John Pishos dominating the final table to win back-to-back title in the Winter Poker Open Event 12 Turbo event.

More details and tournament report to come soon.

Event 12 results:

1st: John Pishos – $3,875
2nd: Helge Wallem – $2,109
3rd: Andrew Phillips – $1,471
4th: Onder Ekinci – $1,083
5th: Joseph Farrar – $809
6th: David Pierce – $616
7th: Chris Brodock – $479
8th: Alex Ivan – $388
9th: John Ryan – $308
10th: Scott Sanford – $262

Event 12: Final Table Set

$150 Deep Stack Turbo NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 18: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 95

While we’re keeping most of our attention on the Classic Rocker final table, the Turbo tournament quickly hit a final table of their own. Onder Ekinci is the leader with defending champ John Pishos not far behind.

Seat 1: Helge Wallem – 269,000 (45 bb)
Seat 2: Scott Sanford – 181,000 (30 bb)
Seat 3: Joseph Farrar – 58,000 (10 bb)
Seat 4: Andrew Phillips – 148,000 (25 bb)
Seat 5: Onder Ekinci – 405,000 (68 bb)
Seat 6: Alex Ivan – 192,000 (32 bb)
Seat 7: Chris Brodock – 90,000 (15 bb)
Seat 8: John Ryan – 45,000 (8 bb)
Seat 9: David Pierce – 209,000 (35 bb)
Seat 10: John Pishos – 309,000 (52 bb)

Event 12: Prize Pool Final with $3,875 and Trophy for the Champ

$150 Deep Stack Turbo NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 14: 1,200/2,400 with a 400 ante
Players Remaining: 29 of 95

With Seniors Classic Rockers bubble boy and Seminole Hard Rock Tampa ambassador Wally Maddah as the newest entrant, registration is officially closed in tonight’s 6pm $150 turbo.

The tournament drew 95 entries generating an $11,400 prize pool which bested the $10,000 guarantee. Each member of the 10-handed final table is paid at least $262. The winner, meanwhile, pockets $3,875 along with a Seminole Hard Rock Tampa guitar trophy.

Payout details:

2016 Winter Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, FL
Event 12
$150 Deep Stack Turbo
Entries: 95
Prize Pool: $11,400
December 13, 2016

1st – $3,875
2nd – $2,109
3rd – $1,471
4th – $1,083
5th – $809
6th – $616
7th – $479
8th – $388
9th – $308
10th – $262

If it doesn’t finish first, updates from this tournament will resume at the conclusion of the Seniors Classic Rockers tournament.

Event 12: Byars Running Good Again

$150 Deep Stack Turbo NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 10: 500/1,000 with a 100 ante
Entries: 80

Brandon Byars

We mentioned Scot “Twitch” Anderson in the previous post, back in the poker room after a long night/early morning at the Event 10 final table. Brandon Byars was also a part of that three-way deal along with declared winner Manny Minaya and he joined in the Turbo before the first break.

Byars has wasted no time running up his starting stack. We caught the tail end of the action when he called an all-in with the board reading Qs5h4c5c.

“You have a queen?” he opponent.

“Oh no, you don’t!” was the next thing he said after Byars tabled KsKh.

He had to dodge the last two queens in the deck against Qd9c and the 7d river gave him a big double up. The hand moved Byars up to 80,000 from his 20,000 starting stack while his opponent walked away, not realizing he still have 11,000 in play (he was eventually tracked down to return).

Event 12: “Twitch” Going for Three

$150 Deep Stack Turbo NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 9: 400/800 with a 100 ante
Entries: 78

Scott “Twitch” Anderson

Scott “Twitch” Anderson is having himself a nice little run over the last few days. He’s played in two tournaments this week and final tabled both. Anderson picked up $24,730 for fifth place in the big, multi-day Event 7 and followed that up with another $1,557 as part of a three-way deal in the $150 Double Green Chip Bounty last evening.

He’s back today and can make it three-for-three.

Event 12: Brown Delivers

$150 Deep Stack Turbo NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 8: 300/600 with a 75 ante
Entries: 70

Wayne Brown

The Turbo Event 12 field continues to move towards last year’s number of 86. We expect to get there before registration closes in 90 minutes and start whittling down the field from there.

Wayne Brown is a regular face in our SHRP and looking for his second career SHRP trophy. Brown’s sole tournament win came in the 2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Omana/8 event. He came close to earning another earlier this series when he finished seventh in the $250 Big Stack Event 6.

Event 12: Phillips Going for Another Turbo Title

$150 Deep Stack Turbo NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 3: 75/250 with a 25 ante
Entries: 45

Alan Phillips

Less than an hour into the Turbo event and they are already putting out antes. This promises to flow fast until the end. We have 45 entries in the game and we expect a steady stream to the re-entry desk.

Alan Phillips knows a little something about winning Turbo tournaments. He was the big stack standing at the end of Sunday’s Event 8 Turbo for $4,900 and he’s back again today. That win continued a nice recent run for Phillips. He won $360 Big Stack event during the Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” and followed that up with a fourth-place finish in WPO Event 6.

Event 12: Turbo Time

$150 Deep Stack Turbo NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 1: 25/50

Tuesday evening offers up the last tournament of the series before the $300,000 Guarantee Winter Poker Open Championship kicks off on Thursday. And this one will move along at a brisk pace.

Event 12 is a $150 buy-in Turbo tournament with a $10,000 guaranteed prize pool and plenty of action for all getting involved.

Players sit down to 20,000 deep starting stacks and play 15-minute levels throughout the day. Late registration is available until the start of Level 13, around 9:30pm, and unlimited re-entries are available during that time.

Cards go in the air at 6pm and we’ll keep an eye on both tournaments running in the poker room.

  • $10,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 13
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 12 Structure Sheet

WPO Day 13 Schedule

Main Event Schedule

11AM: Event 11 – $180 Seniors Classic Rockers 50+ (Re-Entry)

  • $15,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 11 Structure Sheet

6PM: Event 12 – $150 Deep Stack Turbo NL Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $10,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 13
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 12 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

2PM: Event 21 – $55 Qualifier into Championship Satellite (1-in-5)

  • 5 seat guaranteed into $190 buy-in/15 seat GTD Championship Satellite on December 14
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 20-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 21 Structure Sheet

Event 12: John Pishos Captures Turbo Title

2015 Winter Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa
Event #12
$150 Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Total Entries: 86

Prize Pool: $10,320
December 15, 2015

John Pishos, Event 12 Champion
John Pishos, Event 12 Champion

The $150 buy-in Turbo Event 12 was billed as a fast-structured tournament for players looking for some action before the Winter Poker Open Championship on Thursday. It beat the $10,000 guarantee and John Pishos was the latest champion after less than seven hours of play.

They were down to the final table ten after five hours of action, 90 minutes after registration closed, but only nine would make the money. Melody Murphy was short stacked through much of the late play and went out on the money bubble in 10th place.

It looked like Jay Giles was going to go out next when he lost a big pot to leave him with just 4,000. He managed a quadruple-up and watched as Chris Kobil and Nicholas Koulouvaris went out ahead of him.

Giles night came to an end along with Victor Hernandez when both were eliminated in the last hand before the final break. The remaining five players went an extended time without a big hand but it was Seminole Hard Rock Tampa ambassador Wally Maddah dropping out in 5th place.

James Mori and Griffin Arnold were eliminated soon after and Pishos took care of David Pierce in a half dozen hands to earn the title. He earned the $2,948 first place prize along with the $1,650 Winter Poker Open Championship seat.

Pishos is a transplant from Greece and the former cosmetologist now resides in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. This win pushes him over $18,000 in career earnings which includes a WSOP Circuit win, final table appearance in a Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Deep Stack series event, and deep finish last May during the Spring Poker Series.

It was a fast, entertaining tournament that gave players a chance at some nice money in a short amount of time.

Event 12 Results:

1st: John Pishos – $2,948 + $1,650 WPO Championship Seat
2nd: David Pierce – $1,725
3rd: Griffin Arnold – $1,127
4th: James Mori – $824
5th: Wally Maddah – $616
6th: Victor Hernandez – $477
7th: Jay Giles – $381
8th: Nicholas Koulouvaris – $312
9th: Chris Kobil – $260

Event 12: John Pishos Defeats David Pierce for the Title

$150 Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 23: 25,000/50,000/5,000 Ante

John Pishos
John Pishos

The heads up match ended quickly when David Pierce moved all-in after the Th7s6d flop. John Pishos thought for half a beat before calling with middle pair 7h3h which was ahead of Pierce’s bottom pair 9c6c.

The tournament was complete when Pierce couldn’t catch the 4d turn and Pishos made an overkill two pair on the 3s river to win the title.

Full results and details coming soon.

David Pierce (Casselberry, FL)
David Pierce (Casselberry, FL)

Event 12: Griffin Arnold – 3rd Place ($1,127)

$150 Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 23: 25,000/50,000/5,000 Ante

Griffin Arnold (Orlando, FL)
Griffin Arnold (Orlando, FL)

After a couple battles back and forth, Griffin Arnold and David Pierce went at it one last time. This time it was a quick all-in and call with Arnold in trouble.

His As2s needed a lot of help against 8s8c but couldn’t get there as the dealer spread JsTd3c4dQs to send Arnold out and set up the heads up battle.

Heads up between John Pishos and David Pierce
Heads up between John Pishos and David Pierce

Event 12: Wally Maddah – 5th Place ($616)

$150 Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 23: 25,000/50,000/5,000 Ante

Wally Maddah (Tampa, FL)
Wally Maddah (Tampa, FL)

Even with the quickly climbing blinds, the final table played five-handed for more than two levels before something big happened.

And it was two players catching two top hands that got things moving. John Pishos opened to 150,000 and Wally Maddah moved all-in over the top. They didn’t even try to count the stacks when Pishos quickly called with AcKd.

Maddah needed to win the race with JdJc to stay in the game but Pishos caught the Ks6d5c flop to take the lead. The board completed 8c and 9c to give Pishos the big hand and send the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa ambassador out in 5th place.

Event 12: Jay Giles (7th Place) and Victor Hernandez (6th Place)

$150 Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 20: 10,000/20,000/3,000 Ante

Victor Hernandez (Brandon, FL)
Victor Hernandez (Brandon, FL)
Jay Giles (Haines City, FL)
Jay Giles (Haines City, FL)

Players were heading off on a break when a big hand developed between John Pishos, Jay Giles, and Victor Hernandez. Giles and Hernandez were at risk with Pishos having them both covered.

Giles: Td9s
Pishos: QhJd
Hernandez: AhTs

Hernandez was looking at a big boost as the dealer put Kh8s3c4d on the board before the six out Qc hit the river to give Pishos the pot and send two players out.

Event 12: Chris Kobil – 9th Place ($260)

$150 Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 20: 10,000/20,000/3,000 Ante

Chris Kobil (St. Petersburg, FL)
Chris Kobil (St. Petersburg, FL)

Chris Kobil thought he might ladder up a spot after Jay Giles lost a hand to leave him with just 4,000. Giles managed a quadruple-up and Kobil took a shot soon after for his final 50,000.

He picked up four other callers and the five of them saw the AdJc5h flop before Griffin Arnold moved all-in. The three other players let it go and Arnold tabled Aces up As5c. Kobil needed a lot help with his middle pair KhJs and had four outs after the Ks turn. He couldn’t boat up on the 4s river and was gone in 9th place.

Event 12: Melody Murphy Bubbles

$150 Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 19: 8,000/16,000/2,000 Ante

Melody Murphy (Riverview, FL)
Melody Murphy (Riverview, FL)

There were two straight all-in hands at the start of the final table. First up it was Nicholas K doubling through Chris Kobil, then Victor Hernandez moved all-in under the gun and Melody Murphy called in the big blind.

She was behind with 8h8c against JsJc and never caught up as the board ran Ac7h5d5s7d to put the final nine in the money.

1st: $2,948 + $1,650 WPO Championship Seat
2nd: $1,725
3rd: $1,127
4th: $824
5th: $616
6th: $477
7th: $381
8th: $312
9th: $260

Event 12: Turbo Final Table

$150 Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 18: 6,000/12,000/2,000 Ante

They’ve reached the final table of the Turbo event but they still have a little work to do. Ten players remain with nine getting paid.

Final Table :
Seat 1: Wally Madah – 235,000 (20 bb)
Seat 2: Chris Kobil – 184,000 (15 bb)
Seat 3: Nicholas K – 90,000 (8 bb)
Seat 4: James Mori – 94,000 (8 bb)
Seat 5: Jay Giles – 178,000 (15 bb)
Seat 6: John Pishos – 237,000 (20 bb)
Seat 7: David Pierce – 475,000 (40 bb)
Seat 8: Melody Murphy – 84,000 (7 bb)
Seat 9: Victor Hernadez – 229,000 (19 bb)
Seat 10: Griffin Arnold – 299,000 (25 bb)

Event 12: Registration Closed and Payouts Posted

$150 Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 15: 3,000/6,000/500 Ante

The Turbo event is living up to its name with just 26 of the starting 86 entrants remaining as they head into the 15th level of play. With the average stack right around 15 big blinds, we don’t expect it to slow down anytime soon.

The payouts were released and the final nine players will each receive a piece of the prize pool with first place taking home $2,948 and a seat in the Winter Poker Open Championship.

1st: $2,948 + $1,650 WPO Championship Seat
2nd: $1,725
3rd: $1,127
4th: $824
5th: $616
6th: $477
7th: $381
8th: $312
9th: $260

Event 12: Guaranteed Fast

$150 Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 8: 500/1,000/100 Ante

2015 WPO Turbo

With our 84th entrant in the Turbo event, we have officially blown past yet another guarantee in the series. That makes the 2015 Winter Poker Open 11-for-11 hitting the guaranteed prize pool, the Ladies Event was the only without a guarantee and they ran up a field so big they’ll probably get one next year.

Event 12: Woodberry Leads Turbo

$150 Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 7: 400/800/100 Ante

Herbert Woodberry leads in early Event 12 action
Herbert Woodberry leads in early Event 12 action

There’s a long way to go in a short amount of time but Herbert Woodberry is making the most of his time in the early going. There were a few decent stacks in the room at break but his was clearly tops.

Woodberry came back from break to a stack worth 130,000 to out pace the rest of the field.

Event 12: Field Growing

$150 Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 2: 50/100

Wally Maddah, Ambassador
Wally Maddah, Ambassador

The Turbo field is growing with new entrants and second chances. We have 40 players in the game less than 30 minutes into the game and more making their way to the poker room.

Ambassador Wally Maddah is back this evening after semi-intentionally dusting off his stack in the Seniors Event. We have it on good authority that a home-cooked meal was the reason. He’s back and ready for his third cash in two days.