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Event 2: Tony March Earns a Win for His Foundation

2019 Winter Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 2
$360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 1,010
Prize Pool: $303,000
December 4-8, 2019

Tony March

Event 2 was the first big multi-flight tournament on the Winter Poker Open schedule and players came out in force. It drew 1,010 entries over the first weekend and it came to close with SHR Tampa favorite Tony March walking away with the win along with a nice payday for his charity.

The tournament featured a $250,000 guaranteed prize pool but the four-digit turnout blasted it over $300,000 by the time registration closed. The last 102 players would earn some money but first, they had to get through their opening flight.

Only 131 players were able to do it so that meant a quick bubble on Day 2. The pace never really slowed and they were soon down to the final table nine after the dinner break. A.J. Kelsall stormed to the top of the counts with three tables remaining and was in the driver’s seat.

March, on the other hand, was near the bottom with less than 20 big blinds when the final table got underway. But didn’t last long. March did most of the heavy lifting at the table until he was heads-up with Kelsall for the title.

March had a big lead and it only increased against Kelsall. The two came to an agreement to chop up the remaining prize pool with Kelsall earning $45,850 for second place.

It is a big win for March and even more important for his charity. He runs the Pay It Backward Foundation that was created “to help feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, encourage the brokenhearted and get them on their feet again.

March donates 100% of all tournament earnings and this is another $45,851 going to a great cause.

Final table results:

1st: Tony March – $45,851 + Guitar Trophy *
2nd: A.J. Kelsall – $45,850 *
3rd: Barbara Cardin – $24,404
4th: Tom Nguyen – $18,059
5th: Vincent Yenko – $13,756
6th: Michael Stracuzza – $10,926
7th: Landon Brown – $9,042
8th: Walter Conners – $7,193
9th: Wilmer Diaz – $5,390
* – denotes heads-up deal

Tony March

Event 2: Tony March Wins After Heads-Up Deal

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Level 30:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante

Tony March

With Tony March extending his chip lead, he made an offer to A.J. Kelsall that could not be refused. Kelsall never chops, he was telling his tablemates that since he began amassing chips late in the tournament.

But March is a special case. He donates 100% of his winnings to his Pay It Backward Foundation and he offered Kelsall an even split of the remaining prize pool

Kelsall agreed and earned $45,580 while March’s foundation has $45,581 to work with.

Tony March – 16,175,000 (129 bb)
A.J. Kelsall – 4,025,000 (32 bb)

1st: Tony March – $45,851
2nd: A.J. Kelsall – $45,850

Event 2: Heads-Up Underway

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Level 30:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 1,010

A.J. Kelsall (left) and Tony March (right)

Action is back underway with a heads-up match for the Event 2 title between A.J. Kelsall and Tony March. Kelsall has a bit of a deficit to make up if he wants to win while March is sitting comfortably, each trying to take home the $53,902 top prize.

Tony March – 13,100,000 (105 bb)
A.J. Kelsall – 7,100,000 (57 bb)

1st: $53,902 + Guitar Trophy
2nd: $37,799

Event 2: Barbara Cardin – 3rd Place ($24,404)

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Level 30:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 1,010

Barbara Cardin open-shoved her button for 1,625,000 to get a fold from Tony March in the small blind. A.J. Kelsall in the big peeled one card at a time then sat back to think about it. He gave himself one minute to make a decision but called before his personal clock ran out.

Kelsall: As8s
Cardin: Ks8c

Cardin was dominated and Kelsall stayed out front after both paired the AhKh9d flop. The 6c turn and 4h river were no help and she was eliminated in third place.

A.J. Kelsall – 7,100,000 (57 bb)
Barbara Cardin – Eliminated in 3rd Place ($24,404)

Event 2: Tom Nguyen – 4th Place ($18,059)

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Level 29:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 1,010

Tom Nguyen

Tom Nguyen and Tony March were heads up when the flop came Th9d7c. March checked, Nguyen moved all in for ~2,900,000 and March quickly called.

“Oh man,” Nguyen joked. “I play so bad.”

March: 9s9c
Nguyen: KcKd

Nguyen’s kings were outflopped by March, his set of nines good after the board finished Ts turn and 2c river. Nguyen was eliminated in March stack 13.3 of the 20.2 million chips in play.

Tony March – 13,300,000 (133 bb)
Tom Nguyen – Eliminated in 4th Place ($18,059)

Event 2: Vincent Yenko – 5th Place ($13,756)

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Level 29:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 1,010

Vincent Yenko

Vincent Yenko picked up a few chips after the break with uncalled shoves and he tried again for ~1,200,000. This time Tony March looked him up and it was trouble for our former chip leader.

March: AsKd
Yenko: AhQc

Yenko was dominated by March and the AcKc9d flop was more bad news. The board finished with the 2h turn and Ts river to send Yenko out in fifth place.

Tony March – 8,100,000 (81 bb)
Vincent Yenko – Eliminated in 5th Place ($13,756)

Event 2: Michael Stracuzza – 6th Place ($10,926)

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Level 29:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 1,010

Michael Stracuzza

Michael Stracuzza was super short and called all in after a Vincent Yenko open.

Yenko: QsJs
Stracuzza: Ad3d

Yenko was ahead but Nguyen took the lead when he paired the Qd6d6s flop. Yenko added a flush draw but could not find a save on the 2s turn or Qs river.

Vincent Yenko – 1,200,000 (12 bb)
Michael Stracuzza – Eliminated in 6th Place ($10,926)

Event 2: Landon Brown – 7th Place ($9,042)

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Level 29:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  6 of 1,010

Landon Brown

On the first hand back from break, the final table found a cooler. Barbara Cardin had her 1,025,000 in the middle from the cutoff against Landon Brown under the gun.

Cardin: AsAc
Brown: KcKd

A tough break for Brown and Cardin begged for her rockets to hold. The board ran out 8d6h2s5c6d to send Cardin a double and knock Brown down to seven big blinds. He was soon sent out by chip leader A.J. Kelsall.

Barbara Cardin – 2,300,000 (23 bb)
Landon Brown – Eliminated in 7th Place ($9,042)

Event 2: Updated Counts

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Level 29:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  7 of 1,010

After Level 29 came to an end, tournament sent the final table on a 10-minute break while the 5K chips were taken out of play. Here are the counts at the time.

Seat 1: Tom Nguyen – 5,200,000 (52 bb)
Seat 2: Landon Brown – 1,950,000 (20 bb)
Seat 4: Vincent Yenko – 775,000 (8 bb)
Seat 5: A.J. Kelsall – 5,925,000 (59 bb)
Seat 6: Barbara Cardin – 1,025,000 (10 bb)
Seat 7: Michael Stracuzza – 375,000 (4 bb)
Seat 9: Tony March – 4,950,000 (50 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $53,902 + Guitar Trophy
2nd: $37,799
3rd: $24,404
4th: $18,059
5th: $13,756
6th: $10,926
7th: $9,042

Event 2: Walter Connors – 8th Place ($7,193)

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Level 28:  40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante
Players Remaining:  7 of 1,010

Walter Connors

Walter Connors opened to 200,000 and Tony March three-bet to 600,000. The rest of the table folded, Connors called, and the flop came Jd7h5h. Connors checked, March moved all in for 1,760,000 and Connors called.

March: KcKs
Conners: QsQd

It was a cooler for Connors and the Th turn and 5c river sent a big double to March. Connors was dropped to less than two big blinds, found two doubles, made an orbit but dropped out in eighth place.

Tony March – 4,720,000 (59 bb)
Walter Conners – Eliminated in 8th Place ($7,193)

Event 2: Wilmer Diaz – 9th Place ($5,390)

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$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28:  40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante
Players Remaining:  8 of 1,010

Wilmer Diaz

On the first hand of the final table, Wilmer Diaz got his 1,365,000 stack in the middle and A.J. Kelsall had him at risk.

Kelsall: AsJs
Diaz: AcKh

Diaz was in great shape to double up but Kelsall took the lead on the Jh7d3h flop when he paired his jack. Diaz was not happy and was eliminated after the 9d turn and 4d river.

A.J. Kelsall – 4,090,000 (51 bb)
Wilmer Diaz – Eliminated in 9th Place ($5,390)

Event 2: Alan Ramkhalawan Eliminated; Final Table Seat

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Level 27:  30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining:  9 of 1,010

Alan Ramkhalawan was getting short and made a move against Tom Nguyen with Qs9d. Nguyen had him at risk with KhTh and the 8s3d2dAc8d board sent Ramkhalawan out in 10th place.

That was three players in less than a level to reach the Event 2 final table. Tom Nguyen took the lead during that time with some big pots against Vincent Yenjo to knock our former leader down.

Seat 1: Tom Nguyen – 4,700,000 (59 bb)
Seat 2: Landon Brown – 2,615,000 (33 bb)
Seat 3: Wilmer Diaz – 1,640,000 (21 bb)
Seat 4: Vincent Yenko – 1,365,000 (17 bb)
Seat 5: A.J. Kelsall – 2,450,000 (31 bb)
Seat 6: Barbara Cardin – 1,325,000 (17 bb)
Seat 7: Michael Stracuzza – 1,700,000 (21 bb)
Seat 8: Walter Conners – 2,800,000 (35 bb)
Seat 9: Tony March – 1,455,000 (18 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $53,902 + Guitar Trophy
2nd: $37,799
3rd: $24,404
4th: $18,059
5th: $13,756
6th: $10,926
7th: $9,042
8th: $7,193
9th: $5,390

Updated results:

10th: Alan Ramkhalawan – $4,427
11th: Charles Kahrs – $4,427
12th: Maxwell Loveland – $4,427

Event 2 final table

Event 2: Dinner Counts

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Level 27:  30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining:  12 of 1,010

The dinner break is complete and cards are back in the air with 12 players remaining and the average stack at 1,685,000 (28 big blinds).

Table 9
Seat 1: Tony March – 835,000 (14 bb)
Seat 2: Maxwell Loveland – 1,265,000 (21 bb)
Seat 3: Vincent Yenko – 2,555,000 (43 bb)
Seat 4: — Empty —
Seat 5: — Empty —
Seat 6: Walter Connors – 2,300,000 (38 bb)
Seat 7: Tom Nguyen – 1,810,000 (30 bb)
Seat 8: — Empty —
Seat 9: Alan Ramkhalawan – 1,492,000 (25 bb)

Table 20
Seat 1: Barbara Cardin – 2,090,000 (35 bb)
Seat 2: — Empty —
Seat 3: Wilmer Diaz – 1,855,000 (31 bb)
Seat 4: Landon Brown – 1,205,000 (20 bb)
Seat 5: — Empty —
Seat 6: — Empty —
Seat 7: Michael Stracuzza – 980,000 (16 bb)
Seat 8: A.J. Kelsall – 3,265,000 (54 bb)
Seat 9: Charles Kahrs – 550,000 (9 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $53,902 + Guitar Trophy
2nd: $37,799
3rd: $24,404
4th: $18,059
5th: $13,756
6th: $10,926
7th: $9,042
8th: $7,193
9th: $5,390
10th-12th: $4,427

Event 2: Michael Stracuzza Doubles Through Landon Brown

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$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 26:  25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining:  13 of 1,010

Michael Stracuzza

Landon Brown opened the action front the button and Michael Stracuzza moved all in for 590,000 from the small blind. A.J. Kelsall folded his big and Brown called.

Stracuzza: AsKd
Brown: 9s9d

Stracuzza needed to win the race to stay in the tournament but missed the 8h8c8s flop. The 2c turn was no help but he celebrated the Ah river that gave him a bigger boat.

Michael Stracuzza – 1,280,000 (26 bb)
Landon Brown – 355,000 (7 bb)

Updated results:

14th: Illia Shtondenko – $3,506
15th: Ronald Johnston – $3,506
16th: Qiao Huicun – $2,909
17th: Joseph Orsino – $2,909
18th: George Nieves – $2,909

Event 2: Down to Two Tables

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$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 25:  20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining:  18 of 1,010

Zipping right along, Event 2 is now down to the last two tables and they are still in the first 40-minute level. They will play through Level 26 before taking a 40-minute dinner break.

Table 9
Seat 1: Tony March
Seat 2: Maxwell Loveland
Seat 3: Vincent Yenko
Seat 4: Charles Kahrs
Seat 5: Wilmer Diaz
Seat 6: Walter Connors
Seat 7: Tom Nguyen
Seat 8: Illia Shtondenko
Seat 9: Alan Ramkhalawan

Table 20
Seat 1: Barbara Cardin
Seat 2: Tony Delacruz
Seat 3: Joseph Orsino
Seat 4: Landon Brown
Seat 5: Ronald Johnston
Seat 6: Qiao Huicun
Seat 7: Michael Stracuzza
Seat 8: A.J. Kelsall
Seat 9: George Nieves

19th: Loren Farmer – $2,388
20th: Carlos Bezara – $2,388
21st: Erik Christensen – $2,388
22nd: Robert Schmal – $2,024
23rd: Rafael Perez Guerrero – $2,024
24th: Matthew Larson – $2,024
25th: Jacob Naumann – $1,676
26th: John Gordon – $1,676
27th: Marvin Kharlins – $1,676

Event 2: Erik Christensen Eliminated by Vincent Yenko

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Level 24:  20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining:  20 of 1,010

Vincent Yenko stacks up Erik Christensen’s chips

We missed the preflop betting but the result was Vincent Yenko on the button and Erik Christensen in the big blind getting all their chips in the middle for a massive pot.

Yenko: TsTh
Christensen: AxKx suited

A huge flip for a lot of chips. The board ran out 9h6c3c8dQd and the dealer counted down the stacks. It was Christensen at risk for 1,200,000 and he collected 21st place money.

Vincent Yenko – 3,075,000 (77 bb)
Erik Christensen – Eliminated in 21st Place ($2,388)

Event 2: Three-Table Redraw

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Level 23:  15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining:  26 of 1,010

In a snap, Event 2 reached 27 players before the first post-break level was complete. Karl Manouchakian went out in 28th place to trigger the three-table redraw the Marvin “The Duck Man” Kharlins went out on the last hand before the clock was paused, getting a bit of a pay jump along the way.

Here’s where they are now sitting, we will gather chip counts as they progress.

Table 9
Seat 1: Carlos Bezara
Seat 2: Walter Connors
Seat 3: Vincent Yenko
Seat 4: Jacob Naumann
Seat 5: Wilmer Diaz
Seat 6: Erik Christensen
Seat 7: Tom Nguyen
Seat 8: Illia Shtondenko
Seat 9: Robert Schmal

Table 10
Seat 1: Tony Delacruz
Seat 2: John Gordon
Seat 3: Qiao Huicun
Seat 4: Ronald Johnston
Seat 5: Charles Kahrs
Seat 6: Alan Ramkhalawan
Seat 7: — Empty —
Seat 8: George Nieves
Seat 9: Tony March

Table 20
Seat 1: Barbara Cardin
Seat 2: Matthew Larson
Seat 3: Joseph Orsino
Seat 4: Landon Brown
Seat 5: Maxwell Loveland
Seat 6: Rafael Perez
Seat 7: Michael Stracuzza
Seat 8: A,J. Kelsall
Seat 9: Loren Farmer

27th: Marvin Kharlines – $1,676
28th: Karl Manouchakian – $1,394
29th: Robert Quinn III – $1,394
30th: Tom Tran – $1,394
31st: Daniel Dedomenico – $1,394
32nd: David Meagher – $1,394

Event 2: Vincent Yenko Leads After Break

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Level 23:  15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining:  33 of 1,010

Vincent Yenko

Tournament staff sent the remaining players on a 10-minute break from the tables and the performed a discretionary color up.

Vincent Yenko is your new chip leader and by a lot. He returned to a stack worth 1,725,000 while second-place stack Alan Ramkhalawan is up to 950,000 followed by Matthew Larson with 920,000.

They will two more 30-minute levels before they increase to 40 minutes and there is a dinner break after Level 26.

33rd: James Calderaro – $1,394
34th: Harry Binda – $1,394
35th: Hugh Membrino – $1,394
36th: Michael Tufaro – $1,394

Event 2: Four Tables Remain

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Level 22:  10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining:  36 of 1,010

Event 2 is down to the last four tables of the tournament and we caught up on the results. Among those falling short of the title on the list include Flight A leader Woodrow Pass and WPT Champion Joe Bartholdi.

36th: Michael Tufaro – $1,394
37th: Woodrow Pass – $1,212
38th: Isean Zametz – $1,212
39th: Dustin Geselius – $1,212
40th: Samuel Oh – $1,212
41st: Emad Alabsi – $1,212
42nd: Joseph Steur – $1,212
43rd: Donald Scheib – $1,212
44th: Benjamin Boston – $1,212
45th: Edgar Munivez – $1,212
46th: Aaron Speer – $1,076
47th: Nikolaos Costarelis – $1,076
48th: Anne Amato – $1,076
49th: Jared Grey – $1,076
50th: Tomas Aprea – $1,076
51st: Robert O’Rourke – $1,076
52nd: Josias Santos – $1,076
53rd: Li Zhou – $1,076
54th: Romeo Montano – $1,076
55th: John Reed – $973
56th: Daniel Greer – $973
57th: Joe Bartholdi – $973
58th: John Smarsh – $973
59th: David Smith – $973
60th: Sanjib Acharya – $973
61st: Likang Berninger – $973
62nd: John DiSantis – $973
63rd: William Medina Diaz – $973
64th: Noah Wolfe – $885
65th: Neil Barte – $885
66th: Oscar Lindo – $885
67th: Dylan Srulovic – $885
68th: Christopher Honore – $885
69th: Alexander Grassia – $885
70th: Edward Kofler – $885
71st: Aura Kerr – $885
72nd: Vitor Coelho – $885
73rd: Shahab Mazaheri – $809
74th: William Jennings – $809
75th: Gregory McNealy – $809
76th: Mark Wiser – $809
77th: Enrique Cruz – $809
78th: David Hunt – $809
79th: Patrick Curry – $809
80th: Christopher Kennedy – $809
81st: Samuel DiMaggio – $809

Event 2: Results 82nd Through 90th Place

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$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 19:  5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining:  78 of 1,010

Scott Caracciolo made the cash but had to settle for 88th place money

82nd: Jennfier Haselton – $742
83rd: Jacqulyn Kagan – $742
84th: Fernando Rodriguez – $742
85th: Jeffrey Higgins – $742
86th: Robert Cornette – $742
87th: James Farnsworth – $742
88th: Scott Caracciolo – $742
89th: Jeffrey Russell – $742
90th: Glenn Winnins – $742

Event 2: Charles Kahrs Leads After Break

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 19:  5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining:  81 of 1,010

Charles Kahrs

After some technical difficulties, we are back on the air after the field took their first break of the day. Charles Kahrs came into the day with 303,000 but he is now up to 940,000 after a few hours.

That is good enough for the leads with Erik Christensen sitting in second with 855,000.

Erik Christensen

Event 2: Results 91st to 102nd

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Level 18:  4,000/8,000 with a 8,000 ante
Players Remaining:  90 of 1,010

Ryan Oetinger

A dozen players hit the payout desk not long after the bubble burst including Ryan Oetinger. His 101st place finish is notable because he was sitting with a single 1K chip as the money bubble burst.

91st: Stanley Holley – $676
92nd: Mark Edwards – $676
93rd: Maurice Paradis – $676
94th: Eugene Newhall – $676
95th: John Singleton – $676
96th: Christopher Koumou – $676
97th: Jack Adams – $676
98th: Ryan Luker – $676
99th: Ivan Freitez – $676
100th: Rina Coss – $612
101st: Ryan Oetinger – $612
102nd: Humberto DeJesus – $612

Event 2: Aaron Thivyanathan Eliminated by Tony Delacruz

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 16:  3,000/5,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining:  102 of 1,010

Aaron Thivyanathan

Other than a small double up on the first hand, the bubble process took a good chunk of the tournament clock two minutes at a time.

Eight hands later, there was another all-in and this time there were two calls. Aaron Thivyanathan was forced at risk for his last 8,000 in the big blind and Tony Delacruz and Ivan Freitez were the two live players.

The flop came 8h6c2s, Delacruz bet 20,000 and Freitez called. Both players checked the Jd turn and the river was 3h. Delacruz bet 45,000 to get a fold from Freitez and Delacruz showed TdTh.

Thivyanathan slow peeled his yet unseen cards and the best he could find was 4s2d for a pair of deuces. He was eliminated in 103rd place and the rest of the field was in the money.