$570 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 8: 400/800 with a 800 ante Flight C Entries: 84 (Total Entries: 191)
The race is on.
Flight C is in the last level with registration open and Event 3 is only nine entries away from hitting the $100,000 Guarantee. Flight C has 20 minutes to get there or we’ll have to officially wait until 6pm for the prize pool to hit $100K.
Randy Spain is in Tampa trying to continue a nice hot streak on his third Seminole property. In January, he had a deep run in the WPTDeepStacks Hollywood Main Event and finished in 20th place. Spain followed that up with a move to Seminole Coconut Creek for their WSOP Circuit series. Another Main Event and another top finish, this time in 23rd. Next up will be the Tampa Poker Classic Main Event kicking off on Thursday.
$570 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 6: 300/500 with a 500 ante Flight C Entries: 79 (Total Entries: 186)
Time is running out for players to enter Flight C and it looks like we will have to wait until the start of Flight D to officially surpass the $100,000 Guarantee. The field only needs 14 to get there and Flight C might still get there. But if not, it will be topped before Flight D even gets underway.
While players are coming and going, Guillaume Starek is just stacking chips. He had 81,600 at the break but now he’s up to 118,000 near the midpoint of the day.
$570 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 4: 200/300 with a 300 ante Flight C Entries: 66 (Total Entries: 173)
Level 4 came to an end and Flight C players are now enjoying their first break from the action. The tournament is more than 75% of the way to $100,000 guarantee and it might get there before cards go in the air for Flight D.
$570 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 4: 200/300 with a 300 ante Flight C Entries: 57 (Total Entries: 164)
We hit 57 entries at the start of Level 4 to make this the biggest flight of the tournament so far and the $100,000 guaranteed prize pool is within sight.
More tough players hopped in the game including a group of our talented regular grinders. Carey Pickus, Deborah Farmer, and the mother-daughter tandem of Ok and Jennifer Haselton all have the ability to the final table and win the title.
Two flights are down for Event 3 and the tournament is more than halfway to its big guaranteed prize pool. Flight C starts at 11am in the poker room with a $570 buy-in and that nice $100,000 Guarantee.
The first two flights combined to put 107 into Event 3 with 23 players already set for a Day 2 return.
Players will start with 25,000 deep stacks and all Day 1 levels will last 30 minutes before switching to 40 on Day 2. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 at 3:30pm and their day will come to an end after Level 14. Those still with chips will bag them up for a Day 2 return on Wednesday.
$570 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 6: 300/500 with a 500 ante Flight B Entries: 52 (Total Entries: 104)
Flight B of Event 3 reached 52 entries after the first break to match the number they had in Flight A. That puts the tournament past the midpoint to reaching the $100,000 guaranteed prize pool and it should easily reach it tomorrow.
Several top players remain in the game including Anthony Dianaty fresh off his runner-up finish in last night’s Event 2. Also grinding we have Wally Maddah, Anthony Astarita, Karl Manouchakian, Hunter Cichy, and Erik Christensen.
This will bring our Tampa Poker Classic coverage to an end for the evening. We will return tomorrow morning with all the action from Flights C and D of Event 3 along with chip counts from Flight B and a recap of the Omaha 8 final table.
We are rolling out another multi-flight tournament over the next couple days to move us closer to the Main. Flight B of Event 3 starts at 6pm in the poker room with a $570 buy-in and healthy $100,000 Guarantee.
Flight A put 51 entries in so far and we expect an even bigger turnout this evening.
Players will start with 25,000 deep stacks and all Day 1 levels will last 30 minutes before switching to 40 on Day 2. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 at 10:30pm and their day will come to an end after Level 14. Those still with chips will bag them up for a Day 2 return on Wednesday.
$100,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
Players begin with 25,000 in chips
Day 1 levels last 30 minutes; Day 2 levels last 40 minutes
Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
Day 1 will end after Level 14 or Tournament Director discretion
$570 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 11: 1,000/1,500 with a 1,500 ante Flight A Players Remaining: 16 of 52
They are wasting no time in Flight A. The 52 entries have been whittled down to two tables and 16 players remaining. They will take a break after this level and there will still be three more levels after that.
If they fail here, Flight B kicks off at 6pm.
Herbert Woodbery, Bryce McVay, Derrick Cutler, Mark Wiser, and Lawrence Whyte are still in contention for a Day 2 bag.
$570 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 10: 500/1,500 with a 1,500 ante Flight A Players Remaining: 27 of 52
The numbers are in and we had two more players jump in during the break to push the Flight A count up to 52. That’s the perfect pace for the $100,000 Guarantee with three more flights to go, the next up at 6pm with late registration till 10:30pm.
Flight A is down to the last three tables but we expect action to slow now with the average stack around 50 big blinds. They will continue to play until the end of Level 14 when survivors will bag up for a return on Wednesday for Day 2.
$570 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 9: 500/1,000 with a 1,000 ante Flight A Entries: 50
The second break is complete and registration is closed on Flight A of Event 3. The clock shows an unofficial 50 entries and we will update once the numbers are counted.
After eight levels, Derrick Cutler ran his 25,000 starting stacks up to 100,000 on the nose. Then he won the race off to move to 100,500. That’s good enough for the lead with Mark Wiser sitting with more than 80,000.
$570 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 8: 400/800 with a 800 ante Flight A Entries: 49
Flight A moved into Level 8 and that means time is running out to jump in the game this afternoon. We should hit 50 entries before that time, the exact number we need per flight to hit the $100,000 Guarantee, and this will likely be the smallest of the four sessions.
Tampa reg Justin Zaki was one of the latest to get in the game but he does not have a soft table. The 2018 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open runner-up was moved to a new table as soon as he arrived and joined John Dolan and Bryce McVay in a short-handed, tough lineup.
$570 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 7: 300/600 with a 600 ante Flight A Entries: 47
WPTDeepStacks events have been a mainstay on our schedules for a few years with some great results. But back in the early history of the tour, the first DeepStacks Poker Tour event run on a Seminole property was in Hollywood back in 2015. This was at the time when the tour was beginning its transition to the World Poker Tour banner and the 2015 SHR Hollywood LHPO Main Event, at the time, was one of the biggest the tour ran.
Compared to more recent turnouts, the 396 entries in that tournament might seem small but it set the standard moving forward for bigger, stronger, four-figure WPTDS fields.
This afternoon we have the winner of that tournament. Lawrence Whyte captured the title in 2015 over a tough final table that included Stuart Greenbaum, Stephen Diamantas, Nick Pupillo, Carlos Loving, soon-to-be SHRP Player of the Year Ory Hen, and current SHRP POY Brett Bader.
Whyte earned $91,000 for the title along with a piece of SHRP history.
$570 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 5: 200/400 with a 400 ante Flight A Entries: 44
The first break is complete and action is back underway in Flight A. We picked up a couple more entries while they were gone and it’s a nice, comfortable afternoon for poker.
Local favorite John Dolan took his seat before the break and remarkably aiming for his first SHR Tampa title. He has nearly $4.8 million in live career earnings with WSOP Circuit titles and a Coco Poker Open Championship win along with his 2010 WSOP Main Event November Nine fourth-place finish. But he’s still waiting on that first big score on his home turf.
$570 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 4: 200/300 with a 300 ante Flight A Entries: 42
Four levels are in the books and that means it is time for the first break of the day. The entry count clicked up a few notches over the last level and we expect more before registration closes at 3:45pm.