2020 Winter Poker Open Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, Florida Event 4 $150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) Entries: 150 Prize Pool: $18,000 December 7, 2020
The new week kicked off with a smaller buy-in Winter Poker Open tournament that had another great group of players. The $150 buy-in tournament drew an even 150 entries and Jason Block took home the outright title for $4,860 after defeating Alex Vazquez heads-up.
Those 150 entries combined to create a prize pool worth $18,000 and a lot of money for the low price. The last 16 spots were set to make some money and they hit the bubble very quickly.
From there, things slowed down and the bubble took more than a level to burst. Jordan Joeckel was short with 17 players remaining but survived to book a min-cash.
WSOP bracelet winner Al Krux fell in eighth place on the final table bubble and the seven players settled in to play for the title. Doug Flagle, Lucas Tae, Matthew Zazaian, Tracy Allen, and Andrew Dill dropped by the wayside until we had a heads-up battle for the title.
Block held a big lead over Vazquez and the match only lasted a few minutes. Vazquez had to settle for second place but the $3,060 payout was the biggest of his career.
Block added to an already nice list of accomplishments, the biggest coming last January when he finished second in the WPTDeepStack Hollywood Main Event for $159K. That showing should have set Block on a heater for 2020 but that was put on hold, like everything else, because of the pandemic.
“It was bad timing but I was able to play some online,” Block said. “And I’ve been playing here and Hollywood since (poker) came back.”
The win was Block’s first recorded title but he plans to play a full WPO schedule for the rest of the week trying to win another guitar trophy.
Congrats to Jason and thanks again to our players for another great tournament.
Event 4 results:
1st: Jason Block – $4,860 + Guitar Trophy 2nd: Alex Vazquez – $3,060 3rd: Andrew Dill – $1,854 4th: Tracy Allen – $1,350 5th: Matthew Zazaian – $1,080 6th: Lucas Tae – $846 7th: Doug Flagle – $684 8th: Al Krux – $594 9th: Christina Read – $522 10th: David Tanner – $486 11th: Christopher Binion – $486 12th: Mohamed Abdelmutaal Elsayed – $486 13th: Martin Rodriguez – $432 14th: David Williams – $432 15th: Lana Nester – $432 16th: Jordan Joeckel – $396
$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) Structure | Payouts Level 26: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
The fast-moving tournament made it down to heads up between Jason Block and Alex Vazquez with block holding a big chip lead. After trading hands back and forth, Block open-shoved first to act and Vazquez called off his last 505,000.
Block was ahead for the title but needed to dodge two live cards. That changed quickly when Block paired the flop. Vazquez stood up before the turn and it was over when the hit the river.
Vazquez earned $3,060 for his runner-up finish while Block booked a $4,860 payout for his outright win. This was the biggest cash for Vazquez while Block moved only a few dollars away from topping $200,000 earned in his career.
Tournament recap to come later this evening.
Final table results:
1st: Jason Block – $4,860 + Guitar Trophy 2nd: Alex Vazquez – $3,060 3rd: Andrew Dill – $1,854 4th: Tracy Allen – $1,350 5th: Matthew Zazaian – $1,080 6th: Lucas Tae – $846 7th: Doug Flagle – $684
$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) Structure | Payouts Level 18: 4,000/8,000 with a 8,000 ante Players Remaining: 16 of 150
The hand-for-hand process took a good long while to put Event 4 in the money, going through more than a complete level at two minutes a pop, but the field is now in the money with 16 players remaining.
$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) Structure | Payouts Level 16: 2,500/5,000 with a 5,000 ante Players Remaining: 17 of 150
They are blazing through the field and quickly down to bubble play on their next break. There are 17 players remaining with 16 getting paid.
Christina Read and Al Krux did some work getting them there. Read knocked one player out and doubled through another when her kings held against tens and sevens. The reached the bubble when Krux got it in with against and crushed the flop for quads.
They will continue hand-for-hand action when players return.
$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) Structure | Payouts Level 13: 1,500/2,000 with a 2,000 ante Players Remaining: 42 of 150
Players are dropping at a steady pace and the tournament is down to the last six tables. The money bubble is still some distance away but they are getting there in a hurry.
We found poker legend Al Krux in the mix today, a player who won a WSOP bracelet before a lot of today’s participants were born. He earned the 1996 WSOP $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em title (that used to be a game) and has earned more than $1.6 million in a career that included a WSOP Main Event final table in 2004.