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Event 5: Steven Rash Eliminated by Woodrow Pass

$1,650 Mega Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 15: 2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 59

Steven Rash

Woodrow Pass opened to 10,000 from middle position and Steven Rash moved all in from the hijack for ~85,000. The rest of the table folded and Pass called.

Rash: 7s7c
Pass: JcTc

Pass called for a jack in the window but found much better on the AdKhQd flop. The 8s turn and 9s river finished the board and Pass’s Broadway sent Rash out short of the money.

Woodrow Pass – 395,000 (99 bb)
Steven Rash – Eliminated

Event 5: Stephen Brite Doubles Through Woodrow Pass

$1,650 Mega Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 15: 2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 59

Stephen Brite

Joseph Orsino opened to 9,000 from early position and Woodrow Pass raised to 25,000 from middle position. Stephen Brite cold four-bet shoved for 45,500 from the cutoff and only Pass called.

Brite: 6c6d
Pass: 5c5s

“I folded sevens!” Russell Jaicks exclaimed when he saw the two hands.

“Five in the window,” Pass asked/predicted.

Nothing like that happened and Brite had his needed double after the 9c8c3sJd2s run out.

Stephen Brite – 110,000 (28 bb)
Woodrow Pass – 310,000 (78 bb)

Event 5: Final Table Lineup

$1,650 Mega Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 15: 2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 59

The ten remaining players are in their seats and cards are back in the air. Mario De La Puente continues to lead with Stephen Brite the shortest. They still have a little work to get done with only six getting paid.

Seat 1: Steven Rash – 210,000 (53 bb)
Seat 2: Stephen Brite – 56,000 (14 bb)
Seat 3: Russell Jaicks – 328,000 (82 bb)
Seat 4: Abdelouahed Bouanani – 180,000 (45 bb)
Seat 5: Karl Manouchakian – 300,000 (75 bb)
Seat 6: Mario De La Puente – 410,000 (103 bb)
Seat 7: Joseph Orsino – 225,000 (56 bb)
Seat 8: Anthony Astarita – 175,000 (44 bb)
Seat 9: Rodney Turvin – 125,000 (31 bb)
Seat 10: Woodrow Pass – 356,000 (89 bb)

By chip counts:

  1. Mario De La Puente – 410,000 (103 bb)
  2. Woodrow Pass – 356,000 (89 bb)
  3. Russell Jaicks – 328,000 (82 bb)
  4. Karl Manouchakian – 300,000 (75 bb)
  5. Joseph Orsino – 225,000 (56 bb)
  6. Steven Rash – 210,000 (53 bb)
  7. Abdelouahed Bouanani – 180,000 (45 bb)
  8. Anthony Astarita – 175,000 (44 bb)
  9. Rodney Turvin – 125,000 (31 bb)
  10. Stephen Brite – 56,000 (14 bb)

Event 5: Aric Pluskat Eliminated by Woodrow Pass

$1,650 Mega Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 14: 1,500/3,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 59

Aric Pluskat

Joseph Orsino opened to 7,000 from the button and Aric Pluskat moved all in for 57,000 from the small blind. Woodrow Pass reshipped from the big blind to get a fold from Orsino.

Pass: KhKd
Pluskat: KcJh

Pluskat was in a lot of trouble and no save as the dealer spread the Ad9s4dAs5h board to send him out in 11th place.

Tournament staff paused the clock and redrawing seats for the final table.

Event 5: Guy Ward Eliminated by Abdelouahed Bouanani

$1,650 Mega Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 14: 1,500/3,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 11 of 59

Guy Ward

Guy Ward was down to only 11,500 and put his stack in the middle with an open shove from the button. Abdelouahed Bouanani looked him up in the big blind with a quick call.

Bouanani: QcJc
Ward: 7s7d

Ward was ahead for the double and faded the AdKd3c flop. Bouanani added a gutshot draw put it was the paired jack on the Js turn that put him in the lead. The river Ts finished the board and Ward was eliminated.

One more knockout and they will form the ten-handed final table.

Abdelouahed Bouanani – 155,000 (52 bb)
Guy Ward – Eliminated

Event 5: Tony March Eliminated by Russell Jaicks

$1,650 Mega Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 14: 1,500/3,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 12 of 59

Tony March

Action folded to Russell Jaicks in the small blind and he raised to 7,500. Tony March moved all in for 71,500 from the big blind and Jaicks put his thinking hat on.

“I don’t mind losing to you,” Jaicks said before calling.

Jaicks: Ac5s
March: KhKc

“Oh no,” March said. “You know what’s coming.”

“Oh Tony I’m sorry,” Jaicks said as the board ran out 8h7d4h9c6c to crack March’s kings with a nine-high straight.

Russell Jaicks – 241,000 (80 bb)
Tony March – Eliminated

Event 5: Updated Counts

$1,650 Mega Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 14: 1,500/3,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 13 of 59

Since the early spurt of eliminations from the new entries, action slowed way down with the average stack sitting at 61 big blinds after the level up.

Table 10
Seat 1: Mario De La Puente – 427,000 (142 bb)
Seat 2: — Empty —
Seat 3: Karl Manouchakian – 350,000 (117 bb)
Seat 4: Stephen Brite – 140,000 (47 bb)
Seat 5: Guy Ward – 54,000 (18 bb)
Seat 6: Rodney Turvin – 115,000 (38 bb)
Seat 7: Abdelouahed Bouanani – 141,000 (47 bb)
Seat 8: Anthony Astarita – 110,000 (37 bb)
Seat 9: — Empty —

Table 11
Seat 1: Steven Rash – 170,000 (57 bb)
Seat 2: Joseph Orsino – 260,000 (87 bb)
Seat 3: Aric Pluskat – 76,500 (26 bb)
Seat 4: — Empty —
Seat 5: — Empty —
Seat 6: Woodrow Pass – 283,000 (94 bb)
Seat 7: Russell Jaicks – 170,500 (57 bb)
Seat 8: Tony March – 70,800 (24 bb)
Seat 9: — Empty —

Event 5: Four Joined; Four Sent Out

$1,650 Mega Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 13: 1,500/2,500 with a 2,500 ante
Players Remaining: 13 of 59

Two-Tabling Tony March

Of the four new entries today, only three made it through the early parts of the restart. Tony March doubled when he sent fellow new entrant Jared Shipley out on the very first hand. Jordan Joeckel and Victor Wasik also failed to run up their 40,000 stacks while returning short-stacked Tom Gralton hit the rail as well.

Table 10
Seat 1: Mario De La Puente
Seat 2: — Empty —
Seat 3: Karl Manouchakian
Seat 4: Stephen Brite
Seat 5: Guy Ward
Seat 6: Rodney Turvin
Seat 7: Abdelouahed Bouanani
Seat 8: Anthony Astarita
Seat 9: — Empty —

Table 11
Seat 1: Steven Rash
Seat 2: Joseph Orsino
Seat 3: Aric Pluskat
Seat 4: — Empty —
Seat 5: — Empty —
Seat 6: Woodrow Pass
Seat 7: Russell Jaicks
Seat 8: Tony March
Seat 9: — Empty —

Event 5: Prize Pool and Payouts with $39,000 Up Top

$1,650 Mega Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 13: 1,500/2,500 with a 2,500 ante
Players Remaining: 17 of 59

With the start of action on Day 2, registration officially closed on Event 5 with 59 entries. There was a bit of an overlay and they will play it out for the $100,000 guaranteed prize pool. The last six spots will be paid with $6,000 for a min-cash and the Event 5 champ takes home $39,000 plus the guitar trophy.

2019 Seminole Hard Rock WPTDeepStacks Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 5
$1,650 Mega Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 59
Prize Pool: $100,000
June 9-10, 2019

1st: $39,000 + Guitar trophy
2nd: $23,000
3rd: $14,000
4th: $10,000
5th: $8,000
6th: $6,000

Event 5: Back Underway with Four New Entries

$1,650 Mega Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 13: 1,500/2,500 with a 2,500 ante
Players Remaining: 17 of 59

Cards are back in the air for Day 2 of Event 5 and we had four new players enter before registration closed. Jordan Joeckel, Jared Shipley, Victor Wasik, and Tony March are new to the tournament. March is doing double duty this afternoon, he still has a stack in Flight A of Event 7 and two-tabling the tournaments.

Updated lineup:

Table 10
Seat 1: Mario De La Puente – 484,000 (194 bb)
Seat 2: Victor Wasik – 40,000 (16 bb)
Seat 3: Karl Manouchakian – 145,500 (58 bb)
Seat 4: Stephen Brite – 103,500 (41 bb)
Seat 5: Guy Ward – 41,000 (16 bb)
Seat 6: Rodney Turvin – 104,000 (42 bb)
Seat 7: Abdelouahed Bouanani – 187,500 (75 bb)
Seat 8: Anthony Astarita – 222,500 (89 bb)
Seat 9: — Empty —

Table 11
Seat 1: Steven Rash – 117,500 (47 bb)
Seat 2: Joseph Orsino – 179,500 (72 bb)
Seat 3: Aric Pluskat – 42,000 (17 bb)
Seat 4: Thomas Gralton – 24,500 (10 bb)
Seat 5: Jordan Joeckel – 40,000 (16 bb)
Seat 6: Woodrow Pass – 288,000 (115 bb)
Seat 7: Russell Jaicks – 268,000 (107 bb)
Seat 8: Tony March – 40,000 (16 bb)
Seat 9: Jared Shipley – 40,000 (16 bb)

Event 5: Day 2 Set with Mario De La Puente Leading

$1,650 Mega Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 13: 1,500/2,500 with a 2,500 ante
Players Remaining: 13 of 55

Mario De La Puente

Event 5 is ready to restart for Day 2 and we’ll find out shortly exactly how many entered the tournament. The halted play on Day 1 after Level 12 and registration remained open overnight. It drew 55 entries yesterday with a few more needed to hit the $100,000 Guarantee on the $1,650 buy-in tournament.

Mario De La Puente is way out front but there’s a lot of talent in the 13 remaining players.

Once we know the identities of any new entrants, we will update the seat draw and have some payout information.

Table 10
Seat 1: Mario De La Puente – 484,000 (194 bb)
Seat 2: — Empty —
Seat 3: Karl Manouchakian – 145,500 (58 bb)
Seat 4: Stephen Brite – 103,500 (41 bb)
Seat 5: Guy Ward – 41,000 (16 bb)
Seat 6: Rodney Turvin – 104,000 (42 bb)
Seat 7: Abdelouahed Bouanani – 187,500 (75 bb)
Seat 8: Anthony Astarita – 222,500 (89 bb)
Seat 9: — Empty —

Table 11
Seat 1: Steven Rash – 117,500 (47 bb)
Seat 2: Joseph Orsino – 179,500 (72 bb)
Seat 3: Aric Pluskat – 42,000 (17 bb)
Seat 4: Thomas Gralton – 24,500 (10 bb)
Seat 5: — Empty —
Seat 6: Woodrow Pass – 288,000 (115 bb)
Seat 7: Russell Jaicks – 268,000 (107 bb)
Seat 8: — Empty —
Seat 9: — Empty —

Listed by chip count:

  1. Mario De La Puente – 484,000 (194 bb)
  2. Woodrow Pass – 288,000 (115 bb)
  3. Russell Jaicks – 268,000 (107 bb)
  4. Anthony Astarita – 222,500 (89 bb)
  5. Abdelouahed Bouanani – 187,500 (75 bb)
  6. Joseph Orsino – 179,500 (72 bb)
  7. Karl Manouchakian – 145,500 (58 bb)
  8. Steven Rash – 117,500 (47 bb)
  9. Rodney Turvin – 104,000 (42 bb)
  10. Stephen Brite – 103,500 (41 bb)
  11. Aric Pluskat – 42,000 (17 bb)
  12. Guy Ward – 41,000 (16 bb)
  13. Thomas Gralton – 24,500 (10 bb)

WPTDeepStacks Day 6 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

11AM: Event 7 Day 1A – $570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $100,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 25,000 in chips
  • Day 1 levels last 30 minutes; Day 2 levels last 40 minutes
  • Single ante will be paid from the big blind for the entire table
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Day 1 will end after Level 14 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 7 Structure Sheet

2PM: Event 5 Day 1 – $1,650 Mega Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

6PM: Event 7 Day 1B – $570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $100,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 25,000 in chips
  • Day 1 levels last 30 minutes; Day 2 levels last 40 minutes
  • Single ante will be paid from the big blind for the entire table
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Day 1 will end after Level 14 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 7 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

9AM: Event 14 – $100 Event 7 Turbo Satellite (Re-Entry)

  • 5 seats guaranteed into $100,000 GTD Event 7
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 14 Sheet

Complete 2019 WPTDeepStacks Tampa Schedule

Event 5: Mario De La Puente Bags Big Again

$1,650 Mega Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Return to Level 13: 1,500/2,500 with a 2,500 ante
Players Remaining: 13 of 55

Mario De La Puente

Day 1 of WPTDeepStacks Tampa Event 5 came to an end with 13 players remaining of the 55 who entered today. Registration is still open for the $1,650 buy-in tournament until the restart on Monday at 2 pm, so there’s plenty of time to get in the game for what might turn into an overlay on the $100,000 Guarantee.

Event 2 champion Mario De La Puente has a huge lead for the return with his 484,000 nearly 200K more than second place Woodrow Pass. We still have some talent in the field who will not give up including Karl Manouchakian, Joseph Orsino, and 2016 WPTDeepStacks Tampa Main Event champion Anthony Astarita.

Below you can find the current table and seat assignments. If more than five players enter before the restart, there will be a three-table redraw before cards go in the air. We will also publish the prize pool and payout information as soon as it is available on Monday afternoon.

Event 5 gets back underway at 2 pm and we will track them throughout until we have a champion.

Table 10
Seat 1: Mario De La Puente – 484,000 (194 bb)
Seat 2: — Empty —
Seat 3: Karl Manouchakian – 145,500 (58 bb)
Seat 4: Stephen Brite – 103,500 (41 bb)
Seat 5: Guy Ward – 41,000 (16 bb)
Seat 6: Rodney Turvin – 104,000 (42 bb)
Seat 7: Abdelouahed Bouanani – 187,500 (75 bb)
Seat 8: Anthony Astarita – 222,500 (89 bb)
Seat 9: — Empty —

Table 11
Seat 1: Steven Rash – 117,500 (47 bb)
Seat 2: Joseph Orsino – 179,500 (72 bb)
Seat 3: Aric Pluskat – 42,000 (17 bb)
Seat 4: Thomas Gralton – 24,500 (10 bb)
Seat 5: — Empty —
Seat 6: Woodrow Pass – 288,000 (115 bb)
Seat 7: Russell Jaicks – 268,000 (107 bb)
Seat 8: — Empty —
Seat 9: — Empty —

Listed by chip count:

  1. Mario De La Puente – 484,000 (194 bb)
  2. Woodrow Pass – 288,000 (115 bb)
  3. Russell Jaicks – 268,000 (107 bb)
  4. Anthony Astarita – 222,500 (89 bb)
  5. Abdelouahed Bouanani – 187,500 (75 bb)
  6. Joseph Orsino – 179,500 (72 bb)
  7. Karl Manouchakian – 145,500 (58 bb)
  8. Steven Rash – 117,500 (47 bb)
  9. Rodney Turvin – 104,000 (42 bb)
  10. Stephen Brite – 103,500 (41 bb)
  11. Aric Pluskat – 42,000 (17 bb)
  12. Guy Ward – 41,000 (16 bb)
  13. Thomas Gralton – 24,500 (10 bb)

Event 5: Big Money Sunday

$1,650 Mega Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 1: 100/100

While WPTDeepStacks Tampa Event 1 plays down in the Poker Room, we have another big game kicking off as well at 2 pm. Event 5 has the biggest buy-in of the entire series and the $1,650 price tag gets you a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool, two-day structure, and late registration until the start of Day 2.

The Mega Stack players will start with 40,000 out front and all levels last 40 minutes long until they reach heads-up play. They will continue playing it out today until the end of Level 12 and survivors will bag up for a Day 2 return on Monday. Once they restart the game, registration will close and we’ll know how much is up for grabs.

We’ll one eye on them throughout the day and wrap it up when they are done.

  • $100,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 40,000 in chips with 40-minute levels
  • Single ante will be paid from the big blind for the entire table
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Day 2
  • Day 1 will end after Level 12 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 5 Structure Sheet

WPTDeepStacks Day 5 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

11AM: Event 1 Day 2 – $360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

2PM: Event 5 Day 1 – $1,650 Mega Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

  • $100,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 40,000 in chips with 40-minute levels
  • Single ante will be paid from the big blind for the entire table
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Day 2
  • Day 1 will end after Level 12 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 5 Structure Sheet

6PM: Event 6 – $150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $10,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 15,000 in chips and 20-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 11
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 6 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

11AM: Event 13 – $200 Event 5 Mega Satellite (Re-Entry)

  • 5 seats guaranteed into $100,000 GTD Event 5
  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips and 20-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 7
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 13 Sheet

Complete 2019 WPTDeepStacks Tampa Schedule

Event 5: Jeffrey Burdsall Wins O8/Stud 8 for $4,100 and a Trophy

Below are the final results from Event 5 of the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Poker Classic, a one-day $300 buy-in Omaha 8/Stud 8 tournament that concluded Monday, February 26th

2019 Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Poker Classic
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 5
$300 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Re-Entry)
Entries: 52
Prize Pool: $13,000
February 26, 2019

Jeffrey Burdsall
PlaceFirstNameLastNameCityStateWINNINGS
1JEFFREYBURDSALLSARASOTAFL$4,100
2DALESCHMITZTAMPAFL$2,360
3REMEDIOSPATALINGHUGGAINESVILLEFL$2,360
4RONALDHALPERINLAKE WORTHFL$2,360
5MARCHENNESSKISSIMMEEFL$1,040
6ADAMFOXSOUTH ORANGENJ$780

Event 5: Prize Pool and Payouts; More Than $5K to OE Champ

$300 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 9: 1,000/2,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 40 of 52

Registration closed for another one-day tournament and the $300 Omaha 8/Stud 8 continued the trend of great turnouts. Event 5 drew 50 entries to create a prize pool of $13,000 with the last six spots getting paid.

A min-cash earns $780 but everyone wants the $5,070 top prize along with that Tampa Poker Classic guitar trophy.

2019 Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Poker Classic
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 5
$300 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Re-Entry)
Entries: 52
Prize Pool: $13,000
February 26, 2019

1st: $5,070 + TPC Guitar trophy
2nd: $2,990
3rd: $1,820
4th: $1,300
5th: $1,040
6th: $780

Event 5: Mixing it Up

$300 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure
Level 1: 100/200 Limits

The Tampa Poker Classic isn’t all about the No Limit Hold’em. We also have a great schedule of non-hold’em games with another great tournament starting this afternoon.

Event 5 has a $300 buy-in and it will switch from Omaha 8 to Stud 8 throughout the day. The Omaha 8 tournament drew a great crowd yesterday and we expect another today.

They will start with 12,000 stacks and all levels last 30 minutes. Late registration and re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 at 4:30pm and there is a 30-minute dinner break after Level 11. They will return to continue the march to our Event 5 champion.

Action kicks off at noon and we will keep one eye on them throughout the day, hitting all the high points.

  • Players begin with 12,000 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 5 Structure Sheet

Poker Classic Day 7 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

11AM: Event 3 Day 1C – $570 Deepstack NLH (Re-Entry)

  • $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
  • Event 3 Structure Sheet

12PM: Event 5 – $300 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 12,000 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 5 Structure Sheet

6PM: Event 3 Day 1D – $570 Deepstack NLH (Re-Entry)

  • $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
  • Event 3 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

9AM: Event 19 – $75 Event 3 Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $100,000 GTD Event 3
  • 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 19 Structure Sheet

Michael McCarthy Wins Winter Poker Open Main Event for $135K and a Guitar

2018 Winter Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Tampa, Florida
Main Event
$1,650 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed

Entries: 609
Prize Pool: $913,500
December 13-17, 2018

(Tampa, Florida) – The Winter Poker Open Main Event concluded Monday night at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa, Florida. The $1,650 buy-in tournament drew droves of pros and amateurs alike and was won by New York’s Michael McCarthy following a three-way chop. As the champion, McCarthy was awarded $135,000 along with the property’s token trophy — a guitar.

2018 marked the fourth straight year the Main Event drew a supersized field smashing the $500,000 guarantee. With 609 entries, the guarantee was surpassed before cards went in the air on the third and final starting day and the field grew and grew until registration closed. In the end, 609 entries ponied up $1,650 generating a total kiddie worth $913,500.

There was a big influence of pros including 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Greg Raymer, former November Niners John Dolan and Neil Blumenfield as well as Tampa regular Jeff Trudeau who finished 26th in last July’s WSOP Main Event. Of these players, only Dolan found an in-the-money finish.

McCarthy kicked off the 2018 Winter Poker Open with an 11th-place finish in the big $570 buy-in, 867-entry opener last weekend. He parlayed that deep run and $6,564 score into a Main Event entry and some confidence heading into the spotlight event.

He kept a level head through all stages of play and never got dangerously short. He started Day 2 in the middle of the pack and remained in the middle of the pack by the time play narrowed to the nine-handed final table. As a matter of fact, McCarthy never made a run at the chip lead until he eliminated Tampa’s Alex Ivan in 5th place. Next to go was reigning Seminole Hard Rock Poker Player of the Year Brett Bader in 4th. McCarthy hit and ran getting the chip lead three-handed before agreeing to a chop. McCarthy and runner-up Richard Carr each took $135,000 while Michael Turton went down 3rd for just over $117,000. McCarthy went down as the champion take 1st place along with the trophy.

In addition to the trio of finalists, Rob Manjura (12th), Tom Nguyen (27th), AJ Kelsall (28th) and Anthony Dianaty (33rd) also finished in the money. One of the most notable scores of the event came via Duff Charette’s 11th-place finish. Charette was down to less than two big blinds prior to the money bubble and grinded his way all the way to a $14,890 score.

McCarthy is 29 years old and resides in Levittown, New York. He is a professional poker play now with four tournament wins and just over $200,000 in career earnings.

Final table results:

1st: Michael McCarthy – $135,000 + Trophy
2nd: Richard Carr – $135,000
3rd: Michael Turton – $117,615
4th: Brett Bader – $55,851
5th: Alex Ivan – $42,871
6th: James Peterson – $35,736
7th: Zach Gilbert – $29,826
8th: Huicun Qiao – $23,915
9th: Ryan Anderkin – $19,023

Main Event: Michael McCarthy Wins the Guitar in Three-Way Chop; Richard Carr — 2nd Place ($135,000), Michael Turton — 3rd Place ($117,615)

$1,650 Main Event (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 30: 60,000/120,000 with a 120,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 609

The top three finishers

The chop talk took only a brief recess before the trio of remaining players came to a deal. Michael Turton worked his way up slightly from his ICM number, getting $117,615. As the two top stacks Michael McCarthy and Richard Carr each took $135,000 apiece. McCarthy went down as the champion taking 1st place and the guitar.

Michael McCarthy
Richard Carr
Michael Turton

A full recap will be posted later tonight. In the meantime, here’s a look at the tournament’s full results:

1st: Michael McCarthy – $135,000 + Trophy
2nd: Richard Carr – $135,000
3rd: Michael Turton – $117,615
4th: Brett Bader – $55,851
5th: Alex Ivan – $42,871
6th: James Peterson – $35,736
7th: Zach Gilbert – $29,826
8th: Huicun Qiao – $23,915
9th: Ryan Anderkin – $19,023
10th: Richard Kane – $14,890
11th: Duff Charette – $14,890
12th: Rob Manjura – $14,890
13th: Chris Greaves – $11,775
14th: Nashaat Antonious – $11,775
15th: Mirza Nagji – $11,775
16th: Huayi Zheng – $9,939
17th: Carlos Loving – $9,939
18th: Nick Carter – $9,939
19th: Lunique Petiote – $8,377
20th: Josias Santos – $8,377
21st: Mark Wiser – $8,377
22nd: Jason Goldman – $7,016
23rd: Jordan Joeckel – $7,016
24th: Juan Endara – $7,016
25th: Brandon Caputo – $6,047
26th: Joel Wadsworth – $6,047
27th: Tom Nguyen – $6,047
28th: AJ Kelsall – $5,253
29th: Lawrence Kiang – $5,253
30th: Julio Delgado Reyes – $5,253
31st: Derek Bowers – $5,253
32nd: Maksim Budovskiy – $5,253
33rd: Anthony Dianaty – $5,253
34th: David Harmon – $5,253
35th: Craig Eshleman – $5,253
36th: Corey Lipke – $5,253
37th: Antonio Fernandez – $4,522
38th: Mark Scacewater – $4,522
39th: Ioannis Patsourakis – $4,522
40th: Aaron Speer – $4,522
41st: David Tuthill – $4,522
42nd: Staffan Lind – $4,522
43rd: Christopher Holland – $4,522
44th: Karen Longfellow – $4,522
45th: Cesar Solares – $4,522
46th: Kharlin Sued – $3,837
47th: William Corvino – $3,837
48th: Kristopher Villanueva – $3,837
49th: Jeffrey Russell – $3,837
50th: Wilbur Allison – $3,837
51st: Travis Jackson – $3,837
52nd: John Dolan – $3,837
53rd: Praveen Challagundla – $3,837
54th: Michael Traficante – $3,837
55th: Matthew Leecy – $3,289
56th: Vitor Coelho – $3,289
57th: Oscar Zeledon – $3,289
58th: Keith Oakley – $3,289
59th: Fredrick Hadden – $3,289
60th: Walter Connors – $3,289
61st: Farhad Madhani – $3,289

Main Event: No Deal; Play Goes On

$1,650 Main Event (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 30: 60,000/120,000 with a 120,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 609

There was brief discussion of a chop, but both chip leader Richard Carr and second in chips Michael McCarthy insisted they get the guitar. There was no agreement and play went on.

Approximate chip counts:

  • Richard Carr – 7,895,000
  • Michael McCarthy – 6,965,000
  • Michael Turton – 3,530,000

Main Event: Reigning SHRP POY Brett Bader — 4th Place ($55,851)

$1,650 Main Event (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 30: 60,000/120,000 with a 120,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 609

Brett Bader

Short stack and reigning Seminole Hard Rock Poker Player of the Year Brett Bader got his last roughly 2,000,000 in the middle preflop and was at risk against the start-of-day chip leader Richard Carr.

Carr: AhJd
Bader: QcJc

Runout: 8s8d3c6h6c

Bader got no help and was eliminated in 4th place. Bader’s deep run and $55,851 came off just one entry — a promo entry he received as the 2018 POY.

The remaining three players promptly began chop talk.

Brett Bader – Eliminated in 4th place ($55,851)

Main Event: Alex Ivan – 5th Place ($42,871)

$1,650 Main Event (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 30: 60,000/120,000 with a 120,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 609

Alex Ivan

Alex Ivan shoved the button — about 1,500,000. Michael Turton released from the small blind and Michael McCarthy called from the big. Ivan was at risk.

McCarthy: AhKh
Ivan: Ac5h

Runout: 9s7d2cQd8h

Ivan couldn’t get any traction on the runout and he was eliminated in 5th place.

Alex Ivan (left) and Michael McCarthy shake hands

Michael McCarthy – 6,800,000
Alex Ivan – Eliminated in 5th place ($42,871)

Main Event: Updated Chip Counts on Break

$1,650 Main Event (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Heading to Level 30: 60,000/120,000 with a 120,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 609

Seat 1: — empty —
Seat 2: Richard Carr – 6,905,000
Seat 3: Brett Bader – 1,650,000
Seat 4: — empty —
Seat 5: Alex Ivan – 2,365,000
Seat 6: Michael Turton – 2,800,000
Seat 7: Michael McCarthy – 4,670,000
Seat 8: — empty —
Seat 9: — empty —

1st – $180,205 + Trophy
2nd – $126,246
3rd – $81,164
4th – $55,851
5th – $42,871