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Ken McAdams Wins 2022 WPO Championship for $108,000

2022 Winter Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
$1,700 Winter Poker Open Championship
$500,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  471
Prize Pool:  $706,500
December 8 – 12, 2022

Ken McAdams

The 2022 Tampa Winter Poker Open closed with the $1,700 buy-in Championship over the last weekend of the series. The tournament drew 471 entries to easily surpass its $500,000 guarantee, and Ken McAdams outlasted the tough field to take the title along with $108,000 after a three-way deal.

After three starting days, the tournament generated a prize pool worth $706,500 and paid out the last 59 spots. The Championship had 83 players return for Day 2 and they quickly made it into the money.

McAdams took the lead late but had some tough competition, including defending champ T.K. Miles and WSOP Circuit Tampa winner David DiBernardi. Neither was able to book a seat at final table but Miles solidified himself at the top of our all-time money winners list.

The final table began with David Kozma leading but McAdams quickly jumped back on top after several eliminations. After picking up aces and sending Tampa regular Jerry Silva out in fourth place, McAdams came to an agreement with Kozma and Jamie Smith to divide up the remaining prize money.

Smith earned $82,000 for a third-place finish, Kozma took home $105,000 as the runner-up, and McAdams became the 2022 WPO Champion with a payday worth $108,000.

Congrats Ken and thanks to everyone for the great turnout during the series!

PlaceFirst NameLast NameCitySTPrize Amount
1KenMcAdamsLas VegasNV$108,000 *
2DavidKozmaBudapest$105,000 *
3JamieSmithLargoFL$82,000 *
4JerrySilvaTampaFL$50,000
5JeffYanchekMeridenCT$37,000
6JordanLowerySarasotaFL$28,000
7PhilipJacksonAustinTX$22,000
8TomNguyenTampaFL$17,000
9MarkKoelnHigh GateMO$13,500

* – denotes results of a three-way deal

Championship: We Have a Deal!

$1,700 Winter Poker Open Championship
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 25: 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante

Ken McAdams

After Jerry Silva was eliminated in fourth place, the remaining players decided to look at numbers to divide up the remaining prize pool and agreed quickly.

Ken McAdams was the chip leader and the official 2022 WPO Champion. He earned $108,000 with David Kozma taking home $105,000 for second and Jamie Smith banked $82,000.

Ken McAdams – 8,625,000 (144 bb)
David Kozma – 7,480,000 (125 bb)
Jamie Smith – 2,730,000 (46 bb)

1st: Ken McAdams – $108,000 + WPO Guitar trophy
2nd: David Kozma – $105,000
3rd: Jamie Smith – $82,000

David Kozma
Jamie Smith

Championship: Jerry Silva – 4th Place ($50,000)

$1,700 Winter Poker Open Championship
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 25: 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 471

Jerry Silva

Jerry Silva opened to 175,000 from under the gun and Ken McAdams three-bet to 675,000 from the button. Silva moved all in for about 2,000,000 and McAdams called after yelling for his friends at a nearby table.

McAdams: AsAh
Silva: Ac9d

Silva ran into aces and barely found a sweat as the board ran out Jc9h5d4s4d to send the Tampa regular out in fourth place.

Ken McAdams – 8,625,000 (144 bb)
Jerry Silva – Eliminated in 4th Place ($50,000)

Championship: Jeff Yanchek – 5th Place ($37,000)

$1,700 Winter Poker Open Championship
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 25: 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 471

Jeff Yanchek

Jeff Yanchek open-shipped for 1,100,000 from the button, Ken McAdam folded his small blind, and David Kozma called in the big.

Kozma: AhJs
Yanchek: Ad8s

“I haven’t used my one time yet,” Yanchek half-joked.

He needed a lot of help to double, missed the Ac7s5h flop, and was drawing dead after the Jh turn gave Kozma aces up. Yanchek stood up, the river was Kd, and he collected $37,000 for his fifth place finish.

David Kozma – 7,140,000 (119 bb)
Jeff Yanchek – Eliminated in 5th Place ($37,000)

Championship: Counts on Break

$1,700 Winter Poker Open Championship
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 25: 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 471

Seat 1: David Kozma – 6,365,000 (106 bb)
Seat 4: Jamie Smith – 2,965,000 (49 bb)
Seat 5: Jerry Silva – 1,940,000 (32 bb)
Seat 7: Jeff Yanchek – 1,130,000 (19 bb)
Seat 8: Ken McAdams – 6,435,000 (107 bb)

Payouts:

1st: $140,000 + WPO Guitar trophy
2nd: $90,000
3rd: $65,000
4th: $50,000
5th: $37,000
6th: Jordan Lowery – $28,000
7th: Philip Jackson – $22,000
8th: Tom Nguyen – $17,000
9th: Mark Koeln – $13,500

Championship: Jordan Lowery – 6th Place ($28,000)

$1,700 Winter Poker Open Championship
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 24: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 471

Jordan Lowery

Ken McAdams opened to 115,000 from the button and David Kozma called in the small blind. Jordan Lowery moved all in for 1,105,000 from the big blind, McAdams folded, and Kozma called.

Kozma: AcJc
Lowery: KsJs

Lowery was dominated by the bigger ace and it got worse when Kozma paired his ace on the Ah7d2c flop. The board finished with the 4h turn and As river and Lowery was eliminated in sixth place.

David Kozma – 6,200,000 (124 bb)
Jordan Lowery – Eliminated in 6th Place ($28,000)

Championship: Philip Jackson – 7th Place ($22,000)

$1,700 Winter Poker Open Championship
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 24: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining:  6 of 471

Philip Jackson

Jamie Smith opened to 125,000 from the button, Philip Jackson moved all in for 800,000 from the big blind and Smith called.

Smith: AhJc
Jackson: KsQd

Jackson was behind but had to live cards with a chance to double up. The board ran out Td5s4s5cAc, Jackson missed, and was eliminated in seventh place.

Jamie Smith – 3,175,000 (64 bb)
Philip Jackson – Eliminated in 7th Place ($22,000)

Championship: Tom Nguyen – 8th Place ($17,000)

$1,700 Winter Poker Open Championship
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 24: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining:  7 of 471

Tom Nguyen

Ken McAdams opened to 115,000 from middle position and Tom Nguyen tree-bet shipped for 940,000 from the cutoff. The button and blinds folded, McAdams doubled-checked the amount and called.

Nguyen: AcQc
McAdams: AhJh

Nguyen was looking good for a final table double and the 9s4s4d flop was safe. McAdams took the lead on the Jc turn and sent Nguyen out in eighth after the Ts river.

Ken McAdams – 5,975,000 (120 bb)
Tom Nguyen – Eliminated in 8th Place ($17,000)

Championship: Mark Koeln – 9th Place ($13,500)

$1,700 Winter Poker Open Championship
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 24: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining:  8 of 471

Mark Koeln

After a flop of Jh8c7s, Mark Koeln was all in at risk for about 1,500,000 and Ken McAdams had him at risk.

McAdams: ThTs
Koeln: AcJc

Koeln was ahead with his pair of jacks, McAdams had six outs after the 4h turn, and made his gutshot straight on the 9c river to send Koeln out in ninth place.

Ken McAdams – 4,900,000 (98 bb)
Mark Koeln – Eliminated in 9th Place ($13,500)

Championship: Jordan Lowery Doubles Through Mark Koeln

$1,700 Winter Poker Open Championship
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 24: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining:  9 of 471

Jordan Lowery

Mark Koeln opened to 135,000 from the hijack and David Kozma called on the button. Jordan Lowery moved all in and Koeln asked for a count. Before the dealer finished, Koeln moved all in and Kozma folded.

Lowery: 6c6h
Koeln: AcJs

Lowery needed his sixes to hold to double up and he faded the 4h3h2d flop. The Qc turn changed nothing but both made a straight on the 5h river. Koeln had a wheel but Lowery doubled with a six-high straight.

Jordan Lowery – 1,450,000 (29 bb)
Mark Koeln – 1,620,000 (32 bb)