Tampa Poker Classic

Tampa Poker Classic in Review

Paul Snead

The 2022 Tampa Poker Classic featured 15 trophy events over 13 days with more than $1,000,000 in guaranteed money. Players came out in massive numbers and generated combined prize pools worth $2,450,425. A huge success thanks to our players and friends, both old and new.

The series was headlined by the $2,500 buy-in $500,000 guarantee TPC Championship. The tournament nearly doubled the guarantee and created a prize pool worth $990,000. Paul Snead conquered a tough final table to take the title.

Event 2 was the first multi-flight tournament and drew nearly 1,500 entries during the opening weekend. George Allen took that title along with $63,071.

Poker room regulars Jacob Naumann and Ryan Hogan cashed in that tournament, turned around, bought into Sunday’s one-day tournaments, and won them. Naumann took home the $400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 trophy while Hogan picked up a $200 NLH win.

Brett Apter and Hunter Cichy finished 1st and 2nd in the $2,200 NLH prelim then finished 2nd and 3rd in the $1,700 followup. A lot of great players had a great series.

Below you will find results and information for all 13 TPC events. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the series, we look forward to seeing everyone again real soon.

TPC $2,500 Championship: Paul Snead – $198,150
Event 1 ($300 NLH): Yaswin Gutha – $11,074
Event 2 ($400 NLH): George Allen – $63,071
Event 3 ($400 OE): Jacob Naumann – $4,754
Event 4 ($200 NLH): Ryan Hogan – $8,150
Event 5 ($250 Seniors): James Keating – $6,058
Event 6 ($400 PLO8): Benjamin Warren – $9,330
Event 7 ($180 Triple Stack): Joshua Paige – $5,138
Event 8 ($600 NLH): MT Tawfik – $22,170
Event 9 ($400 O8): James Hagan – $7,390
Event 10 ($1,100 NLH): Stuart Taylor – $38,395
Event 11 ($400 H.O.R.S.E.): Peter Moore – $5,180
Event 12 ($2,200 NLH): Brett Apter – $67,330
Event 14 ($1,700 NLH): Daniel Sepiol – $36,812
Event 15 ($400 NLH): Fernando Rodriguez – $9,945

Paul Snead Wins 2022 TPC Championship

2022 Tampa Poker Classic
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 13

$2,500 TPC Championship (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed

Entries: 440
Prize Pool: $990,000
March 18 – 21, 2022

Paul Snead

The 2022 Tampa Poker Classic series was headlined by the $500,000 guaranteed Championship and the big tournament drew a talented field. It had 440 entries join over two starting flights and poker pro Paul Snead walked away with the title along with nearly $200,000.

The turnout created a prize pool worth $990,000 and the last 55 spots were paid. Of the 440 entries, 77 players advanced to Day 2 with Tampa legend Justin Zaki leading the way.

Day 2 played down to the final table and Zaki was still the leader when they bagged up for a Day 3 return. But it wasn’t going to be an easy ride because the top six stacks were all within four big blinds of each other and one of them belonged to three-time WPT champ Brian Altman.

Altman’s day ended early after several hands against Snead dropped him down and out. Sean Conklin, Siddharth Siddharth, Alexander Orlov, and Zaki all fell short of the title and the last four players had a long grind to settle the game.

Cianfarra, the one-time chip leader at the final table, went out in fourth place followed by Tom McDonald after a valiant short stack effort.

Snead began heads-up play with the chip lead against former Tampa champ Bryce McVay and never lost a major pot during the match. McVay caught some bad luck on the last hand but earned $132,095 for his runner-up finish.

Snead, a New York resident and Tampa snowbird, took home $198,150 as the TPC Champion after a fantastic run over the last three days.

Congratulations to Paul and thanks to all over our players for the tremendous turnout.

Final table results:

PlaceFirst NameLast NameCityStateWinnings
1PaulSneadKings ParkNY$198,150
2BryceMcVayJupiterFL$132,095
3ThomasMcDonaldSeminoleFL$97,475
4DanteCianfarraPort OrangeFL$72,710
5JustinZakiTampaFL$54,830
6AlexanderOrlovMoscow$41,800
7SiddharthSiddharthTampaFL$32,225
8SeanConklinNeptune BeachFL$25,125

Championship: Paul Snead Defeats Bryce McVay

$2,500 TPC Championship (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30:  100,000/200,000 with a 200,000 ante

Paul Snead

Paul Snead limped his button and Bryce McVay moved all in for 2,300,000. Snead thought for a few moments and called to put the game on the line.

Snead: Ks5s
McVay: Kh9d

McVay was ahead for the double up but Snead paired his five on the AdTd5c flop. He needed a miracle to double but blanked the 4d turn and Tc river to exit in second place.

He earned $132,095 for his runner-up finish while Snead takes home nearly $200,000 for his TPC Championship win.

1st: Paul Snead – $198,150
2nd: Bryce McVay – $132,095

Bryce McVay

Fernando Rodriguez Adds Another Trophy in TPC Event 15

2022 Tampa Poker Classic
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 15

$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$10,000 Guaranteed

Entries: 91
Prize Pool: $30,485
March 21, 2022

Fernando Rodriguez
PlaceFirst NameLast NameCityStateWinnings
1FernandoRodriguez VazquezNewarkDE$9,945
2CharlesKahrsPalm HarborFL$6,140
3BradleyCoultasEsteroFL$4,070
4EricTarikasTampaFL$2,820
5MarieHarrellTampaFL$2,030
6KevinBaginTampaFL$1,530
7MarkWiserLand O LakesFL$1,210
8WilmerChaviraApopkaFL$1,000
9DominickPelliStamfordCT$870
10GeraldDunnPaoliIN$870

Championship: New Blinds

$2,500 TPC Championship (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30:  100,000/200,000 with a 200,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 440

Blinds are up to 100,000/200,000 with a 200,000 ante and Paul Snead extended his lead over the last part of Level 29 without a big showdown.

Seat 3: Bryce McVay – 6,300,000 (32 bb)
Seat 4: Paul Snead – 11,300,000 (57 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $198,150
2nd: $132,095

Daniel Sepiol Wins TPC Event 14 in Three-Way Deal

2022 Tampa Poker Classic
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 14

$1,700 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed

Entries: 94
Prize Pool: $141,000
March 20 – 21, 2022

Daniel Sepiol

Results:

PlaceFirst NameLast NameCityStateWinnings
1DanielSepiolMichigan CityIN$36,812 *
2BrettApterNashvilleTN$31,056 *
3HunterCichyJacksonvilleFL$25,362 *
4KarlManouchakianTampaFL$13,020
5AaronThivyanathanRentonWA$9,390
6SujuAbrhamWylieTX$7,070
7JordanLoweryQueen CreekAZ$5,580
8SamuelPhillipsWest Palm BeachFL$4,630
9AsifMohammedBrandonFL$4,040
10KyleCartwrightArlingtonTN$4,040

* – denotes results of a three-way deal

Championship: Heads-Up Underway

$2,500 TPC Championship (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29:  100,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 440

Bryce McVay (left) versus Paul Snead (right)

The heads-up match for the 2022 Tampa Poker Classic Championship is underway with Paul Snead leading Bryce McVay with nearly $200K going to one of them.

They will finish out Level 29 and blinds will increase every 30 minutes after that point.

Seat 3: Bryce McVay – 7,600,000 (51 bb)
Seat 4: Paul Snead – 10,000,000 (67 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $198,150
2nd: $132,095

Championship: Tom McDonald – 3rd Place ($97,475)

$2,500 TPC Championship (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29:  100,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 440

Tom McDonald

With the flop out and reading Kc6c2s, Tom McDonald put his 2,850,000 stack in the middle and Paul Snead quickly called to put him at risk.

Snead: KdJd
McDonald: Kh9h

Both flopped top pair but McDonald had bad kicker issues. The Ah turn and 4h river finished the board and McDonald’s come back attempt fell short.

Paul Snead – 10,000,000 (67 bb)
Tom McDonald – Eliminated in 3rd Place ($97,475)

Championship: Tom McDonald Doubles Through Bryce McVay

$2,500 TPC Championship (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29:  100,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 440

After his earlier double up, Tom McDonald’s stack was whittled back down to 1,900,000 against Bryce McVay and the three-handed action. He moved all in from the small blind and McVay quickly called in the big.

McDonald: 6h6c
McVay: As4s

McDonald’s sixes were ahead and he doubled back into the game on the 6h6d3cKc9c board.

Tom McDonald – 3,950,000 (26 bb)
Bryce McVay – 9,400,000 (63 bb)

Championship: Tom McDonald Doubles Through Paul Snead

$2,500 TPC Championship (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29:  100,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 440

Tom McDonald

On the first hand back from break, Tom McDonald had the button and open-shoved for 2,500,000. Bryce McVay folded his small blind and Paul Snead quickly called in the big.

Snead: KcKs
McDonald: Ad6d

McDonald needed a lot of help to stay in the game, picked up a diamond draw on the Td7d2c flop and it got there on the 8d turn. The river 7c finished the board and McDonald pulled a big double.

Tom McDonald – 5,250,000 (35 bb)
Paul Snead – 4,050,000 (27 bb)