Tampa Poker Classic

2022 Tampa Poker Classic Schedule

Book Your Stay

Primary Events

EVENTDATETIMEBUY-INTOURNAMENT DESCRIPTIONSTRUCTURE SHEET
1Wed, March 0911AM$300One Day 50K No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTDStructure Sheet
2AWed, March 096PM$400No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) Day 1A - $200,000 GTDStructure Sheet
2BThu, March 1010AM$400No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) Day 1B - $200,000 GTDStructure Sheet
2CThu, March 106PM$400No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) Day 1C - $200,000 GTDStructure Sheet
2DFri, March 1110AM$400No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) Day 1D - $200,000 GTDStructure Sheet
2ESat, March 1210AM$400No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) Day 1E - $200,000 GTDStructure Sheet
2Sun, March 1311AMDay 2No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) Day 2 - $200,000 GTDStructure Sheet
3Sun, March 1312PM$400O.E.Structure Sheet
4Sun, March 131PM$200No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) - $10,000 GTDStructure Sheet
5Mon, March 1410AM$250Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) - $10,000 GTDStructure Sheet
6Mon, March 1412PM$400PLO 8Structure Sheet
7Mon, March 146PM$180Triple Stack Special No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) - $20,000 GTDStructure Sheet
8Tue, March 1511AM$600No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTDStructure Sheet
9Tue, March 1512PM$400Omaha 8 or BetterStructure Sheet
10Wed, March 1611AM$1,100 One Day Challange No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTDStructure Sheet
11Wed, March 1612PM$400H.O.R.S.E.Structure Sheet
12Thu, March 1712PM$2,200 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) - $100,000 GTDStructure Sheet
12Fri, March 1812PMDay 2No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) Day 2 - $100,000 GTDStructure Sheet
13AFri, March 1811AM$2,500 Championship Event No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) Day 1A - $500,000 GTDStructure Sheet
13BSat, March 1911AM$2,500 Championship Event No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) Day 1B - $500,000 GTDStructure Sheet
13Sun, March 2012PMDay 2Championship Event No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) Day 2 - $500,000 GTDStructure Sheet
13Mon, March 212PMDay 3Championship Event No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) Day 3 - $500,000 GTDStructure Sheet
14Sun, March 204PM$1,700 No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTDStructure Sheet
14Mon, March 212PMDay 2No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) Day 2 - $50,000 GTDStructure Sheet
15Mon, March 2111AM$400No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) - $10,000 GTDStructure Sheet

Secondary Events

EVENTDATETIMEBUY-INTOURNAMENT DESCRIPTIONSTRUCTURE SHEET
16Fri, March 116PM$770Package Satellite (1 in 8) into Event 10, 12, and Championship EventStructure Sheet
17Tue, March 156PM$140Satellite into Event 10 - 2 Seats GTDStructure Sheet
18Wed, March 166PM$250Satellite into Event 12 - 2 Seats GTDStructure Sheet
19Thu, March 1711AM$400Satellite into Championhip Event Day 1A - 10 Seats GTDStructure Sheet
20Thu, March 176PM$300Satellite into Championhip Event Day 1A - 5 Seats GTDStructure Sheet
21Fri, March 189AM$280Turbo Satellite into Championhip Event Day 1A - 2 Seats GTDStructure Sheet
22Fri, March 184PM$400Satellite into Championhip Event Day 1B - 5 Seats GTDStructure Sheet
23Sat, March 199AM$280Turbo Satellite into Championhip Event Day 1B - 2 Seats GTDStructure Sheet
24Sun, March 209AM$200Satellite into Event 14 - 2 Seats GTDStructure Sheet

2021 Tampa Poker Classic Recap

The Tampa Poker Classic made its return and the eight-tournament series exceeded all expectations. The series features $500,000 in guaranteed money and ended up putting nearly $2.5 million up for grabs.

Michial Drake began the opening weekend by taking home a $79,319 payout and James Kerr closed it out by earning more than $200,000 for winning the TPC Main Event.

The TPC Main Event headlined the series and drew players from around the world. The tournament attracted 959 entries for a prize pool that nearly reached $1.5 million and Kerr banked $228,038 after making a three-way deal.

The series had more than 3,500 entries over the eight tournaments, a fantastic turnout. Thank you to everyone who came out to make the 2021 Tampa Poker Classic such a huge success.

Event 1 ($400 NLH): John Marlow – $12,932
Event 2 ($600 Multi-Day): Michial Drake – $79,319
Event 3 ($200 NLH): Hristos Tsironis – $10,404
Event 4 ($150 NLH): Vasyl Chubei – $5,983
Event 5 $400 NLH): Wagner Wysotchanski – $17,000
Event 6 ($600 NLH): Anthony Askey – $22,798
Event 8 ($400 Black Chip Bounty): Kevin Dilk – $12,774
Main Event ($1,700 NLH): James Kerr – $228,038

James Kerr Dominates to Win TPC Main Event in Three-Way Deal

2021 Tampa Poker Classic
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
$1,700 TPC Main Event
$300,000 Guaranteed

Entries: 959
Prize Pool: $1,486,450
February 25-March 1, 2021

James Kerr, 2021 TPC Main Event champion

Before the Tampa Poker Classic Main Event, it had been a long time since James Kerr sat at a poker table. A year in fact with the lockdown. He returned to the action this weekend and finished his first tournament back with the Main Event win for his third Tampa guitar trophy

“I’m glad to be back,” Kerr said. “And I’m happy to have another guitar.”

The $1,700 buy-in TPC Main Event featured a $300,000 guaranteed prize pool that was surpassed before the dinner break in the first flight. The three flights combined to put 959 entries in the game and push the prize pool up to $1,486,450 with 96 spots getting paid.

Day 2 saw 158 players return with a chance to win with Kyrylo Kobzyev leading the way. The money bubble burst shortly after the first break with two players going out on the same hand; Donald Mathews and Scott Dobbs chopped up 96th place money and the field sped down to the final table with seven return on Monday.

Kerr took the chip lead midway through Day 2 and never relinquished it. Scott Robbins was the first eliminated from the final table when he lost a big coin flip then ran into a cooler.

“I just ran like pure god,” Kerr said. “I had aces versus kings a couple times, I had pairs against aces and flopped sets every time.”

“It was really pretty easy.”

Ken O’Donnell, second in chips with six players remaining, ran into the Kerr heater. O’Donnell found kings in the small blind only to have Kerr wake up with aces in the big. The hand gave Kerr half of the chips in play before Steve Brite went out in fifth place followed by Gary Bowker in fourth.

Kerr, Kobzyev, and Alex Ivan counted down their stacks and agreed to divide up the remaining prize pool based on the ICM number.

Kobzyev earned $166,915 for third place, Ivan banked $197,172 for second, and Kerr took the lion’s share of $228,038 for his TPC Main Event win.

Congrats to James and a huge thanks to everyone who came out to make the series such a huge success!

Final table results:

1st: James Kerr – $228,038 *
2nd: Alex Ivan – $197,172 *
3rd: Kyrylo Kobzyev – $166,915 *
4th: Gary Bowker – $94,620
5th: Steve Brite – $70,543
6th: Ken O’Donnell – $53,299
7th: Scott Robbins – $40,819
* – denotes results of a three-way deal

Main Event: James Kerr Takes the Title in Three-Way Deal

$1,700 TPC Main Event (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 32:  100,000/200,000 with a 200,000 ante

James Kerr

Immediately after Gary Bowker was eliminated, the three remaining players decided to look at ICM number. Once the numbers were crunched, they quickly agreed to a deal with the following counts and payouts:

James Kerr – 15,125,000 (76 bb)
Alex Ivan – 8,925,000 (45 bb)
Kyrylo Kobzyev – 4,725,000 (24 bb)

1st: James Kerr – $228,038
2nd: Alex Ivan – $197,172
3rd: Kyrylo Kobzyev – $166,915

James Kerr held more than half of the chips in play and earned $228,038 for the title with Alex Ivan earning $197,172 for second and Kyrylo Kobzyev taking home $166,915 for third.

Alex Ivan
Kyrylo Kobzyev

Main Event: Gary Bowker – 4th Place ($94,620)

$1,700 TPC Main Event (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 32:  100,000/200,000 with a 200,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 959

Gary Bowker

On the second hand back from break, Gary Bowker open-shoved from the button for 2,000,000, Alex Ivan called from the small blind, and Kyrylo Kobzyev folded his big.

Ivan: AsAh
Bowker: KcQd

A tough spot for Bowker at this stage and Ivan picked up aces in the blinds. The dealer ran it out 8h6d4sJhQc and the rockets held to send Bowker out in fourth place for $94,620.

Alex Ivan – 8,925,000 (45 bb)
Gary Bowker – Eliminated in 4th place ($94,620)

Main Event: Counts on Break

$1,700 TPC Main Event (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 32:  100,000/200,000 with a 200,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 959

The four remaining players took a 15-minute break after Level 31 with James Kerr still way out front. The blinds are now 100,000/200,000 with a 200,000 ante and the average stack is 7,200,000 (36 bb).

Seat 2: Gary Bowker – 2,000,000 (10 bb)
Seat 3: Alex Ivan – 6,525,000 (33 bb)
Seat 4: Kyrylo Kobzyev – 5,225,000 (26 bb)
Seat 7: James Kerr – 15,000,000 (75 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $286,471
2nd: $177,058
3rd: $128,596
4th: $94,620

Main Event: Steve Brite – 5th Place ($70,543)

$1,700 TPC Main Event (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31:  100,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 959

Steve Brite

James Kerr opened to 375,000 and Steve Brite moved all in for 1,700,000 next to act. The button and blinds folded and Kerr called.

Kerr: 4c4d
Brite: Ac3s

Brite needed to pair his ace or find an interesting board to double but could only pair his three on the Ks5h3c2hJs board to exit in fifth place.

James Kerr – 15,400,000 (103 bb)
Steve Brite – Eliminated in 5th place ($70,543)

Main Event: Gary Bowker Doubles Through Alex Ivan

$1,700 TPC Main Event (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31:  100,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 959

It folded to Gary Bowker on the button and he moved all in for 975,000. Alex Ivan thought for a minute, called from the small blind and Kyrylo Kobzyev folded his big.

Bowker: Ad8h
Ivan: As2c

Ivan was outkicked and Bowker improved when he paired his eight on the 8d6s5s flop. The Td turn and 4h river finished the board to get Bowker his double.

Gary Bowker – 2,250,000 (15 bb)
Alex Ivan – 5,700,000 (38 bb)

Main Event: Kyrylo Kobzyev Doubles Through James Kerr

$1,700 TPC Main Event (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31:  100,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 959

Kyrylo Kobzyev opened to 450,000 from the small blind and James Kerr called in the big to see the KdQh2d flop. Kobzyev bet 400,000, Kerr called, and the turn was 7h. Kobzyev bet 1,200,000 with 700,000 behind, Kerr announced all in, and Kobzyev quickly called.

Kobzyev: KcKs
Kerr: QsJc

Kobzyev flopped a set of kings and Kerr was drawing dead to the 6c river to send a double to Kobzyev.

Kyrylo Kobzyev – 5,650,000 (38 bb)
James Kerr – 12,400,000 (83 bb)

Main Event: Steve Brite Doubles Through Gary Bowker

$1,700 TPC Main Event (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31:  100,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 959

Action folded to Steve Brite on the button and he open-shoved for 1,300,000. Gary Bowker confirmed the count and moved all-in over the top from the small blind to isolate.

Brite: Kd9h
Bowker: AsTd

Brite was behind but live and paired his nine on the Qs6d5d6h9c board to double up.

Steve Brite – 2,900,000 (19 bb)
Gary Bowker – 1,200,000 (8 bb)