Tampa Poker Classic

Championship: Counts on Break

$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

Three players remain at the next break of the day with Bryce McVay leading, Paul Snead not far behind, and Tom McDonald with some work to do.

Seat 2: Tom McDonald – 2,500,000 (17 bb)
Seat 3: Bryce McVay – 8,400,000 (56 bb)
Seat 4: Paul Snead – 6,700,000 (45 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $198,150
2nd: $132,095
3rd: $97,475

Championship: Dante Cianfarra – 4th Place ($72,710)

$2,500 TPC Championship (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 440

Dante Cianfarra

Paul Snead opened to 275,000 from the button and Dante Cianfarra moved all in from the small blind. Tom McDonald checked his cards and quickly moved all in from the big to get a fold from Snead.

McDonald: KhKd
Cianfarra: QhJh

McDonald caught a big hand and Cianfarra was in trouble for a double. The board ran 6h6d3cKc9c and McDonald made a full house to win the pot. They counted down the stacks and McDonald had Cainfarra covered by a single 25K chip to send him out in fourth place.

Tom McDonald – 2,875,000 (23 bb)
Dante Cianfarra – Eliminated in 4th Place ($72,710)

Championship: Updated Counts

$2,500 TPC Championship (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 440

Blinds are up at the four-handed Championship final table with Bryce McVay and Paul Snead holding the bigger stacks while Tom McDonald and Dante Cianfarra are grinding it out.

Seat 1: Dante Cianfarra – 2,300,000 (18 bb)
Seat 2: Tom McDonald – 2,500,000 (20 bb)
Seat 3: Bryce McVay – 6,625,000 (53 bb)
Seat 4: Paul Snead – 6,125,000 (49 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $198,150
2nd: $132,095
3rd: $97,475
4th: $72,710

Event 14: Final Five Lead by Karl Manouchakian

$1,700 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 19:  6,000/12,000 with a 12,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 94

While we are concentrating on the four-handed Championship, Event 14 reached its final table and down to five players. Karl Manouchakian leads with Event 12 winner and runner-up Bret Apter and Hunter Cichy still in contention along with Aaron Thivyanathan and Daniel Sepoil.

Seat 1: Aaron Thivyanathan – 585,000 (49 bb)
Seat 2: Daniel Sepoil – 664,000 (55 bb)
Seat 3: Karl Manouchakian – 761,000 (63 bb)
Seat 4: Hunter Cichy – 357,000 (30 bb)
Seat 5: Brett Apter – 465,000 (39 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $45,970 + TPC trophy
2nd: $28,410
3rd: $18,850
4th: $13,020
5th: $9,390

Championship: Justin Zaki – 5th Place ($54,830)

$2,500 TPC Championship (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 440

Justin Zaki

Justin Zaki open-shipped for 950,000 from the button and Tom McDonald called in the big blind for slightly more.

McDonald: Ah7d
Zaki: QcJd

Zaki was live for a double up but he couldn’t catch on the Ts4h4d8sKc board to exit the Championship in fifth place.

Tom McDonald – 2,150,000 (22 bb)
Justin Zaki – Eliminated in 5th Place ($54,830)

Championship: Alexander Orlov – 6th Place ($41,800)

$2,500 TPC Championship (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 440

Alexander Orlov

Paul Snead opened to 225,000 from the cutoff and Alexander Orlov moved all in for 950,000 from the button. The blinds folded, Snead asked for a count and called.

“I’m peeling,” Snead said to Bryce McVay.

Snead: Ah9d
Orlov: As8s

Snead was ahead with the bigger ace and his hand held on the Kd6c2dJd7d board to send a tough Orlov out in sixth place.

Paul Snead – 6,400,000 (64 bb)
Alexander Orlov – Eliminated in 6th Place ($41,800)

Championship: Justin Zaki Doubles Through Dante Cianfarra

$2,500 TPC Championship (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  6 of 440

Justin Zaki open-shoved for 950,000 from the hijack and Dante Cianfarra reshipped for 1,350,000 from the cutoff. The button and blinds folded and the cards were tabled.

Zaki: Ac9h
Cianfarra: 7d7h

It was a race and Zaki took the lead on the Js9s8s flop. The 8h turn and Ah river finished the board and Zaki doubled with aces up.

Cianfarra was down to only 400,000 and put those in the middle on the next hand. Paul Snead called from the small blind to put Cianfarra at risk.

Cianfarra: QcTh
Snead: JdTs

Cianfarra was in shape for a needed double and his hand held after the 3c2s2d9hAh run out.

Justin Zaki – 2,150,000 (22 bb)
Dante Cianfarra – 1,000,000 (10 bb)
Paul Snead – 5,450,000 (55 bb)

Championship: Counts on Break

$2,500 TPC Championship (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  6 of 440

Seat 1: Dante Cianfarra – 1,425,000 (14 bb)
Seat 2: Tom McDonald – 1,500,000 (15 bb)
Seat 3: Bryce McVay – 6,400,000 (64 bb)
Seat 4: Paul Snead – 5,850,000 (59 bb)
Seat 6: Alexander Orlov – 1,450,000 (15 bb)
Seat 8: Justin Zaki – 950,000 (10 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $198,150
2nd: $132,095
3rd: $97,475
4th: $72,710
5th: $54,830
6th: $41,800

Championship: Siddharth Siddharth – 7th Place ($32,225)

$2,500 TPC Championship (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 26:  40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante
Players Remaining:  6 of 440

Siddharth Siddharth

Siddharth Siddharth open-shoved for 1,160,000 and it folded to Bryce McVay in the small blind. He asked for the count, took a moment, and called.

“One time,” Paul Snead said as he checked his cards in the big blind.

“There are only two left,” McVay told Snead after he folded.

McVay: AhAd
Siddharth: KsJd

The board ran out Ts7s2dKd9d to give Siddharth a small sweat but the Poker Room regular was eliminated in seventh place.

Bryce McVay – 5,910,000 (74 bb)
Siddharth Siddharth – Eliminated in 7th Place ($32,225)

Championship: Bryce McVay Versus Dante Cianfarra

$2,500 TPC Championship (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 26:  40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante
Players Remaining:  7 of 440

With right around 1,000,000 in the pot and the board reading Qh8d6sTsQs, Bryce McVay bet 550,000 from the big blind. Dante Cianfarra thought for a few minutes and called to finish the massive pot.

McVay tabled 9d7h for a turned ten-high straight, Ciafarra mucked his hand, and the former leader dropped under 15 big blinds.

Bryce McVay – 4,750,000 (59 bb)
Dante Cianfarra – 1,150,000 (14 bb)