2022 Winter Poker Open

2022 Winter Poker Open in Review

The 2022 Tampa Winter Poker Open was our last major series of the year and it was another great turnout by our players, outstanding from start to finish. We came up just ten entries shy of 2,500 for the series and we awarded more than $1.5 million in prize money.

Events: 10
Entries: 2,490
Guarantees: $1,030,000
Prize Pools: $1,557,790

Numbers are one thing but the series also produced some great stories. Raminder Singh captured the $1,100 Deep Stack for his fourth major Tampa title and 14 overall across all our Seminole Hard Rock Poker rooms.

We ran three one-day tournaments leading up to the WPO Championship with escalating buy-ins; a $600 Deep Stack followed by an $1,100 and $2,200. Adam Jaffe final tabled all three and then took home the trophy in the $2,200.

The opening event of the series drew 1,334 entries over six starting flights and Julio Delgado dominated late to take the title. Jordan Joeckel won the Limit Omaha 8 tournament and finished sixth in the Mixed Pot Limit Omaha the next evening.

But the star of the series with the $500,000 guaranteed WPO Championship that drew 471 entries over the three starting days. Local cash game regular Ken McAdams ran pure at the final table and booked the $108,000 victory.

Thank you to our local players and those who traveled to take part in the Tampa Winter Poker Open. We appreciate you and hope to see you again, maybe at our next major series in March with the 2023 Tampa Poker Classic.

That full schedule can be found by clicking here, 2023 Tampa Poker Classic schedule, followed by a link to each WPO tournament.

WPO Championship – Ken McAdams – $108,000
Event 1 ($400 NLH): Julio Delgado – $62,750
Event 2 ($400 NLH): Jack Sumner – $10,749
Event 3 ($400 O8): Jordan Joeckel – $5,165
Event 4 ($600 NLH): Fabian Caicedo – $15,925
Event 5 ($400 Mixed PLO): Joseph Kessman – $6,475
Event 6 ($1,100 NLH): Raminder Singh – $21,486
Event 7 ($2,200 NLH): Adam Jaffe – $32,000
Event 9 ($2,500 NLH): Justin Jones – $14,625
Event 10 ($250 Early Bird): Michael Quinn – $5,000

Michael Quinn Wins last WPO Trophy in Four-Way Deal

2022 Winter Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 10
$250 Early Bird NLH (Re-Entry)
$10,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  118
Prize Pool:  $24,190
December 12, 2022

Michael Quinn

While the WPO Championship was playing its final table, we threw one more fun tournament on the schedule. The new $250 Early Bird tournament drew 118 entries on a Monday morning, and Michael Quinn took the last trophy of the series along with $5,000 after a four-way deal.

PlaceFirst NameLast NameCityStatePrize Amount
1MichaelQuinnOcalaFL$5,000 *
2MichaelWilleySeminoleFL$3,600 *
3GregoryOsborneSun City CenterFL$3,600 *
4MichaelSandersCutler BayFL$3,600 *
7WilliamMyersHaines CityFL$930
9JosephCraigSt PetersburgFL$650
15MostafaAboalmajedS PasadenaFL$510

* – denotes results of a four-way deal

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 *
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)


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

2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Coming Up!

The Tampa Winter Poker Open is wrapping up but we have some exciting tournament action on the other side of the state at the start of the new year. The 2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open gets underway in Hollywood on January 12 with 43 trophy events and millions in guaranteed prize money.

They open the series with a $600 Deep Stack that features a $1,000,000 guarantee and the series is headlined by the LHPO Championship on January 20. That tournament has a $3,500 buy-in and $2,000,000 guarantee and will pack its ballroom.

There are plenty of game options during the series, take a look at the schedule and we hope to see some of our regulars down in South Florida.

2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open schedule

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)