Willie Wiggins Wins Opening SPS Event 1 Outright for $163K

2023 Tampa Signature Poker Series
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 1

$400 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 3,788

Prize Pool: $1,250,040
September 6 – 11, 2023

Willie Wiggins, SPS Event 1 champion

The inaugural Tampa Signature Poker Series kicked off with the $1,000,000 guaranteed Event 1. The $400 Deep Stack drew 3,788 entries, and Willie Wiggins conquered a tough final table to take the title, the $163,290 top prize, and the SPS trophy.

The turnout over the eight starting flights created the third-biggest tournament field in Tampa history and they put together a prize pool worth $1,250,040. A total of 382 players bagged chips for Day 2, returning in the money, and nine players picked up a bonus min-cash for advancing two stacks forward.

After a long Day 2 run, we had 12 players still in contention when they returned to the Event Center to finish playing it out. Joey Burns held the lead for most of Day 3 but Wiggins took control after some timely doubles and saves.

Wiggins only took one hand of heads-up play to defeat Frank Lewis for the title and the $163K top prize. He celebrated with his friends and took home another trophy to match the one he won in Hollywood a few years back.

Congrats Willie!

Final table results:

PlaceFirst NameLast NameCityStatePrize Amount
1WillieWiggins JrPembroke PinesFL$163,290
2FrankLewisPort OrangeFL$100,680
3JoeyBurnsSaint JohnsFL$78,480
4TraciMyhrumIndian Harbour BeachFL$61,530
5BobPanetta JrValricoFL$48,530
8JonathanGoldBoca RatonFL$24,660