Winter Open

Event 3: David DiBernadi Books Outright Win for Freeze-Out Title

2019 Winter Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 3
$570 No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Entries: 80
Prize Pool: $40,000
December 9, 2019

David DiBernardi, 2019 Winter Poker Open Freeze-Out champ

The Winter Poker Open kicked off the new week with a $570 Freeze-Out that had a guitar trophy awaiting the winner along with first-place money. More than 12 hours after the start, David DiBernardi was standing alone after an outright win for $12,379.

The tournament drew exactly 80 entries to create a prize pool worth $40,000. The last 12 players made some money and they hit the money bubble right at the dinner break. They stuck around for three more hands before WSOPC Coco ring winner Mark Stephen Edwards knocked out Mario Alonso.

They returned from dinner and were soon at the final table. Joshua Poe moved into the chip lead after knocking the first few players out but DiBernardi took it over after sending Andrew Boyer and November Niner John Dolan out in succession.

DiBernardi had a healthy lead to start heads-up with Poe and it ended quickly. Poe picked up pocket queens on the last hand but they were no good when the money got in after the flop. DiBernardi hit two pair and that was good enough to give him the win along with the guitar trophy.

Event 3 results:

1st: David DiBernardi – $12,379 + Guitar Trophy
2nd: Joshua Peo – $7,651
3rd: Andrew Boyer – $5,132
4th: John Dolan – $3,569
5th: Mark Stephen Edwards – $2,578
6th: Vittario Iemolo – $1,937
7th: Bryce McVay – $1,515
8th: Jeff Morzella – $1,237
9th: Melody Murphy – $1,056
10th: David Sweeley – $1,056
11th: Jeffrey Higgins – $945
12th: Oscar Lindo – $945

Event 2: David DiBernardi Defeats Joshua Poe

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 22:  10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante

David DiBernardi

The heads-up match did not last long. A few hands into the battle, Joshua Poe opened to 60,000 from the button and David DiBernardi called to see the 7h6h4d flop.

Poe got his last 500,000 in the middle and saw the damage.

DiBernardi: 6s4c
Poe: QsQd

Poe caught a preflop monster but DiBernardi out flopped him with two pair sixes and fours. The Kc turn and 4s river were blanks for Poe and DiBernardi locked up the Event 3 title.

1st: David DiBernardi – $12,379 + Guitar Trophy
2nd: Joshua Peo – $7,651

Joshua Poe

Event 3: Andrew Boyer – 3rd Place ($5,132)

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 22:  10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 80

Andrew Boyer

In a battle of the blinds, Andrew Boyer bet 95,000 with the board reading QhTd6d6c. David DiBernardi called and the river came Jd.

Boyer bet 100,000 and DiBernardi announced all in. Boyer had 200,000 behind and called after a minute.

DiBernardi: Qs6h
Boyer: Qd8h

Boyer had two pair, aces and queens, but DiBernardi once again was better the a full house sixes full of queens to send Boyer out.

David DiBernardi – 1,265,000 (63 bb)
Andrew Boyer – Eliminated in 3rd Place ($5,312)

Event 3: John Dolan – 4th Place ($3,569)

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 80

John Dolan

John Dolan limped from the small blind, David DiBernardi checked, and the flop came AcQc7d. Dolan bet 15,000, DiBernardi called, and the turn was Ah.

Dolan bet another 25,000 and DiBernardi called. Dolan checked after the 7s river and DiBernardi announced all in. Dolan thought for several minutes and called with his last 135,000.

DiBernardi tabled 7c5h for a full house, sevens over aces and Dolan was second best with Qs8h to exit in fourth place.

David DiBernardi – 790,000 (53 bb)
John Dolan – Eliminated in 4th Place ($3,569)

Event 3: Andrew Boyers Doubles Through Joshua Poe

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 80

Andrew Boyer open-shoved for 160,000 from under the gun and Joshua quickly called from the big blind.

Boyer: QcTh
Poe: AsQh

Boyer was dominated and needed help, which he found on the JdTd9h flop. His paired ten put him in the lead and his double came after the 7h turn and 7d river.

Andrew Boyer – 345,000 (23 bb)
Joshua Poe – 960,000 (64 bb)

Event 3: Mark Stephen Edwards – 5th Place ($2,578)

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 80

Mark Stephen Edwards

Action folded to Mark Stephen Edwards on the button and he moved all in for 130,000. Joshue Poe checked his cards, shrugged, and called.

Poe: 9d8d
Edwards: 7h5d

Edwards had two live cards to double but it was Poe who paired the Js9h2s flop. The Ah turn and Jc river were no help and Edwards was eliminated in fifth place.

Joshua Poe – 1,145,000 (76 bb)
Mark Stephen Edwards – Eliminated in 5th Place ($2,578)

Event 3: Vittario Iemolo – 6th Place ($1,937)

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 80

Vittario Iemolo

Vittario Iemolo was the next player to take a shot trying to double and moved all in for 185,000. Joshua Poe stayed active and called with a chance for another knockout.

Poe: 6h6d
Iemolo: AhKd

Iemolo was racing to stay in the game but Poe improved to a set on the 8d7h6c flop. The board finished As turn and 9s river to send our former chip leader out in sixth place.

Joshua Poe – 985,000 (66 bb)
Vittario Iemolo – Eliminated in 6th Place ($1,937)

Event 3: Joshua Poe Doubles Through John Dolan

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20:  5,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining:  6 of 80

Joshua Poe opened to 56,000 from the cutoff and John Dolan moved all in from the small blind. Poe took a quick moment to think about it and called at risk for 390,000.

Poe: KhKs
Dolan: 9s9d

Poe was in great shape to double up and the 7h4h2c8h9h board gave him an overkill flush to double.

Joshua Poe – 810,000 (54 bb)
John Dolan – 185,000 (12 bb)

Event 3: Updated Counts on Break

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 19:  5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining:  7 of 80

Seat 1: Andrew Boyer – 305,000 (31 bb)
Seat 2: John Dolan – 195,000 (20 bb)
Seat 3: Bryce McVay – 210,000 (21 bb)
Seat 4: Vittario Iemolo – 470,000 (47 bb)
Seat 5: David DiBernardi – 140,000 (14 bb)
Seat 7: Mark Stephen Edwards – 260,000 (26 bb)
Seat 8: Joshua Poe – 420,000 (42 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $12,379 + Guitar Trophy
2nd: $7,651
3rd: $5,132
4th: $3,569
5th: $2,578
6th: $1,937
7th: $1,515

Event 3: Joshua Poe Doubles Through David DiBernardi

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 18:  4,000/8,000 with a 8,000 ante
Players Remaining:  7 of 80

It was heads-up between Joshua Poe and David DiBernardi when Poe got his 160,000 stack in the middle after a KcJhTd. DiBernardi had him at risk with top pair/top kicker AsKd against QhJd.

Poe had a pair of jacks and a straight draw that missed the 7d turn but hit the 9c river for his double.

Joshua Poe – 365,000 (46 bb)
David DiBernardi – 174,000 (22 bb)

Event 3: Jeff Morzella – 8th Place ($1,237)

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 18:  4,000/8,000 with a 8,000 ante
Players Remaining:  7 of 80

Jeff Morzella

Vittario Iemolo opened to 17,000 from the hijack, David DiBernadi called in cutoff, and Jeff Morzella moved all in for 64,000 from the button. The blinds folded, Iemolo released, and DiBernardi called.

DiBernardi: 6s6c
Morzella: QdJs

Morzella had two over cards to double but blanked the entire AsAc9cKd6h board to exit in eighth place.

David DiBernardi – 343,000 (43 bb)
Jeff Morzella – Eliminated in 8th Place ($1,237)

Event 3: Mark Stephen Edwards Doubles Through David DiBernardi

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 17:  3,000/6,000 with a 6,000 ante
Players Remaining:  8 of 80

Mark Stephen Edwards

Mark Stephen Edwards open-shoved for 90,000 from the button and the move made it around to David DiBernardi in the small blind. After a minute, he moved all in as well to get a fold from the short-stacked Jeff Morzella in the big.

Edwards: JhJc
DiBernardi: 9d9h

Edwards was in great shape for the double up and faded the AcKsKh4dAd board to double up, ring winner versus ring winner.

Mark Stephen Edwards – 192,000 (32 bb)
David DiBernardi – 253,000 (42 bb)

Event 3: Melody Murphy – 9th Place ($1,056)

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 16:  3,000/5,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining:  8 of 80

In a four-way pot, the flop came Th6s3s and Joshua Poe checked from the hijack. Melody Murphy moved all in form 116,000 from cutoff to get folds from Andrew Boyer on the button and Bryce McVay in the big blind.

Poe thought for a minute and called.

Poe: 5s2s
Murphy: 9s8s

“Oh,” was all Poe could muster.

Murphy was ahead with the bigger cards and better draws. The Qd turn changed nothing but Poe paired his five on the 5d river to send her out in ninth place.

Joshua Poe – 345,000 (69 bb)
Melody Murphy – Eliminated in 9th Place ($1,056)

Event 3: Final Table Set

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 16:  3,000/5,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining:  9 of 80

Three players hit the payout desk after dinner and the Freeze-Out final table is set Vittario Iemolo the new leader.

Seat 1: Andrew Boyer – 330,000 (66 bb)
Seat 2: John Dolan – 115,000 (23 bb)
Seat 3: Bryce McVay – 244,000 (49 bb)
Seat 4: Vittario Iemolo – 370,000 (74 bb)
Seat 5: David DiBernardi – 279,000 (56 bb)
Seat 6: Jeff Morzella – 120,000 (24 bb)
Seat 7: Mark Stephen Edwards – 120,000 (24 bb)
Seat 8: Joshua Poe – 281,000 (56 bb)
Seat 9: Melody Murphy – 153,000 (31 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $12,379 + Guitar Trophy
2nd: $7,651
3rd: $5,132
4th: $3,569
5th: $2,578
6th: $1,937
7th: $1,515
8th: $1,237
9th: $1,056

10th: David Sweeley – $1,056
11th: Jeffrey Higgins – $945
12th: Oscar Lindo – $945

Event 3: Back in Action

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 15:  2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining:  12 of 80

Bryce McVay

The dinner break is complete and players are back in their seats with Bryce McVay leading. Only 12 players remain and they are in the money.

Top five returning stacks:

  1. Bryce McVay – 314,000 (79 bb)
  2. Andrew Boyer – 303,000 (76 bb)
  3. Vittario Iemolo – 202,000 (51 bb)
  4. David DiBernardi – 199,000 (50 bb)
  5. Joshua Poe – 190,000 (48 bb)

Event 3: Mario Alonso Eliminated by Mark Stephen Edwards on the Bubble

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 15:  2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining:  12 of 80

Mario Alonso

Karl Manouchakian was eliminated shortly before the dinner break and the field was on the money bubble with 13 remaining. Tournament staff pushed the clock past the dinner break until they reached the money.

On the third hand of the bubble, WSOPC Coco ring winner Mark Stephen Edwards opened the action, Joshua Poe called from the small blind, and Mario Alonso moved all in for 21,000 from the big. Both live players called the shove and the flop was Ad7d2h.

Poe checked and Edwards bet 15,000 to get a fold.

Edwards: Ac5d
Alonso: Kh7h

Alonso paired the board but so did Edwards and his ace was ahead. The 9h turn and Ts river finished the board to send Alonso out on the bubble and the remaining players on dinner break.

Event 3: Bubble or Dinner?

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 14:  1,500/3,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining:  17 of 80

WSOP Circuit Coco ring winner David DiBernardi is in contention near the bubble

Level 14 is upon them as the field broke down to the last two tables. There are 17 players remaining with 12 getting paid and the dinner break on the horizon.

It will be a race to see which gets there first.

Event 3: Jeff Morzella Joins Leaders

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 13:  1,500/2,500 with a 2,500 ante
Players Remaining:  21 of 80

Jeff Morzella

Event 3 is nearing the dinner break and also the last two tables. Tampa regular Jeff Morzella moved among the leaders as others dropped, his 206,000 good enough for the top spot at the moment.

The dinner break is scheduled at 6:45 pm and will last 40 minutes.

Event 3: Big Stacks at Break

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 11:  1,000/1,500 with a 1,500 ante
Players Remaining:  30 of 80

Karl Manouchakian

Another break is complete as the black chips came out of play. There are only 30 players remaining as the march to the title continues.

Joshua Poe is back in the leader seat with 165,500 with Bryce McVay not far behind with 154,500. Tampa regular Karl Manouchakian is a new name near the top and he’s sitting with 125,000.

They will play three more levels before taking a dinner break after Level 14.

Event 3: Prize Pool and Payouts with $12,379 to the Freeze-Out Champ

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 10:  600/1,200 with a 1,200 ante
Players Remaining:  35 of 80

The numbers were crunched and the payout information was released. Event 3 officially drew 80 entries to create a nice, even $40,000 prize pool. The top 12 spots will make the money with a min-cash earning $945 and the Freeze-Out winner taking home $12,379 plus the Winter Poker Open Guitar Trophy.

2019 Winter Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 3
$570 No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Entries: 80
Prize Pool: $40,000
December 9, 2019

1st: $12,379 + Guitar Trophy
2nd: $7,651
3rd: $5,132
4th: $3,569
5th: $2,578
6th: $1,937
7th: $1,515
8th: $1,237
9th-10th: $1,056
11th-12th: $945

Event 3: Big Stacks for Andrew Boyer and Bryce McVay

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Structure
Level 9:  500/1,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining:  45 of 80

Andrew Boyer

There are two big stacks emerging from the crowd of Freeze-Outters. Andrew Boyer was the biggest at break with 119,200 but he added another 30,000 shortly after by sending out an opponent.

Former SHR Tampa Winter Poker Open winner Bryce McVay was second at the time with 112,600 and aiming for another guitar trophy.

Bryce McVay