|1||Wed, December 01||11AM||$300||One Day 50K No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD||Coming Soon|
|2||Wed, December 01||2PM||$300||Omaha 8 or Better (Re-Entry)||Coming Soon|
|3A||Thu, December 02||11AM||$400||No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) Day 1A - $100,000 GTD||Coming Soon|
|3B||Fri, December 03||11AM||$400||No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) Day 1B - $100,000 GTD||Coming Soon|
|3C||Sat, December 04||11AM||$400||No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) Day 1C - $100,000 GTD||Coming Soon|
|3||Sun, December 05||12PM||Day 2||No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) Day 2 - $100,000 GTD||Coming Soon|
|4||Thu, December 02||2PM||$300||O.E.||Coming Soon|
|5||Fri, December 03||2PM||$300||H.O.R.S.E.||Coming Soon|
|6||Sun, December 05||2PM||$200||Bankroll Builder No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) - $10,000 GTD||Coming Soon|
|7||Mon, December 06||11AM||$250||Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) - $10,000 GTD||Coming Soon|
|8||Mon, December 06||6PM||$180||Triple Stack Special No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) - $20,000 GTD||Coming Soon|
|9||Tue, December 07||11AM||$600||No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTD||Coming Soon|
|10||Wed, December 08||11AM||$1,100||One Day Challange No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD||Coming Soon|
|11A||Thu, December 09||11AM||$1,700||Tampa Main Event No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) Day 1A - $200,000 GTD||Coming Soon|
|11B||Fri, December 10||11AM||$1,700||Tampa Main Event No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) Day 1B - $200,000 GTD||Coming Soon|
|11C||Sat, December 11||11AM||$1,700||Tampa Main Event No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) Day 1C - $200,000 GTD||Coming Soon|
|11||Sun, December 12||12PM||Day 2||Tampa Main Event No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) Day 2 - $200,000 GTD||Coming Soon|
|12||Sun, December 12||2PM||$300+$100||Black Chip Bounty No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) $20,000 GTD||Coming Soon|
|13||Mon, December 13||11AM||$250||Seniors Plus 60+ No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) - $10,000 GTD||Coming Soon|
|14||Tue, December 07||6PM||$140||Satellite (1 1n 10) into Event 10 - 2 Seats GTD||Coming Soon|
|15||Wed, December 08||3PM||$250||Main Event Satellite into Main Event Day 1A - 5 Seats GTD||Coming Soon|
|16||Wed, December 08||6PM||$250||Main Event Satellite into Main Event Day 1A - 5 Seats GTD||Coming Soon|
|17||Thu, December 09||3PM||$250||Main Event Satellite into Main Event Day 1B - 5 Seats GTD||Coming Soon|
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|19||Fri, December 10||6PM||$300||Main Event Satellite into Main Event Day 1C - 5 Seats GTD||Coming Soon|
No one was completely 100% sure what to expect with the return of a big poker tournament series in Tampa. Whatever expectations there were, they were blown away by the Winter Poker Open turnout.
The numbers were fantastic across all eight tournaments; a testament to our fantastic base of regulars and a schedule that attracted a large number of out-of-state players. Along the way, we found some great stories.
Kenneth Goldfarb won the first multi-flight tournament on the schedule only a few days before celebrating his 77th birthday. Jason Block defeated Alex Vazquez heads-up for the Event 4 trophy and Vazquez followed that up the next day with a victory of his own in Event 5.
Raminder Singh made the trek from the east coast of Florida to win Event 6 and his nephew Harmeet Chawla closed out the series with the Black Chip Bounty trophy.
But the Main Event was the headliner of this series. The tournament featured a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool that was matched early in the first flight. The turnout went on to put more than $1,000,000 on top of that guarantee for a $1,207,450 prize pool. Max Young, a recent Oregon-to-Florida transfer, topped the 779-entry field in the Main Event to claim the $226,510 top prize.
Congratulations to all of our WPO Champions and those who made the money. Thank you and thank you again to all the players who came out to make the Winter Poker Open a success. We hope to see both old friends and new the next time around.
And that time is coming soon with the Tampa Poker Classic returning early in 2021! Mark your calendars and start making your plans to return for the next big series running February 17th through March 1st. We will publish a detailed schedule as soon as it is set.
Event 1 ($300 NLH): Irfan Khairi – $18,063
Event 2 ($400 NLH Multi-Day): Kenneth Goldfarb – $31,267
Event 3 ($200 NLH): Ryan Hogan – $6,500
Event 4 ($150 NLH): Jason Block – $4,860
Event 5 ($400 NLH): Alex Vazquez – $6,936
Event 6 ($600 NLH): Raminder Singh – $17,931
Event 8 ($400 Black Chip Bounty): Harmeet Chawla – $9,707
WPO Main Event: Max Young – $226,510
2020 Winter Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
$1,700 WPO Main Event
Prize Pool: $1,207,450
December 10-14, 2020
By any measure, the 2020 Winter Poker Open was a huge success and it was capped off by the $1,700 buy-in Main Event. The tournament turned out to be the biggest WPO Main Event in our history and recent Florida transfer Max Young captured the outright title along with $226,510.
The Main Event featured a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool with three starting flights. The guarantee was surpassed early on the first day and the three flights combined to put 779 entries into the Main Event for a huge prize pool worth $1,207,450. Those numbers represent two records; the biggest WPO Main Event field and prize pool in our history topping the 671 entries and $1,006,500 prize pool from 2017.
The 779 starters were whittled down to 125 players returning for Day 2 on a Sunday afternoon. Only 78 of those players could earn a piece of the prize pool and the money bubble burst shortly before the first break of the day. Tampa regular Peter Walsworth put the field in the money when he flopped the nut flush versus the second nut flush of Jonathan Marlow.
Max Young took the lead late in Day 2 and carried it to the seven-handed final table on Monday. He was followed closely by Walsworth with Fernando Rodriguez, Darin Thompson, Edgardo Rosario, Phil Hernz, and WSOP Circuit High Roller champ Romeo Mendoza rounding out the final table.
“I started running hot,” Young said of his Day 2 ride. “I felt really good late in the day and honestly wanted to play it out.”
“I hate sleeping on a big Day 3 like that.”
Young held on to his lead throughout the final table while players continued to drop, only giving it up once he was heads-up with Rosario for the title. He let the lead slide momentarily but soon took it back and locked up the WPO Main Event title along with the $226,510 top prize.
“I felt tuned in (at the final table),” Young said. “I’ll be back.”
This win adds to an already impressive list of accomplishments for Young. He is just shy of $2 million in career earnings along with two WSOP Circuit Main Event rings, a WPTDeepStacks San Diego title, a win on the Mid-States Poker Tour, and a Big Stax 1500 win in Pennsylvania. An Oregon native now calling Florida home, Young seems to pick up wins all around the country.
Congratulations to Max and we look forward to his return to defend his title.
Final table results:
1st: Max Young – $226,510 + Guitar Trophy
2nd: Edgardo Rosario – $158,828
3rd: Peter Walsworth – $102,211
4th: Fernando Rodriguez – $73,618
5th: Darin Thompson – $56,497
6th: Phil Hernz – $45,605
7th: Romeo Mendoza – $37,890
While the previous level had little activity, they came out blazing after the break. The first few hands saw chips slide back and forth until the last of the tournament.
Max Young limped his button and Edgardo Rosario made a huge move all in for 9,700,000. Young confirmed the count, thought for a minute and called with a chance to end it.
It was a big race for a lot of money. Rosario needed to hold to double into a big lead and the was safe. His lead evaporated when Young paired his jack on the turn and Young made overkill trip jacks on the river. Young took the rest of the chips in the tournament and became the 2020 WPO Main Event champion.
Rosario earned $158,828 for his second-place finish while Young earned $226,510 for the title.
1st: Max Young – $226,510
2nd: Edgardo Rosario – $158,828
There were no major pots over the first 30 minutes of heads up play and they are now enjoying a 15-minute break. Edgardo Rosario momentarily took the lead after chipping away but Max Young is back on top when they resume.
Seat 3: Max Young – 13,550,000 (45 bb)
Seat 7: Edgardo Rosario – 9,825,000 (33 bb)
The heads-up battle for the WPO Main Event title is underway with Max Young leading Edgardo Rosario with a lot of money on the line.
Seat 3: Max Young – 13,800,000 (69 bb)
Seat 7: Edgardo Rosario – 9,575,000 (48 bb)
Peter Walsworth opened to 450,000 from the button and Edgardo Rosario ripped it in from the big blind for 4,725,000. Walsworth waited for a count and called with a slightly bigger stack.
Walsworth was ahead but Rosario hit the flop to take the lead. Walsworth could not find a save on the turn or river and was left very short. Two hands later, he was sent out by Max Young to set up the heads up battle for the title.
Edgardo Rosario – 9,575,000 (48 bb)
Peter Walsworth – Eliminated in 3rd place ($102,211)
There was little action over the first 30 minutes of the new level as they began to chip Max Young’s stack down a little with well-timed shoves. Then Young and Fernando Rodriguez played a pot to the river with the board reading . Rodriguez bet 500,000, Youngs raised to 1,700,000 and Rodriguez quickly called.
Young showed for a king-high straight and Rodriguez (reportedly) mucked aces.
That left Rodriguez short and he moved all in for 1,125,000 after a flop. Young called on the button and Edgardo Rosario folded his small blind.
Rodriguez needed to catch a diamond or jacks to double but blanked the turn and river to go out in fourth place.
Max Young – 11,800,000 (79 bb)
Fernando Rodriguez – Eliminated in 4th place ($73,618)
Players are taking another 15-minute break with blinds going up to 100,000/150,000 and a 150,000 ante. The average stack is 5,850,000 (39 bb) with four players remaining.
Seat 1: Fernando Rodriguez – 6,525,000 (44 bb)
Seat 2: Peter Walsworth – 3,325,000 (22 bb)
Seat 3: Max Young – 10,225,000 (68 bb)
Seat 7: Edgardo Rosario – 3,300,000 (22 bb)
Peter Walsworth opened to 275,000 from under the gun and Edgardo Rosario moved all in for 1,225,000 from the small blind. Fernando Rodriguez folded his big and Walsworth called.
Rosario was ahead for the double and moved further out front when he paired his nine on the flop. The turn and river finished the board and Rosario doubled up again.
Edgardo Rosario – 2,700,000 (22 bb)
Peter Walsworth – 5,275,000 (42 bb)