The 2016 Winter Poker Open at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa began December 1 and concluded during the early morning hours of December 19. The 14-tournament series ran as part of the 2016/2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker season and was capped off by the $1,650 Championship.
The series finale boasted a $300,000 guarantee that was more than doubled as 489 entries ponied up the buy-in for a shot at a Tampa title. In all, the prize pool settled at $733,500 and the event enjoyed a year-over-year attendance increase of almost 40 entries. Earning the tournament’s top prize along with the guitar trophy and a $5,250 seat in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship was David Bradshaw of Atlanta, Georgia.
That concludes the 2016 Winter Poker Open. Next up for Seminole Hard Rock Tampa is the WPTDeepStacks-Tampa series slated for June of 2017. Complete series details will be posted right here at SHRTPoker.com when available.
2016 Winter Poker Open Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, FL Event 13 $1,650 Championship Entries: 489 Prize Pool: $733,500 December 15-18, 2016
David Bradshaw won the Winter Poker Open Championship during the early morning hours of Monday pocketing $154,750. The $1,650 buy-in event ran at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa and drew a huge field of 489 entries. In addition to the lion’s share of the $733,500 prize pool, Bradshaw earned the property’s token guitar trophy and a $5,250 seat in next August’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship.
“Everything just worked out,” Bradshaw said. “Perfect timing. I ended the year right. I guess I’m going to have to learn how to play the guitar now.”
Bradshaw remained poised often playing 100 or more big blinds deep during the late stages of play. He began the final table with an advantage of nearly 2-to-1 over second place and eventual runner-up Matthew Leecy. From there, the action moved fast with Susan MacPherson, Joey Alegria and John O’Neal busting in the first level of nine-handed play. Chris Boyle was next to go in sixth leaving the remaining five players with an average stack of almost 60 big blinds. It wasn’t until Moe Affaneh picked up aces against Josh Lowing’s ace-king that the next elimination came. The duo got it in preflop only to see a Q-J-10-Q-J runout. Broadway left Affaneh’s aces busted and he was eliminated fifth. Next to go was Shawn Barnett who picked up jacks against Bradshaw’s aces. Barnett got no help and busted fourth.
The final three played for a bit, but soon agreed to the aforementioned deal. Leecy pocketed an even $120,000 while Josh Lowing earned $86,857.
Bradshaw is 41 years old. He was born in Miami but now resides in Atlanta where he is a store owner. This marks his second major tournament win and puts him over $200,000 in career earnings.
The 2016 WPO Championship’s monster field generated a total prize pool of more than $730,000. That number easily exceeded the $300,000 guarantee and marked an increase of about 35 entries year over year. The event’s three starting flights broke down as follows; Flight A: 142 entries, 30 advanced, Flight B: 112 entries, 26 advanced, Flight C: 235 entries, 54 advanced.
“I think it was a great tournament,” Bradshaw said. “I liked it being over in two days. I’ll definitely be here to play it again.”
The finale drew such headliners as 2004 WSOP Main Event champion Greg Raymer, 2010 November Niner John Dolan, reigning SHRP Player of the Year David Prociak and SHRP team member Sheddy Siddiqui. While none of these standouts were able to make Day 2, many others did including all three Seminole Hard Rock Tampa team members John Racener, Justin Zaki and Wally Maddah, defending champion John Templeton, SHRP team members Jessica Dawley and Mike Laake as well as Allen Kessler.
Among those to finish in the money were Russ Head (16th), Cheri Beatty (22nd), Kessler (23rd), James Calderaro (29th), Laake (31st), Ryan Van Sanford (39th) and Dawley (45th).
The conclusion of the Championship marked the end of the 2016 WPO. The next major series taking place at the property is the WPTDeepStacks-Tampa series slated for June of 2017.
WPO Championship final results:
1st: David Bradshaw – $154,750 + SHRPO Seat 2nd: Matthew Leecy – $120,000 3rd: Josh Lowing – $86,857 4th: Shawn Barnett – $53,179 5th: Moe Affaneh – $41,810 6th: Chris Boyle – $34,841 7th: John O’Neal – $27,873 8th: Joey Alegria – $21,272 9th: Susan MacPherson – $14,670 10th: Peter Walsworth – $9,536 11th: Jaeli Moron – $9,536 12th: Manny Minaya – $9,536 13th: Bradley Snider – $7,335 14th: Allauddin Khan – $7,335 15th: Mark Darner – $7,335 16th: Russ Head – $5,795 17th: John Gordon – $5,795 18th: Paul Balzano – $5,795 19th: Brett Bader – $4,548 20th: Kirsten Olieberg – $4,548 21st: Talesh Patel – $4,548 22nd: Cheri Beatty – $4,548 23rd: Allen Kessler – $4,548 24th: Kevin Chan – $4,548 25th: Ahmad Hamoush – $4,548 26th: Rosario Simone – $4,548 27th: Anthony Astarita – $4,548 28th: Ralph Dyer – $4,034 29th: James Calderaro – $4,034 30th: Antuan Bunkley – $4,034 31st: Mike Laake – $4,034 32nd: Jonathan Toth – $4,034 33rd: Chris Binion – $4,034 34th: Lewis Gallo, Jr. – $4,034 35th: Mok Bsaiso – $4,034 36th: Alex Venovski – $4,034 37th: Paul Stanechewski – $3,668 38th: Mark Scacewater – $3,668 39th: Ryan Van Sanford – $3,668 40th: Michael Osborne – $3,668 41st: Stephen Speer – $3,668 42nd: Luis Torres – $3,668 43rd: Mark “Bud” Wiser – $3,668 44th: Brian Arbaugh – $3,668 45th: Jessica Dawley – $3,668
$1,650 WPO Championship (Re-Entry) Level 30: 50,000/100,000 with a 15,000 ante Players Remaining: 3 of 489
The final three players agreed to a deal that saw chip leader David Bradshaw earn $154,750 along with the $5,250 seat and guitar. Matthew Leecy pocketed an even $120,000 while short stack Josh Lowing went home with $86,857.
A complete tournament report will be posted shortly. In the meantime, here’s a look at the final table results:
1st: David Bradshaw – $154,750 + SHRPO Seat 2nd: Matthew Leecy – $120,000 3rd: Josh Lowing – $86,857 4th: Shawn Barnett – $53,179 5th: Moe Affaneh – $41,810 6th: Chris Boyle – $34,841 7th: John O’Neal – $27,873 8th: Joey Alegria – $21,272 9th: Susan MacPherson – $14,670