The 2019 Winter Poker Open featured seven trophy events and was headlined by the $1,650 Main Event with a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool. South Carolina’s David Moses captured the Main Event title along with nearly $150,000.
SHR Tampa regular Tony March took home a win the first weekend of the series in the multi-day $360 No Limit Hold’em tournament. As is his custom, March donated the entire $48,851 top prize to the Back It Backward Foundation, the charity organization he runs.
You can find updates and results on the links below for the series.
Thanks to our players for another great series, we look forward to see everyone back for the WSOP Circuit series in February.
2019 Winter Poker Open Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, Florida $1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event $500,000 Guaranteed Entries: 479 Prize Pool: $718,500 December 12-16, 2019
The Winter Poker Open spent 13 days awarding big money and Guitar Trophies with the Main Event headlining the schedule. The $1,650 buy-in tournament had a great turnout and it was Greenville, SC resident David Moses taking home nearly $150,000 as the WPO Main Event Champion.
The tournament featured a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool that reached $718,500 after 479 entrants joined over the three starting flights. There were 72 players advancing to Day 2 on Sunday with only 48 of them set to earn a piece of the prize pool.
Austin Buchanan bagged a huge chip lead in Flight A and no one caught him in the next two. He stayed hot on Day 2 with the chip lead for most of the day but found himself at the bottom of the counts when the final table reconvened on Monday afternoon.
SHR Tampa favorite Manny Minaya began the final table with the chip lead but dropped to the pack as Moses began to build. Buchanan was the first to be eliminated from the final table followed by Mark Scacewater. Terri-Anne Crawford, the lone woman still in the Main Event, battled over the last two days but had to settle for seventh place.
With five players remaining, Minaya and Duff Charette were the two shorter stacks and went out shortly after a break. The last three players, Moses, Justin Zaki, and TK Miles, were all talented and the stacks were virtually even when it went three-handed.
Miles took a cooler against Zaki, queens into kings, and made a valiant come back that ultimately came up short. Moses and Zaki exchanged the heads-up lead until they got the chips in with similar stacks. Moses had the best hand, it held up, and he took home the title along with $149,595 while Zaki had to settle for a $104K score.
This is the second major Seminole Hard Rock Poker title for Moses to go along with his February 2019 WSOP Circuit win in Coconut Creek.
Congratulations to David and a huge thanks to all of our players who made this a very successful series.
Main Event final table results:
1st: David Moses – $149,595 2nd: Justin Zaki – $104,750 3rd: TK Miles – $67,345 4th: Duff Charette – $44,367 5th: Manny Minaya – $34,165 6th: Nick Mann – $28,295 7th: Terri-Anne Crawford – $23,711 8th: Mark Scacewater – $19,320 9th: Austin Buchanan – $14,959
$1,650 Winter Poker Open Main Event $500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts Level 29: 50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante Players Remaining: 2 of 479
Justin Zaki continued to come back and took the heads-up lead when David Moses opened his button to 350,000. Zaki called, the flop came and Zaki checked. Moses bet 400,000 and Zaki announced all in. Moses double-checked his cards and called.
Moses was ahead with top-top against Zaki’s pair of deuces/flush draw/gutshot wheel draw. The turn changed nothing and Moses won the pot after the river. He was the at risk player and was all in for 6,335,000.