2021 WPT Tampa

Rafael Fernandes Wins August Mega Stack Outright for $47,025

August Mega Stack
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
$500 Buy-in/$100,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 494
Prize Pool: $212,420
August 12 – 15, 2021

Rafael Fernandes, August Mega Stack Champion

The August run of the Mega Stack tournament drew 494 entries to more than double the $100,000 guarantee and Rafael Fernandes won the tournament outright for $47,025.

They combined to create a prize pool worth $212,420 and the last 50 players were paid out. It was another great turnout and we look forward to the future as the summer comes to an end.

Next up is the September Super Stacks series with player-friendly structures. It is an eight-tournament series that concludes with the $1,700 buy-in Main Event with a $150,000 guarantee.

PlaceFirst NameLast NameCityStateWinnings    
1RafaelFernandesHatfield$47,025
2YuriyKozinskiyMiami BeachFL$29,067
3JackDunnBradentonFL$20,650
4BrianMcneillUnderhillVT$14,927
5JimBozzutoOrlandoFL$10,982
6DavidMccordBradentonFL$8,227
7TylerHydeTampaFL$6,277
8JustinTurmelLand O LakesFL$4,879
9SiddharthSiddharthAishbagh$3,865
10AipingJiangKentWA$3,865
11AhmadHamoushKissimmeeFL$3,122
12GregoryWilsonTampaFL$3,122
13MichaelSilvaTampaFL$2,572
14SeanHampsonNew Port RicheyFL$2,572
15MichaelArroyoTampaFL$2,162
16AlanThomasIrvingTX$2,162
17RandallZelikTitusvilleFL$1,855
18TraciMyhrumIndian Harbour BeachFL$1,855
19JamesStalnakerDade CityFL$1,855
20HungQuachOrlandoFL$1,855
21EdgardoRosario FigueroaLakelandFL$1,626
22JohnBilasWilton ManorsFL$1,626
23VitorCoelhoTampaFL$1,626
24MaxwellGreenRllng Hls EstCA$1,626
25ScottRiddellTampaFL$1,456
26ThomasKornechukBox ElderSD$1,456
27MarkHayesSarasotaFL$1,456
28JeremyBeckerTampaFL$1,456
29JordanRobinsonLutzFL$1,332
30DonaldBrownClearwaterFL$1,332
31FranklinBrighamAuburndaleFL$1,332
32MichaelHaydenRockfordTN$1,332
33LawrenceChengJacksonvilleFL$1,247
34DavidSweaneyFt CollinsCO$1,247
35KilenNhoungPinellas ParkFL$1,247
36BrianBillotteSpring HillFL$1,247
37JuanRodriguezCarmelIN$1,247
38ColbyDoukasSpring HillFL$1,247
39JustinHendersonBeavertonOR$1,247
40LaurenceMilesOrlandoFL$1,247
41KyongLeeTampaFL$1,194
42BrianBlanchardTampaFL$1,194
43KarlManouchakianTampaFL$1,194
44MichaelWarrenRiverviewFL$1,194
45CarlosEvangelistaTampaFL$1,194
46DennisAltmanPolk CityFL$1,194
47ArmandoFigueroaLutzFL$1,194
48WaiYuSaint CloudFL$1,194
49DonaldLinskyTampaFL$1,170
50AaronThivyanathanRentonWA$1,170

August Mega Stack: Day 2 Chip Counts

August Mega Stack
$500 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure I Payouts
Prize Pool: $212,420
Players Remaining: 87 of 494

Day 1A: 97 Entries, 12 Advanced
Day 1B: 149 Entries, 31 Advanced
Day 1C: 248 Entries, 44 Advanced
Day 2: Today @ Noon

RankFirst NameLast NameCitySTChip Count
1ScottRiddellTampaFL865,000
2HungQuachOrlandoFL770,000
3JimBozzutoOrlandoFL665,000
4EdgardoRosario FigueroaLakelandFL566,000
5AipingJiangKentWA549,000
6JeremyBeckerTampaFL464,000
7SiddharthSiddharthAishbagh456,000
8BrianMcneillUnderhillVT440,000
9JohnBennettNorth RoyaltonOH417,000
10SeanHampsonNew Port RicheyFL360,000
11AlanThomasIrvingTX356,000
12MaxwellGreenRllng Hls EstCA345,000
13ThomasKornechukBox ElderSD339,000
14GregoryWilsonTampaFL325,000
15KyongLeeTampaFL325,000
16RafaelFernandes JunioHatfield318,000
17PatrickMurphyLathamNY312,000
18BrianBillotteSpring HillFL303,000
19KarlManouchakianTampaFL298,000
20JackDunnBradentonFL296,000
21WaiYuSaint CloudFL289,000
22JuanRodriguezCarmelIN285,000
23JohnBilasWilton ManorsFL277,000
24MichaelArroyoTampaFL273,000
25RobertoMolina SantiagoTampaFL273,000
26AdamTemplemanValricoFL266,000
27FabianFosterDavenportFL265,000
28KilenNhoungPinellas ParkFL260,000
29JordanRobinsonLutzFL260,000
30BrianKentMelbourneFL255,000
31FarzadRajiClearwater BeachFL250,000
32MarkHayesSarasotaFL249,000
33LawrenceChengJacksonvilleFL248,000
34FranklinBrighamAuburndaleFL242,000
35DennisAltmanPolk CityFL238,000
36BruceYhapRiverviewFL235,000
37IanCaseyTarpon SpgsFL233,000
38JosiasCardoso Dos SantosKentWA228,000
39CarlosEvangelistaTampaFL228,000
40MichaelSilvaTampaFL223,000
41MohamedAbdelmutaal ElsayedOrlandoFL218,000
42KevinRinesNew IpswichNH209,000
43ChristopherPerryHudsonFL207,000
44NicholasScholzIndian Rocks BeachFL202,000
45DonaldBrownClearwaterFL201,000
46ArmandoFigueroaLutzFL197,000
47MichaelHaydenRockfordTN194,000
48BobbyTrinhOrlandoFL194,000
49RobertWuestnerRiverviewFL190,000
50RobertCuginiPoincianaFL178,000
51ColbyDoukasSpring HillFL176,000
52AhmadHamoushKissimmeeFL166,000
53JustinTurmelLand O LakesFL162,000
54AlbanFrasheriLargoFL158,000
55JamesAmanSarasotaFL157,000
56HaiLySt PetersburgFL150,000
57DavidMeagherLakelandFL145,000
58JamesStalnakerDade CityFL140,000
59DavidSweaneyFt CollinsCO133,000
60YuriyKozinskiyMiami BeachFL132,000
61AaronThivyanathanRentonWA131,000
62MichaelCohenSaint PetersburgFL128,000
63RandallZelikTitusvilleFL128,000
64JustinHendersonBeavertonOR127,000
65TylerHydeTampaFL123,000
66WilliamHillValdostaGA115,000
67DavidMccordBradentonFL114,000
68MarianDumitrescuKissimmeeFL112,000
69MichaelWarrenRiverviewFL109,000
70AnthonyAskeyRichmondVA107,000
71TraciMyhrumIndian Harbour BeachFL105,000
72BrianKenneyCincinnatiOH105,000
73LaurenceMilesOrlandoFL98,000
74LoriSchulteRiverviewFL89,000
75JohnQuilleonCoral SpringsFL85,000
76DonaldLinskyTampaFL84,000
77IgorTretyakovLutzFL78,000
78SteveBlackmonArcadiaFL78,000
79MarkLandersWinter SpringsFL78,000
80WasimAssafOrlandoFL73,000
81JaredPenneyAlachuaFL72,000
82VitorCoelhoTampaFL63,000
83DonaldMathewsOxfordFL53,000
84BrianBlanchardTampaFL53,000
85EdwardComptonRiverviewFL46,000
86YahirCardonaKissimmeeFL39,000
87LisetteBrighamAuburndaleFL19,000

August Mega Stack: Prize Pool and Payouts

August Mega Stack
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
$500 Buy-in/$100,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 494
Prize Pool: $212,420
August 12 – 15, 2021

Registration closed for the August Mega Stack tournament and it drew 494 to more than double its $100,000 guarantee. The three starting flights combined to put $212,420 in the prize pool and the last 50 players will earn some money on Sunday.

A min-cash will earn $1,170 and the August Mega Stack champ is set to take home $47,025.

1st: $47,025
2nd: $29,067
3rd: $20,650
4th: $14,927
5th: $10,982
6th: $8,227
7th: $6,277
8th: $4,879
9th-10th: $3,865
11th-12th: $3,122
13th-14th: $2,572
15th-16th: $2,162
17th-20th: $1,855
21st-24th: $1,626
25th-28th: $1,456
29th-32nd: $1,332
33rd-40th: $1,247
41st-48th: $1,194
49th-50th: $1,170

Mega Stack: Chip Counts Through Day 1B

$500 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Return to Level 17:  3,000/6,000 with a 6,000 ante
Players Remaining:  43 of 246

Flight A:  97 Entries; 12 Advanced
Flight B:  149 Entries; 31 Advanced
Flight C:  Saturday at 11 am
Day 2:  Sunday at noon

RankFirst NameLast NameCitySTChip Count
1ScottRiddellTampaFL865,000
2HungQuachOrlandoFL770,000
3AipingJiangKentWA549,000
4BrianMcneillUnderhillVT440,000
5SeanHampsonNew Port RicheyFL360,000
6ThomasKornechukBox ElderSD339,000
7KyongLeeTampaFL325,000
8PatrickMurphyLathamNY312,000
9KarlManouchakianTampaFL298,000
10JackDunnBradentonFL296,000
11AdamTemplemanValricoFL266,000
12BrianKentMelbourneFL255,000
13MarkHayesSarasotaFL249,000
14DennisAltmanPolk CityFL238,000
15BruceYhapRiverviewFL235,000
16CarlosEvangelistaTampaFL228,000
17MichaelSilvaTampaFL223,000
18MohamedAbdelmutaal ElsayedOrlandoFL218,000
19KevinRinesNew IpswichNH209,000
20ChristopherPerryHudsonFL207,000
21NicholasScholzIndian Rocks BeachFL202,000
22RobertWuestnerRiverviewFL190,000
23RobertCuginiPoincianaFL178,000
24ColbyDoukasSpring HillFL176,000
25JustinTurmelLand O LakesFL162,000
26JamesAmanSarasotaFL157,000
27HaiLySt PetersburgFL150,000
28DavidMeagherLakelandFL145,000
29DavidSweaneyFt CollinsCO133,000
30YuriyKozinskiyMiami BeachFL132,000
31AaronThivyanathanRentonWA131,000
32MichaelCohenSaint PetersburgFL128,000
33RandallZelikTitusvilleFL128,000
34TylerHydeTampaFL123,000
35WilliamHillValdostaGA115,000
36TraciMyhrumIndian Harbour BeachFL105,000
37LaurenceMilesOrlandoFL98,000
38LoriSchulteRiverviewFL89,000
39JohnQuilleonCoral SpringsFL85,000
40DonaldLinskyTampaFL84,000
41WasimAssafOrlandoFL73,000
42DonaldMathewsOxfordFL53,000
43JamesStalnakerDade CityFLN/A

Mega Stack: Chip Counts Through Day 1A

$500 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Return to Level 17:  3,000/6,000 with a 6,000 ante
Players Remaining:  12 of 97

Flight A:  97 Entries; 12 Advanced
Flight B:  Friday at 11 am
Flight C:  Saturday at 11 am
Day 2:  Sunday at noon

RankFirst NameLast NameCitySTChip Count
1ScottRiddellTampaFL865,000
2AipingJiangKentWA549,000
3BrianMcneillUnderhillVT440,000
4SeanHampsonNew Port RicheyFL360,000
5KyongLeeTampaFL325,000
6JackDunnBradentonFL296,000
7BruceYhapRiverviewFL235,000
8MohamedAbdelmutaal ElsayedOrlandoFL218,000
9ChristopherPerryHudsonFL207,000
10ColbyDoukasSpring HillFL176,000
11MichaelCohenSaint PetersburgFL128,000
12LaurenceMilesOrlandoFL98,000

Big Stack Special Chip Counts Thru Flight E

Big Stack Special
$250 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Current Prize Pool: $89,790
Players Remaining: 46 of 438

Flight A: 72 Entries, 8 Advanced
Flight B: 72 Entries, 8 Advanced
Flight C: 86 Entries, 8 Advanced
Flight D: 93 Entries, 10 Advanced
Flight E: 115 Entries, 12 Advanced
Flight F: In Progress
Day 2: Sunday, July 4th @ Noon

FIRST NAMELAST NAMECITYSTATECHIP COUNT
RICHARDOGLEWESLEY CHAPELFL610,000
KEVINBLEWITTNORTHDALEFL571,000
SCOTTRIDDELLTAMPAFL437,000
PRATIKSHAHTAMPAFL416,000
ALEXORTIZ VAZQUEZSAN JUANPR406,000
GREGORYCHALYORLANDOFL388,000
SEANTANSEYTAMPAFL387,000
LIKANGBERNINGERLARGOFL373,000
WALIDMADDAHTAMPAFL351,000
ERICMUTSCHLERTARPON SPRINGSFL345,000
SUSANHAZELGROVECRESCENT CITYFL326,000
SUONNGUYENORLANDOFL318,000
ANTUANBUNKLEYLAKELANDFL306,000
MARSHAWOLAKMARGATEFL304,000
JUANRAMIREZ PARODICLEARWATERFL295,000
GUYWARDWESLEY CHAPELFL294,000
KARLMANOUCHAKIANTAMPAFL280,000
FRANCISCOMARTINEZBRONXNY255,000
NicholasZivolichCLEARWATERFL248,000
ANTHONYMARCHTAMPAFL230,000
BRANDONMILLERPALM BAYFL227,000
ROBERTBENFORDINDIAN ROCKS BEACHFL214,000
KEVINKEENOYFORT MYERSFL212,000
RAULROAHAINES CITYFL211,000
JEREMYBECKERTAMPAFL208,000
BRENDALANE-WORLEYRIVERVIEWFL195,000
HASSANEL HAKIMSARASOTAFL194,000
SHAWNSORGIORLANDOFL192,000
BRANDONCOOKSEYSANFORDFL187,000
HERBERTWOODBERYWINTER GARDENFL178,000
JEFFREYHARTWICKBELLEAIR BEACHFL176,000
FRANCISRYANHOPATCONGNJ169,000
BENJAMINWARRENLUTZFL151,000
JEROMEHALL JRSAINT CLOUDFL140,000
WILLIAMAPONTEPARKLANDFL139,000
DAVIDEDWARDSTAMPAFL133,000
LILIANBLINNKATYTX131,000
LouiseBallTAMPAFL130,000
FARZADRAJICLEARWATER BEACHFL116,000
FERNANDORODRIGUEZ VAZQUEZNEWARKDE112,000
PEDROVEGAHOLIDAYFL105,000
ANTHONYRAMOSORLANDOFL80,000
SAMUELSTEELEDAYTONA BEACHFL70,000
JOSHUAHALLMANJAMESTOWNNC64,000
CURTISKINGTHE VILLAGESFL43,000
MARKWISERLAND O LAKESFL31,000

Preview: Big Stack Special — $250 Buy-in/$50,000 GTD — June 30th thru July 4th

Wednesday, June 30th

11am: Flight A – $250 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $250 buy-in, $50,000 guaranteed
  • 25,000 chips and 30 minute levels
  • 120 Players Max Per Flight
  • Registration is available until the start of Level 5 (~1:15pm) or 120 unique players, whichever comes first. Re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 (~ 3:30pm)
  • Play concludes at 10% of the field
  • Day 2 Sunday, July 4th at Noon

6pm: Flight B – $250 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $250 buy-in, $50,000 guaranteed
  • 25,000 chips and 30 minute levels
  • 120 Players Max Per Flight
  • Registration is available until the start of Level 5 (~8:15pm) or 120 unique players, whichever comes first. Re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 (~ 10:30pm)
  • Play concludes at 10% of the field
  • Day 2 Sunday, July 4th at Noon
Thursday, July 1st

11am: Flight C – $250 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $250 buy-in, $50,000 guaranteed
  • 25,000 chips and 30 minute levels
  • 120 Players Max Per Flight
  • Registration is available until the start of Level 5 (~1:15pm) or 120 unique players, whichever comes first. Re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 (~ 3:30pm)
  • Play concludes at 10% of the field
  • Day 2 Sunday, July 4th at Noon

6pm: Flight D – $250 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $250 buy-in, $50,000 guaranteed
  • 25,000 chips and 30 minute levels
  • 120 Players Max Per Flight
  • Registration is available until the start of Level 5 (~8:15pm) or 120 unique players, whichever comes first. Re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 (~ 10:30pm)
  • Play concludes at 10% of the field
  • Day 2 Sunday, July 4th at Noon
Friday, July 2nd

11am: Flight E – $250 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $250 buy-in, $50,000 guaranteed
  • 25,000 chips and 30 minute levels
  • 120 Players Max Per Flight
  • Registration is available until the start of Level 5 (~1:15pm) or 120 unique players, whichever comes first. Re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 (~ 3:30pm)
  • Play concludes at 10% of the field
  • Day 2 Sunday, July 4th at Noon
Saturday, July 3rd

11am: Flight F – $250 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $250 buy-in, $50,000 guaranteed
  • 25,000 chips and 30 minute levels
  • 120 Players Max Per Flight
  • Registration is available until the start of Level 5 (~1:15pm) or 120 unique players, whichever comes first. Re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 (~ 3:30pm)
  • Play concludes at 10% of the field
  • Day 2 Sunday, July 4th at Noon
Sunday, July 4th

12pm: Day 2 – $250 No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry

2021 WPT Tampa Series in Review

After hosting four WPTDeepStacks Tampa series, it was finally time for the WPT main tour to come to town. The inaugural WPT Tampa series kicked off June 9 with a $1,000,000 guarantee tournament that drew a record crowd of 4,852.

The series featured 21 primary events and the headliner was the $2,000,000 guarantee first-ever WPT Tampa Championship. The Championship drew 1,165 for a $3,728,000 prize pool, both setting records for us, and in the end, it was Brian Altman claiming his third career WPT title.

Overall, the series drew 9,068 entries over 21 tournaments for combined prize pools worth $7,923,713.

More than 9,000 entries and nearly $8 million, a successful series however you look at it. Thank you and thank you to our old friends and those visiting for the first time. You helped put us create something special over the last two weeks and we look forward to seeing everyone back for our next.

You can find results and updates for all primary events on the links below.

Brian Altman

WPT Tampa Championship: Brian Altman – $613,225
Event 1 ($500 Double Stack): Shawn Mohamed – $198,287
Event 2 ($250 Turbo): John McConnell – $5,551
Event 3 ($400 O8): Chris Kennedy – $9,895
Event 4 ($400 Freeze-Out): Brent Ballentine – $12,271
Event 5 ($1,100 NLH): Anthony Lambert – $43,103
Event 6 ($600 Deep Stack): Christopher Mo – $36,600
Event 7 ($400 Seniors): Michael Collins – $24,476
Event 8 ($600 PLO): A.J. Kelsall – $18,117
Event 9 ($400 OE): Johnny Crowther – $11,382
Event 10 ($1,100 6-Max PLO): Steve Brite – $24,287
Event 11 ($400 H.O.R.S.E.): Aaron Lipstet – $11,612
Event 12 ($1,100 NLH): Bala Patur – $55,785
Event 13 ($2,200 8-Max NLH): Hassan Hakim – $75,347
Event 15 ($1,700 NLH): Victor Figueroa – $80,872
Event 16 ($600 NLH/PLO): Michael Rosenberg – $10,117
Event 17 ($300 Deep Stack): Adam Deisley – $19,059
Event 18 ($2,200 PLO): Ethan Harris – $32,733
Event 19 ($300 Survivor)
Event 20 ($400 Deep Stack): Davy Ridout – $11,162
Event 21 ($5,000 NLH): Zhuang Ruan – $66,837

Brian Altman Captures Inaugural WPT Tampa Championship

2021 WPT Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
$3,500 WPT Tampa Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  1,165
Prize Pool:  $3,728,000
June 18-22, 2021

Brian Altman

The WPT main tour came to Tampa for the first time and we headlined our inaugural series with the $2,000,000 guaranteed WPT Tampa Championship. The tournament drew players from around the world and it was Brian Altman outlasting them all for his third WPT title along with $613,225.

“My experience playing WPT Tampa for the first time was fantastic,” Atman said. “The venue is beautiful, the staff is great, and the tournaments are well-run. I’ve had a blast down here.”

The $3,500 buy-in tournament featured two starting flights and combined for 1,165 entries creating a prize pool worth $3,728,000. Both those numbers were records for our tournaments; our biggest Championship field and the top prize pool in our history.

Altman came into the last day of the tournament with a big lead and went wire-to-wire at the final table as players dropped around him. In addition to Altman, two other players came to the final table with a chance to win another WPT title. Jonathan Jaffe fell short in fourth place followed by Zachary Smiley in third.

With a nearly four-to-one chip lead to start heads up with Gabriel Abusada, Altman quickly won the match and became only the seventh player to earn a third WPT title.

“This is a really special World Poker Tour title for me,” Altman said after his win. “I’m joining the elusive club of three-time champions, which only a few people have done.”

“To be among that company makes me feel really proud.”

Congratulations Brian!

Brian Altman, 2021 WPT Tampa Champion

Final table results:

1st: Brian Altman – $613,225
2nd: Gabriel Abusada – $408,825
3rd: Zachary Smiley – $302,200
4th: Jonathan Jaffe – $225,675
5th: John Haas – $170,275
6th: Will Berry – $129,825
7th: Dave Berman – $100,030
8th: Steve Queen – $77,900
9th: T.K. Miles – $61,325

Davy Jones Ridout Wins the Final Trophy of WPT Tampa for $11,162

2021 WPT Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 20
$400 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries:  98
Prize Pool:  $32,830
June 22, 2021

Event 20 Champion Davy Jones Ridout
Event 20 Champion Davy Jones Ridout

“I’m so grateful and so happy that I got to play the last tournament,” said Davy Jones Ridout. “I was the last guy here, and I’m walking out with a nice guitar trophy.”

Event 20 wasn’t the final tournament that began during the 2021 WPT Tampa series, but it was the last one to finish, highlighted by more than an hour of three-handed play with nobody busting in an empty tournament room.

But eventually the dam burst, with Ben Miner busting in third place, and then Ridout defeated Wilmer Chavira heads-up for the title, the trophy, and $11,162.

“The final table was fantastic,” said Ridout, who was smiling and laughing through most of the final table regardless of the size of his chip stack.. “The other players were really fun, and I had a great time.”

Ridout’s final words were in appreciation of the staff here at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa.

“The tournament was awesome, and the dealers were amazing,” said Ridout. “The staff was really awesome. I couldn’t ask for anything else.”


1st:  Davy Jones Ridout  –  $11,162 + Trophy
2nd:  Wilmer Chavira  –  $6,402
3rd:  Ben Miner  –  $4,005
4th:  Eric Tarikas  –  $2,708
5th:  Justin Fulbright  –  $2,052
6th:  Mark “Bud” Wiser  –  $1,642
7th:  Rishi Srivastava  –  $1,445
8th:  Sherman Supley  –  $1,313
9th:  Grant Missonis  –  $1,116
10th:  Eric Mutschler  –  $985

Event 20 - Final Three Players
Event 20 – Final Three Players