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Stephen Diamantas Wins World Poker Tour Regional Winter Tampa Bay Open for $121,900

Stephen Diamantas

On Monday, Dec. 16, the 2013 World Poker Tour Regional Winter Tampa Bay Open concluded with Stephen Diamantas taking home the title and the $121,900 first-place prize. Diamantas defeated a field of 301 entrants and beat Ryan Sponaugle heads up for the win.

Final Table Results

1Stephen Diamantas$121,900
2Ryan Sponaugle$72,240
3Stephen Korfonta$47,408
4Cord Garcia$32,734
5Joshua Miller$24,155
6Allen Kessler$19,189
7David deBoer$14,674
8Brandon Vasapolle$10,610
9David Tuthill$7,676

David Tuthill, winner of the 2012-13 WSOP Circuit Caesars Palace Las Vegas Main Event, was the first to go at the final table. According to the Winter Tampa Bay Open live updates, Tuthill was all in with pocket sevens against Diamantas and his {K-Spades}{Q-Hearts}. A king flopped and a queen rivered to give Diamantas two pair and the win, sending Tuthill to the rail in ninth place for $7,676.

Next to go was Brandon Vasapolle in eighth place, and David deBoer in seventh place before it was time for Allen Kessler to take his leave.

Kessler's final hand came against Cord Garcia when his {J-}{J-} couldn't out-flip the {A-Spades}{K-Diamonds}. The flop, turn, and river ran out {A-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} to give Garcia the win. Kessler earned $19,189 for his finish in sixth place.

Joshua Miller followed Kessler out the door in fifth place, Garcia hit the rail in fourth place, and Stephen Korfonta fell in third. That left Diamantas and Sponaugle heads up for the title with a six-figure top prize on the line.

After a little bit of play between the two, all of the money went in with Diamantas holding the {A-Spades}{10-Diamonds} versus Sponaugle's {K-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}. Diamantas hit an ace on the {A-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{2-Hearts} flop to take a stranglehold on the hand, and then locked up the win following the {6-Spades} on the turn and {10-Hearts} on the river. Sponaugle finished in second place and earned $72,240.

For the victory, Diamantas scooped up $121,900.

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