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David Moses Wins Seminole Hard Rock Tampa WPO Main Event for $150K

David Moses

The nearly two-week-long 2019 Winter Poker Open wrapped up Monday at the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Bay with the conclusion of the $1,650 Main Event, a tournament that drew 479 entries over three starting flights and surpassed its $500K guarantee by generating a $718,500 prize pool.

Coming out on top of that event was David Moses of Greenville, South Carolina, who captured a $149,595 first-place prize after defeating poker pro Justin Zaki in heads-up play.

It was the third Florida title for Moses in 2019. Back in February, he won Event #12: $400 NLH Turbo at the World Series of Poker Circuit Seminole Coconut Creek for $10,591, and in May followed it up by taking down the CardPlayer Poker Tour VII bestbet Jacksonville Event #9: $350 NLH Bounty for $2,160.

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1David Moses$149,595
2Justin Zaki$104,750
3TK Miles$67,345
4Duff Charette$44,367
5Manny Minaya$34,165
6Nick Mann$28,295
7Terri-Anne Crawford$23,711
8Mark Scacewater$19,320
9Austin Buchanan$14,959

According to updates from the event, 72 players advanced to Day 2 with 48 of those making the money. Others to cash the event were Peter Vitantonio (11th - $12,516), John Dolan (12th - $12,516), Alex Rocha (15th - $10,598), Kevin Eyster (19th - $7,221), Wasim Assaf (28th - $4,167), Barry Brown (39th - $3,779), Andrew Kelsall (44th - $3,779), and Raymond Sykes Jr. (48th - $3,485).

In the final hand of the tournament, Moses had pulled out to a slight lead in the heads-up match. In Level 31 (100,000/150,000/150,000), Zaki raised to 350,000 and Moses jammed.

“I’m leaning call,” Zaki said as he hit the tank. Eventually, he did call off his stack holding ace-eight only to see he was pipped by Moses, who held ace-nine. The board ran out ten-high meaning the kicker came into play and Zaki had to settle for second place and a $104,750 consolation prize.

Here’s a look at all those who captured titles during the 2019 Winter Poker Open at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa:

TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Event #1: $160 NLH653$81,625Thomas Clements Jr$10,237
Event #2: $360 NLH1,010$303,000Tony March$45,851
Event #3: $570 NLH Freezeout80$40,000David DiBernardi$12,379
Event #4: $570 Eight-Handed NLH106$53,000Jacob Naumann$14,505
Event #5: $1,100 NLH/PLO70$67,200Justin Harrell$16,000
Event #6: $1,650 Main Event479$718,500David Moses$149,595
Event #7: $480 NLH264$109,560Shadrach Tercy$21,004

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