David Moses Wins Seminole Hard Rock Tampa WPO Main Event for $150K
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
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:
|Event #1: $160 NLH||653||$81,625||Thomas Clements Jr||$10,237|
|Event #2: $360 NLH||1,010||$303,000||Tony March||$45,851|
|Event #3: $570 NLH Freezeout||80||$40,000||David DiBernardi||$12,379|
|Event #4: $570 Eight-Handed NLH||106||$53,000||Jacob Naumann||$14,505|
|Event #5: $1,100 NLH/PLO||70||$67,200||Justin Harrell||$16,000|
|Event #6: $1,650 Main Event||479||$718,500||David Moses||$149,595|
|Event #7: $480 NLH||264||$109,560||Shadrach Tercy||$21,004|