Former NFL Star "Cadillac" Williams Wins Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Event

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Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams is continuing to run well in Florida as he recently took down a weekend poker tournament at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa for $16,915, his biggest live poker score to date.

The former professional NFL player, who spent five years on the Florida football team after being drafted in 2005, got through a field of 185 players in the July 23 $400 buy-in Triple 30’s No Limit Hold’em event, ultimately defeating Winter Garden's Ryan Hogan during heads-up play, who in turn took home $10,430, according to Seminole Hard Rock staff.

Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Saturday Triple 30’s Final Results

 1Carnell WilliamsAuburn, AL$16,915
 2Ryan HoganWinter Garden, FL$10,430
 3Karl ManouchakianTampa, FL$7,190
 4Pasquale HudsonDade City, FL$5,090
 5Jason BlockMerrick, NY$3,710
 6Manelic MinayaTampa, FL$2,780
 7Jonathon DefariaWinter Garden, FL$2,150
 8Donald BrownClearwater Beach, FL$1,720
 9Jason GoldmanPort Charlotte, FL$1,410

Florida Run-Good

Heading into the tournament, the 2005 NFL Rookie of the Year had three Hendon Mob cashes to his name, including a 2018 cash at the same Seminole Hard Rock Tampa when he finished 19th in a $250 buy-in Triple 30 event for $427. His first cash in 2013 was also in Florida when he finished 10th in a $200 Pompano Beach Isle Open event for $639.

In 2015, the former Tampa Bay star took down a $300 event at the Spring Break Poker Classic in Biloxi, Mississippi for $7,753, his career-best up until now. Williams got through 74 entrants and defeated Thu Tran during heads-up play.

But poker is a part-time thing for Williams, who is in his third season of coaching at Auburn University, his alma mater. In addition to working as the running back coach for the Auburn Tigers, Williams serves as the team's recruiting coordinator, according to the team's website.

Williams is far from the first NFL pro to turn to poker.

Richard Seymour, a former New England Patriot who was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this year, has cashed in overseas tournaments and racked up $645,212 in Hendon Mob earnings.

Other football players who can frequently be found on the felt include retired offensive lineman Evan Mathis and Baltimore Ravens star Calais Campbell, who PokerNews spoke to at the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP).

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Other Hard Rock Tampa Winners

There have been plenty of big winners this summer at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa.

In July, local grinder Brian Ray took down the $1,000 buy-in July One Day Challenge for $42,400. Fellow Floridian Sean Hampson finished second for $26,210, while Hogan, who was just denied a victory by Williams, finished in third for $17,840, according to Seminole Hard Rock updates.

Brian Ray
Brian Ray

Earlier in the month, Colombia's Fabian Caicedo took home the trophy and $23,230 in the $600 buy-in Holiday Deep Stack after a three-way chop with Carlos Shaw ($23,230) and William Parramore ($18,000).

In June, Dade City's Pasquale Hudson, who finished fourth in the event Williams recently won, took down the $1,100 June One-Day Challenge for $32,030 after defeating heads-up opponent Milind Naik. Another big winner in June was Tampa native Manelic Minaya, who chopped the $600 Holiday Deep Stack four-ways to take home $29,392.

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