GGPoker Super MILLION$ Week partypoker MILLIONS Online The Poker Palace Summer Championships 2021 PokerStars MICOOP
$1,700 Main Event

Event Info

Players 1162

Level Info

Level 36
Blinds 200,000 / 400,000
Ante 400,000

Players Info - Day 3

Players Left 1
Entries 25
$1,700 Main Event
Day 3 Completed

Isaac Kempton Wins WSOPC Tampa Main Event for $290,974; David Tuthill Crowned Casino Champ

jeffmcmillan • Level 36: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante
Isaac Kempton
Isaac Kempton

The World Series of Poker Circuit Seminole Hard Rock Tampa $1,700 Main Event reached its conclusion Monday night after three long days of play and what a story it created with a massive 1,162-entry turnout.

In the end, the poker world saw new star break onto the scene in Isaac Kempton, who took home the grand prize of $290,974, a coveted gold ring, and a seat into the 2020 Global Casino Championship. The 22-year-old was playing in just his second live tournament ever and made his presence known by finishing as both the Day 1 and Day 2 chip leader and riding all the way to the title.

Kempton has been a student of the game for some time and has honed his skills before testing them in the open waters of tournament poker.

"I probably got into poker around four years ago, right as I was heading off to college and I saw some YouTube videos of the old High Stakes Poker days, and then once you watch one then you start watching more and get drawn into the rabbit hole," Kempton explained. "You just want to keep watching and I was like this game looks really fun and they are playing for a ton of money, maybe I should try this myself."

What’s next for the newly crowned WSOP Circuit Champion?

"This semester I'm taking off, so I'm on a leave of absence. So yeah, I'm just playing poker full-time basically."

If this tournament is anything to go by, the poker world may be seeing a lot more of Kempton in the near future.

Main Event Final Table Results

1Isaac KemptonNewark, DE$290,974
2David JacksonJacksonville,FL$179,833
3Paul BalzanoSunrise,FL$135,794
4Robert ManjuraFern Park,FL$103,434
5James CalderaroVenice,FL$79,480
6Ioannis PatsourakisWinter Haven,FL$61,616
7Franisco GomezLakeland,FL$48,195
8Brad SailorLombard,IL$38,039
9Fares SantanaBayamon,Puerto Rico$30,297
10John OttTampa,FL$24,353

Route to Ring Victory

Making Kempton’s win even more impressive was the wire-to-wire nature of it. He was the Day 1 chip leader as well as the chip leader after Day 2. He started the day off strong on Day 3, but eventually he did hit his first patch of adversity in the middle part of the day and was third in chips heading into the final table.

At the final table he would sink to as low as the short stack at one point before regaining strength during four-handed play. He then surged in chips after he eliminated both Robert Manjura and Paul Balzano in fourth and third place respectively to take a big chip lead into heads up versus the very experienced David Jackson.

Heads-up play started well in Jackson’s favor as he cut into Kempton’s lead to get closer. But after just a few hands Kempton’s tournament would end in appropriate storybook fashion. Jackson made bets on the flop and turn that Kempton called. On the river, Jackson, the weathered tournament veteran, put the young gun to the ultimate test by jamming all in. Kempton went deep in thought before softly making the one-chip call that he will likely remember for the rest of his life, the one that would win him the Circuit Ring and the huge payday when it was revealed that his third pair was good against Jackson’s bluff.

Kempton explained his thought process about the call that won him the tournament.

"I'm afraid there was not a read. I don't know very much about live poker and I don't know much about live reads, I can't read people!" he admitted but then explained that it was more analytical than anything.

"The hand before was just a bad hand with the way it played out so I decided not to go for the bluff-catch there. I think that the main difference in the last hand, where I did go for the successful bluff-catch is that he can have so many more bluffs with the way the board ran out and given by the fact that I just called the flop it's kind of hard for me to have the stronger hands unless I picked up an ace on the turn, so even though an eight is like third pair and doesn't seem that strong, in heads-up ranges they are so much wider that you just have to go for it sometimes."

Final Table Action

The day started with 25 players and the eliminations went fairly steadily down until the final table. The eliminations at the final table started off quickly as John Ott became the first victim when he ran into the top pair of Kempton to finish in 10th place. Fares Santana hit the rail shortly after as he was felled by the pocket cowboys of Francisco Gomez. Brad Sailor follow him out the door in eighth place to quickly move the table down to seven-handed.

Action would slow significantly with seven players left with many changes in chip positions. It took nearly four hours before the next elimination when Gomez hit the deck in seventh place to finally get the field to six-handed. Right before the next break Ioannis Patsourakis got unlucky twice in a row to succumb to flushes.

James Calderaro, who had a fantastic performance at this Tampa Circuit stop, was the next player to be eliminated in fifth place.

Play would again slow down for a while four-handed until a bombastic three-way all-in hand took out Manjura in fourth place at the hands of Kempton. Exactly one hand later, Balzano was taken out in third. After holding the chip lead for much of the final table, Balzano was finally slain, also by the sword of Kempton. That set up the aforementioned heads up battle that Kempton would emerge victorious.

David Tuthill Crowned Casino Champ

David Tuthill
WSOPC Tampa Casino Champ David Tuthill

Also winning a seat into the 2020 Global Casino Championship was David Tuthill, who claimed the title of “Casino Champion” after notching six cashes during the series. That included a win in Event #3: $400 NLH Turbo for $15,272 and his second career gold ring, sixth in Event #7: $1,125 PLO 8-Handed for $8,746, and third in Event #14: $250 NLH Double Stack for $8,140.

WSOPC Tampa Ring Winners

TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Event #1: $600 NLH double Stack (5 Flights)2,433$1,252,995Byron Johnson$166,176
Event #2: $400 Pot-Limit Omaha166$54,780Michael Raimon$13,894
Event #3: $400 NLH Turbo190$62,700David Tuthill$15,272
Event #4: $1,125 NLH227$227,000Ryan Yu$53,725
Event #5: $600 NLH 6-Handed352$181,280Arkadiy Tsinis$39,527
Event #6: $400 Monster Stack1,371$452,430Kevin Ho$70,567
Event #7: $1,125 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed212$212,000David Prociak$51,400
Event #8: $2,200 High Roller173$346,000Romeo Mendoza$88,717
Event #9: $3,250 High Roller 8-Handed104$312,000Mark Zullo$89,150
Event #10: $1,700 Main Event1,162$1,760,430Isaac Kempton$290,974
Event #11: $400 NLH Turbo247$81,510Anthony Guagliardo$18,417
Event #13: $600 NLH374$192,610David Dibernardi$40,079
Event #14: $250 NLH Double Stack455$91,000Harmeet Singh$17,990

That wraps it up for the PokerNews coverage of the successful and busy WSOP Circuit stop in Tampa. Stay tuned for more coverage of the Circuit in the coming weeks.

Tags: Brad SailorDavid JacksonFares SantanaFrancisco GomezIoannis PatsourakisIsaac KemptonJames CalderaroJohn OttPaul BalzanoRobert Manjura

David Jackson Eliminated in 2nd Place ($179,833)

jeffmcmillan • Level 36: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante
David Jackson
David Jackson

The flop read {8-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{10-Spades}. David Jackson bet 650,000 from the button and was called by Isaac Kempton.

The turn was the {4-Diamonds}. Jackson loaded up again and bet 2,500,000. Kempton came along again with the call.

The river came the {a-Spades}. Kempton checked it. Jackson waited about 15 seconds before announcing all in. Kempton got a count which was for 8,900,000 and went into the tank.

He stewed it over in his mind for several moments with his head down studying the board and Jackson.

After about a minute he softly and silently placed one chip forward for the call, Jackson immediately shook his head and turned over the {j-Spades}{9-Hearts} for nothing while Kempton tabled the {q-Spades}{8-Clubs}, for the third pair call for the main event championship in dramatic fashion.

Isaac Kempton US 34,860,000 12,550,000
David Jackson us Busted

Tags: David JacksonIsaac Kempton

Jackson Starts to Bridge the Gap

MartianNews • Level 36: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante
David Jackson
David Jackson

David Jackson opened to 625,000 from the button and Isaac Kempton three-bet to 2,500,000. Jackson called and the flop came down {10-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{3-Spades}.

Kempton bet 1,500,000 and Jackson called to see the {a-Hearts} turn card. Both players checked to the {3-Diamonds} river where Kempton tapped the table once more.

Jackson shoved his 5,900,000 stack into the middle and Kempton hit the tank but in the end, he let his hand go and Jackson scooped one of the first heads up pots of the tournament.

Isaac Kempton US 22,310,000 -2,040,000
David Jackson us 12,550,000 2,150,000

Tags: David JacksonIsaac Kempton


Robert Manjura Eliminated in 4th Place ($103,434)

jeffmcmillan • Level 35: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante
Robert Manjura
Robert Manjura

From the cut off Robert Manjura jammed all in for 3,450,000. Isaac Kempton called from the button. Paul Balzano also called from the small blind. In the big blind, David Jackson asked for counts and contemplating joining the ruckus but folded after a few moments.

The flop came {5-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}. Kempton then jammed all in which caused Balzano to fold and the cards were turned up.

Kempton had the hammer with the {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts} which was crushing the {a-Spades}{k-Hearts} of Manjura. The turn was the {a-Diamonds} and the river came the {7-Clubs} to send Manjura home.

Isaac Kempton US 16,250,000 5,750,000
Paul Balzano us 4,500,000 -5,150,000
Robert Manjura US Busted

Tags: David JacksonIsaac KemptonPaul BalzanoRobert Manjura

Jackson Extracts from Balzano

MartianNews • Level 35: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante

Paul Balzano opened to 600,000 from the small blind and David Jackson called in the big blind. The dealer spread out {a-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} on the flop and Balzano continued for 850,000.

Jackson called and the {9-Hearts} landed on the turn. Balzano tapped to Jackson who bet 2,100,000 and Balzano quickly released, sending the pot to Jackson.

David Jackson us 10,700,000 -600,000
Paul Balzano us 9,650,000 -850,000

Tags: David JacksonPaul Balzano