The Seminole Hard Rock Tampa hosted a 32-event World Poker Tour series from August 25 to September 7, and it was a rousing success with $10.5 million paid out to those who cashed over that two-week period.
It all came to an end on Wednesday with Corey Wade winning the highlight event of the series — the $3,500 buy-in WPT Main Event — for $471,686 — beating out a field of 1,165 entrants, which was oddly enough to exact same turnout as a year ago.
The tournament had a $1 million guaranteed prize pool, but that was completely obliterated. In fact, the guarantee was surpassed before the first break of the first of two Day 1 starting flights. When registration closed the following day (September 3), the pot hit just north of $3.7 million, nearly quadruple the original guarantee.
Here is a list of a couple of the biggest winners from the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Tampa series.
Foxen Wins Another One
In Event #17: $1,700 No-Limit Hold’em, there were 145 entries creating a $217,500 prize pool, nearly triple the $75,000 guarantee. That was par for the course during the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Tampa series – huge prize pools.
In this tournament, it was a familiar face taking a winner’s photo. Alex Foxen, the 2018 and 2019 GPI Player of the Year and a 2022 WSOP bracelet champion, won yet another poker tournament, this one for $53,920 and a shiny WPT trophy.
Foxen, a former college football player at Boston College, defeated Clemen Dong ($35,950) heads-up to win the title. He now has $26.7 million in live tournament cashes, according to Hendon Mob. Maurice Hawkins (third place for $25,500), a WSOP Circuit crusher, also reached the final table.
Event #17: $1,700 NLH Final Table Results
Corey Wade Claims $470K Score, First WPT Main Tour Victory
Singh Wins Second Event of the Series
Event #13: $600 No-Limit Hold’em, a re-entry tournament, had a $30,000 guarantee. When registration closed, the pot had $84,525 in it from 161 entrants, nearly tripling the guarantee. At the end of the day, only one player was still standing, and that was Raminder Singh, who won his second title of the series.
Singh was paid $22,475 and a WPT trophy for winning Event #13. He also took down Event #6: $400 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo for $7,086, beating out 84 entrants in that one.
At the final table, Singh was heads up against Daniel Couzens, and he came out victorious in the end. Couzens received $14,720 as a consolation prize, while Aaron Thivyanathan took third place for $8,670.
Event #13: $600 NLH Final Table Results
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Former WSOP Main Event Runner-Up Wins $25K High Roller
John Racener, who finished runner-up to Jonathan Duhamel in the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event, crushed it again this past week, but this time he was the last player standing. In Event #18: $25,500 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller, the Florida native beat out a field of 25 entrants to win $246,990.
According to Hendon Mob, Racener now has just over $11 million in live tournament cashes. He defeated a tough final table that included Brock Wilson (second place for $154,380) and 2015 WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehen (third place for $98,800).
Event #18: $25,500 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Final Table Results
2022 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Series Full Results
Throughout the series, players accumulated points with in-the-money finishes. In the end, Clemen Deng topped the Player of the Festival leaderboard and was awarded a $1,100 WPT Prime Passport. Deng cashed three times at three final tables, including a $158,778 win in the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller, for a total of 1,175 points to earn the POF honors.
|Date||Buy In||Tournament||Entries||Prize Pool||Winner||1st Place|
|25-Aug||$600||No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)||4,363||$2,268,760||Adam Quimby||$240,254|
|25-Aug||$400||Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)||174||$58,920||Vinny Monteiro||$13,135|
|25-Aug||$1,100||Six-Handed NLH (Re-Entry)||76||$73,720||Ken Fishman||$21,980|
|26-Aug||$250||Ladies Event (Re-Entry)||123||$25,830||Nikita Patalinghug||$6,566|
|26-Aug||$1,100||Eight-Handed NLH (Re-Entry)||119||$115,430||Clyde Maliauka||$30,730|
|27-Aug||$400||Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)||84||$33,600||Raminder Singh||$7,086|
|28-Aug||$400||Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)||128||$42,880||Ardit Bitincka||$9,666|
|28-Aug||$400||No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)||296||$99,160||Michale Hermoza||$21,890|
|28-Aug||$1,100||No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)||162||$157,140||Kevin Oakes||$31,186|
|28-Aug||$400||Turbo Mixed PLO (Re-Entry)||150||$50,250||Nick Yuryev||$12,460|
|29-Aug||$400||Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Re-Entry)||101||$33,835||Jon Miller||$9,455|
|29-Aug||$400||No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)||1,146||$383,910||Carlos Rodriguez||$55,085|
|29-Aug||$600||No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)||161||$84,525||Raminder Singh||$22,475|
|30-Aug||$400||H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)||104||$34,840||Kris Lord||$7,045|
|30-Aug||$1,100||No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)||116||$112,520||Brandon Wong||$33,190|
|31-Aug||$400||Seniors 50+ (Re-Entry)||317||$106,195||Jeffrey Nemes||$20,383|
|31-Aug||$1,700||No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)||145||$217,500||Alex Foxen||$53,290|
|31-Aug||$25,500||High Roller (Re-Entry)||25||$617,500||John Racener||$246,990|
|1-Sep||$2,200||No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)||204||$408,000||Jake Ferro||$94,490|
|1-Sep||$1,100||Turbo PLO (Re-Entry)||109||$105,730||Sean Troha||$31,740|
|2-Sep||$3,500||WPT Tampa Championship (Re-Entry)||1,165||$3,728,000||Corey Wade||$471,686|
|3-Sep||$250||Triple Stacks NLH (Re-Entry)||313||$64,165||Alex Alvarez||$6,611|
|3-Sep||$600||Quad Stack NLH (Re-Entry)||67||$35,510||Kodi McDaniel||$12,430|
|4-Sep||$400||No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)||242||$81,070||Daniel Tanco||$18,800|
|4-Sep||$1,700||No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)||146||$219,000||Brett Bader||$60,440|
|4-Sep||$1,100||Survivor NLH (Re-Entry)||50||$50,000|
|5-Sep||$600||Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)||$255,150||Brendan Shiller||$50,330|
|5-Sep||$1,100||No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)||93||$90,210||John Gallaher||$28,610|
|5-Sep||$10,000||High Roller (Re-Entry)||62||$595,200||Clemen Deng||$158,778|
|5-Sep||$180||Triple Stacks NLH (Re-Entry)||171||$24,975||Collin Wilson||$6,495|
|6-Sep||$5,000||Eight-Handed NLH (Re-Entry)||77||$365,750||Jim Collopy||$87,346|
The next stop for the WPT Main Tour is WPT Australia at The Star Gold Coast. The festival begins Sept. 15 and will conclude on Sept. 27. The $5,400 main event of the tour begins on Sept. 23. The winner of WPT Australia will receive a $10,400 seat in the World Championship and Player of the Festival will win a $1,100 WPT Prime Passport.