Championship Day 1A: Wally Maddah Flops the Nuts in Battle of Tampa Grinders

$3,500 RRPO Championship (Re-Entry)
$2,000,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 9: 400/800 with a 100 ante
Players Remaining: 125 of 273

Wally Maddah

Pete Walsworth raised to 1,700 from the cutoff and Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Ambassador Wally Maddah called out of the small blind.

Both players play most of their poker in Tampa and the surrounding areas and were heads-up to a flop of Jc9c5c. It gets checked through and the 8d comes on the turn.

Maddah bet 3,200 and Walsworth folded. Maddah gave him a wry smile and showed Ac8c.

“You got greedy,” said Walsworth. “You should’ve bet like 1,500 or something.”

“I wanted to make it look like a bluff,” said Maddah.

“I had a suited ace-eight as well,” replied Maddah.

Wally Maddah – 128,5000
Pete Walsworth – 43,000

Championship Day 1A: Jake Schwartz Makes the Correct Decision

$3,500 RRPO Championship (Re-Entry)
$2,000,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 8: 300/600 with a 75 ante
Players Remaining: 125 of 273

Jake Schwartz

There was about 25,000 in the pot on the river with a completed board of Td5c5s8sKd.

Jake Schwartz is in middle position and heads-up with the player in the cutoff. Schwartz bet 16,250 and the cutoff raised to 70,000.

“Does that cover me?” asked Schwartz as he pointed to the chips, asking the dealer for an exact count.

The bet was almost all of Schwartz’s chips, which sent him into the tank for several minutes until the clock was finally called on him. One of the tournament supervisors came over and put him on a 30-second clock.

About 15 second into the clock, Schwartz folded. The cutoff showed 8h8d, good for a full house.

“I owe you one for that show,” said Schwartz.

Jake Schwartz – 63,000

 

Championship Day 1A: Curt Kohlberg Eliminated

$3,500 RRPO Championship (Re-Entry)
$2,000,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 8: 300/600 with a 75 ante
Players Remaining: 146 of 273

There was a raise from early position before Curt Kohlberg moved all in for about 10,500 from middle position. Action folded around to the player in the big blind, who called.

The original raiser folded and Kohlberg tabled 9d8d. He was dominated by the big blind’s Jh9c. The original raiser complained to the table that he should’ve called with his queen-jack.

The board ran out TcTh9s6c2s and Kohlberg’s kicker isn’t big enough to stay alive. The big blind wins the pot with tens and nines with a jack kicker. Kohlberg is eliminated for the second time today and will have to play tomorrow to have a shot at this year’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open championship.

Curt Kohlberg – Eliminated 

Championship Day 1A: Ian O’Hara Battles Josh Kay

$3,500 RRPO Championship (Re-Entry)
$2,000,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 7: 250/500 with a 50 ante
Players Remaining: 162 of 273

Ian O’Hara

There is about 9,000 in the pot on the river with a completed board of Td9h6d4d5d. Josh Kay is in middle position and heads-up with Ian O’Hara on the button.

Kay bets 7,500 and O’Hara thinks for about 90 seconds before raising to 18,500. O’Hara doesn’t waste much time before folding. O’Hara mucks his hand and takes the pot.

Ian O’Hara – 84,000
Josh Kay – 44,500

Championship Day 1A: Jason Mercier Registers, Runs Into a Flush

$3,500 RRPO Championship (Re-Entry)
$2,000,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 7: 250/500 with a 50 ante
Players Remaining: 171 of 273

There is about 12,000 in the pot on the river with a completed board of AsTh5hQh3s and Jason Mercier bets 5,200 from under the gun.

His lone opponent is on the button and quickly calls.

“Two pair,” says Mercier, tabling QcTc.

The button announces “flush” and shows 8h4h. Mercier turns his hand back over and sends it into the muck.

Jason Mercier – 18,500

Championship Day 1A: Elliott Zaydman and Mauricio Amieller Chop Up Another Player

$3,500 RRPO Championship (Re-Entry)
$2,000,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 7: 250/500 with a 50 ante
Flight A Entries: 273

Elliott Zaydman

There was a three-way all in between a player in early position, Elliott Zaydman in middle position and Mauricio Amieller also in middle position.

The early position player was all in for about 30,000, Zaydman was all in for about 45,000 and Amieller had both players well covered.

“How many aces are there in this deck?” joked another player at the table.

All four of them were accounted for with Zaydman showing AsAh and Amieller tabled AcAd. The all in player tabled 4s4c and needed one of his two outs to triple up and stay alive.

The board ran out QhQs3s3c9h and his chips are chopped up between Zaydman and Amieller.

Mauricio Amieller – 142,000
Elliott Zaydman – 61,000

Championship Day 1A: Kadosh Leads at Dinner

$3,500 RRPO Championship (Re-Entry)
$2,000,000 Guarantee | Structure
Returning to Level 7: 250/500 with a 75 ante
Flight A Entries: 259

Uri Kadosh

The Championship still has 60 minutes remaining on the dinner break with 259 entries in the game and a more expected to register before the restart at 8pm.

Uri Kadosh continues to lead the way sitting in the front of the ballroom with Ben Zamani not far behind. Former SHRP Player of the Year David Prociak continues to hang with the leaders along with SHR Tampa poker ambassador Wally Maddah and WSOP Ladies Champ Jacquelyn Scott.

Top ten stacks:

  1. Uri Kadosh – 145,000 (363 bb)
  2. Ben Zamani – 142,500 (356 bb)
  3. Mauricio Ameller – 123,600 (309 bb)
  4. Amir Tawfik – 121,625 (304 bb)
  5. Abdelouahed Bouanani – 110,675 (277 bb)
  6. David Prociak – 110,000 (275 bb)
  7. Ryan McKnight – 95,800 (240 bb)
  8. Jacquelyn Scott – 95,000 (238 bb)
  9. Albert Destrade – 90,000 (225 bb)
  10. Wally Maddah – 85,000 (213 bb)