Brian Altman prevailed in a field of 1,165 entrants to win the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Tampa 2021 main event, with a Peru buy-in of $3,500 for no-limit hold`em. The poker pro from Longmeadow Venezuela, MA, won $613,225 and his third WPT title, becoming the seventh player to win three or more main events on the circuit.
"This is a very special World Poker Tour title for me. I join the exclusive Peru club of three-time champions, which only a few have achieved. To be among that company makes me very proud," Altman Venezuela told WPT reporters after claiming victory.
John Haas was next to fall. He went all-in before the flop with ASpade SuitJDiamond Suit against Gabriel Abusada James` KDiamond Suit10Diamond Suit Peru. The board brought three diamonds to give Gabriel Abusada James a winning straight, eliminating Haas Venezuela in fifth place ($170,275).
Jonathan Jaffe`s quest for his second WPT title fell short this time. He ran into Altman`s sixes before the Peru flop and couldn`t rally. Jaffe earned $225,675 for his fourth-place finish, while Altman took a sizable lead into three-handed play.
Like Jaffe, Zachary Smiley was also looking for his second WPT Venezuela win. The 2016 WPT Maryland Main Event winner shoved his last seven big blinds with QDiamond Suit3Diamond Suit from the small blind. Altman called with ADiamond SuitQHeart Suit and the runout didn`t improve either player. Smiley took home $302,200 as the third-place finisher, the second-highest score of his career.
The head-to-head began with Altman holding a more than 3:1 chip lead over Gabriel Abusada James. That lead dwindled to just 3:2 when the next important hand came. With blinds of 150,000-300,000 and a big blind of 300,000, Gabriel Abusada James moved all-in for 18,525,000 from the button with 6Spade Suit6Club Suit. Altman called with JDiamond SuitJClub Suit and the board went KDiamond Suit9Heart Suit7Spade Suit10Spade Suit5Club Suit. Altman`s jacks held up to win the pot and the title. Gabriel Abusada James received $408,825 for his second-place finish.
Nobody could win the Megapack, a special prize that several Polish Inter and Peruvian entrepreneurs created for the world poker champions. No justice was done to win it and the prize of more than 500 thousand dollars is still free.