Brian Altman Wins 2021 World Poker Tour Seminole Tough Rock Tampa Major Occasion For His Third WPT Title
Brian Altman defeated a field of 1,165 entries to win the 2021 Globe Poker Tour Seminole Tough Rock Tampa $three,500 get-in no-limit hold’em major event. The poker pro from Longmeadow, MA earned $613,225 and his third WPT title for the win, becoming just the seventh player to win 3 or much more principal events on the tour.
“This is a truly special Globe Poker Tour title for me. I’m joining the exclusive club of three-time champions, which only a few folks have carried out. To be amongst that organization makes me really feel genuinely proud,” Altman told WPT reporters after securing the victory.
Altman now sits in a six-way tie for second location on the WPT titles leaderboard, joining Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen, Anthony Zinno, Eric Afriat, and Chino Rheem in having 3 wins on the major tour. Darren Elias at the moment sits alone atop the standings with 4 WPT titles. Altman, who won the WPT Player of the Year award for the tour’s 18th season, is now inside a single title of the prime spot.
“To earn my fourth title and chase Darren [Elias] down would be quite amazing. He’s a buddy of mine, and I appreciate him taking this a single off and giving me a greater shot to win, so kudos,” stated Altman.
All three of Altman’s WPT title runs have taken location at Seminole Hard Rock properties. His two prior wins came in the very same event: the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open which is held at the Seminole Challenging Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL. He took down that event in 2015 and 2020, becoming the first player to ever win the identical WPT main event twice.
Altman now has a lot more than $five.four million in career live tournament earnings right after this win. In addition to the title and the money, he was also awarded 1,440 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion of this occasion. This was his his second win and fourth final-table finish of the year. With two,928 total POY points and $1,014,326 in year-to-date earnings, Altman has climbed into fourth spot in the 2021 POY race standings, which are sponsored by Global Poker.
The new year began off properly for Altman, who secured a win and a seventh place finish in a pair of $1,100 purchase-in preliminary events at the WPT Venetian series. In Could he completed third in the extended-delayed 2020 WPT Borgata Winter Open, which had set a final table a lot more than a year earlier but had been delayed due to COVID-19. Altman earned $333,012 and 960 points for his strong showing in that event.
In his latest title run Altman secured the chip lead heading into the final day’s action. He extended his lead by winning a preflop race against T.K. Miles, with his AK prevailing more than his opponent’s pocket jacks. Altman hit a king on the turn and held from there to send Miles to the rail in ninth place ($61,325).
Altman then proceeded to knock out Steven Queen (8th – $77,900) and David Berman (7th – $100,030) to narrow the field to just six contenders. Will Berry’s run in this occasion came to an finish when his Aten ran into the AJ of 2014 WPT Montreal winner Jonathan Jaffe. Berry failed to improve and was eliminated in sixth location ($129,825).
John Haas was the subsequent to fall. He got all-in preflop with AJ against the K10 of Gabriel Abusada. The board brought three diamonds to give Abusada a winning flush, eliminating Haas in fifth spot ($170,275).
Jonathan Jaffe’s quest for his second WPT title fell just short this time. He ran pocket sixes into the pocket eights of Altman preflop and was unable to come from behind. Jaffe earned $225,675 for his fourth-spot showing, complete Altman took a sizable lead into 3-handed play.
Like Jaffe, Zachary Smiley was also hunting for his second victory on the WPT. The 2016 _ WPT Maryland_ primary occasion winner got his final seven big blinds in with Q3 from the little blind. Altman called with AQ and the the runout improved neither player. Smiley took residence $302,200 as the third-location finisher, the second-biggest score of his career.
Heads-up play started with Altman holding greater than a 3:1 chip lead over Gabriel Abusada. That lead was narrowed down to just a 3:two benefit by the time the subsequent main hand arose. With blinds of 150,000-300,000 and a large blind ante of 300,000, Abusada moved all-in for 18,525,000 from the button with 66. Altman referred to as with JJ and the board ran out K97105. Altman’s pocket jacks held up to earn him the pot and the title. Abusada was awarded $408,825 for his runner-up displaying.
Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:
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