There was some captivating poker action this past week, as reigning World Poker Tour Player of the Year Brian Altman was in action. The poker star was in action in the WPT $3,500 Tampa Championship, and he made it through the field to win his third event overall.
It was a great success for the player, with the event taking place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa. It must be a venue that Altman has enjoyed playing at throughout his career, as he has now won all three of the titles that he has won at this venue.
Altman Comes Out On Top
Altman’s first victory at the venue came back in 2015, as he held on to win the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup. He added another success at the Tampa venue last year as he won the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open. However, his latest victory could have been one of the best that he has achieved at the venue during his career to date. It was a dominant performance by the reigning WPT Player of the Year, as his victory never looked to be in doubt.
He led from the early stages of the game, and never looked back. No player in the field had the momentum, or chips, to compete with the American. Altman’s victory saw him walk away from the event with prize money of $613,225. Afterwards, he spoke at length about how much the WPT events mean to him, and it certainty seems as though he saves his best performances for the events. The American has now won over $5.3 million in live earning during his career, and sits 237th on the overall all-time money list. Further success only looks destined to happen.
Final Standings At Event
Altman wasn’t the only player that walked away from the event with huge cash prizes. Gabriel Abusada was the final player that the American needed to see off in the competition, as he finished in second place. That was a strong finish for the player, as he was able to claim prize money of $408,825. However, a challenge for the victory always looked to be a bit too much of an ask. Regardless, he would have been pleased with his finish in second overall after a competitive period of action on the final table.
Will Berry was the first player knocked out of the Tampa event, as he finished in sixth place. Still, he claimed returns of $129,825. John Haas and Jonathan Jaffe were the next two players knocked out, as they finished in fifth and fourth respectively. Jaffe was able to pick up returns of $225,675 for his performance in the WPT Tampa. Meanwhile, the player to just miss out on a spot in the top two of the standings was Zachary Smiley. Smiley settled for third spot overall, but still collected $302,200 in money for his finish at WPT Tampa.