Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Poker Classic Paid Out Over $2 Million

Written By Aleeyah Jadavji on March 24, 2023
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The 2023 Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Poker Classic is officially in the books with 12 successful events.

The total guarantees set were just over $1 million. But Florida poker is so popular that the guarantees were doubled. With such a large turnout to the Seminole Tribe’s Tampa property, the tournaments attracted a combined 4,416 entries and paid out $2,161,567 across the entire schedule.

Ryan Brown wins the 2023 TPC Championship

The TPC Championship event featured a $1,700 buy-in with $500,000 guaranteed in the prize pool. Ryan Brown was the winner after topping a field of 625 players, winning $148,010 and the bulk of the $937,500 prize pool.

Brown defeated a red-hot Fred Paradis heads-up and denied him his third title of the week. Paradis earned himself $138,010 for second place. The two players began heads-up play fairly evenly and decided to flatten the payouts before the match began.

The eventual winner ended the battle with a full house, dominating Paradis’ straight for the win.

TPC Championship final table results

  • First: Ryan Brown – $148,010
  • Second: Fred Paradis – $138,010
  • Third: Thad McNulty – $84,160
  • Fourth: Huicun Qiao – $62,630
  • Fifth: Alex Magdan – $47,130
  • Sixth: Steve Buckner – $35,870
  • Seventh: Rodney Turvin – $27,610
  • Eighth: Ray Mancini – $21,500
  • Ninth: Pavel Milanov – $16,930

Fred Paradis wins two Florida poker titles and a second-place in the Championship

The talk of the series was no doubt the success of Tampa Bay local Fred Paradis. He won two events across two weeks and topped it off with a runner-up finish in the TPC Championship.

Paradis won Event #1: $400 No-Limit Hold’em for $91,945 and then Event #8: $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em for $36,510. Adding to his second-place finish in the Championship, Paradis earned $266,465. In other words, Paradis won slightly more than 12% of the series’ total prize pool.

This puts the Floridian’s overall live tournament earnings over $1.6 million, and he now has 10 live tournament wins on his already impressive resume.

Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Poker Classic Results

Event WinnerPrize Money
$1,700 NLH Tampa Poker Classic Main Event Ryan Brown $148,010
$400 NLH Fred Paradis $91,945
$400 Omaha Hi-Lo Michael Laake$7,485
$400 Mixed PLO Dustin Peglow$8,210
$400 NLH Jerry Silva $15,080
$200 NLH Roberto Cotto$22,200
$400 PLO Kyle Peck $7,800
$600 NLH Michael Latuf$18,615
$1,100 NLH Fred Paradis $36,510
$1,100 NLH Bogdan Toma$22,621
$200 NLH Tirth Pate $12,080
$180 Triple Stack Joshua Nicholson $3,500

2023 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown is next

There is always a huge tournament series waiting in the wings in Florida. The next event is the 2023 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown at Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida. The Floria poker series runs from Apr. 13 through May 2 and features 61 events with buy-ins ranging from $200 up to $50,000.

The $3,500 World Poker Tour-branded main event will run from Apr. 28 through May 2 and guarantees $3,000,000 in the prize pool. There are two starting flights followed by three more days of play.

There are plenty of mixed games throughout the entire series. Some of the offerings include:

  • Pot-Limit Omaha
  • Omaha Hi-Low 8 or Better
  • 8-Game Mix
  • Triple Stud
  • Limit 2-7 Triple Draw

There will also be three Seniors events for players 50 years of age and older as well as a Ladies Event.

For those looking to play for a bigger buy-in, there will be two $10,000 Deep Stack events, a $25,500 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller tournament, a $25,500 No-Limit event and a $50,000 Super High Roller event.

The full schedule can be found online at

Photo by Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Poker / Allen Rash
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Aleeyah hails from Toronto, Ontario in Canada, and has worked predominantly in the poker industry since 2015. From writing articles to interviewing big winners and live reporting on poker's biggest stages, she's seen it all. Aleeyah loves to cook and create content to showcase her passion for food and travel. She also loves sriracha and doesn't trust anyone that believes it's not a top-tier condiment.

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