Three is the magic number. Brian Altman loves grinding in Florida. All three of his World Poker Tour crowns came in the Sunshine State. Altman won over $5 million in tournaments including four six-figure scores thanks to his deft skills in WPT events including five final tables and three wins since 2015. Altman also final tabled the PCA Main Event in 2019 but busted in sixth place.
In 2015, Altman binked his first major event with a first-place finish at the 2015 Lucky Hearts Poker Open at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida. He won a career-high $723K for that epic sore. He won the same event again five years apart with a $482K score in the 2020 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open. Altman became the first player in WPT history to win the same event more than once.
Now, you can add a third WPT crown to Altman's impressive resume. The $3,500 buy-in 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Tampa attracted 1,165 runners and a prize pool over $3.7 million. The top 146 places paid out with most of the cheesecake set aside to the champ.
The final table included three players who previously won titles on the WPT and were members of the WPT Champions club. Zachary Smiley and Jonathan Jaffe also won WPT titles, so half the table was seeking an additional victory, while the other half was seeking their first taste of WPT champions glory. Also at the final table were Gabe Abusada, Will Berry, and John Hass.
Will Berry busted first at the final table in sixth place, followed by John Hass in fifth place.
Jonathan Jaffe's remarkable run ended in fourth place, which paid out $225K.
Zachary Smiley hit the bricks in third place, which set up the heads-up jost between Brian Altman and Gabe Abusada.
Abusada could not stop the man destined for his third win. Abusda busted in second place, which paid out nearly $409K. Not too shabby, eh?
Altman earned a first-place payday worth $613,325 for winning the 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Tampa. He now has three WPT crowns, which puts him in some elite company with Gus Hansen, Chino Rheem, Carlos Mortensen, Anthony Zinno, and Eric Afriat. Darren Elias holds the all-time record with four WPT crowns. Altman now just needs one more to tie Elias.
Dave Berman bubbled the final table in seventh place.
Notables who went deep and cashed in this event included Chainsaw Kessler, TK Miles, Yuri Martins, Sam Panzic, Jeff Rolland, Cricket Agnello, Viny Lima, Justin Liberto, Mie Sowers, Christian Harder, James Calderaro, Demo Kiriopoulos, Frank Stepuchin, Shankar Pillai, Craig Varnell, Matthew Waxman, Balakrishna Patur, Harrison Gimbel, Alex Rocha, and Michael Amato.