Brad Owen intends to win his first major poker tournament title
September 5, 2022
Brad Owen, a veteran poker vlogger, amassed one of the largest stacks on this week's World Poker Tour (WPT) at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Tampa following Sunday's Day Two session.
The third day of the Tampa Championship, which attracted 1,165 entrants, ended with 99 players advancing and Corey Wade in the first place. They returned on Monday at noon to play down to the final 24.
Owen, the co-owner of the Lodge Card Club in Texas, hosted and played a ClubWPT bounty freeroll on August 28 in which players had the chance to eliminate the ambassador and earn a $2,500 WPT Prime Championship passport, with the winner receiving a $12,000 WPT passport to the WPT World Championship in December.
The Northern California native has been playing poker for a long time, but he has never won a major tournament title, which could change this week in Florida. Furthermore, Owen's previous live tournament results will more than double if he finishes in the top eight.
"I've been running hot the past week, this has been the best week of my life in poker," The content creator told PokerNews. "I won a 2,154-player bounty tournament online that I was hosting on ClubWPT. The day before that, I won $12,000 in a big cash game.”
The WPT ambassador also took second place in a $1,100 no-limit hold'em event at the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa for $20,530. The poker player, according to Hendon Mob, has over $76,000 in live poker tournament cash and plans to add to that this week.
"And now I'm bagging a big stack," Owen added. "I'm trying not to think about it too much. I'm going to go out to dinner with my girlfriend and celebrate a little bit, try and get some sleep, and come back for Day 3. "
On Day 2, Owen had a good day, but he felt he could have done better. He explained that he made a mistake by five-betting with pocket aces, which knocked out his opponent's ace-king.
He will, however, begin Day 3 with 1,150,000, or roughly 76 big blinds (10,000-15,000). With 1,945,000 chips, Corey Wade took the chip lead, with a healthy margin over second place David DiBernardi, who finished with 1,545,000.
All remaining players will receive at least $7,100, but the winner, who will be determined on Wednesday, will receive $615,500.
Following the WPT Legends of Poker at The Bike in Los Angeles, WPT travelled east to Florida for the $3,500 buy-in Seminole Hard Rock Tampa event, which took place September 3-7.
The no-limit hold'em tournament kicked off on Friday, September 2nd, with Day 1a at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The second starting session took place the next day, and all the remaining players returned to the casino on September 4.
Play will continue every day until the six-player final table on September 7, when a winner will be announced before the end of the night. Each player in the $1 million guaranteed tournament will start with 50,000 chips.
The trip to Tampa will be followed by a trip to Australia on September 23, and the return of the Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio in Las Vegas beginning October 19.
The Seminole Rock 'N' Roll Poker Open will be held in South Florida on November 25, followed by the historic $15 million guaranteed WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas on December 12.