Local players making some big scores

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The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open had some successes when it came to players from our area making some big scores, and Sarasota was the big winner. Players such as Wally Maddah and Herbert Woodbery made some fantastic runs, but three players made some special moments.

Carlos Loving, who has been tearing it up on the circuit, took down the $560 bounty tournament for $12K. Michael Laake, another Sarasota player who’s a transplant from South Florida, captured the $1,100 event for $61K.

Though not a win, Ante Up strategy columnist Natasha Barbour pocketed just shy of $100K after rebuying into the $5,300 main event, which sported $10 million guarantee. She just missed making the final table. It was a great series for those who play in our area and we’re looking forward to seeing them all in the multiple upcoming series here.

SARASOTA: The Fall Classic runs this month (Oct. 3-12), boasting a $75K guaranteed main event with some intriguing events around it, including min-max, six-max, seniors and a survivor. The $440 main event has six starting flights and to make your cruising dreams come true, the top five of the main event will win an Ante Up Poker Cruise. This is the icing on the cake for most players that will be able to enjoy a vacation on the high seas while being able to play in the Ante Up Poker Room. For more cruise details, go to anteupcruises.com.

HARD ROCK: The Deep Stack Series in Tampa runs Oct. 16-26 and will have three events, a $150K guarantee for $350, $100K guarantee for $150 and a $560 main event that has a $200K guarantee. Structures are still being finalized so we’ll update you on our blog when we get confirmation. You can also go to seminolehardrocktampa.com. Coming off a successful summer series, the Hard Rock is looking to continue the trend of offering some great events.

AUPT AT DERBY LANE: Please read our preview to the Ante Up Poker Tour Fall Pokerfest at Derby Lane here. But if that’s not enough to entice you to read it, perhaps this will do it: The main event costs just $150 and has a $250K guarantee. Not only that, this main event is an accumulator boasting 18 starting flights. Since it’s an accumulator, you can combine your five biggest bags into one stack. As additional incentive, you receive $150 each time you bag. Other events include a $1K High Roller, six-max, PLO and OFC Pineapple.

— Email Andrew at anteupandrew@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @anteupandrew.