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Phil Hoff Dominates Day 2 to Win Bar Poker Open Florida World Championship ($40,000)

November 14, 2022 @ 09:53 PM

Phil Hoff

The Bar Poker Open Main Event at the Florida World Championship has come to an end and Phil Hoff is the winner after he defeated Stephanie Devito in heads-up play to win the $40,000 top prize.

Hoff beat out 39 players that survived two opening flights to take down the tournament after he dominated the final table. The tournament drew 446 players to generate a prize pool of $126,648. Devito takes home $22,537 for second place after a great run at the final table that was buoyed by a very large and vocal rail of supporters.

2022 Bar Poker Open Florida World Championship Final Table Results

PlaceNamePoker LeaguePrize
1Phil HoffNew York Free Poker$40,000
2Stephanie DevitoNo Limit New York$22,537
3Nick SimsEastern Poker Tour$12,256
4Johnny KellyEastern Poker Tour$8,052
5Durwood FlournoyBar Poker Open Online$6,321
6Ellen SchirmerDeepstacks Poker League$5,484
7Susanne SpritzerNo Limit Pub Poker Tour$3,894
8James BoyntonEastern Poker Tour$2,688
9Jhonny OrtizEastern Poker Tour$1,893
BPO Florida Final Table
BPO Florida World Championship Final Table

This was Hoff's third Bar Poker Open cash, and it improves on his previous best finish of second place for $28,775 at the 2019 BPO National Championship at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas.

"I started playing shortly after retirement with a local senior's group and at Bar Poker Open events," Hoff said in his post-win interview with PokerNews. "Since then, I have done a lot of studying."

Hoff has put his studying to good work and he has now earned the largest first prize in Bar Poker Open history.

"I study a lot of Jonathan Little's training programs and I've been working hard on learning. I am a member of his website."

Hoff is a member of the New York Free Poker league, which operates out of eight locations throughout New York. He qualified for the Florida event back in July and came to the Palm Beach Kennel Club in the ninth spot on the league's rankings leaderboard.

Day 2 Action

The eliminations kicked off right away and Hoff held the lead when the final two tables were reached in just under two hours. Gregg Bloom, David Edwards, Tuan Pham, Andrew Upton, David Silva, Tom Heinlein, and opening flight chip leaders Chris Weaver and Joseph Fleming fell before an unofficial final table of 10 was formed.

Other Day 2 standouts include Jan Scotto, who bagged in both flights to earn a $1,000 bonus. She was joined on Day 2 by her husband, Dan Scotto. Weaver also survived both flights for a $1,000 bonus.

Tom Heinlein
Tom Heinlein

John Sarappa was out in tenth when his ace-queen couldn't improve against Johnny Kelly's pocket tens and the tournament took a break for interviews and final table preparation before the final nine convened to play down to a winner.

Jhonny Ortiz was out in ninth when his king-ten shove ran into Kelly's pocket aces, while James Boynton wasn't far behind in eighth when Ellen Schirmer spiked a pair of nines on the river to beat his Big Slick.

Susanne Spritzer was next to go in seventh when Hoff made a pair of jacks on the river to beat her suited ace-four for the first of his many final table eliminations. Action slowed down for the final six and they battled for an entire level before Schirmer's ace-nine fell to Devito's ace-jack in sixth place. Durwood "Doc" Flournoy was right behind in fifth when his suited ten-seven couldn't improve in a short stack shove against Hoff.

Hoff kept going with yet another knockout when his pocket jacks held against Kelly's shove with ace-king. It was just minutes later when he picked up another one when Nick Sims shoved with a suited king-jack but Hoff once again held on with ace-seven to win a hand where no one paired the board.

The rail reached a fever pitch as Devito's supporters drowned out the entire room with their support. The New York No Limit league was out in force with several members playing well throughout the weekend, but Devito was their standard bearer and they made their presence known throughout the final stages of the tournament.

Stephanie Devito and the NY No Limit Pub Poker Tour
Stephanie Devito and No Limit New York

Heads-up play commenced and Devito quickly closed the gap with well-timed several aggressive bets against Hoff's large chip lead, but her aggression got the best of her when she couldn't get Hoff to give up his pair of tens for a large pot. The big moment came just a few moments later when Devito shoved with two pair and received a call from Hoff's one pair, but he picked up the better hand when his second pair fell on the river for the big win.

This wraps up coverage of the Bar Poker Open Florida World Championship at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach Florida. Be sure to keep it with the PokerNews team for live updates from all of your favorite tournaments around the world.

Stephanie Devito Eliminated in 2nd Place ($22,537)

November 14, 2022 @ 09:14 PM

Stephanie Devito

Stephanie Devito raised to 600,000 and Phil Hoff called. The flop was .

Hoff bet 500,000 and called quickly when Devito shoved for a total of 1,500,000. Hoff called and the cards were turned up.

Stephanie Devito:
Phil Hoff:

Devito was ahead with two pair, but the board ran out and Hoff caught up on the river to eliminate Devito in second place for $22,537.

Phil Hoff13,000,0002,000,000
Stephanie Devito0-2,700,000
Hoff Wins a Huge Pot

November 14, 2022 @ 09:03 PM

Phil Hoff raised to 600,000 with and Stephanie Devito called with . The flop was .

Devito bet 500,000 and Hoff raised to 2,000,000. Devito called.

The turn was and Devito continued on the river for 1,000,000. Hoff called and the river was .

Devito fired 1,000,000 at the river and Hoff called after a short tank to take a huge pot with a pair of tens and put Devito near the felt.

Phil Hoff11,000,0004,400,000
Stephanie Devito2,700,000-3,600,000
Final Two Chip Counts

November 14, 2022 @ 08:55 PM

Stephanie Devito has closed the gap with aggressive betting in the opening hands of heads-up play.

Phil Hoff6,600,000-2,600,000
Stephanie Devito6,300,0003,100,000
Nick Sims Eliminated in 3rd Place ($12,256)

November 14, 2022 @ 08:49 PM

Nick Sims

Nick Sims got his last 2,100,000 in and Phil Hoff wanted another knockout.

Nick Sims:
Phil Hoff:

The board ran out and Hoff held on with the ace to eliminate Sims in third place for $12,256.

Phil Hoff9,200,0001,600,000
Nick Sims0-2,300,000

Photo Gallery


1: Phil Hoff

$40,000 USD

2: Stephanie Devito

$22,537 USD

3: Nick Sims

$12,256 USD

4: John Kelly

$8,052 USD

5: Durwood Flournoy

$6,321 USD

6: Ellen Schirmer

$5,484 USD

7: Susanne Spritzer

$3,894 USD

8: James Boynton

$2,688 USD

9: Jhonny Ortiz

$1,893 USD

10: John Sarappa

$1,129 USD

11: Joseph Fleming

$1,129 USD

12: Chris Weaver

$1,129 USD

13: Tom Heinlein

$1,129 USD

14: David Silva

$1,129 USD

15: Andrew Upton

$1,129 USD

16: Tuan Pham

$926 USD

17: Gregg Bloom

$926 USD

18: David Edwards

$926 USD

19: TBD

$926 USD

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$926 USD

21: TBD

$776 USD

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$776 USD

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$776 USD

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$776 USD

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$776 USD

26: TBD

$657 USD

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$657 USD

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$657 USD

31: TBD

$551 USD

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Top Chip Counts

1: Phil Hoff

13,000,000 Chips

2: Jhonny Ortiz

575,000 Chips

3: Stephanie Devito


4: Nick Sims


5: John Kelly


6: Durwood Flournoy


7: Ellen Schirmer


8: Susanne Spritzer


9: James Boynton


10: John Sarappa