Showdown

2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Schedule


Primary Event Schedule:

EventDayDateTimeBuy-InTournament DescriptionDetails
1AThu4-Apr11AM$570Deep Stack NLH (RE) - $1,000,000 GTDStructure
1BThu4-Apr6PM$570--Structure
1CFri5-Apr11AM$570--Structure
1DFri5-Apr6PM$570--Structure
1ESat6-Apr11AM$570--Structure
1FSat6-Apr6PM$570--Structure
1Sun7-Apr1PM--Day 2--
2Thu4-Apr12PM$360Omaha 8 or Better (RE)Structure
3Fri5-Apr12PM$360Seniors 50+ NLH (RE)Structure
4Sat6-Apr12PM$360Big O (RE)Structure
5Sat6-Apr3PM$250Ladies NLH (RE) - $10,000 GTD - $1,100 Event #9 Seat ADDED to 1stStructure
6Sun7-Apr12PM$300Deep Stack Turbo NLH (RE) - $30,000 GTDStructure
7Sun7-Apr3PM$570Six Max NLH (Single RE) - $50,000 GTDStructure
8Mon8-Apr11AM$360PLO (RE)Structure
9AMon8-Apr12PM$1,100 NLH (RE) - $250,000 GTDStructure
9BTue9-Apr12PM$1,100 --Structure
9Wed10-Apr12PM--Day 2--
10Mon8-Apr6PM$150Big Stack NLH (RE) - $30,000 GTD - ADDED $3,500 Championship SeatStructure
11Tue9-Apr11AM$360PLO 8 (RE)Structure
12Wed10-Apr10AM$360H.O.R.S.E. (RE)Structure
13Wed10-Apr12PM$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty (Single RE) - $100,000 GTDStructure
13Thu11-Apr1PM--Day 2--
14Wed10-Apr2PM$50,000 Super High Roller (Single RE) - $1,000,000 GTDStructure
14Thu11-Apr2PM--Day 2--
15Thu11-Apr10AM$360Omaha 8/Stud 8 (RE)Structure
16Thu11-Apr12PM$2,200 8 Handed NLH (Single RE) - $200,000 GTDStructure
17AFri12-Apr11AM$3,500 WPT NLH Championship (RE) - $3,000,000 GTDStructure
17BSat13-Apr11AM$3,500 --Structure
17Sun14-Apr12PM--Day 2--
17Mon15-Apr12PM--Day 3--
17Tue16-Apr12PM--Day 4--
18Fri12-Apr6PM$150Big Stack NLH (RE) - $30,000 GTD - ADDED $3,500 Championship SeatStructure
19Sun14-Apr11AM$360Black Chip Bounty NLH (RE) - $30,000 GTDStructure
20Sun14-Apr3PM$1,100 Six Max NLH (Single RE) - $100,000 GTDStructure
21Sun14-Apr5PM$2,200 Deep Stack PLO (RE)Structure
21Mon15-Apr3PM--Day 2--
22Mon15-Apr11AM$570Big Stack NLH (Single RE) - $50,000 GTDStructure
23Mon15-Apr12PM$25,500 High Roller NLH (RE) - $2,000,000 GTDStructure
23Tue16-Apr12PM--Day 2--
24AMon15-Apr5PM$150NLH (RE) $50,000 GTDStructure
24BTue16-Apr5PM$150--Structure
24Wed17-Apr5PM--Day 2 - Held in the Poker Room--
25Mon15-Apr6PM$2,200 Eight Handed NLH Turbo (RE)Structure
26Tue16-Apr11AM$5,000 NLH (RE) - $200,000 GTDStructure
27Tue16-Apr12PM$360NLH (RE) - $30,000 GTDStructure
28Tue16-Apr6PM$1,100 NLH Turbo (RE)Structure

Secondary Event Schedule:

EventDayDateTimeBuy-InTournament DescriptionDetails
29Thu4-Apr9AM$80Turbo Mega Satellite into Event #1 ($570/$1M) (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTD - Held in the Poker RoomStructure
30Thu4-Apr3PM$200Multi Satellite into Any $570 Event & $1,100 Event (1 in 10) - 4 Pkgs GTDStructure
31Thu4-Apr8PM$140Turbo Mega Satellite into Event #1 (1 in 5) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
32Fri5-Apr9AM$80Turbo Mega Satellite into Event #1 ($570/$1M) (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTD - Held in the Poker RoomStructure
33Fri5-Apr3PM$200Multi Satellite into Any $570 Event & $1,100 Event (1 in 10) - 4 Pkgs GTDStructure
34Fri5-Apr8PM$390Turbo Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
35Sat6-Apr9AM$80Turbo Mega Satellite into Event #1 ($570/$1M) (1 in 10) -2 Seats GTD - Held in the Poker RoomStructure
36Sat6-Apr8PM$390Turbo Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
37Sun7-Apr9AM$140Turbo Mega Satellite into any $1,100 Event (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTD - Held in the Poker RoomStructure
38Sun7-Apr5PM$140Mega Satellite into Event #9 (1 in 10) - 10 Seats GTDStructure
39Sun7-Apr8PM$140Turbo Mega Satellite into Event #9 (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
40Mon8-Apr9AM$140Turbo Mega Satellite into Event #9 (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTD - Held in the Poker RoomStructure
41Mon8-Apr3PM$140Mega Satellite into Event #9 (1 in 10) - 10 Seats GTDStructure
42Mon8-Apr10:30PM$140Super Turbo Mega Satellite into Event #9 (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
43Tue9-Apr9AM$140Turbo Mega Satellite into Event #9 (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTD - Held in the Poker RoomStructure
44Tue9-Apr3PM$150Double Green Chip Bounty NLH (RE) - $390 Satellite Seat ADDED to 1stStructure
45Tue9-Apr8PM$200Turbo Mega Satellite into Purple Chip Bounty (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
46Wed10-Apr9AM$200Turbo Mega Satellite into Purple Chip Bounty (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTD - Held in the Poker RoomStructure
47Wed10-Apr11AM$390Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 20 Seats GTDStructure
48Wed10-Apr3PM$390Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 10 Seats GTDStructure
49Wed10-Apr7PM$390Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 5 Seats GTDStructure
50Wed10-Apr8PM$130All in or Fold NLH (RE)Structure
51Thu11-Apr11AM$390Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 20 Seats GTDStructure
52Thu11-Apr3PM$390Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 10 Seats GTDStructure
53Thu11-Apr7PM$390Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 5 Seats GTDStructure
54Thu11-Apr10:30PM$375Super Turbo Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 1 Seat GTDStructure
55Fri12-Apr9AM$390Turbo Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTD - Held in the Poker RoomStructure
56Fri12-Apr12PM$375Super Turbo Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 1 Seat GTDStructure
57Fri12-Apr3PM$390Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 10 Seats GTDStructure
58Fri12-Apr8PM$390Championship Turbo Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
59Fri12-Apr10:30PM$375Super Turbo Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 1 Seat GTDStructure
60Sat13-Apr9AM$390Turbo Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTD - Held in the Poker RoomStructure
61Sat13-Apr12PM$375Super Turbo Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 1 Seat GTDStructure
62Sat13-Apr8PM$130Win the Button NLH (RE)Structure
63Sat13-Apr10:30PM$2,625 Super Turbo High Roller Satellite - 1 Seat GTDStructure
64Sun14-Apr9AM$140Turbo Mega Satellite into any $1,100 Event (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTD - Held in the Poker RoomStructure
65Sun14-Apr7PM$2,650 Mega Satellite into High Roller Event (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
66Sun14-Apr8PM$130Turbo NLH Survivor (RE) 1 in 10 win $1,000 Structure
67Sun14-Apr10:30PM$2,625 Super Turbo High Roller Satellite - 1 Seat GTDStructure
68Mon15-Apr10AM$2,625 Super Turbo High Roller Satellite - 1 Seat GTDStructure
69Mon15-Apr8PM$550Turbo Mega Satellite into Event #26 - 2 Seats GTDStructure
70Mon15-Apr10:30PM$525Super Turbo Event # 26 Mega Satellite - 1 Seat GTDStructure
71Tue16-Apr9AM$550Turbo Mega Satellite into Event #26 - 1 Seat GTD - Held in the Poker RoomStructure
72Tue16-Apr3PM$300Razz (RE)Structure

That’s a Wrap; Another Successful Showdown Concludes

2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

The 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown concluded during the early morning hours of Thursday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Action kicked off April 5th and in the 14 days since 22 champions were anointed. A total of 17 winners carded six-figure scores — including four in the $570 buy-in opener — with Scott Margereson taking the cake as the WPT Poker Showdown Champion.

WPT Poker Showdown Championship Scott Margereson poses for a selfie with staff

Full results:

Next up at the Seminole Hard Rock is the property’s flagship series, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. Action begins August 2nd and complete series details will be posted in the coming weeks.

Those looking for tournament play prior to then are encouraged to return to South Florida for the in-room Deep Stack Series beginning May 17th.

May Deep Stack Series Schedule

Thank you to everyone who played the Poker Showdown!

UK’s Scott Margereson Wins WPT Poker Showdown Championship for $696K

2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed
$3,500 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

Entries: 1,309
Prize Pool: $4,188,800
April 13-18, 2018

Scott Margereson, 2018 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Champion

Nearly two weeks of tournaments in the new Hard Rock Event Center led the way toward the headline event on the 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown schedule. The $3 Million Guarantee WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship started on April 13 and, after six days of play, the UK’s Scott Margereson defeated Faraz Jaka in a lengthy heads-up battled for the title and $696,640 win.

“I’ve run incredible this year,” Margereson said of his victory. “It feels a little ridiculous to win this much money, but it’s huge.”

The Championship was another huge success with the 1,309 entries making it the fifth biggest field in the World Poker Tour’s 16 years of operation. The great turnout pushed the prize pool to nearly $4.2 million by the time registration closed.

Those 1,309 entries were whittled down to 480 players returning for Day 2. They made the money late in the day with 164 spots taking home some cash. Former WSOP November Niner Joseph Cheong was the chip leader of the 81 players who advanced to Day 3.

That lead helped Cheong make it deep in Day 4 but he went out in 11th place, short of the final table. Margereson moved to the top of the counts late in the day but it was Brian Hasting holding the lead when only six players remained for the WPT televised final table.

Besides Hastings and Margereson, the final table lineup included two-time WPTDeepStacks champ Jeff Fielder, local favorite Joey Couden, popular pro Matt Stout, and former WPT Player of the Year Jaka.

The structure was slow and the 82 big blind average stack meant they had plenty of room to make their move at the final table and it was destined to be a long day.

Fielder was the first eliminated from the final table when his flush ran into a full house and Stout followed shortly after when his pockets tens lost to the quad queens of Jaka. Couden booked a $250,000 payout when he ran into Jaka’s king as the former WPT POY extended his lead.

After a long stretch of three-handed play, Hastings was eliminated by Margereson when he made a flush on the river. Margereson held nearly a three-to-one chip lead to begin heads-up play.

The two battled for nearly three hours before Margereson was able to eliminate his tough opponent. This was the second WPT runner-up finish for Jaka and he took home $454,496. Margereson earned $696,740 for his first WPT title and the biggest tournament cash of his career. In addition, he punched his ticket into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions set to take place next month in Las Vegas.

“When there were four left, we were all guaranteed huge sums of money,” Margereson said. “I try not to focus on it and I’m very, very fortunate to have won the poker tournament.”

“I ran really good all week and I feel like I played pretty good, too.”

Congratulations to Scott on the win and thank you to our players for another great Championship.

Final table results:

1st: Scott Margereson – $696,740*
2nd: Faraz Jaka – $454,496
3rd: Brian Hastings – $336,466
4th: Joey Couden – $251,523
5th: Matt Stout – $189,880
6th: Jeff Fielder – $144,775
* – Includes $15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions seat

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championsionship results

James Scott Fulfills Premonition, Wins $150 No-Limit Hold’em in Heads-Up Deal

2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 18
$150 No-Limit Hold’em 
Entries: 565
Prize Pool: $67,800
April 16-18, 2018

James Scott

James Scott dreamed about winning the $150 no-limit hold’em event, literally.

Shortly after the clock struck midnight and the calendar switched to Thursday, Scott made a deal with Manuel Jo and took credit for the win in the $150 no-limit hold’em. Scott earned $15,574 and defeated a field of 565 entries for his first live tournament win.

“It was great because I had a dream today,” said Scott. “I took a nap and I had a dream that I was heads-up and playing for the money. So, it’s unbelievable. It was very exciting.”

Scott came into the final table near the bottom of the chip counts. He took his time and waited for his spots to come up while several other players hit the rail.

It all fit into his strategy to fulfill a modest goal.

“My strategy was to come in fourth because I was so short stacked,” said Scott. “Then, I got that double up and then I got that triple up with the three jacks. So, that was fantastic.”

That was the turning point for Scott. He scored a triple up when he shoved the button with ace-jack, got called by Alfredo Fernandez in the small blind and Jo shoved over the top in the big blind. Fernandez folded and Scott was able to suck out with [Ac][Jc] against Jo’s pocket queens.

That moved Scott from the short stack three-handed into the chip lead. He never relinquished his lead after that. After Jo eliminated Fernandez, the two agreed on an almost dead even chop, which left Scott with the trophy as the chip leader.

Scott is a local player from Fort Lauderdale. He lives a busy life as a business owner, a husband, a father and a grandfather.

He owns a jewelry store in North Miami, which was opened by his grandfather in 1949 and has been in business ever since. With so much on his plate, poker isn’t even close to the top of his priorities, but he makes time to play when some of the major series are in town.

“I try to play once a month,” said Scott. “Then, when they have the series, I play for two weeks straight.”

Scott’s win nearly puts a bow on the entire 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, with only the $3,500 WPT main event still running.

The top 36 players earned a payday and here are the results:

1st: James Scott – $14,574*
2nd: Manuel Jo – $14,573*
3rd: Alfredo Fernandez – $7,119
4th: Christopher Zito – $4,916
5th: Claudio Piedrabuena – $3,627
6th: Antonio Colon – $2,882
7th: George Navarro – $2,204
8th: Joaquin Sosa – $1,593
9th: Bob Tanner – $1,153
10th: Angelo Castaldi – $881
11th: Homero Molina – $881
12th: Daniel Saffer – $881
13th: Ariel Rosello Quintana – $712
14th: Jarrett Vaughn – $712
15th: Jay Klitzner – $712
16th: Larry Klur – $610
17th: Mitsuru Sano – $610
18th: Paul Nguyen – $610
19th: Eric Rivkin – $509
20th: Raymond Nalbandian – $509
21st: David Wyatt – $509
22nd: Elnatan Aminov – $509
23rd: David Jacobs – $509
24th: Thomas Kornechuk – $509
25th: Richard Contell – $509
26th: Julien Durity – $509
27th: Trent Smith – $509
28th: Carlos Torres Vazquez – $441
29th: Nashaat Antonius – $441
30th: Alexis Moreda – $441
31st: Justin Molis – $441
32nd: Brett Taylor – $441
33rd: Julio Rodriguez – $441
34th: Iftikhar Memon – $441
35th: Jermain Phang – $441
36th: Darrell Carril – $441

*Indicates adjusted payouts to reflects the deal

Championship: Scott Margereson Wins the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown!

$3,500 WPT Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Payouts | Live Stream
Level 38: 300,000/600,000 with 100,000 ante

Faraz Jaka (left) and Scott Margereson (right) await the flop on the final hand

Scott Margereson moved all in from the button and Faraz Jaka called all in for 12,375,000.

Jaka turned over [ac 8c] and needed to hold against Margereson’s [qh js].

The flop came [qd jh 9c] and Margereson flopped two-pair to take the lead.

The turn was the [7h] which was no help to Jaka. The river was the [ah] and Margereson’s two-pair held to eliminate Jaka in second place ($454,496).

Scott Margereson – WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Champion ($696,740)
Faraz Jaka – Eliminated

Championship: Scott Margereson Takes One

$3,500 WPT Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Payouts | Live Stream
Level 33: 300,000/600,000 with 100,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 1,309

Faraz Jaka limped the small blind and Scott Margereson checked his option in the big blind.

The flop came [6d 4d 4c], Margereson checked and Jaka bet 600,000. Margereson  raised to 1,800,000. Jaka called.

The turn brought the [7c], and both players checked.

The river was the [qc], Margereson bet 3,200,000 and Jaka folded. Margereson scooped the pot.

Event 18: James Scott Wins $150 No-Limit Hold’em in Heads-Up Deal

$150 No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28: 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 565

James Scott

After Alfredo Fernandez was eliminated, James Scott and Manuel Jo agreed to an even chop. Scott held the chip lead and will take credit for the win.

Scott also gets the extra dollar. He will earn $14,574 and Jo took home $14,573. A complete recap will be posted later tonight.

Manuel Jo