Showdown

Championship: James Carroll Wins WPT Poker Showdown Championship ($715,175); Eric Afriat – 2nd Place ($465,120)

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 38: 400,000/800,000 with a 800,000 ante
Players Remaining: 1 of 1,360

James Carroll
James Carroll (Photo Credit: WPT)

James Carroll overcame a two-to-one heads-up chip deficit to defeat Eric Afriat in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown WPT Championship.

On the fateful hand, Afriat raised the button to 2,000,000 and Carroll jammed. Afriat called and was racing for his tournament life.

Double Up Eric Afriat
Eric Afriat (Photo Credit: WPT)

Afriat: 6h6d
Carroll: Ks8d

The flop made it quick, falling KcKdQc improving Carroll to trips. The turn was the 3h while the river Qs sealed the deal. Carroll was anointed champion earning $715,175 and a $15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions seat while Afriat went down as the runner-up for $465,120.

Champion James Carroll
WPT Poker Showdown champion, James Carroll (Photo Credit: WPT)
WPT Poker Showdown champion James Carroll (left) poses with Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Tournament Director Tony Burns

Six-handed final table results:

1st: James Carroll – $715,175*
2nd: Eric Afriat – $465,120
3rd: Maria Ho – $344,960
4th: Jerry Wong – $257,815
5th: Ami Alibay – $194,610
6th: Chad Eveslage – $148,380

Championship: Maria Ho — 3rd Place ($344,960)

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 36: 250,000/500,000 with a 500,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 1,360

Double Up Maria Ho
Maria Ho (Photo Credit: Maria Ho)

Maria Ho jammed 8,100,000 from the button and James Carroll called from the big blind.

Ho: Ac5d
Carroll: KsQc

Runout: AsQhJdKc4s

Ho flopped the best of it, but Carroll took the lead scoring two pair on the turn. His hand held and Ho was eliminated in third place earning $344,960.

It was Carroll that scored the elimination, but even with Ho’s chips he went into heads-up play versus Eric Afriat at about a two-to-one disadvantage.

James Carroll – 18,800,000
Eric Afriat – 35,600,000
Maria Ho – Eliminated in 3rd place ($344,960)

Championship: Jerry Wong — 4th Place ($257,815)

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 36: 250,000/500,000 with a 500,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 1,360

Double Up Jerry Wong
Jerry Wong (Photo Credit: WPT)

Eric Afriat raised under the gun to 1,000,000 and Jerry Wong moved all-in from the big blind for 3,900,000. Afriat called and Wong was at risk.

Afriat: 4d4c
Wong: Ad9h

Runout: JcJh6d3c5d

Wong’s ace-high was no good and the Florida resident and former November Niner hit the rail in fourth place.

Eric Afriat – 16,500,000
Jerry Wong – Eliminated in 4th place ($257,815)

Championship: Ami Alibay — 5th Place ($194,610)

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 34: 150,000/300,000 with a 300,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 1,360

Elimination Ami Alibay
Ami Alibay (Photo Credit: WPT)

Jerry Wong was on the button and raised to 700,000. Eric Afriat called from the small blind only to see Ami Alibay jam 3,275,000 from the big. Wong called while Afria mucked. Alibay was at risk versus Wong.

Alibay: 9c9d
Wong: 8h8d

Runout: AhTc7hKh5h

Wong came from behind rivering a flush to bust Alibay in fifth place. Alibay scored $194,610 while Wong scooped the pot.

Jerry Wong – 15,875,000
Ami Alibay – Eliminated in 5th place ($194,610)

Championship: Chad Eveslage — 6th Place ($148,380)

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 33: 125,000/250,000 with a 250,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 1,360

Chad Eveslage
Chad Eveslage (Photo Credit: WPT)

Maria Ho raised to 500,000 from the hijack and Chad Eveslage promptly shoved 3,400,000 from her direct left. The button and blinds folded and Eveslage was at risk versus ho.

Ho: TcTd
Eveslage: AdJd

Runout: 8h7h5h7s2c

Eveslage was left busted in sixth place while Ho took the pot.

Maria Ho – 8,925,000
Chad Eveslage – Eliminated in 6th place ($148,380)

Championship: Shuffle Up and Deal in Las Vegas

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 31: 75,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 1,360

Season XVII WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Final Table
Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown WPT Championship final six (Photo Credit: WPT)

After a month-long break, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown WPT Championship final six are in their seats and set to play to a winner.

Highlight coverage of the event will be available right here at SHRPO.com, while our friends at WPT will be providing hand-for-hand coverage.

Championship: Showdown Final Six Play to a Champion Today in Las Vegas

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 31: 75,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 1,360

WPT Poker Showdown Championship chip leader, James Carroll

After a month-long break, the finalists in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown WPT Championship reconvene today to play to a champion at the HyerX Esports Arena at the Luxor in Las Vegas. From 1,360 starting entries, only six remain and it’s James Carroll that tops the play with a stack of 18,525,000.

Maria Ho

Carroll has his work cut out for him, though, with a talented group of tablemates that includes Maria Ho, Jerry Wong, Chad Eveslage, Eric Afriat and Ami Alibay. All have locked up a nice score of $148,380, but it’s the $700,175 first prize and $15,000 Tournament of Champions seat they eye.

Chip counts and remaining payouts:

Seat 1: Maria Ho – 16,650,000
Seat 2: Chad Eveslage – 3,350,000
Seat 3: Jerry Wong – 3,225,000
Seat 4: Eric Afriat – 4,425,000
Seat 5: Ami Alibay – 8,175,000
Seat 6: James Carroll – 18,525,000

The button is on James Carroll and there is 43:43 remaining in Level 31 (75,000-150,000 and a 150,000-big blind ante).

1st:  $700,175 + $15,000 Baccarat Crystal WPT Tournament of Champions seat
2nd:  $465,120
3rd:  $344,960
4th:  $257,815
5th:  $194,610
6th:  $148,380

Play resumes at 4pm PT/7pm ET and our friends at the WPT will be providing hand-for-hand coverage of the event at WPT.com. Highlight coverage, including all eliminations and a full tournament recap at its conclusion, will be available right here at SHRPO.com.

Good luck, Showdown finalists!

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Concludes; Championship Final Six Head to Las Vegas

The 2019 World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown ran April 4th through the 17th at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. The series crowned 28 trophy winners and was highlighted by the $3,500 buy-in, $3,000,000 guaranteed Championship.

As part of WPT’s Season XVII initiative, the Championship played down to the final six and bagged and tagged set to return May 30th at the HyperX ESports Arena in Las Vegas to compete for a $715,175 prize. Leading the way is James Carroll, but he’s trailed by a slew of notables including Maria Ho in second.

Link: Championship Update

While those six are still jockeying for a title, each of the below Poker Showdown players already scored a trophy in their respective events. Here’s a look at all the series champions:

That’s a wrap at the Seminole Hard Rock! Next up, the May Deep Stack Series May 16th-27th.

Neal Corcoran Closes Series with a Win in Event 24

2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 24
$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 645

Prize Pool: $77,400
April 15-17, 2019

Neal Corcoran, Event 24 Champion

As has become tradition, we close out every big series with a smaller buy-in multi-flight tournament geared towards our loyal regulars. The $150 buy-in tournament had a great turnout and local Neal Corcoran walked away with the title for more than $11,000 after a five-way deal.

Event 24 featured a $50,000 guaranteed prize pool and they nearly hit it in the first flight. The two starting sessions combined to put $77,400 up for grabs when registration closed with 645 entries.

We saw 62 of them return for Day 2 in the Poker Room and they quickly made the money before the first break. The tournament was down to the final table bubble by the second break and there on the first hand back.

Corcoran returned for Day 2 with the chip lead, held it most of the day, but traded it with several players including Richard Whitebrook who won this event during the Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open when it had six starting flights.

Multiple SHRP champ Sean Shah hit the rail in sixth place, Corcoran retook the lead, and the five remaining players decided to divide up the remaining prize pool. Corcoran took the title with the chip lead along with $12,155.

This is the third biggest cash for Corcoran after a fifth-place finish in December’s Seminole Turnpike Series and 17th place in the 2016 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Championship.

Final table results:

1st: Neal Corcoran – $12,155 *
2nd: Richard Leger – $11,377 *
3rd: Jose Ruiz – $10,199 *
4th: Richard Whitebrook – $8,455 *
5th: Daniel Perez – $7,353 *
6th: Sean Shah – $3,135
7th: Dave Phillips – $2,399
8th: Eric Kolodny – $1,703
9th: Greg Rosen – $1,238
10th: Renny Morales – $929
* – Denotes results of five-way deal

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