The 2015 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open tournament series will kick-off on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at the ballrooms. The series features twenty seven main events along with several satellite events and exciting live poker action.
All action culminates with the $5 Million Guaranteed WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship event from August 15, 2015 through August 19, 2015.
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (April 21, 2015) – The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) will return to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Fla. July 30 – August 19, 2015. The anticipated series schedule is set to be released in the upcoming weeks featuring a single flight, single-entry $5 Million Guaranteed Championship, Charity Series of Poker (CSOP) tournament and a first ever four-event finale.
“The 2015 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open will elevate the poker experience to a new level. The Championship single-entry structure will provide a unique opportunity for player to compete for their share of the $5 million guarantee. Plus, the chance to be part of the finale that showcases four final tables at the same time heightens the energy and excitement of this year’s series,” said General Manager of Poker Operations for Seminole Gaming, Larry Frank.
Televised on CBS Sports Network and live streamed online, the four-event final tables will take place at Hard Rock Live on Tuesday, August 18, carrying a combined total of $7.5 million in guaranteed prize pools. The four final tables include the $5,250 buy-in $5 Million Guaranteed Championship and three additional No Limit Hold’em events – a $25,000 buy-in High Roller, $2,500 buy-in and $1,100 buy-in. Professional poker player and industry celebrity Phil Hellmuth will host and provide commentary for all four final tables simultaneously. Broadcast of the SHRPO final tables will be aired in early 2016.
“This year’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship is an event not to be missed. With no re-entry, the format becomes a level playing field for poker pros, satellite winners, and recreational players alike. The postlim events carrying massive guarantees ensure that even if a player busts out of the Championship event, there are more ways to make a huge score,” says Matt Savage, Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open tournament consultant.
Satellite events and promotions will take place at five Seminole Gaming properties – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, Seminole Casino Brighton and Seminole Casino Immokalee – giving a wide variety of options for a chance to be the next SHRPO Champion.
The CSOP will return to SHRPO for the second year in a row, benefiting Habitat for Humanity International and Habitat for Humanity of Broward charity. Half of each $300 buy-in will be donated to both charities, while the other half of the buy-in will be placed in the tournament prize pool.
The SHRPO series will be the last opportunity for players to earn valuable 2015 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Player-of-the-Year Leaderboard Points. First place winner will receive a $30,000 prize package, including entries into the most prestigious tournaments in the country.
On-site registration for the $5 Million Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open will open in July. To participate, players must obtain a free Wild Card at the Player’s Club or in the poker room. For more information on schedule updates, please visit www.SHRPO.com and follow us on Twitter at @SHRPO and @SHRThePokerRoom, #SHRPO.
Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship: $5,300 Championship NLH August 28 – September 3, 2014
Total Entries: 1,499 Total Prize Pool: $10,000,000
RECAP The showcase event of the 2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open kicked off on August 28th and it took nearly a week to crown a champion. At the end, Dan Colman was the last player standing and he picked up $1,446,710 for winning the SHRPO Championship title.
The event feature three starting days and 1,499 entrants put up the $5,300 buy-in for a chance at the $10 million guaranteed prize pool. The tournament drew past WSOP bracelet winners, WPT Champions, high-stakes grinders, and many local players.
Seven WSOP Main Event winners took their shot at the title with Huck Seed, Carlos Mortensen, Scotty Nguyen, Jamie Gold, Joe Cada, Greg Merson, and reigning champ Ryan Riess all joining the field. 2013 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Champion Blair Hinkle made a great run at defending his title, he cashed in the Championship but was unable to finish on top.
The tournament paid out the top 300 players and they were all in the money early on Day 2 when Bao Nguyen knocked out Joe Weissman in 301st spot. The tournament picked up the pace at that point and only 62 players returned for Day 4.
Three more WSOP champions dropped out as they played down to the last two tables. Doug Polk, Jared Jaffee, and James Collopy each had a chance to add another title to their credit but each went out short of making the penultimate day.
Day 4 saw the last 18 players return to play down to the PokerStars.tv live-streamed final table in the Paradise Live Theater. It was a short day and it came to an end when Joe Kuether knocked out Blake Bohn in 7th place.
Dan Colman was the most accomplished player on the last day but he had to deal with poker pros Mike Leah and Joe Kuether, WPT Jacksonville champion Shawn Cunix, Martin Hanowski, and 2010 November Niner John Dolan.
Colman took the lead early in the day and only briefly gave it back to Leah when the tournament was three-handed. Dolan went out in surprising fashion when he called off all his chips with second pair against Colman’s rivered straight.
The heads up stacks were relatively equal between Colman and Leah when the match began but Colman quickly gained the advantage in a huge pot with a rivered full house. They were coming up on a short dinner break when Colman finally ended it when his outlasted Leah’s .
Leah picked up $1,047,638 for the runner-up finish while Colman continued his incredible year. The $1,446,710 first place prize he earned for the SHRPO Championship adds another big score to a year which already included four cashes over $1,000,000. But this was his seven-digit win in a tournament which was not a small field, high-roller event.
It was another great event at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and it drew a talented field worthy of one of the biggest guaranteed poker tournaments created.
FINAL RESULTS 1. DANIEL COLMAN (HOLDEN, MA): $1,446,710 2. MICHAEL LEAH (LAS VEGAS, NV): $1,047,638 3. SHAWN CUNIX (DELAWARE, OH): $748,313 4. JOHN DOLAN (BONITA SPRINGS, FL): $548,763 5. JOSEPH KUETHER (LAS VEGAS, WI): $424,044 6. MARTIN HANOWSKI (FRANKFORT): $324,269 7. BLAKE BOHN (SAVAGE, MN): $249,438 8. BRIAN HAWKINS (FORT MYERS, FL): $199,550 9. ROMAN VALERSTEIN (NEWTOWN, PA): $149,663 10. LENNY DUVDIVANI (FORT LAUDERDALE, FL): $99,775 11. CURT KOHLBERG (WESTON, MA): $99,775 12. NATASHA BARBOUR (MONTREAL, QC): $99,775 13. RUSSELL THOMAS (WALLINGFORD, PA): $77,326 14. URI KADOSH (DAVIE, FL): $77,326 15. MATTHEW SEDGEMAN (HANSON, MA): $77,326 16. JACOB NAQUIN (DESTIN, FL): $59,865 17. FARHAN MADHANI (MIRAMAR, FL): $59,865 18. RONALD OSTROW (COCONUT CREEK, FL): $59,865 19. MICHAEL STEMBERA (LAS VEGAS, NV): $49,888 20. ROBERT PARK (LILBURN, GA): $49,888 21. JORDAN KAPLAN (STATEN ISLAND, NY): $49,888 22. TONY SINISHTAJ (BRONX, NY): $49,888 23. AMIR LEHAVOT (FORT LAUDERDALE, FL): $49,888 24. JARED JAFFEE (BROOKLYN, NY): $49,888 25. TYLER REIMAN (MORTON, IL): $49,888 26. EUGENE CURZIO (CLIFTON, VA): $49,888 27. SERGEY RYBACHENKO: $49,888 Continue reading →
Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Event 24: $200 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em September 3, 2014
Entries: 344 Prizepool: $58,480
RECAP The final trophy event of the 2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open carried a $50,000 guarantee on the prize pool. They cleared that with ease as 344 players entered on the last day.
Some players were chasing points for the series leaderboard or the Player of the Year leaderboard. Some were just chasing trophies. That was Enos Smith’s reason for coming down from Palatka, FL. This is his first win, but he finished 2nd in an HPT event at Daytona a couple of years ago.
After playing for about 12 hours, they reached the final table and all ten players agreed on a chop, with Smith getting the lion’s share as the chip leader. Smith will take home the trophy and custom framed photo provided by IMPDI.
Placement based on chip counts:
1st Enos Smith 2nd Henri Azoulay 3rd Steve Marcozzi 4th Evgeniy Catane 5th Herbert Woodbery 6th Lance Foster 7th Scott Cowan 8th Rick Perez 9th Robert Tanner 10th Andrea Orphanos
There were 344 entrants in this event for a total prize pool of $58,480. The final 27 earned a payday. Among those cashing in this event was Wally Maddah, a tournament grinder chasing points on the leaderboard. Another point chaser, Moe Maghraoui, was the bubble-boy, busting out in 28th place.
This was the final event of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open and the final series of the Player of the Year contest, so after the numbers are crunched, we will know if Angel Vu is the Seminole Hard Rock Player of the Year.
Until next time, may the cards fall your way. Farewell from the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood!
FINAL RESULTS 1. JAMES SMITH III (EDGEWATER, FL): $5,860 2. HENRI AZOULAY (MIAMI BEACH, FL): $4,700 3. STEVEN MARCOZZI (NAPLES, FL): $4,700 4. EVGENIY CATANE (SUNNY ISLES BEACH, FL): $4,700 5. HERBERT WOODBERY (WINTER GARDEN, FL): $4,700 6. LANCE FOSTER (CORYDON, IA): $4,700 7. SCOTT COWAN (DAVIE, FL): $4,700 8. ENRIQUE PEREZ (MIAMI, FL): $4,700 9. ROBERT TANNER (WELLINGTON, FL): $4,700 10. ANDREA ORPHANOS (COCOA BEACH, FL): $4,700 11. JORGE GOMEZ (PLANTATION, FL): $819 12. GUILLERMO MONTERO: $819 13. MATTHEW FRASER (HOPKINTON, MA): $702 14. WALID MADDAH (TAMPA, FL): $702 15. DANIEL GENACHTE (DEERFIELD BEACH, FL): $702 16. DAVID GELLEY (PALM BEACH GDNS, FL): $614 17. JAY JOHNSON (PHILADELPHIA, PA): $614 18. MARK BERNSTEIN (HOLLYWOOD, FL): $614 19. ROBERT WILLIAMS (MIAMI GARDENS, FL): $526 20. STEVEN BENNETT (DEERFIELD BEACH, FL): $526 21. LOUIS BERDELLANS (COOPER CITY, FL): $526 22. JEFFERY SHEPPARD (FT LAUDERDALE, FL): $526 23. MICHAEL CHIAPPETTA (BOCA RATON, FL): $526 24. JANN SABIN (FORT LAUDERDALE, FL): $526 25. MARK SHULLA (PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL): $526 26. FREDERICK ALLENSPACH (PLANTATION, FL): $526 27. BRIAN PHILLIS (HIGHLAND BEACH, FL): $526
Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Event 22: $150 No Limit Hold’em September 3, 2014
Entries: 560 Prizepool: $67,200
(Winner declined photo.)
RECAP This working-man’s tournament features 5pm starts on both Day 1s and Day 2 today, but despite the shortened days, the final eight players decided six and a half hours was enough and chopped up the final eight spots. David Owen, who declined both a winner’s photo and winner interview, was the chip leader and gets the trophy.
Here’s how the final 8 stacked up at the end:
1st – David Owen 2nd – Jorge Chavez 3rd – Ade Adeyemi 4th – Ory Hen 5th – David Glancy 6th – Bradley Young 7th – Deborah Mitchell 8th – Peter Bejusca
Over two starting days, this event drew 560 players for a total prize pool of $67,200. David Glancy was the chip leader coming into Day 2 and ended up finishing in 5th place. Deborah Mitchell, who finished 7th, was the last woman sitting.
Seminole Hard Rock Poker Player of the Year points leader Angel Vu cashed in this event, finishing 17th and adding to her point total.
With the end of this event, only one tournament remains in the 2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (Event 24) and it will be wrapping up shortly.
FINAL RESULTS 1. DAVID OWEN (CHICAGO, IL): $8,000 2. JORGE CHAVEZ (HOLLYWOOD, FL): $7,800 3. ADEWALE ADEYEMI (PEMBROKE PINES, FL): $7,500 4. ORY HEN (COOPER CITY, FL): $5,947 5. DAVID GLANCY (YULEE, FL): $5,747 6. BRADLEY YOUNG (NEW YORK, NY): $5,747 7. DEBORAH MITCHELL (SUMMERFIELD, FL): $5,146 8. PETER BEJUSCA (FORT LAUDERDALE, FL): $5,147 9. MATTHEW ZARCADOOLAS (FORT LAUDERDALE, FL): $1,142 10. CHRISTIAN RODRIGUEZ (BOYNTON BEACH, FL): $874 11. LISA LEVY (DELRAY BEACH, FL): $874 12. BRIAN RAIK (CORAL SPRINGS, FL): $874 13. DANIT DAYAN (FORT LAUDERDALE, FL): $706 14. DONALD MATHEWS (OXFORD, FL): $706 15. WALID MADDAH (TAMPA, FL): $706 16. PAULETTE PIPITONE (JUPITER, FL): $605 17. NGOC VU (SOUTH DAYTONA, FL): $605 18. HOLLANDER PREAP (JACKSONVILLE, FL): $605 19. PAUL SMERDON (FORT LAUDERDALE, FL): $504 20. JONATHAN SHAPIRO (BOCA RATON, FL): $504 21. OKTAY ALTINBAS (FORT LAUDERDALE, FL): $504 22. ARTHUR HOLMES (MIRAMAR, FL): $504 23. JEREMY GOUREAU (BAL HARBOUR, FL): $504 24. ROBERT CASTRO (MIAMI, FL): $504 25. GREGORY MARCUS (MIAMI, FL): $504 26. MARK ROBINSON (MIAMI, FL): $504 27. PAUL GREGORY (COCONUT CREEK, FL): $504 28. MOHAMED MAGHRAOUI (BRANDON, FL): $437 29. BARRY CHAZEN (FORT LAUDERDALE, FL): $437 30. PAUL PRAGER (DAVIE, FL): $437 31. JASON ABITBOL (BOCA RATON, FL): $437 32. JACK SEARCY (DELRAY BEACH, FL): $437 33. ONEAL DOWARD (MIRAMAR, FL): $437 34. KENNETH BERMAN (HALLANDALE, FL): $437 35. SHEIKH AKHTER (MIAMI, FL): $437 36. CHARLES BENJAMIN (MIAMI GARDENS, FL): $437
Angel Vu, the current Seminole Hard Rock Poker Player of the Year Points leader (as of 9/1) busted out of this event in 17th place ($605) and is now in Event 70, the last secondary event of the series.
There are still a few ladies in this event as they’re down to the final two tables. One of them is Dani Dayan (Miami, FL) who is playing with a little help from a friend. Her Yorkie, Shemesh, is sweating her from his stylish travel bag.
$5,300 Championship NLH $10 Million Guaranteed (Re-Entry) Level 35: Blinds 150k/250k/50k ante
Once Colman took the commanding lead, it was just a few more hands before more fireworks. They were coming up on the next level jump and a 30-minute dinner break when Leah was at risk again.
Mike Leah opened to 600,000 from the button and Dan Colman three-bet to 1,500,000. Leah checked his cards before moving all-in for 11,650,000 total. Colman snap called with but Leah had two live cards .
Colman stood up for the runout while Leah leaned back in his seat, confident of a double.
The dealer was unkind to Leah as it ran out to push all the chips towards Colman.
Leah was a popular favorite to win the Championship but it was Dan Colman continuing his fantastic 2014. Leah’s runner-up finish will pay him $1,047,638 while Colman picks up the top prize of $1,446,710 and the Championship.