Event 1: Vitor Coelho Wins Series-Opening Tournament

2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
Event #1
$350 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack (Re-Entry)
Total Entries: 2,692
Prize Pool: $807,600
March 31 – April 4, 2016

Vitor Coelho, Event 1 Champion
Vitor Coelho, Event 1 Champion

It took most of an extra day to find a champion in the opening event of the 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. Event 1 drew 2,692 entrants over six starting flights and it was local favorite Vitor Coelho taking home the title along with the $140,476 top prize.

The tournament easily surpassed its $500,000 guaranteed prize pool and eventually settled at $807,600 when registration closed for the final starting flight. Of the 2,962 entrants who bought it, 517 of players survived to move on to Day 2.

Day 2 saw the field quickly play down to the money bubble after a few hours. Only 250 would earn a piece of the money and action slowed down when they could see their chance to cash.

Once they were in the money, action picked up speed once again with the chip lead swapping between several players including Lou Stadler, Jon Borenstein, and Luke Brereton. But it was Coelho who had the lead at the end of Day 2 when they shut down to return for an extra day of play.

The final table resumed on Monday with Borenstein close on Coelho’s heels. The rest of the table needed to make something happen to move into contention but we saw the four quick eliminations of Dani Dayan, Bernard Muhire, Brent Philbin, and Chris Scionti in the first hour.

Lou Stadler and Marcus Stein followed close behind and Borenstein’s elimination set up a long heads up battle. Coelho and defending champ James Salmon swapped leads several times over the three hour match until Coelho came from behind to take the title.

It was a great way to open the big series and congrats to everyone who cashed, the great final table members, and Vitor Coelho for picking up the second biggest cash of his career.

Final table results:

1st: Vitor Coelho (Wesley Chapel, FL) $140,476
2nd: James Salmon (Plantation, FL) $91,097
3rd: Jon Borenstein (Teaneck, NJ) $59,657
4th: Marcus Stein (Pembroke Pines, FL) $50,717
5th: Lou Stadler (Miami, FL) $42,076
6th: Chris Scionti (Montgomery, IL) $33,515
7th: Brent Philbin (Cape Coral, FL) $25,036
8th: Bernard Muhire (Stockbridge, GA) $16,960
9th: Dani Dayan (Sunrise, FL) $12,114

Event 1 Final Results

Event 1: James Salmon – 2nd Place ($91,097)

$350 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack (Re-Entry)
Level 41: 800,000/1,600,000 with a 200,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 2,692
Average Stack: 26,920,000 (22 big blinds)

James Salmon
James Salmon

No one expected the Event 1 heads up match to go three hours, but that’s exactly what happened. Jon Borenstein was knocked out at 5:30 and they hit the final hand at 8:30.

Vitor Coelho’s loss of the lead didn’t last long and the two players were dead even when Coelho shoved from the button. James Salmon took his time and eventually called with AsTd.

Salmon was ahead against QdJd but Coelho added a lot of outs on the Th9h2c flop. He hit the Js turn to leave Salmon with five river outs. None of them came on the Jh river and the stacks needed to be checked.

After the accounting was done by the dealer and tournament staff confirmed the numbers, Coelho had the bigger stack over Salmon by a single chip. That put the tournament in the books with Vitor Coelho sending James Salmon out in second place. One spot short of defending his opening tournament title from last year’s Showdown series.

Event 1: Flip the Script Again

$350 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack (Re-Entry)
Level 41: 800,000/1,600,000 with a 200,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 2,692
Average Stack: 26,920,000 (22 big blinds)

Vitor Coelho announced all-in from the button and James Salmon sat back to think it through. He had less than 18 million behind and shrug/called with Kh9c. Salmon’s cards were live against Coelho’s As4c and added a gutshot draw on the QdJs7d flop.

He called out his tournament-saving outs, missed the 4d turn, but hit the Th river for the straight. It took Coelho a second to realize he didn’t lock up the title, instead he shipped the big double over to Salmon.

James Salmon – 36,600,000 (23 bb)
Vitor Coelho – 17,200,000 (11 bb)

Event 1: Coelho Doubles Back

$350 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack (Re-Entry)
Level 40: 600,000/1,200,000 with a 200,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 2,692
Average Stack: 26,920,000 (22 big blinds)

It finally took two big starting hands to get things moving. James Salmon min-raised his button and immediately called when Vitor Coelho moved all-in.

Salmon’s ThTs was ahead for the title against AhKh and stayed that way on the 7d5c3c flop. The turn was a blank Jd and Coelho called for an ace.

Instead the dealer gave him the river Kc to save his tournament and give him a slight lead.

James Salmon – 26,000,000 (22 bb)
Vitor Coelho – 28,000,000 (23 bb)