2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
$250 Omaha 8 or Better
Total Entries: 86
After 15 minutes of discussing a deal, a deal was made in the $250 Omaha 8 or Better. Jordan Chizick comes out on top of a six-way deal, being awarded with the trophy and $3,966.
“It feels great,” said the 36-year-old poker pro of his win. “I thought this tournament went really well from the beginning from the end with a little bit of a roller coaster in between.”
This is the third consecutive year that the Lyndonville, NY native final tabled this event, each year improving his finish. After a seventh place finish in 2014 and a sixth place finish in 2015, he takes home the trophy in 2016.
“I really felt like I was going to beat the sixth place finish from when there were like 30 players left,” said Chizick. “It just felt like something good was going to happen.”
Chizick is originally from Western New York, but moved down to the South Florida area seven years ago. In 2014, the same month that he made his first final table in Omaha 8 or Better, he made $40,000 playing poker and quit his job. He’s been playing professionally ever since.
Even with Chizick’s recent success in this event, he doesn’t consider himself an expert at this game and doesn’t play Omaha 8 or Better often.
“I play enough to stay fresh with it,” said Chizick. “But I think enough general poker skills carry over. A lot of people play the game methodically and I don’t. The predictability of the players in the game make it easier for me to play the game.”
Chizick takes home the first trophy awarded of the series along with the first place cash.
Here are a look at the results:
1st: Jordan Chizick – $3,966
2nd: Joel Harwood – $3,406
3rd: Perry Werbel – $2,508
4th: Errol Massey – $2,102
5th: Steven Novak – $2,046
6th: Ron Schroeder – $1,865
7th: Lazaro Rodriguez – $903
8th: Tim Patrus – $722
9th: Daniel Genachte – $542