2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
$350 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Total Entries: 262
Total Prize Pool: $78,600
Frankie Flowers won the $350 No Limit Hold’em in the early hours of Wednesday morning, but his sights were set much higher than that.
Flowers bested a field of 262 players in a heads-up deal to take home the trophy and $20,479. He’s got high hopes for that prize money.
“We are going to try tro run it up,” said the 42-year-old poker pro. “I think we might go fire it into the $25K in the morning. I don’t know what the blinds are, but we are going to give it a shot.”
When he was informed that the registration for the High Roller event was already closed, he couldn’t do anything but laugh.
After several cackles, he had another idea for the prize money.
“I’m just going to spin it up and try to roll this up,” he said with laugh. “We’ll just fly to Vegas and bet it all on [Steph] Curry. See how many points he can score in the next game.”
All of this was said with lots of laughter and joy with his win, but one thing he was serious about was taking home the trophy. Flowers is a regular in tournaments on the East Coast and is very well known in the northeast part of the country.
Flowers just missed out on a WPT final table back in 2007 at Foxwoods, finishing 10th in the World Poker Finals main event for $60,429.
Despite the success, this is the first time Flowers gets to take home some hardware.
“This is my first trophy,” said Flowers on a more serious note. “I’ve won a bunch of tournaments where we’ve made deals and then played for the trophy and I’ve always lost. This is the first time I get to take home the hardware.”
Flowers first trophy didn’t come easy. He came into the final table with the chip lead, but still had to top a table that featured WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hui and local tournament regular Michael Newman.
He then got the better part of the deal against Richard Arno heads-up, who puts a bow on a solid series of his own with two final tables.
Heads-up play didn’t last very long before a deal was made, allowing Flowers to be crowned the champion and take home the largest share of the prize pool.
Here is a look at the results:
1st: Frankie Flowers – $20,479
2nd: Richard Arno – $14,500
3rd: Ryan Sherman – $7,467
4th: Evan Young – $6,052
5th: Raymound Ruszkowski – $4,716
6th: Allan Dungo – $3,930
7th: Michael Newman – $3,144
8th: Phillip Hui – $2,358
9th: David Reeder – $1,572
10th: Edwin Roman – $1,022
11th: Nicholas Mahabee – $1,022
12th: Ido Ashkenazi – $1,022
13th: Daren Stabinski – $865
14th: Marc Kropf – $865
15th: Matthew Yorra – $865
16th: Sheldon Gorss – $786
17th: Dolphus Powers – $786
18th: Ory Hen – $786
19th: Xiaoyan Wang – $707
20th: Sheraz Nasir – $707
21st: Michael Ortiz – $707
22nd: Michel Esper Saad Jr. – $707
23rd: Jonathan Ounjian – $707
24th: Howard Darnold – $707
25th: Homero Molina – $707
26th: Paul Shafran – $707
27th: Haim Toorgeman – $707