2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
$350 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max
Total Entries: 176
Ryan Hoberg is mostly a cash game player from Minnesota who rarely plays tournaments. Hoberg found his way into the $350 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max on Wednesday afternoon instead of the cash games, however, and it worked out well for him.
Hoberg topped of 176 players to take home $16,370 and the trophy in his first win of his poker career.
“It feels awesome,” said Hoberg. “I don’t play tournaments very often. I’m a cash game player. This is my first tournament down here in Florida.”
Hoberg has a full-time job as a probation officer in Minnesota. He came down to South Florida on a poker vacation with a few friends. They rented a house in the area to grind the various cash games and tournaments going on over the next few weeks.
“I play about once a week back home,” said Hoberg. “I played this on a whim today. I’m pretty excited I did.”
As a probation officer, Hoberg has a case load of about 40 juveniles that he monitors and tries to help get them off probation. All of the time spent on his case load has helped him develop skills on the felt that ultimately helped him take down this Hard Rock title.
“Being able to read our clients about when they are being honest with us and how the are feeling emotionally and that kind of stuff really plays into poker,” said Hoberg. “It’s a great transition for me to go into poker.”
Hoberg came into the final table near the top of the chip counts and he never really seemed to be in trouble. He picked up a lot of momentum when he eliminated Nigel Murray in sixth place. He took the chip lead and had it for most of the way.
He maneuvered his chips throughout the final table and was able to get heads-up with Miguel Martinez holding a 2-to-1 chip lead. Hoberg disposed of Martinez in quick fashion to take home the first place money and the trophy.
Here are the results for Event #7:
1st: Ryan Hoberg – $16,370
2nd: Miguel Martinez – $9,504
3rd: Ira Schwartz – $6,072
4th: Edward Mroczkowski – $4,277
5th: James Glenn – $3,300
6th: Nigel Murray – $2,508
7th: Ben Yogel – $1,954
8th: Marcus Stein – $1,452
9th: Jeffrey Trudeau – $1,030
10th: Jeffrey Doan – $818
11th: Alcides Gomez – $818
12th: David Jackson – $818
13th: Joseph Di Chiaro – $686
14th: Jack Shea – $686
15th: Zach Kessler – $686
16th: Aldrin Torres – $607
17th: Karl Manouchakian – $607
18th: Edwin Cabrera – $607