UK’s Scott Margereson Wins WPT Poker Showdown Championship for $696K

2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed
$3,500 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

Entries: 1,309
Prize Pool: $4,188,800
April 13-18, 2018

Scott Margereson, 2018 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Champion

Nearly two weeks of tournaments in the new Hard Rock Event Center led the way toward the headline event on the 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown schedule. The $3 Million Guarantee WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship started on April 13 and, after six days of play, the UK’s Scott Margereson defeated Faraz Jaka in a lengthy heads-up battled for the title and $696,640 win.

“I’ve run incredible this year,” Margereson said of his victory. “It feels a little ridiculous to win this much money, but it’s huge.”

The Championship was another huge success with the 1,309 entries making it the fifth biggest field in the World Poker Tour’s 16 years of operation. The great turnout pushed the prize pool to nearly $4.2 million by the time registration closed.

Those 1,309 entries were whittled down to 480 players returning for Day 2. They made the money late in the day with 164 spots taking home some cash. Former WSOP November Niner Joseph Cheong was the chip leader of the 81 players who advanced to Day 3.

That lead helped Cheong make it deep in Day 4 but he went out in 11th place, short of the final table. Margereson moved to the top of the counts late in the day but it was Brian Hasting holding the lead when only six players remained for the WPT televised final table.

Besides Hastings and Margereson, the final table lineup included two-time WPTDeepStacks champ Jeff Fielder, local favorite Joey Couden, popular pro Matt Stout, and former WPT Player of the Year Jaka.

The structure was slow and the 82 big blind average stack meant they had plenty of room to make their move at the final table and it was destined to be a long day.

Fielder was the first eliminated from the final table when his flush ran into a full house and Stout followed shortly after when his pockets tens lost to the quad queens of Jaka. Couden booked a $250,000 payout when he ran into Jaka’s king as the former WPT POY extended his lead.

After a long stretch of three-handed play, Hastings was eliminated by Margereson when he made a flush on the river. Margereson held nearly a three-to-one chip lead to begin heads-up play.

The two battled for nearly three hours before Margereson was able to eliminate his tough opponent. This was the second WPT runner-up finish for Jaka and he took home $454,496. Margereson earned $696,740 for his first WPT title and the biggest tournament cash of his career. In addition, he punched his ticket into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions set to take place next month in Las Vegas.

“When there were four left, we were all guaranteed huge sums of money,” Margereson said. “I try not to focus on it and I’m very, very fortunate to have won the poker tournament.”

“I ran really good all week and I feel like I played pretty good, too.”

Congratulations to Scott on the win and thank you to our players for another great Championship.

Final table results:

1st: Scott Margereson – $696,740*
2nd: Faraz Jaka – $454,496
3rd: Brian Hastings – $336,466
4th: Joey Couden – $251,523
5th: Matt Stout – $189,880
6th: Jeff Fielder – $144,775
* – Includes $15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions seat

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championsionship results

Championship: Scott Margereson Wins the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown!

$3,500 WPT Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Payouts | Live Stream
Level 38: 300,000/600,000 with 100,000 ante

Faraz Jaka (left) and Scott Margereson (right) await the flop on the final hand

Scott Margereson moved all in from the button and Faraz Jaka called all in for 12,375,000.

Jaka turned over ac8c and needed to hold against Margereson’s qhjs.

The flop came qdjh9c and Margereson flopped two-pair to take the lead.

The turn was the 7h which was no help to Jaka. The river was the ah and Margereson’s two-pair held to eliminate Jaka in second place ($454,496).

Scott Margereson – WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Champion ($696,740)
Faraz Jaka – Eliminated

Championship: Scott Margereson Takes One

$3,500 WPT Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Payouts | Live Stream
Level 33: 300,000/600,000 with 100,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 1,309

Faraz Jaka limped the small blind and Scott Margereson checked his option in the big blind.

The flop came 6d4d4c, Margereson checked and Jaka bet 600,000. Margereson  raised to 1,800,000. Jaka called.

The turn brought the 7c, and both players checked.

The river was the qc, Margereson bet 3,200,000 and Jaka folded. Margereson scooped the pot.

Championship: Faraz Jaka Takes One with Two-Pair

$3,500 WPT Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Payouts | Live Stream
Level 37: 250,000/500,000 with 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 1,309

It was limped to the 8c7s5d flop, Margereson checked and Jaka bet 600,000. Margereson called.

The turn brought the ks, Margereson checked and Jaka bet 1,600,000. Margereson called.

The river was the 5s, Margereson checked and Jaka bet 3,200,000. Margereson called. Faraz tabled kh8h for two pair and Margereson mucked.

Championship: Faraz Jaka Called Scott Margereson’s Bluff

$3,500 WPT Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Payouts | Live Stream
Level 36: 200,000/400,000 with 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 1,309

Faraz Jaka

Faraz Jaka limped for 400,000, and Scott Margereson checked his option in the big blind.

Both players check to the turn on a board of Kd8d7c9s, Margereson bet 650,000, and Jaka called.

The river brought the ad and Margereson bet 3,000,000. Jaka used  one of his time chips before calling with 7s5c for the winning pair of sevens. Margereson  showed 10d5h for ten high.

Championship: Scott Margereson Puts the Pressure On

$3,500 WPT Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Payouts | Live Stream
Level 36: 200,000/400,000 with 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 1,309

Scott Margereson opened to 800,000 and Faraz Jaka called.

The flop came ac10d4d, Jaka checked and Margereson  bet 1,000,000. Jaka called.

The turn is the 4c, Jaka checked, and Margereson bet 2,200,000 winning himself the pot.