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Feeding SFL: Chris Moneymaker Wins Seminole Hard Rock Charity Event, Runner-Up Estaban Garcia Earns $30K Platinum Pass

Feeding South Florida Charity Event
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida

$300 Buy-In No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000+ in Cash and Prizes
Entries: 89
November 13, 2018

Chris Moneymaker (right) and Esteban Garcia

The Feeding South Florida Charity Event ended late Tuesday night with 2003 WSOP Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker taking the top spot. The event generated charitable donations of more than $14,000 and Moneymaker earned $3,000 along with a prize package for the win.

Chris Moneymaker and Esteban Garcia

As a PokerStars ambassador, Moneymaker was not eligible to win the $30,000 PokerStars Platinum Pass that was added to first place. That huge prize went to runner-up Esteban Garcia. With that, Garcia punched his ticket to the $25,000 buy-in PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship slated to run this January in the Bahamas.

Jorge Aristizabal (Seat 1) busts third officially earning Esteban Garcia a Platinum Pass
Platinum Pass winner Estaban Garcia

Final results:

1st: Chris Moneymaker – $3,000 + $5,250 SHRPO entry, 4-night stay, dinner for 2
2nd: Estaban Garcia – $2,000 + $30,000 Platinum Pass
3rd: Jorge Aristizabal – $1,400 + $3,500 entry, dinner for 2
4th: Harold O’Brien – $1,100 + Hard Rock AC 4-night stay
5th: Nagui Yass – $800 + Ferragamo wallet, $200 gift card
6th: Jack Sumner – $700 + Ferragamo wallet, $200 gift card
7th: Antonio Arencibia – $600 + Michael Kors wallet, $200 gift card
8th: Rick Levy – $500
9th: Kimberley Kusser – $400
10th: Aaron Allen – $300

That wraps the Feeding South Florida charity event. Next up is the Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open kicking off tomorrow at 11am with the opening flight in the $360 buy-in, $1,000,000 guarantee!

Feeding SFL: Chris Moneymaker Leads Final 10

Feeding South Florida Charity Event
Over $50,000 in Cash and Prizes
Level 15: 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 89

Chris Moneymaker

For the second time in his short stay at the Seminole Hard Rock, Chris Moneymaker leads the final 10 in a PokerStars Platinum Pass event. Over the weekend, he finished runner-up in his namesake Moneymaker Tour event making his way through an impressive 957 entries.

Now, just two days later, he’s maneuvered through 89 entries in the Feeding South Florida Charity Event and finds himself in the money and leading the final table.

Seat 1: Jorge Aristizabal – 129,000
Seat 2: Aaron Allen – 41,000
Seat 3: Kim Kusser – 65,000
Seat 4: Chris Moneymaker – 220,000
Seat 5: Rick Levy – 2,500
Seat 6: Esteban Garcia – 56,000
Seat 7: Jack Sumner – 70,000
Seat 8: Antonio Arencibia – 16,000
Seat 9: Harold O’Brien – 153,000
Seat 10: Nagui Yassa – 130,500

As a PokerStars representative, Moneymake is not eligible to earn the $30,000 Platinum Pass that’s added to first. In the event were he to win, it would go to second place.

Stay tuned!

Feeding SFL: Quick Road to Two Tables

Feeding South Florida Charity Event
Over $50,000 in Cash and Prizes
Level 12: 2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 18 of 89

Table 1, including Chris Moneymaker

Barely three hours since kickoff, the Feeding South Florida Charity Event is down to 18 players and consolidated to the final two tables. Chris Moneymaker is in the midst of yet another deep run already having finished runner-up in his namesake Moneymaker Tour event on Sunday (from 957 starting entries) and again finishing second in a small media invite sit n go earlier today.

In addition to Moneymaker, others still in include PokerStars’ Garry Gates, Steven Bennett, Matt Yorra and Nagui Yassa.

 

Feeding SFL: Registration Closed Generating $14K Toward Charity

Feeding South Florida Charity Event
Over $50,000 in Cash and Prizes
Level 9: 500/1,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 36 of 89

The first break wrapped, the silent auction is done and registration closed. The Feeding South Florida Charity Event is final with 89 entries generating more than $14,000 toward charity. The silent auction items will add to that total providing even more meals to South Florida families in need.

Here’s a look at the payouts set to head to the final 10 players:

Feeding South Florida Charity Event
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida

$300 Buy-In No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000+ in Cash and Prizes
Entries: 89
November 13, 2018

1st – $3,000 + $30,000 Platinum Pass
2nd – $2,000 + $5,250 SHRPO entry, 4-night stay, dinner for 2
3rd – $1,400 + $3,500 entry, dinner for 2
4th – $1,100 + Hard Rock AC 4-night stay
5th – $800 + Ferragamo wallet, $200 gift card
6th – $700 + Ferragamo wallet, $200 gift card
7th – $600 + Michael Kors wallet, $200 gift card
8th – $500
9th – $400
10th – $300

Feeding SFL: The Guest of Honor Representing PokerStars

Feeding South Florida Charity Event
Over $50,000 in Cash and Prizes
Level 7: 300/600
Entries: 75

Chris Moneymaker

Arguably the most iconic player in the game, 2003 WSOP Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker has been on property for the last few days playing poker, greeting fans and taking pictures.

Partnered with PokerStars, Moneymaker is promoting the upcoming PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship, a $25,000 buy-in event slated for January in the Bahamas. A $30,000 “Platinum Pass” (inclusive of a tournament entry and $5,000 travel) was up for grabs in this weekend’s $86 buy-in Moneymaker Tour event and Moneymaker went on to finish runner-up.

The Seminole Hard Rock is again adding value via an added Platinum Pass in this $300 charity event. Moneymaker, of course, can’t win it, but that hasn’t stopped him from coming out and support South Florida charity.

Feeding SFL: Strong Local Support for Charity

Feeding South Florida Charity Event
Over $50,000 in Cash and Prizes
Level 4: 100/200
Entries 61

Michael Newman

With this summer’s landfall of Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle, tonight’s event sits close to the heart of many of the Sunshine State’s residents. Feeding South Florida sent many of their resources north to help those in need. In addition to replenishing their supplies in Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, a portion of the proceeds of this event will go to help those in the Panhandle directly.

With that, a number of locals and some of the Seminole Hard Rock’s most loyal players are out supporting the cause.

Steven Bennett
David Shmuel
Matt Yorra

Feeding SFL: Cocktails and Silent Auction Preceded the Play

Feeding South Florida Charity Event
Over $50,000 in Cash and Prizes
Level 3: 75/150
Entries: 55

Silent auction items

In true special event fashion, this unique charity tournament was preceded with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Relaxed fare was available complimentary while players could bid on such items as stay and play packages, wine and liquor packages, sports memorabilia, designer accessories and tech items.

Silent auction items

Feeding SFL: Shuffle Up and Deal

Feeding South Florida Charity Event
Over $50,000 in Cash and Prizes
Level 1: 25/50
Entries: 44

Tony Burns (left) and Paco Velez

After a few quick words from Seminole Hard Rock Tournament Director Tony Burns, Feeding South Florida President Paco Velez and 2003 WSOP Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker, cards are in the air for the Feeding South Florida charity event.

Tony Burns and Chris Moneymaker
Tony Burns and Chris Moneymaker

Feeding SFL: Play for a Cause (and a $30,000 Platinum Pass)

Feeding South Florida Charity Event

We’re settling in for a fun night of poker in the Hard Rock Event Center with tons of cash and prizes up for grabs all in the name of a good cause.

Beginning at 7pm is a $300 buy-in charity poker tournament benefiting Feeding South Florida. Players from South Florida and beyond are set to compete for more than $50,000 in cash and prizes. The grand prize — a $30,000 PokerStars Platinum Pass inclusive of a $25,000 entry and $5,000 travel money — is reserved for the champion. He or she is set to represent the Seminole Hard Rock at the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship this January in the Bahamas.

Here are the details on the charity event:

7PM: Feeding South Florida – $300 NLH (Re-Entry)

  • Over $50,000 in guaranteed cash and prizes
  • $30,000 PokerStars Platinum Pass added to 1st
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips
  • Single ante will be paid from the big blind for the entire table
  • Levels will last 15 minutes
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament scheduled to play to completion
  • Feeding South Florida Charity Event Structure Sheet

Preceding the action will be a cocktail hour and silent auction beginning at 6pm. Some of the items up for bid include Tiffany jewelry, Salvatore Ferragamo accessories, an AppleWatch and a Ryan Tannehill autographed football as well as a number of “stay and play” packages to the Seminole Hard Rock.

Play begins at 7pm and we’ll be providing periodic updates throughout the evening.

Good luck and HAVE FUN!