The 2023 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open wrapped up two weeks in the Grand Ballroom with 54 trophy events, more history made, and a lot of fun was had over the 14-day run. Here’s a look at the raw numbers:
We kicked off the series with a massive $400 Deep Stack that created the second-biggest tournament field in state history, tied our record for the biggest single flight (1,256 in Flight G), and turned the $1,000,000 guarantee into a prize pool worth $2,063,490.
Anthony Zinno and Sam Sternfield added two trophies to their collection in this series. Zinno won the $1,100 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 title and the $1,100 Mixed PLO a few days later. Sternfield was the $600 Six-Max PLO winner and followed that up with a title in the $2,700 Eight-Game Mix for the biggest cash of his career.
David Shmuel moved up a spot on our all-time major wins list with a win in the $600 Big O for his eighth overall. Former WPTDeepStacks Hollywood champ Michael Graffeo won his fourth title in the $1,100 Deep Stack, and Eugene Kotlyarevskiy picked up his fourth in the $1,100 Limit Omaha 8 event.
Here’s an updated look at our all-time wins list:
Raminder Singh – 10 wins Michael Newman – 9 wins John Holley – 8 wins Yuval Bronshtein – 8 wins David Shmuel – 8 wins Brian Altman – 7 wins David Prociak – 7 wins Gabriel Ramos – 7 wins Scott Baumstein – 6 wins Six tied with 5 wins 13 tied with 4 wins
It was another fantastic series that would not be possible without the support of our incredible players. We thank you for turning up and making the Grand Ballroom an exciting place for two weeks of poker. We appreciate you and can’t wait to see you for the next one in November.
2023 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Florida Event 37 $5,300 SHRPO Championship $3,000,000 Guaranteed Entries: 1,070 Prize Pool: $5,189,500 August 4-8, 2023
There were 1,070 entries in the $5,300 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship, creating a prizepool worth more than $5.1 million to crush the $3 million guarantee. On Tuesday afternoon, the final four players agreed to a deal, and as chipleader, Farid Jattin was declared the winner, earning the title, the trophy, and $655,000.
“It feels amazing,” said Jattin. “How else can it feel?”
“I was second in chips,” said Jattin, “and I think I also had a pretty good seat draw, which is very important at the final table. I was just in my zone doing my thing. I took out a short stack early with kings to queen-ten, and after that a couple of good things went my way, and I was able to capitalize on them.”
Jattin only scored that one knockout at the final table, but he was first or second in chips the entire day. While this victory gives Jattin more than $8 million in career live tournament earnings, poker isn’t as central to his life as it used to be.
“I think the moment I stopped defining my life by poker results, the results started coming by nature,” said Jattin. “I’m playing for my family now — for my wife, for my brother, for my parents. I’m very thankful for poker, but eventually you’ve got to disconnect.”
Jattin likes to take three months off from poker each year. Earlier this year Jattin took a couple months off to get married in Italy.
“It’s been very nice,” said Jattin about taking extended breaks from poker. “It’s been very good to be able to reset my energy, be able to work on other things, be able to learn new crafts. Life is good.”
Jattin is a regular in the big tournaments here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, and this is his third major trophy here in the past two years.
“This is an amazing venue,” said Jattin. “I think besides Vegas, it’s the capital of poker nowadays in the States. It’s very professional, with a very good atmosphere. And they blow the guarantees out of the water.”