Event 12: We Have a Deal!

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 23: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 139

After a few minutes of discussion, Josias Santos and Jordan Meltzer have reached a deal for an even chop.

Here were the chip counts at the time of the deal and the ensuing payouts:

Josias Santos – 875,000 – $31,656
Jordan Meltzer – 793,000 – $31,655

As the chip leader, Santos officially gets the victory. A recap of the event will be posted shortly.

Event 12: Josias Santos Retakes the Lead

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 23: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 139

Following a flop of Qs6c5d, Jordan Meltzer checked from the big blind and Josias Santos bet 25,000 from the button. Meltzer check-raised to 100,000 and Santos called.

The turn was the 4c and Meltzer bet 100,000. Santos called.

The river was the 2h and both players checked.

Meltzer showed 9h7c, while Santos tabled Qc7h for a pair of queens to win the pot.

Josias Santos – 988,000 (82 bb)
Jordan Meltzer – 680,000 (56 bb)

Event 12: Jordan Meltzer Extends His Lead

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 23: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 139

Jordan Metzler raised to 25,000 from the button and Josias Santos called from the big blind.

They checked to the turn of  QcJs8c5d board where Santos bet 33,000. Meltzer called.

The river was the 9c and Santos checked to Meltzer who bet 150,000. Santos called.

Meltzer tabled Kh10d for a king-high straight, Santos mucked, and Meltzer won the pot.

Jordan Meltzer – 990,000 (82 bb)
Josias Santos – 678,000 (56 bb)

Event 12: Jordan Meltzer Takes the Lead

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 23: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 139

Josias Santos opened the button to 30,000, and Jordan Meltzer defended his big blind.

The flop was Jd5d2d. Meltzer checked, Santos continued for 15,000, and Meltzer called. That action repeated after the Kc turn, with Meltzer check-calling another 30,000. The river was the Ks. Meltzer checked for a third time, then called a final bet of 80,000 from Santos.

Santos showed 4x5x for two pair, but Meltzer’s KdQh was good for trip kings and the pot. With that pot comes the chip lead, as Meltzer has moved in front for the first time in this match.

Jordan Meltzer – 988,000 (82 bb)
Josias Santos – 680,000 (57 bb)

Event 12: A Little More For Jordan Meltzer

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 23: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 139

Josias Santos opened the button to 30,000, and Jordan Meltzer defended his big blind.

The flop was Qc5d3d. Meltzer checked, Santos continued for 35,000, and Meltzer called. The turn was the Ah, and Meltzer check-called another 55,000. Both players checked through the Jh river.

Meltzer showed Qd9s, winning the pot with a pair of queens.

Jordan Meltzer – 719,000 (60 bb)
Josias Santos – 949,000 (79 bb)

Event 9: Vittorio Maraone Scores Big with Title

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, FL
Event 9
$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries: 2,923
Prize Pool: $1,461,500
March 23 – 27, 2017

Vittorio Maraone, Event 9 Champion

Event 9 was the first tournament on the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown schedule with a guaranteed seven-digit gprize pool and they blasted past that mark. The tournament drew 2,923 entries to create a prize pool of $1,461,500 and it was Vittorio Maraone walking away with the title plus $212,532.

The tournament featured six starting flights over three days with a $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. The field hit the magic number early Saturday morning and they went on to create the huge prize pool by the time registration closed that evening. The last 250 players would take home some of that money on Sunday and the last three players would earn more than $100,000.

Plenty of top, local players made their way to the ballroom to participate including Michael “The Grinder”Mizrachi, Olivier Busquet, Aaron Massey, Alex Rocha and Asher Conniff along with Seminole Hard Rock Poker team members Darryll Fish, Mukul Pahuja, Jessica Dawley, Stewart Newman, and Loni Harwood.

Fish and Dawley would be the only two SHRP team members to make the money along with Seminole Hard Rock Tampa poker ambassador Wally Maddah. After bursting the money bubble, they played down to the end of Level 16 on Day 2 and paused action with 12 players remaining, Rocha leading the way, and Dawley making her second deep run in a huge, multi-day event this series.

Dawley fell victim to a bad beat to exit in tenth place along with Thomas Gari in the same hand. John Dubois, Will Underdown, Kazu Oshima, and Teddy Conner followed quickly before the last four players settled into a long, deep grind.

It took an hour to lose another player when William Kopp was sent out and favorite Alex Rocha followed in third after a bad run of cards. Maraone and Nick Shkolnik held similar stacks before heads up play began and they decided to split up the remaining prize pool.

Each took home more than $200,000 for their $570 investment and Maraone was declared the champ thanks to his slightly bigger stack. He banked $212,532 along with the trophy, custom-framed winner’s photo courtesy of IMPDI, and a seat in the $10,000 WPT Finale/$3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship freeroll.

Final table results:

1st: Vittorio Maraone – $212,532*
2nd: Nick Shkolnik – $206,530*
3rd: Alex Rocha – $107,961
4th: William Kopp – $91,782
5th: Teddy Conner – $76,144
6th: Kazu Oshima – $60,652
7th: Will Underdown – $45,307
8th: John Dubois – $30,692
9th: Thomas Gari – $21,923
10th: Jessica Dawley – $14,615
* – denotes heads up deal

Complete Event 9 Payouts

Event 12: Jordan Meltzer Draws First Blood

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 22: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 139

Josias Santos opened the button to 25,000, and Jordan Meltzer defended his big blind.

The flop was Kc5c5h. Meltzer checked, Santos continued for 50,000, and Meltzer called. Both players checked through the 2h turn, and the river was the Th. Meltzer led out for 114,000, and Santos called.

Meltzer showed Kh8h, winning the pot with a king-high flush.

Jordan Meltzer – 727,000 (73 bb)
Josias Santos – 941,000 (94 bb)

Event 12: Phong Nguyen Eliminated in 3rd Place ($14,526)

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 22: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 139

Phong Nguyen

Phong Nguyen moved all in for 22,000 in the small blind, and Jordan Meltzer called to put him at risk from the big blind.

Nguyen: Ah7s
Meltzer: Td5s

The board ran out Th7d2cQc6h, and Meltzer won the pot and the bounty with a pair of tens. Nguyen was eliminated in third place.

Meltzer and Josias Santos are now heads-up for the trophy in Event 12, and Santos begins the duel with about a 3:1 chip lead.

Josias Santos – 1,253,000 (125 bb)
Jordan Meltzer – 415,000 (42 bb)
Phong Nguyen – Eliminated in 3rd place ($14,526)

Event 12: Josias Santos Doubles Through Phong Nguyen

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 22: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 139

Jordan Meltzer opened the button with a raise, and both Josias Santos and Phong Nguyen called from the small and big blind, respectively.

The flop was 5c4c2d, and it checked to Meltzer, who continued for 11,000. Santos called, but Nguyen check-raised to 57,000. Meltzer folded out of the way, but Santos called.

Heads-up now, the turn was the Kd, and Santos led out for 80,000. Nguyen raised to 201,000, and Santos called the remainder to see the last card. It was the Qc, and Santos promptly moved all in for 332,000.

“Count?” Nguyen asked. Before the dealer could finish the task, though, Nguyen made up his mind. “I can’t fold this,” he said as he called put Santos at risk.

Santos showed Kc7c for a flush, and it was good. Nguyen flashed his inferior Ac3s, having flopped a straight, and the dealer reached in to withdraw the vast majority of his stack. “Can’t fold with a blocker,” Nguyen lamented.

Santos doubled up, leaving Nguyen with just a couple big blinds.

Josias Santos – 1,254,000 (125 bb)
Phong Nugyen – 23,000 (2 bb)

Event 12: Phong Nguyen Doubles Through Josias Santos

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 22: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 139

Josias Santos opened the button to 30,000, and Phong Nguyen three-bet shoved for 262,000 in the small blind. Santos asked for the count, then called to put Nguyen at risk.

Santos: KdQh
Nguyen: Ad9d

The board ran out Jc9h4c4s6d, and Nguyen doubled up with nines up.

Phong Nguyen – 537,000 (54 bb)
Josias Santos – 625,000 (63 bb)

Event 12: Phong Nguyen Loses Ground

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 22: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 139

Phong Nguyen opened the button to 25,000, and Josias Santos defended his big blind.

Both players checked through the 9h9s3s flop, and the turn was the Qd. Santos led for 35,000, and Nguyen called. The river was the Th, and Nguyen called another bet from Santos — 57,000 this time.

Santos showed down Kc9d, winning the pot with trip nines.

Josias Santos – 755,000 (76 bb)
Phong Nguyen – 280,000 (28 bb)

Event 12: Phong Nguyen Regains Ground

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 22: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 139

Jordan Meltzer limped the button, Josias Santos completed in the small blind, and Phong Nguyen checked his option in the big.

All three players checked through the Ts5h3c flop. The turn was the 2h, and it checked to Meltzer, who bet 16,000. Santos folded, but Nguyen check-raised to 42,000, and Meltzer called. The river was the 7s, and Meltzer called a final bet of 75,000 from Nguyen.

At showdown, Nguyen’s Th5s was best, and he won the pot with tens up.

Phong Nguyen – 335,000 (34 bb)
Jordan Meltzer – 585,000 (59 bb)

Event 12: Marc Schiller Eliminated in 4th Place ($8,757)

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 21: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 139

Marc Schiller

Marc Schiller opened to 25,000 under the gun, and Jordan Meltzer three-bet to 75,000 in the big blind. Schiller four-bet shoved for about 225,000, and Meltzer called to put him at risk.

Schiller: 6h6d
Meltzer: JsJd

Schiller managed to flop a set on the Jc9h6c flop, but unfortunately for him, Meltzer did too. Drawing dead to one out, Schiller could not catch up as the Tc turn and 4c river completed the board. He was eliminated in fourth place, giving his chips and his bounty to Meltzer.

Jordan Meltzer – 730,000 (91 bb)
Marc Schiller – Eliminated in 4th place ($8,757)

Event 12: Hyon Kim Eliminated in 5th Place ($6,811)

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 21: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 139

Hyon Kim

Hyon Kim opened the button to 18,000, and Josias Santos called in the small blind.

The flop was Qc4h2s. Santos checked, Kim continued for 22,000, and Santos check-raised to 50,000. Kim called the remainder, and they both checked through the 4c turn. The river was the 7s, and Santos moved all in for about 130,000 effective. Kim called all in for that amount, putting himself at risk.

Santos showed AsQh for queens up with an ace, and Kim’s reaction made it clear that he couldn’t beat it. The latter tabled his inferior QsTs as he headed to the payout desk in fifth place.

After earning Kim’s bounty, Santos is now the chip leader for the first time at this final table.

Josias Santos – 735,000 (92 bb)
Hyon Kim – Eliminated in 5th place ($6,811)

Event 12: Josias Santos Takes From Jordan Meltzer

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 21: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 139

Jordan Meltzer opened the cutoff to 16,000, Marc Schiller called on the button, and Josias Santos defended his big blind to create three-way action.

All three players checked through the Ac5c3c flop. The turn was the Ad, and Santos checked again. Meltzer bet 38,000, Schiller folded, and Santos check-raised to 110,000. Meltzer gave it a look but eventually surrendered his cards into the muck.

Santos won the pot with no showdown, drawing nearly even with Meltzer atop the chip counts.

Josias Santos – 525,000 (66 bb)
Jordan Meltzer – 530,000 (66 bb)

Event 9: Let’s Make a Deal; Maraone Takes the Title

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 36: 200,000/400,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 2,923

Vittoroi Maraone

After Alex Rocha was eliminated in third place, Vittorio Maraone and Nick Shkolnik decided to look at the numbers for a chop deal with the following counts.

Vittorio Maraone – 31,170,000 (78 bb)
Nick Shkolnik – 27,250,000 (68 bb)

They quickly agreed to a deal that saw them both pocket more than $200,000 with Maraone earning the title, the trophy, and a seat in the $10,000 WPT Finale/$3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship freeroll.

1st: Vittorio Maraone – $212,532
2nd: Nick Shkolnik – $206,530

Tournament recap to follow.

Nick Shkolnik

Event 9: Alex Rocha – 3rd Place ($107,961)

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 36: 200,000/400,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 2,923

Alex Rocha

Alex Rocha and Nick Shkolnik limped and Vittorio Maraone raised to 1,900,000. Rocha called and Shkolnik released before the 8c7c7d flop. Both players checked and Maraone checked again after the 9d turn.

Rocha bet 1,350,000 and Maraone called to see the 3s river. Both players checked and Maraone tabled ace-high asqd, good enough for the pot and Rocha dropped to 4,050,000.

On the next hand, Shkolnik opened to 900,000 from the button with Maraone and Rocha coming along to the js5d4c flop. Maraone checked, Rocha moved all-in for 3,200,000, Shkolnik released, and Maraone called.

Maraone: 5s4h
Rocha: 3d2d.

Maraone was ahead with bottom two against Rocha’s open-ended straight draw. The qh turn could not help Rocha and he was eliminated in third place on the 7h river.

Vittorio Maraone – 31,170,000 (78 bb)
Alex Rocha – Eliminated in 3rd place ($107,961)

Event 9: Alex Rocha Drops Lower

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 36: 200,000/400,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 2,923

Nick Shkolnik and Vittorio Maraome limped and Alex Rocha checked his option to the jhtd5d flop. Maraone bet out 1,050,000, Rocha called, and Shkolnik released.

Both players checked the qd turn and Maraone checked the 4s river. Rocha bet 2,350,000 and Maraone called with a set of fives 5h5c to beat Rocha’s pair of jacks kdjc.

Seat 5: Alex Rocha – 7,700,000 (19 bb)
Seat 7: Nick Shkolnik – 29,250,000 (73 bb)
Seat 9: Vittorio Maraone – 21,500,000 (54 bb)

Event 9: Vittorio Maraone Gets Some Back

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 36: 200,000/400,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 2,923

Vittorio Maraone opened to 1,000,000 from the button and Nick Shkolnik called in the big blind to the jh5h3c flop. Both players checked to the 8c turn, Shkolnik checked, and Maraone bet another 1,000,000.

Shkolnik called, the river came 7c, and Maraone bet 3,300,000. Shkolnik thought a bit and called with two pair 7d5d. The hand was second best after Maraone tabled his jack-high straight td9c to take some chips back from Shkolnik.

Seat 5: Alex Rocha – 10,550,000 (26 bb)
Seat 7: Nick Shkolnik – 29,400,000 (74 bb)
Seat 9: Vittorio Maraone – 18,500,000 (46 bb)