We kicked the series off by breaking records and packing the Grand Ballroom with players the first weekend. Event 1 was a $400 Deep Stack tournament with a $1,000,000 guarantee that brought out an incredible field of 7,703 entries for a prize pool of over $2.5 million. Both numbers were good enough for the biggest tournament field in state history and the top prize pool for a non-Championship/non-High Roller field.
The SHRPO Championship headlined the series with a $5,300 buy-in and a $3,00,000 guarantee. It drew 1,110 entries and created a prize pool worth more than $5,000,000. It created a tough final table that was live streamed by Poker Night in America and Spanish pro Sergio Aido defeated Jim Collopy heads-up for the title and $900,100.
The Big 4 also included the $25K High Roller plus the $2,700 and $1,100 Deep Stacks. David Peters, Josh Adcock, and Ivan Ruban all picked up wins on the final day of the series.
We had another first in this series; five female champions over the two-week run, four coming in consecutive tournaments and four during open events. That’s 11% of the primary schedule and a great run.
Sheila O’Connor – $400 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 Mica Lamar – $300 Ladies Event Donna Stutts – $400 Deep Stack NLH Jennifer Borsini – $600 Turbo NLH Esther Taylor – $2,200 Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha
It was a great series from the first weekend with a record crowd through the final day when ten trophies were awarded. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the series; we appreciate you and hope to see you again soon.
Below you can find links to results and updates for each of the trophy events during the series.
2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Florida Event 43 $10,000 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $500,000 Guaranteed Entries: 111 Prize Pool: $1,065,600 August 9, 2022
Event 43 of the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open was the $10,000 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry). The perennial SHRPO big buy-in closing event drew 111 entries, generating a prize pool of $1,065,600, more than doubling the guarantee.
Emerging victorious was Ed Sebesta, winning outright for $311,915.
“My best result before recently had been for $47,000,” said Sebesta afterward. “Then two months ago I won a high roller at the Aria for $120,000, and now this. I’m definitely on a heater.”
Sebesta was quick to mention how well he ran, but also how making some bold plays were necessary.
“Mostly, I got lucky,” admitted Sebesta, “but I pulled a few plays that most of these guys probably didn’t expect I would make. It was a combination of both. Then when I got heads up, I was on a roll. I had a big stack, applied pressure, and it worked out.”
Sebesta resides in Richmond, Texas, is retired, and plays poker as a hobby. He gives all of his winnings to The Congregation of Holy Cross in honor of his son, who went to the University of Notre Dame and became a Priest, before tragically passing away after a long battle with a brain tumor.
2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Florida Event 44 $1,100 Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha (Re-Entry) Entries: 139 Prize Pool: $134,830 August 9, 2022
Event 44 of the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open was a $1,100 Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha (Re-Entry). The event attracted 139 entries, generating a prize pool of $134,830. Taking it down was Jeremy Ausmus, winning the tournament outright for $36,675.
One of the most decorated players in the game, this marked Ausmus’ first SHRP trophy. In 2018, he finished runner-up in the SHRPO Championship event, and with his victory tonight he is approaching $12.6 million in career live tournament winnings according to the Hendon Mob poker database.
2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Florida Event 45 $200 Quad Stack Double Green Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) $20,000 Guaranteed Entries: 264 Prize Pool: $29,040 Bounty Prize Pool: $13,200 August 9, 2022
Event 45 of the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open was a $200 Quad Stack Double Green Chip Bounty No Limit-Hold’em (Re-Entry). A field of 264 entries created a prize pool of $29,040 with an additional $13,200 set aside for bounties.
Earning the victory was Aleksandr Tishchenko, winning outright for $5,610.