After Several Near-Misses, Phil Rigby Finally Wins a Seminole Hard Rock Trophy in the Seniors Event

2020 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 8
$400 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Entries:  155
Prize Pool:  $52,700
January 13, 2020

Event 8 Champion Phil Rigby
Event 8 Champion Phil Rigby

Phil Rigby has a couple of big SHRPO final tables on his resume, finishing ninth in a Big 4 event in 2017, and fourth in another Big 4 event last year. But Monday he finally won his first Seminole Hard Rock trophy, outlasting a field of 155 to win the Seniors event.

“I’ve been close a few times,” said Rigby. “It’s been overdue.”

Three-handed play lasted a very long time, and there was talk of a deal at one point, but Rigby shut it down because he wasn’t the chipleader, and wouldn’t get the win — and the trophy.

“The trophy was more important for me in a tournament like this,” said Rigby. “It’s not huge, life-changing money, so I wanted the chance to win the trophy.”

Three-handed play continued for a surprisingly long time, and the final three players eventually agreed to a deal. Since Rigby had the chip lead this time, he was declared the winner, receiving both the title and the trophy.

And not just any trophy — a Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood trophy.

“I love this place. They do a great job.” said Rigby. “I live in Belize predominantly, but I come here for every series. Everything they’ve put on has been great over the years, and it just gets better and better and better.”

Final Results:

1st:  Phil Rigby  –  $10,689* + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  Bruce Gans  –  $9,453*
3rd:  Yvonne McQuillan  –  $8,627*
4th:  Greg Spinder  –  $3,294
5th:  Harvey Bruce Freedman  –  $2,543
6th:  Jill Pike  –  $2,108
7th:  Richard Whitebrook  –  $1,831
8th:  David Albertson  –  $1,644
9th:  Greg Rosen  –  $1,417

* Indicates a three-way deal.