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Daniel Weinman Wins WPT Tournament of Champions

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, FL
$15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions
Entries: 66
Prize Pool: $1,090,000
April 7 – 9, 2017

Daniel Weinman, 2017 WPT Tournament of Champions winner

The 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown finished on a high note with the WPT Tournament of Champions bringing out some of the best players in the world to close out the series. After three tough days and a long final table, Daniel Weinman beat Florida poker legend Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi heads up for the title and $381,500.

“I feel incredible,” Weinman said afterward. “This is such a tough tournament and to come out on top is super special.”

The $15,000 buy-in tournament generated a prize pool worth $1,090,000 and was only open to members of the World Poker Tour Champions Club, players must have won a prior WPT event if they wanted into this exclusive tournament. There were 66 former WPT champions taking part and included some interesting storylines from the beginning.

Ema Zajmovic

Ema Zajmovic was the only female in the field as the first WPT open tournament female champion. WPT Commentator Mike Sexton was sitting to her left and the Poker Hall of Famer earned his seat in the game when he captured his first WPT title in Montreal late in 2016.

Ryan Riess

The two most recent additions to the WPT Champions Club earned their place right here before the TOC kicked off. Tony Sinishtaj conquered the 1,207-entry field in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship and 2013 WSOP Main Event champ Ryan Riess made it through a tough final table to win the WPT Showdown Finale.

After ten levels on Day 1, 30 players made it through with defending champ Farid Yachou bagging up chips for Day 2. Mizrachi finished the first day with the chip had held it for long periods on Day 2.

Farid Yachou

With only nine players earning a piece of the prize pool, it was slow going when action restarted despite the 30-second “action clock” in use for the tournament. There were still 12 players around after six full, hour-long levels but they quickly played down to the money bubble after the dinner break.

Lee Markholt

WPT World Poker Challenge champ Lee Markholt was sent out by Mizrachi in 10th place to put the remaining players in the money and down to the final table. Jonathan Jaffe, Stefan Schillhabel, and former WSOP November Niner Jesse Sylvia earned some money but were not among the final six to book their seat on the main stage table in the Hard Rock Live arena.

Recent WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open winner Weinman finished Day 2 holding the chip lead with five tough players trying to chase him down including Mizrachi and eight-time WSOP champ Erik Seidel.

Final table lineup:

Seat 1: Michael Mizrachi – 699,000
Seat 2: Daniel Weinman – 872,000
Seat 3: David Ormsby – 299,000
Seat 4: Daniel Santoro – 250,000
Seat 5: Erik Seidel – 540,000
Seat 6: Dylan Wilkerson – 641,000

Dylan Wilkerson began the final table in the middle of the pack but hit the exit in sixth place after losing most of his chips in a kings-versus-aces hand against Santoro. Seidel followed Wilkerson out of the door soon after as Santoro edged towards the lead.

David Ormsby was never able to get much going at the final table but the Canadian held on to reach fourth place money as Santoro increased his late lead. That lead slowly evaporated as the last three players settled into a long, hours-long battle.

Santoro had his day end at the hands of Weinman in third place to start the heads up match for the title. Weinman began with a five-to-one chip lead but though Mizrachi doubled back with a six-outer to make it even it out.

They played less than 20 hands heads up and Weinman finally overcame the three-time WSOP bracelet winner to earn the WPT Tournament of Champions title, a seat in next year’s tournament, a brand-new Audi, and $381,500. It was another great TOC performance by Mizrachi and he improved from his third place finish in last year’s event.

Weinman was one of the most recent players to join the WPT Champions Club having earned his way in a few months ago in the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open. He now owns a WPT Tournament of Champions title after negotiating through a tough field.

“This is crazy – you usually play tournaments with a thousand people and there might be 850 people that don’t have a chance of winning the tournament,” Weinman said of the event.

“They can go deep but they’re not going to be comfortable with all the spots they’ll encounter.” he continued. “But having 66 people that have already won this and had success in the poker world – coming out on top is incredible.”

WPT Tournament of Champions results:

1st: Daniel Weinman – $381,500 *
2nd: Michael Mizrachi – $218,000
3rd: Daniel Santoro – $133,525
4th: David Ormsby – $95,375
5th: Erik Seidel – $73,575
6th: Dylan Wilkerson – $57,225
7th: Stefan Schillhabel – $49,050
8th: Jesse Sylvia – $43,600
9th: Jonathan Jaffe – $38,150
* – Includes 2018 WPT Tournament of Champions seat

WPT TOC: Updated Counts

$15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions
Level 20: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 66

Bird’s eye view of the WPT Tournament of Champions final table

Seat 1. Michael Mizrachi – 688,000 (43 bb)
Seat 2. Daniel Weinman – 1,119,000 (70 bb)
Seat 3. David Ormsby – 479,000 (30 bb)
Seat 4. Daniel Santoro – 275,000 (17 bb)
Seat 5. Erik Seidel – 280,000 (18 bb)
Seat 6. Dylan Wilkerson – 460,000 (29 bb)

WPT TOC: Final Table Set

$15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions
Level 18: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 66

Daniel Weinman

We’ve seen 24 days come and go during the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown and we’re down to one final day. Six players remain in the WPT Tournament of Champions and they’ll return this afternoon to play in Hard Rock Live on the World Poker Tour main stage in front of their cameras.

The Tournament of Champions drew 66 players and every one in the field has past WPT success. A WPT victory was a requirement to join the exclusive tournament. The six remaining players are talented, successful, and all capable and taking home the title.

They have a combined for $52.7 million in career earnings, 11 WSOP bracelets, and seven WPT titles. Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi is making his second appearance on the TOC final table in its second year of existence and Erik Seidel is trying to add a second WPT title to his eight WSOP bracelets.

WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open champ Daniel Weinman returns with the chip lead but don’t count out David Ormsby, Daniel Santoro, or Dylan Wilkerson. The stacks are deep and it is still anyone’s game.

They’ll join as one in the Hard Rock Live arena on the main stage in front of the WPT cameras. The final table will be live-streamed on the WPT Twitch channel and recorded for later TV broadcast.

There will be player introductions, announcements, and action will get underway at 4pm.

Seat 1: Michael Mizrachi – 699,000 (70 bb)
Seat 2: Daniel Weinman – 872,000 (87 bb)
Seat 3: David Ormsby – 299,000 (30 bb)
Seat 4: Daniel Santoro – 250,000 (25 bb)
Seat 5: Erik Seidel – 540,000 (54 bb)
Seat 6: Dylan Wilkerson – 641,000 (64 bb)

Payouts:

1st: $381,500*
2nd: $218,000
3rd: $133,525
4th: $95,375
5th: $73,575
6th: $57,225
* – Includes 2018 WPT Tournament of Champions seat

WPT TOC: Meet Your Final Table Members

Even when the WPT Tournament of Champions kicked off, it was already guaranteed to have a successful group of players at the final table. A WPT title was required to enter and every player had big tournament success. And the tournament got exactly what it deserved.

The final six players have combined for nearly $53 million in live tournament earnings with seven WPT titles, 11 WSOP bracelets, and two WSOP Circuit rings. The final table spotlight will be on Erik Seidel and Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi but the other four are worthy of everyone’s attention.


Seat 1: Michael Mizrachi
Chip count: 699,000

With more than $15 million earned his career, Mizrachi owns three WSOP bracelets with two of them coming in the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship. He is the only player to win the title twice. He has two WPT titles with the first coming in the 2005 L.A. Poker Classic Main Event and was a member of the 2010 WSOP Main Event November Nine.


Seat 2: Daniel Weinman
Chip count: 872,000

With $2.2 million in career earnings, Weinman is the most recent member of the WPT Champions Club at the final table. He picked up his WPT title this past January during the 2017 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open. Weinman also owns a WSOP Circuit ring plus an SHRP trophy from the 2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $2,200 Eight-Game Mix event.


Seat 3: David Ormsby
Chip count: 299,000

With more than $400,000 in tournament earnings, the Canadian picked up his WPT title on home turf during the 2016 WPT Fallsview Poker Classic. Ormbsy likes Canadian soil and also captured the Six-Max title at the WPT National Canadian Spring Championship.


Seat 4: Daniel Santoro
Chip count: 250,000

With close to $800,000 collected in tournament cash, Santoro’s WPT victory came during the 2011 World Poker Classic at Foxwoods. His next biggest cash came with a second place finish in the 2007 WPT Borgata Poker Open $2,500 tournament.


Seat 5: Erik Seidel
Chip count: 540,000

With more than $31.6 million in his Poker Hall of Fame career, Seidel is ranked first in the United States in earnings and second in the world behind only Daniel Negreanu. He owns eight WSOP bracelets and won his sole WPT title at the 2008 Foxwoods Poker Classic. Among his many high roller titles, Seidel also won the 2011 WPT World Championship Super High Roller at the Bellagio.


Seat 6: Dylan Wilkerson
Chip count: 641,000

With $2.2 million earned in his career, Wilkerson is the only player at the final to have won his title on a different continent. He put his name on the WPT Champions Cup with a win during the 2014 Emperors Palace Poker Classic in South Africa. This is his fifth WPT final table and he won his first WSOP Circuit ring less than a month ago at the Bike.

Showdown Day 25 Schedule

4PM: Final Table – $15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions in Hard Rock Live


A reminder all daily tournaments are now taking place in the poker room

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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood Property Update

Preparations are underway for the development of an iconic hotel tower and resort:

  • Parking – Poker players are encouraged to park in Winner’s Way Garage to access both the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown tournament space and The Poker Room
  • The Poker Room – Players may access the poker room by entering through the main lobby or via the exterior entrance on the opposite end of Winner’s Way Garage.
  • Inside hotel – Services and amenities inside the hotel will remain open along with regularly scheduled events and entertainment.

For additional construction updates, please visit TheNewHardRock.com

WPT TOC: Dinner Break Counts

$15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions
Returning to Level 16: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 11 of 66

Daniel Weinman leads on the dinner break

Table 1
Seat 1: Daniel Santoro – 292,000 (37 bb)
Seat 2: Erik Seidel – 241,000 (30 bb)
Seat 3: — Empty —
Seat 4: Dylan Wilkerson – 202,000 (25 bb)
Seat 5: — Empty —
Seat 6: Michael Mizrachi – 417,000 (52 bb)
Seat 7: Daniel Weinman – 606,000 (76 bb)
Seat 8: Stefan Schillhabel – 118,000 (15 bb)

Table 2
Seat 1: Jonathan Jaffe – 306,000 (38 bb)
Seat 2: Jonathan Little – 175,000 (22 bb)
Seat 3: — Empty —
Seat 4: — Empty —
Seat 5: Jesse Sylvia – 325,000 (41 bb)
Seat 6: David Ormsby – 337,000 (42 bb)
Seat 7: Lee Markholt – 282,000 (35 bb)
Seat 8: — Empty —

Counts:

  1. Daniel Weinman – 606,000 (76 bb)
  2. Michael Mizrachi – 417,000 (52 bb)
  3. David Ormsby – 337,000 (42 bb)
  4. Jesse Sylvia – 325,000 (41 bb)
  5. Jonathan Jaffe – 306,000 (38 bb)
  6. Daniel Santoro – 292,000 (37 bb)
  7. Lee Markholt – 282,000 (35 bb)
  8. Erik Seidel – 241,000 (30 bb)
  9. Dylan Wilkerson – 202,000 (25 bb)
  10. Jonathan Little – 175,000 (22 bb)
  11. Stefan Schillhabel – 118,000 (15 bb)

WPT TOC: Noah Schwartz Eliminated by Jonathan Jaffe

$15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions
Level 15: 2,500/5,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 12 of 66

Noah Schwartz

Jesse Sylvia opened to 12,000 from under the gun, Jonathan Jaffe three-bet to 31,000 from the button, and Noah Schwartz moved all in for 39,500 from the big blind.

Sylvia released after using one of his time chips and Jaffe called.

Schwartz: acqd
Jaffe: 2s2c

Schwartz needed to find one of his big cards but blanked as the dealer ran it out jh9s2h6c8d.

Jonathan Jaffe – 307,000 (61 bb)
Noah Schwartz – Eliminated

WPT TOC: Daniel Weinman Doubles Through Michael Mizrachi

$15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions
Level 15: 2,500/5,000 with a 500 Ante
Players Remaining: 14 of 66

Michael Mizrachi (left) versus Daniel Weinman (right)

Daniel Weinman found a double up after the break and tried once more when he three-bet shoved for 122,000 after an open from Michael Mizrachi. The bet was called and Weinman was at risk.

Mizrachi: 9h9c
Weinman: asqs

Weinman took the race lead on the qh8d7s flop and held it as the board completed 4d7c for his second double up after the break.

Daniel Weinman – 255,500 (51 bb)
Michael Mizrachi – 315,000 (63 bb)

WPT TOC: Break Time Counts

$15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions
Level 15: 2,500/5,000 with a 500 Ante
Players Remaining: 14 of 66

Players are returning from their second break of the day with 14 remaining and Michael Mizrachi still on top.

Table 1
Seat 1: Daniel Santoro – 350,500 (70 bb)
Seat 2: Erik Seidel – 380,500 (76 bb)
Seat 3: — Empty —
Seat 4: Dylan Wilkerson – 256,000 (51 bb)
Seat 5: James Mackey – 54,500 (11 bb)
Seat 6: Michael Mizrachi – 433,500 (87 bb)
Seat 7: Daniel Weinman – 64,000 (13 bb)
Seat 8: Stefan Schillhabel – 331,500 (66 bb)

Table 2
Seat 1: Jonathan Jaffe – 180,500 (36 bb)
Seat 2: Jonathan Little – 278,000 (56 bb)
Seat 3: Noah Schwartz – 67,500 (14 bb)
Seat 4: — Empty —
Seat 5: Jesse Sylvia – 194,000 (39 bb)
Seat 6: David Ormsby – 343,500 (69 bb)
Seat 7: Lee Markholt – 308,000 (62 bb)
Seat 8: Justin Young – 159,000 (32 bb)

WPT TOC: Griffin Paul Eliminated by Jesse Sylvia

$15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions
Level 14: 2,000/4,000 with a 500 Ante
Players Remaining: 14 of 66

Griffin Paul

Two big hands sent former Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Champion Griffin Paul to the rail. The first saw him lose with jhth to Jonathan Jaffe’s 9s9c to knock him down to three big blinds.

He moved all in on the next hand for 11,500 and Jesse Sylvia raised to isolate from the hijack.

Paul: kh6h
Sylvia: acth

Paul needed to catch one of his live cards to stay in the game but missed the js3d2h. Sylvia paired the as turn and Paul was drawing dead to the kc river.

Jesse Sylvia – 194,000 (49 bb)
Griffin Paul – Eliminated

WPT TOC: Anthony Zinno Eliminated

$15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions
Level 14: 2,000/4,000 with a 500 Ante
Players Remaining: 15 of 66

Anthony Zinno

Justin Young moved all in for 44,000 from the cutoff and Jonathan Jaffe shoved from the button. Anthony Zinno was in the big blind and called all in for his 94,500 stack. Jaffe was the biggest stack and in the best shape for the double knockout.

Zinno: ackh
Young: thtc
Jaffe: qsqd

Jaffe stayed ahead on the 8c6s4s flop but Young jumped out front with a turned set ts. Jaffe added spade outs to come back but the jh river sent Zinno out and gave Young the triple up. Jaffe earned the side pot for a little rebate.

Justin Young – 138,000 (35 bb)
Jonathan Jaffe – 115,000 (29 bb)

WPT TOC: Two Table Lineup and Chips

$15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions
Level 14: 2,000/4,000 with a 500 Ante
Players Remaining: 16 of 66

Table 1
Seat 1: Daniel Santoro – 310,000 (78 bb)
Seat 2: Erik Seidel – 195,000 (49 bb)
Seat 3: Noah Schwartz – 115,000 (29 bb)
Seat 4: Dylan Wilkerson – 290,000 (73 bb)
Seat 5: James Mackey – 60,000 (15 bb)
Seat 6: Michael Mizrachi – 415,000 (104 bb)
Seat 7: Daniel Weinman – 46,000 (12 bb)
Seat 8: Stefan Schillhabel – 460,000 (115 bb)

Table 2
Seat 1: Jonathan Jaffe – 135,000 (34 bb)
Seat 2: Jonathan Little – 315,000 (79 bb)
Seat 3: Anthony Zinno – 43,000 (11 bb)
Seat 4: Griffin Paul – 185,000 (46 bb)
Seat 5: Jesse Sylvia – 114,000 (29 bb)
Seat 6: David Ormsby – 222,000 (56 bb)
Seat 7: Lee Markholt – 225,000 (56 bb)
Seat 8: Justin Young – 97,000 (24 bb)

Chip counts:
Stefan Schillhabel – 460,000 (115 bb)
Michael Mizrachi – 415,000 (104 bb)
Jonathan Little – 315,000 (79 bb)
Daniel Santoro – 310,000 (78 bb)
Dylan Wilkerson – 290,000 (73 bb)
Lee Markholt – 225,000 (56 bb)
David Ormsby – 222,000 (56 bb)
Erik Seidel – 195,000 (49 bb)
Griffin Paul – 185,000 (46 bb)
Jonathan Jaffe – 135,000 (34 bb)
Noah Schwartz – 115,000 (29 bb)
Jesse Sylvia – 114,000 (29 bb)
Justin Young – 97,000 (24 bb)
James Mackey – 60,000 (15 bb)
Daniel Weinman – 46,000 (12 bb)
Anthony Zinno – 43,000 (11 bb)

WPT TOC: Tyler Patterson Eliminated by Lee Markhokt

$15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions
Level 14: 2,000/4,000 with a 500 Ante
Players Remaining: 16 of 66

Tyler Patterson

Lee Markholt opened to 8,500 from the cutoff and Tyler Patterson moved all in from the small blind for 98,000. Markholt called and Patterson was ahead but flipping to stay in.

Patterson: 5c5s
Markholt: ahkd

Patterson dodged the over cards on the qstd9h flop and 6s turn but the ac river was bad news for the WPT Jacksonville champ.

Tournament staff paused the clock after Patterson’s elimination to redraw the last two tables.

Lee Markholt – 225,000 (75 bb)
Tyler Patterson – Eliminated

WPT TOC: Ryan Riess Eliminated by David Ormsby

$15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions
Level 14: 2,000/4,000 with a 500 Ante
Players Remaining: 17 of 66

Ryan Riess

WPT Finale/WSOP Main Event champ Ryan Riess moved all-in for 74,500 from early position and David Ormsby moved in over the top from the small blind to isolate.

Ormsby: thtd
Riess: askc

Riess needed to catch an over card to stay alive but the dealer spread the all-low 7h5h3c6d7s board.

One more elimination and the tournament will redraw for seats at the last two tables.

David Ormsby – 270,000 (90 bb)
Ryan Riess – Eliminated

WPT TOC: James Romero Eliminated by Jonathan Little

$15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions
Level 13: 1,500/3,000 with a 500 Ante
Players Remaining: 18 of 66

James Romero

James Romero three-bet shoved from the small blind for 52,000 after a Jonathan Little open. Lee Markholt released his big blind and Little shrug/called.

Romero: as8s
Little: kdth

Romero was ahead but Little hit the kc9c9h flop. The ks turn left Romero drawing dead to the rail.

Jonathan Little – 270,000 (90 bb)
James Romero – Eliminated

WPT TOC: Justin Young Doubles Through Jonathan Jaffe

$15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions
Level 13: 1,500/3,000 with a 500 Ante
Players Remaining: 21 of 66

Justin Young

Michael Mizrachi opened to 6,000 from the hijack, Jonathan Jaffe three-bet to 17,000 from the cutoff and Justin Young four-bet sheoved to 46,000. Michael Mizrachi thought about coming along, using one of his time bank chips, before he released his hand.

Jaffe quickly called to put the 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship winner at risk.

Jaffe: qhjh
Young: ahkh

Jaffe had two live cards but his hearts were dead. Young hit the ac9h8c flop and but Jaffe turned a straight when the th came to leave Young with six stay alive outs. Any heart that wasn’t the 8h was good and the 7h river was good for a double.

Before the board was removed, Jaffe double checked with the dealer to make sure of his cards. He laughed after a thinking he had a straight flush for a second.

Justin Young – 105,500 (35 bb)
Jonathan Jaffe – 87,000 (29 bb)

WPT TOC: Back from Break; Updated Counts

$15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions
Level 13: 1,500/3,000 with a 500 Ante
Players Remaining: 21 of 66

WPT Tournament of Champions players are back from break and ready to take the next step towards the televised final table.

Besides the eliminations mentioned early, we’ve also lost Niall Farrell, Marvin Rettenmaier, Taylor Paur, and James Carroll from today’s field to leave us with 21 on the break.

Table 1
Seat 1: Justin Young – 54,000 (18 bb)
Seat 2: Dylan Wilkerson – 291,000 (97 bb)
Seat 3: Daniel Santoro – 186,500 (62 bb)
Seat 4: — Empty —
Seat 5: Griffin Paul – 334,500 (112 bb)
Seat 6: Michael Mizrachi – 417,500 (139 bb)
Seat 7: Harrison Gimbel – 142,000 (47 bb)
Seat 8: Jonathan Jaffe – 62,000 (21 bb)

Table 2
Seat 1: Zachary Smiley – 52,500 (18 bb)
Seat 2: James Romero – 174,000 (58 bb)
Seat 3: Lee Markholt – 100,500 (34 bb)
Seat 4: Noah Schwartz – 71,000 (24 bb)
Seat 5: — Empty —
Seat 6: Tyler Patterson – 83,500 (28 bb)
Seat 7: Erik Seidel – 157,000 (52 bb)
Seat 8: Jonathan Little – 244,000 (81 bb)

Table 3
Seat 1: Jesse Sylvia – 33,000 (11 bb)
Seat 2: Ryan Riess – 108,000 (36 bb)
Seat 3: Stefan Schillhabel – 301,500 (101 bb)
Seat 4: James Mackey – 80,500 (27 bb)
Seat 5: — Empty —
Seat 6: Anthony Zinno – 81,000 (27 bb)
Seat 7: David Ormsby – 184,500 (62 bb)
Seat 8: Daniel Weinman – 174,500 (58 bb)

WPT TOC: Ryan Riess Doubles Through Bobby

$15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions
Level 12: 1,200/2,400 with a 400 Ante
Players Remaining: 23 of 66

Ryan Riess, all in and waiting

With the board reading qc8s2h6h, Ryan Riess was facing a 14,000 bet from Bobby Odoobi. His allotted action clock time ran out to put him into his time bank and he eventually announced all in.

The dealer broke down the stack to 44,400 and Odoobi called.

Riess: 8d6d
Odoobi: qdjs

Riess was ahead with his turn two pair against Odoobi’s flopped top pair and the WPT Finale champ earned his double up after the ah river.

Ryan Riess – 117,000 (49 bb)
Bobby Odoobi – 20,000 (8 bb)