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Championship: Meet Your Final Table

WPT Final Tablists
The 2021 WPT Poker Showdown Championship final table members

The record-setting 2021 WPT Poker Showdown Championship celebrated our 10th anniversary with the World Poker Tour and the tournament is down to its final table; we had  2,482 entries but only six of them remain. They will head to Las Vegas to play it out in the PokerGo Studio on May 18 and one of them will walk away with $1,261,095.

We have a diverse group of players vying for the title with four of the six guaranteed to bank the biggest cash of their year no matter where they finish. Ken “Teach” Aldridge is the only WSOP bracelet winner at the final table and Sonny Franco is a former WPTDeepStacks Paris champ.

Here are the six players with a chance to put their name on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup and take home more than $1.2 million.


Seat 1.  Brek Schutten – 31,350,000

From Grand Rapids, MI, he has nearly $400,000 in earnings and this will be the biggest cash of his career no matter where he finished. Schutten has two WSOP Circuit final table appearances and this is his first SHRP Hollywood cash.


Seat 2.  Ken Aldridge – 10,600,000

From Pleasants Gardens, NC, the man they call “Teach” will cross over $2 million in career earnings with his results from this final table. He won a WSOP bracelet in 2009, has five WSOP final tables, and this is his second WPT final table. Aldridge also owns an SHRP trophy from winning the LHPO Six-Max PLO title in 2020.


Seat 3.  Steven Snyder – 15,975,000

From Charlotte, NC, his earnings will top $1,000,000 following the final table and this will also be the biggest cash of his career. Snyder owns three WSOP Circuit rings and this is his second WPT cash.


Seat 4.  Viet Vo –
4,150,000

From Pearland, TX, just like “Teach” in Seat 2, Vo will push his career earning over $2 million regardless of where he finishes at the final table. Vo has two WSOP Circuit ring, one other WPT final table, and an SHRP trophy from winning the 2015 LHPO Purple Chip Bounty event.


Seat 5.  Albert Calderon – 5,350,000

From Chandler, AZ, this is his first WPT cash and another player booking their biggest career payout from this final table. Calderon won the $1K Arizona State Championship event in 2019 for $237,000.


Seat 6.  Sonny Franco  – 31,900,000

From Morocco via France, Franco has more than $2 million in career earnings but this will still be his biggest cash as well. He won the WPTDeepStacks Paris title in 2020 and has three WSOP Circuit rings including a win in the WSOP Circuit Marrakech Main Event.

2021 Poker Showdown in Review

WPT Final Tablists
The 2021 WPT Poker Showdown Championship final table members

The 2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown kicked off April 15 and it came storming out of the gates at a record-setting pace. Nearly every tournament set a new high for entries but none more impressive than the WPT Poker Showdown Championship.

The Championship hit the first milestone early in Flight B when it became the biggest field of any WPT Main tour stop, beating our number set during the 2014 Showdown. But it didn’t stop there; before reg closed it became the biggest Championship in our history when it topped the 2,384 entries from 2013 SHRPO.

There were 27 other tournaments during the series with 27 different winners, you can find the live updates and results from all Poker Showdown primary events below. Of course, we are still waiting to see who will be the WPT Poker Showdown Champion when final table action kicks on May 18 in Las Vegas.

Thank you thank you to all of our old friends and new friends, you helped create a tremendous series. We look forward to seeing everyone this summer for the 2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open.

Poker Showdown Schedule and Results

WPT Poker Showdown Championship updates

Event 1 ($600 Multi-Flight): Michael Casson – $280,000
Event 2 ($400 Omaha 8): Donald Maloney – $9,236
Event 3 ($400 H.O.R.S.E.): Barak Zaken – $12,545
Event 4 ($400 PLO): Greg Fishberg – $22,060
Event 5 ($400 NLH): Yaymel Bodes – $23,838
Event 6 ($1,100 NLH): Ryan Hogan – $72,065)
Event 7 ($400 Seniors): James Diaz – $15,975
Event 8 ($600 Dbl Black Chip): James Anderson – $35,540
Event 9 ($400 Black Chip PLO): Chris Kondrat – $13,070
Event 10 ($150 NLH): Carlos Dorca – $7,698
Event 11 ($400 OE): Chris Tryba – $9,620
Event 12 ($600 6-Max NLH): Joseph Di Rosa Rojas – $50,920
Event 13 ($400 6-Max PLO): Jesse Mull – $14,245
Event 14 ($600 Turbo NLH): Dorian Rios – $17,984
Event 15 ($1,100 NLH): Brian Hall – $128,230
Event 16 ($50K Super High Roller): Arthur Conan – $733,320
Event 17 ($2,200 NLH): Andrew Ostapchenko – $200,850
Event 20 ($400 Black Chip NLH): Brian Goodman – $18,405
Event 21 ($1,700 Purple Chip): Rafael Lima – $61,267
Event 22 ($600 Turbo NLH/PLO): Olamide Otti – $17,369
Event 23 ($600 NLH): Benson Tang – $54,655
Event 24 ($25K High Roller): Chad Eveslage – $767,577
Event 25 ($400 PLO): Stephen Moreschi – $13,125
Event 26 ($150 Multi-Flight): Dariel Martinez – $14,148
Event 27 ($400 NLH): Christopher Hill – $19,080
Event 28 ($5,000 NLH): Shannon Shorr – $296,535
Event 29 ($2,200 PLO): Anthony Zinno – $68,732

Event 28: Prize Pool and Payouts with Nearly $300K Up Top

$5,000 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 15:  2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining:  51 of 287

Even though it’s the last open day of the Poker Showdown series, players continue to set records. This time it’s the $5,000 Deep Stack one-day tournament that more than doubled the previous biggest field. It drew 287 entries to create a prize pool worth $1,363,250 prize pool, a lot of money for a one-day tournament.

2021 Showdown (April) – 287 entries
2021 LHPO (January) – 134 entries
2018 LHPO (January) – 117 entries
2018 Showdown (April) – 98 entries
2018 RRPO (November) – 95 entries

The top 36 spots will be paid with $8,320 for a min-cash, top four spots make at least $108,345, and the Event 28 champ will take home $296,535.

2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 28
$5,000 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 287
Prize Pool:  $1,363,250
April 27, 2021

1st: $296,535 + Trophy
2nd: $197,945
3rd: $145,580
4th: $108,345
5th: $81,605
6th: $62,615
7th: $48,015
8th-9th: $33,605
10th-12th: $25,760
13th-14th: $19,320
15th-16th: $15,890
17th-20th: $13,245
21st-24th: $11,190
25th-32nd: $9,585
33rd-36th: $8,320

Championship: Dinner Break Counts

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30: 100,000/200,000 with a 200,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 2,482

The dinner break hit as Richard Alsup was eliminated and the 10 remaining players have an hour to enjoy the amenities around the casino. They will return to blinds at 125,000/250,000 with a 250,000 ante and the average stack 9,925,000 (40 bb).

Table 17
Seat 1: Empty
Seat 2: Albert Calderon – 16,325,000 (65 bb)
Seat 3: Viet Vo – 7,300,000 (29 bb)
Seat 4: Arthur Conan – 7,125,000 (29 bb)
Seat 5: Empty
Seat 6: Erik Cajelais – 9,075,000 (36 bb)
Seat 7: Brekstyn Schutten – 17,025,000 (68 bb)
Seat 8: Empty

Table 18
Seat 1: Empty
Seat 2: Sonny Franco – 14,500,000 (58 bb)
Seat 3: Steven Snyder – 10,825,000 (43 bb)
Seat 4: Ken Aldridge – 8,275,000 (33 bb)
Seat 5: Zachary Vuong – 4,775,000 (19 bb)
Seat 6: Simon Tremblay – 4,100,000 (16 bb)
Seat 7: Empty
Seat 8: Empty