October Big Stack Special Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood Hollywood, Florida $130 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guaranteed Entries: 1,409 Prize Pool: $140,900 October 16-20, 2019
Registration closed on the October Big Stack Special and the seven starting flights combined to attract 1,409 entries. They created a prize pool worth $140,900, a clear passing of the $100,000 Guarantee, and the last 81 places will make some money.
A min-cash earns $352 while the October Big Stack Special champ walks away with $35,023.
Seminole Turnpike Series Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood Seminole Casino Coconut Creek Hollywood/Coconut Creek, Florida $250 Buy-In No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $250,000 Guaranteed Entries: 1,218 Prize Pool: $255,780 October 9-13, 2019
The 2019 Seminole Turnpike Series was another great success. The tournament was a collaboration between Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood and Seminole Casino Coconut Creek with starting flights running in both rooms. They combined to put 1,218 entries into the game and SHR regular David Moreno walked away with the title and $30,187.
The tournament had a $250,000 guaranteed prize pool and it was pushed up to $255,780 by the time registration closed. Each starting flight finished when 10% of the field remained and the 127 players who returned to Hollywood on Sunday were in the money.
Moreno held the chip lead at the final table when the last seven players decided to make a deal to divide up the remaining prize pool. He took the $30,187 top prize and earned his first recorded tournament win.
Congratulations to David and thanks to all Hollywood and Coconut Creek players for another great run.
Final table results:
1st: David Moreno – $30,187 * 2nd: Carlos Torres Vazquez – $23,253 * 3rd: Carter Brock – $20,231 * 4th: Thomas Curtis – $18,626 * 5th: Angelo Miele – $18,176 * 6th: Blake Robbins – $13,557 * 7th: Shariff Nassar – $12,245 8th: Peguy Michel – $5,852 9th: Brian Wilson – $4,371 * – Denotes results of a seven-way deal
2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Florida Event 23 $25,500 SHRPO Big 4 High Roller (Re-Entry) $2,000,000 Guaranteed Entries: 115 Prize Pool: $2,840,500 August 12-13, 2019
The 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open finished off the series with The Big 4 tournaments and final tables. The $25,500 High Roller attracted some of the best players in the world and it was four-time WSOP bracelet winner Shaun Deeb taking the title along with $778,300 after defeating Albert Daher heads-up.
“Winning these fields is so tough,” Deeb said after. “There are a lot of soft spots at the start of the tournament, but you look at these final tables and everyone played great.”
“I got a lot of chips early, I ran perfect, won every key all in — Won like three flips.”
The High Roller is always popular and this year was no different. It drew 115 entries to easily surpass the $2,000,000 guaranteed prize pool and put $2,840,500 up for grabs. The field was packed with top pros competing for the trophy and a lot of money.
Defending champion Jake Schindler tried to repeat but fell short of the money with 16 getting paid. SHRPO $50,000 Super High Roller champion Jason Mercier was in contention for another win, but he went out in ninth place to set the Big 4 High Roller live-stream final table.
Andy Andrejevic returned for the last day with the chip lead and Deeb not far behind. Day 2 of the tournament did not go well for Andrejevic,though, and he had to settle for a fourth-place finish.
Deeb continued to dominate the final table and only trailed for a short time when the last three players went into a long grind with very deep stacks.
“It was just crazy. I got very lucky,” Deeb said. “I just made the nuts every hand. In an edited broadcast, you don’t see how often I had it, but these guys were great players who were so frustrated because I only had to bluff like twice all day.”
“It’s crazy to have the best hand that often. I know how unlikely that is, so I’m just so happy.”
WPT Champions Club member Olivier Busquet was eliminated in third place when he made the same pair as Deeb but was outkicked. Deeb’s heads-up match with Daher did not last long and ended when Deeb won an all-in preflop race with a timely river.
Daher earned $545,375 for his runner-up finish which goes nicely with his seventh-place finish in the $50,000 Super High Roller.
Deeb finished off the win a year after he was in the same position as Daher. He made second-place money in the 2018 SHRPO Big 4 High Roller but closed it out this time around.
Deeb is a regular in all of our big tournaments, loves our property, rooms, and games.
“Honestly, the staff — They have the best dealers. They pay their staff right, they take care of the players,” Deeb said about the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood staff. “It’s everyone’s favorite stop, and that’s saying something.”
“They put on the greatest customer experience, they take care of the staff from top to bottom, it’s just perfect.”
Deeb earned the High Roller title not long after his close friend Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy won our $2,650 Pot Limit Omaha trophy. They posed in each the other’s winner photo and plan to have a nice celebration this evening.
“We are going to go back (to Kuro),” Deeb laughed. “Cliff Josephy just won one of the side events, so there’s going to be a picture floating online of me sitting in his lap, so I’m excited to return the favor now.”
“He said he was going first and now it’s my turn.”
Congratulations to Shaun Deeb on the High Roller win and thanks, as always, to our very loyal players.
High Roller results:
1st: Shaun Deeb – $778,300 + SHRPO Trophy 2nd: Albert Daher – $545,375 3rd: Olivier Busquet – $340,860 4th: Andy Andrejevic – $235,760 5th: TK Miles – $150,545 6th: Josh Ray – $110,780 7th: Jake Schwartz – $90,895 8th: Matthew Wantman – $76,695 9th: Jason Mercier – $73,855 10th: Ali Imsirovic – $71,015 11th: Jim Collopy – $68,170 12th: Chris Johnson – $65,330 13th: Sam Soverel – $62,490 14th: Mark Eddleman – $59,650 15th: Richard Lee – $56,810 16th: Daniel Strelitz – $53,970
$25,500 SHRPO Big 4 High Roller (Re-Entry) $2,000,000 Guaranteed | Payouts | Live Stream Level 21: 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Albert Daher limped from his button, Shaun Deeb raised all-in, and Daher called at risk for 1,350,000.
It was a race for the High Roller title and Daher needed his pair to hold to double. Daher faded the flop but Deeb added a double belly buster draw. The turn gave Deeb twenty river outs and the turn gave him the hand, all the chips, and the High Roller title.
1st: Shaun Deeb – $778,300 + SHRPO Trophy 2nd: Albert Daher – $545,375
$25,500 SHRPO Big 4 High Roller (Re-Entry) $2,000,000 Guaranteed | Payouts | Live Stream Level 21: 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante Player Remaining: 2 of 115
Albert Daher opened to 150,000 from his button and Deeb called to see the flop. Deeb checked, Daher bet 125,000 and Deeb called.
Both players checked the turn and the river was . Deeb bet 350,000, Daher called, and Deeb showed to get a muck from Daher.
A few hands later, Daher opened to 175,000 from the button and Deeb called. The flop was , Deeb checked, and Daher checked. The turn was and both players checked. The river was , Deeb bet 1,175,000 and Daher called.
Deeb tabled for sevens full and won another big pot.
Shaun Deeb – 9,700,000 (162 bb) Albert Daher – 1,800,000 (30 bb)