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Event 43: Filipp Khavin – 4th Place ($77,250)

$10,000 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 111

Filipp Khavin
Filipp Khavin

Ed Sebesta moved all in from the small blind for about 430,000, and Filipp Khavin thought for a bit before calling all in from the big blind for about 150,000 with 8s6d.

Sebesta turned over QhJs, and Khavin needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came Jc10s4s5s2d, and Sebesta won the pot with a pair of jacks to eliminate Khavin in fourth place.

Ed Sebesta  –  605,000  (24 bb)
Filipp Khavin  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($77,250)

The final three players are guaranteed at least $118,280 each.

Event 43: Stephen Song – 5th Place ($59,675)

$10,000 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 111

Stephen Song
Stephen Song

In the first hand after the break, with the blinds increased to 15,000-25,000, Stephen Song completed the small blind to 25,000, Brandon Lulov raised from the big blind to 80,000, and Song thought for a bit before moving all in for about 500,000.

Lulov called with AdJc, but Song turned over JsJh. Song needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The board came As9h7sKd8s, and Lulov paired his ace on the flop to win the pot and eliminate Song in fifth place.

Brandon Lulov  –  1,460,000  (58 bb)
Stephen Song  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($59,675)

The final four players are guaranteed at least $77,250 each.

Sergio Aido Outlasts a Massive Field of 1,110 to Win the 2022 SHRPO Championship for $900,100

2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
$5,300 SHRPO Championship (Re-Entry)
$3,000,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  1,110
Prize Pool:  $5,383,500
August 5-9, 2022

Sergio Aido
2022 SHRPO Champion Sergio Aido Surrounded by Friends

There were 1,110 entries in the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship, enough to smash the $3 million guarantee and create a massive prizepool worth $5,383,500.

On Monday night they got down to the seven-handed final table, with all seven players guaranteed at least $154,185 each. They then played down to a winner on Tuesday on a live-stream broadcast by Poker Night in America.

In a final table that lasted more than nine hours, Sergio Aido was the last player standing to win the title, the iconic Guitar Tower-shaped trophy, and $900,100.

“As you can expect with 90-minute levels,” said Aido, “there was plenty of play. I’m very happy with how I played.”

Justin Liberto began the day as chipleader with a whopping 136 big blinds, but the long final table had taken a toll on his chip stack, and with four players left, he got it all in with AdQs against Aido’s 9s9h. Liberto failed to improve, and he was out in fourth place, earning $305,955. (Click here for more details.)

Chris Brewer started the final table second in chips with 97 big blinds, and made it all the way to the final three. Brewer got it all in preflop with Ah10c, but never caught up to Jim Collopy’s 9h9d. Brewer finished third to earn $412,375. (Click here for more details.)

Collopy began heads-up play with the lead over Aido, but Aido cracked Collopy’s queens on a double-paired board to double up to a nearly 3-to-1 chip lead. (Click here for more details.)

Collopy was never able to recover from that deficit, but he went out on his own terms on a board of Kc6c5h4c10h. Collopy held the Ac5d, but with action on every street, a lowly pair of fives wasn’t likely to be the best hand.

Aido had turned a flush with Qc10c, but checked the river to Collopy, who tanked for a while before bluffing all in. Aido snap-called with his flush to win the trophy, the title, and the $900,100 first prize. (Click here for more details on the final hand.)

Aido is originally from Spain, and you know he must have an impressive poker resume when this $900,100 prize is only his third largest. He finished fourth last week in Event 30, the $50,000 Super High Roller, and this victory will put Aido over $14 million in career earnings.

Aido has played in some of our big events here at Seminole Hard Rock over the past two years, and we might be seeing more of him in the future.

“Now I’m living in Mexico,” said Aido. “It’s closer to Miami, and I think this stop will be in my schedule in the following months. So I will be back for sure.”


Final Results:

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1SergioAido$900,100
2JimCollopy$614,775
3ChrisBrewer$412,375
4JustinLiberto$305,955
5RaulHernandez$231,060
6UgisSteinman$186,200
7RyanGianquitti$154,185
8JamesMackey$122,260
9MikeKilker$90,650
10MikeLiang$90,650
11AndrewMoreno$69,600
12MitchellHalverson$69,600
13TimCapretta$54,920
14MattAffleck$54,920
15JeanMimy$54,920
16MartinZamani$44,685
17OleksandrGnatenko$44,685
18JoeMcKeehen$44,685
19GregoryAnda$36,555
20VitalijsZavorotnijs$36,555
21MichaelLaufer$36,555
22AndrewHeckman$30,150
23LukeGraham$30,150
24TaylorWilson$30,150
25RobertoAlberro$26,485
26NicAgnew$26,485
27JasonWandling$26,485
28AndrewOstapchenko$23,255
29EspenJorstad$23,255
30CherishAndrews$23,255
31MatthewWantman$23,255
32SebastienGrax$23,255
33FrankLagodich$23,255
34StanleyLee$23,255
35TonySinishtaj$23,255
36DimitryAgrachov$23,255
37NabilCardoso$20,025
38KharlinSued$20,025
39AnesKovacevic$20,025
40BorisKravets$20,025
41StewartNewman$20,025
42MeladMarji$20,025
43EthanYau$20,025
44MitchGarshofsky$20,025
45WagnerWysotchanski$20,025
46RichardSimpkins$17,875
47AlexFoxen$17,875
48SergioGiha$17,875
49MichaelJozoff$17,875
50SteveKarp$17,875
51GastonMiculitzki$17,875
52YuliaLisichkina$17,875
53ChristianHarder$17,875
54VincentChauve$17,875
55RajVohra$16,205
56JoeyWeissman$16,205
57YueWang$16,205
58DeonarineItwaru$16,205
59AaronMassey$16,205
60ClaudioPiedrabuena$16,205
61DylanSmith$16,205
62HowardMash$16,205
63JonathanJaffe$16,205
64JosephPetrolino$15,125
65CarlosRodriguez$15,125
66RanganathKanchi$15,125
67IvanSaul$15,125
68AlainBauer$15,125
69ScottZakheim$15,125
70KevinBlewitt$15,125
71RyanRoussel$15,125
72AsherConniff$15,125
73ElioFox$14,050
74CarlosGuerrero$14,050
75NathanRussler$14,050
76TylerRueger$14,050
77BrandonCaputo$14,050
78A.J.Gambino$14,050
79RyanVan Sanford$14,050
80MaximinoRamirez Lopez$14,050
81JonBrody$14,050
82MarcEvanier$12,975
83TaylorHart$12,975
84RogertTeska$12,975
85IgnacioMoron$12,975
86DannyWong$12,975
87ZacharyDuce$12,975
88AbrahamFaroni$12,975
89DavidJackson$12,975
90CesarFuentes$12,975
91AnthonySpinella$11,950
92DamasoBenalcazar$11,950
93MattGlantz$11,950
94JesseCohen$11,950
95MandyCalara$11,950
96CarlosBermudez$11,950
97MaxKingstone$11,950
98KennethFishman$11,950
99FilippKhavin$11,950
100MichaelNewman$10,925
101MinhPhan$10,925
102ArianStolt$10,925
103VladimirVasilyev$10,925
104ChristopherMills$10,925
105NickSchulman$10,925
106NickPalma$10,925
107DavidMzareulov$10,925
108KurtLichtman$10,925
109JordanKasimow$9,910
110CoreyHochman$9,910
111DavidCastranova$9,910
112JonathanLittle$9,910
113TomThomas$9,910
114JasonMarshman$9,910
115MattStout$9,910
116JamesGilbert$9,910
117MichaelElbilia$9,910
118OsmanIhlamur$8,995
119JustinZaki$8,995
120XiaoyanWang$8,995
121BrockWilson$8,995
122MichaelNugent$8,995
123DavidDatashvili$8,995
124AaronSchaff$8,995
125WillFailla$8,995
126AndyPark$8,995
127JohnOwen$8,115
128MiguelHernandez$8,115
129$8,115
130SchneurBorenstein$8,115
131TonyCousineau$8,115
132VadimShlez$8,115
133TarunGulati$8,115
134AaronRosenthal$8,115
135YuvalBronshtein$8,115
136MichaelGarcia$8,115
137MichaelDuek$8,115
138AnthonyZinno$8,115
139MatthewMcDowell$8,115

Championship: Sergio Aido Wins the SHRPO Championship! ($900,100); Jim Collopy Finishes as Runner-Up ($614,775)

$5,300 SHRPO Championship (Re-Entry)
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 32:  150,000/300,000 with a 300,000 ante
Players Remaining:  1 of 1,110

Sergio Aido
SHRPO Champion Sergio Aido

Jim Collopy raised from the button to 750,000, and Sergio Aido called.

The flop came Kc6c5h, Aido checked, Collopy bet 600,000, and Aido check-raised to 1,850,000. Collopy called.

The turn card was the 4c, Aido bet 1,800,000, and Collopy called.

The river card was the 10h, Aido checked, and Collopy tanked for a while before he moved all in for 12,300,000.

Aido quickly called, and Collopy showed Ac5d for a pair of fives. But Aido turned over Qc10c to win the pot — and the Guitar Tower trophy — with a queen-high club flush.

Jim Collopy finished as the runner-up, earning $614,775.

Sergio Aido won the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship, earning $900,100 and the amazing trophy in the shape of the iconic Guitar Tower here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood.

Congratulations to Sergio Aido!

1st:  Sergio Aido  –  $900,100 + Guitar Tower Trophy
2nd:  Jim Collopy  –  $614,775
3rd:  Chris Brewer  –  $412,375
4th:  Justin Liberto  –  $305,955
5th:  Raul Hernandez  –  $231,060
6th:  Ugis Steinman  –  $186,200
7th:  Ryan Gianquitti  –  $154,185

Jim Collopy
Jim Collopy

Championship: Sergio Aido Doubles Thru Jim Collopy

$5,300 SHRPO Championship (Re-Entry)
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 32:  150,000/300,000 with a 300,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 1,110

Sergio Aido
Sergio Aido

Sergio Aido raised from the button to 700,000, Jim Collopy reraised to 2,700,000, and Aido called.

The flop came Jh6h6s, Collopy bet 1,900,000, and Aido called.

The turn card was the Js, Collopy checked, Aido bet 2,500,000, and Collopy called.

The river card was the 5h, Collopy checked, Aido moved all in for 9,075,000, and Collopy called with QhQd for two pair, queens and jacks.

But Aido turned over AhJd to win the pot with a full house, jacks full of sixes, and double up in chips.

Sergio Aido  –  32,650,000  (109 bb)
Jim Collopy  –  11,750,000  (39 bb)

1st:  $900,100 + Guitar Tower Trophy
2nd:  $614,775