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Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Property Update

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.

Event 4: Nissim Gozlan — 6th Place ($4,866)

$1,100 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 21: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Heading to Players Remaining: 5 of 114

Nissim Gozlan

After losing consecutive pots to David Jackson and Michael Goldfarb, Stephen Diamantas open-shoved for 160,000. It folded to Nissim Gozlan in the big blind who called off about 50,000.

Diamantas: 3c3d
Gozlan: acqh

Runout: kctc8d5hks

Gozlan never improved and and was eliminated in sixth place.

Stephen Diamantas – 215,000 (26 bb)
Nissim Gozlan – Eliminated in 6th place ($4,866)

Event 4: Josh Hillock — 7th Place ($4,202)

$1,100 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 20: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante
Heading to Players Remaining: 6 of 114

Josh Hillock

Andrew Blake raised to 20,000 and Josh Hillock shoved the big blind for about 120,000. Blake, who owned a stack of 149,000, called and Hillock needed to improve.

Blake: thtd
Hillock: acqh

Flop: qdtc6h — Hillock paired up by Blake hit a set.

Turn: qdtc6hjs — Hillock was drawing live to Broadway.

River: qdtc6hjs2d — Hillock never improved and was eliminated in seventh place.

Andrew Blake – 293,000 (48 bb)
Josh Hillock – Eliminated in 7th place ($4,202)

Event 4: Seven-Handed Final Table

$1,100 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 20: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante
Heading to Players Remaining: 7 of 114

Seat 1: Michael Goldfarb – 287,000
Seat 2: Stephen Diamantas – 366,000
Seat 3: Josh Hillock – 114,000
Seat 4: John LeBlond – 339,000
Seat 5: Andrew Blake – 164,000
Seat 6: David Jackson – 90,000
Seat 7: Nissim Gozlan – 67,000

1st: – $32,621 + Freeroll seat
2nd: – $20,181
3rd: – $12,053
4th: – $7,741
5th: – $5,861
6th: – $4,866
7th: – $4,202

8th: John DePersio – $3,704
9th: Haibu Lu – $2,875
10th: Brett Bader – $2,875
11th: James Gilbert – $2,875
12th: Staffan Lind – $2,875
13th: Tom Allen – $2,488
14th: Arthur Morris – $2,488
15th: Francois Tosques – $2,488

Event 4: John DePersio — 8th Place ($3,704)

$1,100 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 20: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante
Heading to Players Remaining: 7 of 114

John DePersio

John DePersio raised the cutoff to 16,000 and Jean LeBlond three-bet the small blind to 38,000. DePersio shoved and LeBlond called off 150,000

LeBlond: asah
DePersio: tcth

LeBlond flopped a set and DePersio was drawing slim. He lost the pot and was left with about 20,000. He was eliminated by LeBlond two hands later.

With the bustout, seven players remain and they’re redrawing to the final table. Updated seating assignments and chip counts will be posted shortly.

John DePersio – Eliminated in 8th place ($3,704)

Event 4: First Break Update

$1,100 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Heading to Level 20: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 114

The 353,000 chips of leader Stephen Diamantas

Table 31
Seat 1: Jean LeBlond – 185,000
Seat 2: — empty —
Seat 3: Haibi Lu – 103,000
Seat 4: — empty —
Seat 5: John DePersio – 42,000
Seat 6: Michael Goldfarb – 158,000

Table 32
Seat 1: David Jackson – 126,000
Seat 2: Nissim Gozlan – 90,000
Seat 3: Josh Hillock – 208,000
Seat 4: Andrew Blake – 103,000
Seat 5: Stephen Diamantas – 353,000
Seat 6: — empty —

1st: $32,621 + Freeeroll seat
2nd: $20,181
3rd: $12,053
4th: $7,741
5th: $5,861
6th: $4,866
7th: $4,202
8th: $3,704
9th: $3,262

10th: Brett Bader – $2,875
11th: James Gilbert – $2,875
12th: Staffan Lind – $2,875
13th: Tom Allen – $2,488
14th: Arthur Morris – $2,488
15th: Francois Tosques – $2,488

Event 4: Brett Bader — 10th Place ($2,875)

$1,100 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 19: 2,500/5,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 114

Brett Bader

Brett Bader shoved from the cutoff and Michael Goldfarb called from the big blind. Bader claimed jc8c and was live against Goldfarb’s ah7c. The flop improved Bader, falling 9s8s6h giving him a pair. The turn 7s gave Goldfarb a worse pair and he headed to the river needing to improve to bust Bader.

River: ac

Fifth street gave Goldfarb aces up and Bader hit the rail in 10th place.

Michael Goldfarb – 172,000 (34 bb)
Brett Bader – Eliminated in 10th place ($2,875)

Event 4: Staffan Lind — 12th Place ($2,875)

$1,100 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 18: 2,000/4,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 11 of 114

Staffan Lind moves all-in for 41,000

Staffan Lind jammed for 41,000 from late position and Michael Goldfarb debated a call from the button. After the 41,000, he had just about 20,000 behind. He cut the call out of his stack and pushed it in the middle. The blinds folded and Lind was racing for his tournament life.

Goldfarb: 7c7d
Lind: khth

The runout

The dealer burned and turned blanks and Lind was eliminated in 12the place.

Michael Goldfard – 110,000 (27 bb)
Staffan Lind – Eliminated in 12th place ($2,875)

Event 4: Final Two Tables

$1,100 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 17: 1,500/3,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 12 of 114

Following three quick Day 2 eliminations, the final 12 players consolidated to two tables. Here’s a look at the new setup followed by the remaining payouts and updated results:

Table 31

Seat 1: Jean LeBlond
Seat 2: Brett Bader
Seat 3: Haibu Lu
Seat 4: Staffan Lind
Seat 5: John DePersio
Seat 6: Michael Goldfarb

Table 32

Seat 1: David Jackson
Seat 2: Nissim Gozlan
Seat 3: Josh Hillock
Seat 4: Andrew Blake
Seat 5: Stephen Diamantas
Seat 6: James Gilbert

1st: $32,621 + Freeeroll seat
2nd: $20,181
3rd: $12,053
4th: $7,741
5th: $5,861
6th: $4,866
7th: $4,202
8th: $3,704
9th: $3,262
10th-12th: $2,875

13th: Tom Allen – $2,488
14th: Arthur Morris – $2,488
15th: Francois Tosques – $2,488

Event 4: Francois Tosques — 15th Place ($2,488)

$1,100 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 17: 1,500/3,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 14 of 114

Francois Tosques (left) and Brett Bader (right)

In a blind-versus-blind battle, Francois Tosques shoved for just over 40,000 into Brett Bader. Bader called putting Tosques at risk.

Bader: asth
Tosques: 8h6c

Runout: adqs8cqc9c

Both players hit a pair, but Bader’s aces were best. Tosques was eliminated in 15th place.

Francois Tosques – Elimninated in 15th place ($2,488)

David DiBernardi Pockets $1,421/Hour in Seminole Hard Rock Turbo

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, FL
Event 3
$300 Deep Stack Turbo
Entries: 204
Prize Pool: $50,020
March 19, 2017


(Hollywood, FL) — David DiBernardi became the second champion of the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Sunday night in Hollywood, Florida. The 24-year-old Youngstown, Ohio resident defeated a field of 204 entries in Event 3, a $300 Deep Stack Turbo tournament, winning $12,797 along with a freeroll seat.

The event lived up to its name, narrowing from over 200 starters to just one remaining over the course of about nine hours. The bubble burst following a double elimination with 27 players left. Lawrence Klur went home 27th and Anton Serkov went home 26th earning $194 and $195 respectively. Those following them to the rail included Jordan Meltzer (24th, $481), Daniel Silva (22nd, $481) and Matthew Zarcadoolas (17th, $780).

By the time play narrowed to the 10-handed final table, the average stack was hovering around 10 big blinds. David Bradshaw, who burst onto the Seminole scene late in 2016 winning the Winter Poker Open Championship in Tampa for more than $150,000, lead the way and headlined the action. Play sped along and the field leveled as the blinds continued to grow. Dror Hazaz busted 10th, Joe Verrastro ninth, Eric Piderit eighth and Jeremy Goureau seventh. With a big blind of 80,000, Bradshaw got his last 140,000 in the pot preflop and came up second best. He busted sixth and was followed to the rail by Roberto Berrocal, David Shmuel and Manuel Amaro.

It was Michael Lemanski who dueled DiBernardi heads up. Lemanski owned the advantage to start, but DiBernardi picked up aces and doubled after Lemanski flopped a lower pair. From there, DiBernardi outdrew Lemanski’s ace-king holding ace-six on a 7-6-6- flop. The fateful hand ended the event and saw Lemanski earn $8,881 for his runner-up finish.

DiBernardi’s victory and five-figure score translated into hourly earnings of just over $1,420. The win marked his second major Seminole title complementing his first which came during the 2016 Coco Poker Open in Coconut Creek.

Event 3 final results:

1st: David DiBernardi – $12,797 + Freeroll Seat
2nd: Michael Lemanski – $8,881
3rd: Manuel Amaro – $5,332
4th: David Shmuel – $3,243
5th: Roberto Berrocal – $2,505
6th: David Bradshaw – $2,076
7th: Jeremy Goureau – $1,769
8th: Eric Piderit – $1,524
9th: Joe Verrastro – $1,280
10th: Dror Hazaz – $1,113
11th: Jason Marshman – $1,113
12th: Jonathan Marks – $1,113
13th: Igor Merda – $947
14th: Courtland Twyman – $947
15th: Roberto Bendeck – $947
16th: Jeffrey Silverstein – $780
17th: Matthew Zarcadoolas – $780
18th: Manfred Rosenow – $780
19th: Kiarrash Amrooei – $624
20th: Emory Oese-Siegel – $624
21st: Tanya Kirk – $624
22nd: Daniel Silva – $481
23rd: Andrew Pacifico – $481
24th: Jordan Meltzer – $481
25th: Thomas Marciano – $389
26th: Anton Serkov – $195
27th: Lawrence Klur – $194

Event 3 was the third of 31 events on the 2017 SHRP Showdown schedule. The series headliners include the $3,500 buy-in $2,000,000 guaranteed Championship, the $10,000 buy-in $2,000,000 WPT Finale and $25,500 and $50,000 High Rollers.

Event 3: David DiBernardi Wins Turbo ($12,797); Michael Lemanski Runner-Up ($8,881)

$300 Deep Stack Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)
Level 32: 75,000/150,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 1 of 204

David DiBernardi

David DiBernardi earned the chip lead after picking up aces and doubling. A few hands later, he was on the button holding kc6s against the adks of Michael Lemanski. Lemanski was at risk but had a big lead in the hand. A 7d6d6c flop ended that as DiBernardi improved to trips. The 4s turn didn’t improve either player and neither did the qs river. DiBernardi’s trips were best and he eliminated Lemanski in second for $8,881.

For the victory, DiBernardi pocketed $12,797 along with a seat in the WPT Finale/Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship freeroll.

Michael Lemanski

A full report on the event will be posted later this evening. In the meantime, here’s a look at the final results:

1st: David DiBernardi – $12,797 + Freeroll Seat
2nd: Michael Lemanski – $8,881
3rd: Manuel Amaro – $5,332
4th: David Shmuel – $3,243
5th: Roberto Berrocal – $2,505
6th: David Bradshaw – $2,076
7th: Jeremy Goureau – $1,769
8th: Eric Piderit – $1,524
9th: Joe Verrastro – $1,280
10th: Dror Hazaz – $1,113
11th: Jason Marshman – $1,113
12th: Jonathan Marks – $1,113
13th: Igor Merda – $947
14th: Courtland Twyman – $947
15th: Roberto Bendeck – $947
16th: Jeffrey Silverstein – $780
17th: Matthew Zarcadoolas – $780
18th: Manfred Rosenow – $780
19th: Kiarrash Amrooei – $624
20th: Emory Oese-Siegel – $624
21st: Tanya Kirk – $624
22nd: Daniel Silva – $481
23rd: Andrew Pacifico – $481
24th: Jordan Meltzer – $481
25th: Thomas Marciano – $389
26th: Anton Serkov – $195
27th: Lawrence Klur – $194

Event 3: David Shmuel — 4th Place ($3,243)

$300 Deep Stack Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)
Level 30: 50,00/100,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 204

David Shmuel

David DiBernardi raised the cutoff to 200,000 and David Shmuel jammed the small blind for about 500,000. DiBernardi called and tabled qcts. He was ahead of the qd5d of Shmuel.

The runout didn’t change a thing and Shmuel busted in fourth place.

David Shmuel – Eliminated in fourth place ($3,243)

Event 3: Roberto Berrocal — 5th Place ($2,505)

$300 Deep Stack Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)
Level 30: 50,00/100,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 204

Roberto Berrocal

David Shmuel raised to 200,000 and Roberto Berrocal shoved from the button. It was on Michael Lemanski in the big blind and he shoved for more. Shmuel called putting both at risk.

Shmuel: 7c7d
Lemanski: adqh
Berrocal: asts

The runout brought four diamonds and Lemanski’s ace-high flush was best. He doubled through Shmuel and eliminated Berrocal in fifth place.

Roberto Berrocal – Eliminated in fifth place ($2,505)