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Seminole Turnpike Series — $250 buy-in, $250K Gtd Wednesday-Sunday

Starting flights take place simultaneously at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood and Seminole Casino Coconut Creek — Day 2 takes place Sunday at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood

Wednesday, June 19th

11am: Flight A – $250 Buy-In No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $250 buy-in, $250,000 guaranteed
  • 20,000 chips and 30-minute levels
  • Registration and re-entry available until the start of Level 9 (about 3:30pm)
  • Day 1 concludes at 10% of the field, rounding up
  • All Day 2 players are in the money
  • Day 2 Sunday, June 23rd at 12pm at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood

6pm: Flight B – $250 Buy-In No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $250 buy-in, $250,000 guaranteed
  • 20,000 chips and 30-minute levels
  • Registration and re-entry available until the start of Level 9 (about 10:30pm)
  • Day 1 concludes at 10% of the field, rounding up
  • All Day 2 players are in the money
  • Day 2 Sunday, June 23rd at 12pm at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood
Thursday, June 20th

11am: Flight C – $250 Buy-In No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $250 buy-in, $250,000 guaranteed
  • 20,000 chips and 30-minute levels
  • Registration and re-entry available until the start of Level 9 (about 3:30pm)
  • Day 1 concludes at 10% of the field, rounding up
  • All Day 2 players are in the money
  • Day 2 Sunday, June 23rd at 12pm at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood

6pm: Flight D – $250 Buy-In No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $250 buy-in, $250,000 guaranteed
  • 20,000 chips and 30-minute levels
  • Registration and re-entry available until the start of Level 9 (about 10:30pm)
  • Day 1 concludes at 10% of the field, rounding up
  • All Day 2 players are in the money
  • Day 2 Sunday, June 23rd at 12pm at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood
Friday, June 21st

11am: Flight E – $250 Buy-In No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $250 buy-in, $250,000 guaranteed
  • 20,000 chips and 30-minute levels
  • Registration and re-entry available until the start of Level 9 (about 3:30pm)
  • Day 1 concludes at 10% of the field, rounding up
  • All Day 2 players are in the money
  • Day 2 Sunday, June 23rd at 12pm at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood
Saturday, June 22nd

11am: Flight E – $250 Buy-In No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $250 buy-in, $250,000 guaranteed
  • 20,000 chips and 30-minute levels
  • Registration and re-entry available until the start of Level 9 (about 3:30pm)
  • Day 1 concludes at 10% of the field, rounding up
  • All Day 2 players are in the money
  • Day 2 Sunday, June 23rd at 12pm at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood
Sunday, June 23rd

12pm: Day 2 – $250 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • Day 2 takes place at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood

2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Schedule

Trophy Event Schedule:

EventDayDateTimeBuy-InTournament DescriptionStructure
1AThu1-Aug11AM$600Deep Stack NLH Flight A (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTDStructure
1BThu1-Aug6PM$600Deep Stack NLH Flight B (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTDStructure
1CFri2-Aug11AM$600Deep Stack NLH Flight C (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTDStructure
1DFri2-Aug6PM$600Deep Stack NLH Flight D (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTDStructure
1ESat3-Aug11AM$600Deep Stack NLH Flight E (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTDStructure
1FSat3-Aug6PM$600Deep Stack NLH Flight F (Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTDStructure
1Sun4-Aug1PM--Day 2--
2Thu1-Aug12PM$400Omaha 8 or Better (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTD - One Day EventStructure
3Fri2-Aug12PM$400H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry) - One Day EventStructure
4Sat3-Aug12PM$400PLO 8 (Re-Entry) - One Day EventStructure
5Sun4-Aug12PM$400Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD - One Day EventStructure
6Sun4-Aug3PM$1,700 Purple Chip Bounty (Single Re-Entry) - $100,000 GTDStructure
6Mon5-Aug2PM--Day 2--
7Mon5-Aug11AM$400Seniors 50+ (Re-Entry) - One Day EventStructure
8Mon5-Aug12PM$400Big Stack Black Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTD - One Day EventStructure
9Mon5-Aug3PM$400PLO (Re-Entry) - One Day EventStructure
10Mon5-Aug6PM$150Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTD - $5,250 Championship Seat Added - One Day EventStructure
11Tue6-Aug11AM$600Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $100,000 GTD - One Day EventStructure
12Tue6-Aug12PM$400Big O (Re-Entry) - One Day EventStructure
13Tue6-Aug3PM$400Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Single Re-Entry) - One Day EventStructure
14Tue6-Aug5PM$1,100 Eight-Handed Turbo NLH (Freeze-Out) - One Day EventStructure
15Wed7-Aug12PM$2,200 Eight-Handed NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $200,000 GTD - One Day EventStructure
16Wed7-Aug7PM$300Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic - One Day Charity EventStructure
17Thu8-Aug12PM$1,100 Six-Max Big Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $100,000 GTD - One Day EventStructure
18Thu8-Aug1PM$50,000 Super High Roller NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTD - Held in Salon EastStructure
18Fri9-Aug1PM--Day 2--
19Thu8-Aug3PM$400Six-Max PLO (Single Re-Entry) - One Day EventStructure
20AFri9-Aug11AM$5,250 SHRPO Championship Day 1A (Single Re-Entry) - $3,000,000 GTDStructure
20BSat10-Aug11AM$5,250 SHRPO Championship Day 1B (Single Re-Entry) - $3,000,000 GTDStructure
20Sun11-Aug12PM--Day 2--
20Mon12-Aug12PM--Day 3--
20Tue13-Aug1PM--Final Table Televised and Live Streamed as Part of The Big 4--
21Sun11-Aug2PM$2,650 NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $1,000,000 GTDStructure
21Mon12-Aug12PM--Day 2--
21Tue13-Aug1PM--Final Table Televised and Live Streamed as Part of The Big 4--
22Mon12-Aug11AM$1,100 NLH (Re-Entry) - $500,000 GTDStructure
22Tue13-Aug1PM--Final Table Televised and Live Streamed as Part of The Big 4--
23Mon12-Aug12PM$25,500 High Roller (Re-Entry) - $2,000,000 GTD - Held in Salon EastStructure
23Tue13-Aug1PM--Final Table Televised and Live Streamed as Part of The Big 4--
24ASun11-Aug5PM$150NLH Day 1A (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTDStructure
24BMon12-Aug5PM$150NLH Day 1B (Re-Entry) - $50,000 GTDStructure
24Tue13-Aug5PM--Day 2 - Held in the Poker Room--
25Mon12-Aug6PM$2,650 PLO (Re-Entry)Structure
25Tue13-Aug3PM--Day 2 - Held in the Poker Room--
26Tue13-Aug11AM$400Deep Stack Turbo (Re-Entry) - $30,000 GTD - Held in Salon East - One Day EventStructure
27Tue13-Aug12PM$10,000 NLH (Re-Entry) - $500,000 GTD - Held in Salon East - One Day EventStructure

Secondary Event Schedule:

EventDayDateTimeBuy-InTournament DescriptionStructure
28Thu1-Aug9AM$80Turbo Mega Satellite into Event #1 ($600/$1M) (1 in 10) -2 Seats GTD (Held in Poker Room)Structure
29Thu1-Aug3PM$200Multi Satellite into Any $600 Event & Event #22 (1 in 10) - 4 Pkgs GTDStructure
30Thu1-Aug8PM$140Turbo Mega Satellite into Event #1 (1 in 5) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
31Fri2-Aug9AM$80Turbo Mega Satellite into Event #1 ($600/$1M) (1 in 10) -2 Seats GTD (Held in Poker Room)Structure
32Fri2-Aug3PM$200Multi Satellite into Any $600 Event & Event #22 (1 in 10) - 4 Pkgs GTDStructure
33Fri2-Aug8PM$140Turbo Mega Satellite into Event #1 (1 in 5) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
34Sat3-Aug9AM$80Turbo Mega Satellite into Event #1 ($600/$1M) (1 in 10) -2 Seats GTD (Held in Poker Room)Structure
35Sat3-Aug3PM$150Double Green Chip Bounty NLH (RE) - $570 Championship Mega Satellite Seat ADDEDStructure
36Sat3-Aug8PM$570Turbo Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
37Sun4-Aug12PM$200Turbo Mega Satellite into Event #6 Purple Chip Bounty (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
38Sun4-Aug5PM$300Turbo Event #21 Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
39Sun4-Aug8PM$570Turbo Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
40Mon5-Aug9AM$130Turbo Mega Satellite into Any $1,100 Event (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTD (Held in Poker Room)Structure
41Mon5-Aug8PM$550Turbo MULTI Satellite into Event #21 and 22 Plus $1,250 Cash (1 in 10) - 2 Pkgs GTDStructure
42Tue6-Aug9AM$130Turbo Mega Satellite into Any $1,100 Event (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTD (Held in Poker Room)Structure
43Tue6-Aug8PM$570Turbo Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
44Wed7-Aug9AM$130Turbo Mega Satellite into Any $1,100 Event (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTD (Held in Poker Room)Structure
45Wed7-Aug11AM$570Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 20 Seats GTDStructure
46Wed7-Aug3PM$570Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 10 Seats GTDStructure
47Wed7-Aug6PM$5,100 Mega Satellite into the Super High Roller - 1 Seat GTDStructure
48Wed7-Aug8PM$570Turbo Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
49Thu8-Aug9AM$140Turbo Championship Step Satellite (1 in 5) - 2 Seats GTD (Held in Poker Room)Structure
50Thu8-Aug11AM$570Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 20 Seats GTDStructure
51Thu8-Aug3PM$570Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 10 Seats GTDStructure
52Thu8-Aug6PM$570Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 5 Seats GTDStructure
53Thu8-Aug8PM$570Turbo Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
54Fri9-Aug10AM$555Super Turbo Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 1 Seat GTDStructure
55Fri9-Aug3PM$570Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 10 Seats GTDStructure
56Fri9-Aug8PM$570Turbo Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 5 Seats GTDStructure
57Fri9-Aug10:30PM$555Super Turbo Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 1 Seat GTDStructure
58Sat10-Aug10AM$555Super Turbo Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 1 Seat GTDStructure
59Sat10-Aug3PM$300Mega Satellite into Event #21 (1 in 10) - 10 Seats GTDStructure
60Sat10-Aug8PM$300Turbo Mega Satellite into Event #21 (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
61Sat10-Aug10:30PM$2,625 Super Turbo Event #23 Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 1 Seat GTDStructure
62Sun11-Aug10AM$300Turbo Mega Satellite into Event #21 (1 in 10) - 1 Seat GTDStructure
63Sun11-Aug4PM$140Mega Satellite into Event #22 (1 in 10) - 10 Seats GTDStructure
64Sun11-Aug7PM$2,650 Mega Satellite into Event #23 (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
65Sun11-Aug8PM$140Turbo Mega Satellite into Event #22 (1 in 10) - 5 Seats GTDStructure
66Mon12-Aug9AM$140Turbo Mega Satellite into Event #22 (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTD (Held in Poker Room)Structure
67Mon12-Aug7PM$1,050 Mega Satellite into Event #27 (1 in 10) - 5 Seats GTDStructure
68Mon12-Aug10:30PM$1,030 Super Turbo Event #27 Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 1 Seat GTDStructure
69Tue13-Aug10AM$1,030 Super Turbo Event #72 Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 1 Seat GTD (Held in Poker Room)Structure
70Tue13-Aug12PM$1,030 Last Chance Super Turbo Event #27 Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 1 Seat GTDStructure

Big Stack Special: Engjell Rroshi Outlasts 1,360, Victorious to the Tune of $15K Payout

Big Stack Special
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
$130 Buy-In No Limit Hold’em
$100,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 1,360
Prize Pool: $136,000
June 5-9, 2019

June 2019 Big Stack Special champion, Engjell Rroshi

June 2019 Big Stack Special final results:

FINISHNAMEPRIZE
1ENGJELL RROSHI$15,768
2DANIEL RESTREPO$15,122
3TAMARA GOLDSHTEYN$11,696
4DEVIN WEINBERG$11,428
5STEPHEN IBRAHIM$11,360
6MANUEL JO$10,516
7CLIFFORD CONNERS$9,056
8DOUGLAS LOVELACE$7,126
9GLEN CANELSTEIN$1,850
10EGILS UPITIS$1,333
11MATTHEW GALLEN$1,333
12ARTHUR EUAS$1,333
13ERIK GUZMAN$1,061
14JOSEPH KEARNS$1,061
15JUAN FERRER$1,061
16MICHAEL SILVAS$898
17RAFAEL GARAVITO$898
18JAY KLITZNER$898
19JAKE EMBRES$762
20FABIO BADUY$762
21JOSEPH PETROLINO$762
22BENJAMIN SRIQUI$762
23ELIEZER GONZALEZ$762
24OTIS JAMES$762
25SEBASTIAN MARTINEZ$762
26PHILIP CONSOLO$762
27SCOTT SOMMER$762
28ERIC BELLER$653
29ROBERT HUGHSON$653
30IRWIN BLOCK$653
31RICHARD VELASCO$653
32ALEXANDER MORALES$653
33ELMER DORMIDO$653
34JULIEN DURITY$653
35SCOTT HOLLAND$653
36DON FLYNN$653
37NICOLAS GAGNE$544
38RICHARD FREEDMAN$544
39ANGELO CASTALDI$544
40MICHEAL GARCELL$544
41PHILIPPE BRUNEAU$544
42BENJAMIN GELLER$544
43MICHEAL INGBER$544
44YURIY KOZINSKIY$544
45ELEAZAR CUKIERMAN$544
46PATRICK CAPOZZIELLO$476
47BRUCE SNELL$476
48CARLOS CRUZ$476
49STEPHEN HARRIS$476
50HENRY BILLETE$476
51LEROY JONES JR$476
52KEVIN PAUSTENBACH$476
53MARIE FISHER$476
54DONALD WILLIAMS$476
55RICHARD WHITEBROOK$422
56PASQUALE CAIAZZA$422
57VITAS DIKTANAS$422
58JESSE HATFIELD$422
59FRANK DIMEGLIO$422
60GEORGE HORTELANO$422
61CAMERON COLLINS$422
62MARJAN MITREVSKI$422
63NIR PELEG$422
64SEBASTIAN GALLEGO$381
65ERNESTO AMENGUAL$381
66MICHEAL MENDEZ$381
67RAYMOND NALBANDIAN$381
68DAVID MICHELSON$381
69JERROLD SOLOV$381
70RENATO LABADAN$381
71DAN AVITSUR$381
72BARRY CHAZEN$381
73ANGELO MIELE$340
74RUBEN LEYVA VICENTE$340
75STEVEN CARSWELL$340
76ALVARO VIVAS GRISALES$340
77VIGORN DANCHAARNJITT$340
78NICOLAS KURBAN$340
79TROY TORCHIA$340
80GIOVANNI SPATARO$340
81NIGEL MURRAY$340

Championship: James Carroll Shines in South Florida and Las Vegas, Wins Poker Showdown Championship for $715K

2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed

Entries: 1,360
Prize Pool:  $4,352,000
April 12-16, May 30, 2019

WPT Poker Showdown champion, James Carroll (Photo Credit: WPT)

Hollywood, Fla. – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood concluded its 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown series on Thursday with a winner in the $3,500 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown WPT Championship. Crowned champion was James Carroll of Las Vegas earning a $715,175 first prize inclusive of a $15,000 WPT Baccarat Crystal Tournament of Champions.

“It feels great,” Caroll told the WPT following the win. “It’s surreal. It feels fantastic. I’m very happy right now.”

New to Season XVII, the WPT Poker Showdown Championship culminated at HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor in Las Vegas, where the final six players played in front of a live audience and a slew of television cameras for future airing on FOX Sports Regional Networks. The final table structure placed Seminole Hard Rock Poker front and center in the industry.

With 1,360 total entries, the WPT Poker Showdown Championship featured a final prize pool of $4,352,000, easily exceeding the $3 million guarantee. Additionally, the strong turnout marked the fourth largest field in WPT Main Event tour history.

Originally from Boston, Carroll is 38 years old and has been playing poker professionally for 10 years. His victory last night marks the second WPT title on his resume, previously having won the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars in 2014 in California. Last night’s win also goes down as the second-largest score of his career with reported earnings now approaching $4 million.

Championship final table results:

1st: James Carroll (Las Vegas, Nev.) – $715,175*
2nd: Eric Afriat (Canada) – $465,120
3rd: Maria Ho (Los Angeles, Calif.) – $344,960
4th: Jerry Wong (Davie, Fla.) – $257,815
5th: Ami Alibay (Canada) – $194,610
6th: Chad Eveslage (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) – $148,380

*First prize is inclusive of a $15,000 Baccarat Crystal WPT Tournament of Champions seat

Championship: James Carroll Wins WPT Poker Showdown Championship ($715,175); Eric Afriat – 2nd Place ($465,120)

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 38: 400,000/800,000 with a 800,000 ante
Players Remaining: 1 of 1,360

James Carroll
James Carroll (Photo Credit: WPT)

James Carroll overcame a two-to-one heads-up chip deficit to defeat Eric Afriat in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown WPT Championship.

On the fateful hand, Afriat raised the button to 2,000,000 and Carroll jammed. Afriat called and was racing for his tournament life.

Double Up Eric Afriat
Eric Afriat (Photo Credit: WPT)

Afriat: 6h6d
Carroll: Ks8d

The flop made it quick, falling KcKdQc improving Carroll to trips. The turn was the 3h while the river Qs sealed the deal. Carroll was anointed champion earning $715,175 and a $15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions seat while Afriat went down as the runner-up for $465,120.

Champion James Carroll
WPT Poker Showdown champion, James Carroll (Photo Credit: WPT)
WPT Poker Showdown champion James Carroll (left) poses with Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Tournament Director Tony Burns

Six-handed final table results:

1st: James Carroll – $715,175*
2nd: Eric Afriat – $465,120
3rd: Maria Ho – $344,960
4th: Jerry Wong – $257,815
5th: Ami Alibay – $194,610
6th: Chad Eveslage – $148,380

Championship: Maria Ho — 3rd Place ($344,960)

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 36: 250,000/500,000 with a 500,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 1,360

Double Up Maria Ho
Maria Ho (Photo Credit: Maria Ho)

Maria Ho jammed 8,100,000 from the button and James Carroll called from the big blind.

Ho: Ac5d
Carroll: KsQc

Runout: AsQhJdKc4s

Ho flopped the best of it, but Carroll took the lead scoring two pair on the turn. His hand held and Ho was eliminated in third place earning $344,960.

It was Carroll that scored the elimination, but even with Ho’s chips he went into heads-up play versus Eric Afriat at about a two-to-one disadvantage.

James Carroll – 18,800,000
Eric Afriat – 35,600,000
Maria Ho – Eliminated in 3rd place ($344,960)

Championship: Jerry Wong — 4th Place ($257,815)

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 36: 250,000/500,000 with a 500,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 1,360

Double Up Jerry Wong
Jerry Wong (Photo Credit: WPT)

Eric Afriat raised under the gun to 1,000,000 and Jerry Wong moved all-in from the big blind for 3,900,000. Afriat called and Wong was at risk.

Afriat: 4d4c
Wong: Ad9h

Runout: JcJh6d3c5d

Wong’s ace-high was no good and the Florida resident and former November Niner hit the rail in fourth place.

Eric Afriat – 16,500,000
Jerry Wong – Eliminated in 4th place ($257,815)

Championship: Ami Alibay — 5th Place ($194,610)

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 34: 150,000/300,000 with a 300,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 1,360

Elimination Ami Alibay
Ami Alibay (Photo Credit: WPT)

Jerry Wong was on the button and raised to 700,000. Eric Afriat called from the small blind only to see Ami Alibay jam 3,275,000 from the big. Wong called while Afria mucked. Alibay was at risk versus Wong.

Alibay: 9c9d
Wong: 8h8d

Runout: AhTc7hKh5h

Wong came from behind rivering a flush to bust Alibay in fifth place. Alibay scored $194,610 while Wong scooped the pot.

Jerry Wong – 15,875,000
Ami Alibay – Eliminated in 5th place ($194,610)

Championship: Chad Eveslage — 6th Place ($148,380)

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 33: 125,000/250,000 with a 250,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 1,360

Chad Eveslage
Chad Eveslage (Photo Credit: WPT)

Maria Ho raised to 500,000 from the hijack and Chad Eveslage promptly shoved 3,400,000 from her direct left. The button and blinds folded and Eveslage was at risk versus ho.

Ho: TcTd
Eveslage: AdJd

Runout: 8h7h5h7s2c

Eveslage was left busted in sixth place while Ho took the pot.

Maria Ho – 8,925,000
Chad Eveslage – Eliminated in 6th place ($148,380)