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2019 SHRPO in Review — 30 Players Cash for Six Figures

The 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open ran August 1st through the 13th in South Florida concluding during the early morning hours of Wednesday. The 13-day festival saw 27 trophies awarded and 30 players cash for six-figure scores. Additionally, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker season-ending event saw Jason Young lock up Player of the Year honors.

2019 SHRPO Video Coverage

Here’s a look at the complete series results:

Sean Winter
Jessica Dawley
Keith Brennan
Shaun Deeb

That’s a wrap on the SHRPO tournament action. Thank you to everyone who played! Next up at the Seminole Hard Rock is the Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open November 20th through December 4th.

The property finalized their major and in-room tournament series calendar through December 2020 — It can be viewed HERE

Event 26: Bradley Rhodes Scores a Trophy and $9,500 in Seven Hours

2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 26
$400 Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 108
Prize Pool: $36,720
August 13, 2019

Bradley Rhodes

(Hollywood, Florida) — It was a fast road to the winner’s circle for Bradley Rhodes in Event 26 of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, a $400 Deep Stack Turbo Re-Entry tournament. Cards went in the air at 11am and it was only seven hours later that Rhodes was a champion. The win earned him $9,500 and came following a heads-up chop with Mohamed Serry. Serry was at a slight chip disadvantage and with blinds and antes soaring, he agreed to an $8,310 payout.

The one-day event drew 108 entries and surpassed the $30,000 guarantee to the tune of a $36,720 prize pool. The top 14 spots finished in the money with Nick Yunis, Steve Karp and Wally Maddah among the notables to score.

Here’s a look at the final results:

1st: Bradley Rhodes – $9,500
2nd: Mohamed Serry – $8,310
3rd: Colin Robinson – $4,076
4th: Wally Maddah – $2,662
5th: Igor Skochilo – $2,056
6th: Roberto Bendeck – $1,689
7th: Mohammed Tarkmani – $1,432
8th: Jacquelyn Scott – $1,248
9th: Elias Nassif – $1,102
10th: Steve Karp – $973
11th: Daniel Couzens – $973
12th: Dolphus Powers – $973
13th: Anthony Vidmer – $863
14th: Nick Yunis – $863

Event 25: Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy Wins $2,650 PLO Outright, Scores $40,520

2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 25
$2,650 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Entries: 47
Prize Pool: $113,975
August 12-13, 2019

Cliff Josephy

Hollywood, Florida — Cliff Josephy is a pot limit Omaha champion following a win in Event 25 of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. The tournament boasted a $2,650 buy-in and drew 47 entries generating a $113,975 prize pool. For the outright win, Josephy scored $40,520.

Cliff Josephy (right) defeats Joseph Couden heads up in $2,650 PLO

Josephy was a dominating online player in the early 2000’s playing under the handle JohnnyBax, but it was his third-place finish 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event when he rose to fame. That score earned him $3,453,035 and he’s added a few million since topping out at just over $7,500,000 in reported live earnings.

The $40,520 Florida score Tuesday was modest for such a decorated player, but it came at the hands of a tough field in this mid-buy-in pot limit Omaha event.

Cliff Josephy (right) and railbird Shaun Deeb

Here’s a look at the final results:

1st: Cliff Josephy – $40,520
2nd: Joseph Couden – $27,015
3rd: Melisa Singh – $18,010
4th: Gabriel Ramos – $12,505
5th: Artem Maksimov – $9,060
6th: Tyler Brown – $6,865

Event 24: $150 Returns for Final Day at 5pm

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Day 2 Blinds: 2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 61 of 555

Following two start days, the 555-entry field in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $150 is down to just 61. They’re set to return this evening at 5pm and are battling for one of 36 in-the-money spots. A

Day 2 Chip Counts | Table Draws | Payouts

Leading the restart is Jennifer Miller with strong holdings of 490,000. She tops a tough field of Florida regulars that includes Frederico Dabus, Mike Leah, Wally Maddah and Abbey Daniels.

Play restarts at 5pm with the tournament’s $17,965 first prize up for grabs. We will provide the final results, a winner photo and a final report when action concludes.


Event 25: $2,650 PLO Day 2 Chip Counts

$2,650 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Day 2 Blinds: 3,000/5,000
Players Remaining: 6 of 47

Seat 1: Gabriel Ramos – 130,000
Seat 2: Melisa Singh – 72,000
Seat 3: Tyler Brown – 129,000
Seat 4: Joseph Couden – 230,500
Seat 5: Cliff Josephy – 321,500
Seat 6: Artem Maksimov – 63,000

1st: $40,520
2nd: $27,015
3rd: $18,010
4th: $12,505
5th: $9,060
6th: $6,865

Play resumes at 3pm and we will provide the final results, a winner phone and final report after action concludes.