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2018 SHRPO Recap; 29 Players Earn Six-Figure Cashes

The 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open ran August 2 through 14 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The property’s flagship event didn’t disappoint with some huge turnouts and plenty of six-figure scores — 29 to be exact. Headlining the action was the return of The Big 4 with $6,500,000 in combined guarantees.

Here’s a look at the series champions including The Big 4 winners and Mark Dube who earned a pair of Seminoles trophies:

Brandon Eisen and Tony Burns
Brandon Eisen and Tony Burns
Back-to-Back Champion Alex Foxen
Marc MacDonnell
Jake Schindler, 2018 SHRPO Big 4 High Roller Champ

That concludes the 2018 SHRPO, but stay tuned for details on the upcoming Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open November 14-28!

Event 23: Tim Piperakis Wins $150 NLH Outright for $19K Score

2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event #23

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 610
Prize Pool: $73,200
August 12-14, 2018

It was nearly 2am local time Thursday when Tim Piperakis claimed the final trophy of the 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. Officially Event 23, the $150 No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry tournament drew 610 entries easily besting the $50,000 guarantee to the tune of a $73,200 prize pool. Piperakis’ outright victory earned him $19,760 along with a Seminole Hard Rock trophy.

The victory marked the Florida residents’ first major and moved him over $50,000 in career earnings.

Final results:

1st: Efthimios (Tim) Piperakis – $19,760 + Trophy
2nd: Andrew Dymburt – $11,712
3rd: George Rovero Spyropoulos – $7,686
4th: Dan Avitsur – $5,307
5th: Ryan Miller – $3,916
6th: Lee Stewart – $3,111
7th: Eric Piderit – $2,379
8th: Brian Gelrod – $1,720
9th: Juan Ferrer – $1,244
10th: Christopher Mull – $952
11th: Juan Diaz – $952
12th: Francois Zayas – $952
13th: Kristian Tsotsoros – $769
14th: Marc Schiller – $769
15th: Joshua Wasserman – $769
16th: Phong Nguyen – $659
17th: Franco Otiniano-Hurtado – $659
18th: Didier Bramy – $659
19th: Hany Ayoub – $549
20th: Gil Guadalpi – $549
21st: Jonathan Brody – $549
22nd: Nestor Torres Saldana – $549
23rd: Roberto Bonilla Rivera – $549
24th: William Farnan – $549
25th: Jonathan Joffey – $549
26th: Jacob Ristich – $549
27th: Julie Phyuthinn – $549
28th: Carlos Torres Vazquez – $476
29th: Igor Evseev – $476
30th: Douglas Baer – $476
31st: George Navarro – $476
32nd: Armando Del Pozo – $476
33rd: Daniel Quesada – $476
34th: Pedro Merced Estevez – $476
35th: Allan Bieler – $476
36th: David Maddox – $476

Event 24: Matthew Wantman Defeats Tough Field in $2,650 PLO, Wins $70,009

2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event #24
$2,650 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)

Entries: 91
Prize Pool: $220,675
August 13-14, 2018

Matthew Wantman emerged victorious Tuesday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood winning Event 24 of the 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, a $2,650 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha tournament. Wantman beat up a tough final table and earned $70,009 in addition to a Seminole Hard Rock Trophy.

Event 24 drew 91 total entries generating a prize pool in excess of $220,000. The top 12 were paid and notables Jeff Madsen, Matt Stout, Phil Hui and Ben Yu were among those to finish in the money.

Full results:

1st: Matthew Wantman –  $70,009 + Trophy
2nd: Rajesh Vohra – $41,928
3rd: Charles Kapetanakos – $26,481
4th: Greg Levine – $17,102
5th: Iman Dan – $13,241
6th: Alexander Condon – $10,482
7th: Ben Yu – $8,827
8th: Phil Hui – $7,724
9th: Matt Stout – $7,002
10th: David Eller – $6,400
11th: Bruce Rogoff – $5,958
12th: Jeff Madsen – $5,521

Event 26: Gavin O’Rourke Scores Trophy and $10K in Outright Turbo Win

2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event #26
$300 Deep Stack Turbo (Re-Entry)
$25,000
Entries: 147
Prize Pool: $37,485
August 14, 2018

The 26th and final event of the 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open was a one-day, $300 buy-in Deep Stack Turbo re-entry. True to form, the event finished in just about eight hours and it was Gavin O’Rourke of Northern Ireland who emerged victorious in an outright win. For the performance, O’Rourke earned $10,349 along with his second career major victory.

Event 26 drew 147 entries generating a total prize pool worth $37,485. The top 19 finished in the money with Adam Levy, Vincent Cami and Matt Axelrod among the notable in-the-money finishers.

Full results:

1st: Gavin O’Rourke – $10,349
2nd: Thomas Gari – $6,560
3rd: Francis Anthony Garcia – $3,861
4th: Nashaat Antonious – $2,344
5th: Arkadiy Tsinis – $1,818
6th: Kharlin Sued – $1,501
7th: Steven Novak – $1,312
8th: Rick Kalgstein – $1,171
9th: Keith Saunders – $1,035
10th: Matt Axelrod – $900
11th: Robert Cicchelli – $900
12th: Vincent Cami – $900
13th: Adam Levy – $768
14th: Arnold Erenstoft – $768
15th: Cary Hecker – $768
16th: Unclaimed
17th: Volodymyr Tamarovych – $656
18th: Donovan Walker, Jr. – $656
19th: Lionel Johnson – $562

Event 23: Day 2 of the $150 Underway

$150 No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Day 2 Blinds: 1,500/3,000 with a  500 Ante
Players Remaining: 62 of 610

Day 2 of the $150 buy-in $50,000 guarantee No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry is freshly underway in the poker room. From a field of 610 entries, only 62 remain and they’re set to play this event out to its conclusion.

Day 2 Chip Counts | Table Draws | Payouts

The final results as well as a winner photo and brief recap will be posted after it concludes. Good luck, $150 players!

Event 24: Tough PLO Field Back for Final Day

$2,650 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 13: 3,000/6,000
Players Remaining: 10 of 91

From 91 starting, just 10 remain in the $2,650 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open trophy event. Here’s how it stacks up:

Seat 1: Matt Wantman – 205,000
Seat 2: Iman Dan – 177,000
Seat 3: Phil Hui – 108,000
Seat 4: Greg Levine – 188,000
Seat 5: Charles Kapetanakos – 353,000
Seat 6: Matt Stout – 238,000
Seat 7: Raj Vohra – 141,000
Seat 8: Ben Yu – 178,000
Seat 9: David Eller – 47,000
Seat 10: Alex Condon – 190,000

1st: $70,009 + Trophy
2nd: $41,928
3rd: $26,481
4th: $17,102
5th: $13,241
6th: $10,482
7th: $8,827
8th: $7,724
9th: $7,002
10th: $6,400

11th: Bruce Rogoff – $5,958
12th: Jeff Madsen – $5,821

We will provide the final results and winner report after the event concludes.

Event 23: Day 2 Chip Counts

$150 No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Day 2 Blinds: 1,500/3,000 with a  500 Ante
Players Remaining: 62 of 610

Flight A: 200 Entries, 19 Advanced
Flight B: 410 Entries, 43 Advanced

Day 2 chip counts:

RankFirst NameLast NameChip Count
1HANYAYOUB236,500
2ANDREWDYMBURT231,000
3FRANCOOTINIANO-HURTADO224,000
4GEORGEROVERO SPYROPOULOS218,000
5FRANCOISZAYAS209,000
6GILGUADALPI193,500
7LEESTEWART173,000
8DAVIDMADDOX165,000
9JOSHUAWASSERMAN161,000
10KRISTIANTSOTSOROS160,000
11LUIZDE FARIAS GUIMARES159,000
12JACOBRISTICH155,000
13ANTHONYABDO143,000
14ROBERTOBONILLA RIVERA141,500
15RYANMILLER131,000
16DOUGLASBAER129,500
17DIDIERBRAMY128,500
18NAINGTHU120,000
19JOHNPALACE111,000
20MARCSCHILLER110,500
21JUANFERRER107,000
22SALIMSALEM101,500
23IGOREVSEEV97,000
24ALLANBIELER97,000
25WANLOPPHONPHORNWITHOON97,000
26GEORGENAVARRO96,500
27STEVENCOSTA96,000
28PEDROMERCED ESTEVEZ92,000
29WILLIAMFARNAN91,500
30DANIELQUESADA91,000
31JOULEKADADU90,500
32JOHNHOLLEY III87,500
33CHRISTOPHERMULL86,000
34BRIANGELROD85,500
35ERICPIDERIT80,000
36PANAGIOTISNIFAKOS78,500
37JohnathanCordero Rivera75,000
38JULIEPHYUTHINN74,000
39DANAVITSUR71,500
40ROBERTKESSLER69,000
41NESTORTORRES SALDANA68,500
42VENDELJOHNSON67,500
43DANIELVANDYKE65,000
44JUANDIAZ62,500
45CARLOSTORRES VAZQUEZ59,000
46DanielPrenat56,500
47JONATHANJOFFEY56,000
48JONATHANBRODY55,000
49NICOLASPALLARES54,000
50RANDALFERNANDEZ50,000
51ARMANDODEL POZO47,000
52MICHELLESCHISSLER44,000
53JESSEHATFIELD43,000
54PHONGNGUYEN41,500
55CHRISTOPHEREATON41,000
56EFTHIMIOSPIPERAKIS40,500
57DOVIDGOLDFISCHER40,000
58ETHANKAPLAN36,000
59JAMESHAMBURGER33,500
60DANIELHEIMILLER27,500
61MICHAELGULLIFORD27,000
62MARCCOHEN24,500