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Player Photos by IMPDI; Buy Yours at the Booth

The Image Masters booth is located just outside the main tournament area

The Image Masters booth is a staple at any Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood major series. Manned by Eric Harkins, guests are provided the opportunity to view and purchase their photos taken during the series. In addition to standard prints, players can customize collages or frames commemorating their performances in any given event. In addition, the property provides trophy frames free of charge for each of the numbered event champions.

Photos can also be purchased online and the link to do so will be provided at a later date.

We have several Showdown Champions with their winner’s photo available for pickup at the booth.

Event 22: One-Day Big Buy-in Wraps the Showdown

$1,100 Deep Stack Turbo (Re-Entry)
Structure
Level 1: 100/100

The final trophy event of the 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown begins at 6pm. With a $1,100 buy-in and levels climbing at a fast 15-minute pace, the action will be good. Those who pull up a chair take their seats to 20,000-chip starting stacks and they’re permitted unlimited re-entry until the start of Level 10.

Here are the details:

6PM: Event 22 – $1,100 Deep Stack Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Single ante will be paid from the big blind for the entire table
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 10
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 22 Structure Sheet

Updates throughout the tournament’s completion will be available right here at SHRPO.com!

Event 18: Flight B Flies at 6pm

$150 No-Limit Hold’em ($50,000 GTD Prizepool)
$50,000 Guaranteed
| Structure
Level 1: 25/50

The second and final starting flight in Event 18 ($150 No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry) of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown begins at 5pm. Yesterday’s opener drew 256 entries and played down to only 25 remaining. Just a pair of players racked up huge stacks as Claudio Pedrabuena and Joaquin Sosa bagged 261,500 and 232,500 to sit one-two in the counts.

Tonight’s play matches yesterday’s with entrants taking their seats to 10,000 chips and 30-minute levels. Registration and re-entry are available until about 9:30pm and the prize pool and payouts will be finalized shortly thereafter. With yesterday’s strong start, only 161 are needed this evening to best the event’s $50,000 guarantee.

Here are details on the play:

5PM: Event 18 Day 1B – $150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $50,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration available until start of Level 9
  • Day 1 will end after Level 14 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 18 Structure Sheet

Prize pool and payout information will be posted when they’re made available to us. End-of-night chip counts and table draws will be provided shortly after play concludes.

Good luck, players!

Event 20: Tough 47-Entry HORSE Field Sees Champ Earn $5,499

$360 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Level 8: 800/1,600 Limits | Structure
Players Remaing: 33 of 47

“This might be the toughest $360 H.O.R.S.E field in the country,” A.J. Kelsall laughed.

Registration is closed in today’s 10am $360 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. event and the numbers are final. It drew a tough, 47-entry field generating a total prize pool of $14,100. The final six get a piece with a min-cash worth $846. Meanwhile, payouts top out in the form of a $5,499 first prize along with a trophy to the winner.

Details:

2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 20
$360 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Entries: 47
Prize Pool: $14,100
April 17, 2018

1st – $5,499
2nd – $3,243
3rd – $1,974
4th – $1,410
5th – $1,128
6th – $846

In regard to Kelsall’s comment, it’s a decorated field with some local talent alongside traveling pros.

Ari Engel
A.J. Kelsall
Phil Hui
Matt Axelrod
Jerry Wong

We will provide another update at the nine-handed final table.

Kris Tate Defeats David Prociak for Outright Win, Scores PLO Trophy and $54K

2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 15
$2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha
Entries: 80
Prize Pool: $160,000
April 15-16, 2018

(Hollywood, Florida) – Kris Tate is a Pot Limit Omaha champion following a win in Event 15 of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. Tate defeated a strong field of 80 entries in the $2,200 buy-in event ultimately scoring an outright win of $54,080 and a token guitar pick trophy.

“I wanted the trophy, so I needed the win,” Tate said.

The trophy came up a few times during heads-up play with 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Player David Prociak. The pair wanted to make a deal, but couldn’t come to an agreement that suited them both. After brief, civil deliberation on break, it was a mutual decision to continue playing to a winner.

“My friends all told me not to [chop], so once we came back it was no more chop,” Tate said.

Tate took a knock early in heads-up play, but battled back. Blinds continued to climb and despite being down in the counts, neither player was deep and Tate was drawing live. A series of pots eventually gave him the lead and he claimed victory when his two pair was good over Prociak’s missed-draw.

“It was tough the whole way,” Tate said of the late stages of play. “I was shortstacked coming into the final table — I started with 54,000.”

In addition to Prociak, there was other tough competition in the game including Mike Dentale. Day 1 play concluded with nine left and Dentale held a better than 2-to-1 advantage over the next closes player. It was a quick skid, though, as Dentale met his fate in fifth place.

“Mike just ran into some bad hands early,” Tate said. “I didn’t get much of his chips. They were spread around.”

Despite not getting in on Dentale’s downfall, Tate managed to grind out a win against some decorated competition. The victory marks just his third reported cash, first win and moved him over $175,000 in reported earnings. He is 32 years old and resides in Houston, Texas.

Final results:

1st: Kris Tate – $54,080
2nd: David Prociak – $31,200
3rd: Mike Shin – $19,520
4th: Jordan Dhanani – $13,200
5th: Mike Dentale – $10,000
6th: Jeffrey Higgins – $8,000
7th: Zhen Cai – $7,200
8th: Jeffrey Higgins – $6,400
9th: Rajesh Vohra – $5,600
10th: Eddie Ochana – $4,800

Event 15: Kris Tate Wins Deep Stack PLO ($54,080); David Prociak – 2nd Place ($31,200)

$2,200 Deep Stack Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Level 20: 15,000/30,000 | Payouts | Structure
Players Remaining: 1 of 80

Kris Tate

Kris Tate was on the button and David Prociak was in the big blind. They got 90,000 in the pot preflop before seeing a 7d3c2h board. Prociak checked, and Tate bet pot — 180,000. Prociak re-potted all-in and the hands were up.

Tate: kcjd7c3d
Prociak: th6h5h4s

Turn and river: 7d3c2h9h2d

Prociak never hit a straight and Tate’s two pair were best. Tate defeated the seven-time Seminole champion earning $54,080 in the process. Prociak earned $31,200 for his runner-up finish.

David Prociak

A final report will be posted shortly. In the meantime, here’s a look at the final results:

1st: Kris Tate – $54,080
2nd: David Prociak – $31,200
3rd: Mike Shin – $19,520
4th: Jordan Dhanani – $13,200
5th: Mike Dentale – $10,000
6th: Jeffrey Higgins – $8,000
7th: Zhen Cai – $7,200
8th: Jeffrey Higgins – $6,400
9th: Rajesh Vohra – $5,600
10th: Eddie Ochana – $4,800

Event 15: Mike Shin — 3rd Place ($19,520)

$2,200 Deep Stack Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Level 18: 10,000/20,000 | Payouts | Structure
Players Remaining: 2 of 80

Mike Shin

Mike Shin was down to just a few big blinds and got them in from the button against David Prociak in the small blind.

Prociak: adah6c6d
Shin: 9h9d5h4c

Runout: 8s5c2htsjc

Prociak’s pair was best and he eliminated Shin in third place.

Prociak and his heads-up opponent, Kris Tate, quickly counted down the stacks and talked ICM chop. Here’s how the counts broke down:

Prociak – 878,000
Tate – 722,000

The pair would haul about $43,000 and $41,000 respectively, but Tate wanted the win. Play went on.

David Prociak – 878,000
Kris Tate – 722,000
Mike Shin – Eliminated in 3rd place ($19,520)

Event 19: $2,200 Turbo Flies at 6pm

$2,200 Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure
Level 1: 100/100

It’s 6pm and the day’s final major is going in the Hard Rock Event Center. Event 19 is a $2,200 turbo tournament with a fast, 15-minute-level structure. Players start with 20,000 chips and registration and re-entry are available until the start of Level 10.

Here are the details:

6PM: Event 19 – $2,200 Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Single ante will be paid from the big blind for the entire table
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 10
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 19 Structure Sheet

It’s a packed and we expect to pick up more on this tournament a little deeper into the structure.

Good luck, turbo players!

Event 15: Final Three Talk Chop, but Play Goes On

$2,200 Deep Stack Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Level 17: 8,000/16,000 | Payouts | Structure
Players Remaining: 3 of 80

The final three briefly debated a chop, but decided play would go on. Here’s how the counts and potential payouts broke down.

Seat 1: Mike Shin – 308,000 ($29,225)
Seat 2: David Prociak – 616,000 ($37,187)
Seat 3: Kris Tate – 676,000 ($38,387 + Trophy)

They quickly agreed none of them loved their ICM numbers and cards went back in the air.

Event 18: $150 Re-Entry Going with Flight A

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 1: 25/50

The clock strikes 5pm and one of the series closers is underway. Event 18 is a $150 buy-in no limit hold’em re-entry tournament with two starting flights and a $50,000 guarantee. Flight A is going now and its players start with 10,000 chips and are set to log 30-minute levels throughout.

Here are the details:

5PM: Event 18 Day 1A – $150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $50,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration available until start of Level 9
  • Day 1 will end after Level 14 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 18 Structure Sheet

Full chip counts for Flight B will be posted after play concludes. Good luck, players!