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Shannon Shorr Tops $2,650 No-Limit Hold’em Field

2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 35
$2,650 No-Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry) 
Entries: 490 
Prize Pool: $1,188,250
August 8-10, 2021

2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Event 35 Champion Shannon Shorr

The last time Shannon Shorr made his way to South Florida for a poker tournament was last April when he came down for the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown.

The Alabama native and longtime poker pro took down the $5,000 no-limit hold’em deep stack event for $296,535. His next trip to the Hard Rock also produced a title.

Shorr bested a 490-entry and Aditya Prasetyo heads-up to earn $186,261 after the final three players agreed to a chop and a save. Shorr was guaranteed to take home $155,606 after the deal was made between the two finalists and Mukul Pahuja, but earned an additional $30,655 for the victory.

Prasetyo earned $170,243 for his runner-up finish and Pahuja netted $141,966.

“I actually bought into this tournament after busting the main [event] about 30 shy of the money. And immediately busted a bullet,” said Shorr after the win. “You get a single re-entry and from there it just went really smoothly.”

After the re-entry, Shorr had problems losing pots. He finished both Day 1 and 2 near the top of the chip counts and had one of the smoother rides to a title of any champion this series.

Outside of being seated on the direct right of Aditya Prasetyo, the only player who could bust him at the outset of the final table, Shorr’s path to victory saw very few speed bumps.

“On Day 1, I just ran really good in preflop all ins. And then yesterday I went on a super heater. Sometimes you just go on these rushes. Poker is so crazy because sometimes you just don’t have a clue how to play and sometimes everything just works out,” said Shorr. “I came into the final table with probably the worst seat at the table. I got off to a slow start, but I rallied and it was fun.”

While the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on most of the world, it did wonders for Shorr’s poker game.

“Since the pandemic, I’ve been working really hard on my game. I’ve been studying a lot and playing a lot of online poker during the break,” he said.

Aside from the increased studying, Shorr is expecting his first child in the coming months. With fatherhood looming, Shorr is becoming more efficient with his time and making the most of his time on the road.

“It’s actually sort of tunneled me into this mindset where I’m actually super motivated to bring my best self and sort of do all the right things on these trips, as opposed to party and waste time,” said Shorr.  “I’m living much more intentionally knowing that I’m going to be a dad.”

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1ShannonShorr$186,261*
2AdityaPrasetyo$170,243*
3MukulPahuja$141,966*
4JamesMiller$72,650
5DavidShmuel$55,765
6VictorFigueroa$46,485
7DanColpoys$38,740
8StevenKarp$31,015
9RayQartomy$23,335
10AnkushMandavia$23,335
11ShahinYazdani$19,300
12FrancisAnderson$19,300
13LukeBrereton$15,315
14JohnHaas$15,315
15KennethFrey$15,315
16JosephVasquez Parada$12,895
17LandenLucas$12,895
18DavidToscano$12,895
19JonBorenstein$10,875
20KevinMerola$10,875
21FanilkumarPatel$10,875
22StevenCho$9,100
23IlyasMuradi$9,100
24JasonMarshman$9,100
25RobertScholz$7,845
26DavidMasana Trivino$7,845
27RomanFomin$7,845
28AnthonyZinno$6,775
29GabrielAbusada$6,775
30SebastianHoyos$6,775
31LukeBlindert$6,775
32GalYifrach$6,775
33StevenForman$6,775
34KennethHarding$6,775
35DarrenElias$6,775
36AlexFoxen$6,775
37BenjaminBoston$5,820
38DavidLaufer$5,820
39DongJi$5,820
40JeremyAusmus$5,820
41LouisChandler$5,820
42KyryloKobzyev$5,820
43GeorgeParublev$5,820
44JacobToole$5,820
45PedroPalacio$5,820
46AlexKeating$4,930
47JosephJean$4,930
48TomasSoderstrom$4,930
49ReidWalker$4,930
50AlcidesGomez$4,930
51VietVo$4,930
52KobiRibak$4,930
53CheangYoo$4,930
54GregoryNerenberg$4,930
55ZhenCai$4,255
56BrendanDaly$4,255
57JoeSerock$4,255
58ClaytonMaguire$4,255
59KharlinSued$4,255
60PeterVitantonio$4,255
61JawuzAkcay$4,255
62PhilipePizzari Ointo$4,255

*Reflects chop and save

Event 35: Mukul Pahuja – 3rd Place ($141,966)

$2,650 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29:  50,000/75,000 with a 75,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 490

Mukul Pahuja
Mukul Pahuja

Mukul Pahuja raised to 600,000 on the button, leaving less than that behind. Shannon Shorr three-bet out of the small blind to 1,125,000, which was exactly Pahuja’s entire stack.

Aditya Prasetyo folded and Pahuja called. Pahuja showed As5s and was dominated by Shorr’s AdJd.

The board ran out Qd7c6d3h7h and Pahuja was out in third place for $141,966.

Shannon Shorr – 6,175,000
Mukul Pahuja – Eliminated

Event 35: Final Three Players Agree To Chop And Save

$2,650 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29:  50,000/75,000 with a 75,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 490

Once James Miller was eliminated in fourth place, the remaining three players began talking about a chop.

After looking at the ICM numbers, Mukul Pahuja, Aditya Prasetyo and Shannon Shorr started talking about a possible chop.

After lengthy negotiations, the three players agreed to a chop with money saved for the eventual champion. Prasetyo took the most guaranteed money since he possessed the largest stack, Pahuja took the least money and the three players agreed to save $30,655 to give to the eventual winner.

Here is a look at the guaranteed payouts:

Aditya Prasetyo – $170,243
Shannon Shorr – $155,606
Mukul Pahuja – $141,966

Whoever wins will earn an additional $30,655.

Event 35: James Miller – 4th Place ($72,650)

$2,650 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29:  50,000/75,000 with a 75,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 490

James Miller

On the turn, with the board reading Qc7d6d8s, James Miller checked from the big blind and Aditya Prasetyo bet 150,000 on the button.

Miller check-raised to 700,000 and Prasetyo moved all in. Miller called and was all in for about 1,800,000. He showed Qs7h, good for two pair, but needed to fill up against Prasetyo’s 5h4d.

The river was the 10c and Prasetyo won the pot with a straight to eliminate Miller in fourth place for $72,650.

With the win, Prasetyo has about half of the chips in play as three-handed play begins.

Aditya Prasetyo – 6,150,000
James Miller – Eliminated

Joe McKeehen Wins $25K High Roller In Heads-Up Deal

2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard rock Hotel & Casino 

Hollywood, Florida 
Event 39 
$25,500 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller
$2,000,000 Guaranteed 
Entries: 91 
Prize Pool: $2,247,700
August 9-10, 2021

Joe McKeehen

Joe McKeehen added another title to his already lengthy poker resume on Tuesday evening at the Hollywood Hard Rock after taking down one of the largest buy-ins of the series.

The 2015 World Series of Poker main event champion bested a field of 91 entries in the $25,000 no-limit hold’em high roller event to earn $550,990 in a heads-up chop with four-time World Poker Tour champion Darren Elias.

Over the course of his decade-long career as a poker pro, Tuesday’s victory was his 24th of his career. And in his words, it was a smooth ride to victory.

“I came in with a lot of chips and had a lot of hands early. I made some nice hands, won some pots and kind of just stayed afloat from that point on,” said McKeehen. “I got to three-handed and had some chips. I got a little lucky and that was that.”

McKeehen made his mark on the poker world with his WSOP main event win worth $7.68 million. Unlike several other main event champs, the Pennsylvania native has proven himself to be more than a one-hit wonder.

Since then, McKeehen has cemented himself as one of the best in the game and will play the highest stakes available if he’s at the tournament stop.

The victory is a continuation of his success from the summer. In June, McKeehen won the $10,000 no-limit hold’em at the U.S. Poker Open for $200,200 and then turned around two days later and finished third for $102,000 in another $10,000 U.S. Poker Open event. His latest six-figure score bumped his career live tournament earnings to more than $18 million.

“I love playing the high rollers here,” said McKeehen. “They get good turnouts usually and they’re good fields. They end in two days so the structure is pretty good. There’s a decent amount of play, but I also like the one-day ones as well. I just like to play. I play what’s offered.”

McKeehen came into the final table with 56 big blinds and the chip lead. He extended it as he eliminated Nadya Magnus in eighth, Joseph Cheong in sixth and Thomas Boivin in third.

After Boivin was eliminated in third, McKeehen was left heads-up with Darren Elias. The two were very close in chips, but agreed to a deal that saw McKeehen take home $550,990 and Elias $539,135.

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1JoeMcKeehen$550,990*
2DarrenElias$539,135*
3ThomasBoivin$285,460
4JakeDaniels$197,800
5DavidPeters$128,120
6JosephCheong$96,650
7DylanSmith$78,670
8NadyaMagnus$67,430
9ChadEveslage$65,185
10BrandonAdams$62,935
11JohnRiordan$60,690
12BarryHutter$58,440
13BinWeng$56,195

*Reflects Heads-Up Deal