Brian Altman Makes His First Cash in a High Roller a Big One, Winning the Second-Largest High Roller in Seminole Hard Rock History

2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 44
$25,500 High Roller (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  132
Prize Pool:  $3,260,400
April 11-12, 2022

High Roller Champion Brian Altman
High Roller Champion Brian Altman

Brian Altman has had an impressive career, with three WPT titles and nearly $6 million in career earnings. But one thing he never had was a cash in a high roller tournament (with buy-ins of $15K or higher).

Until now.

Tuesday night, on the final day of the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Brian Altman won the $25,500 High Roller, winning the title, the trophy, and $692,661.

“It feels great,” said Altman. “This is my first cash at this price point, so it’s nice to finally have success on the high roller level.”

It was the second-largest $25K High Roller in Seminole Hard Rock history, with 132 entries generating a prizepool worth more than $3.2 million — more than triple the guarantee.

“The final table went relatively smooth for me,” said Altman, who started the final table with the chip lead. “We were playing four-handed for quite a while, and I was lucky enough to get really lucky to win a big pot. Just lucky all around throughout the tournament.”

The big pot that Altman was likely referring to came against Jorge Gomez, a local player who earned his entry into the High Roller via a $300 step satellite. Altman already had the chip lead when he shoved QcJc from the small blind, and Gomez woke up with JsJd in the big blind.

But Altman flopped a flush draw with a gutshot straight draw, and rivered a queen to knock out Gomez in fourth place. It was an unfortunate hand for Gomez, but he did parlay his $300 satellite entry into $203,875.

At that point, the final three players — Altman, Jerry Wong, and Chance Kornuth — agreed to an ICM deal. As chipleader, Altman was awarded the victory.

This score takes Altman over the $6.5 million mark in career earnings, and it’s his seventh trophy from Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood alone.

“I really enjoy playing here,” said Altman. “There are a lot of different factors. My familiarity with the venue, knowing the player pool, and I’m usually traveling from the same time zone, so my mind and body are usually on point. And I also just think I’ve ran quite well here, play aside.”

“I’ll always keep coming back,” added Altman, “because the tournaments are so well run. The prize pools are great, and this is a premier poker destination.”

Final Results:

1Brian Altman$692,661
2Jerry Wong$570,283
3Chance Kornuth$522,571
4Jorge Gomez$203,875
5Joe McKeehen$158,130
6Stephen Song$130,600
7Kevin Rabichow$115,115
8Barry Hutter$101,900
9Brock Wilson$90,020
10Landon Tice$90,020
11Mike McDonald$78,250
12Carlos Chadha$78,250
13Matt Kolibas$66,835
14Chris O'Hara$66,835
15Daniel Swartz$61,945
16Raul Martinez$61,945
17Loni Hui$57,055
18Jeremy Ausmus$57,055
19Daniel Lazrus$57,055