2016 Escalator Series

Event 1: Aaron Massey Eliminated in 13th Place ($9,614)

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31: 75,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining: 12 of 2,958

Aaron Massey

Aaron Massey raised all in from the cutoff for 1,500,000 and Ryan McKnight called from the big blind.

Massey: Ah9d
McKnight: Ks10d

The board ran out JcJh10hKd4s, giving McKnight kings and jacks to eliminate Massey in 13th place.

Ryan McKnight – 8,000,000 (53 bb)
Aaron Massey – Eliminated in 13th Place ($9,614)

Event 4: Richard Whitebrook Wins $1M Escalator’s Premiere Event

2016 $1M Escalator Series
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Hollywood, Fla.
$560 No Limit Hold’em ($400,000 Guaranteed)
Entries: 1,081
Prize Pool: $540,500
February 25-28, 2016

Richard Whitebrook

First ever, four-tournament $1M Escalator Series sees a combined field of 4,653 entries generate $1,293,860 worth of prize money

Hollywood, Fla. (February 29, 2016) — The fourth and final event of the first ever $1M Escalator Series concluded during the early morning hours of Monday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Claiming the tournament’s top spot, an $88,506 prize and a $3,500 seat in the SHRP Showdown Championship was Richard Whitebrook of Miami Beach. The victory came following a three-way chop that saw Matthew Yorra place second and Alejrandro Duque third.

A Championship event of sorts, Event 4 of the $1M Escalator Series boasted a $560 buy-in and a $400,000 guarantee. Following three days and six starting flights, the field topped out at 1,081 entries generating an impressive prize pool of $540,500. A total of 210 players advanced to Sunday’s Day 2 with only the top 100 finishing in the money. It took just about three hours of play for Nissim Gozlan to pick up pocket sevens and eventually outdraw the pocket kings of the bubble girl.

From there, the field narrowed rather quickly as notables such as Seminole Hard Rock Poker team member Stewart Newman busted 97th, last month’s Coco Poker Showdown Championship winner Stu Patterson 52nd, reigning SHRP Player of the Year Ory Hen 51st and current Player of the Year points leader Timothy Miles 11th. The final table proved to be a bit longer affair as it wasn’t until three-handed play that a deal was reached.

Final table results:

1st: Richard Whitebook – $88,506 + $3,500 SHRP Showdown Championship seat
2nd: Matthew Yorra – $78,150 + $3,500 SHRP Showdown Championship seat
3rd: Alejandro Duque – $66,945
4th: Robert Campbell – $36,215
5th: Daniel Clemente – $29,730
6th: Jose Torres – $24,050
7th: Antonio Rey – $19,190
8th: Al Gomez – $14,595
9th: Denis Pisarev – $10,000

Whitebrook is 54 years old. The victory marks his second major tournament win and his largest score. Additionally, it moves him over $200,000 in career earnings.

Full Results

The $1M Escalator Series was comprised of four, four-day tournaments. The buy-ins increased from $150 in Week 1, to $250 in Week 2, to $350 in Week 3 before topping out at $560 in Week 4. The $100,000, $200,000, $300,000 and $400,000 guarantees combined to create the series’ “$1M” namesake.

In all, the four tournaments combined to draw more than 4,600 entries generating a total prize pool of nearly $1,300,000. Eric Rivkin claimed victory Week 1, Michael Harley in Week 2 and Ronald Campillo in Week 3 before Whitebrook broke through to win the flagship event in Week 4.

Here’s a breakdown of the complete $1M Escalator Series results:

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Event 4: Richard Whitebrook Wins $560 Escalator Event

$1M Escalator Series
$560 Buy-In, $400,000 Guaranteed
Level 33: 50k/150k/300k
Players Remaining: 1/1,081

The fourth and final $1M Escalator Series event concluded during the early morning hours Monday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood poker room. After a brief three handed discussion, Richard Whitebrook earned the title in the $560 buy-in event. In addition to the $88,506 first prize, Richard earned a $3,500 SHRP WPT Showdown Championship seat added to the prize pool courtesy of the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood.

The series-ending tournament boasted a $400,000 guarantee. A field of 1,081 entries left that number in the dust as the final prize pool topped out at $540,500. Each of the top 100 players finished in the money.

Here’s a look at the tournament’s final table results:

1st: Richard Whitebook – $88,506 + $3,500 SHRP Showdown Championship seat
2nd: Matthew Yorra – $78,150 + $3,500 SHRP Showdown Championship seat
3rd: Alejandro Duque – $66,945
4th: Robert Campbell – $36,215
5th: Daniel Clemente – $29,730
6th: Jose Torres – $24,050
7th: Antonio Rey – $19,190
8th: Al Gomez – $14,595
9th: Denis Pisarev – $10,000
10th: Uri Kadosh – $6,486

Additional results are available in the posts below. Additionally, the final tournament report will be published in the morning.

Event 4: Final Table Redraw; Eliminations 11th-15th

$1M Escalator Series
$560 Buy-In, $400,000 Guaranteed
Heading to Level 27: 5,000/25,000/50,000
Players Remaining: 10/1,081

The 1,081-entry field is down to the final 10 and consolidated to one table. All remaining players have turned their $560 investment into better than $6,000. The tournament’s champion, meanwhile, is set to earn $118,906 along with a seat in the $2,000,000 guaranteed Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship.

Seating assignments with chip counts:

Seat 1: Chico Rey – 550K
Seat 2: Richard Whitebrook – 2.47M
Seat 3: Daniel Clemente – 3.44M
Seat 4: Al Gomez – 1.92M
Seat 5: Pisarev Denis – 905K
Seat 6: Robert Campbell – 2.2M
Seat 7: Uri Kadosh – 3.245M
Seat 8: Jose Torres- 830K
Seat 9: Matthew Yorra – 3.12M
Seat 10: Alejandro Duque – 3.235M

Remaining payouts:

1st – $118,906 + $3,500 SHRP Showdown Championship seat
2nd – $71,455 + $3,500 SHRP Showdown Championship seat
3rd – $43,240
4th – $36,215
5th – $29,730
6th – $24,050
7th – $19,190
8th – $14,595
9th – $10,000
10th – $6,486

Updated eliminations 11th place through 15th:

11th: Timothy Miles – $6,486
12th: Ronald Levy – $6,486
13th: John Magnetta – $4,594
14th: David Bradshaw Jr. – $4,594
15th: Abbey Daniels – $4,594

Additional results are available in the posts below.

Event 4: Play Slows; Eliminations 16th-18th

$1M Escalator Series
$560 Buy-In, $400,000 Guaranteed
Level 26: 20,000/40,000/5,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 15/1,081

Play has slowed considerably since losing seven players in the first 15 minutes following dinner break. In the next roughly 60 minutes, just three players have hit the rail.

Updated eliminations 16th place through 18th:

16th: Patrick Peduto – $2,973
17th: Raminder Singh – $2,973
18th: Nigel Murray – $2,973

Additional eliminations are available in the posts below.


Those still jockeying for the title include Abbey Daniels and Timothy Miles. The former is in the midst of her second deep $1M Escalator Series. She took to Twitter earlier in the redraw updating her followers on her status.

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