Event 13 Recap

2015 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
$250 Seniors No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

August 10 – 11, 2015

Total Entries:  176
Total Prize Pool:  $36,960

James Dickson, Seniors Event Champion
James Dickson, Seniors Event Champion


The Seniors Event is always a good time on the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open schedule. The players have a a lot of fun and there is laughter all around. The tournament drew 176 entrants and it was James Dickson taking it down in the end with an even seven-way deal.

Event 13 had a $250 buy-in and they generated a $36,960 prize pool with the last 18 players getting paid. They quickly played down past the bubble and found themselves with a 10-handed final table near the end of Level 18.

Those ten players decided to pause the tournament for the evening and return for an extra day of play. Two of the shorter stacks, Robert Bass and former Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open champ Lui Santoni, were out early after the restart to send up a long battle.

Dickson’s commanding lead held for much of the final table. He let the other players mix it up, they beat up on each other until he found a big hand to put on the pressure.

Once there were seven players remaining, the dynamics changed. Short-stacked Diane Schmidt caught a triple up, Stanley Quinn doubled through Saied, and the stacks had almost evened out with the blinds set to climb.

The seven players came to a decision and chopped the remaining prize pool right down the middle, or seven equal ways, to give each player $4,171. James Dickson really wanted the trophy, stating as much during negotiations, and there was no additional drama since he held the chip lead.

Dickson was dominant for large portions of the tournament and earned his trophy along with his custom-framed winners picture courtesy of IMPDI.

Final Table Results:

1st: James Dickson (Cataula, GA) $4,171
2nd: Saied Zamiri (Ormond Beach, FL) $4,171
3rd: Rogert Stewart (Sanford, FL) $4,171
4th: Diane Schmidt (Cape Coral, FL) $4,171
5th: Stanley Quinn (Henderson, NV) $4,171
6th: Nancy Thomas (Laud by Sea, FL) $4,171
7th: Arlene Vazquez (Parkland, FL) $4,171
8th: Robert Zuckerman (Baco Raton, FL) $1,109
9th: Luis Santoni (Pembroke Pines, FL) $832
10th: Robert Bass (Fort Lauderdale, FL) $739