Event 17 Recap

2015 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
$350 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)

August 12 – 13, 2015

Total Entries:  140
Total Prize Pool:  $42,000

Devon Shalmi, Event 17 Champion
Devon Shalmi, Event 17 Champion


We are closing in on the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship Big 4 weekend and there was a $350 Pot Limit Omaha on the late schedule that created a lot of action. The tournament drew 140 entrants to the ballroom and it was local player Devon Shalmi outlasting them all for the title and $9,300.

The tournament was originally schedule to play out in one day, but the field size and talent meant they had to stop at 3am with seven players remaining. The final table featured some big name players but WSOP bracelet winners Dan Heimiller and “Miami John” Cernuto went out before they paused the tournament but current WSOP November Niner Joshua Beckley made it through.

Shalmi came into the bonus day with chip lead among the seven returning players and only lost it briefly. He let Chris Karambinis do most of the heavy lifting when he knocked out the last three players to get heads up with Shalmi.

The stacks were nearly identical but Shalmi won the last hand before they made a deal giving him the title, trophy, and custom-framed winner’s photo from Eric Harkins and IMPDI.

Final Table Results:

1st: Devon Shalmi (Boca Raton, FL) $9,300
2nd: Chris Karambinis (Park Ridge, NY) $9,088
3rd: Lonnie Heimowitz (Monticello, NY) $4,872
4th: Nick Palma (Bronx, NY) $3,608
5th: Joshua Beckley (Marlton, NJ) $2,705
6th: Gary Bolden (Chesterfield, MO) $2,163
7th: Jason Sugarman (Pensacola, FL) $1,798
8th: Dan Heimiller (Las Vegas, NV) $1,441
9th: Zachary Barnett (David, FL) $1,079