ICYMI: Elio Fox Goes Back-to-Back; Rich Alati Wins

Elio Fox

Wednesday was a big one for the series when two top tournaments were settled and a third finished up with a SHRP champion in contention for another title.

The biggest buy-in tournament on the schedule kicked off with the $50,000 Super High Roller in the intimate setting of Salon West across from the Event Center. The quiet area attracted 20 tough entries competing for the $1,000,000 prize pool including high roller specialist and eight-time WSOP bracelet winner Erik Seidel.

It was a long battle that lasted into the early morning hours. Elio Fox won our previous Super High Roller held in August during the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open and he went back-to-back when he defeated Sam Soverel heads-up.

Fox earned $440,000 for the win with Soverel claiming $260,000 as the runner-up. Alex Foxen and Ali Imsirovic were the other two making some money with all four outlasting some top competition.

Super High Roller results:

1st: Elio Fox – $440,000
2nd: Sam Soverel – $260,000
3rd: Alex Foxen – $180,000
4th: Ali Imsirovic – $120,000

Sam Soverel
Rich Alati

Event 9 was a $1,100 buy-in multi-day tournament with two starting flights and a $250,000 guaranteed prize pool. A lot of big names joined the field as they prepared for the Championship and we had 689 blasting the Guarantee.

There were 107 players back for Day 2, they quickly made it into the money, and down to the final table. In the end, it was Richard Alati and Sam Panzica making a heads-up deal that saw each walk away with more than $100,000 while Alati earned the trophy.

Event 9 final table results:

1st: Richard Alati – $107,740*
2nd: Sam Panzica –  $100,836*
3rd: Ryan Olisar – $55,425
4th: Philipe Pizzari Pinto – $40,695
5th: Judy Miller – $31,077
6th: Roberto Bendeck- $24,775
7th: Kyle Carson – $20,518
8th: Markus Gonsalves – $16,334
9th: Kurt Lichtman – $12,264
10th: Haim Toorgeman – $10,159
*denotes chop agreement

Sam Panzica
Brian Altman

The Purple Chip Bounty kicked off Wednesday afternoon and was set up as a two-day tournament but that almost fell through. It drew 128 entries to easily beat the $100,000 Guarantee and they hit the final table well before they were scheduled to bag up for the night.

They continued until over four players were still in contention with WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Champ (and 2017 Big 4 winner) Brian Altman holding a huge lead over the other four.

Event 9 returning players:

  1. Brian Atman – 1,466,000
  2. Kristopher Tate – 453,000
  3. Chris Gilkey – 418,000
  4. Myles German – 199,000

Images courtesy of Eric Harkins and IMPDI. If you would like to place a custom picture order from your time at Showdown, you can find his booth in the hallway outside the Event Center.