2016 Showdown Live Updates

Event 28: Scott Clements Dominates to Win PLO Title

2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
Event #28
$2,200 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)  
Total Entries: 79
Prize Pool: $158,000

Scott Clements, Event 18 Champion
Scott Clements, Event 18 Champion

One of the last tournaments on the 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown schedule, and the last non-Hold’em event, drew a group of talented poker players for the $2,200 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha tournament. A total of 79 entrants came out but it was WSOP bracelet winner Scott Clements outlasting them all for the title and $47,400.

Some of the best PLO players came out for the big buy-in tournament and it was a stacked final table that returned for Day 2. Scott Clements was running up his stack in the latter portions of the opening day and came back with nearly half of the chips in play, with the other half divided between eight players.

One of Clements two WSOP bracelets came during a PLO tournament but he had to deal with the second tallest stack, Chance Kornuth, who also holds a bracelet in the game. The most recent member of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Team had a good chance to catch Clements but fell victim to a big wrap draw to go out in 6th place. Well short of what he expected.

Clements continued to dominate play after the return and never gave up his lead while players continued to drop around him. Charbel Azzi went out in third place and Clements made quick work of the heads-up match to send Petko Tsakov to the payout desk for a runner-up cash.

Clements continues to prove himself as one of the top players in the game. Besides his two WSOP bracelets, he’s also has a WPT title and WSOP Circuit ring winner. He can now add Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown champion to his list of accomplishments.

Final table results:

1st: Scott Clements (Lynden, WA) $47,400
2nd: Petko Tsakov (Provincetown, MA) $33,180
3rd: Charbel Azzi (Methuen, MA) $21,330
4th: Luis Calvo (Sunny Isles Beach, FL) $15,800
5th: Erice Penner (Denver, CO) $11,850
6th: Chance Kornuth (Las Vegas, NV) $9,480
7th: Chris Meyers (Kenmore, NY) $7,900
8th: Joe Irgon (Princeton, NJ) $6,320
9th: Mikhail Zlotnik (Brooklyn, NY) $4,740

Event 28 Final Results

Event 28: Petko Tsakov – 2nd Place ($33,180)

$2,200 Deep Stack Pot Limit Omaha
Level 16: 6,000/12,000

Petko Tsakov (Provincetown, MA)
Petko Tsakov (Provincetown, MA)

Petko Tsakov was looking at a 4-to-1 chip deficit against one of the best Omaha players in the world and it ended as expected. He was able to hang on for 20 minutes of heads-up play before Clements got the best of him.

They were looking at the Kc9d6h flop when Tsakov put in his last two barrels of 5K chips. Clements called and the tournament was on the line.

Clements: 9s8c7s4d
Tsakov: AsAd5d2c

Tsakov was technically ahead but more than half the deck was in Clements’ favor. He improved to two pair on the 8d turn and Tsakov couldn’t find one of his 15 stay-alive outs on the 7h river.

The hand sent Tsakov out in the runner-up position while Clements won the pot, the tournament, and the new Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown trophy.

Event 28: Charbel Azzi – 3rd Place ($21,330)

$2,200 Deep Stack Pot Limit Omaha
Level 16: 6,000/12,000
Players Remaining: 2 of 79

Charbel Azzi (Methuen, MA)
Charbel Azzi (Methuen, MA)

Scott Clements was moving away from the other two players when Charbel Azzi went heads-up with him to the AdJs7d flop. Azzi got all his chips in the middle and it wasn’t looking too good.

Clements: AsAh3s2h
Azzi: QcQd8d2c

The Kc turn left Azzi drawing to seven outs but he missed the Tc river to set up the PLO heads-up match.

Charbel Azzi – Eliminated in 3rd place ($21,330)
Petko Tsakov – 325,000 (27 bb)
Scott Clements – 1,250,000 (104 bb)

Event 28: Luis Calvo – 4th Place ($15,800)

$2,200 Deep Stack Pot Limit Omaha
Level 15: 5,000/10,000
Players Remaining: 3 of 79

Luis Calvo (Sunny Isles Beach, FL_
Luis Calvo (Sunny Isles Beach, FL_

Luis Calvo was the next short stack to take a stab but it wasn’t Scott Clements doing the heavy-lifting this time. Charbel Azzi had Calvo at risk after the Qs9h3c flop.

Azzi: QcQh7s3h
Calvo: AcTc5c3d

The 5d turn left Azzi drawing dead to 4th place while Azzi was able to move a little closer to Clements.

Luis Calvo – Eliminated in 4th place ($15,800)
Charbel Azzi – 540,000 (54 bb)

Event 28: Eric Penner – 5th Place ($11,850)

$2,200 Deep Stack Pot Limit Omaha
Level 14: 4,000/8,000
Players Remaining: 4 of 79

Eric Penner (Denver, CO)
Eric Penner (Denver, CO)

Eric Penner was eliminated on one of the few hands this final table that didn’t get the chips in early. He was heads-up with Scott Clements and things were steady with the board reading Ah7d2s6d when Penner moved all-in. Clements quickly called and Penner saw he was down to two outs.

Penner: AcKc7s6h
Clements: 8d7c7h3c

“You trapped me Scott,” Penner said as he tabled his hand.

The Th river was a blank and Penner was sent out in 5th place while Clements moved over 1 million.

Eric Penner – Eliminated in 5th place ($11,850)
Scott Clements – 1,100,000 (183 bb)

Event 28: Chance Kornuth – 6th Place ($9,840)

$2,200 Deep Stack Pot Limit Omaha
Level 14: 4,000/8,000
Players Remaining: 5 of 79

Chance Kornuth (Las Vegas, NY)
Chance Kornuth (Las Vegas, NY)

The biggest pot of the tournament happened when the two biggest stacks went at each other. Scott Clements, Chance Kornuth, and Charbel Azzi went to the 9h5s2d flop when things went huge.

Clements led out for 60,000 and Kornuth announced “pot” for 348,000. Azzi moved out of the way and Clements thought things out for a few minutes. With ~75,00 sitting behind Kornuth, Clements put him all-in and got a call.

Kornuth: KdKh4s3s
Clements: Th8h7s6d

Kornuth had the top pair against Clement’s wrap draw. The 3d turn brought no change but the game ended for Kornuth on the 7c river.

Chance Kornuth – Eliminated in 6th place ($9,840)
Scott Clements – 860,000 (143 bb)

Event 28: Chris Meyers – 7th Place ($7,900)

$2,200 Deep Stack Pot Limit Omaha
Level 14: 4,000/8,000
Players Remaining: 6 of 79

Chris Meyers (Kenmore, NY)
Chris Meyers (Kenmore, NY)

Chris Meyers was down to only 26,000 when he put them in the middle and Chance Kornuth raised the pot with a premium hand to get heads up.

Kornuth: AcAd9d3s
Meyers: AhTd9h5d

Meyers couldn’t catch up as the board ran KhKd5c3h6d to push Meyers out and Kornuth higher.

Chris Meyers – Eliminated in 7th place ($7,900)
Chance Kornuth – 375,000 (63 bb)

Event 28: Joseph Irgon – 8th Place ($6,320)

$2,200 Deep Stack Pot Limit Omaha
Level 14: 4,000/8,000
Players Remaining: 7 of 79

Chance Kornuth opened to 20,000 and Joseph Irgon took his time to think about his action in the big blind. He only had 50,000 behind and called at risk.

Irgon: JdTh9c8h
Kornuth: AsKs7c5c

The board ran AcQs3sJh6c to ship the pot to Kornuth and send Irgon out in 8th place.

Joseph Irgon – Eliminated in 8th place ($6,320)
Chance Kornuth – 335,000 (56 bb)

Event 28: Mikhail Zlotnik – 9th Place ($4,740)

$2,200 Deep Stack Pot Limit Omaha
Level 13: 3,000/6,000
Players Remaining: 8 of 79

With short stacks all around, there were a few shoves before Mikhail Zlotnik lost most of his stack after doubling up Eric Penner.

Zlotnick was left with only 6,000 plus his small blind and he moved all-in when action folded to him. Luis Calvo called in the big blind without looking.

Zlotnick: Ad9c3c2c
Calvo: Ah8d7c4h

The board ran out Th5h3d8c8h to trip up Calvo and send Zlotnick out first at the final table.

Mikhail Zlotnick – Eliminated in 9th place ($4,740)
Luis Calvo – 120,000 (20 bb)

Event 28: Clements Returns with Huge Lead

$2,200 Deep Stack Pot Limit Omaha
Level 13: 3,000/6,000
Players Remaining: 9 of 79

Scott Clements Leads Final 9 of $2,200 PLO
Scott Clements Leads Final 9 of $2,200 PLO

Event 28 was one of the last big buy-in tournaments on the schedule and they played a little of the $2,200 four-card variety of the game. The tournament drew 79 PLO lovers to create a $158,000 prize pool.

The last nine players earned a piece of the money and they are about to return to play it down. Two-time WSOP winner (and WPT champ) Scott Clements comes back today with the lion’s share of the chips. He has 732,000 of the 3,160,000 chips in play with the rest split between the other eight players.

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Team Member Chance Kornuth sits in second position with 213,000 but the rest will need to make something happen in a hurry if they want the trophy later today.

They are unbagging their chips and will be back underway shortly.

Returning seat assignments:

Seat 1: Chance Kornuth – 213,000 (36 bb)
Seat 2: Petko Tsakov – 127,000 (21 bb)
Seat 3: Charbel Azzi – 112,000 (19 bb)
Seat 4: Joseph Irgon – 26,000 (4 bb)
Seat 5: Mikhail Zlotnik – 36,000 (6 bb)
Seat 6: Luis Calvo – 133,000 (22 bb)
Seat 7: Scott Clements – 732,000 (122 bb)
Seat 8: Chris Meyers – 174,000 (29 bb)
Seat 9: Eric Penner – 27,000 (5 bb)

Chip counts:

Scott Clements – 732,000 (122 bb)
Chance Kornuth – 213,000 (36 bb)
Chris Meyers – 174,000 (29 bb)
Luis Calvo – 133,000 (22 bb)
Petko Tsakov – 127,000 (21 bb)
Charbel Azzi – 112,000 (19 bb)
Mikhail Zlotnik – 36,000 (6 bb)
Eric Penner – 27,000 (5 bb)
Joseph Irgon – 26,000 (4 bb)


1st: $47,400
2nd: $33,180
3rd: $21,330
4th: $15,800
5th: $11,850
6th: $9,480
7th: $7,900
8th: $6,320
9th: $4,740