2017 Showdown Live Updates

Event 9 Flight B: John Depersio Eliminated

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 6: 200/400 with a 50 Ante
Flight B Entries: 318

In three-way action, John Depersio was all in for his last 6,900 preflop, the player in the cutoff was all in for 8,200, and Chris Brown had both players covered and at risk.

Depersio: Jc9s
Cutoff: As6s
Brown: QsQc

The board ran out KhTc3h2c5d, and Brown’s queens held to earn him the double knockout.

Chris Brown – 52,000
John Depersio – Eliminated

Event 9 Flight B: Alex Foxen Finds Four Queens

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 6: 200/400 with a 50 Ante
Flight B Entries: 306

Alex Foxen was heads up and out of position on the river of a KcQd9s9hQh board. There was about 16,000 or so in the middle, and Foxen moved all in for 14,075. His opponent spent a long while in the tank, then called to put Foxen at risk.

Never in danger, Foxen showed QsQc, doubling up with quad queens.

Alex Foxen – 44,000

Event 8: In The Money!

$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 15: 1,500/3,000 with a 500 Ante
Players Remaining: 19 of 160

After a lengthy money bubble, the remaining 19 players are in the money following two separate eliminations.

At one table, Kiaran McLaughin was all in for about 15,000 with 9h9d against Mark Manesh’s JhJc. The board ran out Ah5c5s3d8h, no help to McLaughlin, locking up the pot for Manesh.

At one of the other tables, with the board reading AhQd9c4c, Jeff Kessler got his stack of roughly 47,000 into the middle with Ad4d for two pair against an opponent (who refused to be identified for now) with 9h9s for a set of nines. The river was the 8c, no help to Kessler, securing the pot for his opponent.

McLaughlin and Kessler split the $571 for 20th and 21st place.

Event 9 Flight B: Mukul Pahuja Rejoins, Shoves

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 5: 150/300 with a 50 Ante
Flight B Entries: 290

Mukul Pahuja had just less than a starting stack on the first break a few minutes ago, but things must have taken a turn for the worse shortly thereafter. The SHRP Team member just appeared with a new registration ticket and a fresh stack of chips, and he’s apparently come in a mood to play some poker this evening.

In his second hand at the new table, Pahuja opened to 800 in early position, and two players behind him called. The big blind three-bet to 4,200, though, and Pahuja four-bet shoved for 19,900 total. All three opponents quickly folded in turn, and Pahuja won the pot with no showdown.

Mukul Pahuja – 26,300

Event 9 Flight B: Chip Leaders and a Few More Chip Counts

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 5: 150/300 with a 50 Ante
Flight B Entries: 281

Dennis Zollo  –  99,500 (331 bb)
A.J. Kelsall  –  64,800 (216 bb)
James Scott  –  61,500 (205 bb)
Raj Ramakrishnan  –   50,200 (167 bb)
Darren Rabinowitz  –   44,675 (149 bb)
Frankie Flowers – 43,900 (146 bb)
Scott Zakheim – 40,625 (135 bb)
William Vo  –  25,000 (83 bb)
Jonathan Borenstein – 24,000 (80 bb)
Alex Foxen – 21,000 (70 bb)
Aaron Massey – 19,700 (65 bb)
Sorel Mizzi – 19,500 (65 bb)
Mukul Pahuja – 18,000 (60 bb)
Ronit Chamani – 14,950 (50 bb)
Michael Johnson – 12,300 (41 bb)
Raminder Singh – 9,000 (30 bb)

Event 9 Flight B: A.J. Kelsall vs. Raminder Singh

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 4: 100/200 with a 25 Ante
Flight B Entries: 271

A.J. Kelsall and Raminder Singh both ran deep in a recent WSOP Circuit event in South Florida, an event ultimately won by Singh. The two have drawn the same starting table in this event, sitting side-by-side in the middle of the room. They were involved in a recent pot together, too.

It began with Stephen Smith opening to 550 under the gun. Kelsall called in the cutoff, Singh called on the button, and the big blind defended to create four-way action.

The flop was Tc5c2s. The big blind checked, and Smith continued for 800. Kelsall raised to 2,000, Singh called, and the big blind folded. “All right, I’m confused,” Smith said, then folded.

Heads-up now, the turn was the 8d. Kelsall checked, Singh bet 4,000, and Kelsall called. The river was the 2c. Kelsall took a peek at Singh’s remaining stack of less than 9,000, then bet enough to cover him. Singh considered for a couple minutes, lamenting that he’d likely run into a flush, then folded.

Kelsall flashed QcJc to confirm Singh’s suspicions as the dealer pushed him the pot. He’s off to a hot start, having more than tripled his starting stack before the first break.

A.J. Kelsall – 64,000
Raminder Singh – 8,850

Event 9 Flight B: Darren Rabinowitz Up Early

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 3: 75/150 with a 25 Ante
Flight B Entries: 246

Darren Rabinowitz just joined the field during this level, and he’s wasted no time getting to work. Rabinowitz opened this most recent pot to 400 from early position, and three players called, including the big blind.

The flop was Kc9d4c. The big blind and Rabinowitz checked, and the next player bet 1,125. The player in position called, and the big blind check-raised to 3,500. Rabinowitz re-raised to 8,500, the two players trapped in the middle folded, and the big blind called the remainder to see the turn.

It was the 7h. The big blind checked, Rabinowitz moved all in for 7,575 effective, and the big blind called to put himself at risk.

Rabinowitz: Kh9h (kings up)
Big blind: KsJs (pair of kings)

The river was the 3s, and Rabinowitz won the knockout pot with two pair.

Darren Rabinowitz – 39,500

Event 9: Chip Counts Through Flight A

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Returning to Level 15: 1,500/3,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 65 of 359

Flight A: 359 Entries, 65 Advanced
Flight B: In Progress
Flight C: Friday at 11am
Flight D: Friday at 6pm
Flight E: Saturday at 11am
Flight F: Saturday at 6pm
Day 2: Sunday at 1pm

Chip counts through Flight A:

RankFirst NameLast NameChip CountFlight
18SamuelPierce III134,500A
64Jose LuisRodrigues30,000A

Event 9 Flight B: Who’s Here?

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 3: 75/150 with a 25 Ante
Flight B Entries: 221

Among those in the field include Zoltan Czinkota, Michael Johnson, James Romero, Raminder Singh, A.J. Kelsall, Alex Foxen, Richard Foster, Jodan Meltzer, Scott Zakheim, William Vo, Larry Klur, Matthew Wantman, Aaron Massey, and Frankie Flowers.

Late registration is open until the start of Level 9 at about 10:30pm and unlimited re-entries are available until then.

Event 9 Flight A: Time to Bag

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
End of Level 14: 1,200/2,400 with a 400 Ante
Flight A Players Remaining: 65 of 359

Vittorio Maraone

Play has come to an end for the first flight of Event 9 with 65 players still around for Day 2 on Sunday. Vittorio Maraone surged late to bag the lead with 309,000 at a tough table that including Loni Harwood, Phil Hui, and Ryan Dunn.

Harwood (63,000), Hui (62,500), and Dunn (121,000) also advanced along with  Jorge Gomez (241,500), Asher Conniff (228,000), Dan Suied (175,000), Jessica Dawley (148,000), Stu Paterson (72,000), Tony Ruberto (88,000), and Wally Maddah (35,500).

Full chip counts will be released as soon as they are available.

Event 9 Flight A: Kenny Nguyen Eliminated

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 14: 1,200/2,400 with a 400 Ante
Flight A Players Remaining: 90 of 359

Kenny Nguyen was just moved to a new table with a short stack, and he wasted no time putting his remaining chips to work.

Nguyen opened the last pot with a raise in middle position, Jessica Dawley called in the cutoff, and Denis Cyr called on the button to create three-way action.

The flop was Js5d4d, and Nguyen moved all in for 26,300. Dawley folded, but Cyr quickly called to put Nguyen at risk. “Uh oh,” Nguyen said. “I need a three.”

Nguyen: As2h
Cyr: KcJc

Nguyen was drawing live to aces, as well, but the Kh turn took away those three outs. “Now I really need a three,” he said. The river was the Jd, though, and Cyr won the knockout pot with jacks full.

“Good luck everybody,” the chatty Nguyen said as he stood up. “I’ll see you guys on Day 2. Hopefully.” With that, he headed straight to the cashier to purchase a ticket for Day 1B, which has just gotten under way on the other side of the room.

Denis Cyr – 80,000 (33 bb)
Kenny Nguyen – Eliminated

Jason Taylor/WPT Foundation Charity Event

We’re less than a week away from one of the most anticipated, fun events on the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown schedule. We’re proud to host Miami Dolphin legend Jason Taylor’s charity poker on March 29 after a success inaugural run last year.

The recent Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee began his foundation in 2004 to support and create programs that facilitate the personal growth and empowerment of South Florida’s children in need by focusing on improved health care, education and quality of life.

Taylor wasn’t just a force on the football field, he also flashed some poker skill when he finished in third place during his event last year.

“Not only did our foundation benefit but there was some great poker played as well…and I’m not just saying that because I finished in third place,” said Taylor.

An exclusive player party will be held in the ballrooms from 5-7 p.m. and the No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) tournament will immediately follow. A portion of each $300 buy-in will be donated to the foundation.

In addition to a cash prize pool, participants have the opportunity to win over $10,000 in prizes, which includes a $3,500 entry into the $2 Million Guaranteed, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship and a 4-day, 3-night Hard Rock Resort Package in Cancun, Mexico plus $1,000 for travel. Specialty items will also be available via a silent auction. Included in the auction is a Jason Taylor Golf outing at executive golf clubs.

Jason Taylor interview on SouthFlorida.com

Event 9 Flight B: Second Ready to Fly

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 1: 25/50

The first flight of Event 9 continues to play down on one side of the ballroom while the second prepares to kick off on the other. The $570 buy-in tournament has a huge $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool and they are well on their way to hitting it.

Flight A drew 359 entries and we expect even more this evening as they push the prize pool higher.

Entrants sit down to 20,000 deep stacks and play through 30-minute levels on Day 1. Late registration is open until the start of Level 9 at 10:30pm and unlimited re-entries are available while it is open. Play will conclude at the end of Level 14 and survivors will put their chips in a bag for Day 2 on Sunday.

Cards fly at 6pm and we’ll be follwing them the entire way.

  • $1,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Day 1 will end after Level 14 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 9 Structure Sheet

Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Property Update

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood Property Update

Preparations are underway for the development of an iconic hotel tower and resort:

  • Parking – Poker players are encouraged to park in Winner’s Way Garage to access both the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown tournament space and The Poker Room
  • The Poker Room – Players may access the poker room by entering through the main lobby or via the exterior entrance on the opposite end of Winner’s Way Garage.
  • Inside hotel – Services and amenities inside the hotel will remain open along with regularly scheduled events and entertainment.

Event 9 Flight A: Phil Hui Doubles Up

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 12: 800/1,600 with a 200 Ante
Flight A Players Remaining: 99 of 359

Phil Hui

A player in early position opened to 3,500, and Phil Hui three-bet shoved for 31,900 in the cutoff. The big blind called the shove, the initial raiser folded, and Hui was heads-up and at risk.

Hui: JsJd
Big blind: TcTd

The board ran out clean for Hui, coming 9h5s3sQc4d to give him a double-up.

Phil Hui – 69,700 (44 bb)

Event 10: Registration Closed; Seniors Prize Pool Tops $40,000

$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 10: 500/1,000 with a 100 Ante
Players Remaining: 54 of 160

Registration closed on the Seniors event with 160 entries pushing the prize pool to $40,800. The last 18 players will take home some money with a min-cash worth $698, the final nine players all earning at least a four-digit payout, and the winner cashing for $10,965 plus the glass trophy, custom-framed winner’s photo from IMPDI, and a seat in the $10,000 WPT Finale/$3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship freeroll.

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, FL
Event 10
$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 160
Prize Pool: $40,800
March 23, 2017

1st: $10,965
2nd: $7,113
3rd: $4,192
4th: $2,550
5th: $1,969
6th: $1,632
7th: $1,418
8th: $1,273
9th: $1,097
10th – 12th: $959
13th – 15th: $826
16th – 18th: $698
19th – 20th: $571

Event 9 Flight A: More Late Arrivals

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 10: 500/1,000 with a 100 Ante
Flight A Players Remaining: 144 of 359

Jessica Dawley

Registration closed on Flight A back a few levels ago and we found a few SHRP favorites hopping in late.

Seminole Hard Rock Poker team member Jessica Dawley is back after a deep run in Event 5 which saw her finish 12th out of 1,973 entries last night and Seminole Hard Rock Tampa poker ambassador Wally Maddah is a few days removed from the H.O.R.S.E. final table.

Wally Maddah

Event 9 Flight A: Registration Closed

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 9: 400/800 with a 100 Ante
Flight A Players Remaining: 198 of 359

Players are back in their seats with less the 200 remaining and registration closed for the first flight. The opener attracted 359 entries for a great jump on hitting the $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool later this weekend.

They will continue to play for six more levels, with a break in between, before bagging up for Day 2 on Sunday.

Thurs at 11amA359TBD
Thurs at 6pmB
Friday at 11amC
Friday at 6pmD
Saturday at 11amE
Saturday at 6pmF
Total 359TBD

Event 9 Flight A: Closing Down

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 8: 300/600 with a 75 Ante
Flight A Entries: 350

Mukul Pahuja

Flight A players are taking their second break of the day which means registration will soon close on the opening session of the $1 Million GTD tournament when they return.

We’ve seen some top players hop in the game late to push the entry number higher including Seminole Hard Rock Poker team member Mukul Pahuja, 2015 WPT World Champion Asher Conniff, and 2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Event 1 winner Dan Suied.

Registration will close at 3:30pm and we’ll see how high they can push the opening numbers.

Asher Conniff
Dan “Miami Boss” Suied