$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship $3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts Level 38: 400,000/800,000 with a 800,000 ante Players Remaining: 1 of 1,360
James Carroll overcame a two-to-one heads-up chip deficit to defeat Eric Afriat in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown WPT Championship.
On the fateful hand, Afriat raised the button to 2,000,000 and Carroll jammed. Afriat called and was racing for his tournament life.
The flop made it quick, falling improving Carroll to trips. The turn was the while the river sealed the deal. Carroll was anointed champion earning $715,175 and a $15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions seat while Afriat went down as the runner-up for $465,120.
Six-handed final table results:
1st: James Carroll – $715,175* 2nd: Eric Afriat – $465,120 3rd: Maria Ho – $344,960 4th: Jerry Wong – $257,815 5th: Ami Alibay – $194,610 6th: Chad Eveslage – $148,380
$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship $3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts Level 34: 150,000/300,000 with a 300,000 ante Players Remaining: 4 of 1,360
Jerry Wong was on the button and raised to 700,000. Eric Afriat called from the small blind only to see Ami Alibay jam 3,275,000 from the big. Wong called while Afria mucked. Alibay was at risk versus Wong.
Wong came from behind rivering a flush to bust Alibay in fifth place. Alibay scored $194,610 while Wong scooped the pot.
Jerry Wong – 15,875,000 Ami Alibay – Eliminated in 5th place ($194,610)
$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship $3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts Level 31: 75,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante Players Remaining: 6 of 1,360
After a month-long break, the finalists in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown WPT Championship reconvene today to play to a champion at the HyerX Esports Arena at the Luxor in Las Vegas. From 1,360 starting entries, only six remain and it’s James Carroll that tops the play with a stack of 18,525,000.
Carroll has his work cut out for him, though, with a talented group of tablemates that includes Maria Ho, Jerry Wong, Chad Eveslage, Eric Afriat and Ami Alibay. All have locked up a nice score of $148,380, but it’s the $700,175 first prize and $15,000 Tournament of Champions seat they eye.
Chip counts and remaining payouts:
Seat 1: Maria Ho – 16,650,000 Seat 2: Chad Eveslage – 3,350,000 Seat 3: Jerry Wong – 3,225,000 Seat 4: Eric Afriat – 4,425,000 Seat 5: Ami Alibay – 8,175,000 Seat 6: James Carroll – 18,525,000
The button is on James Carroll and there is 43:43 remaining in Level 31 (75,000-150,000 and a 150,000-big blind ante).
Play resumes at 4pm PT/7pm ET and our friends at the WPT will be providing hand-for-hand coverage of the event at WPT.com. Highlight coverage, including all eliminations and a full tournament recap at its conclusion, will be available right here at SHRPO.com.
The 2019 World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown ran April 4th through the 17th at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. The series crowned 28 trophy winners and was highlighted by the $3,500 buy-in, $3,000,000 guaranteed Championship.
As part of WPT’s Season XVII initiative, the Championship played down to the final six and bagged and tagged set to return May 30th at the HyperX ESports Arena in Las Vegas to compete for a $715,175 prize. Leading the way is James Carroll, but he’s trailed by a slew of notables including Maria Ho in second.
2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Florida Event 24 $150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $50,000 Guaranteed Entries: 645 Prize Pool: $77,400 April 15-17, 2019
As has become tradition, we close out every big series with a smaller buy-in multi-flight tournament geared towards our loyal regulars. The $150 buy-in tournament had a great turnout and local Neal Corcoran walked away with the title for more than $11,000 after a five-way deal.
Event 24 featured a $50,000 guaranteed prize pool and they nearly hit it in the first flight. The two starting sessions combined to put $77,400 up for grabs when registration closed with 645 entries.
We saw 62 of them return for Day 2 in the Poker Room and they quickly made the money before the first break. The tournament was down to the final table bubble by the second break and there on the first hand back.
Corcoran returned for Day 2 with the chip lead, held it most of the day, but traded it with several players including Richard Whitebrook who won this event during the Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open when it had six starting flights.
Multiple SHRP champ Sean Shah hit the rail in sixth place, Corcoran retook the lead, and the five remaining players decided to divide up the remaining prize pool. Corcoran took the title with the chip lead along with $12,155.
This is the third biggest cash for Corcoran after a fifth-place finish in December’s Seminole Turnpike Series and 17th place in the 2016 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Championship.
Final table results:
1st: Neal Corcoran – $12,155 * 2nd: Richard Leger – $11,377 * 3rd: Jose Ruiz – $10,199 * 4th: Richard Whitebrook – $8,455 * 5th: Daniel Perez – $7,353 * 6th: Sean Shah – $3,135 7th: Dave Phillips – $2,399 8th: Eric Kolodny – $1,703 9th: Greg Rosen – $1,238 10th: Renny Morales – $929 * – Denotes results of five-way deal