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Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Concludes; Championship Final Six Head to Las Vegas

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.

Link: Championship Update

While those six are still jockeying for a title, each of the below Poker Showdown players already scored a trophy in their respective events. Here’s a look at all the series champions:

That’s a wrap at the Seminole Hard Rock! Next up, the May Deep Stack Series May 16th-27th.

Neal Corcoran Closes Series with a Win in Event 24

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

Neal Corcoran, Event 24 Champion

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

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Event 24: Neal Corcoran Wins After Five-Way Deal

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27: 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 645

Neal Corcoran

The five remaining players played most of Level 27 with only one major pot that saw Neal Corcoran take a pot from Richard Leger with a timely river. He moved into the lead, Leger dropped to second, and they decided to look at the ICM numbers.

The math was run and all agreed to the adjusted payout numbers with Corcoran taking the lion’s share of $12,155 as the leader. The remaining prize pool was divided this way:

Neal Corcoran – 2,955,000 (49 bb)
Richard Leger – 2,530,000 (42 bb)
Jose Ruiz – 1,975,000 (33 bb)
Richard Whitebrook – 1,290,000 (22 bb)
Daniel Perez – 935,000 (16 bb)

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

Event 24: Break Time Counts

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27: 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 645

The five remaining players are taking another break and will return with blinds at 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 big blind ante.

Seat 2: Richard Leger – 2,335,000 (39 bb)
Seat 5: Jose Ruiz – 1,975,000 (33 bb)
Seat 6: Richard Whitebrook – 2,500,000 (42 bb)
Seat 7: Daniel Perez – 1,215,000 (20 bb)
Seat 9: Neal Corcoran – 1,650,000 (28 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $20,436
2nd: $11,997
3rd: $7,779
4th: $5,418
5th: $3,909

Event 24: Sean Shah – 6th Place ($3,135)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 26: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 645

Sean Shah

Action folded to Sean Shah on the button and he moved all in for 575,000. Richard Leger reshipped from the small blind to get a fold from Jose Ruiz in the big

Leger: AdJs
Shah: Ks6d

“You know you’re the favorite, right Sean?” Richard Whitebrook joked.

Shah had two live cards but blanked the Qc7c4h7s3c board to exit in sixth place.

Richard Leger – 2,535,000 (51 bb)
Sean Shah – Eliminated in 6th Place ($3,135)

Event 24: Dave Phillips – 7th Place ($2,399)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 26: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 645

Dave Phillips

Daniel Perez open-shoved for 570,000 and it folded to Dave Phillips in the big blind. He called with a slightly bigger stack and they flipped up their cards.

Perez: 7h7s
Phillips: AsKh

Phillips needed to win the race to send Perez out but the sevens stayed ahead on the QcTs6h9c6c board. Phillips was left with dust and gone on the next hand

Daniel Perez – 1,165,000 (23 bb)
Dave Phillips – Eliminated in 7th Place ($2,399)

Event 24: Richard Whitebrook Versus Sean Shah

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 26: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 645

It was three-ways to a AsAd5h flop and Sean Shah bet 100,000. Richard Whitebrook called on the button and Neal Corcoran folded from the big blind. Both players checked the Ah turn and Shah checked the 9h river.

Whitebrook announced 300,000, Shah called, then quickly mucked when Whitebrook showed the case ace AcQc for quads.

Richard Whitebrook – 2,985,000 (60 bb)
Sean Shah – 500,000 (10 bb)

Event 24: Eric Kolodny – 8th Place ($1,703)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 25: 20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 645

Eric Kolodny

Eric Kolodny opened to 145,000 from early position and Neal Corcoran called. It made it around to Richard Whitebrook and he moved all in for ~1,300,000. Kolodny shipped for a similar stack and Corcoran flashed TcTs as he folded.

Whitebrook: KdKh
Kolodny: QhQd

A cooler for Kolodny and the better starting pair held this time as the board came AhJd4hKsJh.

Richard Whitebrook – 2,450,000 (61 bb)
Eric Kolodny – Eliminated in 8th Place ($1,703)

Event 24: Eric Kolodny Doubles Through Jose Ruiz

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 25: 20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 645

Eric Kolodny

Eric Kolodny moved all in from early position for 550,000 and it folded around to Jose Ruiz in the small blind. He called, Richard Whitebrook folded his big, and Kolodny was at risk.

Kolodny: 7s7h
Ruiz: QcQh

Kolodny was in a lot of trouble and the 8h6d2d flop did him no favors. The Ad turn left Kolodny looking for two outs to double and he got it on the 7d river.

“I was walking out the door,” Kolodny laughed.

Eric Kolodny – 1,180,000 (30 bb)
Jose Ruiz – 1,450,000 (36 bb)

Event 24: Richard Leger Doubles Twice

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 25: 20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 645

Richard Leger

Richard Leger was sitting with less than ten big blinds and he found a quick, small double through Neal Corcoran. One hand later, Corcoran opened to 85,000 from the button, Sean Shah called in the small blind, and Leger ripped for 620,000 from the big.

Corcoran folded and Shah went in the tank. After two minutes, he called and Leger quickly tabled his hand.

Leger: KdKs
Shah: 2d2c

Leger was in great shape and back in the game after the Kc5c3sAdJh board.

Richard Leger – 1,325,000 (33 bb)
Sean Shah – 750,000 (19 bb)