Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Event 24: $200 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em
September 3, 2014
The final trophy event of the 2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open carried a $50,000 guarantee on the prize pool. They cleared that with ease as 344 players entered on the last day.
Some players were chasing points for the series leaderboard or the Player of the Year leaderboard. Some were just chasing trophies. That was Enos Smith’s reason for coming down from Palatka, FL. This is his first win, but he finished 2nd in an HPT event at Daytona a couple of years ago.
After playing for about 12 hours, they reached the final table and all ten players agreed on a chop, with Smith getting the lion’s share as the chip leader. Smith will take home the trophy and custom framed photo provided by IMPDI.
Placement based on chip counts:
1st Enos Smith
2nd Henri Azoulay
3rd Steve Marcozzi
4th Evgeniy Catane
5th Herbert Woodbery
6th Lance Foster
7th Scott Cowan
8th Rick Perez
9th Robert Tanner
10th Andrea Orphanos
There were 344 entrants in this event for a total prize pool of $58,480. The final 27 earned a payday. Among those cashing in this event was Wally Maddah, a tournament grinder chasing points on the leaderboard. Another point chaser, Moe Maghraoui, was the bubble-boy, busting out in 28th place.
This was the final event of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open and the final series of the Player of the Year contest, so after the numbers are crunched, we will know if Angel Vu is the Seminole Hard Rock Player of the Year.
Until next time, may the cards fall your way. Farewell from the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood!
1. JAMES SMITH III (EDGEWATER, FL): $5,860
2. HENRI AZOULAY (MIAMI BEACH, FL): $4,700
3. STEVEN MARCOZZI (NAPLES, FL): $4,700
4. EVGENIY CATANE (SUNNY ISLES BEACH, FL): $4,700
5. HERBERT WOODBERY (WINTER GARDEN, FL): $4,700
6. LANCE FOSTER (CORYDON, IA): $4,700
7. SCOTT COWAN (DAVIE, FL): $4,700
8. ENRIQUE PEREZ (MIAMI, FL): $4,700
9. ROBERT TANNER (WELLINGTON, FL): $4,700
10. ANDREA ORPHANOS (COCOA BEACH, FL): $4,700
11. JORGE GOMEZ (PLANTATION, FL): $819
12. GUILLERMO MONTERO: $819
13. MATTHEW FRASER (HOPKINTON, MA): $702
14. WALID MADDAH (TAMPA, FL): $702
15. DANIEL GENACHTE (DEERFIELD BEACH, FL): $702
16. DAVID GELLEY (PALM BEACH GDNS, FL): $614
17. JAY JOHNSON (PHILADELPHIA, PA): $614
18. MARK BERNSTEIN (HOLLYWOOD, FL): $614
19. ROBERT WILLIAMS (MIAMI GARDENS, FL): $526
20. STEVEN BENNETT (DEERFIELD BEACH, FL): $526
21. LOUIS BERDELLANS (COOPER CITY, FL): $526
22. JEFFERY SHEPPARD (FT LAUDERDALE, FL): $526
23. MICHAEL CHIAPPETTA (BOCA RATON, FL): $526
24. JANN SABIN (FORT LAUDERDALE, FL): $526
25. MARK SHULLA (PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL): $526
26. FREDERICK ALLENSPACH (PLANTATION, FL): $526
27. BRIAN PHILLIS (HIGHLAND BEACH, FL): $526