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Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic Returns to 2018 SHRPO; $130K+ Raised During Inaugural Event

Former major league baseballer Jeff Conine hosts the Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood as part of the property’s flagship Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. The tournament is ran in partnership with the Charity Series of Poker and begins August 9th at 7pm featuring a $300 buy-in benefiting the Conine Clubhouse at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

Jeff Conine

The event is preceded by a VIP reception and silent auction beginning at 5:30pm. For the non-poker players, a donation of $100 gains access to this exclusive gathering which will include complimentary food and beverages.

The 2017 Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic Player Party pre-party
Last year’s event drew more than 300 entries raising more than $130,000 for the Conine Clubhouse.

While August’s event marks the 7th annual running of the Celebrity Poker Classic, last year was the debut at the Seminole Hard Rock and the results were record breaking. More than 300 entries ponied up over $130,000 in charitable donations with Aron Dermer taking the cake as the tournament champion.

The 2017 Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic champion, Aron Dermer
The 2017 Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic

According to the foundation:

“Presented by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and hosted by the Charity Series of Poker, the Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic offers poker players at all levels a night of great entertainment and the opportunity to help families whose lives have been impacted by a child’s illness.”

Registration is available now in the Seminole Hard Rock poker room. Those looking to register online can visit ConinePokerClassic.org or contact the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Craig Cohen at crcohen@mhs.net.

Stay tuned for additional details on this event.

2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Schedule

Trophy Event Schedule:

EventDayDateTimeBuy-InTournament DescriptionStructure
1AThu2-Aug11am$570Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)Structure
1BThu2-Aug6pm$570$1M GTDStructure
1CFri3-Aug11am$570--Structure
1DFri3-Aug6pm$570--Structure
1ESat4-Aug11am$570--Structure
1FSat4-Aug6pm$570--Structure
1Sun5-Aug1pm--Day 2--
2Thu2-Aug12pm$360Omaha 8 or Better (Re-Entry) - One Day EventStructure
3Fri3-Aug12pm$360H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry) - One Day EventStructure
4Sat4-Aug12pm$360PLO 8 (Re-Entry) One Day EventStructure
5Sun5-Aug12pm$300Deep Stack Turbo (Re-Entry) - $25K GTD - One Day EventStructure
6Sun5-Aug3pm$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty (Single Re-Entry) - $100K GTDStructure
6Mon6-Aug2pm--Day 2--
7Mon6-Aug11am$300Seniors 50+ (Re-Entry) - One-Day EventStructure
8Mon6-Aug12pm$360Big Stack Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) - $30K GTD - One Day EventStructure
9Mon6-Aug3pm$360PLO (Re-Entry) - One Day EventStructure
10Mon6-Aug6pm$150Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry) - $20K GTD - $5,250 Championship Seat AddedStructure
11Tue7-Aug11am$570Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $50K GTD - One Day EventStructure
12Tue7-Aug3pm$360Big O (Re-Entry) - One Day EventStructure
13Tue7-Aug5pm$1,100 Eight-Handed Turbo NLH (Freeze-Out) - One Day EventStructure
14Wed8-Aug12pm$50,000 Super High Roller NLH (Re-Entry) - $1M GTD - Held in Salon EastStructure
14Thu9-Aug12pm--Day 2--
15Wed8-Aug12pm$1,100 Six-Max Big Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $100K GTD - One Day EventStructure
16Wed8-Aug3pm$360Six-Max PLO (Single Re-Entry) - One Day EventStructure
17Thu9-Aug12pm$2,200 Eight-Handed NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $200K GTD - One Day EventStructure
18Thu9-Aug7pm$300Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic presented by CSOPStructure
19AFri10-Aug12pm$5,250SHRPO Championship Day 1A (Single Re-Entry) - $3M GTDStructure
19BSat11-Aug12pm$5,250SHRPO Championship Day 1B (Single Re-Entry) - $3M GTDStructure
19Sun12-Aug12pm--Day 2--
19Mon13-Aug12pm--Day 3--
19Tue14-Aug1pm--Final Table Televised and Live Streamed as Part of
20Sun12-Aug2pm$2,650NLH (Single Re-Entry) - $1M GTDStructure
20Mon13-Aug12pm--Day 2--
20Tue14-Aug1pm--Final Table Televised and Live Streamed as Part of
21Mon13-Aug11am$1,100NLH (Re-Entry) - $500K GTDStructure
21Tue14-Aug1pm--Final Table Televised and Live Streamed as Part of
22Mon13-Aug12pm$25,500High Roller (Re-Entry) - $2M GTD - Held in Salon EastStructure
22Tue14-Aug1pm--Final Table Televised and Live Streamed as Part of
23ASun12-Aug5pm$150NLH Day 1A (Re-Entry) - $50K GTDStructure
23BMon13-Aug5pm$150NLH Day 1B (Re-Entry) - $50K GTDStructure
23Tue14-Aug5pm--Day 2 - Held in the Poker Room--
24Mon13-Aug6pm$2,650 PLO (Re-Entry)Structure
24Tue14-Aug3pm--Day 2 - Held in the Poker Room--
25Tue14-Aug11am$10,000 NLH (Re-Entry) - $500K GTD - Held in Salon East - One Day EventStructure
26Tue14-Aug12pm$300Deep Stack Turbo (Re-Entry) - $25K GTD - Held in Salon East - One Day EventStructure

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

EventDayDateTimeBuy-InTournament DescriptionStructure
27Thu2-Aug9am$80Turbo Mega Satellite into Event #1 ($570/$1M) (1 in 10) -2 Seats GTD (Held in Poker Room)Structure
28Thu2-Aug3pm$200Multi Satellite into Any $570 Event/Satellite & Event #21 (1 in 10) - 4 Pkgs GTDStructure
29Thu2-Aug8pm$140Turbo Mega Satellite into Event #1 (1 in 5) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
30Fri3-Aug9am$80Turbo Mega Satellite into Event #1 ($570/$1M) (1 in 10) -2 Seats GTD (Held in Poker Room)Structure
31Fri3-Aug3pm$200Multi Satellite into Any $570 Event/Satellite & Event #21 (1 in 10) - 4 Pkgs GTDStructure
32Fri3-Aug8pm$140Turbo Mega Satellite into Event #1 (1 in 5) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
33Sat4-Aug9am$80Turbo Mega Satellite into Event #1 ($570/$1M) (1 in 10) -2 Seats GTD (Held in Poker Room)Structure
34Sat4-Aug3pm$150Double Green Chip Bounty NLH (RE) - $570 Championship Mega Satellite Seat ADDEDStructure
35Sat4-Aug8pm$570Turbo Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
36Sun5-Aug12pm$200Turbo Mega Satellite into Event #6 Purple Chip Bounty (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
37Sun5-Aug5pm$300Turbo Event # 20 Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
38Sun5-Aug8pm$570Turbo Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
39Mon6-Aug9am$140Turbo Step Satellite into Any $1,100 Event (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTD (Held in the Poker Room)Structure
40Mon6-Aug8pm$550Turbo MULTI Satellite (1 in 10) - 2 Packages GTDStructure
41Tue7-Aug9am$140Turbo Step Satellite into Any $1,100 Event (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTD (Held in the Poker Room)Structure
42Tue7-Aug5pm$5,100 Mega Satellite into the Super High Roller - 1 Seat GuaranteedStructure
43Tue7-Aug8pm$570Turbo Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
44Wed8-Aug9am$140Turbo Step Satellite into Any $1,100 Event (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTD (Held in the Poker Room)Structure
45Wed8-Aug11am$570Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 20 Seats GTDStructure
46Wed8-Aug3pm$570Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 10 Seats GTDStructure
47Wed8-Aug8pm$550Turbo MULTI Satellite (1 in 10) - 2 Packages GTDStructure
48Thu9-Aug9am$140Championship Step Satellite (1 in 5) - 2 Seats GTD (Held in the Poker Room)Structure
49Thu9-Aug11am$570Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 20 Seats GTDStructure
50Thu9-Aug3pm$570Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 10 Seats GTDStructure
51Thu9-Aug5pm$300Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 20) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
52Thu9-Aug8pm$570Turbo Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
53Fri10-Aug10am$555Super Turbo Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 1 Seat GTD (Held in the Poker Room)Structure
54Fri10-Aug3pm$570Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 10 Seats GTDStructure
55Fri10-Aug8pm$570Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
56Fri10-Aug10:30pm$555Super Turbo Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 1 Seat GTDStructure
57Sat11-Aug10am$555Super Turbo Championship Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 1 Seat GTD (Held in the Poker Room)Structure
58Sat11-Aug3pm$300Mega Satellite into Event #20 (1 in 10) - 5 Seats GTDStructure
59Sat11-Aug8pm$300Mega Satellite into Event #20 (1 in 10) - 5 Seats GTDStructure
60Sat11-Aug10:30pm$2,625 Super Turbo Event # 22 Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 1 Seat GTDStructure
61Sun12-Aug10am$300Turbo Event # 22 Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 1 Seat GTD (Held in the Poker Room)Structure
62Sun12-Aug4pm$140Mega Satellite into Event #21 (1 in 10) - 10 Seats GTDStructure
63Sun12-Aug8pm$2,650 Mega Satellite into Event #22 (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTDStructure
64Sun12-Aug8pm$140Turbo Mega Satellite into Event #21 (1 in 10) - 5 Seats GTDStructure
65Mon13-Aug9am$140Turbo Mega Satellite into Event #21 (1 in 10) - 2 Seats GTD (Held in the Poker Room)Structure
66Mon13-Aug6pm$1,050 Mega Satellite into Event #25 (1 in 10) - 5 Seats GTDStructure
67Mon13-Aug10:30pm$1,030 Super Turbo Event # 25 Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 1 Seat GTDStructure
68Tue14-Aug10am$1,030 Super Turbo Event # 25 Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 1 Seat GTD (Held in the Poker Room)Structure
69Tue14-Aug12pm$1,030 Last Chance Super Turbo Event # 25 Mega Satellite (1 in 10) - 1 Seat GTDStructure

2017 SHRPO Concludes as 27 Players Earn Six-Figure Prizes

The 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open kicked off at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on August 3. The series ran through August 16 and boasted a total of 18 primary events. Headlined by The Big 4 winners, there were a total of 27 players that recorded six-figure cashes during the series.

The 2017 SHRPO Champions:

2017 marked the third consecutive year for the event to boast The Big 4, a one-of-kind progression of events that sees a quartet of majors play out simultaneously side-by-side.

With SHRPO officially wrapped, next up for the Seminole Hard Rock is the World Series of Poker Circuit beginning September 21.

Thanks for following along and see you next month!

Event 14: Joseph Ritzie Comes Back to Close SHRPO

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 779
Prize Pool: $93,480
August 14-16, 2017

Joseph Ritzie, Event 14 Champion

The 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open series closed down with one last, multi-day tournament that would finish the day after the Big 4. The $150 buy-in drew a mixed crowd of local regular and amateurs here to have a good time. After two starting flights and a long play down day, Cincinnati’s Joseph Ritzie locked up the last trophy of the series and took home $24,682 for the title.

The two starting flights combined to put 779 entries into the tournament to easily surpass its $50,000 guaranteed prize pool. The final tally created a prize pool worth $93,480 with the last 45 taking some money home.

Of those 779 entries, only 69 made it through to Day 2 with several local regulars looking to go deep including defending champion Cesar Fuentes, 2015 winner Yves Fequiere, and Francis Margaglione trying for his third SHRPO title in as many series.

The money bubble burst shortly after the first break and they quickly played down from 69 to the final table ten in a little more than four hours of play.

Fuentes and Margaglione made the final table but most of the chips belonged in the stacks of Gui Van and Adam Horowitz. Short stacked Errol Rosen hit the rail quickly in tenth place followed by Nachum Lumelski.

At that point, things began to slide for Horowitz as Van built a big lead. Michael Levy dropped in eighth place, Horowitz followed in seventh, and Michael Kopjanski and Hollander Preap were gone soon after.

Fuentes took a bad beat to Margaglione to exit in fourth place and we had seven players off the final table in less than two hours. During that time, Van’s stack held half of the chips in play with Margaglione his closest competitor. Ritzie was the short stack before he staged his comeback.

He found a huge double up through Van with threes beating jack-ten to get him back in the game and Ritzie drove the action from that point forward. Margaglione was in trouble when he put his stack in against Van’s dominating hand and dropped in third place.

The heads up match between Ritzie and Van was a quick affair and Ritzie was soon sitting for his winner’s photo.

It was a show of patience as he watched other players drop to the rail while others built up their stacks. Ritzie found his spot, picked up the chips, and came from behind to win the last trophy of the 2017 SHRPO series.

Final table results:

1st: Joseph Ritzie – $24,682
2nd: Gui Van – $14,489
3rd: Francis Margaglione – $9,395
4th: Cesar Fuentes – $6,544
5th: Hollander Preap – $4,721
6th: Michael Kopjanski – $3,786
7th: Adam Horowitz – $2,898
8th: Michael Levy – $2,057
9th: Nachum Lumelski – $1,496
10th: Errol Rosen – $1,122

Event 14: Joseph Ritzie Defeats Gui Van for SHRPO Title

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 29: 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante

Gui Van

Joseph Ritzie and Gui Van were unable to come to terms on a chop deal and the heads up match did not last long. Van soon had his chips in the middle with jxtx against Ritzie’s ax2x and then two aces hit the flop.

Just like that, the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open came to end with Ritzie capturing the title.

Recap to follow shortly.

1st: Joseph Ritzie – $24,682
2nd: Gui Van – $14,489

Joseph Ritzie

Event 14: Francis Margaglione Eliminated in 3rd Place ($9,395)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 29: 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 779

Francis Margaglione

Gui Van opened to 225,000 from the button, Joseph Ritzie called in the small blind, and Francis Margaglione moved all in from the big.

Van released and Ritzie asked for a count. Margaglione’s all in was for 1,250,000 and Ritzie called.

Ritzie: ksqd
Margaglione: kdtd

Ritzie was dominating then hit the qs4s2d flop. The 5d turn caused Ritzie to exclaim a few words, but the 2h river kept him in the lead to send Margaglione out in third place, unable to take home a trophy in a third straight SHRPO series.

Joseph Ritzie – 5,255,000 (66 bb)
Francis Margaglione – Eliminated in 3rd place ($9,935)

Event 14: Break Time Counts

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 29: 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 779

Francis Margaglione after knocking out Cesar Fuentes

The three remaining players went on a quick break with Gui Van holding onto his lead. Event 14 went from ten players to three in only two hours.

Seat 1: Francis Margaglione – 1,935,000 (24 bb)
Seat 4: Gui Van – 3,415,000 (43 bb)
Seat 8: Joseph Ritzie – 2,440,000 (31 bb)

Event 14: Joseph Ritzie Doubles Through Gui Van

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 28: 30,000/60,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 779

Joseph Ritzie

Gui Van opened to 175,000 from the button and Joseph Ritzie shoved for 690,000 from the small blind. Margaglione released his big blind and Van called after confirming the count.

Ritzie: 3s3d
Van: jc9h

Ritzie had to dodge two overs to stay in the game, Van missed the ksts2c flop, but added a gutshot draw. The 5h turn was safe for Ritzie and he doubled back into contention after the 6c river.

Updated counts:
Seat 1: Francis Margaglione – 2,220,000 (37 bb)
Seat 4: Gui Van – 3,700,000 (62 bb)
Seat 8: Joseph Ritzie – 1,870,000 (31 bb)