Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Championship: $5,300 Championship NLH
August 28 – September 3, 2014
Total Entries: 1,499
Total Prize Pool: $10,000,000
The showcase event of the 2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open kicked off on August 28th and it took nearly a week to crown a champion. At the end, Dan Colman was the last player standing and he picked up $1,446,710 for winning the SHRPO Championship title.
The event feature three starting days and 1,499 entrants put up the $5,300 buy-in for a chance at the $10 million guaranteed prize pool. The tournament drew past WSOP bracelet winners, WPT Champions, high-stakes grinders, and many local players.
Seven WSOP Main Event winners took their shot at the title with Huck Seed, Carlos Mortensen, Scotty Nguyen, Jamie Gold, Joe Cada, Greg Merson, and reigning champ Ryan Riess all joining the field. 2013 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Champion Blair Hinkle made a great run at defending his title, he cashed in the Championship but was unable to finish on top.
The tournament paid out the top 300 players and they were all in the money early on Day 2 when Bao Nguyen knocked out Joe Weissman in 301st spot. The tournament picked up the pace at that point and only 62 players returned for Day 4.
Three more WSOP champions dropped out as they played down to the last two tables. Doug Polk, Jared Jaffee, and James Collopy each had a chance to add another title to their credit but each went out short of making the penultimate day.
Day 4 saw the last 18 players return to play down to the PokerStars.tv live-streamed final table in the Paradise Live Theater. It was a short day and it came to an end when Joe Kuether knocked out Blake Bohn in 7th place.
Dan Colman was the most accomplished player on the last day but he had to deal with poker pros Mike Leah and Joe Kuether, WPT Jacksonville champion Shawn Cunix, Martin Hanowski, and 2010 November Niner John Dolan.
Colman took the lead early in the day and only briefly gave it back to Leah when the tournament was three-handed. Dolan went out in surprising fashion when he called off all his chips with second pair against Colman’s rivered straight.
The heads up stacks were relatively equal between Colman and Leah when the match began but Colman quickly gained the advantage in a huge pot with a rivered full house. They were coming up on a short dinner break when Colman finally ended it when his outlasted Leah’s .
Leah picked up $1,047,638 for the runner-up finish while Colman continued his incredible year. The $1,446,710 first place prize he earned for the SHRPO Championship adds another big score to a year which already included four cashes over $1,000,000. But this was his seven-digit win in a tournament which was not a small field, high-roller event.
It was another great event at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and it drew a talented field worthy of one of the biggest guaranteed poker tournaments created.
1. DANIEL COLMAN (HOLDEN, MA): $1,446,710
2. MICHAEL LEAH (LAS VEGAS, NV): $1,047,638
3. SHAWN CUNIX (DELAWARE, OH): $748,313
4. JOHN DOLAN (BONITA SPRINGS, FL): $548,763
5. JOSEPH KUETHER (LAS VEGAS, WI): $424,044
6. MARTIN HANOWSKI (FRANKFORT): $324,269
7. BLAKE BOHN (SAVAGE, MN): $249,438
8. BRIAN HAWKINS (FORT MYERS, FL): $199,550
9. ROMAN VALERSTEIN (NEWTOWN, PA): $149,663
10. LENNY DUVDIVANI (FORT LAUDERDALE, FL): $99,775
11. CURT KOHLBERG (WESTON, MA): $99,775
12. NATASHA BARBOUR (MONTREAL, QC): $99,775
13. RUSSELL THOMAS (WALLINGFORD, PA): $77,326
14. URI KADOSH (DAVIE, FL): $77,326
15. MATTHEW SEDGEMAN (HANSON, MA): $77,326
16. JACOB NAQUIN (DESTIN, FL): $59,865
17. FARHAN MADHANI (MIRAMAR, FL): $59,865
18. RONALD OSTROW (COCONUT CREEK, FL): $59,865
19. MICHAEL STEMBERA (LAS VEGAS, NV): $49,888
20. ROBERT PARK (LILBURN, GA): $49,888
21. JORDAN KAPLAN (STATEN ISLAND, NY): $49,888
22. TONY SINISHTAJ (BRONX, NY): $49,888
23. AMIR LEHAVOT (FORT LAUDERDALE, FL): $49,888
24. JARED JAFFEE (BROOKLYN, NY): $49,888
25. TYLER REIMAN (MORTON, IL): $49,888
26. EUGENE CURZIO (CLIFTON, VA): $49,888
27. SERGEY RYBACHENKO: $49,888
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