2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
WPT Finale (Event 22)
$10,000 No Limit Hold’em
Total Entries: 342
Prize Pool: $3,249,000
April 17-21, 2016
The WPT Finale attracted 342 players to the $10,000 buy-in event and quickly surpassed the $2,000,000 guarantee. The prize pool grew to $3,249,000 with $705,885 set aside for the eventual WPT Finale Champion.
The tournament drew players from around the world including 3-time NFL Super Bowl winner Richard Seymour, Oscar-nominate actress Jennifer Tilly, and Cricket Hall of Famer Shane Warne. The field also included WSOP Main Event winners, WPT World Champions, and top pros mixing with our local regulars.
It took two full days of action to play down and the live-streamed WPT final table six players were set when Lyle Vincent was eliminated in 6th place.
Local regular Richard Leger began the final table with the chip lead and he was follwed closely by two-time WPT Champion Chino Rheem. It was a talented, successful group of players taking their seats in the Paradise Live Theater.
WSOP bracelet winner Bryan Piccioli had the shortest stack at the start and was eliminated early by Leger. William Benson was the least tenured player at the final table and went out in 5th place after surviving against a tough table for two hours.
Leger had the lead at the start of the final table but was unable to ride it to a championship. He dropped down the counts as Aditya Prasetyo rose and was eliminated in third place to start the heads up battle.
Rheem held a small lead against Prasetyo and he never gave it up. After 40 minutes of heads up action, Rheem won the last pot of the Finale to take the title, trophy, and seat into the WPT Tournament of Champions. Rheem also became only the fourth player to win three WPT titles after Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen, and Anthony Zinno.
“I always say that every time I win that one feels good, but this one feels real good.” Rheem commented about his victory. “It’s been a couple years since I got to see anything substantial in any type of tournament.”
“I guess I just want to be accepted as a good player.” he continued. “That’s good enough for me. You will never hear me say that I’m the best because I know that I’m not.”
“If my peers can say ‘oh yea, Chino can play’ that’s good enough for me.”
Rheem was already eligible to play in the WPT Tournament of Champions, now he has a seat in the game courtesy of this win and the talented field might help his chances.
“When I’m playing against better players, they make me play better.” Rhee, said when asked about the Tournament of Champions. “Tomorrow’s tournament isn’t going to be a soft field, it’s going to be tough.”
“I just hope that whatever run-good I used in this, I still have some left over and I can carry it on to tomorrow.”
Congrats to Chino Rheem and we will see him in the WPT Tournament of Champions.
Final Table Results:
1st – David “Chino” Rheem (Los Angeles, CA) $705,885*
2nd – Aditya Prasetyo (Cambridge, MA) $484,130
3rd – Richard Leger (Lighthouse Point, FL) $311,305
4th – Adrian Mateos (London, UK) $200,510
5th – William Benson (Mobile, AL) $154,585
6th – Bryan Piccioli (Allegany, NY) $127,905
*Top prize includes $15,000 WPT Tournament of Championship seat