Event 1: Nicholas Mahabee Earns Second SHRP Title

2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Hollywood, FL
Event 1: $360 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) 
Entries: 2,570
Prize Pool: $771,000
July 28 – August 1, 2016

Event 1, Nicholas Mahabee
Event 1, Nicholas Mahabee

The first tournament on the 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open schedule was a multi-day event which drew a big crowd. When it was all over, Nicholas Mahabee stood alone as the champion after the last six players reached a deal.

The tournament featured six starting flights and the $360 buy-in tournament had a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool. That guarantee was met early Saturday morning and the total entrant count was 2,570 when registration closed on the tournament Saturday evening.

The prize pool reached $771,000 and paid out the final 250 players. They reached the money Sunday afternoon and quickly played down close to the final table. The reached the last ten players in the early morning hours and suspended play for a Monday afternoon restart.

Brian Phillis was the most tenured player at the final table and he hit big last year during this series. He outlasted all but one player in the 2015 $5 Million GTD SHRPO Championship to finish in second place for $575,000. Phillis had a rough time at this final table and finished seventh after a cooler and bad beat.

Vito Polera had an impressive run at the final table to put himself in a position to earn his chop money. He ran his big slick into the aces of Phillis (along with Unique Petiote’s big slick) to leave himself with 550K, less than three big blinds at that point. He didn’t give up, he doubled up several times and held the lead at one point during six-handed play.

As for Mahabee at the final table, we mentioned he needed to do some work to get the title and he did just that. He began play with the shortest stack, doubled three times through Phillis to build himself uip, was second in chips at the first break, and had the lead when they made a deal with six remaining.

This result more than doubles Mahabee’s career tournament earnings but it is his second SHRP title. His first victory came during the $150 buy-in event during the 2013 Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” for just shy of $5,000.

Mahabee is now the proud owner of a second trophy, along with the $66,435 in prize money plus the custom-framed winner’s photo courtesy of Eric Harkins and IMPDI.

Event 1 final table results:

1st: Nicholas Mahabee (Miami, FL) $66,435
2nd: Vito Polera (Coral Springs, FL) $66,435
3rd: Harjinder Chawla (Miami, FL) $66,435
4th: Martin Markov (Key West, FL) $66,435
5th: Tom Gity (Pompano Beach, FL) $66,434
6th: Ryan Brown (Woodstock, GA) $66,434
7th: Brian Phillis (Boynton Beach, FL) $23,901
8th: Jennifer Parker (Palmetto Bay, FL) $16,191
9th: Unique Petiote (Miami Garden, FL) $11,565
10th: Sean Iannucci (Orlando, FL) $7,710

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Event 1: Nicholas Mahabee Declared Champ After 6-Way Deal

$360 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) 
Level 36: 200,000/400,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 2,570

Nicholas Mahabee (Miami, FL)
Nicholas Mahabee (Miami, FL)

Soon after the first break, the six remaining players had a quick discussion about dividing up the remaining prize pool. It was a fast, drama-free negotiation and they decided to chop it right down the middle.

Each player received $66,435 (minus $1 for the bottom two, math) and Nicholas Mahabee earned his second career SHRP trophy to go with his 2013 Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” title.

Tournament recap will be posted soon.

Nicholas Mahabee – 13,550,000
Vito Polera – 10,500,000
Harjinder Chawla – 8,550,000
Martin Markov – 8,000,000
Tom Gity – 6,425,000
Ryan Brown – 4,300,000

1st: Nicholas Mahabee – $66,435
2nd: Vito Polera – $66,435
3rd: Harjinder Chawla – $66,435
4th: Martin Markov – $66,435
5th: Tom Gity – $66,434
6th: Ryan Brown – $66,434

Event 1: Break Time Counts

$360 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) 
Returning to Level 36: 200,000/400,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 2,570

The six remaining players are on a short 15-minute break. Vito Polera is having himself a nice comeback, he was down to 625,000 earlier in the day and returns from break with the lead.

Seat 1: Martin Markov – 8,100,000 (20 bb)
Seat 2: Harjinder Chawla – 4,500,000 (11 bb)
Seat 3: Vito Polera – 12,400,000 (31 bb)
Seat 5: Nicholas Mahabee – 9,600,000 (24 bb)
Seat 6: Tom Gity – 10,700,000 (27 bb)
Seat 7: Ryan Brown – 6,100,000 (15 bb)

Event 1: Brian Phillis Eliminated in 7th ($23,901)

$360 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) 
Level 35: 150,000/300,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 2,570

Brian Phillis (Boynton Beach, FL)
Brian Phillis (Boynton Beach, FL)

Other than his massive three-way win, it was a rough final table for Brian Phillis. Nicholas Mahabee doubled through him three times and his last hand was tough.

Ryan Brown open to 650,000 and Phillis moved all-in from the small blind for 2.325 million. Brown called with KsJs after a short think, then saw Phillis was holding KhKd.

“Come on chop,” Brown asked.

It was better than a chop for him, the QhTd9c board flopped him the nuts. The 4c turn left Phillis with three chop outs but the bad beat was complete on the Qs river to send him out.

Ryan Brown – 8,900,000 (30 bb)
Brian Phillis – Eliminated in 7th place ($23,901)

Event 1: Mahabee Gets Another Double Thru Phillis

$360 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) 
Level 35: 150,000/300,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 2,570

Brian Phillis (left) waits on Nicholas Mahabee (standing) to make a decision
Brian Phillis (left) waits on Nicholas Mahabee (standing) to make a decision

Nicholas Mahabee did it twice before, but his third double up through Brian Phillis was huge.

Mahabee three-bet to 1.35 million after Phillis opened to 600,000. Phillis called to the AhQd3h flop and both players checked to the 9h turn. Phillis bet out 1.2 million, Mahabee called, and Phillis put him all-in for 4.375 million after the Ad river.

Mahabee took his time, talking and laughing and standing up to make his decision. It looked like he might fold but eventually called and tabled AcJd. It was a good call against Phillis’ 7c7s to give Mahabee the massive pot.

Brian Phillis – 2,800,000 (9 bb)
Nicholas Mahabee – 14,600,000 (49 bb)