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Event 10: Scott Apgar Wins Seniors’ Event After Four-Way Deal ($7,070)

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Fla.
Event 10
$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 160
Prize Pool: $40,800
March 23, 2017

Scott Apgar

Scott Apgar is the champion of the $300 Seniors’ Event at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. The 56-year-old from Fort Lauderdale outlasted the field of 160 entries to claim his first live trophy and the top prize of $7,070 after a four-way deal.

By day, Apgar is a poker shift manager a local casino, so his opportunities to take a seat at the tables are few and far between. “It’s definitely a hobby,” he said of the game. “I pay big tournaments once a year, if I’m lucky. You think my wife’s gonna let me out for 12 hours?” he chuckled. “Come on.”

Apgar has been married to his wife, Loran, for 26 years, and the couple has two daughters, ages 17 and 21. This result represents just his second cash on record and by far the largest of his part-time career.

The 30-minute levels kept the action moving steadily from start to finish over the course of the 13-hour day. Winning a poker tournament is seldom an easy feat, and Apgar found himself in deep trouble with 36 players left, running ace-ten into ace-king for his tournament life. He managed to run down a straight, though, and the rest, as they say, is history.

“You gotta get lucky along the way,” he said. “No doubt about it.”

By the time the final 10 players combined around the final table, Apgar had worked his stack up into fourth place. He was responsible for the eliminations of Lisa Levy (10th place), Julio Silva (7th), and former chip leader Tom Robinson (6th) thereafter, moving into the top spot with five players remaining.

When Tom Dujmovich was eliminated in fifth place, the final four players took a break to have a look at the numbers. An agreement was quickly reached, and Apgar’s big stack secured him the title, the trophy, and the largest payout.

“I really love the game,” Apgar said as he posed for the winner’s photos. Despite the fact that it was nearly 1 a.m. at the end of a long day, his sense of humor remained well intact. “In most tournaments, you have massage girls,” he laughed. “In the Seniors tournaments, we need chiropractors.”

The champ doesn’t have much time to enjoy the victory; he’ll be back at work in a suit and tie tomorrow morning at 8 a.m.

This morning, rather…

Final Table Results:

1st: Scott Apgar – $7,070*
2nd: Carlos Sobenes – $6,690*
3rd: Jerome Hyafil – $5,621*
4th: Fariborz Zojaji – $5,439*
5th: Tom Dujmovich – $1,969
6th: Tom Robinson – $1,632
7th: Julio Silva – $1,418
8th: Mark Manesh – $1,273
9th: Arlene Dujmovich – $1,097

*Denotes four-way deal

Event 10: Scott Apgar Wins Trophy, $7,070 in Four-Way Deal

$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 22: 8,000/16,000 with a 1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 160

Scott Apgar

The final four players decided to stop and have a look at the numbers, and an agreement was quickly reached. Scott Apgar had the biggest stack of the four, so he’s the winner of Event 10, collecting the lion’s share of the prize pool, the trophy, and the freeroll seat.

Here are the official results at the top:

1st: Scott Apgar – $7,070
2nd: Carlos Sobenes – $6,690
3rd: Jerome Hyafil – $5,621
4th: Fariborz Zojaji – $5,439

A more in-depth story about Apgar’s win will be published shortly.

Event 10: Tom Dujmovich Eliminated in 5th Place ($1,969)

$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 22: 8,000/16,000 with a 1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 160

Tom Dujmovich

Tom Dujmovich moved all in for about 120,000 on the button, and Carlos Sobenes called in the small blind, putting Dujmovich at risk.

Dujmovich: As7h
Sobenes: AhQs

“Come on, seven,” came a voice from the rail. It was Arlene Dujmovich, Tom’s wife, who was eliminated in ninth place just a short while ago.

She got her wish; the Ac7c5c flop gave Mr. Dujmovich a big lead with two cards to come. The turn was the 8d, a blank, but the 8s river counterfeited Dujmovich’s two pair. He and Sobenes both ended with aces and eights, but the Sobenes’ queen kicker played to earn him the knockout pot.

Dujmovich was eliminated in fifth place.

Carlos Sobenes – 490,000 (31 bb)
Tom Dujmovich – Eliminated in 5th place ($1,969)

Event 10: Tom Robinson Eliminated in 6th Place ($1,632)

$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 22: 8,000/16,000 with a 1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 160

Tom Robinson

Tom Robinson moved all in for just over 125,000 in middle position, and Scott Apgar called next to act, putting Robinson at risk.

Robinson: AdTc
Apgar: AhKs

The board ran out AcQc4dJh3c, and Robinson could not catch up.  Apgar’s kicker played, giving him the pot with a pair of aces and eliminating the former chip leader in sixth place.

Scott Apgar – 475,000 (30 bb)
Tom Robinson – Eliminated in 6th place ($1,632)

Event 10: Julio Silva Eliminated in 7th Place ($1,418)

$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 21: 6,000/12,000 with a 1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 160

Julio Silva

Julio Silva was all in for 9,000 in the big blind, and four players entered for the minimum to create action on the side.

The live players checked it all the way down as the board ran out 9h9s7d8d8h.

Silva could only show 4c2d, so he was playing the board. Carlos Sobenes’ Ah5d and Scott Apgar’s Ac6h ended up splitting the pot with a matching ace kicker, so the two of them teamed up to eliminate Silva in seventh place.

Scott Apgar – 365,000 (30 bb)
Carlos Sobenes – 310,000 (26 bb)
Julio Silva – Eliminated in 7th place ($1,418)

Event 10: Mark Manesh Eliminated in 8th Place ($1,273)

$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 21: 6,000/12,000 with a 1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 160

Mark Manesh

Jerome Hyafil limped in under the gun, and Mark Manesh checked his option in the big blind.

The flop was QcJd2c. Manesh bet 12,000, and Hyafil called. The turn was the 6h, and Manesh moved all in for about 70,000. Hyafil instantly called to put his opponent at risk.

“I have two pairs,” Manesh said confidently, but it was quickly followed by an, “Oh, sh*t!” when he saw the showdown.

Manesh: 6d2d (sixes up)
Hyafil: 2s2h (set of deuces)

Manesh was drawing dead to a six, and the 7d river ended his day in eighth place. “Hey, what can I say?” he smiled as he stood from the table. “Sh*t happens!”

Jerome Hyafil – 310,000 (26 bb)
Mark Manesh – Eliminated in 8th place ($1,273)

Event 10: Arlene Dujmovich Eliminated in 9th Place ($1,097)

$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 20: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 160

Arlene Dujmovich

Jerome Hyafil opened the cutoff to 35,000, and Arlene Dujmovich three-bet shoved for 40,000 on the button. Tom Robinson called in the big blind, and Hyafil called the small remainder to create action on the side.

The flop was Ks5d3d. Robinson checked, Hyafil moved all in for about 75,000, and Robinson folded. With Dujmovich now heads-up and at risk, the cards were turned up:

Dujmovich: 9s9h (pair of nines)
Hyafil: KhJd (pair of kings)

The 5h turn and 6c river were no help to Dujmovich, and she was eliminated in ninth place at the hands of Hyafil.

Jerome Hyafil – 209,000 (21 bb)
Tom Robinson – 415,000 (42 bb)
Arlene Dujmovich – Eliminated in 9th place ($1,097)

Event 10: Lisa Levy Eliminated in 10th Place ($959)

$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 19: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 160

Lisa Levy

Action folded around to the blinds where Lisa Levy moved all in for about 70,000 in the small. Scott Apgar woke up with an easy call in the big, and he quickly did so to put Levy at risk.

Levy: Tc8c
Apgar: KcKh

The board ran out Jh8h3s3d3h, and Apgar won the pot with treys full of kings. Levy, who finished fifth in the Ladies’ Event last night, was eliminated in 10th place.

Scott Apgar – 210,000 (26 bb)
Lisa Levy – Eliminated in 10th place ($959)

Event 10: Final Table Set

$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 19: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 160

From a starting field of 160 entries, just 10 remain in contention for the trophy in Event 10. Here’s the lineup as they gather around the final table:

Seat 1: Carlos Sobenes – 260,000 (33 bb)
Seat 2: Mark Manesh – 110,000 (14 bb)
Seat 3: Jerome Hyafil – 97,000 (12 bb)
Seat 4: Arlene Dujmovich – 73,000 (9 bb)
Seat 5: Julio Silva – 52,000 (7 bb)
Seat 6: Tom Robinson – 480,000 (60 bb)
Seat 7: Lisa Levy – 58,000 (7 bb)
Seat 8: Scott Apgar – 147,000 (18 bb)
Seat 9: Fariborz Zojaji – 90,000 (11 bb)
Seat 10: Tom Dujmovich – 222,000 (28 bb)

And here’s what’s left to play for:

1st: $10,965 + Freeroll Seat
2nd: $7,113
3rd: $4,192
4th: $2,550
5th: $1,969
6th: $1,632
7th: $1,418
8th: $1,273
9th: $1,097
10th: $959

Event 10: In The Money!

$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 15: 1,500/3,000 with a 500 Ante
Players Remaining: 19 of 160

After a lengthy money bubble, the remaining 19 players are in the money following two separate eliminations.

At one table, Kiaran McLaughin was all in for about 15,000 with 9h9d against Mark Manesh’s JhJc. The board ran out Ah5c5s3d8h, no help to McLaughlin, locking up the pot for Manesh.

At one of the other tables, with the board reading AhQd9c4c, Jeff Kessler got his stack of roughly 47,000 into the middle with Ad4d for two pair against an opponent (who refused to be identified for now) with 9h9s for a set of nines. The river was the 8c, no help to Kessler, securing the pot for his opponent.

McLaughlin and Kessler split the $571 for 20th and 21st place.

Event 10: Registration Closed; Seniors Prize Pool Tops $40,000

$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 10: 500/1,000 with a 100 Ante
Players Remaining: 54 of 160

Registration closed on the Seniors event with 160 entries pushing the prize pool to $40,800. The last 18 players will take home some money with a min-cash worth $698, the final nine players all earning at least a four-digit payout, and the winner cashing for $10,965 plus the glass trophy, custom-framed winner’s photo from IMPDI, and a seat in the $10,000 WPT Finale/$3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship freeroll.

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, FL
Event 10
$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 160
Prize Pool: $40,800
March 23, 2017

1st: $10,965
2nd: $7,113
3rd: $4,192
4th: $2,550
5th: $1,969
6th: $1,632
7th: $1,418
8th: $1,273
9th: $1,097
10th – 12th: $959
13th – 15th: $826
16th – 18th: $698
19th – 20th: $571

Event 10: Seniors Cruising and Rivering Quads

$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 6: 200/400 with a 50 Ante
Entries: 152

The Seniors Event is rolling right along in the back of the room and crossed over 150 entries after the first break. That leaves them only a handful away from topping the entry count last year and putting up some nice money later this evening.

Along the way, we heard a commotion coming from one of the Seniors Event tables with regular Jeff Kessler jumping out of his seat. He wasn’t involved in the hand (pictured above) but we found three flopped sets with bottom set hitting the one-outer for quads on the river.

Event 10: Seniors Time

$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 1: 25/50

Yesterday we had the Ladies Event and today we roll out the Seniors 50+ tournament for another fun afternoon of poker. It drew a nice group of 161 entries last year and we don’t see any reason why it won’t do as well today.

The Seniors will begin with 10,000 starting stacks and the tournament will run 30-minute levels from start to finish. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 at 4:30pm with a dinner break built in at 6:30pm. They’ll return after dinner to play down to our next Seniors Event champion.

Cards fly at noon and we’ll keep an eye on them throughout the day.

  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 10 Structure Sheet

Showdown Day 8 Schedule

Main Event Schedule

11AM: Event 9 Day 1A – $570 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

  • $1,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Day 1 will end after Level 14 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 9 Structure Sheet

12PM: Event 10 – $300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 7
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 10 Structure Sheet

6PM: Event 9 Day 1B – $570 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

  • $1,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Day 1 will end after Level 14 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 9 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

9AM: Event 53 – $140 Mega Turbo Satellite into Event 9 (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $1 Million GTD Event 9
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Satellite will be held in The Poker Room
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 53 Structure Sheet

3PM: Event 54 – $250 Multi-Event Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 2 packages guaranteed; two $570 Showdown buy-ins & $1,050 WPT Finale Satellite seat
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 20-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 54 Structure Sheet

8PM: Event 55 – $1,050 WPT Finale Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 1 seat guaranteed into $2 Million GTD WPT Finale
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 55 Structure Sheet

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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood Property Update

Preparations are underway for the development of an iconic hotel tower and resort:

  • Parking – Poker players are encouraged to park in Winner’s Way Garage to access both the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown tournament space and The Poker Room
  • The Poker Room – Players may access the poker room by entering through the main lobby or via the exterior entrance on the opposite end of Winner’s Way Garage.
  • Inside hotel – Services and amenities inside the hotel will remain open along with regularly scheduled events and entertainment.

For additional construction updates, please visit TheNewHardRock.com