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Event 11: Abdel Bouanani’s “Lucky Night” Nets Him a Trophy, $15,862 in Cash

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino 
Hollywood, Fla.
$360 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Entries: 300
Prizepool: $90,000
March 26, 2017

Abdel Bouanani

Abdel Bouanani is the newest winner at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. Bouanani took down the $360 one-day event, outlasting a field of 300 entries to claim the trophy and the top prize of $15,862 in a five-way deal. As part of the win, he also earned a seat in the special freeroll, with seats to the $10,000 WPT Finale and the $3,500 WPT Showdown up for grabs.

Bouanani is a 30-year-old recreational player from Tampa. By day, he’s the Director of Operations for Nike Camps, where he teaches kids between from ages eight to 18 to excel in sports of all sorts. “It’s what I do,” he said proudly. “Internationally, we see about 3,000 athletes every summer.”

Fully committed to his day job, poker is nothing more than a part-time distraction for the Bouanani. “I play poker casually,” he said. “It’s a hobby; nothing really serious.” He’s been playing the game on the side for about 10 years, but only on the side. “Nothing serious,” he repeated.

The champ nursed a short stack for the majority of the long day, but the momentum started to swing in his direction as the field shrank down to the final couple tables.

“I was really low in chips for the whole day, to be honest,” he said. “I finally started picking up hands and… it just works out sometimes.” Bouanani cracked pocket kings with pocket queens in a life-saving pot late in the day, and by the time the final 10 players combined around the final table, he was third in chips.

With nine players left, Bouanani played the largest pot of the tournament, a pot in which he tried to isolate himself against the short-stacked Richard Chouinard, who had shoved with ace-queen of clubs. Bouanani re-shoved behind him with pocket fours, but Henry Meacham put both players at risk with the larger stack and the best hand — pocket jacks. Bouanani found another four on the turn, though, and he ended up winning the huge pot with a full house to soar into the overall chip lead.

That lead would only increase over the next few hands. Just a moment after that knockout, Bouanani eliminated Max Le in eighth place, then Meacham in seventh, reducing the field to six players in short order.

When Brandon Shields was eliminated in sixth place, the final five players took a quick break to look at the numbers. They quickly agreed to a straight ICM chop, and Bouanani’s big stack earned him the lion’s share of the prize pool, the trophy, and the title.

“This is… you could call it my lucky night,” he said as he admired his haul. Call it what you will, this result is a fine one for Bouanani. The five-figure payout is the largest of his part-time poker career and more than the sum of his previous tournament results combined.

Final Table Results:

1st: Abdel Bouanani – $15,862*
2nd: Carlos Hostos Musso – $11,661*
3rd: Steve Yagudaev – $8,902*
4th: Howard Mash – $8,854*
5th: Charlie Riley – $7,198*
6th: Brandon Shields – $3,578
7th: Henry Meacham – $3,006
8th: Max Le – $2,471
9th: Richard Chouinard – $1,977

*Denotes five-way deal

Event 11: Abdel Bouanani Wins in Five-Way Deal

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 24: 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 300

Abdel Bouanani

The final five players took a break to look at the numbers, and they quickly agreed to a straight ICM chop. Abdel Bouanani had a huge chip lead when the deal was made, so he collects the most money, the trophy, the freeroll seat, and the victory, officially.

Here are the results for the final five after the agreement:

1st: Abdel Bouanani – $15,862
2nd: Carlos Hostos Musso – $11,661
3rd: Steve Yagudaev – $8,902
4th: Howard Mash – $8,854
5th: Charlie Riley – $7,198

A more in-depth account of Bouanani’s win will be published shortly.

Event 11: Brandon Shields Eliminated in 6th Place ($3,578)

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 24: 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 300

Brandon Shields17 S

Brandon Shields moved all in for 137,000 on the button, and Steve Yagudaev called in the big blind to put Shields at risk.

Shields: KsQc
Yagudaev: Ah3h

The board ran out Ac4c4sQsKh, and Yagudaev won the pot with aces up to send Shields to the cashier in sixth place.

Steve Yagudaev – 395,000 (16 bb)
Brandon Shields – Eliminated in 6th place ($3,578)

Event 11: Henry Meacham Eliminated in 7th Place ($3,006)

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 23: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 300

Henry Meacham

Abdel Bouanani opened the button with a raise, and Henry Meacham got his last 128,000 chips into the middle from the big blind to put himself at risk.

Bouanani: Kd9d
Meacham: 5h8h

The board ran out Ac7s3sTs7d, and Bouanani earned his third-consecutive knockout, this one with just high cards. Meacham was eliminated in seventh place.

Abdel Bouanani – 1,700,000 (85 bb)
Henry Meacham – Eliminated in 7th place ($3,006)

Event 11: Max Le Eliminated in 8th Place ($2,471)

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 23: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 300

Max Le

Max Le got his last 250,000 chips into the middle preflop against Abdel Bouanani.

Le: 5c5h
Bouanani: 6c6d

The board ran out AdJd3d6s7h, and Bouanani won the pot with a set of sixes, sending Le to the payout desk in eighth place.

Abdel Bouanani – 1,405,000 (70 bb)
Max Le – Eliminated in 8th place ($2,471)

Event 11: Richard Chouinard Eliminated in 9th Place ($1,977)

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 23: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 300

Richard Chouinard

Abdel Bouanani opened to 45,000 in middle position, and Henry Meacham called in the cutoff. From the blinds, Richard Chouinard three-bet shoved for 168,000 total, and Bouanani re-shoved for 452,000. Meacham shrugged and called both shoves, putting two players at risk in the process.

Bouanani: 4s4d
Meacham: JcJh
Chouinard: AcQc

The TsTh3c flop changed nothing, but the 4h on the turn gave Bouanani a huge come-from-behind lead with one card to come. The river was the blank 9c, and Bouanani won the big pot with fours full of tens. Chouinard was eliminated in ninth place, while Meacham was parted with most of his own stack, too.

Abdel Bouanani – 1,105,000 (55 bb)
Henry Meacham – 145,000 (7 bb)
Richard Chouinard – Eliminated in 9th place ($1,977)

Event 11: Henry Meacham Doubles Through Charlie Riley

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 22: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 300

Henry Meacham open-shoved for 193,000 in early position, and Charlie Riley called to put him at risk a couple seats over.

Meacham: TcTh
Riley: KsQs

The board ran out 7c5d3h8dJd, and Meacham won the flip to double up with his pair of tens.

Henry Meacham – 428,000 (27 bb)
Charlie Riley – 310,000 (19 bb)

Event 11: Julio Abreu Eliminated in 10th Place ($1,665)

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 22: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 300

Julio Abreu

Julio Abreu moved all in for about 55,000, and Steve Yagudaev re-shoved for about 100,000 total, isolating himself against the at-risk player.

Abreu: Jc6c
Yagudaev: AcJh

The board ran out AdTs9s4sAs, and Yagudaev locked up the pot one card early. He finished with trip aces, eliminating Abreu as the first casualty of the final table.

Steve Yagudaev – 220,000 (14 bb)
Julio Abreu – Eliminated in 10th place ($1,665)

Event 11: Richard Chouinard Doubles Through Julio Abreu

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 22: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 300

Richard Chouinard moved all in for 97,000 under the gun, and Julio Abreu re-shoved for 161,000 a few seats over. The rest of the table folded out of the way, and Chouinard was flipping for his tournament life.

Chouinard: Ah8h
Abreu: 6d6h

Chouinard won the race, as the board came KcTh8s5c7h to give him a double-up with a pair of eights. Abreu is now sitting in front of the shortest stack at the table, working with less than 10 big blinds.

Richard Chouinard – 238,000 (15 bb)
Julio Abreu – 64,000 (8 bb)

Event 11: Ten-Handed Final Table

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 21: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 300

The starting field of 300 entries has been reduced to just 10 players, and they’ve just drawn for new seats for the last time in this event. Here’s the final table lineup:

Seat 1: Adbel Bouanani – 555,000 (46 bb)
Seat 2: Steve Yagudaev – 180,000 (15 bb)
Seat 3: Henry Meacham – 224,000 (19 bb)
Seat 4: Max Le – 260,000 (22 bb)
Seat 5: Charlie Riley – 480,000 (40 bb)
Seat 6: Richard Chouinard – 100,000 (9 bb)
Seat 7: Carlos Hostos – 873,000 (73 bb)
Seat 8: Howard Mash – 585,000 (49 bb)
Seat 9: Julio Abreu – 78,000 (7 bb)
Seat 10: Brandon Shields – 222,000 (19 bb)

Here are the remaining payouts up for grabs:

1st: $19,767 + Freeroll Seat
2nd: $13,873
3rd: $8,919
4th: $5,598
5th: $4,320
6th: $3,578
7th: $3,006
8th: $2,471
9th: $1,977
10th: $1,665

Event 11: Registration Closed with $90,000 Prize Pool

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 11: 600,1,200 with a 200 Ante
Players Remaining: 82 of 300

While the money bubble was playing out on one side of the room, the $30,000 Guarantee Event 11 blew past it’s mark and closed registration with exactly 300 entries.

The combined to create a prize pool worth $90,000 with the last 38 players taking home some money. A min-cash is worth $527 and the next champ will bank $19,767 along with the trophy, custom-framed winner’s photo courtesy of 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 11
$360 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Entries: 300
Prize Pool: $90,000
March 26, 2017

1st: $19,767
2nd: $13,873
3rd: $8,919
4th: $5,598
5th: $4,320
6th: $3,578
7th: $3,006
8th: $2,471
9th: $1,977
10th – 12th: $1,665
13th – 15th: $1,418
16th – 18th: $1,179
19th – 21st: $963
22nd – 24th: $787
25th – 27th: $685
28th – 36th: $594
37th – 38th: $527

Event 11: Slow Growing

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 1: 25/50
Entries: 45

Francis Margaglione

Event 11 kicked off right on time and we have 45 entries halfway through the first level. Pretty standard for a Sunday afternoon and players are more likely to come later since they only have a single re-entry option in this tournament.

A few familiar early faces are Francis Margaglione, Lawrence Whyte, and Cliff Conners. Margaglione is a three-time SHRP champ but still looking for his first Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown title. He has one Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” win and he picked up his second Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open trophy this past August.

Event 11: One Day; Big Money

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 1: 25/50

The weekend is almost over and we have a nice, single day tournament for a Sunday afternoon. Event 11 has a $360 buy-in with a healthy $50,000 guaranteed prize pool and it will be wrapped up with enough time to get back to work in the morning.

Each entrant will sit down to a 12,000 starting stack and the tournament will run 30-minute levels throughout. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 at 4:30pm and a 40-minute dinner will come after Level 12. They will return with a full belly and play down until we have our Event 11 champion later this evening.

They will get underway at noon and we will be with them the entire way.

  • $50,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/single re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 11 Structure Sheet

Showdown Day 11 Schedule

Main Event Schedule

12PM: Event 11 – $360 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)

  • $50,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/single re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 11 Structure Sheet

1PM: Event 9 Day 2 – $570 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

3PM: Event 12 Day 1 – $1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)

  • $100,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips
  • Levels 1-10 will last 30 minutes; Levels 11+ last 40 minutes
  • Late registration/single re-entry available until start of Level 11
  • Day 1 will end after Level 16 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 12 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

9AM: Event 62 – $190 Mega Turbo Satellite into Event 12 (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $100,000 GTD Event 12
  • 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 62 Structure Sheet

6PM: Event 63 – $130 Survivor No Limit Hold’em (1-in-10)

  • 1-in-10 players will win $1,000 cash
  • 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 63 Structure Sheet

8PM: Event 64 – $390 Championship Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $2M GTD WPT Showdown Championship
  • Players begin with 8,000 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 64 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