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Joe McKeehen Takes Down $2,200 No Limit Hold’em Eight-Max

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Hollywood, FL
Event #18
Entries: 226
$2,200 No Limit Hold’em Eight-Max
Prize Pool: $452,000
March 30, 2017

Joe McKeehen tops $2,200 no limit hold’em eight-max field

With the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown championship set to get underway on Friday, many of poker’s biggest names are in South Florida for the high-stakes series-ending events that are on the horizon.

It was no surprise that the one-day $2,200 no limit hold’em eight-max event was full of the game’s best players. It was 2015 World Series Main Event Champion Joe McKeehen who came out on top of one of the tougher fields that has been put together so far this series.

McKeehen added another $104,608 to his already massive career earnings after defeating a field of 226 players in the early hours of Friday morning.

McKeehen has poker’s most coveted title to his name already, but this final table was about as tough as it can get. Ian O’Hara, Faraz Jaka, Charlie Carrel, Brian Altman and Byron Kaverman all joined McKeehen at the final table. While Sam Panzica, Keven Stammen, Daniel Weinman, Niall Farrell and Dan Colman were all in the money.

McKeehen had to get through Sean Perry, son of poker Pro Ralph Perry,  in order to take down the title.

“It was a very difficult field,” said the Philadelphia native. “So, I’m proud of this one for sure. I feel like I played a hell of a lot better in this one, like I needed to, compared to a lot of other tournaments that I’ve done well in before.”

The win helps get a monkey off of McKeehen’s back as well as put some money in his bank account.

“It’s a good one to win,” said McKeehen. “I mean, it’s only the end of March, but I only have one tournament cash this year. So, it was nice to make this one count.”

The win gives McKeehen a nice confidence boost at the right time with the $3,500 championship event starting on Saturday. Unfortunately, McKeehen thinks that the late night from the win may hinder him on Friday afternoon.

“Now I’m going to end up sleeping in and showing up later,” said McKeehen about his plan for Day 1 on Friday. “Which theoretically is supposed to be worse. If you think about about it logically like that.

On the other hand, McKeehen is focused and feeling good about his game.

“I thought I played reasonably well today and I’ve been pretty down on my game lately,” he said. “So, I’m pretty happy. I’m definitely going to come in confident tomorrow. I just hope I don’t go on winner’s tilt and just go in and fire five bullets and play like an idiot. Which is certainly possible.”

McKeehen jumped into the spotlight of the poker world when he won more than $7.6 million in his Main Event win in 2015. At his heart, though, he is a grinder and loves playing poker.

It’s his love for the game that keeps him at the tables when he isn’t playing for seven-figures.

“I do enjoy playing the game and I really do like putting my mind to the test against really good players,” said McKeehen. “I like learning and getting better. These are still giant tournaments. Six-figures is never anything to laugh at up top. If I can play a tournament with six-figures up top, I probably will.”

Final Table Results:

1st: Joe McKeehen – $104,608
2nd: Sean Perry – $74,797
3rd: Ian O’Hara – $46,330
4th: George Dolofan – $28,182
5th: Faraz Jaka – $21,764
6th: Charlie Carrel – $18,035
7th: Brian Altman – $15,368
8th: Byron Kaverman – $12,837

Event 18: Joe McKeehen Wins $2,200 No Limit Hold’em ($104,608), Sean Perry Eliminated in 2nd ($74,794)

$2,200 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Level 27: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 1 of 226

Joe McKeehen

Sean Perry raised on the button to 105,000 and Joe McKeehen three-bet out of the big blind to 290,000. Perry called and they were heads-up to a flop of Kc7s5h.

Both players checked and the turn was the Tc. McKeehen bet about 180,000 and Perry moved all in for about 800,000. McKeehen snap-called.

McKeehen showed TsTd, good for a set, and needed to dodge a club against Perry’s Qc8c.

The river was the 5c, which improved Perry to a flush, but McKeehen made a full house. McKeehen wins the pot and the tournament.

He took home the trophy and the $104,608 for first place, while Perry took home $74,794 for his efforts.

Sean Perry

Joe McKeehen – $2,200 No Limit Hold’em Eight-Max Champion
Sean Perry – Eliminated

Event 18: Joe McKeehen Flops Trips

$2,200 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Level 26: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 226

Sean Perry raised on the button and Joe McKeehen called out of the big blind.

The flop was TsTd6c and McKeehen checked. Perry bet and McKeehen called. The turn was the 8d and McKeehen checked again.

Perry bet 155,000 and McKeehen called. The river was the 6h and both players checked.

“Ten,” said McKeehen as he showed Th7s.

Perry mucked his hand and McKeehen put a little distance between the two players.

Joe McKeehen – 1,800,000 (60 bb)
Sean Perry – 880,000 (29 bb)

Event 18: Sean Perry Takes It On The Flop

$2,200 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Level 26: 15,000/30,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 226

Joe McKeehen raised on the button and Sean Perry three-bet to 155,000 out of the big blind.

McKeehen called and the flop was QcQs2s. Perry bet about 160,000 and McKeehen folded. Perry mucks his hand and takes the flop.

Most of the pots between the two during heads-up play thus far have only seen one street of action. They have been trading small blows and are still basically even in chips.

Sean Perry – 1,400,000 (47 bb)
Joe McKeehen – 1,300,000 (43 bb)

Event 18: Ian O’Hara – 3rd Place ($46,330)

$2,200 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Level 25: 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 226

Ian O’Hara

Ian O’Hara moved all in on the button for 182,000 and Joe McKeehen called out of the big blind.

O’Hara showed Td8d and needed some help against McKeehen’s Ah3c.

“It’s a virtual flip,” said McKeehen before the flop was dealt.

The flop was Js6s5h, keeping McKeehen in the lead.

“It’s less of a flip now,” said McKeehen.

The turn was the 3s and the river was the Kh. O’Hara was eliminated in third place for $46,330. McKeehen won the pot and will go heads-up against Sean Perry for the title.

Joe McKeehen – 1,300,000 (54 bb)
Ian O’Hara – Eliminated

Event 18: Sean Perry Takes a Chunk From Ian O’Hara

$2,200 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Level 25: 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 226

Ian O’Hara raised on the button and Sean Perry called out of the small blind.

Joe McKeehen folded his big blind and they were heads-up to a flop of KdJh5d. They both check and the Qc came on the turn.

Perry checked and O’Hara bet 60,000. Perry check-raised to 155,000 and O’Hara called. The river was the Ts and both players checked.

Perry showed QxJx, good for two pair, and O’Hara mucked his hand.

Sean Perry – 1,200,000 (50 bb)
Ian O’Hara – 310,000 (13 bb)

Event 18: George Dolofan – 4th Place ($28,182)

$2,200 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Level 24: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 226

George Dolofan

George Dolofan raised to 40,000 from under the gun and Sean Perry called on the button. Ian O’Hara defended his big blind and they were three-handed to a flop of AhJs4c.

O’Hara checked and Dolofan moved all in for about 250,000. Perry quickly folded and O’Hara called.

Dolofan was in the lead with his As9h against O’Hara’s Ac3c. The turn was the 3d and O’Hara hit his three-outer to take the lead with two pair.

The river was the 6d and Dolofan hit the rail in fourth place. He earned $28,182.

Ian O’Hara – 970,000 (49 bb)
George Dolofan – Eliminated

 

Event 18: Faraz Jaka – 5th Place ($21,764)

$2,200 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Level 23: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 226

Faraz Jaka

Joe McKeehen raised to 35,000 from under the gun and Faraz Jaka moved all in on the button for 345,000. McKeehen got an exact count from the dealer before calling.

It was a flip with McKeehen’s 9s9d up against Jaka’s AsTc. The board ran out Kh7c4cJdJc and McKeehen won the flip. Jaka was eliminated in fifth place and earned $21,764.

Joe McKeehen – 1,000,000 (62 bb)
Faraz Jaka – Eliminated

Event 18: Sean Perry vs. George Dolofan

$2,200 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Level 23: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5  of 226

George Dolofan raised to 35,000 from under the gun and Sean Perry three-bet to 105,000 from middle position. Dolofan called and the flop was 7s4c2s.

Dolofan checked and Perry bet 75,000. Dolofan called and the turn was the 2c. Dolofan checked, Perry bet 160,000 and Dolofan folded.

Sean Perry – 750,000 (46 bb)
George Dolofan – 215,000 (13 bb)

 

Event 18: Charlie Carrel – 6th Place ($18,035)

$2,200 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Level 22: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5  of 226

Charlie Carrel

Charlie Carrel raised from under the gun and Sean Perry defended his big blind. The flop was Kd8s8h and Perry checked. Carrel bet 25,000 and Perry called.

The turn was the 9h and Perry checked again. Carrel bet 56,000 and Perry check-raised all in and Carrel quickly called. Carrel was the player at risk for about 150,000.

Carrel showed AdAh and had Perry’s Kh6h drawing very thin. The river was the Ks, however, and Perry rivered kings full to eliminate Carrel.

Carrel hit the rail in sixth place and earned $18,035 for his final table appearance and Perry chipped up with five players remaining.

Sean Perry – 585,000 (48 bb)
Charlie Carrel – Eliminated

Event 18: Sean Perry Doubles Through Faraz Jaka

$2,200 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Level 22: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6  of 226

Faraz Jaka raised on the button and Sean Perry moved all in for 203,000. Jaka called.

Jaka tabled AcJc and had Perry’s Ah5d dominated. The flop was Ks9s7h, keeping Jaka in the lead, but the 5c came on the turn to give Perry the best hand. The river was the 6h and Perry doubled up.

Sean Perry – 424,000 (35 bb)
Faraz Jaka – 470,000 (39 bb)

Event 18: George Dolfan Doubles Through Faraz Jaka

$2,200 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Level 22: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6  of 226

Faraz Jaka moved all in from the small blind and George Dolofan called from the big blind, all in for 188,000.

Jaka showed Kd9h and was in big trouble against Dolofan’s KcKh. The board ran out Th7s4c5h2h and Dolofan doubled through Jaka for the second time this level.

George Dolfan – 388,000 (32 bb)
Faraz Jaka – 670,000 (55 bb)

Event 18: Brian Altman – 7th Place ($15,368)

$2,200 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Level 22: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 226

Brian Altman

Brian Altman moved all in on the button for 115,000 and Joe McKeehen called from the small blind. Ian O’Hara folded his big blind and Altman’s tournament life was on the line.

Altman showed As9c and was up against McKeehen’s 4c4s. The board ran out JsTd5h2s6c and Altman hit the rail in seventh place, taking home $15,368.

Joe McKeehen – 660,000 (55 bb)
Brian Altman – Eliminated

Event 18: George Dolofan Doubles Through Faraz Jaka

$2,200 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Level 22: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 226

George Dolofan got all in for 87,000 out of the small blind against Faraz Jaka on the button.

Dolofan showed Ah2h and was in the lead against Jaka’s Kh6h. the board ran out 9c5d4c4h9h and Dolofan doubled up through the chip leader with ace-high.

George Dolofan – 200,000 (16 bb)
Faraz Jaka – 880,000 (73 bb)

 

Event 18: Byron Kaverman – 8th Place ($12,837)

$2,200 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Level 21: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 226

Byron Kaverman

Ian O’Hara raised to 22,000 from early position and Faraz Jaka three-bet to 50,000 from middle position. Action folded to Byron Kaverman in the big blind, who moved all in for about 140,000.

O’Hara folded and Jaka called. It was a flip with Jaka’s 6c6h up against Kaverman’s AcKh.

The board ran out Qh2d2h5dTc and Jaka’s pair won the flip. Jaka dragged the pot and Kaverman was eliminated in eighth place. He took home $12,837 and Jaka neared the million chip mark.

Faraz Jaka – 960,000 (96 bb)
Byron Kaverman – Eliminated

Event 18: Ian O’Hara Doubles Through Faraz Jaka

$2,200 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Level : 4,000/8,02000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 226

Ian O’Hara completed the small blind and Faraz Jaka moved all in from the big blind. O’Hara called and was all in for 192,000.

It was a flip for O’Hara’s tournament life with his 8d8h up against Jaka’s KsJd.

The board ran out 9c5h3h9s6c and O’Hara doubled up.

Ian O’Hara – 392,000 (49 bb)
Faraz Jaka – 650,000 (81 bb)

Event 18: Joe McKeehen Doubles Through Ian O’Hara

$2,200 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Level 20: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 226

Charlie Carrel raised to 22,000 from the hijack and Brian Altman called from the cutoff. Joe McKeehen three-bet to about 60,000 out of the small blind and Ian O’Hara thought for a minute before moving all in out of the big blind.

Carrel and Altman folded before McKeehen snap-called, all in for 275,000. McKeehen tabled AsAh and had O’Hara’s AcQc in terrible shape.

The board ran out Kd6s5sQhKh and the former WSOP Main Event champion doubled up.

Joe McKeehen – 592,000 (74 bb)
Ian O’Hara – 190,000 (23 bb)

Event 18: Ian Bankoff – 9th Place ($10,274)

$2,200 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Level 19: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 226

Ian Bankoff

Joe McKeehen raised from middle position and Faraz Jaka called from the cutoff. Ian Bankoff moved all in from the small blind for 121,000, McKeehen folded and Jaka called.

It was a flip between Bankoff’s 4h4s and Jaka’s AcJc. The flop was Jh9h2s, putting Jaka in the lead with a pair of jacks. The turn was the 8c and the river was the 7s to send Bankoff to the rail in ninth place.

Bankoff took home $10,274 for his run and Jaka took over the chip lead on the last hand of the level.

Faraz Jaka – 655,000 (109 bb)
Ian Bankoff – Eliminated

Event 18: Ian O’Hara Leads Unofficial Final Table

$2,200 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Level 19: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 226

Event 18 Final Table

Spencer Champlin was eliminated in 10th place and the final nine players are combining to one table and are at the unofficial final table.

Since this is an eight-max event, only the top eight spots will earn credit for making the final table.

There is about seven minutes left in the level and here is a look at the seating arrangement and chip counts for the final nine players:

Seat 1: Charlie Carrel – 290,000
Seat 2: Brian Altman – 271,000
Seat 3: Byron Kaverman – 173,000
Seat 4: Joe McKeehen – 296,000
Seat 5: Ian O’Hara – 555,000
Seat 6: Faraz Jaka – 549,000
Seat 7: George Dolofan – 152,000
Seat 8: Ian Bankoff – 132,000
Seat 9: Sean Perry – 293,000

Herea re the remaining payouts:

1st: $104,608
2nd: 74,794
3rd: $46,330
4th: $28,182
5th: $21,764
6th: $18,035
7th: $15,368
8th: $12,837
9th: $10,274

Event 18: Benjamin Ector Eliminated in 14th Place by Daniel Weinman

$2,200 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Level 19: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 13 of 226

Daniel Weinman

Benjamin Ector moved all in from early position for 93,000 and action folded to Daniel Weinman in the big blind, who called.

Weinman showed KhQd and was flipping with Ector’s 6d6s. The flop was Kd7d5s and Weinman took the lead with top pair.

The turn was the 7s and the river was the 2c to eliminate Ector in 14th place and send the pot to Weinman. Ector earned $7,978 for his deep run.

Daniel Weinman – 235,000 (39 bb)