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Carey Dukes Gets Redemption With Win in $360 No Limit Hold’em

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Hollywood, FL
$360 No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 238
Prize pool: $71,400
April 2, 2017

Carey Dukes Takes Down $360 No Limit Hold’em

Carey Dukes is persistent if nothing else. After coming down from Georgia to play in the $570 no limit hold’em re-entry event with his son, he came back down this past weekend to take another crack at the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open.

Dukes’ persistence paid off in spades. He took down the $360 no limit hold’em event for $14,405 in a heads-up deal with Mitchell Mantin. He bested a 238-entry field to earn his first title and add a poker trophy to his mantle.

In his first trip to the Hard Rock, the 48-year-old manager of a trucking company came with his son to take a shot at multi-flight, massive field last week. Both him and 21-year-old Garrett left empty-handed, but that didn’t sit well with the Marietta resident.

“We came down last weekend and I left thinking that I didn’t know how to play poker anymore,” said Dukes. “During the week, I told my wife, I said ‘I want to play that $3,500’ and she said ‘Ok, go ahead.’ So I came down here and I min-cashed.”

With a min-cash under his belt, Dukes felt good about his play again and he was set to make the ride back up north. Then, his friend informed him about the one-day $360 no-limit hold’em event.

“I ran jacks into ace-king and then my buddy said ‘Well, they got this $360 today. Just play that before you go home.’ So, I played it, but I came down for the $3,500 and ended up playing this one as a consolation prize,” said Dukes.

It was a consolation prize that earned him his first title, a good payday and a little bragging rights to his kids.

“My kids are always asking if I’m ever going to win anything,” joked Dukes. “I finally won one. It feels great.”

Dukes’ job managing a trucking company keeps him busy. He isn’t able to spend as much time on the felt as he would like. One way to change that is to find a new profession.

Dukes recently went back to school and is almost done with his Doctorate at Georgia State. Once he receives that, he plans on becoming a college professor. The schedule of a professor will open up more time for Dukes to get on the felt.

“I went back to school and I’m going to become a teacher come the fall,” said Dukes. “And actually, to do that, it was so that I could play some more poker. Because with work right now, I’m not able to get out all that often.”

By Dukes’ own account, he only gets to play 3-4 tournaments a year. He’ll travel to Jacksonville, Biloxi, or Cherokee to play, but he does get to keep his skills somewhat sharp with his home poker club.

“The average age of my poker club is about 70 years old and we’ve been doing this for about 12 years,” said Dukes. “We’ve been playing once a month in my basement and [my][wife] doesn’t want me to quite because she likes the guys. So, we play once a month at the end of the year and we send four guys to Vegas to play poker tournaments.”

Through his home poker club, Dukes is no stranger to high-stakes tournaments like the WPT Championship event that he min-cashed.

Dukes was one of the guys his club sent to Las Vegas in 2012 and he earned a 365th place finish in the World Series of Poker Main Event for over $32,000, which is his biggest cash to date.

He didn’t match his career-best cash, but Dukes still had a very profitable second trip to South Florida. He had never been Seminole Hard Rock, but when asked if he would make another trip to another tournament series, he didn’t hesitate with his answer.

“Absolutely. I actually got a win here,” he said with a laugh. “I thought this place was possessed when I left here last week. I said ‘These people are not going to make me quit poker.’ Overall, I came back and I made like $20,000. That’s a lot for me.”

Final Table Results:

1st: Carey Dukes – $14,205
2nd: Mitchell Mantin – $14,204
3rd: Jared Palmer – $7,319
4th: John Palace – $4,452
5th: John DeSoto – $3,438
6th: Kao Choy Saechao – $2,849
7th: Bienvenido Santiago – $2,428
8th: Cody Pack – $2,071
9th: TM Williams – $1,669

Event 22: Ten-Handed Final Table

$360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 21: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 238

From a starting field of 238 entries, just 10 players remain in Event 22, and they’ve just combined around the final table. Here’s the lineup:

Seat 1: TM Williams – 235,000
Seat 2: Mitchell Mantin – 270,000
Seat 3: Jared Palmer – 423,000
Seat 4: Bienvenido Santiago – 180,000
Seat 5: John De Soto – 370,000
Seat 6: Cody Pack – 360,000
Seat 7: John Palace – 208,000
Seat 8: Roberto Schmeda – 184,000
Seat 9: Carey Dukes – 525,000
Seat 10: Kao Saechao – 149,000

Here’s what they’re playing for tonight:

1st: $16,687
2nd: $11,722
3rd: $7,319
4th: $4,452
5th: $3,438
6th: $2,849
7th: $2,428
8th: $2,071
9th: $1,669
10th: $1,428

Event 22: Payouts Released, $16,687 Up Top

$360 No Limit Hold’em
Level 12: 800/1,600 with a 200 ante
Players Remaining: 46 of 238

Registration for the $360 no limit hold’em event closed at the start of level 9 and there are officially 238 entries in the field, generating a prize pool of $71,400.

The top 30 players will be in the money with a min-cash worth $493 and the eventual winner taking home $16,687.

Payouts:

1st: $16,687
2nd: $11,722
3rd: $7,319
4th: $4,452
5th: $3,438
6th: $2,849
7th: $2,428
8th: $2,071
9th: $1,669
10th-12th: $1,428
13th-15th: $1,232
16th-18th: $1,035
19th-21st: $842
22nd-24th: $657
25th-27th: $568
28th-30th: $493

Event 22: Sunday Hold’em

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

Today’s new tournament on the schedule is perfect for a Sunday afternoon at the tables. A nice, straight-up No Limit Hold’em tournament with a $360 buy-in, $30,000 guaranteed prize pool, and a Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown trophy waiting at the end for our next champion.

Entrants will start with 12,000 stacks and play 30-minutes levels all day long. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 at 4:30pm and a dinner break will come around at 6:30pm. This is a one-day tournament so they will have it wrapped up later this evening with plenty of time to rest up for Monday.

The tournament starts at noon and we’ll keep an eye on them as the Championship plays out in the other corner of the room.

  • $30,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 20 Structure Sheet

Showdown Day 18 Schedule

Main Event Schedule

12PM: Day 3 – $3,500 WPT Showdown Championship (Re-Entry)

12PM: Event 22 – $360 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $30,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 20 Structure Sheet

2PM: Day 1 – $10,000 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Finale

  • $2,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 40,000 in chips
  • Level 1-14 will last 60 minutes; Levels 15+ will last 90 minutes
  • Late registration available until start of Day 2
  • Day 1 will end after Level 8 or Tournament Director discretion
  • WPT Seminole Hard Rock Finale Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

9AM: Event 91 – $300 High Roller Step Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $2,650 High Roller Satellite
  • 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 91 Structure Sheet

12PM: Event 92 – $1,030 WPT Finale Super Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 1 seat guaranteed into $2 Million GTD WPT Finale
  • Players begin with 6,000 in chips and 10-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 7
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 92 Structure Sheet

6PM: Event 93 – $2,650 High Roller Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 1 seat guaranteed into $1 Million GTD High Roller
  • 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 93 Structure Sheet

8PM: Event 94 – $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 94 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