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Ryan Dunn Wins Second Hard Rock Trophy in $570 No Limit Hold’em

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Hollywood, FL
Event 24
$570 No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 290
Prize Pool: $145,000
April 3, 2017

Ryan Dunn wins $570 No Limit Hold’em

Ryan Dunn added a second Seminole Hard Rock trophy to his mantle in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

His first Seminole Hard Rock win came at the 2016 Rock n’ Roll Poker Open when he won $140,000 in the $2,650 no limit hold’em. His second came when Dunn defeated a 290-entry field and won $31,963 in the $570 no limit hold’em event.

“I’m going to win my third tomorrow in the PLO event,” said Dunn after his win. “I love the way they run their series. I think it’s great. I try and play every single time.”

The win comes near the end of what was previously a rough series for the 30-year-old professional poker player. But he’ll be able to share his latest win with his wife and son when they get into town on Tuesday.

“She is going to be super excited to see the trophy because she knows I’ve had a tough time and I haven’t been winning anything at this series,” said Dunn. “Hands weren’t going my way. It was a very frustrating series, but this is good for my mind. A ‘W’ is good for that.”

Dunn makes his home in Tallahassee with his wife and 4-year-old son, Declan Bear. With his family based in the sunshine state and another son on the way in two months, Dunn doesn’t travel as much as other tournament grinders.

He opted to travel mostly within Florida, which gives him the ability to spend more time with his family than most professional poker players do.

“Traveling outside of Florida right now isn’t practical,” said Dunn. “I try and play in Florida so that I can bring my family with me. Getting on a plane to go to California or Atlantic City and stuff. It just gets expensive and it’s hard to bring your family. Florida is busy as it is.”

Before poker, Dunn was running a company that would do a lot of environmental work through the state. The business started to go south and he looked towards what was once a casual hobby as his main source of income.

“The business was collapsing, so I had to find other means to make the money,” said Dunn. “I started playing PLO cash games and actually winning substantial amounts of money. I started taking that more seriously. I have a lot of good friends that I’m able to talk strategy and talk hands with. I just tried to become better and improve.”

Dunn made a name for himself by earning a fifth place finish in a televised WPT final table in Jacksonville. At the time, he was a fledgling pro, but has turned into a fixture at all of the big series that take place in the state.

“That was it. When I played that $5K, I hadn’t played anything that big and I wasn’t even considering myself a pro,” said Dunn. “From then til now, I’ve basically been playing basically as a pro.”

While Dunn’s second win at the Seminole Hard Rock wasn’t a six-figure score, he still had to beat out a very talented final table.

Dunn came into the final table with the chip lead and came out on top of a final table that featured WPT Champion Shawn Cunix, and fellow pros Henry Tran and Nancy Birnbaum. He defeated Alex Greenblatt heads-up to earn the series-saving title.

Final Table Results:

1st: Ryan Dunn – $31,963
2nd: Alex Greenblatt – $22,475
3rd: Pavel Hordan – $14,457
4th: Shawn Cunix – $9,026
5th: Richard Aguirre – $6,967
6th: Jason Gooch – $5,771
7th: Nancy Birnbaum – $4,850
8th: Gloria Jackson – $3,988
9th: Henry Tran – $3,196

Event 24: Ryan Dunn Leads Final 10 Players

$570 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 22: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 290

The $570 big stack no limit hold’em is down to its final 10 players and they have redrawn for seats at the unofficial final table. With one more elimination, the final nine players will be credited with a final table appearance.

There is about 10 minutes left in the level and here is the seating arrangement and chip counts of the final 10 players:

Seat 1: Alex Greenblatt – 601,000
Seat 2: Nancy Birnbaum – 66,000
Seat 3: Richard Aguirre – 160,000
Seat 4: David Lackey – 80,000
Seat 5: Jason Gooch – 487,000
Seat 6: Gloria Jackson – 155,000
Seat 7: Henry Tran – 480,000
Seat 8: Shawn Cunix – 800,000
Seat 9: Pavel Hordan – 369,000
Seat 10: Ryan Dunn – 1,037,000

Here are the remaining payouts:

1st: $31,963
2nd: $22,475
3rd: $14,457
4th: $9,026
5th: $6,967
6th: $5,771
7th: $4,850
8th: $3,988
9th: $3,196
10th: $2,704

Event 24: Registration Closed; More Than $30K Up Top

$570 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 13: 1,000/2,000 with a 300 Ante
Players Remaining: 67 of 290

While most eyes were on the WPT Finale playing out in the back corner of the ballroom, Event 24 quickly passed its $50,000 guaranteed prize pool and nearly tripled it.

Registration closed on the tournament with 290 entries creating a prize pool worth $145,000. The last 37 players will earn a piece of that money with a min-cash banking $877 and the winner taking home $31,963 along with the Showdown trophy and winner’s photo courtesy of IMPDI.

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, FL
Event 24
$570 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 290
Prize Pool: $145,000
April 3, 2017

1st: $31,963
2nd: $22,475
3rd: $14,457
4th: $9,026
5th: $6,967
6th: $5,771
7th: $4,850
8th: $3,988
9th: $3,196
10th – 12th: $2,704
13th – 15th: $2,209
16th – 18th: $1,914
19th – 21st: $1,566
22nd – 24th: $1,262
25th – 27th: $1,117
28th – 36th: $983
37th: $877

Event 24: Big Stack Hold’em

$570 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 1: 25/50

The weekend is over and we have another Monday afternoon of poker with some big money at stake. Event 24 is a Big Stack No Limit Hold’em tournament with a $570 buy-in and nice $50,000 guaranteed prize pool.

Entrants start with 15,000 stacks and play 30-minute levels throughout the day. Late registration is available until the start of Level 9 at 4:30 and players are permitted a single re-entry option should they bust their first stack. They will take off for dinner at 6:30pm and return to find our Event 24 champ.

The tournament kicks off at noon and we’ll monitor their progress as they play down.

  • $50,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 15,000 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 24 Structure Sheet

Showdown Day 19 Schedule

Main Event Schedule

12PM: Day 2 – $10,000 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Finale

12PM: Event 24 – $570 Big Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry)

  • $50,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 15,000 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 24 Structure Sheet

5PM: Event 25 – $1,100 Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 13
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 25 Structure Sheet

5PM: Event 26 Day 1A – $150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $50,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 10,000 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 26 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

9AM: Event 95 – $140 Turbo Satellite into Event 24 (1-in-5)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $570/$50K GTD Event 24
  • 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 95 Structure Sheet

11AM: Event 96 – $250 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 8
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 96 Structure Sheet

6PM: Event 97 – $2,650 High Roller Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats 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 97 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