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22-Year-Old Online Player Earns Second Six-Max Crown of Series

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Hollywood, Fla.
Event 7
$360 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max
Entries: 152
Prizepool: $45,600
March 22, 2017

Almedin Imsirovic has been traveling a lot lately. He’s been traveling all over playing live tournaments and was torn between heading across the Pacific to play in Macau or head east to South Florida.

Imsirovic chose to come down to South Florida and so far it looks like the right choice. The 22-year-old professional poker player won the $360 no limit hold’em six-max event in the early hours of Thursday morning. He bested a field of 152 entries to win $11,181.

“It feels great,” said Imsirovic after his win. “I’ve been traveling around playing poker a lot lately and I haven’t had any first places. So, it feels good to finally get one.”

He’s just 22, but Imsirovic picked up poker about six years ago. He cut his teeth playing online freerolls after an ankle injury put a halt to his basketball career.

“When I was like 16 or 15, I hurt my ankle really badly,” said Imsirovic. “I was really focusing a lot on basketball and then I needed a new hobby. I just bought some books and then got better.

“I was playing some freerolls online, but then there was Black Friday, so I couldn’t really play anymore. Then I played a few live tournaments and did really well at my nearby cardroom and just went from there.”

After the Vancouver, Washington native had a couple live scores under his belt, he found his way back online on a few of the U.S.-facing online poker sites.

He continued to cut his teeth on the virtual felt and grinded his way up the stakes in online cash games. Naturally, he gravitated towards the six-max version of the game online.

“I love six-max,” said Imsirovic. “I play a lot of online cash. It’s definitely my favorite by far.”

For most of Imsirovic’s life, he’s been in Washington state, but when he was a young child, his family fled Bosnia to have a better life for his family.

“I moved here when I was three,” said Imsirovic. “There was a war going on so we came here and I’ve been in Washington ever since.”

As far as his future plans, it’s more traveling for the young poker pro. With the win, he earned a seat into a freeroll with a $10,000 WPT Finale seat at stake. He’ll be here for that event, but after that, it’s all up in the air.

“I will definitely be here for about a week,” he said. “Then I might go to Vegas after. I’m unsure.”

Final Table Results:

1st: Almedin Imsirovic – $11,181
2nd: Sebastian Gallego – $7,570
3rd: Bob Tanner – $4,948
4th: Perry Shao – $3,954
5th: Sam Sayegh – $2,969
6th: Ricardo Eyzaguirre – $2,285

Event 7: Almedin Imsirovic Wins $360 Six-Max ($11,181), Sebastian Gallego Eliminated in 2nd ($7,570)

$360 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max
End of Level 23: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 1 of 152

Almedin Imsirovic

After a couple raises preflop, Sebastian Gallego moved all in preflop out of the big blind and Almedin Imsirovic called on the button. Imsorivic showed 8c8d and was in the lead against Gallego’s Ac5d.

The board ran out 5c3h3s3c2d and Imsirovic wins the pot with a bigger full house. The dealer breaks down both stacks and Imsirovic has Gallego covered by just 3,000 chips.

Imsirovic wins the trophy, $11,181, a seat into the freeroll with a $10,000 WPT Finale seat at stake and the trophy. Gallego finished in second and earned $7,570 for his efforts.

A complete recap of the day’s action will be posted later tonight.

Sebastian Gallego

Almedin Imsirovic – $360 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max Champion
Sebastian Gallego – Eliminated

Event 7: Bob Tanner – 3rd Place ($4,948)

$360 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max
End of Level 23: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 152

Bob Tanner

Bob Tanner moved all in on the button for about 55,000 and Almedin Imsirovic called out of the big blind. Imsirovic showed 3s2d and needed a lot of help against Tanner’s 9c9h.

“How do you have nines there?” asked Imsirovic with a laugh. “Nice hand.”

“It’s not over yet,” said Tanner.

Tanner must have had a premonition about the hand as the board ran out 7c5s2hKd3d. Imsirovic rivered two pair to eliminate Tanner in third place.

Tanner picked up $4,948 for his third place finish and Imsirovic begins heads-up play about even in chips with Sebastian Gallego.

Almedin Imsirovic – 730,000 (45 bb)
Bob Tanner – Eliminated

Event 7: Almedin Imsirovic Doubles Through Bob Tanner

$360 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max
End of Level 23: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 152

Almedin Imsirovic gets all in preflop on the button for his last 325,000 against Bob Tanner in the small blind.

Tanner was in the lead with his 8c8h and had Imsirovic’s Ac8s in bad shape. The flop was AhQsJd, giving Imsirovic a pair of aces and the lead.

The turn was the 6c, leaving Tanner with one out, and the river was the As to give Tanner the double up and leaving Tanner with just a couple big blinds.

Almedin Imsirovic – 662,000 (41 bb)
Bob Tanner – 55,000 (3 bb)

Event 7: Perry Shiao – 4th Place ($3,954)

$360 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max
Level 22: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 152

Perry Shiao

Perry Shiao raised on the button and Sebastian Gallego defended his big blind.

The flop was Ts9d8s and Gallego checked. Shiao bet and Gallego moved all in for about 230,000. Shiao quickly called. Shiao showed AhJc, good for ace-high, a straight draw, and a live over against Gallego’s Jh9s, good for the same straight draw and a pair.

The turn was the Td and the river was the 5s. Shiao hit the rail in fourth place to earn $3,954 and Gallego chipped up for the start of three-handed play.

Sebastian Gallego – 495,000 (41 bb)
Perry Shiao – Eliminated

Event 7: Sam Sayegh – 5th Place ($2,969)

$360 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max
Level 22: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 152

Sam Sayegh

Sebastian Gallego limped on the button and Sam Sayegh completed from the small blind. Almedin Imsirovic raised to 40,000 out of the big blind and is called by both Gallego and Sayegh.

All three players checked a flop of Ah9c6d and the Jc came on the turn. Sayegh led out for 55,000, Imsirovic called and Gallego folded.

The river was the Jh and Sayegh checked. Imsirovic bet 25,000 and Sayegh moved all in for 110,000. Imsirovic snap-called. Sayegh showed 5h3d and hit the rail in fifth place against Imsirovic’s AcAd.

Imsirovic wins the pot with aces full and extends his chip lead. Sayegh earned $2,969 for his final table appearance.

Almedin Imsirovic – 630,000 (52 bb)
Sam Sayegh – Eliminated

Event 7: Sam Sayegh Doubles Through Bob Tanner

$360 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max
Level 21: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 152

Bob Tanner limped in under the gun and Sam Sayegh moved all in on the button for 82,000. The blinds folded and Tanner called.

Tanner showed KcTs and needed help against Sayegh’s Ac5h. The flop was 4c3c2c, giving Sayegh the wheel and left Tanner drawing dead.

The turn was the 4h and the river was the 6c to secure Sayegh’s double up.

Sam Sayegh – 184,000 (18 bb)
Bob Tanner – 290,000 (29 bb)

Event 7: Perry Shiao’s Aces Fend Off Sam Sayegh’s Straight Draw

$360 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max
Level 21: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 152

Perry Shiao raised to 26,000 from middle position and Sebastian Gallego called from the small blind. Sam Sayegh called from the big blind and they are three-handed to a flop of Tc8s6c.

Gallego checked and Sayegh bet 35,000. Shiao called and Gallego folded.

The turn was the 4h and Sayegh bet 40,000. Shiao called. The river was the 3c and both players checked. Shiao showed AsAh and won the pot against Sayegh’s Jh9c.

Perry Shiao – 315,000 (31 bb)
Sam Sayegh – 75,000 (7 bb)

Event 7: Ricardo Eyzaguirre – 6th Place ($2,285)

$360 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max
Level 20: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 152

Ricardo Eyzaguirre

Bob Tanner raised under the gun and Almedin Imsirovic called on the button. Perry Shiao called out of the small blind and Ricardo Eyzaguirre moved all in for 62,000 out of the big blind. Tanner called and everybody else got out of the way.

Tanner showed KsJd and needed help against Eyzaguirre’s AdTd.

The flop was 9d4h2d, giving Eyzaguirre the nut flush draw and putting him further into the lead. The turn was the Kh, however, and Eyzaguirre would need a diamond or an ace on the river to double up and stay alive.

The river was the 3s and Eyzaguirre was eliminated in sixth place for $2,285.

Bob Tanner – 295,000 (36 bb)
Ricardo Eyzaguirre – Eliminated

Event 7: Sanket Desai – 7th Place ($1,710)

$360 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max
Level 20: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 152

Sanket Desai

Almedin Imsirovic raised from the hijack and Sanket Desai moved all in for 40,000 on the button. Imsirovic called.

Imsirovic showed Ks9c and needed help against Desai’s AhQc. The flop was Qh8d5c, putting Desai further in the lead. The turn was the 7d, giving Imsirovic a few more outs.

The Kh came on the river to give Imsirovic a pair of kings and the best hand. Desai was eliminated in seventh place, taking home $1,710 for his deep run. Imsirovic wins the pot and has about a third of the chips in play.

Almedin Imsirovic – 515,000 (64 bb)
Sanket Desai – Eliminated

Event 7: Perry Shiao Leads Final 7 Players

$360 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max
Level 20: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 152

Event 7 Final Table

With the elimination of Luiz De Farias Guimares in 8th place, the $360 no-limit hold’em six-max has combined to one table and are at the unofficial final table of seven players. Bob Tanner was a massive chip leader for most of the last few levels, but Perry Shia has taken the lead after Tanner lost a bunch of chips to Almedin Imsirovic

With one more elimination, the final six players will be credited with making a final table.

Here is a look at the seating arrangement and chip counts of the final seven players:

Seat 1: Sam Sayegh – 46,000
Seat 2: Almedin Imsirovic – 362,000
Seat 3: Perry Shiao – 379,000
Seat 4: Sanket Desai – 76,000
Seat 5: Ricardo Eyzaguirre – 122,000
Seat 6: Bob Tanner – 275,000
Seat 7: Sebastian Gallego – 260,000

Here is a look at the remaining payouts:

1st: $11,181
2nd: $7,570
3rd: $4,948
4th: $3,954
5th: $2,969
6th: $2,285
7th: $1,710

Event 7: Bob Tanner Still On Top

$360 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max
Level 19: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 152

The player on the button raised to 13,000 and Bob Tanner called out of the big blind. They were heads-up to a flop of AhTs3d and Tanner checked.

The button bet 11,000 and Tanner called. Both players checked the 5d turn card and the Th came on the river.

Tanner bet 30,000 and the button quickly folds. Tanner mucked his hand and has held steady as the chip leader.

Bob Tanner – 430,000 (71 bb)

Event 7: Hector Contreras Eliminated in 10th Place by Perry Shiao

$360 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max
Level 18: 2,500/5,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 152

Perry Shiao

There was well over 100,000 in the pot on the river with a completed board of Jd3h3s8d7h and Hector Contreras moved all in for about 55,000 from under the gun.

Perry Shiao snap-called on the button and won the pot with his AsJh against Contreras’ 9h9d.

Contreras took home $1,135 for his efforts and Shiao is the only player remotely close to Bob Tanner’s chip lead.

Perry Shiao – 285,000 (57 bb)
Hector Contreras – Eliminated

Event 7: Nick Yunis Eliminated in 13th Place By Bob Tanner

$360 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max
Level 17: 2,000/4,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 12 of 152

Bob Tanner

Bob Tanner raised on the button and Nick Yunis moved all in from the small blind for about 68,000. Tanner called and the cards were tabled.

It was a race for Yunis’ tournament life with his 8d8h against Tanner’s AcTh.

The flop was KdTd5s and Tanner takes the lead with middle pair. The turn was the 2d and the river was the 3c to send the pot to Tanner and eliminate Yunis in 13th place.

Yunis hit the rail in 13th place for $793, while Tanner takes a massive chip lead over the field.

Bob Tanner – 455,000 (114 bb)
Nick Yunis Eliminated

Event 7: Sam Sayegh Doubles Up On The Bubble, Maria Torres Eliminated On The Bubble

$360 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max
Level 16: 1,500/3,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 19 of 152

Sam Sayegh

With the bubble having already lasted for 90 minutes already at this point, Sam Sayegh limped in from under the gun and the player on the button limped as well. The small blind completes his option and Maria Torres checked her option in the big blind.

The flop was As9h6d and the small blind checked. Torres checks as well and Sayegh moved all in for 9,500. The button folded, the small blind called and Torres folded as well, leaving herself with just 1,000 in chips, good for two antes.

Sayegh showed AhTs and was in the lead against the small blind’s Tc9c. Only a nine would save the small blind and squeak Torres into the money, but the 2h on the turn and the 5h on the river was enough to keep Sayegh in the lead and secure his double up.

Torres was eliminated on the very next hand to burst the bubble and give the final 18 players a payday of at least $593.

Sam Sayegh – 31,000
Maria Torres – Eliminated

Maria Torres

Event 7: Bryce McVay Scores a Double Up On The Bubble

$360 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max
Level 14: 1,000/2,000 with a 300 ante
Players Remaining: 19 of 152

Bryce McVay moved all in on the button for 15,700 and Tony Ruberto snap-called out of the small blind. McVay’s head sunk in despair at the speed of Ruberto’s call and showed AcQs.

“You’re in better shape than you think,” said Ruberto, tabling 3c3h.

The board ran out As9c2dKd4h and McVay doubled up with a pair of aces. There are still 19 players and hand-for-hand has been taking place for almost the entire level.

With one more elimination, the final 18 players will be in the money.

Bryce McVay – 33,400
Tony Ruberto – 71,000

Event 7: John Cofhlin Doubles Up

$360 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max
Level 13: 800/1,600 with a 200 ante
Players Remaining: 22 of 152

John Cofhlin

John Cofhlin is in the big blind and got all in against the cutoff for about 16,500. Cofhlin showed AcQd and was in the lead against the cutoff’s KcJh.

The flop was QsTh7h and Cofhlin kept the lead with top pair, but the cutoff was open-ended. The turn was the Ts and the river was the 3d to give Cofhlin the pot and a double up as the bubble is just a few eliminations away.

John Cofhlin – 39,500

Event 7: After-Dinner Poker

$360 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Level 13: 800/1,600 with a 200 Ante
Players Remaining: 30 of 152

The field was sent on a 30-minute dinner break following the completion of Level 12, and they’ve just returned to action. The board shows 30 of the original 152 players remaining, and they’ll continue tonight until a winner is determined.

Almedin Imsirovic is the leader right now, beginning this new level with 150,000 chips in front of him. He’s one of two players with a six-figure stack at the moment, trailed by Robert Tanner and his 120,000 chips. A few others are approaching the century mark, as well.

Here are some more counts from around the final five tables:

Luis Guilmares – 86,500
Michael Goldfarb – 74,100
Sebastian Gallego – 74,100
Perry Shiao – 70,300
Nick Yunis – 64,600
Ricardo Eyzaguirre – 59,600
Andrew Mills – 49,000

Event 7: Registration Closed; Prize Pool Reaches $45,600

$360 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Level 12: 600/1,200 with a 200 Ante
Players Remaining: 35 of 152

Registration closed on Event 7 and the Six-Max Freeze-Out easily surpassed its $30,000 guaranteed prize pool. The tournament drew 152 players to create a prize pool worth $45,600 with the last 18 players taking home a piece.

A min-cash is worth $593 but everone is shooting for the $11,181 top prize that also comes with a custom-framed winner’s photo courtesy of IMPDI, the glass guitar pick trophy, 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 7
$360 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Entries: 152
Prize Pool: $45,600
March 22, 2017

1st: $11,181 + Freeroll seat
2nd: $7,570
3rd: $4,948
4th: $3,954
5th: $2,969
6th: $2,285
7th – 9th: $1,710
10th – 12th: $1,135
13th – 15th: $793
16th – 18th: $593