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)