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Event 9: Vittorio Maraone Scores Big with Title

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, FL
Event 9
$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries: 2,923
Prize Pool: $1,461,500
March 23 – 27, 2017

Vittorio Maraone, Event 9 Champion

Event 9 was the first tournament on the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown schedule with a guaranteed seven-digit gprize pool and they blasted past that mark. The tournament drew 2,923 entries to create a prize pool of $1,461,500 and it was Vittorio Maraone walking away with the title plus $212,532.

The tournament featured six starting flights over three days with a $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. The field hit the magic number early Saturday morning and they went on to create the huge prize pool by the time registration closed that evening. The last 250 players would take home some of that money on Sunday and the last three players would earn more than $100,000.

Plenty of top, local players made their way to the ballroom to participate including Michael “The Grinder”Mizrachi, Olivier Busquet, Aaron Massey, Alex Rocha and Asher Conniff along with Seminole Hard Rock Poker team members Darryll Fish, Mukul Pahuja, Jessica Dawley, Stewart Newman, and Loni Harwood.

Fish and Dawley would be the only two SHRP team members to make the money along with Seminole Hard Rock Tampa poker ambassador Wally Maddah. After bursting the money bubble, they played down to the end of Level 16 on Day 2 and paused action with 12 players remaining, Rocha leading the way, and Dawley making her second deep run in a huge, multi-day event this series.

Dawley fell victim to a bad beat to exit in tenth place along with Thomas Gari in the same hand. John Dubois, Will Underdown, Kazu Oshima, and Teddy Conner followed quickly before the last four players settled into a long, deep grind.

It took an hour to lose another player when William Kopp was sent out and favorite Alex Rocha followed in third after a bad run of cards. Maraone and Nick Shkolnik held similar stacks before heads up play began and they decided to split up the remaining prize pool.

Each took home more than $200,000 for their $570 investment and Maraone was declared the champ thanks to his slightly bigger stack. He banked $212,532 along with the trophy, custom-framed winner’s photo courtesy of IMPDI, and a seat in the $10,000 WPT Finale/$3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship freeroll.

Final table results:

1st: Vittorio Maraone – $212,532*
2nd: Nick Shkolnik – $206,530*
3rd: Alex Rocha – $107,961
4th: William Kopp – $91,782
5th: Teddy Conner – $76,144
6th: Kazu Oshima – $60,652
7th: Will Underdown – $45,307
8th: John Dubois – $30,692
9th: Thomas Gari – $21,923
10th: Jessica Dawley – $14,615
* – denotes heads up deal

Complete Event 9 Payouts

Event 9: Let’s Make a Deal; Maraone Takes the Title

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 36: 200,000/400,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 2,923

Vittoroi Maraone

After Alex Rocha was eliminated in third place, Vittorio Maraone and Nick Shkolnik decided to look at the numbers for a chop deal with the following counts.

Vittorio Maraone – 31,170,000 (78 bb)
Nick Shkolnik – 27,250,000 (68 bb)

They quickly agreed to a deal that saw them both pocket more than $200,000 with Maraone earning the title, the trophy, and a seat in the $10,000 WPT Finale/$3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship freeroll.

1st: Vittorio Maraone – $212,532
2nd: Nick Shkolnik – $206,530

Tournament recap to follow.

Nick Shkolnik

Event 9: Alex Rocha – 3rd Place ($107,961)

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 36: 200,000/400,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 2,923

Alex Rocha

Alex Rocha and Nick Shkolnik limped and Vittorio Maraone raised to 1,900,000. Rocha called and Shkolnik released before the 8c7c7d flop. Both players checked and Maraone checked again after the 9d turn.

Rocha bet 1,350,000 and Maraone called to see the 3s river. Both players checked and Maraone tabled ace-high asqd, good enough for the pot and Rocha dropped to 4,050,000.

On the next hand, Shkolnik opened to 900,000 from the button with Maraone and Rocha coming along to the js5d4c flop. Maraone checked, Rocha moved all-in for 3,200,000, Shkolnik released, and Maraone called.

Maraone: 5s4h
Rocha: 3d2d.

Maraone was ahead with bottom two against Rocha’s open-ended straight draw. The qh turn could not help Rocha and he was eliminated in third place on the 7h river.

Vittorio Maraone – 31,170,000 (78 bb)
Alex Rocha – Eliminated in 3rd place ($107,961)

Event 9: Alex Rocha Drops Lower

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 36: 200,000/400,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 2,923

Nick Shkolnik and Vittorio Maraome limped and Alex Rocha checked his option to the jhtd5d flop. Maraone bet out 1,050,000, Rocha called, and Shkolnik released.

Both players checked the qd turn and Maraone checked the 4s river. Rocha bet 2,350,000 and Maraone called with a set of fives 5h5c to beat Rocha’s pair of jacks kdjc.

Seat 5: Alex Rocha – 7,700,000 (19 bb)
Seat 7: Nick Shkolnik – 29,250,000 (73 bb)
Seat 9: Vittorio Maraone – 21,500,000 (54 bb)

Event 9: Vittorio Maraone Gets Some Back

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 36: 200,000/400,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 2,923

Vittorio Maraone opened to 1,000,000 from the button and Nick Shkolnik called in the big blind to the jh5h3c flop. Both players checked to the 8c turn, Shkolnik checked, and Maraone bet another 1,000,000.

Shkolnik called, the river came 7c, and Maraone bet 3,300,000. Shkolnik thought a bit and called with two pair 7d5d. The hand was second best after Maraone tabled his jack-high straight td9c to take some chips back from Shkolnik.

Seat 5: Alex Rocha – 10,550,000 (26 bb)
Seat 7: Nick Shkolnik – 29,400,000 (74 bb)
Seat 9: Vittorio Maraone – 18,500,000 (46 bb)

Event 9: Nick Shkolnik Takes More From Vittorio Maraone

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 36: 200,000/400,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 2,923

Nick Shkolnik raised to 900,000 from the button, Vittorio Maraone and Alex Rocha came along from the blinds to the ts4h2c flop. All three checked to the 7s turn, Maraone bet 1,550,000 to get a fold from Rocha and call from Shkolnik.

Maraone bet another 2,750,000 after the 6d river and Shkolnik took his time before he called. Maraone tabled king-high khqd and Shkolnik was good with a pair of sevens ah7c for another big pot.

Seat 5: Alex Rocha – 10,750,000 (27 bb)
Seat 7: Nick Shkolnik – 36,200,000 (91 bb)
Seat 9: Vittorio Maraone – 11,500,000 (29 bb)

Event 9: Nick Shkolnik Pulls Ahead

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 36: 200,000/400,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 2,923

Following the turn of a Ks9s8d2h board, Vittorio Maraone checked from the small blind and Nick Shkolnik bet 1,450,000 from the button. Maraone called.

The river was the 6d and Maraone checked. Shkolnik bet 3,200,000 and Maraone called instantly.

Shkolnik tabled Kc9d for two pair, Maraone mucked, and Shkolnik collected the pot.

Nick Shkolnick – 29,000,000 (72 bb)
Vittorio Maraone – 18,000,000 (45 bb)

Event 9: Vittorio Maraone Gets Some Back from Rocha

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 35: 150,000/300,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 2,923

Alex Rocha opened to 700,000 from the button and the other two players came along to the acth5d flop. All three checked to see the 2d turn and Nick Shkolnick and Maraone checked. Rocha bet 850,000 to get a fold from Shkolnick and call from Maraone.

Maraone checked again after the qh turn and called when Rocha bet 2,200,000. Maraone tabled as9c and it was good enough to get a muck from Rocha.

Vittorio Maraone – 25,700,000 (86 bb)
Alex Rocha – 13,600,000 (45 bb)

Event 9: Alex Rocha Doubles Through Vittorio Maraone

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 35: 150,000/300,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 2,923

Alex Rocha opened from the button and Vittorio Maraone came along from the big blind to see the 9d5s4s flop. Maraone checked, Rocha bet 700,000 and Maraone check/raised to 2,100,000. Rocha moved all-in for 8,800,000 and Maraone called.

Maraone: 9s6c
Rocha: jsjd

Rocha was ahead with the over pair and found another big double when the board complete with the 4h turn and kd river.

Alex Rocha – 19,300,000 (64 bb)
Vittorio Maraone – 21,400,000 (71 bb)

Event 9: William Kopp – 4th Place ($91,782)

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 35: 150,000/300,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 2,923

William Kopp

Vittorio Maraone opened to 750,000 from the cutoff and William Kopp called all-in for 475,000 from the button. The blinds released and hands tabled.

Maraone: jdjs
Kopp: ahkc

Kopp woke up with big slick after getting his stack cut down by Alex Rocha but couldn’t win the race on the thtd6c2stc board to exit in fourth place.

Vittorio Maraone – 31,500,000 (105 bb)
William Kopp – Eliminated in 4th place ($91,782)

Event 9: Alex Rocha Doubles Through William Kopp

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 35: 150,000/300,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 2,923

William Kopp open/shoved from the small blind and Alex Rocha called from the big blind at risk for his 5,125,000 stack.

Kopp: ac3d
Rocha: 5s5c

Rocha was ahead for the double up and found it as the board ran kh4d3sjdjs. The hand put Rocha back in contention while knocking Kopp down near the felt.

Alex Rocha – 10,450,000 (35 bb)
William Kopp – 525,000 (2 bb)

Event 9: Maraone Approaching 30 Million

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 35: 150,000/300,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 2,923

Vittorio Maraone raised to 600,000 from the small blind and WIlliam Kopp defended his big blind.

The flop fell 9c8d2d and Maraone continued for 1,050,000. Kopp called.

The turn was the 3h and Maraone bet 1,050,000 again. Kopp called.

The river was the 4h and both players checked.

Maraone showed Ah9d for top pair top kicker, Kopp mucked, and Maraone won the pot.

Vittorio Maraone – 29,500,000 (98 bb)
William Kopp – 5,700,000 (19 bb)

Event 9: No Deal

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 35: 150,000/300,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 2,923

Shortly after the break, there was some discussion about chopping up the remaining prize pool. After running the numbers, they decide to continue playing.

Seat 2: William Kopp – 13,400,000 (45 bb)
Seat 5: Alex Rocha – 5,375,000 (18 bb)
Seat 7: Nick Shkolnik – 18,250,000 (61 bb)
Seat 9: Vittorio Maraone – 21,400,000 (71 bb)

Event 9: Break Time Counts

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 35: 150,000/300,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 2,923

The four remaining players are on a quick 15-minute break and will return with Vittorio Maraone leading and Alex Rocha on the short(er) stack.

Seat 2: William Kopp – 13,350,000 (45 bb)
Seat 5: Alex Rocha – 5,975,000 (20 bb)
Seat 7: Nick Shkolnik – 18,425,000 (61 bb)
Seat 9: Vittorio Maraone – 20,675,000 (69 bb)

Event 9: Teddy Conner – 5th Place ($76,144)

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 34: 125,000/250,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 2,923

Teddy Conner

Action folded to the blinds and Vittorio Maraone opened from the small blind. Teddy Conner moved all-in for ~6,000,000 from the big blind and Maraone called.

Maraone: 4d4h
Conner: ad7h

Conner had two live cards for the double but Maraone’s small pair held as the dealer spread the tc3d2s6sks board. Maraone moved over 15 million while Conner was sent out in fifth place.

Vittorio Maraone – 15,500,000 (62 bb)
Teddy Conner – Eliminated in 5th place ($76,144)

Event 9: William Kopp Doubles Through Alex Rocha

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 34: 125,000/250,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 2,923

William Kopp

Teddy Conner opened to 650,000 from the button and William Kopp moved all-in for 5,750,000 from the small blind. Alex Rocha came along and moved all-in for more and Conner released.

Kopp: jhjd
Rocha: 9s9c

Kopp was in line for the double up and the best hand held up when the board ran td8c2h3had to send the double.

William Kopp – 12,200,000 (49 bb)
Alex Rocha – 11,625,000 (47 bb)

Event 9: Kazu Oshima – 6th Place ($60,652)

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 34: 125,000/250,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 2,923

Kazu Oshima

Nick Shkolnik opened to 575,000 from the hijack and Kazu Oshima moved all-in for 5,100,000 from the cutoff. Chip leader Shkolnik called to put another player in danger.

Shkolnik: tstc
Oshima: 3h3d

Oshima was dominated and nothing changed as the dealer ran out the qh6s6c7dkc board to send him out in sixth place.

Nick Shkolnik – 22,550,000 (90 bb)
Kazu Oshima – Eliminated in 6th place ($60,652)

Event 9: Will Underdown – 7th Place ($45,307)

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 34: 125,000/250,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 2,923

Will Underdown

Alex Rocha opened to 500,000 from under the gun and action folded around to Will Underdown in the big blind. He moved all-in for 5,400,000 and Rocha called to put him at risk.

Underdown: acqs
Rocha: askc

Underdown needed to catch and hit the qc6s2h flop to take the lead for a double up. The 5h turn was a blank but Rocca nailed the ks river to send Underdown out in seventh place.

Alex Rocha – 14,300,000 (57 bb)
Will Underdown – Eliminated in 7th place ($45,307)

Event 9: John Dubois – 8th Place ($30,692)

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 33: 100,000/200,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 2,923

John Dubois

With the board complete and reading qhjhad6sjc, John Dubois put the last of his huge stack in the middle and Nick Shkolnik called for this big pot.

Dubois: axtx
Shkolik: askd

Both flopped top pair and rivered aces up but Shkolik’s kicker played to send Dubois out and moved Shkolik into the lead.

Nick Shkolnik – 13,900,000 (70 bb)
John Dubois – Eliminated in 8th place ($30,692)

Event 9: Jessica Dawley – 10th Place; Thomas Gari – 9th Place

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 33: 100,000/200,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 2,923

Jessica Dawley

Thomas Gari opened to 600,000 and Jessica Dawley moved all-in from the cutoff for 1,275,000. Nick Shkolnik moved all-in over the top from the button and Gari called at risk for the three-way pot.

Gari: asqh
Dawley: kskc
Shkolnik: jdjc

Dawley was in a great position to triple up but found bad news immediately on the js7d6s flop. The 2h turn and 8d river were no help to Dawley or Gari and they were both eliminated.

Nick Shkolnik – 8,200,000 (41 bb)
Thomas Gari – Eliminated in 9th place ($21,923)
Jessica Dawley – Eliminated in 10th place ($14,615)

Thomas Gari