Event 2: Nigel Murray Wins Trophy, $18,570 in Deal

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Hollywood, FL
Event #2
$300 Deep Stack Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)
Entries: 354
Prizepool: $90,270
August 6, 2017

Nigel Murray

Nigel Murray is the winner of Event 2 at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. He defeated a field of 354 entries in the $300 Deep Stack Turbo event to claim the trophy and the top prize of $18,570 in a three-way deal.

Born and raised in Jamaica, the 36-year-old Murray relocated to South Florida about a dozen years ago, jumping headlong into one of the more robust poker communities in the county. He plays the game full-time now — and with some good success, too.

During his time in the States, Murray has amassed nearly $700,000 in live tournament earnings, including several victories right here at this venue. After this most recent win, he was congratulated by SHRP’s own Stewart Newman, among others.

“Everybody knows me around here because I’m always winning,” Murray beamed in his postgame interview. “I’m a sick poker player. You guys will see in the future.”

The confident Murray entered the ten-handed final table with a commanding chip lead that he never relinquished. Things happen quickly in an event of this format, and it took less than an hour to run from there down to the final three players.

With the stacks all shallowing out and some big pay jumps looming, the trio decided to pause and talk numbers. An agreement was quickly reached, and Murray’s big stack earned him the hardware and the lion’s share of the prizepool.

“I just bullied the table,” he told reporters about his final table strategy. “They were so soft. That’s it. They didn’t understand. They kept on folding, folding, folding until they missed their opportunity.”

The trophy for Event 2 was the first one handed out for this edition of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, and it joins a few others residing on Murray’s mantel.

Final Table results:

1st: Nigel Murray – $18,570* + trophy
2nd: Jeff Fogel – $12,432*
3rd: Hector Pacheco – $10,000*
4th: Rafael Ramos – $5,588
5th: Gary Malcom – $4,306
6th: Vitor Coelho – $3,561
7th: Vincent Spadavecchia – $2,988
8th: Angel Jara – $2,442
9th: Justin Levy – $1,907

*denotes three-way deal

Event 2: Nigel Murray Wins in Three-Way Deal ($18,570)

$300 Deep Stack Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 31: 60,000/120,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining: 1 of 351

Nigel Murray

After a blistering run down to three players, Nigel Murray has parlayed his big chip lead into a trophy and the lion’s share of the prizepool in a three-way deal.

Here are the details of the agreement:

1st: Nigel Murray – $18,570
2nd: Jeff Fogel – $12,432
3rd: Hector Pacheco – $10,000

A recap of Murray’s victory will be published later this evening, along with the results from Event 2.

Event 2: Final Table Set

$300 Deep Stack Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 28: 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 351

From a starting field of 351 entries, the final 10 players have just gathered around the last table left in the room. Here’s the remaining lineup:

Seat 1: Nigel Murray – 2,190,000 (37 bb)
Seat 2: Rafael Ramos – 410,000 (7 bb)
Seat 3: Gary Malcom – 940,000 (16 bb)
Seat 4: Angel Jara – 500,000 (8 bb)
Seat 5: Vincent Spadavecchia – 285,000 (5 bb)
Seat 6: Vitor Coelho – 475,000 (8 bb)
Seat 7: Ariel Soffer – 130,000 (2 bb)
Seat 8: Jeff Fogel – 1,625,000 (27 bb)
Seat 9: Hector Pacheco – 300,000 (5 bb)
Seat 10: Justin Levy – 265,000 (4 bb)

And here are the remaining payouts:

1st: $19,070 + trophy
2nd: $13,349
3rd: $8,583
4th: $5,588
5th: $4,306
6th: $3,561
7th: $2,988
8th: $2,442
9th: $1,907
10th: $1,607

Event 2: Prizepool Announced; $19,070 to the Winner

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Hollywood, FL
Event #2
$300 Deep Stack Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)
Entries: 354
Prizepool: $90,270

1st: $19,070
2nd: $13,349
3rd: $8,583
4th: $5,588
5th: $4,306
6th: $3,561
7th: $2,988
8th: $2,442
9th: $1,907
10th-12th: $1,607
13th-15th: $1,363
16th-18th: $1,124
19th-21st: $939
22nd-24th: $763
25th-27th: $657
28th-36th: $554
37th-45th: $459