Event 22: Joseph Cheong Wins Final Event, Takes $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Title

2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 22
$1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo
Entries: 93
Prize Pool: $93,000
April 17, 2018

Joseph Cheong busted just a few spots shy of the $3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown main event on Tuesday afternoon. Despite the heart break of finishing in 11th place and missing out on a six-figure score, Cheong rebounded for a title int he final event of the series.

The high-stakes tournament pro, most famous for his third place finish in the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event, defeated 93 entries in the $1,100 no-limit hold’em turbo event. He took home $29,503 and his first hard rock trophy.

“It’s great. I got like one extra pay jump by winning this tournament,” said Cheong in jest, referencing a missed pay jump in the main event. “I got a trophy, but I’m kind of disappointed that it’s not guitar shaped.”

Cheong puts in some of the most volume of anybody you could find. Throughout the final table, he was discussing his upcoming travel plans with the other players at the table. He plans on hitting multiple tournaments going up the east coast.

When asked if there was anybody who loves it more, Cheong immediately had one name in mind.

“Ari. Ari Engel,” said Cheong. “But he doesn’t drink, so he’s not as fun as me.”

Just like every other higher buy-in postlim event at the series, the final table was filled with laughs, good times and a few adult beverages.

“It was a good time,” Cheong simply put it.

With 93 entries in the field, the top 12 finishers left with extra money in their pocket. Cheong defeated Jose Reyes heads-up. Here are a look at the results:

1st: Joseph Cheong – $29,503
2nd: Jose Reyes – $17,670
3rd: Brian Green – $11,160
4th: Joseph Elpayaa – $7,208
5th: Brian Powell – $5,580
6th: Michael Kopjanski – $4,418
7th: Jeff Rodriguez – $3,720
8th: Dylan Wilkerson – $3,255
9th: Steven Bennett – $2,951
10th: Evan Teitelbaum – $2,697
11th: Scott Clements – $2,511
12th: Ari Engel – $2,327

Joe Cheong wins $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo

Event 22: Joe Cheong Wins ($29,503), Jose Reyes Eliminated in 2nd ($17,670)

$1,100 Deep Stack Turbo (Re-Entry)
Structure| Payouts
Level 23: 20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining: 1 of 93

Joe Cheong

After a couple raises, Joe Cheong was all in for 890,000 on the button with AcKs against Jose Reyes’ Ad9c.

The board ran out Jc3d3h4hQd and Cheong, despite his rail of support cheering for a nine, won the pot with a better ace-high.

Reyes was left with less than a big blind and lost the next hand when his Ac2s couldn’t hold up against Cheong’s Qd6s.

Cheong earned $29,503 for his win and Reyes netted $17,670 for his runner-up finish.

Joe Cheong – $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Champion
Jose Reyes – Eliminated 

Jose Reyes

Event 22: Brian Green – 3rd Place ($11,160)

$1,100 Deep Stack Turbo (Re-Entry)
Structure| Payouts
Level 23: 20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 93

Brian Green

Joe Cheong moved all in from the small blind and Brian Green called out of the big blind.

Green was all in for about 170,000 with Qs7d against Cheong’s Ad9d.

The board ran out Ts8h4cJs4h and Cheong won the pot with ace-high to eliminate Green in third for $11,160. Cheong dragged the pot and goes heads-up with Jose Reyes for the title.

Joe Cheong – 770,000
Brian Green – Eliminated 

Event 22: Joe Elpayaa – 4th Place ($7,208)

$1,100 Deep Stack Turbo (Re-Entry)
Structure| Payouts
Level 22: 15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 93

Joe Elpayaa

Jose Reyes raised out of the small blind and Joe Elpayaa moved all in out of the big blind for about 450,000. Reyes called.

It was a cold deck with Elpayaa on the wrong side of variance with Elpayaa’s JsJh up against Reyes’ KcKd.

The board ran out 7s5s2h3dAc and Reyes’ kings held up to eliminate Elpayaa in fourth place for $7,208. Reyes takes the chip lead into three-handed play.

Jose Reyes – 965,000
Joe Elpayaa – Eliminated 

Event 22: Brian Powell – 5th Place ($5,580)

$1,100 Deep Stack Turbo (Re-Entry)
Structure| Payouts
Level 22: 15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 93

Brian Powell

Brian Powell moved all in on the button for about 200,000 and Jose Reyes called out of the small blind.

Reyes showed Ac6s and was in the lead against Powell’s KcTs.

The board ran out AdJd8hKh4s and Reyes won the pot to eliminate Powell in fifth place for $5,580.

Jose Reyes – 450,000
Brian Powell – Eliminated