Elio Fox Earns Super High Roller Crown

2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event #14
$50,000 Super High Roller 
$1,000,000 Guarantee
Entries: 25
Prize Pool: $1,225,000
August 8-9, 2018

The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Super High Roller is always a highlight event on the schedule and the $50,000 buy-in tournament did not disappoint. We had 25 entries take a shot and Elio Fox outlasted them all to win the title for $500,000 while extending his summer hot streak.

The Super High Roller had a $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool and the players piled it up to $1,225,000 by the time registration closed. They battled it out across two tables for most of the tournament, made it down to the final table late on Day 1, and three players returned for Day 2 to play it out for the title.

But making the final table did not lock up any money with five spots being paid. High Roller regular Bryn Kenney was the unfortunate bubble player when he ran pocket nines into the queens of Giuseppe Iadisernia.

Chris Hunichen was going to play this tournament one way or another and he put himself in at a discounted cost. We hosted a Super High Roller satellite on Tuesday and he won his way into the tournament along with Ian O’Hara. Hunichen rode that satellite seat to a fifth-place finish for $100,000.

Ali Imsirovic was the chip leader for most of the latter parts of Day 1 but ran into a tough spot. The former Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown trophy winner went out in fourth place for his third payout of the year over $100,000.

Day 1 then came to a close with only three players remaining. Businessman and WSOP Europe Super High Roller champ Dan Shak had the lead coming back with Fox only one small blind behind. Seminole Hard Rock regular Iadisernia rounded out the last three and he was the shortest.

Iadisernia went out early on Day 2 when he could not pair his live cards and the heads-up match for the title did not last long.

Fox took the lead early and knocked Shak out in second place when his turned Broadway straight bested Shak’s two pair. Shak earned $305,000 for two days of work at the table while Fox walked away with $500,000 plus the big SHRPO Super High Roller trophy.

This result continues a great summer for Fox with four tournament wins since the start of the WSOP. He kicked things off by winning his second WSOP bracelet in the second tournament of the series and followed that up by winning the Aria $10K, the Aria $25K High Roller, and the WPT Gardens $25K Six-Max High Roller.

The biggest score for Fox this summer wasn’t even a win; he finished second to Nick Petrangelo in the $100,000 WSOP High Roller for nearly $1.8 million. Now he can add another trophy to his mantle and another $500,000 to his bankroll.

Congratulations to Elio and a special thanks to all of our Super High Roller players. It was a well-played, talented field and worthy of the big buy-in.

Super High Roller results:

1st:  Elio Fox – $500,000
2nd:  Dan Shak – $305,000
3rd:  Giuseppe Iadisernia – $190,000
4th:  Ali Imsirovic  –  $130,000
5th:  Chris Hunichen  –  $100,000

Super High Roller: Elio Fox Defeats Dan Shak for the Title

$50,000 Super High Roller
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 17: 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante

The heads-up battle did not last long. Elio Fox took the lead and then the title in less than fifteen minutes.

Fox was on the button and the board was reading KcKdJsTh. Shak checked, Fox bet 80,000 and Shak announced all in.

He had 825,000 and Fox quickly called after one quick look at his cards to confirm.

Fox: AhQh
Shak: Jh3s

Fox was far ahead with the turned Broadway straight and Shak was looking for four outs. The 5s river could not upgrade his two pair to a boat and the match was over.

Shak earned $305,000 for his runner-up finish and Fox walked to the cage to pick up his $500,000 first place prize. This is the fifth time Fox earned a six-digit payout in the last month including a WSOP High Roller bracelet.

Super High Roller recap to come soon.

1st:  Elio Fox – $500,000
2nd:  Dan Shak – $305,000

Super High Roller: Heads-Up Counts

$50,000 Super High Roller
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 16: 10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 25

Heads-up play is underway for the Super High Roller with Dan Shak continuing to lead. They will play out Level 16 and the rest will be 30-minutes long until we have a winner.

Seat 1: Dan Shak – 1,350,000 (90 bb)
Seat 3: Elio Fox – 1,150,000 (77 bb)

Super High Roller: Giuseppe Iadisernia – 3rd Place ($190,000)

$50,000 Super High Roller
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 16: 10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 25

Giuseppe Iadisernia

Giuseppe Iadisernia was in no hurry to mess with the two bigger stacks and picked his spots trying to move his stack higher. His stack was down to 265,000 when Dan Shak opened from the small blind for a barrel of 25k chips, more than enough to cover Iadisernia in the big blind.

He peeked at his cards and called at risk.

Shak: Ah7s
Iadisernia: KdTs

Iadisernia had two live cards but blanked the 6h4d2h3s8d runout to exit the Super High Roller in third place for $190,000.

Dan Shak – 1,350,000 (90 bb)
Giuseppe Iadisernia – Eliminated in 3rd place ($190,000)

Super High Roller: Slow Going and Steady

$50,000 Super High Roller
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 16: 10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 25

There’s been little action over the first 30 minutes of the restart. Dan Shak extended his lead a bit, Giuseppe Iadisernia is picking his spots carefully, and Elio Fox is driving the action early.

Seat 1: Dan Shak – 1,120,000 (75 bb)
Seat 2: Giuseppe Iadisernia – 485,000 (32 bb)
Seat 3: Elio Fox – 895,000 (60 bb)