2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
$50,000 Super High Roller
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