Event 18: Paul Gold Wins After Three-Way Chop

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 18
$150 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 441

Prize Pool: $52,920
April 12, 2019

Paul Gold

Event 18 of the 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown was a $150 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) with a guaranteed prize pool of $30,000. A field of 441 entries easily surpassed that amount and generated a prize pool of $52,920.

After a long final table, the final three players agreed to an even chop. As the chip leader, Paul Gold was officially declared the winner. In addition to his first-place prize of $7,627, he also receives a $3,500 seat into the Championship event.

“I came here at 6 p.m. and in the first two hours I got knocked out on a flush draw that I didn’t hit,” Gold told us afterward. “I sat around and thought about it. I came from Palm Beach and I said you know what, I drove all the way down here – I’m going to buy a second bullet.”

That decision proved to be a good one for Gold.

“I was grinding the whole way with that second bullet. I never really had a big chip stack and was short-stacked the whole way through, and yeah, really long day. In the end, it was worth it.”

Final Table Results:
*1st: Paul Gold – $7,627 + $3,500 Championship seat
*2nd: Mirco Scharen – $7,627
*3rd: Kevin McGillicuddy -$7,626
4th: Earl Barron – $3,247
5th: Roberto Bendeck – $2,495
6th: Eric Ward – $2,072
7th: Mykel Comroe – $1,736
8th: Thomas Gari – $1,400
9th: Roberto Berrocal – $1,064
10th: Mike Zholendz – $902

*denotes three-handed chop

Event 18: We Have a Deal!

$150 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 32: 100,000/200,000 with a 200,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 441

The remaining three players agreed to an even chop.

Here were the chip counts at the time:

Paul Gold – 3,075,000
Mirco Scharen – 1,850,000
Kevin McGillicuddy – 1,700,000

Here were the payouts:

Paul Gold – $7,627
Mirco Scharen – $7,627
Kevin McGillicuddy – $7,626

As the chip leader, Gold is officially the winner of Event 18 for $7,627 and he receives a seat into the $3,500 Championship!

Paul Gold – 1st Place
Mirco Scharen – 2nd Place
Kevin McGillicuddy – 3rd Place

Event 18: Earl Barron – 4th Place ($3,247)

$150 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 32: 100,000/200,000 with a 200,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 441

Earl Barron – 4th Place

Earl Barron raised all in for 1,025,000 from under the gun and Paul Gold called from the big blind.

Barron: Qc9c
Gold: As10d

The board ran out AcKd5h3d8h, giving Gold a pair of aces to eliminate Barron in fourth place.

Paul Gold – 3,075,000
Earl Barron – Eliminated in 4th Place ($3,247)

Event 18: Roberto Bendeck – 5th Place ($2,495)

$150 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29: 50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 441

Roberto Bendeck – 5th Place

Roberto Bendeck raised all in from the cutoff for 350,000 and Mirco Scharen called from the big blind.

Bendeck: KhJd
Scharen; Ah6s

The board came down 5h3c3hQd6h, no help to Bendeck, ending his tournament in fifth place.

Mirco Scharen – 1,450,000
Roberto Bendeck – Eliminated in 5th Place ($2,495)