Paul Snead Wins Event 26 Outright for $116,245

2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 26
$5,000 Eight-Handed NLH (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 83

Prize Pool: $394,250
April 16, 2019

Paul Snead

Event 26 of the 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown was a $5,000 Eight-Handed NLH (Re-Entry) with a guaranteed prize pool of $200,000. A field of 83 entries nearly doubled that amount, generating a prize pool of $394,250. Earning the outright victory was Paul Snead, winning the first-place prize of $116,245.

“It feels great,” Snead told us afterward. “It’s been a long time coming. I haven’t won first place since 2007, and that was my only win until now.”

This win was certainly a long time coming for Snead, who after his biggest career score in 2008 took time away from the game.

“I took a long time off after the 2008 World Series Main Event (Snead finished in 21st place for $257,334). It really crushed me, and I stopped playing poker for a while,” reminisced Snead of his tough exit in the Main Event, where he was two-outed on the river.

“My brother and I started a business together after, and I didn’t really play poker for about eight years. We sold the business, and now I’m free to do whatever and play poker again.”

Snead’s win today marks his second largest career score, and he believes it’s a sign of things to come.

“I feel like the universe is lining up, finally. I took a lot of bad beats in the past, and it just feels nice to win a race like that in a big spot. I’m just very grateful. I have a lot of support from my family, and they’re going to be thrilled. It just feels great.”

1st: Paul Snead – $116,245
2nd: George Wolff – $77,500
3rd: Brian Yoon – $52,545
4th: Brent Roberts – $36,955
5th: Michael Tureniec – $27,000
6th: Kristen Bicknell – $20,520
7th: Brian Altman – $16,255
8th: Barry Hutter – $13,440
9th: Eric Panayiotou – $11,625
10th: Brock Wilson – $11,625
11th: James Romero – $10,540

Event 26: Paul Snead Wins! ($116,245); George Wolff Eliminated in 2nd Place ($77,500)

$5,000 Eight-Handed NLH (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 1 of 83

George Wolff raised all in for 215,000 from the button and Paul Snead called from the big blind.

Wolff: Ac6c
Snead: Jh10c

The board ran out Jc6d4c7s9d, giving Snead a pair of jacks to eliminate Wolff in second place for $77,500.

Snead wins Event 26 outright for $116,245!

Paul Snead – 1st Place
George Wolff – 2nd Place

Event 26: Brian Yoon – 3rd Place ($52,545)

$5,000 Eight-Handed NLH (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 83

Brian Yoon – 3rd Place

Paul Snead raised to 40,000 from the small blind, Brian Yoon three-bet to 125,000 from the big blind and Snead called.

The flop was Ah10s7s, Snead checked, Yoon bet 100,000, Snead check-raised all in with a covering stack and Yoon called all in for just shy of 500,000.

Yoon: AdAs
Snead: KsJs

The 9s turn and 4c river completed the board, giving Snead a flush to crack Yoon’s set of aces and eliminate him in third place.

Paul Snead – 1,390,000
George Wolff – 275,000
Brian Yoon – Eliminated in 3rd Place ($52,545)

Event 26: Brent Roberts – 4th Place ($36,955)

$5,000 Eight-Handed NLH (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 5,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 83

Brent Roberts – 4th Place

Brent Roberts raised all in for about 180,000 from the small blind and Paul Snead called from the big blind.

Roberts: Qd8h
Snead: AdJc

The board ran out AhJs9d8c7d, giving Snead top two pair to eliminate Roberts in fourth place.

Paul Snead – 925,000
Brent Roberts – Eliminated in 4th Place ($36,955)

Event 26: Brian Yoon Doubles Through Paul Snead

$5,000 Eight-Handed NLH (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 19: 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 83

Paul Snead raised all in for effectively 150,000 from the small blind and Brian Yoon called all in from the big blind.

Snead: Kh7c
Yoon: 10c10s

The board ran out QcJd2h6s2s, safe for Yoon to double up.

Brian Yoon – 310,000
Paul  Snead – 750,000