Chad Eveslage Wins the $25K High Roller For the Biggest Victory of His Career and His Second Trophy of 2021

2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 24
$25,500 High Roller
Entries:  145
Prize Pool:  $3,581,500
April 26-27, 2021

Chad Eveslage
Chad Eveslage

The 2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown has broken record after record, and the 145 entries in Event 24 shattered the previous casino record for a $25K High Roller, generating a juicy prizepool worth more than $3.5 million. And Tuesday night, everything fell into place for Chad Eveslage at just the right time for him to win the title, the trophy, and $767,577 in a three-way deal.

For most of the final table, it was Byron Kaverman who was in control with the chip lead. With more than $15.5 million in career live tournament earnings, Kaverman was also the most accomplished player at the table.

“It was tough,” said Eveslage. “Byron Kaverman had a lot of chips, and he was playing well. He always plays well. I just kept getting very lucky.”

Eveslage was downplaying himself, as it clearly takes more than luck to survive two full days against the largest $25K High Roller field in Seminole Hard Rock history, featuring players like Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel, WPT Player of the Year Brian Altman, and two-time GPI Player of the Year Alex Foxen, just to name a few.

But when the final table got down to the final four players, they battled for about two hours with nobody busting out. That’s when the cards fell Eveslage’s way in two key spots in the span of four hands, catapulting him from the short stack to the chipleader.

In the first hand, Eveslage moved all in for 18 big blinds with 5s5d, only to be dominated by Kaverman’s 9d9c. But Eveslage turned a five-high straight to win that pot and double up.

Three hands later, Eveslage and Kaverman played another pretty big pot on a board of JsJh10c6sQc. After betting big on the river, Kaverman showed Jc8s for trip jacks, but Eveslage turned over Ks9d to win the pot with a rivered king-high straight. That pot propelled Eveslage to a commanding chip lead, and he never let it go.

A short while later, the two shortest stacks got it all in, with Sean Perry’s KdJd turning a jack-high straight against Wilson’s 3s3c to eliminate Wilson in fourth place.

The final three players — Eveslage, Kaverman, and Perry — quickly agreed to an ICM chop. As chipleader, Eveslage was awarded the title, the trophy, and the largest payout — $767,577.

This is the second Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood trophy that Eveslage has won so far in 2021; he won the $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em event in the Lucky Hearts Poker Open to earn $101,572.

“My biggest live cash before this was $100,000 or so, maybe a little bit more,” said Eveslage, “but this is way bigger.”

Eveslage lives in Fort Lauderdale, and he’s a regular in the tournaments here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood.

“I’m here for every tournament series,” said Eveslage, “and I’m really looking forward to the big series in August.”

That’s the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, which is scheduled for July 22nd until August 10th. Though as much as Eveslage loves the poker tournaments here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, they aren’t the only thing that keeps him coming back.

“The Guitar Tower is awesome,” said Eveslage. “I can see it from my home, about five miles away.”


Final Results:

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1ChadEveslage$767,577*
2ByronKaverman$670,285*
3SeanPerry$596,418*
4BrockWilson$286,520
5DerekGregory$179,075
6ChrisBrewer$128,935
7MichaelRossitto$103,865
8RaniaNasreddine$87,750
9EliaAhmadian$87,750
10DarrenElias$78,795
11TimReilly$78,795
12WillFailla$69,840
13CaryKatz$69,840
14LannyVaysman$60,885
15IsaacBaron$60,885
16RayQartomy$60,885
17MatthewZarcadoolas$51,930
18JohnKrpan$51,930
19AaronVan Blarcum$44,770
20NoahSchwartz$44,770

* Indicates results of a three-way deal.

High Roller: Chad Eveslage Wins ($767,576) in a Three-Way Deal with Byron Kaverman (2nd, $670,285) and Sean Perry (3rd, $596,418)

$25,500 High Roller (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 145

Chad Eveslage
Chad Eveslage

After the elimination of Brock Wilson in fourth place, the final three players agreed to look at the numbers for a possible ICM chop. These were the official chip counts:

Seat 1.  Sean Perry  –  3,025,000  (24 bb)
Seat 2.  Chad Eveslage  –  7,075,000  (57 bb)
Seat 3.  Byron Kaverman  –  4,400,000  (35 bb)

The players looked at the ICM numbers, and everyone quickly agreed to the following payouts:

1st:  Chad Eveslage  –  $767,577 + Trophy
2nd:  Byron Kaverman  –  $670,285
3rd:  Sean Perry  –  $596,418

As chipleader, Chad Eveslage is declared the winner and will receive the trophy. Here is the full list of final table payouts:

1st:  Chad Eveslage  –  $767,577 + Trophy
2nd:  Byron Kaverman  –  $670,285
3rd:  Sean Perry  –  $596,418
4th:  Brock Wilson  –  $286,520
5th:  Derek Gregory  –  $179,075
6th:  Chris Brewer  –  $128,935
7th:  Michael Rossitto  –  $103,865
8th:  Rania Nasreddine  –  $87,750

Stay tuned for a recap from the biggest $25K High Roller in Seminole Hard Rock history.

High Roller: Brock Wilson – 4th Place ($286,520)

$25,500 High Roller (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 145

Sean Perry moved all in from UTG/cutoff for exactly 2,000,000, and Brock Wilson tanked for a long time before calling all in from the big blind for 800,000 with 3s3c.

Perry turned over KdJd, and Wilson needed his pocket threes to hold to stay alive.

The board came 10c9c7h8hKc, and Perry turned a jack-high straight to win the pot and eliminate Wilson in fourth place.

Sean Perry  –  3,025,000  (24 bb)
Brock Wilson  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($286,520)

With three players remaining from a field of 145, the average chip stack is about 4.83 million (39 big blinds). The next player to bust will earn $404,710.

High Roller: Byron Kaverman Doesn’t Talk Much, Except to Say No to Deals

$25,500 High Roller (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 145

Byron Kaverman
Byron Kaverman

The final four players have been playing for a while now, and while the possibility of a deal has been brought up a couple of times since the final table began, Byron Kaverman has immediately shot it down each time.

Sean Perry is pretty talkative at the poker table, and lately he’s been providing commentary on hands (after they’re over) and talking himself up.

Perry has also tried to engage Byron Kaverman, but Kaverman usually stays quiet and stoic at the poker table, and hasn’t really responded beyond a glance.

Now that Kaverman has lost the chip lead with four players left, Perry has been needling him a bit, telling the table, “I’ve got third place locked up.”

Brock Wilson said, “That’s a dangerous statement.”

Perry responded, “Locked up. Byron over there is on tilt from losing the chip lead.”

Wilson asked, “Can I remind you of this if you bust fourth?”

Perry said, “Yes. Immediately. I’m a good loser.”

Sean Perry
Sean Perry

After some more table talk, with everyone joking around except for Kaverman, Perry said, “Byron, you don’t talk much, do you? Except to say ‘no’ to deals.”

That got a laugh from everyone, including Kaverman himself, who visibly chuckled even with a mask on.

High Roller: Chad Eveslage Rivers a Straight to Take the Lead From Byron Kaverman

$25,500 High Roller (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 145

Chad Eveslage
Chad Eveslage

Chad Eveslage completed the small blind for 125,000, and Byron Kaverman checked his option in the big blind.

The flop came JsJh10c, Eveslage bet 125,000, and Kaverman called.

The turn card was the 6s, Eveslage checked, Kaverman bet 400,000, and Eveslage thought for a while before he called.

The river card was the Qc, Eveslage checked, Kaverman bet 700,000, and Eveslage called. Kaverman showed Jc8s for trip jacks, but Eveslage turned over Ks9d to win the pot — and take the chip lead — with a rivered king-high straight.

Chad Eveslage  –  6,100,000  (49 bb)
Byron Kaverman  –  3,750,000  (30 bb)

With four players remaining from a field of 145, the average chip stack is about 3.63 million (29 big blinds). The next player to bust will earn $286,520.