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The 2021 WPT Poker Showdown Championship final table members

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The record-setting 2021 WPT Poker Showdown Championship celebrated our 10th anniversary with the World Poker Tour and the tournament is down to its final table; we had  2,482 entries but only six of them remain. They will head to Las Vegas to play it out in the PokerGo Studio on May 18 and one of them will walk away with $1,261,095.

We have a diverse group of players vying for the title with four of the six guaranteed to bank the biggest cash of their year no matter where they finish. Ken “Teach” Aldridge is the only WSOP bracelet winner at the final table and Sonny Franco is a former WPTDeepStacks Paris champ.

Here are the six players with a chance to put their name on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup and take home more than $1.2 million.

Seat 1.  Brek Schutten – 31,350,000

From Grand Rapids, MI, he has nearly $400,000 in earnings and this will be the biggest cash of his career no matter where he finished. Schutten has two WSOP Circuit final table appearances and this is his first SHRP Hollywood cash.

Seat 2.  Ken Aldridge – 10,600,000

From Pleasants Gardens, NC, the man they call “Teach” will cross over $2 million in career earnings with his results from this final table. He won a WSOP bracelet in 2009, has five WSOP final tables, and this is his second WPT final table. Aldridge also owns an SHRP trophy from winning the LHPO Six-Max PLO title in 2020.

Seat 3.  Steven Snyder – 15,975,000

From Charlotte, NC, his earnings will top $1,000,000 following the final table and this will also be the biggest cash of his career. Snyder owns three WSOP Circuit rings and this is his second WPT cash.

Seat 4.  Viet Vo –

From Pearland, TX, just like “Teach” in Seat 2, Vo will push his career earning over $2 million regardless of where he finishes at the final table. Vo has two WSOP Circuit ring, one other WPT final table, and an SHRP trophy from winning the 2015 LHPO Purple Chip Bounty event.

Seat 5.  Albert Calderon – 5,350,000

From Chandler, AZ, this is his first WPT cash and another player booking their biggest career payout from this final table. Calderon won the $1K Arizona State Championship event in 2019 for $237,000.

Seat 6.  Sonny Franco  – 31,900,000

From Morocco via France, Franco has more than $2 million in career earnings but this will still be his biggest cash as well. He won the WPTDeepStacks Paris title in 2020 and has three WSOP Circuit rings including a win in the WSOP Circuit Marrakech Main Event.

2021 Poker Showdown in Review

WPT Final Tablists
The 2021 WPT Poker Showdown Championship final table members

The 2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown kicked off April 15 and it came storming out of the gates at a record-setting pace. Nearly every tournament set a new high for entries but none more impressive than the WPT Poker Showdown Championship.

The Championship hit the first milestone early in Flight B when it became the biggest field of any WPT Main tour stop, beating our number set during the 2014 Showdown. But it didn’t stop there; before reg closed it became the biggest Championship in our history when it topped the 2,384 entries from 2013 SHRPO.

There were 27 other tournaments during the series with 27 different winners, you can find the live updates and results from all Poker Showdown primary events below. Of course, we are still waiting to see who will be the WPT Poker Showdown Champion when final table action kicks on May 18 in Las Vegas.

Thank you thank you to all of our old friends and new friends, you helped create a tremendous series. We look forward to seeing everyone this summer for the 2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open.

Poker Showdown Schedule and Results

WPT Poker Showdown Championship updates

Event 1 ($600 Multi-Flight): Michael Casson – $280,000
Event 2 ($400 Omaha 8): Donald Maloney – $9,236
Event 3 ($400 H.O.R.S.E.): Barak Zaken – $12,545
Event 4 ($400 PLO): Greg Fishberg – $22,060
Event 5 ($400 NLH): Yaymel Bodes – $23,838
Event 6 ($1,100 NLH): Ryan Hogan – $72,065)
Event 7 ($400 Seniors): James Diaz – $15,975
Event 8 ($600 Dbl Black Chip): James Anderson – $35,540
Event 9 ($400 Black Chip PLO): Chris Kondrat – $13,070
Event 10 ($150 NLH): Carlos Dorca – $7,698
Event 11 ($400 OE): Chris Tryba – $9,620
Event 12 ($600 6-Max NLH): Joseph Di Rosa Rojas – $50,920
Event 13 ($400 6-Max PLO): Jesse Mull – $14,245
Event 14 ($600 Turbo NLH): Dorian Rios – $17,984
Event 15 ($1,100 NLH): Brian Hall – $128,230
Event 16 ($50K Super High Roller): Arthur Conan – $733,320
Event 17 ($2,200 NLH): Andrew Ostapchenko – $200,850
Event 20 ($400 Black Chip NLH): Brian Goodman – $18,405
Event 21 ($1,700 Purple Chip): Rafael Lima – $61,267
Event 22 ($600 Turbo NLH/PLO): Olamide Otti – $17,369
Event 23 ($600 NLH): Benson Tang – $54,655
Event 24 ($25K High Roller): Chad Eveslage – $767,577
Event 25 ($400 PLO): Stephen Moreschi – $13,125
Event 26 ($150 Multi-Flight): Dariel Martinez – $14,148
Event 27 ($400 NLH): Christopher Hill – $19,080
Event 28 ($5,000 NLH): Shannon Shorr – $296,535
Event 29 ($2,200 PLO): Anthony Zinno – $68,732

After Winning the Final Event of the Series, Anthony Zinno Wants to Spread His Love of PLO

2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 29
$2,200 Deep Stack PLO (Re-Entry)
Entries:  168
Prize Pool:  $336,000
April 27-28, 2021

Anthony Zinno
Anthony Zinno

When Anthony Zinno entered the final event of the 2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, he knew that if he made Day 2, he’d have to postpone a trip to visit his family in Rhode Island for the first time since before the pandemic. So if he made it to Day 2, he’d have to make the most of it.

And that’s exactly what he did, winning the title, the trophy, and $68,732 in a heads-up deal with Haim Or Krief.

“Winning my first Seminole Hard Rock trophy feels pretty awesome,” said Zinno, “because it’s not easy in such big fields. Record-breaking fields.”

This $2,200 Deep Stack PLO event was the latest in a string of record-breaking field sizes, with the 168 entries nearly 50% higher than the previous Seminole Hard Rock record for this event.

And it wasn’t just a large field, but an experienced one as well, with some tough PLO players making the final table with Zinno, particularly Leif Force and Dylan Wilkerson.

But while Force was seated on Zinno’s direct right, Wilkerson had position on him, two seats to his left.

The key pot for Zinno was getting it all in with KhKc6c4d against a short-stacked Wilkerson, who had AhAdKs3c. The case king fell on the flop to give Zinno the pot and knock out Wilkerson in sixth place.

“Dylan [Wilkerson] was my most formidable opponent,” said Zinno. “Knocking him out was huge for my chances of winning, because instead of doubling him up and having a fierce opponent to my left, he was out and I had more chips. So that was a big momentum shift for me personally at the final table.”

This is Zinno’s fourth Omaha title since 2015, including two WSOP bracelets.

“Omaha is my favorite variant of poker, whether it be four-card PLO high, or five-card PLO, or PLO-8,” said Zinno. “I love all the HORSE games, and I love no-limit hold’em, but Omaha reigns supreme.”

And now Zinno wants to spread his love of the game to more players looking to transition to PLO.

“I’ve been thinking about doing some one-on-one PLO coaching,” said Zinno, “particularly for people who haven’t played much PLO, and want to learn. And this victory is motivation for me to pursue that.”

Final Results:

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
2HaimOr Krief$66,733*

* Indicates results of a heads-up deal.

Event 29: Anthony Zinno Wins ($68,732) in a Heads-Up Deal With Haim Or Krief ($66,733)

$2,200 Deep Stack PLO (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  40,000/80,000
Players Remaining:  2 of 168

Anthony Zinno
Anthony Zinno

Not too long after Anthony Zinno doubled thru Haim Or Krief, they agreed to a deal to split the remaining prizepool.

1st:  Anthony Zinno  –  $68,732 + Trophy
2nd:  Haim Or Krief  –  $66,733

3rd:  Zeevy Malik  –  $38,965
4th:  Leif Force  –  $28,555
5th:  Kevin Ruscitti  –  $21,335
6th:  Dylan Wilkerson  –  $16,255
7th:  Ivaylo Sivinov  –  $12,640
8th:  Thomas Cannuli  –  $9,080

Stay tuned for a recap from this, the final event to finish of the 2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown.

Event 29: Anthony Zinno Doubles Thru Haim Or Krief

$2,200 Deep Stack PLO (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  40,000/80,000
Players Remaining:  2 of 168

Anthony Zinno
Anthony Zinno

Haim Or Krief raised to 175,000, Anthony Zinno pot-raised to 525,000 (with only 155K behind), and Or Krief called, thinking Zinno was already all in.

Zinno moved all in dark for 155,000, and the flop came Qc9c8d, and Or Krief called.

Haim Or Krief:  Ac10c5s2h  (flush draw)
Anthony Zinno:  AdKcJh5d  (ace high)

Zinno was actually ahead at the moment with ace-king high, though he was vulnerable with no draws.

The turn card was the 10s, the river card was the Js, and Zinno caught a runner-runner ace-high straight to win the pot and double up in chips.

Anthony Zinno  –  1,360,000  (17 bb)
Haim Or Krief  –  2,000,000  (25 bb)