James Calderaro Takes Down the Seniors Event for his First SHRP Major Series Trophy and $20,265

2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 22
$400 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  268
Prize Pool:  $89,780
April 4, 2022

2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Event 22 Champion James Calderaro

Event 22 of the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown was the $400 Seniors 50+ No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry). A field of 268 entries produced a prize pool of $89,780, nearly doubling the $50,000 guarantee. Taking it down outright was James Calderaro, earning $20,265 for the victory.

With a World Poker Tour title and a World Series of Poker bracelet on his mantle already, Calderaro added his first SHRP major series trophy to that tonight.

“I beat the best players in the world tonight, the old guys,” said Calderaro afterward. “Next, I’m gonna knock off the young kids.”

The score puts Calderaro just why of the $4.9 million mark in career live tournament winnings, according to the Hendon Mob poker database.

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1JamesCalderaro$20,265
2JeffreyMiller$13,900
3ScottZakheim$9,175
4BrianPatterson$5,600
5JenniferSpector$4,325
6DonneeUpson$3,580
7DavidBrodsky$3,005
8OryHen$2,515
9TimothyLittle$2,025
10MarieHarrell$2,025
11LorneWeiss$1,705
12HanyAyoub$1,705
13JuliusThreadgill$1,460
14StephenCaplan$1,460
15PatrickCapozziello$1,460
16DavidPoces$1,225
17HaimToorgeman$1,225
18StaceyManning$1,225
19LisaRoberts$1,010
20ChadWillett$1,010
21BengtEddeland$1,010
22MarkBernstein$810
23PaulRobbins$810
24RichardRiviello$810
25WilliamHill$700
26Unclaimed$700
27NanyoNanev$700
28ArthurWhite$620
29Unclaimed$620
30Mitchell W.Smith$620
31DavidIves$620
32ArmandoCamejo$620
33MichaelPreston$620
34JamesDiaz$620

Seniors: James Calderaro Wins! ($20,265); Jeffrey Miller Eliminated in 2nd Place ($13,900)

$400 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  1 of 268

On the first hand of heads-up play, James Calderaro limped for 100,000 and Jeffrey Miller raised all in for 1,525,000. Calderaro called and tabled AcKd, leading Miller’s Ah10d.

The board ran out Ac5dJs2c7s, safe for Calderaro to get the outright win for $20,265.

Jeffrey Miller finished runner-up for $13,900.

A recap of the event will be posted later tonight.

Seniors: James Calderaro vs. Jeffrey Miller

$400 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 268

James Calderaro  –  3,735,000  (37 bb)
Jeffrey Miller  –  1,625,000  (16 bb)

1st:  $20,265 + Showdown trophy
2nd:  $13,900

3rd:  Scott Zakheim  –  $9,175
4th:  Brian Patterson  –  $5,600
5th:  Jennifer Spector  –  $4,325

6th:  Donnee Upson  –  $3,580
7th:  David Brodsky  –  $3,005
8th:  Ory Hen  –  $2,515
9th:  Timothy Little  –  $2,025

Seniors: Scott Zakheim – 3rd Place ($9,175)

$400 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 268

Scott Zakheim raised all in from the button for about 350,000, and Jeffrey Miller isolated the action with a reraise all in from the small blind.

Zakheim:  Jc7c
Miller:  Ac10d

The board came 3c5dAs3hQh, no help to Zakheim, ending his tournament in third place.

Jeffrey Miller  –  1,625,000  (16 bb)
Scott Zakheim  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($9,175)

Seniors: Jeffrey Miller Rivers a Straight Against James Calderaro’s Set

$400 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27:  30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 268

Jeffrey Miller raised to 155,000 from the small blind and James Calderaro called from the big blind.

They checked to the turn of a 7d6d3h10d board where Miller bet 150,000. Calderaro called.

The river was the 9h, Miller bet 250,000, and Calderaro called after about a minute.

Miller tabled 10c9s for a ten-high straight, Calderaro showed a defeated 7h7s for a set of sevens, and Miller won the pot.

Jeffrey Miller  –  2,200,000  (37 bb)
James Calderaro  –  2,050,000  (34 bb)