John Simcox Wins Event 3 of the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in Heads-Up Chop

2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 3
$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Single Re-Entry)
Entries:  74
Prize Pool:  $24,790
March 25, 2022

Event 3 of the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown was a $400 H.O.R.S.E. (Single Re-Entry). A field of 74 entries created a prize pool of $24,790.

John Simcox and five-time SHRP trophy winner Phil Hui were the last two standing and agreed to an even chop. As the chip leader, Simcox was the official winner.

“I always come to the series here,” Simcox said afterward. “The dealers are awesome, the room is awesome, it’s a great place to play.”

Earlier this month, Simcox finished fifth in the Tampa Poker Classic $400 H.O.R.S.E. tournament at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa for $1,500, and also final tabled the $400 H.O.R.S.E. event during the 2021 Lucky Hearts Poker Open, finishing sixth for $1.694.

“I’m better at Hold’em than the mixed games, but mixed games are more fun. I’m more relaxed when playing them.”

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1JohnSimcox$6,543*
2PhilHui$6,542*
3MatthewWolfson$3,025
4AnthonyAskey$2,045
5GabeRamos$1,550
6JohnKern$1,240
7JeffreyMiller$1,115
8LouisRico$990
9ChristopherLabrie$870
10ScottBaumstein$870

*denotes heads-up chop

Event 3: We Have a Deal!

$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Single Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 22: 20,000/40,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  2 of 74

John Simcox
John Simcox

Before beginning to play heads-up, John Simcox and Phil Hui agreed to an even chop. Here were their chip counts at the time:

John Simcox  –  612,000  (15 big bets)
Phil Hui  –  276,000  (7 big bets)

Here were the payouts:

John Simcox  –  $6,543
Phil Hui  –  $6,542

As the chip leader, John Simcox is the official winner of Event 3 of the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown!

A recap of the event will be posted later tonight.

Phil Hui
Phil Hui

Event 3: Matthew Wolfson – 3rd Place ($3,025)

$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Single Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 22: 20,000/40,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  2 of 74

Matthew Wolfson
Matthew Wolfson

Omaha 8

In the last hand of Level 21, with limits of 15,000-30,000, John Simcox raised from the small blind to 30,000, and Matthew Wolfson called all in from the big blind for 20,000.

John Simcox:  AdKdQh9c
Matthew Wolfson:  Js9h8h8s

With those hands, neither player could make a low, and the board came 10c3s3d10hKh. Simcox spiked a king on the river to win the pot with a higher two pair, kings and tens, eliminating Wolfson in third place.

Matthew Wolfson  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($3,025)

Here are the updated chip counts for the start of heads-up play, with limits increasing to 20,000-40,000:

John Simcox  –  612,000  (15 BB)
Phil Hui  –  276,000  (7 BB)

Event 3: Anthony Askey – 4th Place ($2,045)

$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Single Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 15,000/30,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  3 of 74

Anthony Askey
Anthony Askey

Hold’em

Anthony Askey raised from the small blind to 30,000, Phil Hui reraised from the big blind, and Askey called all in for 42,000 with Qh3c.

Askey needed his hand to hold to stay alive against Hui’s Jh8s.

The board came 9d5h3sJcAd — Askey paired his three on the flop, but Hui paired his jack on the turn to win the pot and eliminate Askey in fourth place.

Phil Hui  –  315,000  (11 BB)
Anthony Askey  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($2,045)

With three players remaining, the average chip stack is about 295,000 (30 big bets), and they are guaranteed to earn at least $3,025 each.

Event 3: Final Four Players

$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Single Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 15,000/30,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  4 of 74

Phil Hui  –  290,000  (10 big bets)
John Simcox  –  270,000  (9 big bets)
Anthony Askey  –  170,000  (6 big bets)
Matthew Wolfson  –  160,000  (5 big bets)

1st:  $8,250 + Showdown trophy
2nd:  $4,835
3rd:  $3,025
4th:  $2,045

5th:  Gabe Ramos  –  $1,550
6th:  John Kern  –  $1,240
7th:  Jeffrey Miller  –  $1,115
8th:  Louis Rico  –  $990

9th:  Christopher Labrie  –  $870
10th:  Scott Baumstein  –  $870