Nick Palma Grinds the Short Stack All the Way to Victory and $41,050

2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 6
$1,100 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  160
Prize Pool:  $155,200
March 27-28, 2022

Nick Palma
Nick Palma

Nick Palma overcame a long Day 2, where he spent much of his time as a short stack, to win the $1,100 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em event, earning $41,050 and his first Seminole Hard Rock trophy.

“It feels amazing,” said Palma after his victory. “I’ve been grinding really hard lately, with a lot of online poker and cash games, sharpening my skills for tournaments. It feels good to see hard work pay off.”

Day 2 began with 23 players, and Palma had the second shortest stack. Nearly four hours later, the final table began with nine players, and once again, Palma had the second shortest stack. But he never gave up.

“I grinded short stack for a long time today,” said Palma. “You just need to stay composed and wait for your spots. Your hands have to hold up, and you have to get lucky here and there, but if the right things fall your way, you’ll get the W.”

Palma picked his spots well at the final table. He lost an early race, but the impact was small as it was against the only player with a shorter stack (eventual ninth-place finisher Mike Beasley). Over the next four-and-a-half hours, Palma got into four all-in situations, and he was the dominant favorite each time. Palma’s hands held up to take him all the way to the final three.

Three-handed play lasted for a while, with Palma battling Don Flynn and Brandon Navarrete, and the stacks fluctuated so much that all three of them spent time as both chipleader and short stack.

Eventually, Palma knocked out Navarrete in third place to get heads-up against Flynn, though Flynn had the lead. But the right things fell Palma’s way, and over the next half hour he won both heads-up all-in situations to win the title, the trophy, and $41,050.

Palma is from New York, but he’s a regular player in the big tournaments down here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood.

“This is a great venue,” said Palma. “I’ve been coming here for years. I know all the dealers and all the players, and everyone’s friendly. It’s a great place to play.”

Final Results:

1Nick Palma$41,050
2Don Flynn$26,060
3Brandon Navarrete$15,950
4Michael Graffeo$9,700
5Wasim Assaf$7,490
6Nick Yunis$6,205
7Eric Siegel$5,410
8Viktor Kovachev$4,845
9Mike Beasley$4,270
10Mike Chiappetta$4,270
11Charles Odenz$3,700
12Manny Tarich$3,700
13Andrew Dudley$3,245
14Michael McCauley$3,245
15Artur Nazarenko$2,900
16Abbey Daniels$2,900
17Rob Jonsson$2,655
18Nancy Birnbaum$2,655
19Caleb Piderit$2,475
20Ian O'Hara$2,475

Event 6: Nick Palma Wins! ($41,050); Don Flynn Finishes 2nd ($26,060)

$1,100 Eight-Max No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 26:  25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining:  1 of 160

Nick Palma
Event 6 Champion Nick Palma

Nick Palma limps from the button for 50,000, Don Flynn moves all in for about 1.55 million, and Nick Palma quickly calls with a similar stack.

Flynn turns over As5d, and he needs to improve to stay alive against Palma’s 7s7d.

The board came 6h6d2sQh5h, and the pocket sevens held up for Palma to win the pot.

The chip stacks were counted down, and Palma had slightly more chips to win the title, the trophy, and $41,050.

Stay tuned for a recap from this event.

1st:  Nick Palma  –  $41,050 + Showdown Trophy
2nd:  Don Flynn  –  $26,060
3rd:  Brandon Navarrete  –  $15,950
4th:  Michael Graffeo  –  $9,700
5th:  Wasim Assaf  –  $7,490
6th:  Nick Yunis  –  $6,205
7th:  Eric Siegel  –  $5,410
8th:  Viktor Kovachev  –  $4,845
9th:  Mike Beasley  –  $4,270

Don Flynn
Runner-Up Don Flynn

Event 6: Nick Palma Doubles Thru Don Flynn

$1,100 Eight-Max No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 26:  25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 160

Nick Palma
Nick Palma

Nick Palma limped on the button, Don Flynn shoved for effectively 975,000 from the big blind and Palma called all in immediately with AsKh, needing to improve against Flynn’s 2h2d.

The board came Js7s4dJdAd, giving Palma aces and jacks on the river to double through Flynn into the lead.

Nick Palma  –  2,000,000  (40 bb)
Don Flynn  –  1,200,000  (24 bb)

Event 6: Don Flynn vs. Nick Palma

$1,100 Eight-Max No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 26:  25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 160

Don Flynn vs Nick Palma
Don Flynn (left) vs. Nick Palma (right)

The final two players return from break to begin Level 26, with increased blinds of 25,000-50,000 with a 50,000 ante.

Here are the official chip counts from the break, followed by the final table payouts:

Don Flynn  –  2,055,000  (41 bb)
Nick Palma  –  1,145,000  (23 bb)

1st:  $41,050 + Showdown Trophy
2nd:  $26,060

3rd: Brandon Navarrete  –  $15,950
4th: Michael Graffeo  –  $9,700
5th: Wasim Assaf  –  $7,490
6th: Nick Yunis  –  $6,205
7th: Eric Siegel  –  $5,410
8th: Viktor Kovachev  –  $4,845
9th: Mike Beasley  –  $4,270

Event 6: Brandon Navarrete – 3rd Place ($15,950)

$1,100 Eight-Max No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 25:  20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 160

Brandon Navarrete
Brandon Navarrete

Brandon Navarrete raised from the button to 350,000, Nick Palma moved all in from the small blind, and Navarrete called all in for 515,000 with Ac7c.

Palma turned over QhQd, and Navarrete needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came Jc9s6s2c4d — Navarrete turned a club flush draw, but improved no further. Palma won the pot with his pocket queens to eliminate Navarrete in third place.

Brandon Navarrete  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($15,950)

Here are the approximate chip counts for the start of heads-up play:

Don Flynn  –  1,850,000  (46 bb)
Nick Palma  –  1,350,000  (34 bb)

There will be a break in less than two minutes, when we will get more accurate counts.