Event 35: First Break

$2,700 Big 4 No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 3:  100/200 with a 200 ante
Entries:  228

Jeff Platt

Event 35 players are taking their first break with 228 entries in the game putting the tournament more than halfway to the $1,000,000 with six hours left to register.

Recent additions to the field include Jeff Platt, Ian O’Hara, and Nashaat Antonious.

Ralph Massey (left) and Ian O’Hara (right)

Mark Davis Wins 2022 WPT Poker Showdown for $1 Million

2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  2,010
Prize Pool:  $6,432,000
April 8 – 12, 2022

Mark David, 2022 Poker Showdown Champion (photo: WPT)

The 2022 Poker Showdown featured 50 trophy events during the series and the WPT Poker Showdown Championship was the headliner. The tournament drew 2,010 entries, created a talented final table, and Mark Davis took the title on the WPT stage in Las Vegas for $1,000,300.

The 2,010 entries created the second biggest WPT main tour field in their history, only topped by the same tournament in 2021. The $3,000,000 guarantee was easily doubled and they created a prize pool worth $6,432,000.

The Championship played down to the final table in April and the six remaining players were put on pause until May 25 when they played it out on the big stage in front of the WPT cameras with Darren Elias leading and looking for his fifth career WPT title to extend his record.

Local favorite Mike Laufer, winner of 2021 RRPO Event 1 (the biggest field in state history), went out in sixth place followed by Andrew Barfield in fifth. Viet Vo had a special accomplishment with his result, making the final table of the two biggest WPT tournaments. He finished third last year and collected a fourth-place payout this time.

South Florida’s Marcos Exterkotter was eliminated in third place creating a heads-up battle between Elias and Davis for the title.

Elias had a big chip lead at the time but a four and a half hour marathon saw Davis chip away while the two exchanged the lead several times. In the end, Davis took home the title along with the seven-digit prize while putting his name on the WPT Champions Cup.

Congrats to Mark and thanks again to all of our players for such a great Championship.

Results:

PlaceNameAmount
1Mark Davis$1,000,300
2Darren Elias$660,000
3Marcos Exterkotter$490,000
4Viet Vo$370,000
5Andrew Barfield$280,000
6Mike Laufer$215,000
7Andrew Davidson$165,000
8James Calderaro$125,000
9David Moore$100,000
10Robert Lofaso$100,000
11Carlos Dorca$79,000
12Benjamin Miner$79,000
13Robert Georato$63,000
14Vineet Pahuja$63,000
15Christian Harder$51,000
16James Kousouros$51,000
17Adam Hendrix$41,000
18Sean Ripp$41,000
19Jason Wandling$41,000
20James Mendoza$41,000
21Matthew Berkey$34,000
22Benjamin Mccoy$34,000
23David Farber$34,000
24Jeffrey Madsen$34,000
25Farid Jattin$28,500
26Daniel Bekavac Jr$28,500
27Nancy Birnbaum$28,500
28Mitchell Garshofsky$28,500
29Justin Zaki$28,500
30Ilir Rugova$28,500
31Gil Aboodi$28,500
32Christopher Meyers$28,500
33Frank Jacous$24,000
34Filipp Khavin$24,000
35Gregory Baird$24,000
36Blaise Ingoglia$24,000
37Shannon Shorr$24,000
38Andrew Ostapchenko$24,000
39Tam Ho$24,000
40Larry Hoffman$24,000
41Myles Kublin$20,000
42Curt Kohlberg$20,000
43Brett Murray$20,000
44Hal Rothholz$20,000
45Michael Farrow$20,000
46Salim Admon$20,000
47Steven Snyder$20,000
48Aram Zobian$20,000
49Giuliano Lentini$17,300
50Uri Kadosh$17,300
51Nicholas Immekus$17,300
52Andrew Esposito$17,300
53Elijah Berg$17,300
54Michael Nugent$17,300
55Millard Hale Iii$17,300
56Kevin Harosshen$17,300
57Rafael Farah Jarufe$15,000
58Pierre Martin Couturier$15,000
59Jonathan Jaffe$15,000
60Nathan Steuer$15,000
61Timothy Little$15,000
62Javier Zarco Sanchez$15,000
63Frederick Goldberg$15,000
64Joel Deutsch$15,000
65Jason Weaver$13,100
66Neil Blumenfield$13,100
67Allan Rabinovich$13,100
68Nir Naim$13,100
69Jacob Ferro$13,100
70Steven Buckner Jr$13,100
71Alessio Isaia$13,100
72Erion Qoka$13,100
73Thomas Laviano$11,600
74Timothy Conn$11,600
75David Mzareulov$11,600
76Brekstyn Schutten$11,600
77Markus Gonsalves$11,600
78Arkadiy Tsinis$11,600
79Carl Bevilacqua$11,600
80Marco Sanchezalfaro$11,600
81Lex Ozias$10,400
826 Shah$10,400
83Andrew Blake$10,400
84Evan Lash$10,400
85Scott Wright$10,400
86Kitty Kuo$10,400
87Tyng Low$10,400
88Justin Liberto$10,400
89Martins Adeniya$9,300
90Sumeet Wayachal$9,300
91Alexis Gavin$9,300
92Harold Evans$9,300
93Vito Distefan$9,300
94Michael Graffeo$9,300
95Amarender.Sartaj Puri$9,300
96Jean-Louis Santoni$9,300
97Gabriel Abusada$9,300
98Ema Zajmovic$9,300
99Ivan Ruban$9,300
100Brian Altman$9,300
101David Dibernardi$9,300
102Emanuel Failla Jr$9,300
103Elia Ahmadian$9,300
104Nicholas Davidson$9,300
105Roland Ishraelashvili$8,400
106Benjamin Thomas$8,400
107Richard Alati$8,400
108Yung-Han Lin$8,400
109Scott Weinstein$8,400
110Robert Jonsson$8,400
111Tyler Cornell$8,400
112Rainulfo Ricardo Perez$8,400
113Alexander Keating$8,400
114Larry Hirschfield$8,400
115Derek Gregory$8,400
116Endri Foto$8,400
117Manuel Simon$8,400
118Mike Gao$8,400
119Kenneth Nicoletti$8,400
120Tan Ngyuen$8,400
121Charles Difalco$7,700
122Rania Nasreddine$7,700
123Matthew Wantman$7,700
136Robert Brown$7,700
137[[ Briones$7,100
138Bobby Buckingham$7,100
139Joseph Mckeehen$7,100
140Austin Farmer$7,100
141Luke Sunderman$7,100
142Harrison Gimbel$7,100
143Joshua Kay$7,100
144Aaron Olshan$7,100
145Marie Harrell$7,100
146Rajesh Vohra$7,100
147Steven Mckoy$7,100
148John Jabbour$7,100
149Gil Levy$7,100
150Cody Rich$7,100
151Daniel Colpoys$7,100
152Florence Allera$7,100
153Keith Loftus$6,600
154Igor Hot$6,600
155Scott Woodring$6,600
156James Romero$6,600
157Zachary Vuong$6,600
158Frederic Normand$6,600
159Corey Harrison$6,600
160Alexander Haber$6,600
161Daniel Quesada$6,600
162Damaso Benalcazar$6,600
163Zachary Eichenbaum$6,600
164Brandon Wilson$6,600
165Frank Stepuchin$6,600
166Michael Jagroo$6,600
167George Pappas$6,600
168Michael Maresca$6,600
169Jesse Lonis$6,250
170Bradford Corner$6,250
171Yuval Bronshtein$6,250
172Jonathan Baylor$6,250
173Veerab Zakarian$6,250
174Clifford Mermell$6,250
175Aaron Thivyanathan$6,250
176Damien Wilkinson$6,250
177Gabriel Boria$6,250
178David Dowdy$6,250
179Denis Cyr$6,250
180Christopher Lovett$6,250
181Jeffrey Blenkarn$6,250
182Igor Merda$6,250
183Jared Koppel$6,250
184Joey Weissman$6,250
185Johannes Tobbe$6,000
186David Comeron Carrasco$6,000
187Marc Evanier$6,000
188Anes Kovacevic$6,000
189Peter Muraca$6,000
190Peter Forsstrom$6,000
191Brett Apter$6,000
192Quoc Nguyen$6,000
193Landon Tice$6,000
194Peter Fellows$6,000
195Edward Grinko$6,000
196Jayaram Koovoor Chathoth$6,000
197Richard Rice$6,000
198Mohammad Abedi Arani$6,000
199Fawaz Siddiqui$6,000
200Jeffrey Trudeau Jr$6,000
201Michael Alvarez$6,000
202Kenny Huynh$6,000
203Michael Gagliano$6,000
204Kenneth Mckeown$6,000
205Duff Charette$6,000
206Daniel Stavila$6,000
207Pavel Milanov$6,000
208Karl Manouchakian$6,000
209Alexander Gambino$5,800
210Romel Mendoza$5,800
211Aldring Gomez Torres$5,800
212Scott Zakheim$5,800
213Robert Placet$5,800
214James Perri$5,800
215Ronald Sullivan$5,800
216James Miller$5,800
217Daniel Constantine Sepiol$5,800
218Andrew Lichetenberger$5,800
219Kenneth Smith$5,800
220Angelina Rich$5,800
221Sathue$5,800
222Michael Newman$5,800
223Michael Wang$5,800
224Uke Dauti$5,800
225James Gilbert$5,800
226Dragan Dimishkov$5,800
227Boris Kolev$5,800
228Jeremy Pappano$5,800
229Andres Jeckeln$5,800
230Ramsey Jones$5,800
231Alvin Norman$5,650
232Maury Barrett$5,650
233Zachary Fischer$5,650
234Danny Panagatos$5,650
235John Racener Jr$5,650
236Michael Amato$5,650
237Ivaylo Sivinov$5,650
238Lenard Adams$5,650
239Edward Mcnamara Iv$5,650
240Sheldon Gross$5,650
241Michael Lech$5,650
242Maykol Trujillo$5,650
243Ryan Riess$5,650
244Chance Kornuth$5,650
245Timothy Miles$5,650
246Ariel Amendola Cuadra$5,650
247Doyle Elliott$5,650
248Ryan Van Sanford$5,650
249Jonathan Pilot$5,650
250Joel Gola$5,650
251Gary Wrightsman$5,650
252William Underdown$5,650
Mark Davis, 2022 Poker Showdown Champion (photo: WPT)

WPT Poker Showdown Championship Final Table Underway

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 32:  150,000/300,000 with a 300,000 ante
Players Remaining:  6 of 2,010

(l-r) Mark Davis, Viet Vo, Mike Laufer, Andrew Barfield, Marcos Exterkotter, and Darren Elias

While we are playing down May Deep Stack Poker Series Event 3, there’s a big game going on in Las Vegas. The final table of the 2022 WPT Poker Showdown Championship is underway in Las Vegas with six players remaining, Darren Elias leading, and a cool $1,000,000 up for grabs.

The WPT live updates team is on-site and you can follow the action at the link below.

2022 WPT Poker Showdown final table live updates

Seat 1: Mark Davis – 26,550,000 (89 bb)
Seat 2: Viet Vo – 11,925,000 (40 bb)
Seat 3: Mike Laufer – 6,750,000 (23 bb)
Seat 4: Andrew Barfield – 5,500,000 (18 bb)
Seat 5: Marcos Exterkotter – 10,900,000 (36 bb)
Seat 6: Darren Elias – 38,825,000 (129 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $1,000,300
2nd: $660,000
3rd: $490,000
4th: $370,000
5th: $280,000
6th: $215,000

Showdown Championship: Meet Your Final Table

The 2022 WPT Poker Showdown Championship continued the trend of huge fields for our Championship events. The tournament drew 2,010 entries for the second biggest WPT field in the tour’s history, second only to our 2021 Poker Showdown turnout, and they more than doubled the $3,000,000 guarantee into a prize pool worth $6.4 million.

They played down to the final table and six players are in Las Vegas to determine our Poker Showdown Champion. They are playing for more than $3,000,000 with $1,000,300 awaiting the champion.

Four-time WPT champ Darren Elias is the headliner coming back and holds a big chip lead while Viet Vo is made this final table a year ago.

It will be a great final table and we will post some results this evening as they play along.


Seat 1: Mark Davis
Chips: 26,550,000

From Birmingham AL, Davis has more than $700,000 in career earnings and this is his first Hollywood cash. This is the second big score of the year for Davis after picking up $334,678 for winning the WSOP Circuit Main Event in North Carolina.


Viet VoSeat 2: Viet Vo
Chips: 11,925,000

From Houston TX, Vo has more than $3.5 million in career earnings with $1 million of it coming in 2021. He made some history with this final table; he finished third at last year’s Showdown Championship final table and back again for this year’s. Vo also booked a second-place finish last summer at the WPT stop in Choctaw.


Michael LauferSeat 3: Mike Laufer
Chips: 6,750,000

From Boca Raton, Laufer is one of two locals to make the big WPT final table. His top score before the WPT Showdown Championship came last November when he won the RRPO opening event, the biggest tournament field in Florida state history.


Seat 4: Andrew Barfield
Chips: 5,500,000

From Ocean Springs MS and $300,000 in career earnings, Barfield is already guaranteed the biggest cash of his career. He earned another $110,000 in 2019 for winning the Gulf Coast Poker Main Event in Biloxi.


Marcos ExterkotterSeat 5: Marcos Exterkotter
Chips: 10,900,000

Miami, FL via Brazil, Exterkotter is also guaranteed the biggest cash of his career no matter where he finishes. The Brazilian went deep in the 2016 WSOP Main Event finishing 75th of 6,737 and he finished ninth in the 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship.


Seat 6: Darren Elias
Chips: 38,825,000

Medford NJ, Elias is the most decorated player in WPT history with four titles and the chip leader looking for number five. He will top $10 million in career earnings at this final table and solidify himself as one of the top players in the world.

2022 Poker Showdown in Review

The 2022 Poker Showdown series kicked off on March 24 and had an incredible three-week run that featured plenty of game options, huge payouts, a lot of great poker, and some terrific champs. Here’s a quick look at the raw numbers:

Primary Events: 50
Entries: 20,359
Guarantees: $7,450,000
Prize Pools: $20,833,340

We ran 50 primary trophy events over 20 days, and the players came out in big numbers. In fact, the 20,359 Poker Showdown entries are the most we’ve had come through the door in our history for any single series, and $20,833,340 in prize money is our third-most ever.

On a historical note, during the series we had our 400,000th entry take a seat in one of our major events (that total is now up to 404,812) dating back to the 2011 Poker Showdown series, we have awarded more than $380 million in prize money.

Those big numbers were, of course, made possible by the players. But poker is more than the bottom line, and we had three weeks full of great stories.

The headlining event of the series was the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship, and it attracted a lot of top players. The $3,500 buy-in World Poker Tour event drew 2,010 entries to create a prize pool worth $6,432,000. It is the second-largest field for a WPT main tour event, with only the 2,482 from last year’s Poker Showdown Championship topping it.

The Championship played down to the six-handed WPT final table, and the final tablists will travel to Las Vegas to play for the title on May 25th. The headliner is four-time WPT champion Darren Elias, who holds a massive chip lead with 129 big blinds in his stack.

Four-time WPT champion Darren Elias has the chip lead heading to Las Vegas for the final table.

In addition to the Championship, we had two High Rollers with Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger winning the $50,000 event, and Brian Altman taking down the $25K High Roller.

That trophy represents the seventh time Altman won a major Hollywood title and the second-most wins in our history. The leaderboard for career wins saw a lot of movement this series.

Altman and Gabriel Ramos began the series with six wins each, sitting behind David Prociak and Raminder Singh. Ramos picked up his seventh in the $600 Double Black Chip Bounty.

Yuval Bronshtein wasn’t about to be left behind. On the same day Ramos won #7, Bronshtein topped the $600 Eight-Max PLO field for his sixth win and picked up his seventh just a few days later in the $1,100 H.O.R.S.E. freeze-out.

Those three players moving up the leaderboard would be a great story on its own, but Raminder Singh still had something to say about it. The Poker Room regular was tied for most trophies at the start of the series, but now stands alone in the top spot after winning the $150 Big Stack for his eighth trophy.

2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Event 35 Champion Raminder Singh

All-time trophies:
Raminder Singh – 8 wins
Brian Altman – 7 wins
Yuval Bronshtein – 7 wins
David Prociak – 7 wins
Gabriel Ramos – 7 wins

With all seven of Bronshtein’s wins coming in the last 15 months (first during 2021 LHPO) and Singh booking at least one win a year since 2018, we expect to see more changes to this leaderboard before next year’s Poker Showdown.

Yuval Bronshtein
2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Event 33 Champion Yuval Bronshtein

April 6th was a historic date for us, as we had two female champions win trophies in open events on the same day — Valerie Novak won the $1,100 Deep Stack, and Jennifer Aguilar captured the $200 Double Green Chip Bounty

But that’s just part of the story. Over the course of 50 tournaments, we crowned six female champs (they won 12% of the events) and we think that’s fantastic. In addition to Novak and Aguilar, trophies walked out the door with Nancy Birnbaum, Nohad “Nu” Teliani, Lisa Levy, and Judy Bielan.

Those are only a few of the great stories during this series. John Binns won two tournaments in the first half of the series, James Collins won the opening event for $130,682, and Michael Nye took down the $600 Deep Stack for $328,683.

Matt Bretzfield and Matthew Lambrecht won events on the same day, and both dedicated their wins to their late fathers. Four-time WSOP bracelet winner Jeff Madsen and 14-time WSOP Circuit champ Maurice Hawkins each earned Showdown titles.

There were far too many stories for a single write-up, but you can find links below to all 50 tournaments for full results and recaps.

By multiple metrics, the 2022 Poker Showdown was a huge success, but it would not be possible without our players, both old friends and new, coming out to play in our events.

Thank you to everyone who came out to play, and we look forward to seeing you again during the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, which runs from July 28th through August 9th.

2022 Poker Showdown Schedule and Results

Event 1 ($400 NLH): James Collins – $130,682
Event 2 ($400 O8): Michael Bozeman – $11,330
Event 3 ($400 H.O.R.S.E.): John Simcox – $6,543
Event 4 ($400 PLO8): John Binns – $10,720
Event 5 ($400 NLH): Zoltan Czinkota – $12,255
Event 6 ($1,100 NLH): Nick Palma – $41,050
Event 7 ($200 Big Stack): Vendel Johnson – $26,497
Event 8 ($400 Bounty): Maurice Hawkins – $7,895
Event 9 ($400 Big O): Anatolii Zyrin – $10,950
Event 10 ($400 6-Max NLH): Nohad “Nu” Teliani – $9,986
Event 11 ($400 OE): Gary Kosakowski – $8,645
Event 12 ($400 8-Handed NLH): Enreko Fracassi – $14,490
Event 13 ($400 6-Max PLO): Nancy Birnbaum – $11,830
Event 14 ($200 Bounty): Richard Coppola – $5,943
Event 15 ($600 NLH): Michael Nye – $328,683
Event 16 ($600 O8): John Binns – $14,540
Event 17 ($600 H.O.R.S.E.): David Shmuel – $13,890
Event 18 ($600 PLO8): Jeff Madsen – $16,335
Event 19 ($400 NLH): Aaron Ang – $14,686
Event 20 ($1,100 Bounty): Matthew Lambrecht – $24,065
Event 21 ($600 Mixed PLO): Matt Bretzfield – $11,475
Event 22 ($400 Seniors): James Calderaro – $20,265
Event 23 ($600 Bounty): Gabriel Ramos – $11,174
Event 24 ($600 PLO): Yuval Bronshtein – $20,630
Event 25 ($150 Big Stack): Andre Bryan – $6,379
Event 26 ($1,100 O8): Leonard August – $18,000
Event 27 ($600 6-Max NLH): Scott Carragher – $37,630
Event 28 ($600 6-Max Bounty): Steven Steinmetz – $10,245
Event 29 ($400 Turbo): Georges Boyadjian – $12,327
Event 30 ($1,100 NLH): Valerie Novak – $91,835
Event 31 (Super High Roller): Andrew Lichtenberger – $638,223
Event 32 ($200 Bounty): Jennifer Aguilar – $5,095
Event 33 ($1,100 H.O.R.S.E.): Yuval Bronshtein – $21,645
Event 34 ($2,200 NLH): Andres Jeckeln – $126,541
Event 35 ($150 Big Stack): Raminder Singh – $5,008
Event 37 ($250 Ladies): Lisa Levy – $4,015
Event 38 ($600 Turbo): Michael Bagdasarov – $10,343
Event 39 ($400 NLH): Francois Gagne – $20,753
Event 40 ($1,700 Bounty): Eugene Kotlyarevskiy – $54,155
Event 41 ($1,100 PLO): Frank Lagodich – $26,575
Event 42 ($1,100 Seniors): Judy Bielan – $19,285
Event 43 ($600 NLH): Prithvi Rudrappa – $31,873
Event 44 ($25K High Roller): Brian Altman – $692,661
Event 45 ($150 NLH): Oscar Arrieche Sierralta – $7,270
Event 46 ($1,100 Turbo): Nicholas Rigby – $44,355
Event 47 ($1,100 5-Card PLO): Kirk Steele – $21,620
Event 48 ($400 NLH): Igor Evseev – $12,142
Event 49 ($5K One-Day): Brandon Lulov – $246,125
Event 50 ($200 Bounty): Gene Hughes – $6,034