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
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.
$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
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.
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.
Seat 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.
Seat 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.
Seat 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.
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.