Andrew Pecina Wins the Largest Poker Tournament in Florida History

2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 1
$400 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  7,703
Prize Pool:  $2,541,990
July 27 – August 1, 2022

Andrew Pecina
Event 1 Champion Andrew Pecina

The record for largest poker tournament in Florida history (measured by field size) was set here last November in the first event of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open, which attracted 6,196 entries.

The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown kicked off here last Wednesday, and with the same number of starting flights, Event 1 beat that record by more than 1,500 entries, finishing with 7,703.

The largest poker tournament in Florida history deserved an equally impressive prizepool, and the record-setting field more than doubled the $1 million guarantee to create a massive prizepool worth $2,541,990.

There were 772 players who survived the starting flights to finish in the money, and they played for nearly 14 hours on Sunday before stopping for the night with 17 players remaining.

Those 17 returned on Monday afternoon to play to a winner, and after five hours or so, the final five players agreed to a deal to end the tournament and split the remaining prizepool.

The overwhelming chipleader at that point was Andrew Pecina, who had 39% of all the chips in play, more than the next two players combined. As chipleader, Pecina was declared the winner, winning the title, the trophy, and $225,906.

“It feels amazing,” said Pecina. “Phenomenal. Words can’t describe it.”

This was the first time Pecina had ever played a poker tournament here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, and he waited until the final starting flight.

“I entered the last flight,” said Pecina. “I was alternate #530. I waited two hours to get in, and I only bought in once.”

Pecina said he played many key hands, but his big turning point likely came on Day 2.

“I was down to one big blind at one point on Day 2,” said Pecina. “But I came back and things just came together.”

Pecina seemed a little overwhelmed by the victory. He had some friends who had been watching the action all day on his way to victory, and they seemed more outwardly exuberant than Pecina. So what’s next for Pecina?

“I’m just going to go celebrate.”


Final Table Results:

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1AndrewPecina$225,906*
2TommyMorgado$186,979*
3NicholasCarballo$173,368*
4HosseinPezeshkan$165,792*
5DavidFrenkel$155,827*
6CorelTheuma$73,718
7ColbyCovington$48,298
8ScottLivingston$35,588
9VinnyMonteiro$25,420

* Indicates results of a five-way deal.

Event 1: Andrew Pecina Wins in a Five-Way Deal! ($225,906)

$400 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 38:  400,000/800,000 with an 800,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 7,703

Andrew Pecina
Event 1 Champion Andrew Pecina (left) and Fifth-Place Finisher David Frenkel (right)

After playing five-handed for a while, the final five players stopped to discuss a deal, and rather quickly they agreed to end the tournament and split up the remaining prizepool.

These were their official chip counts:

1.  Andrew Pecina  –  59,800,000  (75 bb)
2.  Tommy Morgado  –  31,500,000  (39 bb)
3.  Nicholas Carballo  –  24,500,000  (31 bb)
4.  Hossein Pezeshkan  –  21,100,000  (26 bb)
5.  David Frenkel  –  17,100,000  (21 bb)

As chipleader, Andrew Pecina was awarded the title and the trophy. These are the modified payouts they agreed to:

1st:  Andrew Pecina  –  $225,906* + SHRPO trophy
2nd:  Tommy Morgado  –  $186,979*
3rd:  Nicholas Carballo  –  $173,368*
4th:  Hossein Pezeshkan  –  $165,792*
5th:  David Frenkel  –  $155,827*

Congratulations to Andrew Pecina!

Stay tuned for a recap from this event, which will be posted later tonight.

* Indicates the results of a five-way deal.

Event 1: Nicholas Carballo Cracks Kings to Doubles Thru Hossein Pezeshkan

$400 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 38:  400,000/800,000 with an 800,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 7,703

Nicholas Carballo
Nicholas Carballo

Nicholas Carballo raised from the cutoff to 11,000,000 (14x the big blind), Hossein Pezeshkan moved all in from the button for about 35,000,000, and Carballo called all in for 13,100,000 with 10s10h.

But Pezeshkan turned over KsKd, and Carballo needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came Jh4s2h7h6h, and Carballo caught a runner-runner heart flush to win the pot and double up in chips.

Nicholas Carballo  –  28,200,000  (35 bb)
Hossein Pezeshkan  –  21,800,000  (27 bb)

With five players remaining from a field of 7,703, the average chip stack is about 30.8 million (39 big blinds). The remaining players are guaranteed at least $101,680 each.

Event 1: Corel Theuma – 6th Place ($73,718)

$400 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 38:  400,000/800,000 with an 800,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 7,703

Corel Theuma

Corel Theuma open-shipped for 9,500,000 from the hijack, Hossein Pezeshkan reshoved from the small blind, and Andrew Pecina flashed nines before he folded.

Pezeshkan: KdKc
Theuma: QdJc

Theuma was in bad shape against the monster hand, picked up a tiny draw on the AsTc3s flop but went out in sixth place after the 3h turn and Qs river.

Hossein Pezeshkan – 33,400,000 (42 bb)
Corel Theuma – Eliminated in 6th Place ($73,718)

Event 1: Colby Covington – 7th Place ($48,298)

$400 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 38:  400,000/800,000 with an 800,000 ante
Players Remaining:  6 of 7,703

Tommy Morgado eliminated Colby Covington in 7th place

Action folded to Colby Covington in middle position, he moved all in for 8,400,000 and Tommy Morgado reshipped with a bigger stack on the button. The blinds folded and the hands were tabled.

Morgado: AdKd
Covington: Ah8d

Margado dominated Covington’s ace and he could not find a comeback as the board ran out 5d3c2s7c2c to exit in seventh place.

Tommy Morgado – 33,100,000 (41 bb)
Colby Covington – Eliminated in 7th Place ($48,298)