Neil Blumenfield Goes Wire-to-Wire to Win $1,100 Seniors Event

2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 17
$1,100 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries:  137
Prize Pool:  $132,890
August 1 – 2, 2022

Neil Blumenfield, SHRPO Event 17 champ

The 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open series put two Seniors 50+ Events on the schedule and the $1,100 buy-in edition drew 137 entries for a huge turnout. Neil Blumenfield entered Day 2 with the chip lead and never let it go, finishing the tournament at the top spot and earning $31,670 after a heads-up deal.

“I just got hit by the deck,” Blumenfield said of his run. “I can’t believe how many big pairs I had in the first four hours and they all held.”

The players created a prize pool worth $32,890 with the last 18 players getting paid. They extended play at the end of Day 1 to burst the money to make sure everyone returning for Day 2 was in the money.

Blumenfield chipped up early in the tournament and came in the last day with the chip lead. Players dropped around him throughout Day 2, some with his assistance, until former WSOP Ladies Champ was eliminated in 10th place to send the remaining players to the final table.

Blumenfield rolled through the final table, with only one minor blip, and never relinquished the lead. When Mark Dickstein was eliminated in third place, Blumenfield and Emerson Ward quickly agreed to divide the remaining prize pool.

Ward earned $28,390 for his runner-up finish while Blumenfield took home $31,670 and his very first Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood trophy.

“I’ve been playing at the Hard Rock non-stop for seven years,” Blumenfield said. “And this is my first trophy. That’s pretty cool.”

“It’s the coolest win I’ve ever had. Not the coolest poker experience I’ve ever had though,” he laughed and the former WSOP November Niner did not have to explain.

“This place is home. It’s nice to win here,” Blumenfield said later. “This is the best place to play tournament poker, four big series a year and a ton of stuff in between. I love it.”


PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1NeilBlumenfield$31,670 *
2EmersonWard$28,390 *

* – denotes results of a heads-up deal

Event 17: Neil Blumenfield Takes Seniors Title in Heads-Up Deal

$1,100 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  8,000/16,000 with a 16,000 ante

Neil Blumenfield

After Mark Dickstein was eliminated in third place, Neil Blumenfield offered Emerson Ward an extra $5K on top of second place money and the two had a deal to end the tournament.

Ward earned $28,390 for second place while Blumenfield cashed out for $31,670 and the SHRPO trophy.

Neil Blumenfield – 1,979,000 (124 bb)
Emerson Ward – 761,000 (48 bb)

1st: Neil Blumenfield – $31,670 + SHRPO trophy
2nd: Emerson Ward – $28,390

Emerson Ward

Event 17: Mark Dickstein – 3rd Place ($13,885)

$1,100 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  8,000/16,000 with a 16,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 137

Mark Dickstein

With the board out to the turn and reading Ts8d5h5s, Mark Dickstein was all in for 575,000 and Neil Blumenfield called to put him at risk. Not long after Dickstein bet Blumenfield off a hand with a shove.

Dickstein confidently tabled QhTc for two pair tens and fives but deflated when Blumenfield flipped up Jc5d for trip fives. Dickstein needed to catch one of the last two tens in the deck but missed the 6c river to exit in third place.

Neil Blumenfield – 1,979,000 (124 bb)
Mark Dickstein – Eliminated in 3rd Place ($13,885)

Event 17: John Famularo – 4th Place ($8,375)

$1,100 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  8,000/16,000 with a 16,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 137

John Famularo

John Famularo laddered up a spot, found a good place to get his ~95,000 in the middle, and was racing against Mark Dickstein.

Dickstein: JhJs
Famularo: AsQd

Famularo took the lead when he paired his ace on the Ah2h2s flop. Dickstein picked up the first half of a backdoor flush draw on the 9h turn and it got there on the Th river. Dickstein made a heart flush and Famularo was eliminated in fourth place.

Mark Dickstein – 510,000 (32 bb)
John Famularo – Eliminated in 4th Place ($8,375)

Event 17: Michael Woloshin – 5th Place ($6,515)

$1,100 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  8,000/16,000 with a 16,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 137

Michael Woloshin

Michael Woloshin dropped down to 75,000 and put those in the middle from the small blind. Neil Blumenfield checked his cards in the big and called.

Blumenfield: 9c8h
Woloshin: Ah4c

Woloshin was ahead for the double but Blumenfield paired his eight on the Qc8d4d flop. Woloshin could not find a save on the Ks turn or Qs river and was sent out in fifth place.

Neil Blumenfield – 1,225,000 (77 bb)
Michael Woloshin – Eliminated in 5th Place ($6,515)