Event 1: Steven Bennett Wins Monster Opening Event

2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 1
$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries: 3,030
Prize Pool: $1,515,000
April 5-9, 2018

Steven Bennett, Event 1 Champion

The 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown opened its schedule in the new Hard Rock Event Center with a huge multi-day tournament. Event 1 drew more than 3,000 entries with Steven Bennett accounting for only one of them, but that was all he needed to win nearly $190,000 for his second SHRP title.

“This is amazing and I’m shocked,” Bennett said of his win. “I’m kind of speechless.”

The tournament drew 3,030 entries over six starting flights to push the $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool over $1,500,000 by the time registration closed. The tournament paid out the last 300 players and they made the money early on Day 2 after 574 returned.

The field played down to the final table and paused action in the early hours. The last ten players took a ten hours break and returned to play it down on the bonus third day.

Six of the final ten players were already SHRP major title winners including WSOP bracelet winner Peter Eicchardt who began the final day with the chip lead. Michael Ortiz, Rafael Fernandes, and Schuyler Thornton were three quick eliminations and they were followed by former November Niner Jerry Wong.

Wong spent some time as the leader but lost some unlucky hands to go out in seventh place. The six remaining players went through two tough hours of play until luck ran out for the short-stacked Nicholas Mahabee.

Bennett took charge during that time and a did a lot of damage to Eichhardt’s chip stack. Eichhardt battled but ran his pair into the bigger pair of Josias Santos to exit in fifth place.

The four remaining players agreed to a deal that would divide up the remaining prize pool. Bennett had a big lead, more than eight million better than the second biggest stack, and earned the Event 1 crown.

Bennett cashed in for $186,308 after his perfect run through the tournament and now has another Seminole Hard Rock Poker trophy.

“I just ran great for three days and I ran pretty pure,” Bennett said later. “I was flopping great and didn’t get too many big hands preflop. But when I did, I got action.”

“You always think about these things, making it here, but it almost never happens,” he continued. “To build such a huge chip lead was good and I thought I played really solid.”

Steven Bennett won Event 1 following a four-way chop. All four players pocketed six figures.

Congratulations to Steven on his Showdown title and thank you to the players for a great kickoff to the series.

Event 1 final table results:

1st: Steven Bennett – $186,308 *
2nd: Josias Santos – $169,966 *
3rd: Dominic Pacelli – $145,277 *
4th: Jack Shea – $133,663 *
5th: Peter Eichhardt – $76,129
6th: Nicholas Mahabee – $59,843
7th: Jerry Wong – $43,935
8th: Schuyler Thornton – $29,543
9th: Rafael Fernandes – $21,210
10th: Michael Ortiz – $13,635
* – denotes results of a four-way deal

Event 1: Steven Bennett Wins in Four-Way Deal

$570 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 37: 250,000/500,000 with a 75,000 ante

Steven Bennett

After the elimination of Peter Eichhardt, the four remaining players began discussing a deal to chop up the remaining prize pool. They ran the ICM numbers and quickly agreed to a deal with the following counts:

Steven Bennett – 23,800,000
Josias Santos – 17,825,000
Dominic Pacelli – 10,875,000
Jack Shea – 8,175,000

Four-way deal payouts:

1st: Steven Bennett – $186,308
2nd: Josias Santos – $169,966
3rd: Dominic Pacelli – $145,277
4th: Jack Shea – $133,663

Steven Bennett took home the lion’s share of the money courtesy of his big chip lead and he earned his second SHRP major title to go along with his 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Big Stack Turbo win.

Tournament report to come soon.

Event 1: Peter Eichhardt – 5th Place ($76,129)

$570 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 37: 250,000/500,000 with a 75,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 3,030

Peter Eichhardt

Peter Eichhardt began the final table with the chip lead but found himself the short stack after the second break. He open-shoved from the button for 5,900,000 and Josias Santos called in the big blind.

Santos: 8c8d
Eichhardt: 5s5d

Eichhartdt was in trouble and could not find a save as the board ran 4d4c2cksqd to send him to the payout desk in fifth place.

Josias Santos – 17,825,000 (36 bb)
Peter Eichhardt – Eliminated in 5th place ($76,129)

Event 1: Peter Eichhardt Doubles Through Steven Bennett

$570 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 37: 250,000/500,000 with a 75,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 3,030

Peter Eichhardt open-shoved from the button for 5,000,000 on the nose and it folded to chip leader Steven Bennett in the big blind. He thought for a few minutes and called to put Eichhardt at risk.

Bennett: 2s2h
Eichhardt: 8d8h

“Oh,” Bennett said. “I had too many chips.”

Eichhardt was ahead with the bigger pair and pulled a double up on the jd9d3dqh6c board.

Peter Eichhardt – 10,500,000 (21 bb)
Steven Bennett – 23,400,000 (47 bb)

Event 1: Break Time Counts

$570 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 37: 250,000/500,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 3,030

After another two hours, we lost one player in the short-stacked Nicholas Mahabee and one big double up by Peter Eichhardt. But Eichhardt’s chips didn’t stick around long and he is now the shorter shack.

Seat 1: Josias Santos – 6,100,000 (12 bb)
Seat 3: Steven Bennett – 28,525,000 (57 bb)
Seat 4: Jack Shea – 8,300,000 (17 bb)
Seat 6: Peter Eichhardt – 4,350,000 (9 bb)
Seat 8: Dominic Pacelli – 13,325,000 (27 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $260,252 + Trophy
2nd: $169,983
3rd: $111,428
4th: $93,551
5th: $76,129

Event 1: Pacelli vs. Eichhardt into the Break

$570 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 36: 200,000/400,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 3,030

Dominic Pacelli was under the gun and raised to 850,000. It folded around to Peter Eichhardt in the big blind and he called. The clock expired in Level 36 and the hand officially stretched into break.

Flop: qs4h2s

Eichhardt checked. Pacelli bet 1,000,000. Eichhardt called and it was turn time.

Turn: qs4h2sah

Eichhardt checked again. Pacelli bet 1,500,000. Eichhardt called.

River: qs4h2sah8s

Eichhardt checked a third time. Pacelli checked back and the players tabled their hands.

Pacelli: 7s7h
Eichhardt: 3c3d

Pacelli’s threes were best and he won the hand. They players went on break.

Dominic Pacelli – 13,325,000
Peter Eichhardt – 4,325,000

Event 1: Nicholas Mahabee – 6th Place ($59,843)

$570 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 36: 200,000/400,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 3,030

Nicholas Mahabee

Nicholas Mahabee stuck around with his short stack as long as he could but his luck ran out. Dominic Pacelli opened to 850,000 and Mahabee moved all in from the button for 2,400,000. Steven Bennett moved all in from the small blind with his chip leading stack and Pacelli quickly surrendered.

Bennett: ahkh
Mahabee: adqc

Mahabee was in bad shape and could not come from behind on the 8s2c2d3hkc board to exit in sixth place.

Steven Bennett – 22,700,000 (57 bb)
Nicholas Mahabee – Eliminated in 6th place ($59,843)

Event 1: Peter Eichhardt Doubles Through Jack Shea

$570 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 36: 200,000/400,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 3,030

In a battle of the blinds, Jack Shea bet 975,000 from the small after the 9h6d5h flop. Peter Eichhardt was in the big and moved all in for 4,875,000. Shea thought for a few minutes before he called.

Shea: 7h6c
Eichhardt: 5s5d

Eichhardt was ahead with a flopped set of fives versus middle pair and a gutshot. The th turn was safe and Eichhardt had a big double after the ks river.

Peter Eichhardt – 11,450,000 (29 bb)
Jack Shea – 5,500,000 (14 bb)

Event 1: Slow Going

$570 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 35: 150,000/300,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 3,030

Very little action over most of Level 35 with everyone waiting for Nicholas Mahabee to make a move. But he’s in no hurry either.

Mahabee caught a small double up and chopped two pots with Jack Shea, but it’s been small ball the rest of the time. There was one big, three-bet pot that had 5,000,000 in the middle preflop between Shea and Peter Eichhardt but it was checked down.

Seat 1: Josias Santos – 8,900,000 (30 bb)
Seat 2: Nicholas Mahabee – 1,400,000 (5 bb)
Seat 3: Steven Bennett – 19,100,000 (64 bb)
Seat 4: Jack Shea – 11,600,000 (39 bb)
Seat 6: Peter Eichhardt – 6,200,000 (21 bb)
Seat 8: Dominic Pacelli – 13,400,000 (45 bb)

Event 1: Break Time Counts

$570 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 35: 150,000/300,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 3,030

The six remaining players are taking a 15-minute break. Steven Bennett is the new leader while Nicholas Managee needs to make a move with five big blinds coming back.

Seat 1: Josias Santos – 7,875,000 (26 bb)
Seat 2: Nicholas Mahabee – 1,500,000 (5 bb)
Seat 3: Steven Bennett – 17,800,000 (59 bb)
Seat 4: Jack Shea – 7,550,000 (25 bb)
Seat 6: Peter Eichhardt – 14,525,000 (48 bb)
Seat 8: Dominic Pacelli – 11,425,000 (38 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $260,252 + Trophy
2nd: $169,983
3rd: $111,428
4th: $93,551
5th: $76,129
6th: $59,843