Former major league baseballer Jeff Conine hosts the Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood as part of the property’s flagship Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. The tournament is ran in partnership with the Charity Series of Poker and begins August 9th at 7pm featuring a $300 buy-in benefiting the Conine Clubhouse at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.
The event is preceded by a VIP reception and silent auction beginning at 5:30pm. For the non-poker players, a donation of $100 gains access to this exclusive gathering which will include complimentary food and beverages.
While August’s event marks the 7th annual running of the Celebrity Poker Classic, last year was the debut at the Seminole Hard Rock and the results were record breaking. More than 300 entries ponied up over $130,000 in charitable donations with Aron Dermer taking the cake as the tournament champion.
According to the foundation:
“Presented by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and hosted by the Charity Series of Poker, the Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic offers poker players at all levels a night of great entertainment and the opportunity to help families whose lives have been impacted by a child’s illness.”
Registration is available now in the Seminole Hard Rock poker room. Those looking to register online can visit ConinePokerClassic.org or contact the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Craig Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Florida Event 18 $150 No-Limit Hold’em Entries: 565 Prize Pool: $67,800 April 16-18, 2018
James Scott dreamed about winning the $150 no-limit hold’em event, literally.
Shortly after the clock struck midnight and the calendar switched to Thursday, Scott made a deal with Manuel Jo and took credit for the win in the $150 no-limit hold’em. Scott earned $15,574 and defeated a field of 565 entries for his first live tournament win.
“It was great because I had a dream today,” said Scott. “I took a nap and I had a dream that I was heads-up and playing for the money. So, it’s unbelievable. It was very exciting.”
Scott came into the final table near the bottom of the chip counts. He took his time and waited for his spots to come up while several other players hit the rail.
It all fit into his strategy to fulfill a modest goal.
“My strategy was to come in fourth because I was so short stacked,” said Scott. “Then, I got that double up and then I got that triple up with the three jacks. So, that was fantastic.”
That was the turning point for Scott. He scored a triple up when he shoved the button with ace-jack, got called by Alfredo Fernandez in the small blind and Jo shoved over the top in the big blind. Fernandez folded and Scott was able to suck out with against Jo’s pocket queens.
That moved Scott from the short stack three-handed into the chip lead. He never relinquished his lead after that. After Jo eliminated Fernandez, the two agreed on an almost dead even chop, which left Scott with the trophy as the chip leader.
Scott is a local player from Fort Lauderdale. He lives a busy life as a business owner, a husband, a father and a grandfather.
He owns a jewelry store in North Miami, which was opened by his grandfather in 1949 and has been in business ever since. With so much on his plate, poker isn’t even close to the top of his priorities, but he makes time to play when some of the major series are in town.
“I try to play once a month,” said Scott. “Then, when they have the series, I play for two weeks straight.”
Scott’s win nearly puts a bow on the entire 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, with only the $3,500 WPT main event still running.
The top 36 players earned a payday and here are the results:
1st: James Scott – $14,574* 2nd: Manuel Jo – $14,573* 3rd: Alfredo Fernandez – $7,119 4th: Christopher Zito – $4,916 5th: Claudio Piedrabuena – $3,627 6th: Antonio Colon – $2,882 7th: George Navarro – $2,204 8th: Joaquin Sosa – $1,593 9th: Bob Tanner – $1,153 10th: Angelo Castaldi – $881 11th: Homero Molina – $881 12th: Daniel Saffer – $881 13th: Ariel Rosello Quintana – $712 14th: Jarrett Vaughn – $712 15th: Jay Klitzner – $712 16th: Larry Klur – $610 17th: Mitsuru Sano – $610 18th: Paul Nguyen – $610 19th: Eric Rivkin – $509 20th: Raymond Nalbandian – $509 21st: David Wyatt – $509 22nd: Elnatan Aminov – $509 23rd: David Jacobs – $509 24th: Thomas Kornechuk – $509 25th: Richard Contell – $509 26th: Julien Durity – $509 27th: Trent Smith – $509 28th: Carlos Torres Vazquez – $441 29th: Nashaat Antonius – $441 30th: Alexis Moreda – $441 31st: Justin Molis – $441 32nd: Brett Taylor – $441 33rd: Julio Rodriguez – $441 34th: Iftikhar Memon – $441 35th: Jermain Phang – $441 36th: Darrell Carril – $441