2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
$2,650 No-Limit Hold’em
Prize Pool: $1,000,000
August 11-13, 2019
(Hollywood, Florida) — Jessica Dawley hit the $1,000,000 mark in career earnings in style with a Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Big 4 Trophy. The South Florida poker pro and Air Force veteran won the $2,650 no-limit hold’em single re-entry Tuesday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood. After a nearly five-hour heads-up battle with Faraz Jaka, Dawley emerged victorious from the 385-entry field, taking home the trophy and $204,610. Jaka earned $142,610 for his runner-up finish.
The score was Dawley’s biggest of her career, besting her $130,230 win from the 2018 ladies event at the World Series of Poker. She not only posted a personal best but now has seven-figures in earnings, a benchmark she knew she was close to coming into the final table.
“Actually, going into the series, a buddy of mine and me were neck-and-neck in total earnings, and I was like ‘I just need a $200K score and then I’ll be over the $1 million-mark and I’ll pass you,'” said Dawley after the tournament. “So that was definitely my goal, for sure.”
Dawley came into the final table third in chips but was struggling to stay alive on Day 2. She was down to just five big blinds during the tournament’s penultimate day before hitting a rush of cards before the money and finishing with piles of chips.
“So many people, when they get short, let’s say five to seven big blinds, they think it’s game over and will punt it in,” said Dawley. “But the thing is, is that it’s all relative to what the other stack sizes are. If you have five big blinds and someone else has 95, of course, you are going to feel defeated. But if the other stack is like 20 bigs, then calling off five bigs is a lot for them. That’s kind of what happened yesterday. I just picked my spots and built my stack up.”
The rungood carried into Day 3 for Dawley. She chipped up early, knocked out Jake Daniels in eighth-place, and was the chip leader with five players left.
“Today, it was like the dream scenario,” said Dawley. “I had the cards at the right times and when I had bluffs, I wasn’t getting picked off. So I was real happy with how everything turned out.”
Dawley and Jaka dominated the early portions of a talented final table that featured Raj Vohra, Justin Zaki, and Jordan Cristos. The two pulled away from the pack and were heads-up just four hours into the day.
That’s when the battle really began. The two traded blows for nearly five levels. Jaka held the experience edge, but the cards went Dawley’s way. She pulled ahead early and despite Jaka putting a few dents in her stack, she never relinquished the lead.
“He definitely has more experience over the course of his career playing heads-up in these high-equity spots,” said Dawley. “But I don’t really get nervous at all, so for me, I just told myself don’t bloat any pots and don’t get out of line.”
Eventually, Dawley’s ace-two outflopped Jaka’s pocket eights and she won her first Hard Rock trophy.
Final Table Results:
1st: Jessica Dawley – $204,610
2nd: Faraz Jaka – $142,880
3rd: Nicholas Zautra – $91,690
4th: Philip Rigby – $61,090
5th: Raj Vohra – $46,890
6th: Justin Zaki – $38,790
7th: Jordan Cristos – $32,490
8th: Jake Daniels – $26,240
9th: Thai Ha – $20,460
Faraz Jaka raised on the button and Jessica Dawley moved all in out of the big blind. Jaka called and was all in for about 1,600,000.
Jaka showed and was in good shape against Dawley’s .
The flop was and Dawley moved into the lead by spiking a three-outer. Jaka needed an eight to keep the tournament going, but the on the turn and the on the river secured Dawley’s victory.
Dawley earned $204,610 for her win and Jaka netted $142,880 for his runner-up finish.
Jessica Dawley – $2,650 No-Limit Hold’em Champion
Faraz Jaka – Eliminated
Faraz Jaka moved all in on the button for 815,000 and Jessica Dawley called out of the big blind.
Jaka showed and was in the lead against Dawley’s .
The board ran out and the heads-up match continues.
Faraz Jaka – 1,730,000
Jessica Dawley – 7,900,000
On the turn with the board reading , Faraz Jaka checked and Jessica Dawley bet 200,000. Jaka called and there was about 800,000 in the middle heading to the river card.
Jaka checked and Dawley bet about 500,000. Jaka quickly folded and is under 20 big blinds for the second time this heads-up match.
Jessica Dawley – 8,100,000
Faraz Jaka – 1,525,000
Faraz Jaka raised on the button and Jessica Dawley defended her big blind.
The flop was and Dawley checked. Jaka bet about 200,000 and Dawley called.
The turn was the and both players checked to the river. Dawley bet 200,000 and Jaka called.
Dawley showed and chopped the pot with Jaka’s . Both players played the straight on the board, but Dawley turned it with the six in her hand.
Jessica Dawley – 6,700,000
Faraz Jaka – 2,900,000
Faraz Jaka raised to 160,000 on the button and Jessica Dawley defended her big blind.
The flop was and Dawley checked. Jaka bet 135,000 and Dawley called. They both checked the turn and the came on the river.
Dawley bet 450,000 and Jaka called. Dawley showed and Jaka mucked his hand.
Jessica Dawley – 6,200,000
Faraz Jaka – 3,100,000
The final two players have taken a 30-minute dinner break. Cards will be back in the air around 8:40 p.m.
Here are the chip counts:
Jessica Dawley – 5,490,000
Faraz Jaka – 4,135,000
Jessica Dawley raised on the button and Faraz Jaka defended his big blind. On a flop of , Jaka checked and Dawley bet 60,000. Jaka called.
The turn was the and Jaka checked. Dawley bet 225,000 and Jaka called. The river was the and both players checked.
Dawley showed and won the pot against Jaka’s .
Jessica Dawley – 6,000,000
Faraz Jaka – 3,680,000
Jessica Dawley limped in on the button and Faraz Jaka raised to 200,000 out of the big blind. Dawley called.
The flop was . Jaka bet 175,000 and Dawley called. The turn was the and Jaka bet 450,000. Dawley called.
The river was the and both players checked. Jaka tabled and Dawley mucked her hand. Prior to this hand, Jaka won many smaller pots without showdown and has cut Dawley’s chip lead nearly in half.
Faraz Jaka – 3,400,000
Jessica Dawley – 6,200,000