$2,200 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry) Level 9: 1,200/2,400 Players Remaining: 18 of 95
With 18 players remaining in the $2,200 pot limit Omaha, the field is nearing the money. The top 12 players will earn at least a min cash of at least $4,754 and Peter Vivantonio is leading the way with 285,000.
Last year’s champion in this event Scott Clements is hoping to defend his title with 130,000 and SHRP Team member Matt Stout is looking to earn another cash with 90,000.
Notable pros Maxx Coleman and Dominique Moseley are also in the field after the two table redraw with 145,000 and 68,000, respectively.
$2,200 Deep Stack Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry) Level 1: 100/100
A lot of players are looking forward to some four-card poker this evening with a $2,200 buy-in to juice up the action. Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Scott Clements is the defending champion and we’ll be on the look out for his again.
The two-day tournament will draw a group of players, both local and from abroad, who specialize in Pot Limit Omaha to make this a talented field.
Entrants start with 20,000 stacks and the tournament will run 40-minute levels throughout. Later registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 7 at 9:30pm. Their day will come to an end after Level 12 and survivors will bag up their chips for Day 2 on Wednesday.
Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 40-minute levels
Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 7
Day 1 will end after Level 12 or Tournament Director discretion
Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood Event #29 $250 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Total Entries: 175 Prize Pool: $36,750
Jeremy Costa won the final open event of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown and it couldn’t have come at a better time for the 40-year-old Massachusetts native.
Costa was in bad financial shape before the final event, but found a way to outlast a field of 175 players to take home the title and $10,657.
“To be honest with you, I was almost dead broke,” said Costa after his win. “I was just deciding if I was going to just go back and regroup before Borgata or if I was going to play this last one.”
Costa made the right decision. He is leaving the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino with a five-figure score and his first career tournament win.
Costa has been surrounded by tournament success the last few weeks. His two roommates, Frankie Flowers and Charbel Azzi, booked a very successful series here in South Florida. Just 15 hours earlier, Flowers won a tournament of his own and Azzi made a deep run in the $3,500 WPT Main Evnet.
While many would be motivated by their friends’ success, Costa just continued to look within himself for the motivation to succeed.
“It was really just believing in myself and telling myself ‘You know what? there’s still one more tournament. If I got a chip and a chair, I’m going to try and win.’ That’s really what happened,” said Costa.
Away from the table, Costa is trying to put his money to good use. He started a company called Poker For a Purpose, which offers an understanding of the game for people who are looking for an alternative path in their life.
“You know, I didn’t have the greatest life growing up and stuff like that,” said Costa. “So I just want to give back to the community. This win will actually help me start doing that. I’ve got some motivational gear and some motivational things that I’ll be able to do now.”
Costa is from the northeast originally, but has been putting in lots of time at the tables at the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa.
After having several close calls earlier in his poker career and a failed shot in the $3,500 WPT main event after satelliting in, he’s just grateful for the win.
“It’s just a blessing,” said Costa. “To be able to be here and win one of these trophies. It’s one of my favorite places to play and it just feels unbelievable.”
Here is a look at the results:
1st: Jeremy Costa – $10,657 2nd: Andy Spears – $6,248 3rd: Eric Kolodny – $3,675 4th: Jorge Gomez – $2,940 5th: Jerry Humphrey – $2,205 6th: Mario James – $1,838 7th: Michael Newman – $1,470 8th: Maurice Roy – $1,103 9th: Charles Dunker – $827 10th: Sheila O’Connor – $735 11th: Michael Lavoie – $735 12th: Adam Weinraub – $735 13th: William Massey – $643 14th: Francis Margaglione – $643 15th: Marsha Wolak – $643 16th: Thomas Neientimp – $551 17th: Thomas Gari – $551 18th: Richard Roeper – $551