Championship Day 1A: Jesse Lonis and Uri Kadosh Lead the Field at the First Break

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 3:  200/400 with a 400 ante
Day 1A Entries:  590

Jesse Lonis

A scan of the field during the break turned up just two players with at least 130K in chips:

1.  Jesse Lonis  –  139,000  (348 bb)
2.  Uri Kadosh  –  136,200  (341 bb)

The tournament clock shows 590 entries as play resumes, and the prizepool is already up over $1.88 million.

Registration remains open with unlimited re-entries until the start of Level 9 (around 9:15 pm).

Uri Kadosh

Championship Day 1A: Tough Early Crowd

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 2:  200/300 with a 300 ante
Day 1A Entries:  503

Chance Kornuth

There are a lot of tough spots in any Championship field and today is no different. We have WSOP winners and WPT champ and all kinds of top players in before the first break

Among the talented early crew, we found three-time WSOP bracelet winner Chance Kornuth, high roller monster Alex Foxen, four-time WPT champ Darren Elias, and three-time WPT winner (and 2014 WPT Poker Showdown champ) Eric Afriat.

Alex Foxen
Darren Elias
Eric Afriat

Championship Day 1A: Familiar Faces

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 1:  100/200 with a 200 ante
Day 1A Entries:  407

Raminder Singh

The Day 1A field is filling in as players make their way to the Grand Ballroom and we added another 100 entries over the first hour.

We found some familiar faces in the field who have some nice recent scores. Raminder Singh is back only a few hours after making some history last night. He won the $150 Big Stack tournament for his eighth career major Hollywood title for the most all-time in our history. In addition to that, Singh won the RunGood Main Event at our sister property in Coconut Creek which came with a seat in their Vegas ProAm. And he won that one too.

Paul Snead’s latest big score came on the other side of the state. He was part of the 2022 Tampa Poker Classic Championship and beat a tough final table to win the title along with nearly $200K.

Paul Snead

Championship Day 1A: Brek Schutten Back to Defend

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 1:  100/200 with a 200 ante
Day 1A Entries:  301

Defending champ Brek Schutten speaks with Vince Van Patten

We have a nice crowd in early action including our defending champ Brek Schutten. This tournament drew 2,482 entries last year to create the biggest WPT main tour live event in its history.

Schutten battled his way down to the final table, took his skills to Las Vegas with the other five players, and walked away with the title in front of the WPT cameras along with the $1,261,095 pay day.

He’s back in the Grand Ballroom trying to do it again.

Championship Day 1A: Cards in the Air

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 1:  100/200 with a 200 ante
Day 1A Entries:  301

Floor supervisor Charlie Ciresi puts cards in the air for the 2022 Poker Showdown Championship

The clock hit 11 am and floor supervisor Charlie Ciresi put cards in the air for Day 1A of the 2022 WPT Poker Showdown Championship.

They will play through the first two levels of the day before the first scheduled break.

Championship Day 1A: Headliner Set to Go

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 1:  100/200 with a 200 ante

The preliminaries are in the books and now it is time for the headliner to take the stage. The 2022 WPT Poker Showdown Championship starts at 11 am with Day 1A and the $3,500 buy-in tournament features a huge $3,000,000 guaranteed prize pool.

Championship players start with 50,000 deep stacks, an increase from years past, and levels last an hour for Days 1 and 2. Late registration is available until the start of Level 10 around 9:15 pm and players may re-enter as often as they feel during that time should something unfortunate happen with their stack.

Day 1A will continue through 10 full levels and survivors will bag their chips for a Day 2 return on Sunday at noon. If players do not make it that far this evening, Day 1B kicks off tomorrow at 11 am with the same schedule.

It will be an exciting final weekend of the series and we look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

  • $3,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 50,000 in chips
  • Day 1 & 2 levels last 60 minutes
  • Day 3 levels last 60 minutes until 40 players remain then go to 90 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (9:15pm)
  • Day 1 will end after Level 10
  • Championship Structure Sheet

Showdown Day 16 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

11AM: Day 1A – $3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship

  • $3,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 50,000 in chips
  • Day 1 & 2 levels last 60 minutes
  • Day 3 levels last 60 minutes until 40 players remain then go to 90 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (9:15pm)
  • Day 1 will end after Level 10
  • Championship Structure Sheet

Please note: Due to the WPT Poker Showdown Final Table being played in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the minimum gambling age is 21, all participants must be 21 years of age or older to play in the Championship and related satellites

1PM: Event 33 Day 2 – $1,100 H.O.R.S.E. Championship (Freeze-out)

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

10AM: $400 “One and Done” Championship Satellite (1-in-10)

  • Will be held in the Poker Room
  • 20 seats guaranteed into $3,000,000 GTD Championship
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips
  • Levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 8 (2:00pm)
  • Structure Sheet

4PM: $400 Championship Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 10 seats guaranteed into $3,000,000 WPT Showdown Championship
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips
  • Levels last 15 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (6:15pm)
  • Structure Sheet

9PM: $400 Championship Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • Two seats guaranteed into $3,000,000 WPT Showdown Championship
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips
  • Levels last 15 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (11:15pm)
  • Structure Sheet

2022 Poker Showdown Schedule

WPT Poker Showdown Championship Starts Tomorrow!

We are two weeks into the 2022 Poker Showdown schedule and more than 30 tournaments are in the books. Now it is time to roll out the WPT Poker Showdown Championship on Friday morning with Day 1A at 11 am.

This tournament was our first step into the WPT spotlight back in 2011 when Taylor von Kriegenbergh won the title for more than $1.1 million. It is traditionally one of our biggest tournaments and last year it set the record for the biggest WPT main tour live event with 2,482 entries.

Like the last two WPT Poker Showdown Championships, they will play down to the final table and the last six players will head to Las Vegas to play in front of the WPT cameras for the title.

Poker Showdown Champions:

2011 – Taylor von Kriegenbergh
2012 – Tommy Vedes
2013 – Kevin Eyster
2014 – Eric Afriat
2015 – Griffin Paul
2016 – Justin Young
2017 – Tony Sinishtaj
2018 – Scott Margereson
2019 – James Carroll
2021 – Brek Schutten

Action gets underway for Day 1A at 11 am and registration will remain open until 10 pm with unlimited re-entries. The structure is deep and slow and provides plenty of room to make moves. If you fail to make it through tomorrow, Day 1B starts at the same time on Saturday.

Good luck to everyone!

  • $3,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 50,000 in chips
  • Day 1 & 2 levels last 60 minutes
  • Day 3 levels last 60 minutes until 40 players remain then go to 90 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (9:15pm)
  • Day 1 will end after Level 10
  • Championship Structure Sheet

Matthew Sabia Wins Event 36 of the 2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Outright for $155,515

2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 36
$15,000 No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Entries: 27
Prize Pool:  $388,800
August 8, 2021

2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Event 36 Champion Matthew Sabia

Event 27 of the 2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open was a $15,000 No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out). There were 27 players who took part, creating a prize pool of $388,800. Winning the tournament outright was Matthew Sabia, earning $155,515 for his showing.

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1MatthewSabia$155,515
2SergiReixach$97,200
3DanSmith$62,210
4GiuseppeIadisernia$42,770
5ChristopherFitzgerald$31,105