2017 Deep Stack Series Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, FL Event #6 $150 Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold’em Entries: 114 Prize Pool: $13,680 May 25-29, 2017
Georges Boyadjian laid claim to a Seminole Hard Rock guitar trophy in Event 6 of the property’s Deep Stack Series. Boyadjian owned the chip lead four-handed in the $150 Deep Stack Turbo event and complemented his hardware with a $2,490 score following a four-way chop.
1st: Georges Boyadjian – $2,490 2nd: Alexander Dvorsky – $2,489 3rd: Joseph Farrar – $2,000 4th: Martin Markov – $2,000 5th: Mark Bernstein – $725 6th: Carlo Rodriguez – $602 7th: Paul Prager – $520 8th: Christopher Fisher – $458 9th: Hay Zohar – $404 10th: Jose Avila – $356 11th: Stephen Nowlin – $356 12th: Francis Margaglione – $356 13th: Nisim Yamin – $308 14th: Luis Mantilla – $308 15th: Raminder Singh – $308
It’s just after 6pm and Event 6 of the Deep Stack Series got underway just moments ago. It’s a $150 Deep Stack Turbo tournament and, in addition to a share of $10,000 guaranteed, its champion will pocket a guitar trophy.
Here are the details:
6pm: Event 6: $150 Deep Stack Turbo ($10,000 Gtd)
$150 buy-in, $10,000 guaranteed
20,000 chips and 15-minute levels
Late registration and re-entry available until the start of Level 13 (~9:30pm)
2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, FL Event 6 $360 No Limit Hold’em Black Chip Bounty Entries: 157 Prize Pool: $31,400 + $15,700 in bounties March 20, 2017
Gil Aboodi won the $360 no limit hold’em black chip bounty event on Monday night. Aboodi came out on top of a basically even six-way chop, where he bested a field of 157 entries to win $3,647, the trophy and a seat into the freeroll with a $10,000 WPT Finale seat on the line.
Aboodi, who splits time between New Jersey and Florida, doesn’t like the spotlight that tournament poker can sometimes put on him, but was still fairly elated about the win.
“It feels great,” said Aboodi. “I left some money on the table since I was the chip leader, but hopefully I win the next tournament and get that seat.”
During the chop negotiations, Aboodi was one of the players hesitant to accept the deal, but once he realized that he had secured a seat in the freeroll, he was more amenable towards finalizing the deal.
Unlike many other deals, this event had a basically even six-way chop. Aboodi received two dollars more than the second through sixth place finishers. Even John De Soto, who had five big blinds at the time of the chop, took home an even share of the prizepool.
Runner-up James Conner was adamant about doing an even chop. Aboodi was skeptical about the deal at first, but the freeroll seat that he would receive tipped the scales in favor of doing it. Just from a math perspective, Aboodi likes his chances of getting a seat into the WPT Finale.
“It’s only 14 people,” said Aboodi. “So, I got a better chance than in a tournament that has hundreds of people. We’ll see.”
Aboodi has been playing poker for quite some time, but mostly in a cash game setting. He didn’t make the switch to tournament poker until two years ago, but he likes the steady improvement he’s been seeing.
“I’m climbing the ladder,” said Aboodi. “I got two fifths and sixth places and now I’ve won a couple. It feels good.”
Here is a look at the results:
1st: Gil Aboodi – $3,647 + Freeroll seat 2nd: James Conner – $3,645 3rd: Haim Toorgeman – $3,645 4th: Anthony Astarita – $3,645 5th: Wai Ngai – $3,645 6th: John De Soto – $3,645 7th: Narimaan Ahmadi – $1,091 8th: Paula Alibrandi – $980 9th: Gary Greenlee – $844 10th: Austin Paramore – $738 11th: Michael Watkins – $738 12th: Alfred Vargas – $738 13th: Daren Stabinski – $636 14th: Aaron Hemphill – $636 15th: David Lithgow – $636 16th: Yousef Nassr – $537 17th: Mark Wiser – $537 18th: Claudio Docarmo – $537 19th: Dmitry Savelyev – $440 20th: Donald Drapel – $440
$360 No Limit Hold’em Black Chip Bounty Level 19: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante Players Remaining: 6 of 157
The final six players agreed to an even six-way chop. All six players, including John De Soto who only had five big blinds, will take home $3,645 and Gil Aboodi takes home the trophy and the seat to the $10,000 WPT Finale freeroll.
$360 Black Chip Bounty No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry) Level 14: 1,200/2,400 with a 400 Ante Players Remaining: 18 of 157
It took a little while to get there, but the Black Chip Bounty is now in the money and down to the last two tables. Daren Stabinski and WPTDeepStacks Tampa champ Antony Anastasi are still around but there’s still a long way to go.
$360 Black Chip Bounty No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry) Level 13: 1,000/2,000 with a 300 Ante Players Remaining: 22 of 157
Registration closed on the $360 Black Chip Bounty tournament and it was another success year-over-year. The tournament drew 157 entries to create a prize pool worth $31,400 plus the $15,700 in bounties.
$360 Black Chip Bounty No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry) Level 2: 50/100 Entries: 89
The Black Chip Bounty event kicked off at noon and it’s nearly hit the $30,000 Guarantee before the first hour is complete. Players are limited to a single re-entry option but that won’t stop them from mixing it up trying to earn one of those black $100 casino chips.
WSOP bracelet winner Jason Young is making his first appearance in the ballroom this series and having a good time already. He’s a Northeast transplant to South Florida and is becoming a regular fixture in our events, including a final table appearance during last year’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown $250 NLH Event 19.
$360 Black Chip Bounty No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry) Level 1: 25/50
Our next, big one-day tournament kicks off at noon with a nice bonus for sending out an opponent. The $360 buy-in tournament has a $30,000 guaranteed prize pool with $100 going towards a bounty on each player’s head.
Knock someone out, get a black $100 cash chip. That should push the action throughout the tournament.
Each entrant begins with a 10,000 starting stack and the tournament runs with 30-minute levels. Late registration is available until the start of Level 9 at 4:30pm and players can only re-enter one time if they are eliminated. Event 6 is scheduled to complete in one day and we will have a new champion before the end of the evening.
They will get underway at noon and keep rolling until we have a winner.
$30,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
Late registration/single re-entry available until start of Level 9
This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
2017 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, FL WPTDeepStacks $1 Million Guarantee Main Event $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Entries: 1,509 Prize Pool: $1,463,730 January 19 – 24, 2016
The spotlight tournament on the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open was the $1 Million Guarantee WPTDeepStacks Main Event and the popular tour drew a big group of players. After three opening flights and three play down days, Michael Graffeo outlasted more than 1,500 entries to earn the trophy, the title, and more than $290,000.
The tournament had a $1,100 buy-in and the three opening flights combined to put 1,509 entries into the game. That huge turnout created a prize pool worth $1,463,730 and the last 151 players earned a some of that money. But all eyes were on the huge $290,687 top prize plus a $5,250 seat in the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship and a $3,000 package to the WPTDeepStacks Championship.
Of those 1,509 starters, only 264 were still around to join together for Day 2 and they quickly played down to the money bubble soon after the first break. The Main Event field made it into the money when Damien Rios eliminated an opponent after five rounds of hand-for-hand play.
Three Seminole Hard Rock Poker team members qualified for Day 2 action but only Loni Harwood was able to make the cash after Faraz Jaka and Jessica Dawley had early exits from the Main Event.
Harwood wasn’t satisfied with only cashing in the tournament; the two-time WSOP bracelet winner set her sights higher. She continued to build up her stack as top players fell to the wayside including Mohsin Charania, Kathy Liebert, Kelly Minkin, Zo Karim, and reigning Seminole Hard Rock Poker Player of the Year David Prociak.
Day 2 ended when former SHRP champion Ido Ashkenazi was eliminated in 28th place, closing down play with the last three tables. Those 27 players returned for Day 3 and it only took four hours to whittle them down to the final table of nine when previous chip leader Andre Rakusa was eliminated by Luis Torres.
Dantonio Brown was the chip leader at the end of his starting flight, then ended Day 2 with a big lead, and followed it all up with a nice lead to start the final table in front of the WPTDeepStacks live-stream cameras.
The final table featured players with more $7.5 million in combined tournament earnings, nine SHRP titles, and two WSOP bracelets courtesy of Harwood.
The final table had fireworks early with fan favorite Aaron Massey losing his short stack despite being dealt three big hands at the start. He was followed by Luis Torres, poker pro Timothy “TK” Miles, and Canadian transplant Timothy Banks.
Two-time SHRP champion Charlemagne Benjamin hit the rail in fifth place followed by four-time champion Marc Levy. Harwood held the chip lead with three players remaining but it slipped away while she took home $110,431 for her work.
Brown began heads-up up play with a small chip lead but Graffeo quickly reversed the advantage to take command. Brown did not go down without a fight and it took a tough beat to end his tournament as the runner-up.
Graffeo was clearly excited to finish off the WPTDeepStacks Main Event as champion and he’ll have something to show for it. He earned $290,687 for the feat along with booking himself into the $5,250 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship and WPTDeepStacks Championship.
“I ran pretty good, it was a tough table,” Graffeo told WPTDeepStacks. “I was trying to make some moves without putting my whole chip stack at risk.”
A recent transplant to South Florida, Graffeo ended a poker hiatus with new access to great games.
“I moved down here seven months ago and started playing again,” he continued. “The tournament was great. The dealers and the staff (are) unbelievable. It’s just a great place to play.”
Congratulations to Graffeo, the final table members, and everyone who made the WPTDeepStacks Main Event a success.
Final table results:
1st: Michael Graffeo – $290,687 + $5,250 SHRPO seat and $3,000 WPTDeepStacks Championship package 2nd: Dantonio Brown – $178,209 3rd: Loni Harwood – $110,431 4th: Marc Levy – $93,049 5th: Charlemagne Benjamin – $77,127 6th: Timothy Banks – $62,081 7th: Timothy Miles – $47,766 8th: Luis Torres – $34,473 9th: Aaron Massey – $25,563
$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event Level 36: 250,000/500,000 with a 75,000 ante Players Remaining: 1 of 1,509
Dantonio Brown opened the button for a raise to 1,600,000. It was on chip leader Michael Graffeo and he three-bet all in. Brown called off and had the best of it.
The flop quickly gave Graffeo the lead coming . Graffeo’s pair of aces was good, but Brown had outs. The turn wasn’t one of them and they went to the river with Brown needing one of the two remaining eights in the deck. It wasn’t to be as the board completed with the giving Graffeo trips.
Brown was eliminated in second place earning $178,209. Graffeo went home as the tournament’s champion good for $290,687, a pair of trophies, a $3,000 WPTDeepStacks package and a $5,250 seat in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open.
A full report will be posted shortly. In the meantime, here’s a look at the event’s final table results:
1st: Michael Graffeo – $290,687 2nd: Dantonio Brown – $178,209 3rd: Loni Harwood – $110,431 4th: Marc Levy – $93,049 5th: Charlemagne Benjamin – $77,127 6th: Timothy Banks – $62,081 7th: Timothy Miles – $47,766 8th: Luis Torres – $34,473 9th: Aaron Massey – $25,563