Matthew Yorra Wins Second Hard Rock Title in Five-Way Chop of $570 Six-Max

2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, FL 
Event 6
$360 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em 
Entries: 231
Prize Pool: $115,500 
April 8, 2018 

Matthew Yorra wins $570 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em

During the last major series run at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, the 2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open, Matthew Yorra won his first Hard Rock trophy. He won his second in the early hours of Monday morning after a grueling 14-hour day of poker than ended just after 5 a.m.

Yorra defeated 231 entries and won the $570 six-max no-limit hold’em in a five-way ICM chop, taking home $17,534 and the trophy.

“This my second $570 [win]. I won the $570 at Lucky Hearts. That was a regular nine-handed tourney, so I’m king of the $570s,” said Yorra with a laugh.

His took home $22,697 for his first win last January during Lucky Hearts, but seemed to enjoy the short-handed format a little more since it allows room for wider hand ranges.

“Six-max is funner,” said the Miami native. “You can play more hands. This is the first six-max I’ve won, so it’s nice.”

Yorra lives and works in the Miami area in the technology field, but still finds time to play “a lot of poker.” He’s a regular at the Hard Rock and is battling in most of the major series run in Hollywood.

He wasn’t the only regular at the final table. Ory Hen and Jose Reyes were both in the hunt for another trophy. Hen, one of the most successful tournament players in Hard Rock history, finished third in the chop while Reyes finished sixth.

Yorra had nothing but good things to say about both the local opposition and some of the other pros that traveled to get here.

“It was fun. We were playing with mostly regulars, but there were some really good players in the tournament too,” said Yorra. “I’m glad Ari [Engel] got knocked out earlier. But it’s a good way to start the series for sure.”

The final seven players redrew for seats at the unofficial final table, but played for nearly two and a half hours before sending someone home.

Amelio Amato hit  the rail in seventh and Reyes followed him to the cashier’s cage shortly after in sixth. With blinds continuing to increase, nobody’s stack was very deep at that point. The chop negotiations ensued and the final five players agreed on an ICM chop.

“The blinds were getting so big that it just made sense to chop,” said Yorra.

The 239-entry field saw 39 players cash and here is a look at the results:

1st: Matthew Yorra – $17,534*
2nd: Joshua Gibson – $14,450*
3rd: Ory Hen – $14,365*
4th: Robert Kessler – $12,626*
5th: David Melman – $9,545*
6th: Jose Reyes – $4,463
7th: Amelio Amato – $3,362
8th: Bradley Patton – $3,362
9th: Patrick Eskandar – $2,588
10th: Jacob Ristich – $2,588
11th: Michael Elbilia – $2,037
12th: Ari Engel – $2,037
13th: Oscar Guzman – $1,641
14th: Jeffrey Higgins – $1,641
15th: Gregory Back – $1,354
16th: Hyndi Khomutetsky – $1,354
17th: Michael Wang – $1,143
18th: Benoit Barral – $1,143
19th: Ira Schwartz – $990
20th: Michael Tureniec – $990
21st: Claudio Piedrabuena – $990
22nd: Deborah Farmer – $990
23rd: Scott Zakheim – $990
24th: Ryan Galpern – $990
25th: Raffaello Loccatelli – $879
26th: Douglas Decker – $879
27th: Manny Minaya – $879
28th: Matthew Bianchini – $879
29th: Jack Rolnitzky – $879
30th: Matthew Zarcadoolas – $879
31st: John Courtney – $800
32nd: Joshua Lewis – $800
33rd: Raminder Singh – $800
34th: Derek Bowers – $800
35th: Pete Walsworth – $800
36th: Luis Mantilla – $800
37th: Israel de la Cerda – $748
38th: Donald Williams – $748
39th: Nick Yunis – $748

*Indicates adjusted payouts as part of the chop

Event 6: Ory Hen Leads Final Seven Players

$570 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em
Level 21: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 231

The $570 no-limit hold’em six-max event is down to its final seven players and they have redrawn for seats at the unofficial final table. With one more elimination, the final six players will receive credit for reaching a final table.

Everybody remaining is guaranteed at least $3,362, but they are all within arm’s reach of the $25,148 first place money.

There is only a minute left in the current level and here is a look at the seating arrangement and chip counts of the final seven players:

Seat 1: Josh Gibson – 190,000
Seat 2: David Melman – 550,000
Seat 3: Amelio Amato – 377,000
Seat 4: Rob Kessler – 192,000
Seat 5: Ory Hen – 655,000
Seat 6: Matthew Yorra – 461,000
Seat 7: Jose Reyes – 426,000

Event 6: Six-Max Payouts With $25,148 Up Top

$570 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em
$50,000 Guaranteed| Payouts
Level 10: 500/1,000 with a 100 ante
Players Remaining: 60 of 231

The first six-max event of the series drew 231 entries on Sunday evening and is moving along at a rapid pace with just 60 players remaining from the original 231.

The final 39 players earn some money with a min-cash taking home $748 and the next Showdown champ pocketing $25,148 along with the trophy.

2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Hollywood, FL
Event 6
$570 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em 
Entries: 231
Prize Pool: $115,500
April 8, 2018

1st: $25,148
2nd: $17,094
3rd: $11,851
4th: $8,383
5th: $6,053
6th: $4,463
7th-8th: $3,362
9th-10th: $2,588
11th-12th: $2,037
13th-14th: $1,641
15th-16th: $1,354
17th-18th: $1,143
19th-24th: $990
25th-30th: $879
31st-36th: $800
37th-39th: $748

Event 6: Single Day Six-Max

$570 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 1: 25/50

We are closing out the weekend with some short-handed action for a nice chunk of change. Event 6 is a $570 buy-in Six-Max tournament with a $50,000 guaranteed prize pool. We will see the field balloon up as players exit the Event 1 restart.

Each entrant will start with a 12,000 stack and the tournament will run 30-minute levels. Late registration is open until the start of Level 9 at 7:30 pm and players are limited to a single re-entry if they bust out.

This is a one-day trophy event and we will find another Showdown champion before the night is through.

  • $50,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 12,000 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
  • Event 6 Structure Sheet

Showdown Day 4 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

12PM: Event 5 – $300 Deep Stack Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)

  • $25,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 15
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 5 Structure Sheet

1PM: Event 1 Day 2 – $570 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

3PM: Event 6 – $570 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)

  • $50,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 12,000 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
  • Event 6 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

9AM: Event 32 – $140 Turbo Satellite to WPTDeepStacks (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $1,100 WPTDeepStacks Event
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Satellite will be held in the Poker Room
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 32 Structure Sheet

5PM: Event 33 – $140 Satellite to WPTDeepStacks (1-in-10)

  • 10 seats guaranteed into $1,100 WPTDeepStacks Event
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 20-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 33 Structure Sheet

8PM: Event 34 – $140 Turbo Satellite to WPTDeepStacks (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $1,100 WPTDeepStacks Event
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 34 Structure Sheet

Players are encouraged to park in Seminole Way Garage for easy, covered access to the tournament area and poker room
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Event 6: Wire-to-Wire Final Table; Keith Morrow wins Purple Chip Bounty ($35,378)

2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 6
$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

Entries: 122
Prize Pool: $122,000
Bounty Prize Pool: $61,000

January 15, 2018

Keith Morrow

Keith Morrow has made plans to win at least 10 poker tournaments this year. It’s a lofty goal, but he’s already setting a good pace toward it.

Morrow just won the $1,650 Purple Chip Bounty, collecting the trophy and the top prize of $35,378. He also notched 11 bounties worth another $500 apiece.

The 28-year-old Morrow is a professional player from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He comes from a cash game background, but he’s recently been transitioning into tournament poker.

It’s going well so far. Morrow has earned well over $300,000 over the last three years, including a six-figure score in a WPT event in 2016.

“I’ve had a few [cashes] that were bigger than this,” he said, “but this is my first win.” Indeed, it is his first live tournament victory on record.

An eager Morrow began the final table with the most chips, and he ended it with all of them.

It took about six hours of play to settle the issue on Day 2, with Morrow finding himself heads-up with a big lead against Veerab Zakarian for the trophy. The duel was over within a few hands.

This victory represents a new beginning for Morrow. “I took some time off over the last couple months to work on myself,” he said. “I wanted to start the year fresh.”

He spent the holiday season reading, relaxing, and “taking things in,” as he put it. “Basically slowing my life down a little bit,” he said. “I wanted to see where that leads.”

Tonight, it’s led him into the winner’s circle at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood.

Final table results:

1st: Keith Morrow – $35,378
2nd: Veerab Zakarian – $20,960
3rd: Harjinder Chawla – $13,115
4th: Lukas Pribyl – $8,235
5th: Manny Tarich – $6,100
6th: Jacob Snider – $5,246
7th: Novica Miskovic – $4,545
8th: Gavin O’Rourke – $4,026
9th: Doyle Scott Elliott – $3,538

Event 6: Keith Morrow Defeats Veerab Zakarian to Win Event 6 ($35,378)

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 21: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 122

Keith Morrow

Heads-up play lasted just a few hands.

In one of the early pots, Veerab Zakarian opened the button with a raise, and Keith Morrow three-bet to 100,000 in the big blind. Zakarian shoved for around 400,000 total, and Morrow called to put him at risk.

Zakarian: QhQd
Morrow: AdJs

The Ts7s5s flop was a good sweat, giving Morrow a flush draw with two cards to come. The Qs on the turn filled that draw, but Zakarian picked up outs to a full house or better. He needed the board to pair to extend the match. The river was the Kc, though, the final card of the day.

Morrow took the pot with the nut flush, winning Event 6 for $35,378. He also collected 11 bounties worth $500 apiece along the way. More about his victory will be published later this evening.

Veerab Zakarian

Zakarian was forced to settle for the runner-up consolation prize of $21,960.

Event 6: Harjinder Chawla – 3rd Place ($13,115)

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 21: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 122

Harjinder Chawla

In a family pot, the three players saw the flop come Ad9d8s. Harjinder Chawla checked from the small blind, and Keith Morrow bet 27,000. Veerab Zakarian called on the button, and Chawla check-raised all in for just over 300,000 total. Morrow re-shoved with the big stack, and Zakarian folded out of the way.

Chawla was at risk, and he was drawing.

Chawla: 2d6d (flush draw)
Morrow: Ac8h (two pair)

The 3s turn and 6c completed the board with blanks, and Morrow won the pot with aces up.

Chawla was eliminated in third place, leaving the other two heads-up for the trophy in Event 6.

Keith Morrow – 1,045,000 (13 bb)
Veerab Zakarian – 420,000 (53 bb)
Harjinder Chawla – Eliminated

Event 6: Lukas Pribyl – 4th Place ($8,235)

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 21: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 122

Lukas Pribyl

Action folded around to the blinds where Lukas Pribyl moved all in for about 150,000 in the small. Harjinder Chawla called in the big, putting Pribyl at risk.

Pribyl: Ah2h
Chawla: KcQc

The 9s9h7c flop was a miss for Chawla, and the 3h turn was even worse than a miss. That card gave Pribyl a flush draw, removing two of his opponent’s outs. It didn’t matter, though. The river was the Ks, and Chawla rivered the knockout with kings up.

Pribyl was eliminated in fourth place.

Harjinder Chawla – 515,000 (64 bb)
Lukas Pribyl – Eliminated

Event 6: Manny Tarich – 5th Place ($6,100)

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 20: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 122

Manny Tarich

Manny Tarich moved all in for about 200,000 in the cutoff, and Keith Morrow called to put him at risk on the button.

Tarich: 6s6h
Morrow: AdKd

The race was on, and Morrow’s horse was too fast. The board ran out AcJd8d7dJh. He won the pot with aces up, eliminating Tarich in the process.

Keith Morrow – 510,000 (85 bb)
Manny Tarich – Eliminated