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Gil Aboodi Wins Bounty Title in Six-Way Chop

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

 

Event 6: Gil Aboodi Wins in Six-Way Chop

$360 No Limit Hold’em Black Chip Bounty
Level 19: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 157

Gil Aboodi

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.

A complete recap will be posted later tonight.

Wai Ngai
James Conner
Anthony Astarita
Haim Toorgeman
John De Soto

Event 6: James Conner Doubles Through Gil Aboodi

$360 No Limit Hold’em Black Chip Bounty
Level 19: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 157

James Conner raised to 22,000 from the cutoff and Gil Aboodi called from the small blind. They were heads-up to a flop of Ac5s5d and Aboodi led out for 21,000.

Conner moved all in for 175,000 and Aboodi went into the tank.

“I have a feeling I’m outkicked,” said Aboodi.

After tanking for a couple minutes, Aboodi called. Aboodi showed AsJc and was dominated by Conner’s AdKd.

“My feeling was right,” said Aboodi.

The turn was the Kc and the river was the 2d. Conner doubled up with two pair.

James Conner – 388,000 (48 bb)
Gil Aboodi – 290,000 (36 bb)

Event 6: James Conner Doubles Through Gil Aboodi

$360 No Limit Hold’em Black Chip Bounty
Level 18: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 157

Gil Aboodi raised from middle position to 12,000 and James Conner defended his big blind.

The flop was Tc3s3h and Conner checked. Aboodi bet 30,000 and Conner check-raised all in for 120,000. Aboodi called.

Conner showed Qs3d, good for trip threes, and is in the lead against Aboodi’s AsAh. The turn was the 9h and the river was the Th. Conner doubles up with a full house and takes a chunk out of Aboodi’s chip lead.

James Conner – 273,000 (45 bb)
Gil Aboodi – 435,000 (72 bb)

Event 6: Nick Ahmadi – 7th Place ($1,091)

$360 No Limit Hold’em Black Chip Bounty
Level 18: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 157

Nick Ahmadi

On the turn with the board reading Tc3h3d8s, Nick Ahmadi checked from the small blind and Gil Aboodi moved all in from under the gun.

Ahmadi called and was the all in player for his last 140,000. Ahmadi showed QsTs, but was in trouble against Aboodi’s AsAd.

The river was the 6c and Ahmadi was eliminated in seventh place for $1,091. Aboodi extends his already large chip lead.

Gil Aboodi – 570,000 (95 bb)
Nick Ahmadi – Eliminated

Event 6: James Conner Doubles Through Gil Aboodi

$360 No Limit Hold’em Black Chip Bounty
Level 17: 2,500/5,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 157

James Conner moved all in for 76,000 from under the gun and Gil Aboodi called from the cutoff.

Conner showed 8d8s and is flipping with Aboodi’s KdJh. The board ran out Th7h7c7s3h and Conner doubles up with a full house.

James Conner – 162,500 (32 bb)
Gil Aboodi – 355,000 (71 bb)

 

Event 6: Paula Alibrandi – 8th Place ($980)

$360 No Limit Hold’em Black Chip Bounty
Level 16: 2,000/4,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 157

Paula Alibrandi

Paula Alibrandi moved all in from middle position for 68,000 and Anthony Astarita moved all in for about 180,000 from the cutoff. Everybody else got out of the way and the cards are tabled.

Astarita showed AhKs and was dominating Alibrandi’s AdQs.

The board ran out Jc3s2d7d5d and Astarita wins the pot to pick up a bounty and eliminate Alibrandi in eighth place. She took home $980 for her deep run.

Anthony Astarita – 255,000 (63 bb)
Paula Alibrandi – Eliminated

Event 6: Gary Greenlee – 9th Place ($844)

Gary Greenlee

$360 No Limit Hold’em Black Chip Bounty
Level 16: 2,000/4,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 157

Gary Greenlee moved all in from under the gun for his last 38,000 and Nick Ahmadi called from middle position.

Greenlee showed KcQc and was dominated by Ahmadi’s AdQh. The board ran out 7h6d5cJh5h and Ahmadi wins the pot with ace-high to eliminate Greenlee in ninth place.

Nick Ahmadi – 217,000 (54 bb)
Gary Greenlee – Eliminated

Gil Aboodi Leads Bounty Final Table

$360 No Limit Hold’em Black Chip Bounty
Level 16: 2,000/4,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 157

$360 No-Limit Hold’em Black Chip Bounty Final Table

With a double elimination last hand, the $360 no limit hold’em black chip bounty is down to its final table. Gil Aboodi leads the final nine players with 400,00 in chips.

Here is a look at the seating arrangement and chip counts for the final table:

Seat 1: Gary Greenlee – 39,000
Seat 2: Anthony Astarita – 167,000
Seat 3: James Conner – 97,000
Seat 4: Nick Ahmadi – 161,500
Seat 5: Haim Toorgeman – 220,000
Seat 6: Gil Aboodi – 400,000
Seat 7: Wai Ngai – 192,000
Seat 8: Paul Alibrandi – 90,000
Seat 9: John De Soto – 181,000

Here are a look at the remaining payouts:

1st: $8,437
2nd: $5,475
3rd: $3,226
4th: $1,936
5th: $1,515
6th: $1,256
7th: $1,091
8th: $980
9th: $844

Event 6: In the Money and Two Tables Remain

$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

Daren Stabinski

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.

Anthony Anastasi

Event 6: Black Chip Bounty Prize Pool with $8,437 to the Winner

$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.

The last 20 players will earn some money with a min-cash banking $440 and the next champ taking home $8,437 plus the trophy, a custom-framed winner’s photo from IMPDI, and a seat in the $10,000 WPT Finale/$3,500 WPT Showdown Championship freeroll.

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, FL
Event 6
$360 Black Chip Bounty No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 157
Prize Pool: $31,400
March 20, 2017

1st: $8,437
2nd: $5,475
3rd: $3,226
4th: $1,963
5th: $1,515
6th: $1,256
7th: $1,091
8th: $980
9th: $844
10 – 12th: $738
13 – 15th: $636
16 – 18th: $537
19 – 20th: $440

Event 6: Goodbye Guarantee

$360 Black Chip Bounty No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 3: 75/150 with a 25 Ante
Entries: 122

Wally Maddah

It didn’t take long to get there. The $360 Black Chip Bounty event had a $30,000 guaranteed prize pool and it was reached well before the first break of the day.

Some new recent additions to the field were Ryan Dunn, Eric Rivkin, Carlos Loving, Charlemagne Benjamin, and Seminole Hard Rock Tampa poker ambassador Wally Maddah.

Event 6: Big Bounty

$360 Black Chip Bounty No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 2: 50/100
Entries: 89

Jason Young

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.

Event 6: Black Chip Bounty

$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
  • Event 6 Structure Sheet

Showdown Day 5 Schedule

Main Event Schedule

11AM: Event 5 Day 1A – $150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $150,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 7
  • Day 1 will end after Level 14 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 5 Structure Sheet

12PM: Event 6 – $360 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)

  • $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
  • Event 6 Structure Sheet

2PM: Event 1 Day 3 – $360 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

2PM: Event 4 Day 2 – $1,100 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em

3PM: Event 5 Day 1B – $150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $150,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 7
  • Day 1 will end after Level 14 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 5 Structure Sheet

7PM: Event 5 Day 1C – $150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $150,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 7
  • Day 1 will end after Level 14 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 5 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

9AM: Event 44 – $130 WPT Finale Turbo Step Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $1,050 WPT Finale Satellite
  • 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 44 Structure Sheet

5PM: Event 45 – $200 Multi-Event Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 2 packages guaranteed; Two (2) $570 Showdown buy-ins plus $560 cash
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 20-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 7
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 45 Structure Sheet

8PM: Event 46 – $390 Championship Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $2M GTD WPT Showdown Championship
  • 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 46 Structure Sheet

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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood Property Update

Preparations are underway for the development of an iconic hotel tower and resort:

  • Parking – Poker players are encouraged to park in Winner’s Way Garage to access both the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown tournament space and The Poker Room
  • The Poker Room – Players may access the poker room by entering through the main lobby or via the exterior entrance on the opposite end of Winner’s Way Garage.
  • Inside hotel – Services and amenities inside the hotel will remain open along with regularly scheduled events and entertainment.

For additional construction updates, please visit TheNewHardRock.com

Main Event: Michael Graffeo wins WPTDeepStacks Title

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

Michael Graffeo, 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts WPTDeepStacks Champion

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

Full WPTDeepStacks payouts

Main Event: Michael Graffeo Wins LHPO Main Event ($290,687); Dantonio Brown — 2nd Place ($178,209)

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
Level 36: 250,000/500,000 with a 75,000 ante
Players Remaining: 1 of 1,509

Michael Graffeo

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.

Brown: 8s8d
Graffeo: ac3c

The flop quickly gave Graffeo the lead coming ah7s2h. Graffeo’s pair of aces was good, but Brown had outs. The turn 2s 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 ad 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.

Dantonio Brown

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

Main Event: Loni Harwood – 3rd Place ($110,431)

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
Level 36: 250,000/500,000 with a 75,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 1,509

Loni Harwood

Seminole Hard Rock Poker team member Loni Harwood moved all-in for 6,950,000 from the small blind. Dantonio Brown called from the big blind and Harwood had a chance to double.

Harwood: as7s
Brown: kh3h

The flop fell ts6d3c giving Brown the lead in the hand with a pair of threes. The turn was the 3s giving Brown trips, but leaving Harwood with outs to the flush. The river 7d didn’t improve either player and Harwood was eliminated in third place earning $110,431.

With the elimination, players went on a short break to prepare the table for heads-up play. Updated chip counts will be posted shortly.

Loni Harwood – Eliminated in 3rd place ($110,431)

Main Event: Marc Levy — 4th Place ($93,049)

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
Level 36: 250,000/500,000 with a 75,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 1,509

Marc Levy

Marc Levy was under the gun and jammed for 3,450,000. Start-of-day chip leader Dantonio Brown was on his direct left and called. The remaining players folded and Levy needed to improve.

Brown: adqd
Levy: th8d

The dealer burned and turn a 5h2c2hjs9s runout. Brown’s ace-queen high was best and Levy was eliminated in fourth place earning $93,049.

Marc Levy – Eliminated in 4th place ($93,049)