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Big Stack Special: Emerson Ward Wins $16K Following Nine-Way Chop

October Big Stack Special
$100,000 Guaranteed
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
$130 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries: 1,186
Prize Pool: $118,600
October 18-22, 2017

October Big Stack Special Winner, Emerson Ward
FINISHNAMEPRIZE
1stEMERSON WARD$16,554
2ndTHUY PAM$14,544
3rdBUTCHIE MITCHELL$11,481
4thHAIM TOORGEMAN$10,198
5thJORGE GOMEZ$9,164
6thHENRY BILLETE$7,710
7thALEXANDER MICHAELS$5,125
8thDANIEL FISHMAN$4,378
9thROBERTO MALDONADO$3,938
10thGABRIEL BARROETA FLORES$1,186
11thSCOTT JORDAN$1,186
12thJONATHAN MARKS$1,186
13thJOAQUIN SOSA$949
14thJIAN ZHAO$949
15thNICHOLAS AVENA$949
16thIFTIKHAR MEMON$806
17thNORMAN SIMMONS$806
18thLAWRENCE KLUR$806
19thANGEL BRACHO$700
20thJENNA GOLDSTEIN$700
21stALDRING GOMEZ TORRES$700
22ndMAHENDRAN RAMANATHAN$700
23rdSTEVEN SONDAK$700
24thJEAN MELGAR VALENCIA$700
25thNAGUI YASSA$700
26thWILMER DIAZ LEAL$700
27thKEVIN BETHEL$700
28thBRANDON SCHWARTZ$593
29thBRIAN HERZFELD$593
30thRICHARD FORTNER$593
31stKENNETH ARNAEZ$593
32ndANDREW FRIER$593
33rdALAN GREENSTEIN$593
34thPAULA HOLDER$593
35thANTONIO CAMPBELL$593
36thJUAN RODRAGUEZ$593
37thVITO POLERA$498
38thJUAN FERRER$498
39thARI DINOV$498
40thLEE STEWART$498
41stRAYMOND ROBERTY$498
42ndANDRES MORALES$498
43rdNIGEL MURRAY$498
44thCESAR AMARAN$498
45thROBERTO BERROCAL$498
46thLINDA LIPKINS$439
47thRICHIE SMOAK$439
48thRONALD CAMPILLO$439
49thALEXANDER CASTANER$439
50thKEVIN IPPOLITO$439
51stLLOYD GUNTHER$439
52ndJOEL BORDEN$439
53rdDANIEL STEVEN$439
54thNAJEEB REYES$439
55thSOLOMON YAGUDAEV$391
56thANDREY KOLCHKOV$391
57thJEFFREY FOGEL$391
58thDARREN RUSH$391
59thSTANLEY POINT DU JOUR$391
60thVINCENT GREEN$391
61stROMAN BOROZAN$391
62ndBARRY CHAZEN$391
63rdALFREDO GUEVARA$391
64thSTEVEN LIPKINS$344
65thJORDAN KELLER$344
66thDEJAN PETKOVIC$344
67thFRANK LERCZAK$344
68thKEVIN MURPHY$344
69thEDUARDO CHRIST$344
70thJAIME PENARANDA$344
71stPETER KLEIN$344
72ndNIZAR DAJANI$344

Over $66K Raised for Feeding South Florida in PokerStars Hurricane Irma Charity Event

2017 PokerStars Charity Event Benefiting Feeding South Florida
Hurricane Irma Relief
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
$300 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries: 124
Prize Pool: $10,500
October 3, 2017

PokerStars and the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida teamed up for a charity event benefiting Feeding South Florida’s Hurricane Irma relief efforts.

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Tournament Director Tony Burns (left) and Feeding South Florida CEO Paco Velez kick off the event

The event boasted a $300 buy-in and saw South Florida poker pros, amateurs and television and radio personalities compete for over $50,000 in prizes.

ESPN’s Israel Gutierrez
Recording artist FRAN¢ aka former Miami Dolphin A.J. Francis

After the first $10,500, 100 percent of tournament buy-ins went directly to charity. PokerStars matched the prize pool’s charitable contribution and that was paired with the money raised by silent auction items. In the end, over $66,000* was raised with Bryan Emory of Plantation, Florida. going down as the tournament’s champion.

Bryan Emory (right) poses with Seminole Hard Rock Tournament Director Tony Burns

“I put three [entries] into it,” Emory said of his charitable contribution. “I probably wouldn’t normally do that […] It’s a good cause.”

In addition to $3,000 in cash, Emory earned a PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Championship package.

“I took a break [from][poker] for the past few months and I’m ready to get to play and travel a little bit. I’m super excited,” Emory said of winning the package.

Bryan Emory

Final results:

1st: Bryan Emory – $3,000 + PCA Championship Package
2nd: Alberto Rodriguez – $2,000 + $10,000 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Entry
3rd: Paul Balzano – $1,400 + $5,250 SHRPO Championship Entry
4th: Natasha Mercier – $1,100 + $3,500 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Entry
5th: Scott Bailey – $800 + Hard Rock Punta Cana Three-Night Stay
6th: Mark Smith – $700 + Party Like a Rock Star Basket (Jason Taylor Guitar)
7th: Chris Van Vliet – $600 + Party Like a Rock Star Basket (Boston Guitar)
8th: Scott Bailey – $500 + Party Like a Rock Star Basket (Chris Rock Guitar)
9th: Gil Aboodi – $400 + Party Like a Rock Start Basket (Yes Guitar)

Preceding the tournament was an exclusive player party featuring passed hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

In addition to player entry fees and PokerStars match, money raised in the silent auction went toward Feeding South Florida

Hurricane Irma was one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic and caused catastrophic damage. Feeding South Florida is the leading domestic hunger relief organization in South Florida with 98 percent of all donations put directly back in to the community. The organization serves Broward, Miami-Dade,Palm Beach and Monroe Counties. According to the organization’s CEO, every dollar affords them up to six meals for a needy Floridian.

Thank you to all who participated in this charitable event!

*$66,000 figure includes tournament prize pool donations along with all silent auction items and independent donations.

PokerStars Charity Event: Down to the Final Nine and in the Money

PokerStars Hurricane Irma Relief Charity Poker Tournament
Level 13: 4,000/8,000 | Structure
Players Remaining: 9 of 124

The PokerStars Hurricane Irma Relief Charity Poker Tournament benefiting Feeding South Florida is down to the final nine. Here’s a look at who’s left:

Seat 1: John Bond
Seat 2: Natasha Mercier
Seat 3: Scott Bailey
Seat 4: Gil Aboodi
Seat 5: Chris Van Vliet
Seat 6: Bryan Emory
Seat 7: Paul Balzano
Seat 8: Alberto “Terminator” Rodriguez
Seat 9: “Scooter” Mark Smith

1st – $3,000 + PCA Championship Package
2nd – $2,000 + $10,000 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Entry
3rd – $1,400 + $5,250 SHRPO Championship Entry
4th – $1,100 + $3,500 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Entry
5th – $800 + Hard Rock Punta Cana Three-Night Stay
6th – $700 + Party Like a Rock Star Basket (Jason Taylor Guitar)
7th – $600 + Party Like a Rock Star Basket (Boston Guitar)
8th – $500 + Party Like a Rock Star Basket (Chris Rock Guitar)
9th – $400 + Party Like a Rock Start Basket (Yes Guitar)

PokerStars Charity Event: Natasha Gets the Best of Jason

PokerStars Hurricane Irma Relief Charity Poker Tournament
Level 12: 3,000/6,000 | Structure
Players Remaining: 18 of 124

Natasha (left) and Jason Mercier

Husband and wife duo Natasha and Jason Mercier found themselves seated next to eachother late in the PokerStars Hurricane Irma Relief Charity Tournament. Natasha outlasted Jason, as he’s one of the event’s most recent eliminations.

PokerStars Charity Event: Registration Closed

PokerStars Hurricane Irma Relief Charity Poker Tournament
Level 9: 800/1,600 | Structure
Players Remaining: 47 of 124

In addition to player entry fees and PokerStars match, money raised in the silent auction will go toward Feeding South Florida

Registration is closed in the PokerStars Hurricane Irma Relief Charity Poker Tournament benefiting Feeding South Florida. The field sits at 124 players and PokerStars is set to match their charitable contribution to the prize pool. We will provide the final tally at the end of the event.

PokerStars Charity Event: 100+ Entries

PokerStars Hurricane Irma Relief Charity Poker Tournament
Level 7: 500/1,000 | Structure
Entries: 115

Recording artist FRAN¢ aka former Miami Dolphin A.J. Francis

Level 7 is nearly over and the registration period is set to end in 15 minutes. As of now, the entry count sits at 115. Along with PokerStars match, that brings the total amount raised for charity to $48,000 in buy-ins alone.

Among those in the game at this point is recording artist FRAN¢ aka former NFL player A.J. Francis.

PokerStars Charity Event: Prize List

PokerStars Hurricane Irma Relief Charity Poker Tournament

1st – $3,000 + PCA Championship Package
2nd – $2,000 + $10,000 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Entry
3rd – $1,400 + $5,250 SHRPO Championship Entry
4th – $1,100 + $3,500 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Entry
5th – $800 + Hard Rock Punta Cana Three-Night Stay
6th – $700 + Party Like a Rock Star Basket (Jason Taylor Guitar)
7th – $600 + Party Like a Rock Star Basket (Boston Guitar)
8th – $500 + Party Like a Rock Star Basket (Chris Rock Guitar)
9th – $400 + Party Like a Rock Start Basket (Yes Guitar)

PokerStars Charity Event: Chris Van Vliet Putting Skills to the Test

PokerStars Hurricane Irma Relief Charity Poker Tournament
Level 5: 300/600 | Structure
Entries: 100

Chris Van Vliet of WSVN’s Deco Drive

Chris Van Vliet of WSVN’s Deco Drive stopped by the Seminole Hard Rock earlier in the week to get some poker tips from PokerStars Team Pro Jason Mercier. Van Vliet put those skills to the test tonight, but recently stood from his stack. He’s taking some time away from the felt to be in front of the camera interviewing event staff and tournament participants.

PokerStars Team Pro Jason Mercier (left) and Chris Van Vliet
Seminole Hard Rock Poker Tournament Director and Chris Van Vliet

PokerStars Charity Event: Local Personalities in the Game

PokerStars Hurricane Irma Relief Charity Poker Tournament
Level 3: 100/200 | Structure
Entries: 84

ESPN’s Israel Gutierrez

The charitable component of this event attracts some of the area’s most well known personalities. ESPN’s Israel Gutierrez, PokerStars Team Pro Jason Mercier and Andy Slater of WINZ are among those out in surpport of Hurricane Irma relief efforts.

PokerStars Team Pro Jason Mercier
Andy Slater of WINZ