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Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Upcoming Events

Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open
(November 20-December 4, 2019)

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Fun in the Sun Poker Open
(December 26-30, 2019)

Held in poker room

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Lucky Hearts Poker Open
(January 9-21, 2020)

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Escalator Series IV
(February 19-March 15, 2020)

Held in poker room

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Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
(April 15-May 5, 2020)

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May Deep Stack Series
(May 14-25, 2020)

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Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
(July 22-August 11, 2020)

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Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open
(November 18-December 2, 2020)

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Fun in the Sun Poker Open
(December 26-30, 2020)

Held in poker room

Big Stack Special: Daniel Hallowell Best in 10-Way Chop, Wins $18K

Big Stack Special
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
$130 Buy-In No Limit Hold’em
$100,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 1,924
Prize Pool: $192,400
July 10-14, 2019

July Big Stack Special champion, Daniel Hallowell
FINISHNAMEPRIZE
1DANIEL HALLOWELL$18,240
2DAMIEN SIMON$15,295
3CHERYL PARKER$15,110
4CRAIG KESSINGER$14,428
5ALFRED VARGAS$13,781
6RICHARD GANESH$11,815
7YAMAC AKGUN$11,205
8LAKISHIA JEFFERSON$10,410
9DEVOND MARSHALL$7,835
10MICHAEL SCHEINBERG$7,542
11ZOLTAN CZINKOTA$1,847
12ROLANDO RODRIGUEZ VAZQUEZ$1,847
13MERVICK NUNEZ MARINO$1,443
14JOSE RODRIGUEZ$1,443
15MICHAEL SHOEMAKER$1,443
16SEAN SIMPSON$1,212
17ROBERT PLOTKIN$1,212
18CARLOS BOLANOS$1,212
19MICHAEL TRATHEN$1,020
20HEIDI ERICKSON$1,020
21EPHRAIM UZAN$1,020
22GREG ROSEN$1,020
23JAMES HAMBURGER$1,020
24CARLO RODRIGUEZ$1,020
25BEN GUY$1,020
26CARLOS CRUZ$1,020
27GLENN MENNE$1,020
28MICHAEL VILLARES$866
29TREY BRAUCH$866
30MARCO RODRIGUEZ$866
31IGOR EVSEEV$866
32ERROL ROSEN$866
33ANTONIO COLON$866
34CODY MANNING$866
35WASHINGTON GAVILANES$866
36MARVIN YOUNG$866
37JAMES HENDERSON$731
38VITO VISCITO$731
39BRYAN NUNES ALENCAER$731
40LANDON SAUTER$731
41ROBERT RODRIGUEZ$731
42ALVARO VIVAS GRISALES$731
43ARIEL SOFFER$731
44GREGORIO CORREA$731
45GEORGE HORTELANO$731
46GIL NEHAMKIN$635
47PETER CHIN$635
48MIRCO SCHAREN$635
49MAX KASSIK$635
50HARJINDER CHAWLA$635
51BERNHARD SCHMIDT$635
52RAFI LANKRI$635
53JASON SIMS$635
54HENRY BILLETE$635
55PHILIP NOVICK$558
56ANDREW DAIRE$558
57STEVEN FLACCO$558
58JEFF LEVINE$558
59RONEL JUAN$558
60JASON BARTHOLOMEW$558
61ANDRE BRYAN$558
62BRETT FELDMAN$558
63JOSEPH BLOCK$558
64KEITH CLOUGHERTY$500
65JACINTO ALLEGUE$500
66MICHAEL TAIT$500
67MICHAEL GRAFFEO$500
68PAUL KAPELA$500
69VERNON DEAS$500
70DARVIN JACKSON$500
71VITALY CHAIKA$500
72JOHN VALEVICH$500
73KEITH SAUNDERS$443
74JOSE NAVARRETE$443
75CESAR FUENTES$443
76SERBAN TOMUTA$443
77JOSE SANTOYO$443
78MICHAEL MONACO$443
79KYLE LONG$443
80KYLE SOREL$443
81ANTHONY DE LA REGATA$443
82AFTAB SHAKOOR$404
83RENE NORIEGA$404
84ROBERT TANNENBAUM$404
85RANDY MATIENZO$404
86CARLOS CASTRO$404
87SAGI ZOMMER$404
88JILL FIORENTINO$404
89COREY GOLDSMITH$404
90MARC ENGELMAN$404
91PAVLOS KASSELOURIS$366
92JORDAN THOMPSON$366
93MELANIE HOCHMAN$366
94TIM SHANE$366
95ANTHONY SEMENTELLI$366
96PHILIP STUTTMAN$366
97ERIC PIDERIT$366
98CARLOS TORRES VAZQUEZ$366
99EFTHIMIOS PIPERAKIS$366
100EMMANUEL TINEBRA$308
101RICHARD DE ALMEIDA NETTO$308
102STUART GREENBAUM$308
103ORLANDO MALDONADO$308
104JAMAR BROWN$308
105GABRIEL TORRES$308
106UDI ABUTBUL$308
107LORELL PASCUAL$308
108STEPHEN SMITH$308
109JOEL BORDEN$289
110JORDAN KASIMOW$289
111JULIO FERNANDEZ$289
112JORGE CHAVEZ$289
113LEROY JONES$289
114RAOUL CHEONG$289
115KEVIN MURPHY$289
116JUAN PABLO BARBOSA$289
117DONALD `WILLIAMS$289

Seminole Turnpike Series: Robert Pollmeier Scores $25K in Nine-Way Chop

Seminole Turnpike Series
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
Hollywood/Coconut Creek, Florida
$250 Buy-In No Limit Hold’em
$250,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 1,605
Prize Pool: $337,050
June 19-23, 2019

2019 June Seminole Turnpike Series champion, Robert Pollmeier
FINISHFIRST NAMELAST NAMEPRIZE
1ROBERTPOLLMEIER$25,000
2HECTORPACHECO$20,505
3ROBERTWILLIAMSON$20,505
4LAWRENCEKLUR$20,505
5SAGIZOMMER$20,505
6HOWARDMASH$20,505
7ROBERTCAPOTE$20,505
8DAVIDRING$20,505
9PASQUALECAIAZZA$20,505
10SCOTTHARWOOD$4,270
11SCOTTHECKER$4,270
12KEVINPAUSTENBACH$4,270
13PIERROTMASSENAT$3,317
14RAULHERNANDEZ$3,317
15LISATEEBAGY$3,317
16JAMESHAMBURGER$2,666
17ZACHARYHAMMONS$2,666
18MERVICKNUNEZ MARINO$2,666
19WILLIAMBEASLEY$2,157
20KEVINKAMMINGA$2,157
21DONFLYNN$2,157
22ANTONIOREYES$1,807
23EVANTEITELBAUM$1,807
24YUEWANG$1,807
25HARJINDERCHAWLA$1,534
26ANTHONYBENNETT$1,534
27JOROANTHOMPSON$1,534
28JONATHANGORDON$1,321
29THOMASCUCE$1,321
30MARKMILLER$1,321
31RAMINDERSINGH$1,321
32DAVIDFEIGENBAUM$1,321
33MARCINPLEWINSKI$1,321
34PAVELIVAN$1,321
35WILLIAMRINCON$1,321
36AFTABSHAKOOR$1,321
37ADELAQRA$1,119
38GEORGEHORTELANO$1,119
39GERARDOGONZALEZ$1,119
40ERICGUTH$1,119
41JAMESHAYES$1,119
42ROBERTSEATON$1,119
43PHILIPMARTIN$1,119
44STEWARTYANCIK$1,119
45DOMENICPIZZIFERRI$1,119
46CHARLESODENZ$984
47ERROLROSEN$984
48GINOLDRENDEL$984
49DENNISRODRIGUEZ$984
50ONIELMCCALLA$984
51CHRISTOPHERYOUNG$984
52JASONPREST$984
53JONATHANDOBSON$984
54JASONMARSHMAN$984
55NISSIMGOZLAN$883
56YURIYK0ZINSKIY$883
57KYLETADDEI$883
58JONATHANSANCHEZ$883
59ELLIOTTZAYDMAN$883
60ALEXANDERPEREZ$883
61SHANNONMCCLOUD$883
62ANTONIOALVAREZ GARCIA MO$883
63SHRAVANKULSHRESTHA$883
64ADAMSCHWARTZ$809
65JOSEPHMANCUSO$809
66RODRIGOGARCIA LUSSARDI$809
67RYANANDERKIN$809
68IFTIKHARMEMON$809
69VIKTORNASTESKI$809
70CHRISTOPHERBOYLE$809
71ROBERTLEFF$809
72CHARLESKURLAND$809
73CHARLESFLEURY$752
74THOMASGARI$752
75GIUSEPPELUNETTO$752
76JORGEGOMEZ$752
77SHAWNVRENNA$752
78GEORGEDUFFIELD$752
79CURTISDAYE$752
80NIZARDAJANI$752
81BENJAMINROBINSON$752
82PIOTRKORDOS$715
83DAVIDNATHANIEL$715
84JUSTINMOLIS$715
85WILLIAMSWICICKA$715
86ARMANDDAYAN$715
87NEALCORCORAN$715
88AMIRBARON$715
89ROBERTGIANQUITTI$715
90DANYBLACKBURN$715
91JAMESBOMAR$677
92TOMISLAVKRIZANIC$677
93CHRISTOPHERBUGGS$677
94CHRISTOPHERDRAWS$677
95DEBORAHMUHA$677
96DAVIDOSHRY$677
97TOMERAKERMAN$677
98HARMEETCHAWLA$677
99MICHAELDREZNICK$677
100THAOLE$640
101ARMANDODEL POZO$640
102JASONCASTEN$640
103JOHNTHANH NGUYEN$640
104ARIELSOFFER$640
105NIEKOKNOWLES$640
106EPHRAIMUZAN$640
107ZIADMATTA$640
108ALLANBIELER$640
109MATTHEWLAWRENCE$603
110JEANDEROMEDI$603
111ERICSAMRA$603
112STEVEOLIVIER$603
113JOSEPHBLOCK$603
114ARIELROSELLO QUINTANA$603
115EVGENIYCATANE$603
116DANIELWAYSON$603
117RICARDOVELASCO$603
118MARYPLANT$566
119JOSEREYES$566
120JASONBARTHOLOMEW$566
121DANIELCOUZENS$566
122ALAINCANDALES FALCON$566
123RONELJUAN$566
124JESSEDELBENE$566
125JOHNDRIKAKIS$566
126TIMOTHYMARCUS$566
127PETERSHONK$529
128BERNARDCOHEN$529
129DANAKORTH$529
130JORGELEIDI$529
131JONATHANBLANCO$529
132REYNALDOVAZQUEZ$529
133WILLIEWIGGINS$529
134FERNANDOGIMENO$529
135ROBERTSCHMAL$529
136ANTHONYSEMENTELLI$492
137FABIOBADUY$492
138OSMANYSALDANAS$492
139LIRANHASSIN$492
140DANIELLEBASTARACHE$492
141DUSTINTIGER$492
142JONATHANMARCU$492
143THOMASCURTIS$492
144JOWNAYCOCK$492
145JOSEGALLEGOS$455
146DAVIDKATZ$455
147SCOTTHARTMAN$455
148MARKKOTTLER$455
149GAVINGOWIE$455
150DENYSBAZELIUK$455
151RAPHAELBLOOM$455
152MATTHEWDROZDOWSKI$455
153GUILLEMOREYES CARDOSO$455
154MICHAELHARLEY$418
155KONSTANTINOSATTONIS$418
156DANIELMATTAR$418
157CARLOSMEDINA CHINTAN$418
158JOSEPHLEVITT$418
159PETERYOUNG$418
160SCOTTCOWAN$418
161STEVENCOSSTA$418
162SEBASTIANKOS$418
163JAMESGIORDANO$418
164MICHAELJONES$418
165WILLIAMMCINTYRE$418
166STEWARTNEWMAN$418
167ADAMWEINBERG$418

Big Stack Special: Engjell Rroshi Outlasts 1,360, Victorious to the Tune of $15K Payout

Big Stack Special
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
$130 Buy-In No Limit Hold’em
$100,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 1,360
Prize Pool: $136,000
June 5-9, 2019

June 2019 Big Stack Special champion, Engjell Rroshi

June 2019 Big Stack Special final results:

FINISHNAMEPRIZE
1ENGJELL RROSHI$15,768
2DANIEL RESTREPO$15,122
3TAMARA GOLDSHTEYN$11,696
4DEVIN WEINBERG$11,428
5STEPHEN IBRAHIM$11,360
6MANUEL JO$10,516
7CLIFFORD CONNERS$9,056
8DOUGLAS LOVELACE$7,126
9GLEN CANELSTEIN$1,850
10EGILS UPITIS$1,333
11MATTHEW GALLEN$1,333
12ARTHUR EUAS$1,333
13ERIK GUZMAN$1,061
14JOSEPH KEARNS$1,061
15JUAN FERRER$1,061
16MICHAEL SILVAS$898
17RAFAEL GARAVITO$898
18JAY KLITZNER$898
19JAKE EMBRES$762
20FABIO BADUY$762
21JOSEPH PETROLINO$762
22BENJAMIN SRIQUI$762
23ELIEZER GONZALEZ$762
24OTIS JAMES$762
25SEBASTIAN MARTINEZ$762
26PHILIP CONSOLO$762
27SCOTT SOMMER$762
28ERIC BELLER$653
29ROBERT HUGHSON$653
30IRWIN BLOCK$653
31RICHARD VELASCO$653
32ALEXANDER MORALES$653
33ELMER DORMIDO$653
34JULIEN DURITY$653
35SCOTT HOLLAND$653
36DON FLYNN$653
37NICOLAS GAGNE$544
38RICHARD FREEDMAN$544
39ANGELO CASTALDI$544
40MICHEAL GARCELL$544
41PHILIPPE BRUNEAU$544
42BENJAMIN GELLER$544
43MICHEAL INGBER$544
44YURIY KOZINSKIY$544
45ELEAZAR CUKIERMAN$544
46PATRICK CAPOZZIELLO$476
47BRUCE SNELL$476
48CARLOS CRUZ$476
49STEPHEN HARRIS$476
50HENRY BILLETE$476
51LEROY JONES JR$476
52KEVIN PAUSTENBACH$476
53MARIE FISHER$476
54DONALD WILLIAMS$476
55RICHARD WHITEBROOK$422
56PASQUALE CAIAZZA$422
57VITAS DIKTANAS$422
58JESSE HATFIELD$422
59FRANK DIMEGLIO$422
60GEORGE HORTELANO$422
61CAMERON COLLINS$422
62MARJAN MITREVSKI$422
63NIR PELEG$422
64SEBASTIAN GALLEGO$381
65ERNESTO AMENGUAL$381
66MICHEAL MENDEZ$381
67RAYMOND NALBANDIAN$381
68DAVID MICHELSON$381
69JERROLD SOLOV$381
70RENATO LABADAN$381
71DAN AVITSUR$381
72BARRY CHAZEN$381
73ANGELO MIELE$340
74RUBEN LEYVA VICENTE$340
75STEVEN CARSWELL$340
76ALVARO VIVAS GRISALES$340
77VIGORN DANCHAARNJITT$340
78NICOLAS KURBAN$340
79TROY TORCHIA$340
80GIOVANNI SPATARO$340
81NIGEL MURRAY$340

Big Stack Special: Richard Whitebrook Earns Top Spot, $19K in Seven-Way Chop

May Big Stack Special
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
$130 Buy-In No Limit Hold’em
$100,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 1,422
Prize Pool: $142,200
May 8-11, 2019

2019 May Big Stack Special champion, Richard Whitebrook
FINISHNAMEPRIZE
1RICHARD WHITEBROOK$19,000
2LEONARDO CLAVEL$18,636
3PHILLIP STUTTMAN$14,081
4HENRY BILLETE$12,269
5DEVOND MARSHALL$11,900
6TAYFUN AKBASLI$9,300
7ERIK GUZMAN$8,312
8HAIM OR KRIEF$2,773
9CARLOS MEDINA CHINTAN$1,934
10DAVID WARD$1,394
11JORGE RAMIREZ$1,394
12DAVID POCES$1,394
13MICHAEL TUFARO$1,109
14DOLLINE VANCE$1,109
15ERROL ROSEN$1,109
16SCOTT ZAKHEIM$939
17FREDERICO DABUS$939
18CHRISTIAN RODRIGUEZ$939
19HAIM TOORGEMAN$796
20KIMANI MCKOY$796
21SYED SHAH$796
22MATTHEW JONES$796
23ALFREDO VEGA$796
24JACOBO FERNANDEZ-HERNANDEZ$796
25ANDRE RAKUSA$796
26PETER FELLOWS$796
27JOULE KADADU$796
28ADRIAN COSTEA$683
29ANDREW KAPLAN$683
30HENDER GONZALEZ$683
31JORGE RODRIGUEZ-ARZOLA$683
32RADHI ELBUSAFI$683
33ROSTANT RAMLAL$683
34JUAN SUAREZ$683
35ANDREW WILLIS$683
36RAUL JIMENEZ$683
37ERIC GUTH$569
38HARVEY AYERS$569
39JULIAN CONDE$569
40ERIC PENNER$569
41ION GODOROJA$569
42PERRY SHIAO$569
43JOHN IGLESIAS$569
44GERALD CAVICCHI$569
45ERIC KOLODNY$569
46ZACHARY HAMMONS$498
47ANDREW GORDON$498
48IGOR EVSEEV$498
49MAURICE LIGHTNER$498
50RONNIE BENSIMON$498
51TUAN PHAN$498
52GUILLERMO REYES CARDOSO$498
53PAUL GOLD$498
54STEVE MORENO$498
55JORGE CONFESOR$441
56RICHARD VARGAS$441
57WADE WALKER$441
58TIM SHANE$441
59IRWIN BLOCK$441
60CARLOS CASTRO$441
61KENNY DESPUZEAU$441
62DOUGLAS LOVELACE$441
63JASON DOLLINGER$441
64NEAL CORCORAN$398
65NIGEL MURRAY$398
66EVAN BEARD$398
67DAVID ALBERTSON$398
68MICHAEL HARLEY$398
69ROBERT DILLON$398
70ORY HEN$398
71DAFNEY ADDISON$398
72RAMEZ DAKDOUK$398
73BRIAN TULLY$356
74ERNESTO GOMEZ GALVEZ$356
75MATTHEW ZARCADOOLAS$356
76RENA VARGHESE$356
77EDINA PANTINCHIN$356
78SIDDHEE KUDTARKAR$356
79STEPHEN IBRAHIM$356
80WILLIAM HICKS$356
81JOSE PARRA$356

Michael Newman Wins April Big Stack Special

April Big Stack Special
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
$130 Buy-In No Limit Hold’em
$100,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 1,652
Prize Pool: $165,200
April 24-28, 2019

April Big Stack Special champion, Michael Newman
FINISHNAMEPRIZE
1MICHAEL NEWMAN$18,978
2PETER FELLOWS$18,248
3ROGER BARTLETT$17,964
4JOHN IGLESIAS$17,230
5CHAD GRABER$16,668
6PAULA ALIBRANDI$12,320
7ANDRES VERONA$4,213
8YIGAL HEN$3,089
9ATEF NASSALL$2,214
10JESICA LEAL GONZALEZ$1,586
11ALAN LEON$1,586
12DEBORAH MUHA$1,586
13ELIAS NASSIF$1,239
14TRAVIS DOAN$1,239
15JAVIER SARACHE$1,239
16JON ALDALUR$1,041
17ROBERT LEFF$1,041
18PHIL LIFSCHITZ$1,041
19FABIO BADUY$876
20ROBERT TRANSUE$876
21PIERRE BALAN$876
22ION GODOROJA$876
23PETER CHIN$876
24NIOVEL CHIRINO ALVAREZ$876
25JOHN DERMODY$876
26ALEXANDER MACHADO$876
27CLAYTON JOHNSON$876
28ROBERT ALBERRO$743
29BO UMPHREY$743
30STEVEN COHEN$743
31GARY BLAIS$743
32SCOTT ZAKHEIM$743
33ELLEN LAMBETH$743
34TAYFUN AKBASLI$743
35WILLIAM EDWARD STANTON$743
36NIGEL MURRAY$743
37BERNAHARD SCHMIDT$628
38LEBERT GRINAN$628
39CHRISTOPHER ELENBAAS$628
40ANTONIO COLON$628
41JOSEPH DIAZ$628
42ANDRES MORALES$628
43LUIS BASTIDAS$628
44RASHID MIDDDLETON$628
45ROGELIO PADILLA$628
46DEVOND MARSHALL$545
47JOSHUA DAFF$545
48WILLIAM FARNAN$545
49HOLLANDER PREAP$545
50VINCENT GUERRA$545
51JOSUE GARCIA$545
52MARC COHEN$545
53PATRICIA MOORE$545
54MAURICE LIGHTNER$545
55GERALD CAVICCHI$479
56BENJAMIN THOMAS$479
57MATHIEU KERRY$479
58GARY HAIMON$479
59IRWIN BLOCK$479
60JULIEN DURITY$479
61JULIO LOPEZ$479
62PAUL PRAGER$479
63NEHME GADAOUN$479
64VIGORN DANCHARNJITT$430
65CAMERON COLLINS$430
66MATTHEW BUKOBZA$430
67MICHAEL BONNETT$430
68GERARDO GONZALEZ$430
69LORELL PASCUAL$430
70ALEKSANDR TISHCHENKO$430
71KEITH SHULMAN$430
72GIUSEPPE LUNETTO$430
73ROBERT PICKERING$380
74RUSSELL WILLIAMS$380
75HARVEY AYERS$380
76MIKAIL PROKOPCHUK$380
77DANIEL AGUIRRE$380
78DANIEL PEARLMAN$380
79NOEL HERNANDEZ$380
80JACK BATTAGLLA$380
81CAREY PICKUS$380
82DAVID SHMUEL$347
83KEVIN CHAN$347
84JOSE PARRA$347
85ALEX DOOHEN$347
86MIGUEL MUNOZ$347
87MICHAEL FANE$347
88ALDRING GOMEZ TORRES$347
89MICHAEL GRAFFEO$347
90WILLIAM RINCON$347
91JONATHAN DOBSON$314
92MICHAEL GARAVUSO$314
93ZAKI LICHAA$314
94BERNARD COHEN$314
95RUSSELL BEYER$314
96JONATHAN SHAPIRO$314
97GUILLERMO HAMILTON$314
98CHARLES TOWNSEND$314
99SHACHAR GINZBURG$314

 

Esteban Garcia Represents Seminole Hard Rock with $35K Score in PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship

Esteban Garcia on Day 3 of the $25,000 PSPC

The Seminole Hard Rock and PokerStars teamed up to award five South Florida poker players a $30,000 Platinum Pass and send them to the Bahamas to compete in this week’s $25,000 buy-in PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC). The passes were distributed during a summer freeroll, the August Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, November’s Moneymaker Tour event and Feeding South Florida Charity event as well as during the Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open. In all, it was $150,000 in added value to the South Florida poker community. They were won by:

Vasile-Ionut Merisescu (summer freeroll)
Carlo Rodriguez (SHRPO Play to Win)
Andres Risquez (Moneymaker Tour)
Esteban Garcia (Feeding South Florida Charity)
Jorge Aristizabal (RRPO Play to Win)

The PSPC began Sunday with a strong field of 1,039 entries. The total prize pool surpassed $26,000,000 with a first prize worth more than $5,000,000 and it was Esteban Garcia that shone brightest of the five Seminole Hard Rock Platinum Pass winners.

Esteban won his pass after finishing runner-up to Chris Moneymaker in the $300 Feeding South Florida Charity event. Moneymaker was ineligible to win the pass, so it was presented to Esteban. Esteban went on to parlay that package into a 146th-place finish and a $35,000 score.

Of the other pass winners, Carlo was eliminated late on Day 1 while Vasile, Andre and Jorge were all eliminated on Day 2.

We caught up with Esteban for an interview following his cash on Day 3:

Seminole Staff: Let’s go back to November and the Feeding South Florida Charity Event. Talk to us about playing heads-up against Chris Moneymaker and the moment you won the Platinum Pass.

Esteban: The truth is, I went to the Seminole Hard Rock not knowing what I was going to play. It was a regular day for me. I got out of work, I was thinking, “I’m just going to go play.” When I got there, it was a charity event, $300 … I didn’t really know the first place prize, but once we got to about 15 players, [Tournament][Director][Tony][Burns] was talking about the [Platinum][Pass] and I was like, “Hmm. Sounds good.” There were no high hopes or anything. Once we got to about five players I was like, “Ok. We have a chance at this.”

Esteban Garcia

Heads-up with Moneymaker wasn’t a big deal, because once it was down to just him and I, I didn’t really care about making that extra $1,000. I was so happy to be able to get this [Platinum][Pass] package. I put it in on the next hand and he just happened to have a better hand. I was just like, “Wow. This is crazy. I never thought I would play in a $25,000 buy-in.” I would never spend that money out of my pocket to do that. That was really, really good. I woke [my][wife] up when I got home — “You won’t believe this! We’re going to the Bahamas! We have a ticket. We have everything paid for.” She was like, “Whatever.” The next day in sunk in a little bit more. It was good.

SS: Talk about the last two months leading up to this and your time working with PokerStars to get to the Bahamas.

E: They communicated so well. They reached out to me multiple times to see if I needed anything. Garry [Gates] was incredible and PokerStars was unbelievable. They have an A+ thing going on. Everything they do is first class.

SS: Talk about your experience in the Bahamas and playing the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship.

E: We love everything about the accommodations. The game; I’m not going to say I was intimidated, but I didn’t feel like I could play with these [$25,000][buy-in][players] at first. Once I won a couple hands I felt a lot better. I studied a lot of the stuff they were doing and tried to make adjustments. The game here and the [small][buy-ins] back home are totally different. This was great. It was a great experience for me. I think I’ll be able to play the higher buy-in tournaments a lot better now that I was able to experience this. It’s a big learning experience. I feel proud to have made the money and advanced and make it to where a lot of these [$25,000][buy-in][players] didn’t make it.

SS: 10 years from now what do you think you’ll remember most about the last three days in the Bahamas?

E: I came here with $1,000 and I’m going home with $36,000. I’ll remember that! For sure. I spent some time with the wife. She kind of played solo tourist a little bit, but at the same time, we needed this. It was good. The first couple of days I left the tournament floor with a headache — sitting down for eight hours concentrating. I was a little worn out. [Me][and][my][wife] have been going around eating. Tomorrow, since we have the day off, we’re probably going to go downtown and spend some time there all day. Go to the beach. Spend the extra day one-on-one. She had a job to do every day. She was figuring out where we were going to have breakfast the next day and where we were going to have dinner. She had to go scout. That was her job during the day while I was playing. That was a good thing.

Esteban Garcia

SS: Talk about what you normally play at the Seminole Hard Rock and what you thinking playing your normal daily tournaments might be like now that you have $25,000 buy-in experience.

E: I’m not going back to those little tournaments! I’m just kidding. I usually go play Mondays and Tuesdays which is low buy-in tournament — $150. The style is so different. I feel like this high buy-in play is a low risk game. It’s just different. At the small buy-ins, there’s a lot of all-ins all the time. I think I just became so much better just because of these last three days. I’m still going to play my games and I’m going to try a lot more to try to get those satellites for the bigger buy-ins. I feel confident that I can compete in those tournaments a lot more now that I did this.

SS: Talk to us about your life away from the felt and what you do for a living.

E: I work for Florida Power & Light Company. My title is Line Specialist. I work on the power lines — high voltage — making sure that your switch can be turned on and the power is on. Maintenance and construction, that’s basically my job. During storms, restoration, making sure we get everything back on. I’ve been doing it for 22 years now.

SS: So poker is just Monday and Tuesday or do you get to play more than that?

E: Usually Monday and Tuesday are my main days. Saturday I stay home. Monday and Tuesday you will definitely find me at the Seminole Hard Rock. Any other day it has to be a good buy-in and I have to have the time off.

SS: You’re a working man and you just won $35,000 off a free entry you earned at the Seminole Hard Rock. Talk about what that means.

E: It’s beautiful, man. Shoot! We have some plans for this year. We have some traveling we’re planning to do. One of our kids is in Japan, he’s in the military. We’ll pay for the next couple of trips. We’re empty-nesters.

SS: What are your plans for the Lucky Hearts Poker Open this week?

E: I don’t know yet. I will figure it out when I get back, but I will definitely play some.

SS: Anything else you would like to add?

E: I just want to say thanks to the Seminole Hard Rock and PokerStars. The truth is, they made it happen. They did a great, great job. I’m looking forward to the next Platinum Pass and where it’s going to be because I’m going to be chasing that Pass again!

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Thank you to everyone who played our Platinum Pass events and huge congratulations to all five of the pass winners! It was a pleasure following along with your play and having you represent the Seminole Hard Rock in the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship.

Next up is the Lucky Hearts Poker Open back in South Florida January 10-22.

Feeding SFL: Chris Moneymaker Wins Seminole Hard Rock Charity Event, Runner-Up Esteban Garcia Earns $30K Platinum Pass

Feeding South Florida Charity Event
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida

$300 Buy-In No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000+ in Cash and Prizes
Entries: 89
November 13, 2018

Chris Moneymaker (right) and Esteban Garcia

The Feeding South Florida Charity Event ended late Tuesday night with 2003 WSOP Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker taking the top spot. The event generated charitable donations of more than $14,000 and Moneymaker earned $3,000 along with a prize package for the win.

Chris Moneymaker and Esteban Garcia

As a PokerStars ambassador, Moneymaker was not eligible to win the $30,000 PokerStars Platinum Pass that was added to first place. That huge prize went to runner-up Esteban Garcia. With that, Garcia punched his ticket to the $25,000 buy-in PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship slated to run this January in the Bahamas.

Jorge Aristizabal (Seat 1) busts third officially earning Esteban Garcia a Platinum Pass
Platinum Pass winner Estaban Garcia

Final results:

1st: Chris Moneymaker – $3,000 + $5,250 SHRPO entry, 4-night stay, dinner for 2
2nd: Estaban Garcia – $2,000 + $30,000 Platinum Pass
3rd: Jorge Aristizabal – $1,400 + $3,500 entry, dinner for 2
4th: Harold O’Brien – $1,100 + Hard Rock AC 4-night stay
5th: Nagui Yass – $800 + Ferragamo wallet, $200 gift card
6th: Jack Sumner – $700 + Ferragamo wallet, $200 gift card
7th: Antonio Arencibia – $600 + Michael Kors wallet, $200 gift card
8th: Rick Levy – $500
9th: Kimberley Kusser – $400
10th: Aaron Allen – $300

That wraps the Feeding South Florida charity event. Next up is the Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open kicking off tomorrow at 11am with the opening flight in the $360 buy-in, $1,000,000 guarantee!

Feeding SFL: Chris Moneymaker Leads Final 10

Feeding South Florida Charity Event
Over $50,000 in Cash and Prizes
Level 15: 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 89

Chris Moneymaker

For the second time in his short stay at the Seminole Hard Rock, Chris Moneymaker leads the final 10 in a PokerStars Platinum Pass event. Over the weekend, he finished runner-up in his namesake Moneymaker Tour event making his way through an impressive 957 entries.

Now, just two days later, he’s maneuvered through 89 entries in the Feeding South Florida Charity Event and finds himself in the money and leading the final table.

Seat 1: Jorge Aristizabal – 129,000
Seat 2: Aaron Allen – 41,000
Seat 3: Kim Kusser – 65,000
Seat 4: Chris Moneymaker – 220,000
Seat 5: Rick Levy – 2,500
Seat 6: Esteban Garcia – 56,000
Seat 7: Jack Sumner – 70,000
Seat 8: Antonio Arencibia – 16,000
Seat 9: Harold O’Brien – 153,000
Seat 10: Nagui Yassa – 130,500

As a PokerStars representative, Moneymake is not eligible to earn the $30,000 Platinum Pass that’s added to first. In the event were he to win, it would go to second place.

Stay tuned!

Feeding SFL: Quick Road to Two Tables

Feeding South Florida Charity Event
Over $50,000 in Cash and Prizes
Level 12: 2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 18 of 89

Table 1, including Chris Moneymaker

Barely three hours since kickoff, the Feeding South Florida Charity Event is down to 18 players and consolidated to the final two tables. Chris Moneymaker is in the midst of yet another deep run already having finished runner-up in his namesake Moneymaker Tour event on Sunday (from 957 starting entries) and again finishing second in a small media invite sit n go earlier today.

In addition to Moneymaker, others still in include PokerStars’ Garry Gates, Steven Bennett, Matt Yorra and Nagui Yassa.