$20 Million Awarded Across 50 Events at WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

$20 Million Awarded Across 50 Events at WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown


Three weeks of non-stop tournament poker action at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in Hollywood, Florida finally came to an end this past week in a series defined by huge turnouts and massive prize pools.

The historic series, which kicked off on March 24 and wrapped up on Wednesday, generated $20.8 million in prize money across 50 events — ranging from 5-Card Pot-Limit Omaha to H.O.R.S.E. to Omaha 8 or Better — and attracted a total of 20,359 entries.

The series culminated with the $3,500 buy-in World Poker Tour (WPT) Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event, which ended up being the second-largest WPT Main Event in history with 2,010 entrants, second only to last year’s Main Event at the same venue that had 2,482 entries.

Four-time WPT champion Darren Elias leads the six remaining players in the event, who will finish out the final table on May 25 at Esports Arena Las Vegas at the Luxor.

PokerNews has already covered several highlights at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, which include Yuval Bronshtein winning two events to give himself seven SHRP titles, Andrew Lichtenberger defeating Alex Foxen heads-up in the $50,000 buy-in Super High Roller and WPT history being made when two female players, Valerie Novak and Jennifer Aguilar, took down events on the same day.

Here are a few more highlights from the three weeks of tournament poker action in South Florida.

Singh Wins Record-Setting Eighth Seminole Hard Rock Title

Delray Beach resident Raminder Singh won a record-setting eighth SHRP series trophy late in the series when he took down Event #35: $150 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stack after a four-handed deal that earned him $5,008.

Singh, who was born in India and has $1.7 million in tournament earnings, according to the Hendon Mob, had his first SHRP score at the 2015 Poker Open, where he took down $250 No-Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Turbo to win $6,716. His biggest score came a few years later at the 2019 Poker Open, where a victory in $600 No-Limit Hold’em Deep Stack earned him $200,000.

Raminder SinghRaminder Singh

“It feels great,” Singh told SHRP after his latest victory. “For my children, it motivates them. When I win in poker, they do exceedingly well in their respective sports. My daughter is into ice skating, and my son is into swimming. So they win their trophies, and that’s the motivational factor for them. It feels great from that angle as well.”

The other players who got in on the chop were Karen Duffy ($4,158), Tomislav Krizanic ($3,116) and Dan Kashvin ($2,468).

Event #35: $150 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stack Final Results

 PLACEPLAYERPRIZE (IN USD)  1Raminder Singh$5,008*  2Karen Duffy$4,158*  3Tomislav Krizanic$3,116*  4Dan Kashvin$2,468*  5Attila Kocsis$1,245  6Mihaly Lukacs$1,025  7Gary Hays$875  8Kareem Bernardo$750  9Youcef Zalagh$630

*Denotes final table deal
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Altman Chops High Roller

Another big highlight to close out the series was Event #44: $25,500 No Limit Hold’em – High Roller, which attracted the likes of Mike McDonald, Jason Mercier, Joe McKeehen, Erik Seidel, Jeremy Ausmus, Brock Wilson and many of the other best players in the game.

In the end, it was 2019 WPT Player of the Year Brian Altman who won the event for $692,661 and his seventh SHRP trophy after a three-way ICM deal with fellow crushers Jerry Wong and Chance Kornuth, who respectively pocketed $570,283 and $522,283.

Brian AltmanBrian Altman

While the three-time World Poker Tour champion with $6.5 million in live earnings is no stranger to tournament success, the victory marks the Massachusetts pro’s first-ever cash in a buy-in over $15,000.

“It feels great,” Altman told SHRP after the win. “This is my first cash at this price point, so it’s nice to finally have success on the high roller level.”

Event #44: $25,500 No Limit Hold’em – High Roller Final Results

 PLACEPLAYERPRIZE (IN USD)  1Brian Altman$692,661  2Jerry Wong$570,283  3Chance Kornuth$522,571  4Jorge Gomez$203,875  5Joe McKeehen$158,130  6Stephen Song$130,600  7Kevin Rabichow$115,115  8Barry Hutter$101,900  9Brock Wilson$90,020

Rigby Brings Dirty Diaper to South Florida

Many poker players and commentators were baffled when a Pittsburgh native named Nicholas Rigby made it deep in the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event while managing to play three-deuce at every given opportunity.

Rigby made a name for himself with his aggressive play with the raggedy hand, which is known as “The Diaper” in his hometown, or “The Dirty Diaper” if it’s unsuited.

While his style is no doubt unorthodox, the Pennsylvanian player proved he can play by winning Event #46: $1,100 No Limit Hold’em – Showdown Turbo Championship to take home the trophy and $44,355.

The score gives Rigby his second-largest tournament cash on Hendon Mob, roughly a third of the $136,100 he won with his 52nd-place finish in the WSOP Main Event.

Nicholas RigbyNicholas Rigby

Rigby’s winner’s photo shows him graciously smiling behind an unsuited three-deuce, though SHRP’s live reporting updates show that the actual winning hand was {k-Spades}{5-Spades}.

Event #46: $1,100 No Limit Hold’em – Showdown Turbo Championship Final Results

 PLACEPLAYERPRIZE (IN USD)  1Nicholas Rigby$44,355  2Rob Brown$28,595  3Jason Hickey$17,400  4Roland Israelashvili$10,600  5Veerab Zakarian$8,190  6Larry Hirschfield$6,785  7Dapo Ajayi$5,865  8Shankar Pillai$5,135  9Brent Hart$4,470

Other highlights from the series include Michael Nye getting through a massive field of 4,259 players in Event #15: $600 No Limit Hold’em – Deep Stack to win $328,683 and Eugene Kotlyarevskiy taking down Event #40: $1,700 No Limit Hold’em – Deep Stack to win $54,155.

A full list of winners at the 2022 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown is available in the table below.

Winners at WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

 TOURNAMENTENTRIESPRIZE POOLWINNERPRIZE (IN USD)  Event #1: $400 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em3,6871,216,710James Collins$130,682  Event #2: $400 Limit Omaha 811638,860Michael Bozeman$11,330  Event #3: $400 H.O.R.S.E.7424,790John Simcox$6,543  Event #4: $400 Pot Limit Omaha10836,180John Binns$10,720  Event #5: $400 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em320107,200Zoltan Czinkota$12,255  Event #6: $1,100 Deep Stack NLH160155,200Nick Palma$41,050  Event #7: $200 Big Stack No-Limit Hold’em1,462233,920Vendel Johnson$26,497  Event #8: $400 Black Chip Bounty No-Limit Hold’em19445,950Maurice Hawkins$7,895  Event #9: $400 Big O10936,515Anatoli Zyrin$10,950  Event #10: $400 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em15150,585Nohad “Nu” Teliani$9,986  Event #11: $400 Omaha 8/Stud 88127,135Gary Kosakowski$8,645  Event #12: $400 Eight-Handed No-Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)16555,275Enreko Fracassi$14,490  Event #13: $400 Six-Max Pot Limit Omaha16153,935Nancy Birnbaum$11,830  Event #14: $200 Quad Stack Double Green Chip Bounty47841,580Richard Coppola$5,943  Event #15: $600 No Limit Hold’em – Deep Stack4,2592,214,680Michael Nye$328,683  Event #16: $600 Omaha 8 or Better8745,675John Binns$14,540  Event #17: $600 HORSE8444,100David Shmuel$13,890  Event #18: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better10354,075Jeff Madsen$16,335  Event #19: $400 No Limit Hold’em362131,270Aaron Ang$14,686  Event #20: $1,100 Purple Chip Bounty No Limit Hold’em229107,630Matthew Lambrecht$24,065  Event #21: $400 Pot Limit Omaha – Mixed12642,210Matt Bretzfield$11,475  Event #22: $400 No Limit Hold’em26889,780James Calderaro$20,265  Event #23: $600 No Limit Hold’em20065,000Gabriel Ramos$1,174  Event #24: $600 Pot Limit Omaha12642,210Yuval Bronshtein$20,630  Event #25: $150 No Limit Hold’em35842,960Andre Bryan$6,379  Event #26: $1,100 Omaha 8 or Better – Showdown Championship6764,990Leonard August$18,000  Event #27: $600 No Limit Hold’em – Deep Stack338177,450Scott Carragher$37,630  Event #28: $600 Pot Limit Omaha – Deep Stack14045,500Steven Steinmetz$10,245  Event #29: $400 No Limit Hold’em17959,965Georges Boyadjian$12,327  Event #30: $ 1,100 No Limit Hold’em – Deep Stack475460,750Valerie Novak$91,835  Event #31: $50,000 No Limit Hold’em – Super High Roller391,891,500Andrew Lichtenberger$638,223  Event #32: $200 No Limit Hold’em – Quad Stack – $50 Bounty39830,000Jennifer Aguilar$5,095  Event #33: $1,100 HORSE – Showdown Championship6260,140Yuval Bronshtein$21,645  Event #34: $2,200 No Limit Hold’em – Deep Stack345690,000Andrew Jeckeln$126,541  Event #35: $150 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stack21525,800Raminder Singh$5,008  Event #36: $3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event2,0106,432,000N/A$1,000,300  Event #37: $250 No Limit Hold’em – Ladies9119,100Lisa Adams Levy$4,015  Event #38: $600 No Limit Hold’em – Deep Stack Turbo7137,630Michael Bagdasarov$10,343  Event #39: $400 No Limit Hold’em – Deep Stack391130,985Francois Gagne$20,753  Event #40: $1,700 No Limit Hold’em – Deep Stack227227,000Eugene Kotlyarevskiy$54,155  Event #41: $1,100 Pot Limit Omaha – Showdown Deep Stack 8-Max Championship8986,330Frank Lagodich$26,575  Event #42: $1,100 No Limit Hold’em – Showdown Deep Stack Seniors Championship108104,760Judith Bielan$19,285  Event #43: $600 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stack333174,825Prithvi Rudrappa$31,873  Event #44: $25,500 No Limit Hold’em – High Roller1323,260,400Brian Altman$692,661  Event #45: $150 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stack27032,400Oscar Sierralta$7,270  Event #46: $1,100 No Limit Hold’em – Showdown Turbo Championship170170,000Nicholas Rigby$44,355  Event #47: $1,100 Pot Limit Omaha – Five Card – Deep Stack6260,140Kirk Steele$21,620  Event #48: $400 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stack17056,950Igor Evseev$12,142  Event #49: $5,000 No Limit Hold’em – Deep Stack – 8-Max2321,102,000Brandon Lulov$246,125  Event #50: $200 No Limit Hold’em – Quad Stack – $50 Bounty37741,570Gene Hughes$6,034

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Author: Justin Graves