Seminole Wrap-Up: WPT Ultimate Desk Set, Altman Wins Participant of the 12 months
On the time of writing, the ultimate couple of occasions had been nonetheless wrapping up, however for probably the most half, the Seminole Onerous Rock Poker Showdown is within the books. And boy, what a sequence it turned out to be.
As file numbers flooded the property for the early prelims within the pageant, it was clear one thing huge brewed in balmy South Florida. Even these projecting huge issues for the World Poker Tour $3,500 Most important Occasion, nevertheless, might not have anticipated a tour record for most entries broken.
Whereas that event has additionally but to complete — as a consequence of going with a delayed last desk format — it did play all the way down to its last six, who will meet in Las Vegas in just a few weeks to play for seven figures up high.
These weren’t the one headlines to come back out of the pageant, both. Event professional Brian Altman locked up Hublot WPT Participant of the 12 months honors with a reasonably important successful margin within the uncommon season, which stretched effectively over a yr due to the COVID-19 shutdowns.
Plus, there have been loads of notable winners in facet occasions as effectively.
WPT Ultimate Desk on Pause With Sonny Franco Barely Main
A staggering turnout of two,482 took their photographs within the WPT Most important Occasion, and 6 gamers have emerged to contest the ultimate desk with $1,261,095 up high.
Atop the counts — however simply barely — will probably be Sonny Franco, who completed the ultimate Florida day with 31,900,000, good for simply shy of 80 huge blinds. He is intently trailed by Midwest common Brek Schutten with 31,350,000.
Past the 2 leaders, it is fairly a spot to third-place Steven Snyder and fellow middling stack Ken “Train” Aldridge earlier than one other drop to the brief stacks, Albert Calderon and Viet Vo.
This is how they will be arrayed when play resumes in Las Vegas Might 18.
Official WPT Seminole Onerous Rock Poker Showdown Ultimate Desk
4 of the six have secured career-best cashes, according to The Hendon Mob, the exceptions being Train and Vo. The previous has a WSOP bracelet win from 2009 whereas the latter got here runner-up at WPT Choctaw for over $300K just a few years again.
As for a way they reached this last desk, every was among the many 21 gamers making Day 4, with the likes of Jared Jaffee, John Racener, Dylan Linde, Ali Imsirovic, Anthony Zinno, Farid Jattin and Sergio Aido among the many dozens of notables to money earlier than that time. Most of them had huge stacks with solely Franco not among the many leaders.
One storyline brewing for the ultimate day was that of Blair Hinkle. The event star was trying to double up on enormous wins at Seminole after a landmark victory back in 2013 however he got here in third in a crucial three-way all in with tens towards jacks and ace-king, according to the venue’s live updates. He nonetheless managed to ladder just a few instances earlier than happening in twelfth when flopped journeys had been no good.
Franco gained jacks over aces to bust Wealthy Alsup in eleventh, then $50,000 Super High Roller winner Arthur Conan busted in tenth to fall shy of a sick double trophy run. Simon Tremblay went down in ninth to go away it to a last desk of eight two off the TV desk.
Train eradicated Zachary Vuong when each flopped aces however Train held a superior queen kicker versus a 9.
Erik Cajelais had been down to a couple blinds because the participant with jacks within the hand that crippled Hinkle however he ran it again together with hitting a two-outer on the river to outlive. Nevertheless, he dwindled from an enormous stack close to the end and in the end busted on a squeeze reshove with towards held by Franco.
Once more, the gamers return to the felt Might 18 as the last in a series of three WPT final tables. Motion will probably be filmed from the PokerGO Studio for TV airing at a later date, and dwell updates will probably be accessible by way of the WPT reporting staff.
$25K and Different Aspect Occasion Outcomes
The WPT Most important Occasion wasn’t the one event of import, as loads of notable facet occasions have additionally completed up to now few days awarding some enormous prizes with proprietary guitar choose trophies. Moreover, persevering with the theme from early within the sequence, a number of home information for attendance had been damaged as occasions like $5,000 Deep Stack NLH (gained by Shannon Shorr for $296,535) and $2,200 Deep Stack PLO (Anthony Zinno — $68,732) drew unprecedented crowds.
One other such occasion was the $25,500 Excessive Curler, which obtained 145 entries to make for a prize pool simply shy of $3.6 million. Noah Schwartz, Darren Elias, Isaac Baron and Cary Katz had been just a few of the gamers cashing however lacking out on the ultimate desk.
Byron Kaverman and Sean Perry had been atop the chip counts as last desk play started with the winner scheduled to bag $970K.
It stayed that method by means of the primary few eliminations, however Perry had a misstep six-handed when he bluffed all in on the river with a pair and a straight blocker solely to be picked off by Chad Eveslage, who had flopped a straight from the large blind.
Perry recovered to eradicate Chris Brewer with tens over sevens.
After Derek Gregory was eradicated in fifth, Eveslage grabbed one other double by means of Perry blind versus blind when king-queen held towards eight-seven.
It appeared like Kaverman’s event to win as he had half of the chips four-handed, however he took a nasty beat by the hands of Eveslage when pocket fives turned a straight versus his nines.
After another elimination (Brock Wilson) a deal wound up being struck with Eveslage declared winner because the chip chief forward of Perry and Kaverman.
This is a take a look at the total listing of facet occasion outcomes:
Seminole Onerous Rock Poker Showdown Aspect Occasion Winners
|$400 Restrict Omaha 8 (Freeze-Out)||159+||Donald Maloney||$9,236*|
|$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Freeze-Out)||153+||Barak Zaken||$12,545|
|$400 Deep Stack Pot Restrict Omaha (Single Re-Entry)||311+||Greg Fishberg||$22,060|
|$400 Deep Stack No-Restrict Maintain’em (Single Re-Entry)||409||Yaymel Bodes||$23,838*|
|$1,100 Deep Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry)||446||Ryan Hogan||$72,065*|
|$400 Seniors 50+ NLH (Single Re-Entry)||386+||James Diaz||$15,975*|
|$600 Double Black Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)||582||James Anderson||$35,540|
|$400 Black Chip Bounty PLO (Single Re-Entry)||251||Chris Kondrat||$13,070|
|$150 Huge Stack NLH (Double Re-Entry)||585||Carlos Dorca||$7,698*|
|$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Freeze-Out)||105+||Chris Tryba||$9,620|
|$600 Huge Stack Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry)||570+||Joseph Di Rosa Rojas||$50,920|
|$400 Six-Max Pot Restrict Omaha 8 (Single Re-Entry)||183+||Jesse Mull||$14,245|
|$600 Deep Stack Turbo NLH (Freeze-Out)||228||Dorian Rios||$17,984*|
|$1,100 Deep Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry)||744||Brian Corridor||$128,230|
|$50,000 Tremendous Excessive Curler||42+||Arthur Conan||$733,320|
|$2,200 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)||531||Andrew Ostapchenko||$200,850|
|$400 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)||388||Brian Goodman||$18,405|
|$1,700 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)||385+||Rafael Lima||$61,267*|
|$600 Turbo NLH/PLO (Re-Entry)||112||Olamide Otti||$17,639|
|$600 Huge Stack NLH (Re-Entry)||553||Benson Tang||$54,655|
|$25,500 Excessive Curler||145+||Chad Eveslage||$767,577*|
|$400 Pot Restrict Omaha (Single Re-Entry)||162||Stephen Moreschi||$13,125|
|$150 No-Restrict Maintain’em (Double Re-Entry per Day)||787||Dariel Martinez||$14,148*|
|$400 Huge Stack NLH (Re-Entry)||259||Christopher Hill||$19,080|
|$5,000 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)||287+||Shannon Shorr||$296,535|
|$2,200 Deep Stack PLO (Re-Entry)||168+||Anthony Zinno||$68,732*|
*displays last desk deal
Altman Takes Down POY Honors
When the WPT Seminole Onerous Rock Poker Showdown began, Brian Altman held a big lead within the factors race for Hublot Participant of the 12 months honors. Stretching again to 2019 outcomes due to COVID-19 all however erasing the 2020 season, Altman cashed 4 instances and made three last tables.
A kind of was a victory for his second WPT title, on the 2020 WPT Fortunate Hearts Poker Open — his second time winning the event.
Altman’s 2019-21 WPT Outcomes
|Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 2019||WPT Legends of Poker||tenth||$45,940|
|Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2019||WPT Maryland at LIVE! On line casino||third||$149,515|
|Jan. 17-22, 2020||WPT Fortunate Hearts Poker Open||1st||$482,636|
|Jan. 26-30, 2020||WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open||TBD*||TBD*|
*last desk to be performed Might 16
With Altman nonetheless having the opportunity of incomes much more factors at the long-delayed final table of WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, it was going to one thing gorgeous to catch him.
Fortunately for Altman, that did not occur, and he earned Hublot WPT Participant of the 12 months honors together with his excellent performances all through the prolonged season.
Altman earned a $15,000 WPT Passport, which he can use to purchase in to WPT occasions within the coming season, in addition to the next prizes, courtesy of the WPT:
- Complimentary Lodging in Majority of WPT Most important Tour Occasions
- Floor Transportation for Choose WPT Most important Tour Occasions
- Meals & Beverage Credit score in Choose WPT Most important Tour Occasions
- Particular Hublot WPT Participant of the 12 months Trophy
- Hublot® Watch (Approx. $15K Worth)
Historical past of WPT POY
|Season||Participant of the 12 months||Factors|
|2008-09||Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier||1,600|