Check out our newest writers in Fantasy Sports!

HOT Stories more

Elaine Wynn may lose Wynn Resorts board seat

Article

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open winner captures $1.7m prize

September 10, 2013 3:03 AM by H. Scot Krause

Seminole Hard Rock, Seminole Florida, Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Tournament Over the past month, I’ve given out details on the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. Time for the results! The winners are “all-in!”

Blair Hinkle of Kansas City, Missouri, walked away as the $1.7 million champion of the inaugural event held Aug. 8-28 in South Florida. The tournament, which featured no TV coverage and was not tied to a major poker tour, exceeded industry expectations by beating its own $10 million guarantee (the largest in the world) by nearly 20%, and creating an actual prize pool of $11.92 million from 2,384 entries.

Hinkle began the final table with the chip lead. With a World Series of Poker bracelet under his belt and seven figures in online earnings, Hinkle has shined on poker’s biggest stage before. Second in chips was Justin Bonomo, who has more than $6 million in tournament earnings to his name.

The final table began at a fast pace, as four players fell in the first 58 hands. What followed next was a 165-hand heads-up duel between Hinkle and Bonomo. With career tournament earnings of nearly $10 million between them, both top professionals gave it everything they had for nearly six hours before Hinkle emerged victorious, having fought back from several chip deficits.

On the final hand, with more than a 6-to-1 chip lead, Hinkle called Bonomo’s all-in raise after the turn. Bonomo held top pair with a queen-high straight draw, but was drawing dead against Hinkle’s king-high straight.

Final table results (1-to-6): Blair Hinkle, Kansas City, Missouri, $1,745,245; Justin Bonomo, Denver, $1,163,500; Mukul Pahuja, Coconut Creek, Florida, $872,625; Ray Qartomy, Spring, Texas, $639,925; Samuel Bernabeau Guilabert, Valencia, Spain, $494,490; Greg Lehn, Plantation, Forida, $378,138.

In addition to the top six, the tournament attracted a broad mix of poker pros and local dreamers, many of whom entered via $575 satellites for their shot at a piece of the $11.92 million prize pool.

There were also three celebrities in the field — rapper Nelly, actress Shannon Elizabeth, and actor/DJ Danny Masterson. All three survived to Day 2 with Elizabeth and Masterson both finishing in the money. Elizabeth earned $11,635 for 165th place, and Masterson won $14,544 for 112th.

More information can be found at www.seminolehardrockpokeropen.com.

H. Scot Krause is a gaming industry analyst, researcher and journalist. He is a former entertainment director and 18-year resident of Las Vegas. Questions or comments for Scot may be addressed to: ScotKrause@GamingToday.com.

Like GamingToday on Facebook GamingToday on Facebook      and        Follow GamingToday on Twitter GamingToday on Twitter

 

 

GamingToday subscription ad

top stories

They are at it again in Florida where there is a proposal before legislators to allow two destination resort casinos, each with an initial investment of $2 billion.

It will make a big difference, CEO Gary Loveman said this week as he discussed plans to combine the real estate owned by Caesars Entertainment Operating Company into a publicly traded real estate investment trust.

The Macau casino numbers for February were as bad as expected, casino revenue plummeting 49 percent to $2.4 billion. It was the ninth straight month of declines.

Baseball Previews | This is the second of 30 MLB previews to the 2015 baseball season as seen by GamingToday sports editor Mark Mayer. Today, the Chicago Cubs. On deck: Baltimore Orioles.

Baseball Preview | This is the first of 30 MLB previews to the 2015 baseball season as seen by GamingToday sports editor Mark Mayer. Today, the Washington Nationals. On deck: Chicago Cubs.

GamingToday Race and Sports Futures

           Westgate Superbook  Stratosphere Sports Book  

                Wynn Sports Book  CG Technology

Casablanca - Mayhem in Mesquite VI