Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Announces Final Table for 2023 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood concluded its 2023 Poker Showdown on Tuesday, May 2 following a successful three-week run. The Poker Showdown kicked off on Thursday, April 13 and saw 61 primary events and 22,035 total entries, the most in a single series, topping the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. The tournament boasted more than $23 million in prize pools.
With 2,290 entries in the WPT Poker Showdown Championship, the final prize pool is more than $7 million, easily exceeding the $3 million guarantee. The field is down to its final six players who will reconvene on Thursday, May 25 in Las Vegas for a televised final table.
Championship Final Table with Chip Counts:
- Seat 1: Mitch Garshofsky – 18,550,000 (62 bb)
- Seat 2: David Mzareulov – 13,350,000 (45 bb)
- Seat 3: Rafael Farah Jarufe – 4,275,000 (14 bb)
- Seat 4: Sridhar Sangannagari – 19,100,000 (64 bb)
- Seat 5: Bin Weng – 46,050,000 (154 bb)
- Seat 6: Naing Thu – 13,250,000 (44 bb)
1st: $1,128,250 (includes a seat in WPT World Championship)
Poker Showdown kicked off on Thursday, April 13 with the $400 Deep Stack No Limit Hold ‘em series opener. With more than 4,184 entries, the event more than doubled the $500,000 guaranteed, creating a total prize pool of more than $1.3 million. Carlos Loving of Sarasota, Fla. won the opener earning $153,690.
Other signature event winners include:
- Rick Kalgstein (Sunrise, Fla.) winning the $200 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry) for $26,177
- Vladyslav Shovkovyi (Houston, Texas) winning the $600 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) for $299,715 + Showdown Trophy
- Matthew Zarcadoolas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) winning the $2,200 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) for $104,005
- Thomas Boivin (St. Julian’s, Malta)winning the $25,500 High-Roller NLH (Re-Entry) for $711,300 + Showdown Trophy
- Joseph LeBrun (Baltimore, Md.) winning the $5,000 Deep Stack Eight Handed NLH (Re-Entry) for $223,390
Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown also hosted the “Larry Frank Memorial Charity Event Benefitting Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida” on Thursday, April 27. The charity event was in honor of Larry Frank, with proceeds going to Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida. The event had more than 90 entries and a prize pool of $13,700 + $9,200 in non-cash prizes. Eric Diaz of San Antonio, Texas won the top prize of $5,000 plus a $3,500 seat in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship.
Poker action will return to Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood with its flagship series Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) Wednesday, July 26 – Tuesday, August 8. For more information and to view the series schedule, future tournament details and make hotel reservations, please visit SHRPO.com. Follow us on Twitter at @SHRPO and @SHRHollyPoker.
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About Seminole Hard Rock Poker
Seminole Hard Rock Poker encompasses four major poker series held annually at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. In August 2013, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) was introduced to poker players around the world and featured a $10 million guarantee championship, the largest guarantee in history. In addition to the SHRPO, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker series includes the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open (January), Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown (April) and Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll” Poker Open (November). All four series fall under the SHRPO umbrella with tournament news, live updates and championship live streaming. Visit www.SHRPO.com. Join the conversation at #SHRPO and tag us @SHRPO.
About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is the flagship-integrated resort of Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The renowned entertainment, gaming and hospitality destination unveiled a $1.5 billion expansion in 2019, highlighting the debut of the world’s first and only Guitar Hotel. Between three hotel towers, the resort boasts 1,271 luxury guestrooms. Amenities include a 42,000 square-foot Rock Spa® & Salon; an 18-acre recreational water experience; private “Bora Bora” style cabanas; more than 20 food and beverage outlets; an expansive gaming floor with more than 2,700 slots, more than 200 table games and a 45-table poker room; 120,000 square feet of premier meeting and convention space; and a 26,000 square-foot retail promenade. Hard Rock Live, ranked No. 5 worldwide in 2022 gross revenue for both Pollstar Magazine and Billboard in its respective categories, highlights A-list entertainers and performers, sporting events and live broadcast productions in an intimate 7,000-person capacity setting. Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood is located on 87 acres of the Hollywood Seminole Reservation along State Road 7 (U.S. Highway 441). For more information, visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com, 1 (800) 937-0010 or follow us: Facebook: SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly.