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Dan Smith Defeats Daniel Negreanu in $100,000 Super High Roller at Five Diamond

 Dan Smith Defeats Daniel Negreanu in $100,000 Super High Roller at Five Diamond

In one of the final preliminary events (if you can call a tournament with a six-figure buy in a “preliminary”) before the start of the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event next week, Dan Smith vanquished fellow poker pro Daniel Negreanu to win the $ 100,000 Super High Roller on Friday night.

While there has been plenty of action around the Bellagio leading up to the WPT Main Event, the $ 100,000 Super High Roller pulled plenty of eyes to its action. 39 entries would pony up the $ 100,000 entry fee to build a $ 3.9 million prize pool. Of that bounty, only six people would be walking away with any money, making the competition fierce.

By the time Thursday night arrived, the money bubble was still intact as seven players battled it out for the right to get a return on their investment. Stephen Chidwick was the unfortunate “bubble boy” in the tournament, taking away $ 0 for his seventh-place finish. Before the action would be called on Thursday, serial High Roller player Bryn Kenney picked up some more cash (and, perhaps as importantly, precious Player of the Year points) when he was knocked out in sixth place.

The five-man final table on Friday was headed by Isaac Haxton, who held 1.8 million of the chips in play at the start of action. Behind Haxton was Negreanu, who wasn’t too far back at 1.47 million. Stefan Schillhabel, Sergio Aido and Smith were lagging far back and not considered much of a threat for taking the championship.

Smith was able to start his charge by getting a double up through Haxton, which would then set about the latter’s fall. After Aido was dumped in fifth place, Haxton departed the scene to bring the three-man battle of Smith, Schillhabel and Negreanu to the fore. Negreanu gave running commentary across his Twitter feed to those who couldn’t be in the Bellagio and the battle was entertaining.

Negreanu seemed to be content to sit back and let Smith and Schillhabel battle it out, and they swung for the fences. Smith eventually would start to get the better of the German, however, and on their final hand of combat Smith’s pocket Aces was leading pre-flop against Schillhabel’s J-10. That situation completely changed on the flop, coming down J-10-10, pushing Schillhabel into an unlikely lead. Left with only two outs in the deck, Smith saw one of those rescuing Aces fall on the turn to return the lead to him. Schillhabel, looking for the case ten to deliver another suckout, instead saw a blank as he left in third place.

Perhaps Negreanu should have paid a bit of attention to his opposition as Smith entered heads up play against him with a sizeable chip lead. That chip lead would eventually translate into a championship as Smith, holding Big Slick on the final hand, was able to make it stand against Negreanu’s Q-10 once the final board rolled out.

1. Dan Smith, $ 1,404,000
2. Daniel Negreanu, $ 936,000
3. Stefan Schillhabel, $ 624,000
4. Isaac Haxton, $ 390,000
5. Sergio Aido, $ 312,000
6. Bryn Kenney, $ 234,000

With this tournament in the books, players can put their attention to the WPT Five Diamond Main Event on Tuesday. The $ 10,000 buy in tournament will wrap up the 2017 calendar year for the WPT and it should be hotly contested. Last year the tournament brought in 791 entries, with James Romero eventually walking off with the championship and the $ 1.9 million first place prize. Expect a similar turnout for this year’s event as the calendar year ends.

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2017 World Series of Poker: Elior Sion Defeats Tough Final Table, Captures $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship

 2017 World Series of Poker: Elior Sion Defeats Tough Final Table, Captures $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship

Despite arguably not being one of the “bigger” names on the final table, the United Kingdom’s Elior Sion defeated a tough final table to capture one of the biggest prizes in tournament poker, the $ 50,000 Poker Players’ Championship at the 2017 World Series of Poker.

At the start of the final day, the six-man pack was led by none other than Daniel Negreanu. Negreanu, who has been having one of the best WSOP runs of his career that hasn’t resulted in a bracelet, was the leader of that pack at the start of action on Thursday with his 5.93 million chips. That lead wasn’t a huge one, however, as Isaac Haxton was within about 700K in chips (5.205 million) of Canada’s favorite son. Sion started the day in the middle of the pack with his 4.75 million chips, with Germany’s Johannes Becker (4.56 million), Austria’s Ivo Donev (2.99 million chips) and a short stacked (but two-time WSOP winner) Paul Volpe (1.57 million) rounding out the field.

Rather than a sedate opening to the day’s festivities, the six men came out jamming the pots against each other. There also seem to be no rhyme or reason to it as Sion took a big chunk of chips from Haxton, only to turn right around a couple of hands later and give them back and more. Volpe, however, never could get anything going; he lost the first hand he played against Negreanu in Stud Hi/Lo, then saw Sion knock him out in sixth place moments later in 2-7 Triple Draw as Sion took a third draw to make a Deuce to Seven “Wheel” (2-4-5-6-7) to beat him.

The chips continued to fly around the table, with Haxton taking some chips from Becker in 2-7 Triple Draw to take a short-lived lead. The reason that was short lived was because Becker got them back – and the lead – when the game shifted to No Limit Hold’em. Undaunted, Haxton fought back to be the first player to crack the 10 million chip mark when, in Stud, he took hands from both Becker and Negreanu.

Negreanu’s day was a rollercoaster, to be honest. He never got over the stack he started the day with, but he was in every hand trying to work his stack. It seemed on several occasions he got it in with the “second best” hand, as he did against Becker when he made an inferior ten-high straight to Becker’s Jack-high straight, and that gradually worked his stack down. It would eventually lead to his demise, much earlier than he thought it would be.

In Pot Limit Omaha, Haxton raised the bet and Donev made the call off the button. With two well stacked players in front of him, Negreanu defended his big blind to see an 8♣ 6♠ 4♣ flop. Negreanu would pot the action but, after a fold from Haxton, Donev re-potted him to put Negreanu at risk. Negreanu made the call and grimaced when he saw the news: His J♣ 10 9♣ 4 had hit a pair with a redraw to a Jack-high flush, but Donev’s A A♣ K♣ 3 had him dominated on the better flush draw and a better pair. The turn 2♣ ended any drama for the hand, leaving Negreanu drawing dead and, after a 6 completed the board, he would hit the rail in fifth place.

Haxton and Becker continued to be the aggressors as the early evening hours approached, even taking to battling against each other as they swapped the lead. Haxton would take down Donev in fourth place in NLHE, rivering a five for a set against Donev’s pocket Kings after the chips went all in pre-flop. That thrust Haxton into the lead, but it would be incredibly short lived.

During a round of NLHE, Haxton and Becker, who had about 9 million chips himself, went to battle. Haxton opened the betting, but Becker three-bet back at him. Sion, in the big blind, quietly got out of the way and Haxton, not slowing down at all, fired a four-bet of over two million chips. Becker surprisingly only called and they went to the flop.

The 9-8-7 flop was wet, bringing a check from Becker, but Haxton fearlessly pounded him, pushing a tower of chips totaling 2.7 million to the center. After a moment of contemplation, Becker check-raised all in and Haxton immediately called, showing pocket Kings. That was nice, but Becker’s pocket Aces were nicer, putting him in the lead. There was paint on the turn, but it was a Knave, and the five on the river didn’t help Haxton. Becker scooped up the massive 18 million-plus pot and Haxton looked at his 1.555 million in scraps; Those would go to Sion on the very next hand, in Stud, as Haxton finished in third place.

Going to heads up play, Sion was at a serious disadvantage to Becker. His 6.525 million in chips paled in comparison to Becker’s 18.48 million stack, but Sion started a slow but steady grind. By the time the duo reached the dinner break, Sion had cut Becker’s lead to only three million chips and, after some chow, took the lead when they came back to some hands of NLHE. After more than three hours of heads-up action, Sion was sitting with roughly the same lead Becker had started the fight with.

Becker’s strength seemed to be the Omaha games, PLO and Hi/Lo, and he would climb back into the match on a couple of occasions through those disciplines. The rest of the games went Sion’s way, as he would not only come back after a bad Omaha experience to reestablish his edge. As the clock moved into Friday morning – and the twosome entered their seventh hour of heads-up play – the end would come, oddly enough in Omaha Hi/Lo.

Becker limped pre-flop and Sion didn’t push him, checking his option to see a 7-5-5 flop. Sion checked his option again but, after Becker fired, Sion check-raised him and Becker called. A nine on the turn brought a bet out of Sion and Becker, with a dwindling stack, put his final chips in the center. Sion called and turned up Q-J-7-5 for the flopped full house, while Becker was looking low with his Q-6-6-2 (Becker had a flush, but it was worthless against Sion’s boat). Needing an Ace, trey, four or eight to make the low, Becker instead saw the case five fall, giving Sion quads and, with no low, the hand and the championship of the $ 50,000 Poker Players’ Championship.

1. Elior Sion, $ 1,395,767
2. Johannes Becker, $ 862,649
3. Isaac Haxton, $ 595,812
4. Ivo Donev, $ 419,337
5. Daniel Negreanu, $ 300,852
6. Paul Volpe, $ 220,111

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Shurane Vijayaram Defeats Ben Heath Heads Up, Wins Aussie Millions Main Event

 Shurane Vijayaram Defeats Ben Heath Heads Up, Wins Aussie Millions Main Event

Coming into the final table with a sizeable chip lead, Shurane Vijayaram rode that stack to battle the second biggest chip stack to start the day – that of Ben Heath – for the championship of the 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event. In the end, that advantageous stack played to Vijayaram’s advantage in his eventual victory.

The seven men that came to the table on Sunday afternoon at the Crown Casino in Melbourne were the survivors from the 725-player field that started the tournament just a week ago. Along with Vijayaram and Heath, Jeff Rossiter was a threat for the title with his 3.105 million chip stack; Rossiter was looking to improve on his third-place finish in this tournament from 2011. Tobias Hausen (2.995 million), David Olson (2.35 million) and Luke Roberts (1.305 million) were in the mix, but at the bottom of the standings – but with many eyes on him – was Fedor Holz, looking to rise from this situation and add to his bounty from the Aussie Millions after yesterday’s third place finish in the $ 100,000 Challenge.

The start was slow for the players as the table looked to find its dynamic. Holz survived two all in moves – one time chopping with Olson when both held A-J – as Roberts dropped into the basement. It would take almost 30 hands before the first casualty of the final table would occur and it would be one of these two men.

On Hand 29, Hausen would raise the action to 135K and Roberts decided it was time to make his stand, pushing his remaining 675K in from the small blind. Hausen made the call and was in a bit of trouble, his 10♠ 9♠ facing an uphill climb against Roberts’ A-10. The J-5-J flop kept Roberts in the lead but the two spades opened many more doors for Hausen to take down the hand. The 6♠ on the turn slammed that door on Roberts, leaving him drawing dead. After the formality of the river was dealt – the A♠ – Roberts headed to the door as the seventh-place finisher.

Only a few hands later, six men would become five in a big clash. Heath popped the betting first, raising from under the gun, and Vijayaram called out of the cutoff. Rossiter put the squeeze on with a three-bet on the button, but Olson didn’t hesitate before four-betting the action to 1.3 million. Nearly immediately Heath and Vijayaram sent their cards to the muck, but Rossiter paused to ponder his action. After a few moments, Rossiter made the call and the cards came were turned up.

The battle turned out to be a classic race:  Rossiter’s pocket Queens held the edge over Olson’s Big Slick and the board would provide no salvation for Olson. The Jack-high board kept Rossiter in the lead all the way as Olson left the festivities in sixth place and Rossiter rocketed into the lead over Vijayaram.

Holz’s time at the table ended almost 20 hands after Olson’s departure. Rossiter raised the action and Holz would defend his big blind to see a monochrome 6♠ 3♠ 7♠ flop. Holz would check-raise all in after a Rossiter bet, which was met with an immediate call from Rossiter. Both men had hit the flop, but Holz’s A-6 off suit was behind Rossiter’s A-7, with the A♠ held by Rossiter. The King on the turn and a four on the river would not help Holz, sending the German superstar to the rail in fifth place as Rossiter’s lead grew.

The foursome left then went into a lengthy battle. Everyone except Heath would have a spell as the chip leader before the remainder of the final table went to dinner break and 85 hands would elapse before the next competitor was sent home. The elimination would prove to be the “turning point” of the tournament as it would send Vijayaram into a lead he wouldn’t let go.

On Hand 137, Rossiter raised from under the gun and ALMOST made it around – until Vijayaram moved all in from the big blind. Rossiter called off his chips with pocket sixes and was in the lead pre-flop against Vijayaram’s K-J off suit. The board had different thoughts, however, coming with a King on the flop and a Jack on the river to thoroughly crush Rossiter’s sixes. After a chip count, it was found that Rossiter was the all-in stack, sending him out in fourth place and stacking Vijayaram with a mountain of ammunition.

Once Vijayaram knocked off Hausen in third – his J-10 turning a Broadway straight against Hausen’s A-J – Vijayaram had nearly a 3:1 lead over Heath as they headed to heads up action. The duo jousted for 29 hands, with Heath never drawing significantly closer that the starting stacks but with Vijayaram looking for the right chance to put away a difficult opponent. On the final hand, Vijayaram fired bullets pre-flop and on the flop and turn, but Heath wouldn’t go away in check-calling each bet. With the board reading 6-9-7-3-Q, Heath suddenly woke up with an all-in move, sending a perplexed Vijayaram into the tank.

Literally five minutes passed as Vijayaram rolled the hand over in his mind, trying to figure out if Heath was bluffing or if he simply drew Vijayaram in. As more time passed, Vijayaram finally reached the conclusion that it was a bluff and made the call. Heath’s shoulders slumped as he sheepishly revealed his K-8 off suit straight bluff that didn’t come home while Vijayaram showed pocket fives for the winning pair and a winning hand for the Aussie Millions title.

1. Shurane Vijayaram, $ 1,600,000
2. Ben Heath, $ 1,000,000
3. Tobias Hausen, $ 620,000
4. Jeff Rossiter, $ 440,000
5. Fedor Holz, $ 335,000
6. David Olson, $ 270,000
7. Luke Roberts, $ 210,000

Vijayaram enjoyed a ROI (return on investment) that would make any poker player envious. Vijayaram entered the Aussie Millions Main Event through winning a $ 130 super-satellite to the Main Event, earning more than 12,000% (12,307%, to be exact) ROI. It also was his first ever live tournament cash, per the Hendon Mob database. If he never plays another hand of poker, Shurane Vijayaram can say he once won one of the premiere events on the international tournament calendar.

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Ole Schemion Defeats Mustapha Kanit to Take Down EPT €100,000 Super High Roller Championship

 Ole Schemion Defeats Mustapha Kanit to Take Down EPT €100,000 Super High Roller Championship

After negotiating a deal that basically ensured both would receive the same payday, Ole Schemion defeated Mustapha Kanit in heads up action to take down the championship of the European Poker Tour’s €100,000 Super High Roller event on Saturday night.

The final eight men presented one of the more difficult final tables that you’ll see. While Ali Reza Fatehi was at the top of the table, Stephen Chidwick, Igor Kurganov, Sam Greenwood, Ivan Luca, Paul Newey, Schemion and Kanit were seated in the other seats. All but Newey, Greenwood and Luca were situated with seven-figure stacks, ensuring that there would be some play once the stacks deepened up a bit. After Newey (who started with only 250K in chips) doubled up on the first two hands, he got out of the danger zone and could actually muster some offense against his tablemates.

After Newey’s renewal of life, some of the men at the top came back to the pack. Kurganov, at this final table for the third year in a row, made a misstep bluffing into Luca, who found his J-4 offsuit turn into a K-Q-4-K-4 river boat as Kurganov bluffed with an A-6. As Kurganov’s stack fell to around 800K, Greenwood would slow play his pocket Kings into allowing Kanit to river a straight with his 9-2 offsuit on an 8-6-5-2-7 board. After calling a Kanit bet, Greenwood would fall to only 440K in chips as the tournament moved on.

On the very hand following Greenwood’s slow play, the first elimination would occur. After a bet from a frisky Kanit on the button, Luca shoved his stack from the small blind and Kanit wasted little time in calling. Luca’s pocket Jacks looked great, but they were cooled by Kanit’s pocket Queens; once the river failed to bring any knave to the festivities, Luca was on the rail in eighth place.

Greenwood never recovered from the hand against Kanit, his chips slowly bleeding out to the table as he got his final ducats to the center in the small blind against Kanit. Greenwood’s 7-5 off suit didn’t measure up to Kanit’s 10-5, but the board brought both a piece of the action in coming down 6-10-7. A King on the turn didn’t help anyone and, on Greenwood’s request, the river card was dealt face down for a squeeze. As Greenwood peered for another seven, he instead saw a deuce to end his tournament in seventh place.

Kanit would prove to be perplexing during the tournament, his chip stack roller-coastering through the afternoon as he freely splashed chips around. Kurganov and Fatehi would surge back during Level 20, with both men holding the chip lead at one point. Chidwick, however, wouldn’t be as fortunate, instead tussling with Newey on two consecutive hands and coming out on the losing end both times to head out in sixth place.

Kanit would find the “up” button for his day (and stay there) in a huge hand that saw him double and Fatehi fall. On a 3♣ 6 7♣ K♣ 3♠ board, Kanit would find a call of Fatehi’s all in with only his J♣ 8♣ for an OK flush. Fatehi, however, had nothing but air with his Q-J off suit, sending a huge pile of his chips to Kanit as he took over the chip lead with a 5.58 million pool.

Despite his early heroics that kept him around much longer than probably anyone thought, Newey’s fortunes came to a close soon after the Kanit/Fatehi clash. With pocket eights, Newey bet out pre-flop and Schemion made the big blind defense with a Q♣ 6♣ to see everyone get a piece of the 9 8♣ 10♣ flop. Schemion pushed his stack in and Newey called for less, pleased with his bottom set but sweating a multitude of cards that could beat him. The 3♣ was one of those cards, but Newey still had some hope with a paired board. A K♦ failed to give Newey what he was looking for as he exited the stage in fifth place, a vast improvement over where he started the day’s action.

Kanit would finish off Kurganov in fourth (after much of Kurganov’s stack went to Fatehi) to try to keep pace with Schemion, but Schemion would bring the party down to two when he rivered an unnecessary Aces up two pair to vanquish Fatehi’s pocket fives. As he entered the battle with Kanit holding nearly nine million chips to Kanit’s 6.2 million, the action was paused as the gentlemen decided to discuss a deal. After some number crunching, it was determined that Schemion would pocket €1,547,800 and Kanit €1,462,000, leaving €50K and the trophy in the center as an added bonus to the eventual champion.

After the deal was set, the tournament quickly concluded. Perhaps because of an adjustment in the timing of the levels (both men agreed to reduce the duration to 20 minutes), the duo started jamming chips, with Schemion coming out on top more often than not. Within 30 minutes of the resumption of action, Schemion closed the deal when they actually had real hands – Schemion’s pocket Queens found what was thought to be a useless Queen on the flop for a set against Kanit’s pocket sevens, until the river brought a seven for Kanit’s own second-best set. With that, the tournament was over and Ole Schemion crowned the champion.

1. Ole Schemion, €1,597,800*
2. Mustaphan Kanit, €1,462,000*
3. Ali Reza Fatehi, €828,500
4. Igor Kurganov, €627,300
5. Paul Newey, €485,300
6. Stephen Chidwick, €378,750
7. Sam Greenwood, €301,820
8. Ivan Luca, €236,750

(* – denotes two-way deal)

These men are already there, so perhaps they’ll be jumping into Day 1B of the EPT Grand Final Main Event, which will take place on Sunday. For now, Ole Schemion will enjoy the nearly two million extra Euros in his bank account as the final stop for the European Poker Tour’s Season 12 schedule plays out.

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Justin Young Defeats Garrett Greer, Wins WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

 Justin Young Defeats Garrett Greer, Wins WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

After the oddity of beginning the day with a 10-handed final table, Justin Young exorcised the demons of an earlier World Poker Tour final table loss in defeating Garrett Greer to emerge victorious in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in Hollywood, FL, last night.

Instead of having the official six-handed WPT final table to start the festivities on Wednesday, ten players came back for action. Hyoung Chae was atop the mountain with his 6.225 million in chips, but Tim Reilly, Sam Soverel, Matt Haugen and Ben Tarzia were all within two million chips. Young and Greer were in the bottom half of the table alongside the player that many eyes were on, Cate Hall, who had the chance to take over the WPT Player of the Year lead with a third place finish or higher and the opportunity to become the first woman to win an open WPT event.

It would only take four hours to work down to the official final table. Eight hands into the start of the day’s play, William Foxen would be eliminated by Reilly, Reilly’s A-9 catching an unnecessary Ace on the flop against Foxen’s K-8 to take the hand. Hall’s run at poker immortality would end in ninth place after Soverel’s pocket Queens nailed a set on the flop on Hand 11, easily topping her A-5 to eliminate her. As Hall collected her $ 65,404 for her finish, it also confirmed that Mike Shariati would win the Season XIV WPT Player of the Year award.

The eliminations would calm for a bit as the final eight players vied for the right to be in that special six who would make it to the television broadcast. Both Young and Greer would get key doubles, Greer getting his through Reilly and Young through Andrey Plotnikov, before Chae knocked off Plotnikov on Hand 47 with the classic cooler, Chae’s pocket Aces over Plotnikov’s pocket Queens. Once Tarzia took down Soverel, his pocket Queens winning the race against Soverel’s A J, the “official” WPT final table was set with Haugen in the lead and Chae, Tarzia and Young in hot pursuit.

Chae took over the lead on the very first hand of the “official” final table, using a pip on his A-9 to take a nearly six million chip pot from Haugen’s K-9 on a 9-8-2-5-2 board. The action then immediately slammed to a halt, with the play taking a “raise it and take it” style for the next 17 hands. Then Chae and Haugen clashed again, this time with Haugen emerging on the other side victorious in a 5.4 million pot after his A-6 found two pair on an A-8-6-J-9 board.

Young would seize the lead on Hand 26 after a battle against Haugen. The active Haugen popped the pot to 300K from middle position and Young made the call off the button. On a Q-10-6 flop, Haugen fired out and, after a Young call, the duo saw a 9♠. Haugen fired again, but this time Young came over him with a raise to 1.8 million. After a pause, Haugen made the call and saw another Queen come on the river. Haugen checked and, after Young popped a massive 2.6 million bet into the pot, Haugen decided to muck, handing the pot and the lead to Young.

Young would hold the lead over the next 50-plus hands until Chae got active. He eliminated Tarzia in sixth place and Reilly in fifth to take a seven million chip lead by Hand 77. Over the next 30 hands, however, Young would climb back to the lead over Chae as Haugen and Greer looked to catch up. Greer would be the one who would do that, powering over the 10 million chip mark in taking four consecutive hands, while Haugen would fall in fourth place at the hands of Young when Haugen couldn’t find an Ace for his A-J against Young’s pocket Jacks on a K-10-7-7-3 board.

Now down to three players, the combatants were separated by only 1.8 million chips with Chae holding the edge. They shuffled chips for 20 hands before, on Hand 146, Greer and Chae went to battle in a hand that would seismically change the competition. After a Greer raise, Chae three-bet from the small blind and Greer made the call. A J-9-3 flop hit the felt and Chae fired out a two million chip bet, which Greer called. When the 10 hit the turn, Chae moved all in but it was the wrong moment; Greer called off the remainder of his stack and showed pocket threes for the flopped set. Chae was drawing dead with his A-J and, after the meaningless river card (the 8♣, for the record), Greer rocketed to the lead with 22 million chips and Chae was left with scraps, barely over a million.

On Hand 150, Chae would be eliminated by Young in third place and the heads up match was set. Greer was in a dominant position, his 22.45 million in chips towering over Young’s 14.2 million, and Greer quickly powered to more than a 3:1 lead after only 11 hands of play. Young fought back, however, and on Hand 163 he would pull a double off of Greer when his A-9 found magic on the flop (A-Q-5-6-Q) against Greer’s pocket fours to take back the lead.

That would prove to be the hand that won the tournament. Although it would take another 11 hands, Greer never returned to the lead. It would take a bit of a bad beat, however, to take down Greer in this tournament.

On the final hand, Young would push the betting up to 900K and Greer moved all in for his 10 million chip stack. Young didn’t hesitate in calling and, after the cards were up, he was in difficult shape. Young’s K-Q was a statistical underdog to Greer’s A-8 and, after an Ace came in the window, looked to be in even more trouble. There was a King on the flop too, however, keeping a glimmer of hope alive for Young. A Jack on the turn wasn’t the face card he was looking for, but the Queen on the river was as Young’s rivered two pair eclipsed Greer’s Aces to earn Young the title at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown.

1. Justin Young, $ 669,161
2. Garrett Greer, $ 458,722
3. Hyoung Chae, $ 297,336
4. Matt Haugen, $ 220,207
5. Tim Reilly, $ 164,113
6. Ben Tarzia, $ 132,560

With the victory, Young will be a part of the Monster WPT Tournament of Champions, which starts on Friday.

Today’s action in Florida will wrap up the other tournament before the play of the ToC. The WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale, the $ 10,000 buy-in event that started on Sunday, will conclude with its six-handed final table today. David ‘Chino’ Rheem is at the helm of the final table in looking for his third WPT championship (which would tie him with Carlos Mortensen, Gus Hansen and Anthony Zinno), but another story to watch is that of Adrian Mateos. The former World Series of Poker Europe Main Event and European Poker Tour Grand Final champion, Mateos is looking for the final piece of the pie to complete poker’s Triple Crown, which would put him in rarefied air with only five other men who have achieved that honor (Gavin Griffin, Roland de Wolfe, Jake Cody, Bertrand Grospellier, Davidi Kitai). Mateos sits in fifth place at the start of the day, but he can’t be counted out of making a run towards the top of the charts and making history in Florida.

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