Another pulsating Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open was brought to an end with four huge events at the end of last week. The 43-event campaign was one of the most lucrative over the past month or so, with over $20 million awarded in prize pools throughout the real-money poker series.
Yuval Bronshtein started the SHRPO in excellent form by winning the opening two events, but it was brought to a close late last week with four final huge events. One of which was won by Dimitri Vorbe.
Vorbe Claims Win In SHRPO Championship
The final couple of days of the event were headlined by the SHRPO Championship, which led to a stunning heads-up challenge between Vorbe and AP Louis Garza. However, it was to be Vorbe that would claim the win in the lucrative event. It was an amazing victory for the player, as he was previously just a player that played cards for fun, before moving to South Florida. He spoke at length about his victory after the event, and said that the trophy meant ‘more than anything’.
Vorbe was able to hold his nerve in the closing stages of the event, which saw him win returns of $929,365. It was nothing less than he deserved, as he was at the top of his game throughout. Garza ultimately came up short in the heads-up challenge, but still won $674,285. Other players to finish on the final table including Ian O’Hara, Mark Dube and Matt Affleck, who all finished in the top five. Meanwhile, Michael Wang, Harrison Brown, Jeff Trudeau and Darren Rabinowitz finished in the respective places between ninth and sixth.
McKeehen & Shorr Win Events
Joe McKeehen and Shannon Shorr also ended the SHRPO Championship with victories in their events. McKeehen claimed success in the NLH High Roller event on the final week. The result was official after a two-way deal was agreed between himself and Darren Elias. The winning player claimed $550,990 in prize money from the event. Elias picked up $539,135. Meanwhile, Thomas Boivin, Jake Daniels and David Peters rounded off the top five players on the leaderboard.
There was a field of 490 players in the No-Limit Hold’em event, which was the 35th event of the championship. A deal was thrashed out between the top three players in the standings at the conclusion. However, Shannon Shorr was the player that won the event. Shorr topped the leaderboard and won $186,261. The other two players in the deal were Aditya Prasetyo and Mukul Pahuja, who won $170,243 and $141,966, respectively. James Miller and David Shmuel finished fourth and fifth in the event.
Scott Baumstein was also among the notable winners on the final days of the championship, as he won the 38th event, which was the $1,100 NLH. Baumstein cut a deal in the closing stages with the three other players at the top of the leaderboard. He claimed the win, but walked away with the same returns as Aaron Pinson, as both stars claimed $81,220. Meanwhile, Chris Meyers and Donald Maloney were also involved in the four-way deal.