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Seminole Hard Rock Wraps 2019 Escalator Series With $1.4M in Prizes

Seminole Hard Rock Escalator Series

The Seminole Hard Rock 2019 Escalator III Series was comprised of four tournaments over four weekends offering more than $1 million in guaranteed prize money. The events ranged in buy-ins from $150 to $560 and ended up catering to 5,375 entrants and offering a combined $1,437,150 in prize money.

Here’s a brief recap of each tournament.

Odenz Takes Down First Event.

Charles Odenz
Charles Odenz

The series kicked off February 20-24 with the $150 buy-in, $100K GTD event. The tournament drew 1,472 entries over six flights and created a $176,640 prize pool. Some players to cash were Ory Hen (68th - $453), Neil Blumenfield (50th - $592), Nancy Birnbaum (20th - $940), Devin Weinberg (7th - $8,714), and James Hamburger (4th - $14,104).

The tournament ended in a deal with Charles Odenz emerging as champ for $25,946 and an added $3,500 seat to April’s World Poker Tour Showdown Championship.

$150 Escalator Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1Charles Odenz$25,946 + $3,500 seat
2Pierrot Massenat$17,583
3Joseph McNeely$17,241
4James Hamburger$14,104
5Andrea Mastrogiovanni$11,558
6Eric Snyder$10,520
7Devin Weinberg$8,714
8Sagi Zommer$8,414
9Dean Phelps$7,145
10David Moreno$1,940

Kevin Ho and Henry Billete Chop Up $250 Escalator

Kevin Ho
Kevin Ho

From February 27-March 3, the $250 buy-in, $200K GTD Escalator played out. The tournament drew 1,431 entries over seven flights and created a $300,510 prize pool. Among the top 140 players to finish in the money were Abbey Daniels (138th - $440), Tri Nguyen (54th - $817), Nick Yunis (28th - $1,105), John Holley (16th - $1,574), Tim Myers (7th - $10,370), and Loni Harwood (3rd - $23,280).

The tournament came to an end when the final two players agreed to a chop in which Henry Billete finished as runner-up for $49,000 and Kevin Ho took the title, $50,450 in prize money, and a $3,500 seat.

$320 Escalator Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1Kevin Ho$50,450 + $3,500 seat*
2Henry Billete$49,000*
3Loni Harwood$23,280
4Eric Hubbs$19,655
5Israr Khan$16,390
6David Hass$13,360
7Tim Myers$10,370
8Devond Marshall$7,655
9Pierrot Massenat$5,605
10Edina Pantinchin$3,825

*Denotes heads-up deal.

Chris Pool Wins $350 Escalator

Chris Poole
Chris Poole

In the third week of the series from March 7-10, the $350 buy-in, $300K GTD Escalator took place and attracted 1,380 runners over six starting flights. That created a $414,000 prize pool that was paid out to the top 130 players including Scott Baumstein (102nd - $674), Chris Tryba (72nd - $858), Jose Reyes (47th - $1,160), Lance Funston (21st - $1,809), and Loni Harwood (11th - $4,840).

In the end, the final five players struck a deal that saw Chris Poole deemed the winner for $50,219 and a $3,500 seat.

$350 Escalator Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1Chris Pool$50,219 + $3,500 seat*
2Steven Karp$46,267*
3Syed Shah$44,765*
4George Hortelano$41,474*
5Lee Harrison$38,765*
6Michael Holcroft$18,530
7Alan Rosenbaum$14,440
8Chrystian Oliveira$10,770
9Efthimios Piperakis$7,910
10Peyton Palma$5,400

*Denotes five-way deal.

Ofer Peleg Wins $560 Escalator

The final tournament in the series, the $560 buy-in, $400K GTD event that ran from March 14-17, drew 1,092 entrants and created a $546,000 prize pool.

The top 100 players got paid including Chris Tryba (100th - $1,092), Evan Teitelbaum (60th - $1,529), David Bradshaw (58th - $1,529), Steven Karp (33rd - $2,129), Jorge Rivera (21st - $2,457), and Tristan Wade (13th - $4,641).

Four-time bracelet winner Robert Mizrachi made the final table and was part of a deal that saw him lock up $38,880. Meanwhile, it was Ofer Peleg crowned champ for $60,218 and a $3,500 WPT seat.

$560 Escalator Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1Ofer Peleg$60,218* + $3,500 seat
2Johann Tiemann$55,375*
3David Moon$51,623*
4Nashaat Antonious$4,109*
5Elilton Gouveia$39,833*
6Robert Mizrachi$38,880*
7Jean Brigagao Do Nascimen$38,880*
8Michael Harley$32,091*
9Charles Campos$10,100
10Anthony Astarita$6,552

The Seminole Hard Rock will host its next major event next month as the $3 million guaranteed WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship runs from April 12-16.

Images courtesy of Seminole Hard Rock.

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