Patrick Mahoney, a Minnesota-based poker professional, has become the latest Seminole Hard Rock Poker champion after triumphing in the 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Rock’N’Roll Poker Open $3,500 Championship. The player’s efforts won him $564,227 in prize money and the guitar pick-shaped tournament trophy.
The $3,500 Main Event, or the highlight on the most recent Seminole Hard Rock poker festival’s schedule, attracted a total of 760 entries, including Florida poker regulars, US and international poker pros, and even three former WSOP Main Event winners. Reigning champion Qui Nguyen was joined by last year’s winner Joe McKeehen and Ryan Riess, who won the World Championship back in 2013.
The $3,500 Main Event at Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida featured a guaranteed prize pool of $2 million that was easily surpassed given the great interest the tournament attracted. Eventually, the top 72 players split a total of $2,432,000 in prize money.
The event’s final table started with six hopefuls left to battle it out for the title. Matt Humphrey kicked off the day with a considerable advantage, followed by Upeshka De Silva, who led the action throughout the tournament’s greater part.
De Silva quickly regained momentum on the final day to once again position himself as the chip leader. He maintained his advantage up until there were only three players left at the table. It was at that point when Mahoney started his energetic attempts to pull even. The player indeed succeeded and his efforts paid quite well in the end. He reached De Silva and then moved ahead of him, winning several important hands in a raw. De Silva was finished off when he moved all in with a top pair, clashing against Mahoney’s rivered flush. The player collected $200,640 for his third-place finish.
Two-handed duel between Mahoney and start-of-the-day chip leader Matt Humphrey began with the eventual champion holding two times more chips than his final opponent. Mahoney completed his last challenge on the road to victory within the span of several quick hands.
The final hand occurred with the two players moving their chips in the middle pre-flop; Mahoney tabling pocket Jacks against Humphrey’s Ace-King clubs. The board ran out blank, securing Mahoney with the title. Humphrey’s share of the prize pool totaled $328,320.
Billy Pilossoph finished 4th in the event, good for $165,376. Mark Dube exited in 5th place for a payout of $133,760. Bill Jennings took home $109,440 for his sixth-place finish.