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

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

Seminole Hard Rock Escalator Series

Table Of Contents

  • Odenz Takes Down First Event.
  • Kevin Ho and Henry Billete Chop Up $250 Escalator
  • Chris Pool Wins $350 Escalator
  • Ofer Peleg Wins $560 Escalator

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

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

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

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

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