August is the time to go ‘Big’ or go home.
The 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open takes place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL and will run from August 1-13 with a 27-event schedule culminating in the return of their four featured tournaments, dubbed ‘The Big 4’.
The schedule gets off to a fast start with a multi-flight $1 million guaranteed $600 DeepStack and is followed by a full slate of tournaments with wide-ranging variants and buy-ins that will attract every level of player, leading up to the starting dates of The Big 4.
The Big 4
Since 2015, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open has hosted The Big 4, four individual tournaments that all play down to a final table together so they can be live-streamed on the same day at the same time.
This year the Big 4 include:
- $5,250 SHRPO Championship – $3 million guarantee
- $2,650 NLHE – $1 million guarantee
- $1,100 NLHE – $500,000 guarantee
- $25,500 High Rollers – $2 million guarantee.
Since 2013, SHRPO has been a favorite destination for poker pros from all over the world. Headed into their fifth year of the The Big 4 promotion, organizers are looking forward to making 2019 the biggest Big 4 yet with all eyes on the $5,250 Main Event.
$5,250 SHRPO Championship
In 2014, the year before SHRPO Championship was a part of The Big 4, Daniel Colman took down the $5,300 tournament for $1.44 million.
The $5 million guaranteed SHRPO Championship event drew 907 runners in 2015 and the big story was that Colman returned to the final table, looking to go back-to-back and defend his 2014 SHRPO Championship title. In the end Colman couldn’t get there, falling in third place for $310,000 as Omar Zazay went on to win the $1,000,000 first-place prize for a career-high score. Pennsylvania’s Paul Volpe also made an appearance at this final table, but he ended up hitting the rail in eighth place for $100,000.
Even though registration dipped in 2016, the tournament still held a $5 million guarantee. That meant there was a healthy overlay for the field of top-tier players who made the trip. Ryan Fair and Joe Serock joined regular high rollers Seth Davies and Jason Koon at the final table where Koon ended up taking home the title and his very first seven-figure score of $1 million.
In 2017, the tournament reduced the guarantee to $3 million when Australia’s Martin Kozlov picked up the largest cash of his career by winning the $754,083 first-place prize. Matt Berkey finished in third place this year while Aaron Mermelstein, Adam Levy, and Joe Kuether all also had a seat at the final table.
Then, just last year, Brandon Eisen denied Jeremy Ausmus the title in 2018, taking home $771,444 for the win. Familiar faces Joseph Cheong, Jared Griener and Ryan D’Angelo also made the final table in what was the largest SHRPO Championship field in The Big 4 era with 914 runners.
Big Buy-In, Big Moments
The Big 4 have had plenty of standout performances outside of the Main Event over the years.
As one might expect, the $25K High Roller has always been flush with big-name pros looking to take home six-figure scores.
In 2015, Florida’s All-Time Money List leader, Jason Mercier, took down the $25K High Roller for over $517K in his own backyard, surviving an all-star final table that included runner-up Ian O’Hara, Sean Winter, Ankush Mandavia, Barry Hutter, David ‘Doc’ Sands, and Phil Laak.
One year later, Marvin Rettenmaier denied Daniel Colman another SHRPO title by taking first place and over $787K. John Andress took home the High Roller title in 2017 and then in 2018, Jake Schindler topped the 123 player field for a score of over $800K after defeating Shaun Deeb heads up.
Another amazing Big 4 feat has been the performance of the GPI #1-ranked player Alex Foxen who, in 2017 took down the $2,650 NLHE for $204,600 and then followed that up by defending his title in that even in 2018 for another $208,452.
All the action from the 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open begins on August 1 with all four of the Big 4 set to be live-streamed on August 13.
2019 SHRPO Schedule of Events
|8/1||1A||Deep Stack NLH Flight A (Re-Entry) – $1,000,000 GTD||11:00 AM||$600|
|8/1||1B||Deep Stack NLH Flight B (Re-Entry) – $1,000,000 GTD||6:00 PM||$600|
|8/2||1C||Deep Stack NLH Flight C (Re-Entry) – $1,000,000 GTD||11:00 AM||$600|
|8/2||1D||Deep Stack NLH Flight D (Re-Entry) – $1,000,000 GTD||6:00 PM||$600|
|8/3||1E||Deep Stack NLH Flight E (Re-Entry) – $1,000,000 GTD||11:00 AM||$600|
|8/3||1F||Deep Stack NLH Flight F (Re-Entry) – $1,000,000 GTD||6:00 PM||$600|
|8/4||1||Day 2||1:00 PM||—|
|8/1||2||Omaha 8 Or Better (Re-Entry) – $30,000 GTD – One Day Event||12:00 PM||$400|
|8/2||3||H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry) – One Day Event||12:00 PM||$400|
|8/3||4||PLO 8 (Re-Entry) – One Day Event||12:00 PM||$400|
|8/4||5||Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) – $50,000 GTD – One Day Event||12:00 PM||$400|
|8/4||6||Purple Chip Bounty (Single Re-Entry) – $100,000 GTD||3:00 PM||$1,700|
|8/5||6||Day 2||2:00 PM||—|
|8/5||7||Seniors 50+ (Re-Entry) – One Day Event||11:00 AM||$400|
|8/5||8||Big Stack Black Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry) – $50,000 GTD – One Day Event||12:00 PM||$400|
|8/5||9||PLO (Re-Entry) – One Day Event||3:00 PM||$400|
|8/5||10||Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry) – $30,000 GTD – $5,250 Championship Seat Added – One Day Event||6:00 PM||$150|
|8/6||11||Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry) – $100,000 GTD – One Day Event||11:00 AM||$600|
|8/6||12||Big O (Re-Entry) – One Day Event||12:00 PM||$400|
|8/6||13||Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Single Re-Entry) – One Day Event||3:00 PM||$400|
|8/6||14||Eight-Handed Turbo NLH (Freeze-Out) – One Day Event||5:00 PM||$1,100|
|8/7||15||Eight-Handed NLH (Single Re-Entry) – $200,000 GTD – One Day Event||12:00 PM||$2,200|
|8/7||16||Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic – One Day Charity Event||7:00 PM||$300|
|8/8||17||Six-Max Big Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry) – $100,000 GTD – One Day Event||12:00 PM||$1,100|
|8/8||18||Super High Roller NLH (Single Re-Entry) – $1,000,000 GTD – Held In Salon East||1:00 PM||$50,000|
|8/9||18||Day 2||1:00 PM||—|
|8/8||19||Six-Max PLO (Single Re-Entry) – One Day Event||3:00 PM||$400.00|
|8/9||20A||SHRPO Championship Day 1A (Single Re-Entry) – $3,000,000 GTD||11:00 AM||$5,250.00|
|8/10||20B||SHRPO Championship Day 1B (Single Re-Entry) – $3,000,000 GTD||11:00 AM||$5,250.00|
|8/11||20||Day 2||12:00 PM||—|
|8/12||20||Day 3||12:00 PM||—|
|8/13||20||Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4||1:00 PM||—|
|8/11||21||NLH (Single Re-Entry) – $1,000,000 GTD||2:00 PM||$2,650|
|8/12||21||Day 2||12:00 PM||—|
|8/13||21||Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4||1:00 PM||—|
|8/12||22||NLH (Re-Entry) – $500,000 GTD||11:00 AM||$1,100|
|8/13||22||Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4||1:00 PM||—|
|8/12||23||High Roller (Re-Entry) – $2,000,000 GTD – Held In Salon East||12:00 PM||$25,500|
|8/13||23||Final Table Televised And Live Streamed As Part Of The Big 4||1:00 PM||—|
|8/11||24A||NLH Day 1A (Re-Entry) – $50,000 GTD||5:00 PM||$150|
|8/12||24B||NLH Day 1B (Re-Entry) – $50,000 GTD||5:00 PM||$150|
|8/13||24||Day 2 – Held In The Poker Room||5:00 PM||—|
|8/12||25||PLO (Re-Entry)||6:00 PM||$2,650|
|8/13||25||Day 2 – Held In The Poker Room||3:00 PM||—|
|8/13||26||Deep Stack Turbo (Re-Entry) – $30,000 GTD – Held In Salon East – One Day Event||11:00 AM||$400|
|8/13||27||NLH (Re-Entry) – $500,000 GTD – Held In Salon East – One Day Event||12:00 PM||$10,000|