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The record books will reflect that there was an official winner in Event #1 of PokerGO’s 2021 Poker Masters ($10,000 No Limit Hold’em), but it was hardly a definitive one as Shannon Shorr and David Peters effectively “played to a tie” on Wednesday night. After a lengthy, see-saw heads-up battle that lasted nearly two hours, the duo agreed that, in order to play the next event (Event #2), that they would simply split up the remaining prize pool and flip for leaderboard points. In the end, all the chips ended on Shorr’s side of the table and he was crowned the winner of the tournament and given 1st place points. The 12-event Poker Masters kicked off with 82 entries of Event #1 pushing the prize pool to $820,000. After a full day of play, the final seven returned for Day 2 to crown a winner and try to award a $205,000 first-place prize. Coming into the final table with fewer than ten big blinds, Ben Yu wasn’t long for the final table busting in the day’s opening moments when he got all-in with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9c"] against Shorr’s [poker card="ks"][poker card="jd"]. When the board ran out [poker card="kc"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8d"][poker card="qc"][poker card="4c"], Yu tapped the table and exited in seventh place for $41,000. With the blinds at 25,000/50,000 (50,000 bb ante), Shorr opened to 100,000 on the button with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"]. In the small blind, Brock Wilson looked down at [poker card="jd"][poker card="td"] and made the call. Then from the big blind, John Riordan who started the day as the second shortest stack moved all-in for his final 10 big blinds with [poker card="as"][poker card="8h"]. With the action on Shorr, he four-bet shipped all-in having Wilson covered. Wilson quickly released and the cards were put on their backs. The flop came [poker card="8d"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5s"], giving Riordan top pair and putting him in a good spot to double up. However, the [poker card="qh"] turn quickly put Shorr back in charge as Riordan was left looking for one of just two outs. The [poker card="qc"] river ended Riordan’s day in sixth place, good for $49,200. The final five battled for nearly two hours until the next player made their exit. The blinds had climbed to 40,000/80,000 (80,000 bb ante) and Jonathan Jaffe found himself on the short stack with roughly ten big blinds. When it folded to him in the cutoff with [poker card="2s"][poker card="2d"], Jaffe moved all-in. It folded through to Wilson in the big blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="9h"] and he quickly made the call. The [poker card="9c"][poker card="6d"][poker card="3h"] flop gave Wilson top pair and a commanding lead in the hand. The turn came the [poker card="5d"] bringing some additional gutshot straight outs for Jaffe. But the [poker card="ad"][ spiked on the river and Jaffe moved his chips into the middle, collected his belonging, and headed to the cage to collect $65,500 for fifth place. After losing a big hand against Peters, one in which Wilson was all-in with [poker card="ad"][poker card="3d"] against Peters’ [poker card="kd"][poker card="kc"], Wilson moved to the bottom of the chip counts. At the 50,000/100,000 (100,000 bb ante) level, Wilson and Peters clashed again. Peters put in a raise on the button to 225,000 with his [poker card="ks"][poker card="qs"] and Wilson, in the big blind with just under 10 big blinds remaining, defended holding the [poker card="kh"][poker card="6h"]. The flop came [poker card="kc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="5s"], giving both players top pair but keeping kickers in play. Wilson checked it over to Peters who bet the minimum, 100,000. Wilson then check-raised all-in and Peters made the call. The turn was the [poker card="ac"], bringing Wilson some chop outs. But the [poker card="3s"] ended Wilson’s run in fourth place, adding $82,600 to his bankroll. READ: Empire State to Sin City: Brock Wilson Ready for Breakout Moment At three-handed, the chip stacks evened out until at 50,000/125,000 (125,000 bb ante) Shorr crept out to a small lead, while Peters and Dylan DeStefano remained neck and neck. On the button, Peters looked down at [poker card="js"][poker card="jh"] and put in a raise to 250,000. After Shorr folded his small blind, action was on DeStefano in the big blind with [poker card="qh"][poker card="9h"] and just under 20 big blinds. He took a long look at Peters and then announced he was all-in and Peters, with the bigger stack, snap-called. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7h"] brought DeStefano a whole host of outs including potential flush, pair and backdoor straight outs. The turn was was the [poker card="ks"], leaving DeStefano with one more chance to his 10 outs. It didn’t come, the river was the [poker card="7c"] and DeStefano wrapped up in third place for $98,400. After taking out DeStefano, Peters started head-up play with a slight chip lead but Shorr was quick to even the stacks. Then the pair went to battle. Shorr built a considerable chip lead of roughly four-to-one and then Peters doubled. Shorr built it back up and Peters continued to hang around and then he took the lead. The pair bounced back and forth each taking turns trying to eliminate the other. All the while, registration for Event #2 was coming to a close and both players were eager to make sure they registered. Peters held a 7.6 million to 2.6 million chip lead over Shorr, at the 100,000/200,000 (200,000 bb ante) level, when he open shipped the big stack holding [poker card="as"][poker card="9d"]. Shorr made the call holding the [poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"] and it looked like Peters might finally lock up the win. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="th"][poker card="3c"] flop gave Shorr a flush draw which came in on the [poker card="9c"] turn. Peters needed a nine on the river to take the hand, but instead the river came the [poker card="qh"] and the pair were back to even with a quarter of an ante difference between them. At that point, they agreed to a deal (that may have been agreed to earlier) and then flipped for leaderboard points. “We’re effectively calling this a draw,” said PokerGO commentator Jeff Platt. “We can do an adjusted chop,” Shorr said, indicating that what little difference there was would be split in the aftermath. They both shipped all-in blind with Shorr winning the hand and being declared the official winner, claiming first-place leaderboard points. Poker Masters Event #1 Final Table Results Shannon Shorr - $205,000 officially* David Peters - $147,600 officially* Dylan DeStefano - $98,400 Brock Wilson - $82,000 Jonathan Jaffe - $65,600 John Riordan - $49,200 Ben Yu - $41,000 * Specific details of the deal were not made public but were discussed in the broadcast.
For the past three weeks, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida has been home for a number of poker's best players as the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open made its return after having to take 2020 off due to the pandemic. On Tuesday, four players added SHRPO titles to their resumes and thousands of dollars to their bankroll, including a player that wasn't on anybody's radar when the series began. Dimitri Vorbe Wins $5,250 SHRPO Championship Back in May, a completely unknown player named Dimitri Vorbe picked up a small cash in the opening event of the Seminole Hard Rock Deep Stack Poker Series. It was his first career cash and until Tuesday night, it was his only cash. On Tuesday, Vorbe topped the 1,180-entry field in the $5,250 buy-in SHRPO Championship Event for $929,365. The Haitian-born Vorbe came to the final table with the chip lead and eliminated three of the other eight players at the final table including Ian O'Hara in third and AP Louis Garza in second place. The 1,180 entries make this largest SHRPO Championship event since 2014 when the event featured a $10 million guarantee. The 1,499 runners in that field created a $2,505,000 overlay. The largest SHRPO Championship field came a year earlier when 2,384 players showed up. SHRPO Championship Final Table Payouts Dimitri Vorbe - $929,365 AP Louis Garza - $674,285 Ian O’Hara - $437,350 Mark Dube - $324,035 Matt Affleck - $244,775 Darren Rabinowitz - $197,850 Jeff Trudeau - $163,390 Harrison Brown - $130,455 Michael Wang - $100,215 Shannon Shorr Chops, Tops $2,650 NLHE A little less than a week ago, Shannon Shorr was talking about how the hassle of going through the airport was starting to wear on him. On Tuesday, the father-to-be picked up 186,261 ways to soothe his travel woes as heads back to Las Vegas. Shorr made the final three of the $2,650 NLHE event and then chopped up nearly $500,000 with Aditya Prasetyo and Mukul Pahuja before defeating both of them to win the trophy and an additional $30,655. Prasetyo earned $170,243 while Pahuja walked away with $141,966. This is Shorr's second six-figure win at Seminole Hard Rock in 2021. In April, Shorr defeated 286 other entries to win $296,535 in a $5,000 buy-in side event at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. SHRPO $2,650 NLHE Final Table Payouts Shannon Shorr – $186,261* Aditya Prasetyo – $170,243* Mukul Pahuja - $141,966* James Miller - $72,650 David Shmuel - $55,765 Victor Figueroa - $46,485 Dan Colpoys - $38,740 Steve Karp - $31,015 Ray Qartomy - $23,335 Joe McKeehen Wins $25,500 High Roller Joe McKeehen and Darren Elias worked their way through 89 other entries in the $25,500 High Roller event and then came to terms on a deal that allowed each of them to pocket a half million dollars with McKeehen also getting the title thanks to having Elias slightly outchipped. It is McKeehen's 23rd career live victory and the fifth largest score of his career behind his runner-up finish in the 2014 WSOP Monster Stack ($820,863), sixth place finish in the 2016 $111,111 WSOP One Drop High Roller, his runner-up finish in the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller ($1,220,840), and of course his 2015 WSOP Main Event win ($7,683,346). SHRPO $25,500 High Roller Final Table Payouts Joe McKeehen – $550,990* Darren Elias – $539,135* Thomas Boivin – $285,460 Jake Daniels – $197,800 David Peters – $128,120 Joseph Cheong – $96,650 Dylan Smith – $78,670 Nadya Magnus – $67,430 Chad Eveslage – $65,185 Scott Baumstein Wins $1,100 No Limit Hold'em The final four players in the $1,100 NLHE event agreed to an ICM chop and thanks to an extra ante chip or two, Scott Baumstein wound up with a trophy to go along with his share of the prize pool. Baumstein chopped up more than $265,000 with Aaron Pinson, Christopher Meyers, and Donald Maloney. Baumstein also cashed in seven other SHRPO events, including three more final tables. SHRPO $1,100 NLHE Final Table Payouts Scott Baumstein – $81,220 Aaron Pinson – $81,220 Christopher Meyers – $54,915 Donald Maloney – $48,500 Kyle Merron – $26,570 Logan Hewett – $21,995 Matt Giametta – $18,145 Miguel Caputo – $14,425 Katie Wier – $10,800