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In this edition of our PokerGuru 3-Bet, we start with the news from the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown where the latest re-entry tournament saw Steven Bennett outlasting a massive 3,030 entry-field, collecting $186,308 in prize money after a four-way deal! Next, we move over to the announcement by Poker Central about the construction of a special studio for PokerGo that will give fans a chance to witness some of the finest High Stakes poker action live. Rounding up this report is news of poker legend signing on as the brand ambassador for new crypto currency site Cryptonia Poker.
Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown is well known for attracting monster fields and the latest such reentry event registered another massive field that rewarded four players with six-figure payouts. Steven Bennett topped a pretty huge field to win the top prize of $186,308 and his second SHRP title.
“This is amazing and I’m shocked,” said Bennett after the win. “I’m kind of speechless.”
A total 3,030 entries were registered across six starting flights in the $570 buy-in re-entry event that obliterated the $1 Million prize pool guarantee, with the final prize money rocketing well past the $1.5 Million mark.
The tournament paid out the top 300 players with the money bubble bursting on Day 2. The penultimate day saw them all playing down to a ten-handed final table where the game was paused for the day.
The final table was a star-studded affair with former November Niner Jerry Wong among the contenders. Wong was the chip leader for a while on the final table but got unlucky in some crucial hands to hit the rail at seventh place.
Bennett then took charge to eliminate the start-of-day chip leader Peter Eichhardt at fifth place and soon the clock was paused where a deal was done. Bennett held a commanding lead at the time and was declared champion.
Final Table Results
1. Steven Bennett – $186,308*
2. Josias Santos – $169,966*
3. Dominic Pacelli – $145,277*
4. Jack Shea – $133,663*
5. Peter Eichhardt – $76,129
6. Nicholas Mahabee – $59,843
7. Jerry Wong – $43,935
8. Schuyler Thornton – $29,543
9. Rafael Fernandes – $21,210
*denotes four-way deal
Poker Central in its mission to increase the popularity of poker as a spectator sport recently announced the construction of a special studio at its poker base at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
The new 10,000 square-foot studio is expected to become the venue for all of PokerGo`s live streamed events, namely Poker Masters, Poker After Dark, and the flagship Super High Roller Bowl.
With nine tables and occupancy of up to 300 people, the studio will be able to accommodate up to 120 fans who will get a chance to experience several elite events like never before.
“Nearly a year ago we set out to create a digital-first poker network that would showcase some of the world’s best tournament and lifestyle content — both on and off the felt. While this studio makes the fulfillment of that goal, it also doubles as a promise to our loyal viewers — to continually expand our programming slate, offer even more tournaments at all levels and get fans even close to the mind sport they love,” said Chief Digital Officer JR McCabe.
The studio is expected to undergo a trial run at an upcoming Poker After Dark episode from May 16-18, before being used at more popular events like the Super High Roller Bowl that is slated for the end of May.
Scotty Nguyen Signs With Cryptonia Poker
Founded by the Indian`s Lakshay Anand and Vivek Jain, Cryptonia Poker is a new crypto currency poker site. To help with this launch and to add legitimacy to this new project, poker legend Scotty Nguyen has been brought on as the site`s brand ambassador.
Born in Vietnam, Scotty Nguyen arrived in the USA in 1976 aged just 14. A career that started as a dealer at Harrah`s poker room went on to become a legendary poker run spanning decades. His electrifying winning streak started from his first WSOP bracelet win in 1997, however, Nguyen’s fifth WSOP title in 2008 still represents his biggest score to date, even more than the $1 Million he won for shipping the 1998 WSOP Main Event, with the player collecting $1,989,120 for his victory at the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E event, placing him on the same pedestal as poker legends Stu Ungar, John Juanda, and Jason Mercier.