WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Starts April 15

James Carroll, the reigning WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event champion

The WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown is one of the most popular stops on the World Poker Tour. Thousands of players turn out for its Main Event every year, each vying for the bankroll-boosting first-place prize.

The latest WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown festival kicks off on April 15 with a deep stack event. A $500,000 guarantee features in this $600 buy-in tournament, which features six starting flights. A single re-entry is permitted on each flight, although only the venue can only seat 480 players per flight.

There is a $50,000 buy-in Super High Roller event scheduled for April 21. Last year’s WPT Seminole Hard Rock poker Showdown Super High Roller only attracted 20 entrants. Those entrants, however, were some of the best poker players on the planet. Elio Fox won that event for $440,000 after defeating Sam Soverel heads-up.

It is the Main Event that everyone wants to win. $3,500 is the buy-in, and $2,000,000 is guaranteed. WPT is cautious with the guarantee because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but they should have zero issues in smashing that sum.

The WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event attracts players in droves. The attendance has never dropped below 1,207 since the WPT switched to a $3,500 buy-in. We do not envisage this changing, even with current restrictions in place.

Day 4, the penultimate day, runs from noon Eastern Time until only six players remain. Those six finalists head to the PokerGo Studio in Las Vegas on May 18 and compete in a televised finale.

Previous WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Champions

Season Entrants Prize Pool Champion Prize
17 1,360 $4,352,000 James Carroll $715,175
16 1,309 $4,188,800 Scott Margereson $696,740
15 1,207 $3,862,400 Tony Sinishtaj $661,283
14 1,222 $3,895,400 Justin Young $669,161
13 1,476 $5,013,000 Griffin Paul $1,000,000
12 1,795 $5,788,875 Eric Afriat $1,081,184
11 542 $2,547,000 Kevin Eyster $660,395
10 290 $2,784,000 Tommy Vedes $779,520
9 433 $4,156,800 Tyler von Kriegenbergh $715,175

Seasons 9 and 10 commanded a $10,000 buy-in. Season 11 cost $5,000 to enter

James Carroll is the reigning WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event champion. Carroll came out on top of a 1,360-strong field to pad his bankroll with $715,175.

Carroll defeated Canadian pro Eric Afriat heads-up to secure the title and the lion’s share of the prize pool. The Carroll victory prevented this event from having its first two-time champion. Afriat won the Main Event during Season 12, outlasting 1,794 opponents and scooping an incredible $1,081,184 prize.

Afriat will likely head to Hollywood, Florida, for this latest $3,500 event. He is in good form, having finished fourth in the $3,500 Wynn Spring Classic in Las Vegas on March 12 for a $121,450 prize.

Scott Margereson is another player to look out for in the chip counts and live updates. Margereson won this event during Season 16 and walked away with $696,740. The Mexico-based British star often appears in prestigious events in the United States.

Satellites Galore

$3,500 is way out of the constraints of most people’s bankrolls, which is why the WPT is running dozens of satellites right up to Day 1B shuffling up and dealing.

Mega Satellites to Championship Event are what you want to look out for if you plan to head to Florida for the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. These $400 buy-in satellites have 10 Main Event seats, each worth $3,500, guaranteed.

We have it on good authority these satellites are a gold mine. Recreational players make up the bulk of the satellites’ entrants, making for weak fields. Brush up on your satellite tournament strategy, employ it at the tables, and you have a great chance of playing in this $2 million guaranteed Main Event.

Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

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