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The World Poker Tour (WPT) Seminole Hard Rock (SHR) Poker Showdown is finally in the books – barring the delayed WPT Main Event. Running since April 23, the week-long series was the talk of the international MTT community this past week.
The WPT SHR Poker Showdown Main Event set a new attendance record for a World Poker Tour Main Event. The event logged in a whopping 2,482 entrants, generating a prize pool worth nearly $7.95 Million, almost four times the initial $2 Million guarantee.
The record-smashing field played down to the six-handed final table on April 29. Sonny Franco bagged the chip lead, with Brekstyn Schutten, Steven Snyder, Ken Aldridge, Albert Calderon, and Viet Vo rounding out the other contenders. The final six get almost three weeks off before they reconvene for the delayed final table at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas on May 18. First place pays out $1.26 Million.
The other marquee event to crown a champion was Event #24: $25,500 High Roller. Chad Eveslage overcame 145 entries to ship the title and claim a personal-best $767,576, following a three-way ICM deal.
The WPT capped off the season with the 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown before they finish a few final tables at their new home at PokerGO Studios at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas. The SHR Poker Showdown is one of the many delayed final tables that will determine a winner in a few weeks.
While India is crumbling under the pressure of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the US seems to be recovering steadily. If the WPT SHR’s series turnout is anything to go by, the WSOP annual series in the fall may very well play out as planned.
2021 WPT SHR Poker Showdown Main Event: Sonny Franco Chip Leads Delayed Final Table
The historic $3,500 entry buy-in World Poker Tour Main Event guaranteed at least $2 Million in prize money. That guarantee was completely shattered before the play even began.
A WPT record of 2,482 entries took a shot at what quickly became the biggest live poker event of 2021 — at least so far.
Expectations were high, but even the most optimistic seemed surprised by the final number of 2,482 entries from just two starting flights. That blew away the previous 1,795-entry record set at the Season XII WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in 2014.
Not only that, it set a new venue record beating out the history-making 2013 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) $10 Million GTD event, which had 2,384 entries. The $2 Million guarantee was hit on Day 1A even before cards were in the air, and the two-day turnout created a $7,942,400 prize pool.
The #WPTShowdown numbers are in!
2,482 entries, $7.942 million prize pool, and $1.261 million for the
— World Poker Tour (@WPT) April 25, 2021
After two starting flights and three more days of tournament action, there are now just six players remaining with a shot at the title and the $1,261,095 first-place prize.
Play concluded at the host venue of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, with the elimination of WSOP bracelet winner Erik Cajelais in seventh place for $203,405. The final six bagged up their chips, with action set to resume three weeks later in Las Vegas. They have all locked up at least $261,700.
The chip leader heading into the final table is Sonny Franco, with 31,900,000. The French player has just shy of $1.7 million in career live tournament earnings to his name.
Final Table Chip Counts
The remaining competitors will all have to wait until May 18 to see which of them will have their name added to the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup. This event will be one of three delayed final tables to be played out at the PokerGO studios in Las Vegas in the coming weeks, with the action being filmed for television broadcast at a later date.
The other two final tables, the WPT L.A. Poker Classic and the WPT Borgata Winer Poker Open were both set in early 2020 and have been delayed for over a year due to the COVID-10 pandemic.
Chad Eveslage Wins Event #24: $25,500 High Roller For $767,576
The 2021 SHR Poker Showdown Event #24: $25,500 High Roller saw Fort Lauderdale resident Chad Eveslage topping a star-studded field of 145 entries to win a career-best $767,576 following a three-way ICM deal. The event shattered the previous casino record of 123 entries for a $25K High Roller, accumulating a record-setting $3,581,500 in the prize pool.
After the win, Eveslage’s lifetime earnings have touched $2.47 Million. This happens to be Eveslage`s best live score; his previous best was a sixth-place finish in the 2019 WPT SHR Poker Showdown Main Event for $148,380. This was the second Seminole Hard Rock trophy that Eveslage has won so far this year. He had won the $1,100 NLHE event at the Lucky Hearts Poker Open for $101,572.
Speaking to reporters after the win, Eveslage said, “My biggest live cash before this was $100,000 or so, maybe a little bit more,” and added, “but this is way bigger.”
The SHR regular Eveslage said, “I’m here for every tournament series, and I’m really looking forward to the big series in August.”
The final day of the two-day event began with 24 players, and the top 20 places were assured a min-cash of $44,770.
Before the final table was formed, many big names like Darren Elias (10th for $78,795), Will Failla (12th for $69,840), Cary Katz (13th for $69,840), Isaac Baron (15th for $60,885), Aaron Van Blarcum (19th for $44,770), and Noah Schwartz (20th for $44,770) hit the rails.
For most of the final table, it was WSOP bracelet winner Byron Kaverman who dominated the action. He was also the most accomplished player at the FT, with more than $15.5 Million in career live tournament earnings.
“It was tough,” said Eveslage. “Byron Kaverman had a lot of chips, and he was playing well. He always plays well. I just kept getting very lucky.”
After the elimination of Brock Wilson in fourth place, the final three players agreed to look at the numbers for a possible ICM chop and quickly agreed.
The deal saw Chad Eveslage winning the title for $767,577 along with the SHR Trophy. Byron Kaverman placed runner-up for $670,285, and Sean Perry took third for $596,418.
Final Table Results (USD)
*denotes a three-way deal
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