Andrew Pecina organizes the biggest ever poker tournament in Florida; Ladies win big at SHRPO

The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) first event — $400 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em – set a new Florida state record with 7,703 entries. This surpassed the previous record set last November in the first event of the Opening of Rock’n’Roll Poker, which drew 6,196 entries. This overwritten the old number in the same number of flights!

The tournament crushed its $1 million guarantee by offering a prize pool of $2,541,990. On Monday, Andrew Pecina (pictured above) was the last player standing, a feat worth $225,906 after a five-way deal.

“It’s amazing. Phenomenal. Words can’t describe it,” Pecina told SHRPO officials after the win. Also, it was the first poke tournament he had ever played at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood. “I walked in the last flight hours to get in, and I only bought once.

What’s even more impressive is that Pecina did it by staging a huge comeback.

“I was down to one big blind at one point on Day 2,” he explained. “But I came back and things fell into place.”

After Corel Theuma snapped in sixth place ($73,718), the remaining players accepted a chop, and Pecina took the biggest share. Tommy Morgado was second place, good for $186,979.

Just outside the top six was someone mixed martial arts fans would recognize. Colby Covington, a UFC star who is also an avid poker fan, finished in seventh place, an impressive run that netted $48,298, his highest career tally. Covington now has over $120,000 in live tournament cash, according to The Hendon Mob.

SHRPO 2022 Event #1 Final Table Results

Square Player Price
1 Andrew Pecina $225,906*
2 Tommy Morgado $186,979*
3 Nicholas Carballo $173,368*
4 Hossein Pezeshkan $165,792*
5 David Frenkel $155,827*
6 Corel Theuma $73,718
seven Colby Covington $48,298
8 Scott Livingstone $35,588
9 Vinny Monteiro $25,420

*Denotes a five-hand chord.

Four women win back-to-back titles

SHRPO Ladies
Clockwise from top left: Sheila O’Connor, Mica Lamar, Jennifer Borsini and Donna Stutts.

Back in April PokerNews reported a story when multiple champions were crowned on the same day at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. Well, an arguably even bigger story unfolded at the start of SHRPO 2022 when four ladies won titles over a two-day period, three of them in open events.

First, on July 30, Sheila O’Connor dominated a field of 124 entries to win Event #11: $400 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 for $10,000and the same day Mica Lamarwho was the last player to register for the tournament, beat a field of 66 entries to win the 2022 SHRPO Event #12: $300 NLH Ladies for $5,000.

“It was a great group of ladies today,” Lamar said after the win. “I really enjoyed playing with them. It was a fun table. But the ladies are tough. I prefer to play with guys. With the ladies, you really don’t know. They are very unpredictable.

The next day, July 31, Donna Stutts was crowned champion in Event #13: $400 Deep Stack NLH for $19,197 after a seven-way deal. Likewise, on Sunday, Jennifer Borsini navigated a field of 100 entries to win Event #16: $600 NLH Turbo for $12,500 after a four-way deal.

What’s new ?

The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, an annual tradition, continues through August 9th. There are still a few big events on the schedule. This includes the $5,300 buy-in SHRPO NLH Championship ($3 million guaranteed) starting August 5, plus three big players – $50,000 NLH (August 4), $25,500 NLH (August 8) and $25,500 PLO (August 3).

In November, this same South Florida casino will host the $3,500 buy-in World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Openwhich features a guaranteed prize pool of $2 million.

Learn more about the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood here!

SHRPO 2022 winners so far

Date Tournament Starters Jackpot Winner Price
July 27-August 1 Event #1: $400 NLH Re-Entry 7,703 $2,541,990 Andrew Pecina $225,906
27-July Event #2: $400 Seniors NLH 50+ 272 $91,120 Robert Garcia $15,364
27-July Event #3: $400 Big Stack Big O 129 $43,215 Hal Rotholz $11,860
27-July Event #4: $200 Quad Stack Double Green Chip Bounty 212 $23,320 Eric Halpern $5,495
28-July Event #5: $600 Limit Omaha 8 109 $57,225 Aaron Kupin $17,015
28-July Event #6: $400 PLO 8 Hands 144 $48,240 Khalil Francois $13,220
28-July Event #7: $150 Big Stack NLH 297 $35,046 Darrell Carril $7,196
29-July Event #8: $400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 81 $27,135 Chris Labri $5,328
29-July Event #9: $600 Double Black Chip Bounty NLH 188 $61,100 Steve Olivier $12,478
29-July Event #10: $600 Black Chip Bounty 5-Card PLO 149 $63,325 Vincent Fiorenza $17,240
30-July Event #11: $400 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 124 $41,540 Sheila O’Connor $10,000
30-July Event #12: $300 NLH Ladies 66 $17,160 Mica Lamar $5,000
July 31 Event #13: $400 Deep Stack NLH 505 $169,175 Donna Stutts $19,197
July 31-August 1 Event #14: $1,100 Six-Max NLH 262 $254,140 Vincent Chauve $58,030

*Images courtesy of SHRPO.

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