UFC star Colby Covington wins poker tournament at Seminole Hard Rock

Colby Covingtonone of the top welterweights in the UFC, is having a great week at the poker tables during the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open 2022.

On Thursday, he won his third live poker tournament recorded by Hendon Mob, this one at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, scoring $25,875 in a pot-limit Omaha/8 to 1 event. $100.

Lots of knockouts for UFC Fighter

The tournament attracted 84 attendees, none of whom have been able to knock out a skilled mixed martial artist. It wasn’t the first big score of the week for the South Florida local. Covington took seventh place for $48,295 for finishing seventh in the biggest on-court poker tournament in Sunshine State history – $400 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (7,703 entries).

“I wanted to come back and prove it wasn’t just a fluke,” Covington said, “and show that I could play with the best players in the world.”

He has certainly proven that he can compete at a high level in more than just mixed martial arts. The new poker champion was delighted to have won the tournament so close to home.

“It’s a surreal feeling,” Covington said of his win. “It’s been a long journey to finally get a trophy here at Seminole Hard Rock. It’s my home casino and I love playing here.

The second ranked UFC welterweight was one of 11 players who cashed in. He beat David Shmuel, who received $15,890 for second place, in the lead to win the title.

Covington said after his win that part of his strategy was to avoid getting into pots against the three-time WSOP bracelet winner. Phil Hui, which finished in fourth place for $6,680. The strategy worked wonders as the athlete won his first recorded poker tournament since 2018 when he shipped $150 a day to Pompano Beach, Florida for $2,702.

2022 SHRPO Event #22 Final Table Results

Square Player Price
1 Colby Covington $25,875
2 David Shmuel $15,890
3 Salvatore Pipitone $9,985
4 Phil Hui $6,680
5 Tony Cousineau $5,095
6 Aaron Schaff $4,075
seven Errol Massey $3,380
8 Damjan Radanov $2,850

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Covington in the Octagon

As a UFC fighter, Covington has been almost unbeatable, as long as he doesn’t face Kamaru Usman, to whom he has lost twice. Other than those losses, he is 17-1 in the octagon.

The 34-year-old is one of the toughest and most controversial fighters around. His open support for former US President Donald Trump has made Covington a love-or-hate fighter. Regardless of your side (love or hate), you can’t deny his talents.

Covington also has a high-profile feud with his former close friend and fellow MMA fighter, Jorge Masvidalwho Covington defeated by unanimous decision at UFC 272 in March, his most recent bout.

The two UFC stars had an infamous spinoff on Masvidal disrespecting the poker player saying he “was ab***h.”[“Aucoursdeladernièreannéelaquerelleestpeut-êtredevenueladisputelaplusméchantedel’histoiredel’UFC[“OverthepastyearthefeudhasbecomeperhapsthenastiestspatinUFChistory

“I’m going to kill you bro,” Masvidal told ESPN as Covington yelled. “Never talk to me like that.”

Ten years ago, Masvidal took Covington under his wing and helped the young fighter grow. They had a strong bond for quite some time, but those days are long gone.

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
July 31-August 2 Event #15: $600 Deep Stack PLO 500 $260,000 Duff Charette $48,075
July 31 Event #16: $600 NLH Turbo 100 $53,000 Jennifer Borsini $12,500
August 1-2 Event #17: $1,100 Seniors 50+ 137 $132,890 Neil Blumenfield $31,670
August 1-3 Event #18: $200 Big Stack NLH 2,532 $405,120 carlos pino $54,720
August 1-2 Event #19: HORSE $600 86 $45,150 Phil Hui $14,460
1st of August Event #20: $400 NLH Turbo 86 $29,240 Rob Brown $9,320
August 2nd Event #21: $600 Deep Stack 6-Max NLH 257 $134,925 Nick Yunis $31,415
August 2-3 Event #22: $1,100 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 84 $81,480 Colby Covington $25,875
August 3 Event #25: $600 Double Black Chip Bounty PLO 158 $52,930 Brandon Duvdivani $13,660
August 3 Event #26: $200 Double Green Chip Bounty NLH 395 $43,500 Jarett Minkoff $8,460
August 3 Event #27: $1,100 Deep Stack Turbo NLH 97 $97,000 James Rodriguez $29,185

*Images courtesy of SHRPO.

Kristen T. Prall