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Vorbe Wins 2021 SHRPO for $929K; McKeehen, Shorr & Baumstein Among “Big Four” Winners

2021 SHRPO Winners

The 2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) recently wrapped up its 43-event series, which catered to a combined 19,881 entries and awarded $21,014,260 in prize pools. The series got off to a strong start when Yuval Bronshtein claimed two titles, while midway through a pair of $50,000 Super High Roller tournaments took place.

Among those to capture titles during the series were Sam Panzica (Event #31: $1,100 H.O.R.S.E. Championship for $23,185), Matthew Sabia (Event #36: $15,000 NLH Freezeout for $135,515), and Sam Soverel (Event #43: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $293,205).

The series ultimately climaxed with “The Big 4,” a quartet of tournaments that held their final tables at the same time.

Dimitri Vorbe Wins 2021 SHRPO Championship

Dimitri Vorbe
Dimitri Vorbe

The $5,250 buy-in SHRPO Championship, which ran from August 6-10, blew by its $3 million guarantee as 1,180 runners generated a $5,723,000 prize pool. That was paid out amongst the top 149 finishers including former champ Blair Hinkle (10th - $100,215), Chance Kornuth (11th - $73,655), Bob Mather (16th - $46,700), Sofia Lövgren (17th - $46,700), Aaron Massey (25th - $27,470), and Brian Hastings (29th - $23,925).

The final table was a stacked affair, but ultimately it was Dimitri Vorbe besting AP Louis Garza in heads-up play to claim the title and $929,365 first-place prize.

“It’s unbelievable,” Vorbe told SHRPO officials after the win. “I dreamed about this, but I did not understand what it would be. It’s a great feeling.”

Vorbe, a recreational player who was born and raised in Haiti before relocating to South Florida, added: “Poker is fun, but a tournament is very, very different. It’s a sport like all the other sports. There’s a physical energy that you have to put into it … The trophy means more to me than anything, because this is an achievement. It means that I started from scratch, and I won. I’m not a professional poker player, and some people spend 20-30 years playing poker professionally and never achieve that.”

2021 SHRPO Championship Final Table Results

1Dimitri Vorbe$929,365
2AP Louis Garza$674,285
3Ian O’Hara$437,350
4Mark Dube$324,035
5Matt Affleck$244,775
6Darren Rabinowitz$197,850
7Jeff Trudeau$163,390
8Harrison Brown$130,455
9Michael Wang$100,215

McKeehen & Elias Strike Deal in $25,500 High Roller

Joe McKeehen
Joe McKeehen

In Event #39: $25,500 NLH High Roller, 91 entrants created a $2,247,700 prize pool that was paid out to the top 13 finishers. Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were Bin Weng (13th - $56,195), Barry Hutter (12th - $58,440), John Riordan (11th - $60,690), and Brandon Adams (10th - $62,935).

The tournament ended when the 2015 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event champ Joe McKeehen and four-time World Poker Tour (WPT) winner Darren Elias struck a heads-up deal. The two were close in chips, but McKeehen had a slight edge to claim the title and $550,990 in prize money while Elias finished as runner-up for $539,125.

“I came in with a lot of chips and had a lot of hands early. I made some nice hands, won some pots and kind of just stayed afloat from that point on,” McKeehen told SHRPO reporters. “I got to three-handed and had some chips. I got a little lucky and that was that.”

It’s just the latest win for McKeehen, who over the summer won a U.S. Poker Open title.

Event #39: $25,500 NLH High Roller Final Table Results

1Joe McKeehen$550,990*
2Darren Elias$539,135*
3Thomas Boivin$285,460
4Jake Daniels$197,800
5David Peters$128,120
6Joseph Cheong$96,650
7Dylan Smith$78,670
8Nadya Magnus$67,430
9Chad Eveslage$65,185

*Denotes heads-up deal.

Shorr Prevails After Three-Way Deal in Event #35: $2,650 NLH

Shannon Shorr
Shannon Shorr

Event #35: $2,650 No-Limit Hold’em attracted 490 entries, which resulted in a $1,188,250 prize pool. Among the top 62 to make the money were Ankush Mandavia (10th - $23,335), David Toscano (18th - $12,895), and Ilyas Muradi (23rd - $9,100).

The tournament ended when the final three players worked a deal that saw Shannon Shorr claim the trophy and $186,261 in prize money, Aditya Prasetyo finish as runner-up for $170,243, and Mukul Pahuja take third for $141,966.

“Since the pandemic, I’ve been working really hard on my game. I’ve been studying a lot and playing a lot of online poker during the break,” said Shorr, who is expecting his first child. “It’s actually sort of tunneled me into this mindset where I’m actually super motivated to bring my best self and sort of do all the right things on these trips, as opposed to party and waste time. I’m living much more intentionally knowing that I’m going to be a dad.”

Event #35: $2,650 NLH Final Table Results

1Shannon Shorr$186,261*
2Aditya Prasetyo$170,243*
3Mukul Pahuja$141,966*
4James Miller$72,650
5David Shmuel$55,765
6Victor Figueroa$46,485
7Dan Colpoys$38,740
8Steven Karp$31,015
9Ray Qartomy$23,335

*Denotes three-handed deal.

Scott Baumstein Wins Event #38: $1,100 NLH

Scott Baumstein
Scott Baumstein

Event #38: $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) drew 567 entries and offered up a $567,000 prize pool to the top 71 finishers. Among those to make deep runs but fall short of the final table were Sergio Giha (10th - $10,800), Eric Salazar (14th - $7,175), Angelina Rich (17th - $5,985), and Jason Wheeler (29th - $3,005).

The tournament ended in a four-way deal that saw Scott Baumstein, who had already cashed half a dozen times during the series and made a trio of final tables, claim the title and $81,220 in prize money.

“It was a really good way to cap a really long and grueling series,” Baumstein told SHRPO officials. “I’ve been here grinding almost every day for 20 days and I was able to finally close one out after the chop. I was at the $1K final table last week and had some regrets. So, I did things a little differently this time. I’m happy that it went better today.”

Event #38: $1,100 NLH Final Table Results

1Scott Baumstein$81,220*
2Aaron Pinson$81,220*
3Chris Meyers$54,915*
4Donald Maloney$48,500*
5Kyle Merron$26,570
6Logan Hewett$21,995
7Matt Giametta$18,145
8Miguel Caputo$14,425
9Katie Wier$10,800

*Denotes four-handed deal.

The 2021 SHRPO
The 2021 SHRPO

2021 SHRPO Results

*DateTournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize*    
July 22-25Event #1: $400 Deep Stack NLH3,730$1,249,550Joseph Rossi$138,887    
July 22Event #2: $400 Limit Omaha 8 (Freezeout)100$34,000Yuval Bronshtein$6,673    
July 23Event #3: $400 HORSE (Freezeout)82$27,880Avery Bloom$6,903    
July 25Event #4: $400 Deep Stack PLO133$45,220Yuval Bronshtein$10,423    
July 25Event #5: $400 Deep Stack NLH302$102,680Clifford Conners$22,750    
July 25-26Event #6: $1,100 Deep Stack NLH126$122,220Richard Menjura$35,355    
July 26-28Event #7: $200 Big Stack NLH2,056$328,960T.K. Miles$51,560    
July 26Event #8: $400 Black Chip Bounty171$41,040Eric Piderit$10,730    
July 26Event #9: $400 Deep Stack PLO122$41,480Rebekah Emmons$12,475    
July 27Event #10: $400 6-Max NLH217$73,780Lunique Petiote$13,000    
July 27Event #11: $400 Omaha 8/Stud 893$31,620Ziya Rahim$9,065    
July 28Event #12: $400 Deep Stack NLH Freezeout184$62,560Michael Rosen$11,095    
July 28Event #13: $400 6-Max PLO128$43,520Colbert Silva$7,136    
July 28Event #14: $200 Double Green Chip Bounty333$36,630Raminder Singh$6,256    
July 26-August 2Event #15: $600 Deep Stack NLH4,529$2,377,725Jeff Trudeau$352,200    
July 29Event #16: $600 Limit Omaha 8 (Freezeout)111$58,275Scott Matejka$15,108    
July 30Event #17: $600 HORSE (Freezeout)108$56,700Andy Woodmancey$13,121    
July 31Event #18: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha 8140$73,500Long Nguyen$19,605    
1-AugEvent #19: $400 Deep Stack NLH510$173,400Frank Russo$19,205    
August 1-2Event #20: $1,700 Purple Chip Bounty177$177,000Masato Yokosawa$44,925    
August 2Event #21: $400 Seniors 50+227$77,180Benjamin Robinson$18,030    
August 2Event #22: $600 Double Black Chip Bounty300$97,500Ducarmel Beaubien$20,860    
August 2Event #23: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha143$73,075Tom Guedj$18,238    
August 2Event #24: $150 Big Stack NLH569$68,280Pasquale Calazza$7,182    
August 2-3Event #25: $1,100 Limit Omaha 8 Championship87$84,390Donny Rubinstein$27,220    
August 3Event #26: $600 6-Max NLH330$173,250Victor Choupeaux$25,328    
August 3Event #27: $600 6-Max PLO136$71,400Logan Howett$18,055    
August 4Event #28: $1,100 Deep Stack NLH385$373,450Neal Corcoran$76,020    
August 4-5Event #29: $50,000 Super High Roller24$1,164,000Chris Brewer$420,670    
August 4Event #30: $200 Double Green Chip Bounty348$38,280Roberto Bendeck$5,836    
August 5-6Event #31: $1,100 HORSE Championship78$75,660Sam Panzica$23,185    
August 5Event #32: $2,200 Deep Stack NLH300$600,000Bin Weng$99,142    
August 5-6Event #33: $50,000 Super High Roller29$1,406,500Zhuang Ruan$562,600    
August 6-10Event #34: $5,250 SHRPO Championship1,180$5,723,000Dimitri Vorbe$929,365    
August 8-10Event #35: $2,650 NLH (Single Re-Entry)490$1,188,250Shannon Shorr$186,261    
August 8Event #36: $15,000 NLH Freezeout27$388,800Matthew Sabia$155,515    
August 8Event #37: $600 Deep Stack Turbo NLH Freezeout79$41,870David Nowling$7,227    
August 9-10Event #38: $1,100 NLH (Re-Entry)567$567,000Scott Baumstein$81,220    
August 9-10Event #39: $25,500 NLH High Roller91$2,247,700Joe McKeehen$550,990    
August 9-11Event #40: $150 Big Stack NLH873$104,760Gonzalo Garcia$21,970    
August 6-10Event #41: $2,650 Pot-Limit Omaha45$109,125Ari Oxman$38,795    
August 10Event #42: $400 Deep Stack Turbo NLH120$40,800Michael Newman$7,573    
August 10Event #43: $10,000 NLH101$969,600Sam Soverel$293,205    

The next major tournament series scheduled for the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood is the Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open scheduled for November.

*Images courtesy of SHRPO.

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