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 $20,841,610 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

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

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

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

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

*Denotes four-handed deal.

The 2021 SHRPO
The 2021 SHRPO

2021 SHRPO Results

*Date Tournament Entries Prize Pool Winner Prize*        
July 22-25 Event #1: $400 Deep Stack NLH 3,730 $1,249,550 Joseph Rossi $138,887        
July 22 Event #2: $400 Limit Omaha 8 (Freezeout) 100 $34,000 Yuval Bronshtein $6,673        
July 23 Event #3: $400 HORSE (Freezeout) 82 $27,880 Avery Bloom $6,903        
July 25 Event #4: $400 Deep Stack PLO 133 $45,220 Yuval Bronshtein $10,423        
July 25 Event #5: $400 Deep Stack NLH 302 $102,680 Clifford Conners $22,750        
July 25-26 Event #6: $1,100 Deep Stack NLH 126 $122,220 Richard Menjura $35,355        
July 26-28 Event #7: $200 Big Stack NLH 2,056 $328,960 T.K. Miles $51,560        
July 26 Event #8: $400 Black Chip Bounty 171 $41,040 Eric Piderit $10,730        
July 26 Event #9: $400 Deep Stack PLO 122 $41,480 Rebekah Emmons $12,475        
July 27 Event #10: $400 6-Max NLH 217 $73,780 Lunique Petiote $13,000        
July 27 Event #11: $400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 93 $31,620 Ziya Rahim $9,065        
July 28 Event #12: $400 Deep Stack NLH Freezeout 184 $62,560 Michael Rosen $11,095        
July 28 Event #13: $400 6-Max PLO 128 $43,520 Colbert Silva $7,136        
July 28 Event #14: $200 Double Green Chip Bounty 333 $36,630 Raminder Singh $6,256        
July 26-August 2 Event #15: $600 Deep Stack NLH 4,529 $2,377,725 Jeff Trudeau $352,200        
July 29 Event #16: $600 Limit Omaha 8 (Freezeout) 111 $58,275 Scott Matejka $15,108        
July 30 Event #17: $600 HORSE (Freezeout) 108 $56,700 Andy Woodmancey $13,121        
July 31 Event #18: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 140 $73,500 Long Nguyen $19,605        
1-Aug Event #19: $400 Deep Stack NLH 510 $173,400 Frank Russo $19,205        
August 1-2 Event #20: $1,700 Purple Chip Bounty 177 $177,000 Masato Yokosawa $44,925        
August 2 Event #21: $400 Seniors 50+ 227 $77,180 Benjamin Robinson $18,030        
August 2 Event #22: $600 Double Black Chip Bounty 300 $97,500 Ducarmel Beaubien $20,860        
August 2 Event #23: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha 143 $73,075 Tom Guedj $18,238        
August 2 Event #24: $150 Big Stack NLH 569 $68,280 Pasquale Calazza $7,182        
August 2-3 Event #25: $1,100 Limit Omaha 8 Championship 87 $84,390 Donny Rubinstein $27,220        
August 3 Event #26: $600 6-Max NLH 330 $173,250 Victor Choupeaux $25,328        
August 3 Event #27: $600 6-Max PLO 136 $71,400 Logan Howett $18,055        
August 4 Event #28: $1,100 Deep Stack NLH 385 $373,450 Neal Corcoran $76,020        
August 4-5 Event #29: $50,000 Super High Roller 24 $1,164,000 Chris Brewer $420,670        
August 4 Event #30: $200 Double Green Chip Bounty 348 $38,280 Roberto Bendeck $5,836        
August 5-6 Event #31: $1,100 HORSE Championship 78 $75,660 Sam Panzica $23,185        
August 5 Event #32: $2,200 Deep Stack NLH 300 $600,000 Bin Weng $99,142        
August 5-6 Event #33: $50,000 Super High Roller 29 $1,406,500 Zhuang Ruan $562,600        
August 6-10 Event #34: $5,250 SHRPO Championship 1,180 $5,723,000 Dimitri Vorbe $929,365        
August 8-10 Event #35: $2,650 NLH (Single Re-Entry) 490 $1,188,250 Shannon Shorr $186,261        
August 8 Event #36: $15,000 NLH Freezeout 27 $388,800 Matthew Sabia $155,515        
August 8 Event #37: $600 Deep Stack Turbo NLH Freezeout 79 $41,870 David Nowling $7,227        
August 9-10 Event #38: $1,100 NLH (Re-Entry) 567 $567,000 Scott Baumstein $81,220        
August 9-10 Event #39: $25,500 NLH High Roller 91 $2,247,700 Joe McKeehen $550,990        
August 9-11 Event #40: $150 Big Stack NLH 873 $104,760 Gonzalo Garcia $21,970        
August 6-10 Event #41: $2,650 Pot-Limit Omaha 45 $109,125 Ari Oxman $38,795        
August 10 Event #42: $400 Deep Stack Turbo NLH 120 $40,800 Michael Newman $7,573        
August 10 Event #43: $10,000 NLH 101 $969,600 Sam 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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