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World Poker Tour Showdown Championship Down To Final Six

The WPT’s Championship Showdown is down to the finale table of 6 players.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood continued its 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown series Tuesday with World Poker Tour® play. After five days of action in the $3,500 WPT Showdown Championship, the field of 1,360 players is down to its final six. The final table features a very talented group of players that have nearly $15 million in combined earnings and two WPT titles. New to Season XVII, the WPT Poker Showdown Championship will culminate on Thursday, May 30 at HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor in Las Vegas, where the final six players will play in front of a live audience and television cameras for future airing on FOX Sports Regional Networks.

James Carroll of Las Vegas leads the group with the highest chip count (18,525,000), while Los Angeles-native Maria Ho is in close second (16,650,000). Carroll won his first WPT championship at the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event in 2014 for $1.3 of his $3.2 million in career earnings. Ho, a Women in Poker Hall of Fame inductee, Global Poker Awards Broadcaster of the Year winner and two-time SHRPO Big 4 final table commentator, has accumulated nearly $3.3 million in career earnings.

The six-handed final table will also feature two players hailing from South Florida. Chad Eveslage of Fort Lauderdale has $1.3 million in live career earnings, in addition to a WSOP Circuit win and a $100,000 score as part of his deep run in the 2013 WSOP Main Event. As an online pro during the Moneymaker Boom, he banked $3.3 million in career earnings.

From  Davie, Fla., Jerry Wong has $3.7 million in careers earnings and is best known for his November Nine appearance during the 2016 WSOP Main Event. He has five six-digit scores to his credit including a $250,000 payout for winning the 2017 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Ultimate Re-Entry tournament.

Championship Final Table with Chip Counts:

Seat 1: Maria Ho (Los Angeles, Calif.)- 16,650,000

Seat 2: Chad Eveslage (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)- 3,350,000

Seat 3: Jerry Wong (Davie, Fla.)- 3,225,000

Seat 4: Eric Afriat (Canada)- 4,425,000

Seat 5: Ami Alibay (Canada)- 8,175,000

Seat 6: James Carroll (Las Vegas, Nev.)- 18,525,000

Remaining Payouts:

  • 1st: $700,175 + $15,000 Baccarat Crystal WPT Tournament of Champions seat
  • 2nd: $465,120
  • 3rd:  $344,960
  • 4th:  $257,815
  • 5th:  $194,610
  • 6th:  $148,380

The 28-event Poker Showdown kicked off on April 4 with the $570 buy-in Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em. With 2,958 entries, the event easily eclipsed the $1 million guarantee, with a prize pool of nearly $1.5 million. Narimaan Ahmadi of Alpharetta, Ga. won the opener turning his $570 entry into $209,977.

Other signature event winners include:

Aaron Mermelstein (Philadelphia, Pa.), winning the $25,500 High Roller No Limit Hold’em for $618,955

Elio Fox (New York, N.Y.), winning the $50,000 Super High Roller for $440,000

Richard Alati (Phoenix, Ariz.), winning the $1,100 No Limit Hold’em for $107,740

Paul Sneed (Kings Park, N.Y.), winning the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em One-Day for $116,245

Poker action will return to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. with the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) Aug. 1 – Aug. 13, 2019. Unique to South Florida, SHRPO is known for its one-of-a-kind finisher – The Big 4. The Big 4 is a collection of four-tournament finales that feature staggered structures, timed so the events play down simultaneously in front of a live audience. Tournament promotions include the property’s signature “Win a Seat” program where participants can visit to enter for a chance at a $5,250 entry into the championship.

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