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Daniel Colman Makes Repeat SHRPO Final Tables; $600k Overlay Produced

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Daniel Colman Makes Repeat SHRPO Final Tables; $600k Overlay ProducedDaniel Colman is in a great position to defend his Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open title after making the final nine as the hosts are once again forced to pay an expensive overlay.

Daniel Colman has once again underlined his ability to navigate his way through huge tournament fields by making the final table of the $5m Guaranteed Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO). Colman will start the final table third in chips; the experienced Randy Pfeifer starts as the chip leader with Paul Volpe also in contention.

The $5,250 buy-in event has fallen short of its guarantee for the second consecutive year, casting doubts over the future of the event. The 2014 $10m Guaranteed SHRPO was a disaster as organizers had to make up the difference of $2.5m – the largest overlay in tournament history.

This year the organizers cut the guarantee by 50%, replaced the re-entry format with a Freezeout, and only 907 turned up to compete in the event. The $4,398,950 prize pool forced organizers to plunge deep into their pockets for a second year with a $601,050 overlay.

The SHRPO is in its third year. Blair Hinkle won the inaugural event by besting a field of 2,384 entrants, capturing the first prize of $1.7m. The aforementioned Colman won the 2014 event after beating 1,499 entrants on his way to the $1.4m first prize. If he does successfully defend his title it will be his sixth seven figure score in the past two years.

Final Table Chip Counts

1st. Randy Pfieifer – 8,030,000

2nd. Omar Zazay – 3,840,000

3rd. Daniel Colman – 3,655,000

4th. Brian Phillis – 3,070,000

5th. Larry Moccia – 2,730,000

6th. Vlad Mezheritsky – 2,700,000

7th. Paul Volpe – 1,160,000

8th. Rick Alvarado – 1,090,000

9th. Joseph Couden – 950,000

David Somers Wins the SHRPO Charity Series of Poker (CSOP) Event

It’s not only the organizers being charitable at the Seminole Hard Rock. The players are doing their bit also.

The Charity Series of Poker (CSOP), founded by Matt Stout, raised more than $32,000 for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, after 232 players competed in the event.

The event attracted stars such as Jennifer Tilly, Phil Laak and Scotty Nguyen; actors Mekhi Phifer, Sasha Barrese and Omar Benson Miller were also in attendance. The eventual winner was David Somers. He defeated last year’s winner Nick Yunis in heads-up action. He was awarded with a seat into the $5,250 SHRPO.

Final Table Results

1st. David Somers – $9,743 (+seat into SHRPO)

2nd. Nick Yunis – $5,652

3rd. Ken Aldridge – $3,670

4th. Tom Thomas – $2,371

5th. Sarin Ashwin – $1,721

6th. Eddy Sabat – $1,462

7th. Jessica Dawley – $1,072

8th. William Sturiano – $780

9th. Paul Hoover – $747

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