Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Announces Final Table for 2023 WPT Poker Showdown Championship

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (May 10, 2023) – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood concluded its 2023 Poker Showdown on Tuesday, May 2 following a successful three-week run. The Poker Showdown kicked off on Thursday, April 13 and saw 61 primary events and 22,035 total entries, the most in a single series, topping the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. The tournament boasted more than $23 million in prize pools.

With 2,290 entries in the WPT Poker Showdown Championship, the final prize pool is more than $7 million, easily exceeding the $3 million guarantee. The field is down to its final six players who will reconvene on Thursday, May 25 in Las Vegas for a televised final table.

Championship Final Table with Chip Counts:

Seat 1: Mitch Garshofsky – 18,550,000 (62 bb)

Seat 2: David Mzareulov – 13,350,000 (45 bb)

Seat 3: Rafael Farah Jarufe – 4,275,000 (14 bb)

Seat 4: Sridhar Sangannagari – 19,100,000 (64 bb)

Seat 5: Bin Weng – 46,050,000 (154 bb)

Seat 6: Naing Thu – 13,250,000 (44 bb)

Remaining Payouts:

1st: $1,128,250 (includes a seat in WPT World Championship)

2nd: $745,000

3rd: $550,000

4th: $413,000

5th: $312,000

6th: $238,000

Poker Showdown kicked off on Thursday, April 13 with the $400 Deep Stack No Limit Hold ‘em series opener. With more than 4,184 entries, the event more than doubled the $500,000 guaranteed, creating a total prize pool of more than $1.3 million. Carlos Loving of Sarasota, Fla. won the opener earning $153,690.

Other signature event winners include:

Rick Kalgstein (Sunrise, Fla.) winning the $200 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry) for $26,177

Vladyslav Shovkovyi (Houston, Texas) winning the $600 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) for $299,715 + Showdown Trophy

Matthew Zarcadoolas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) winning the $2,200 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) for $104,005

Thomas Boivin (St. Julian’s, Malta) winning the $25,500 High-Roller NLH (Re-Entry) for $711,300 + Showdown Trophy

Joseph LeBrun (Baltimore, Md.) winning the $5,000 Deep Stack Eight Handed NLH (Re-Entry) for $223,390

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown also hosted the “Larry Frank Memorial Charity Event Benefitting Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida” on Thursday, April 27. The charity event was in honor of Larry Frank, with proceeds going to Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida. The event had more than 90 entries and a prize pool of $13,700 + $9,200 in non-cash prizes. Eric Diaz of San Antonio, Texas won the top prize of $5,000 plus a $3,500 seat in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship.

Poker action will return to Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood with its flagship series Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) Wednesday, July 26 – Tuesday, August 8. For more information and to view the series schedule, future tournament details and make hotel reservations, please visit Follow us on Twitter at @SHRPO and @SHRHollyPoker.

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