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Tony Sinishtaj Wins 2017 World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event

Poker Pro's First WPT Cash Sees Him Take The Title and $661,283 First-Place Prize

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Tony Sinishtaj has won the 2017 World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown $3,500 no-limit hold’em main event, outlasting a massive field of 1,207 entries to capture the title and the first-place prize of $661,283.

“It was a tough field right down the stretch, but I got the right cards, got lucky a little bit, got unlucky a little bit,” Sinishtaj told Seminole Hard Rock Poker bloggers. “At the end of the day it happened the way it was supposed to happen I guess and I came out on top.”

Sinishtaj came into the final table in second chip position behind Dan Colman. The pivotal hand of the final day took place between those two players during four-handed action. From the button Colman raised to 425,000 with the ASpade SuitAHeart Suit and Sinishtaj made the call from the big blind with the KDiamond Suit8Diamond Suit.

The flop came down 8Spade Suit6Diamond Suit2Heart Suit and Sinishtaj lead out for 550,000 from out of positionwith top pair on the board. Colman raised to 1,500,000 with his overpair and Sinishtaj fairly quickly moved all-in for 8,275,000. Colman went deep into the tank, wanting to take his time before committing the vast majority of his stack. He eventually made the call and saw that he was indeed well ahead. The 10Diamond Suit on the turn gave Sinishtaj a plethora of outs, though, with any diamond, king or eight on the river being enough to earn him the gigantic pot. The ADiamond Suit rolled off the deck, filling Sinishtaj’s flush and leaving Colman with roughly 3 big blinds. He was eliminated the following hand, taking home $217,686.

Darryll Fish knocked out Robert Mizrachi in third place to set up a heads-up showdown with Sinishtaj, who held a 4-to-3 chip advantage. Fish was able to briefly overtake the lead, but Sinishtaj was able to pick up pocket sevens against Fish’s pocket deuces to double up and retake the lead. On the final hand the two got all-in on a 8Diamond Suit3Spade Suit2Diamond Suit flop with Fish holding the ASpade Suit3Diamond Suit and Sinishtaj the KDiamond SuitQDiamond Suit. The 6Diamond Suit on the turn gave Sinishtaj the unbeatable flush and left Fish drawing dead. The 9Diamond Suit was a mere formality as Fish was eliminated as the runner-up for $453,185. This was his third final table finish of the year, and the 1,200 Card Player Player of the Year points he earned were enough to shoot him into ninth place on the overall POY leaderboard, which is presented this year by Commerce Hotel & Casino.

Daniel Colman earned 720 points for his fourth-place showing. He has already won two titles and now made five final tables this year. With 2,266 points and $2,134,234 in year-to-date earnings, he has climbed into fifth place in the POY rankings.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Tony Sinishtaj $661,283 1440
2 Darryll Fish $453,185 1200
3 Robert Mizrachi $293,864 960
4 Daniel Colman $217,686 720
5 Eric Beller $164,438 600
6 Simeon Naydenov $132,889 480

Winner photo courtesy of WPT / Joe Giron.