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Tommy Vedes Wins 2012 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

Pro Earns $779,520 For Second WPT Title Victory


Tommy Vedes Tommy Vedes became part of the elite club of two-time World Poker Tour champions when he took down the 2012 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown $10,000 main event. For topping the 290-player field Vedes was awarded the $779,520 first-place prize and 1,140 Card Player Player of the Year points, moving him into 38th place in the overall standings. Vedes had previously won the 2009 WPT Festa al Lago main event for more than $1.2 million.

Vedes came into the final table as the shortest stack, looking to improve on his sixth-place finish in this same event last year. Joe Serock, who finished third in the 2012 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star in March, came into this final table as the monster chip leader, but lost a key flip three handed to become the shortest stack. He ultimately finished in third place again, this time for $306,240 and 760 POY points. As a result of his two big finishes, Serock has moved into 12th in the overall POY standings with 1,760 points.

John Dolan With Serock’s elimination, heads-up play began with 2010 WSOP November Niner John Dolan holding a solid lead over Vedes. It took 38 hands before Vedes turned it around and dealt the final knockout blow, calling Dolan’s four-bet all-in with ADiamond Suit10Diamond Suit and finding himself ahead of his opponents KDiamond Suit6Diamond Suit. The flop improved Dolan to two pair with the KHeart SuitJClub Suit6Heart Suit, but Vedes filled up his gutshot straight draw on the turn when the QSpade Suit hit the board. Dolan needed to fill up going into the river, but the harmless 4Club Suit fell, guaranteeing Vedes the pot and the title.

For his runner-up finish Dolan earned $459,360 and 950 POY points, which combined with a win in a $5,000 event at the Beau Rivage to move him into 15th place in the overall standings with 1,670 points.

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

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1st Tommy Vedes $779,520 1140
2nd John Dolan $459,360 950
3rd Joseph Serock $306,240 760
4th Craig Bergeron $212,976 570
5th Sharon Levin $158,688 475
6th Kyle Bowker $122,496 380


almost 9 years ago

I wanted nothing more than anyone to win this tournament other than Tommy Vedes. I cannot stand watching this guy play poker. There is nobody on tour that takes more time making fairly easy descisions than this guy. I can respect a player that thinks over how a hand was played before he acts, but this guy takes it to a whole new level. He makes Dwan look like hes playing a speed tournament. I think Vedes is horrible for televised poker. Take your time and make whatever move you think is correct for the situation at hand, but tanking for over 2 minutes on every street every hand is ridiculous.