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Elio Fox Wins 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $50,000 Super High Roller

Poker Pro Captures His Fifth Title of The Year, Winning $500,000

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Elio Fox has won the 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $50,000 no-limit hold’em super high roller, defeating a field of 25 total entries to win $500,000. This was Fox’s fifth live tournament title of 2018, having also won the $10,000 turbo bounty event at the World Series of Poker this summer for his second career gold bracelet. For his win in this event, Fox was awarded 306 Card Player Player of the Year points. With 3,296 total points and $3,616,687 in year-to-date earnings he now sits in 19th place in the overall 2018 POY race standings.

The event featured a $1,000,000 guarantee this year, which was surpassed by nearly a quarter of a million dollars when 25 entries were made. Day 2 of this tournament began with only three players remaining, with Christopher Hunichen (5th – $100,000) and Almedin Imsirovic (4th – $130,000) having been eliminated late on day 1.

High roller tournament regular Dan Shak held the chip lead, with Fox close behind and Giuseppe Iadisernia as the shortest stack. Iadisernia called a shove from Shak in the small blind, holding the KDiamond Suit10Spade Suit against Shak’s AHeart Suit7Spade Suit. Neither player improved their hand on a 6Heart Suit4Diamond Suit2Heart Suit3Spade Suit8Diamond Suit runout and Iadisernia was sent to the rail in third place ($190,000).

Shak took 1,350,0000 into heads-up play against Fox, who began with 1,150,000. Their final showdown didn’t last very long, with Fox able to overtake the lead before the final hand of the tournament came down. With a board of KClub SuitKDiamond SuitJSpade Suit10Heart Suit Shak checked to Fox, who bet 80,000. Shak check-raised all-in and Fox called holding the AHeart SuitQHeart Suit for the Broadway straight. Shak had JHeart Suit3Spade Suit, and could make a full house to win the hand. The 5Spade Suit on the river locked up the pot and the title for Fox. Shak was awarded $305,000 as the runner-up finisher.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Elio Fox $500,000 306
2 Dan Shak $305,000 255
3 Giuseppe Iadisernia $190,000 204
4 Almedin Imsirovic $130,000 153
5 Christopher Hunichen $100,000 128

Photo credit: SHRPO tournament blog.