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Shannon Shorr Wins Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown $10,000 High Roller Event

The Las Vegas Resident Defeated A Field of 89 Entries To Earn $260,600


The 2023 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown is hosting over 60 events from April 13-May 2, with buy-ins ranging from as low as $200 all the way up to a $50,000 high roller. There are a total of five high-stakes events on the schedule with five-figure buy-ins. The first of these SHRPS high rollers to wrap up was event no. 37, a $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament. With 89 entries made, the prize pool swelled to $845,500. It took two days to narrow that field down to a champion, and in the end Shannon Shorr walked away with the title, the trophy and $260,600 for the win.

This was the tenth-largest score of Shorr’s tournament career, bringing his lifetime earnings to more than $11.4 million. This was the Alabama-raised Las Vegas resident’s first live tournament title in over a year, with his last win being in the kickoff event of the 2022 U.S. Poker Open last March. He now has 19 recorded titles to his name.

“It feels awesome,” Shorr told Seminole Hard Rock poker blog reporters. “It had been a pretty rough stretch the last year, as it often is playing tournaments full time.”

Shorr and his wife are reportedly expecting their family to grow later this year.

“This takes a little anxiety off as I’m expecting a second baby around Halloween,” said Shorr. “So this comes at a good time.”

In addition to the title and the money, Shorr also earned 480 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion of this event. This was his first title and second POY-qualified final-table finish of the year.

Bryn KenneyShorr entered the final day of this event in the middle of the pack with nine players remaining. After Eli Berg (9th – $26,900) and Nadya Magnus (8th – $29,600) were knocked out, he slid to the bottom of the leaderboard. He managed to bounce back from his low point of around ten big blinds, though. He managed to outlast bracelet winner Bryn Kenney, whose pocket jacks were outflopped by the 9-8 of Filipp Khavin. The chips went in with Kavin having made a ten-high straight on the flop. The turn paired the board to give Kenney a chance for a full house, but a blank on the river sent him to the rail in seventh place ($33,800). Kenney remains the second-highest-earning tournament player in poker, with his $57.9 million trailing only the $62.5 million of leader Justin Bonomo on the all-time money list.

Shorr then doubled through Khavin to get himself out of the danger zone. Belgian poker pro Thomas Boivin (6th – $40,200) was the next to fall, with his A-2 being outrun by the K-6 suited of Dylan Smith. Kavin then lost another big all-in, this time with A-Q against the pocket aces of Adam Hendrix. Khavin soon got his last handful of blinds in with K-5 facing the A-J of Shorr, which improved to a full house to send Khavin home with $50,800.

Dan Colpoys run in this event came to an end when his A-8 ran into the pocket tens of a surging Smith, who flopped a set and held from there. Colpoys was awarded $65,500 for his fourth-place showing. This was already his sixth final-table finish of 2023, with nearly $530,000 in POY earnings accrued along the way. He has now climbed inside the top 100 in this year’s POY race standings, which are sponsored by Global Poker.

A battle of the blinds spelled the end of the Hendrix’s title hopes. He called all-in from the big blind with KDiamond SuitQDiamond Suit facing a small-blind shove from Shorr, who held ADiamond Suit9Heart Suit. The board ran out JClub Suit9Diamond Suit6Spade Suit8Diamond Suit7Heart Suit and Shorr’s pair of nines with an ace kicker earned him the pot. Hendrix was awarded $101,500 as the third-place finisher, growing his lifetime earnings to more than $4.5 million.

Heads-up play began with Smith holding roughly a 5:4 chip lead on Shorr. An early clash saw Shorr move ahead thanks to an uncalled river shove earning him a sizable pot without showdown. In the final hand, Smith limp-shoved from the button with 7Heart Suit7Club Suit. Shorr had raised from the big blind with ADiamond SuitJDiamond Suit. He called and the 6Diamond Suit6Club Suit4Heart Suit8Diamond Suit2Diamond Suit runout saw Shorr river a flush to lock up the pot and the title. Smith earned $160,700 as the runner-up finisher, the third-largest score of his career. He now has nearly $1.6 million in recorded tournament cashes.

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

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Shannon Shorr $260,600 480
2 Dylan Smith $160,700 400
3 Adam Hendrix $101,500 320
4 Daniel Colpoys $65,500 240
5 Filipp Khavin $50,800 200
6 Thomas Boivin $40,200 160
7 Bryn Kenney $33,800 120
8 Nadya Magnus $29,600 80
9 Eli Berg $26,900 40

Photo credits: Seminole Hard Rock poker blog.