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Ashton Griffin Wins NAPT High-Roller Shootout

Scott Seiver Earns Bounty Bonus


Ashton Griffin has taken down the first PokerStars North American Poker Tour high-roller shootout championship. Griffin came out on top of the winner-take-all tournament to take home a total of $560,000.

The $25,000 event had a unique format. A total of 49 players entered, each competing at a seven-handed table for the honor of moving on to the final table. Each table-winner was given $75,000 for advancing, as well as a $5,000 bounty for each player they eliminated along the way. The player with the most bounties was awarded a $100,000 bonus, and the overall winner would get $455,000.

Here was a look at the final-tablists, along with the number of bounties they picked up in the first round.

Seat 1 — Joe Cassidy — 4
Seat 2 — Faraz Jaka — 4
Seat 3 — Peter Eastgate — 2
Seat 4 — Scott Seiver — 6
Seat 5 — Ashton Griffin — 2
Seat 6 — Hoyt Corkins — 5
Seat 7 — Brett Richey — 3

Scott SeiverIt took nearly four hours before the first player was eliminated. In fact, the action was so draining that both Ashton Griffin and Brett Richey spent their breaks taking naps on the tournament sidelines.

After getting short-stacked, Peter Eastgate made a move with pocket eights, only to run into Scott Seiver’s pocket jacks. The bigger pair held, and Eastgate was eliminated, giving Seiver his seventh bounty of the tournament.

Richey was finally allowed to sleep for the night when his AClub Suit QHeart Suit failed to hold against Griffin’s KClub Suit QClub Suit. The river brought one of the three remaining kings, and Richey was eliminated.

Seiver’s chances to pick up the $100,000 bonus increased dramatically when he eliminated Faraz Jaka in fifth place. Jaka was all in holding QSpade Suit 10Diamond Suit, but Seiver held the superior AClub Suit JClub Suit. The board ran out AHeart Suit 9Club Suit 2Club Suit ADiamond Suit 2Heart Suit, and Jaka was sent packing.

Despite the obvious momentum, it was Seiver who was shown the rail next, busting courtesy of Hoyt Corkins. This time, Seiver held the QSpade Suit 10Heart Suit, and Corkins turned over big slick. The board gave Corkins top two pair, and Seiver was sent to the stands, hoping to collect his bonus.

Hoyt CorkinsThe final three players traded chips back and forth for hours before Joe Cassidy finally succumbed to the mounting blinds and antes. Griffin did the damage with a dominating ace, meaning that Seiver would take home the entirety of the bonus.

Griffin had a nearly 2-1 chip lead on Corkins going into heads-up play, and it didn’t take long for the match to come to an end. On just the second hand, both players saw a flop of 9Spade Suit 5Diamond Suit 4Spade Suit. Corkins found himself all in holding 9Heart Suit 3Heart Suit, but Griffin held 9Diamond Suit 8Diamond Suit for a better kicker. The turn and river fell 7Heart Suit JClub Suit, and Corkins was eliminated. Griffin picked up the $455,000 for the win, the $75,000 for winning his first table, and $30,000 in bounties, despite getting virtually no sleep the night before.

The final results:

1. Ashton Griffin — $560,000
2. Hoyt Corkins — $100,000
3. Joe cassidy — $95,000
4. Scott Seiver — $215,000
5. Faraz Jaka — $95,000
6. Brett Richey — $90,000
7. Peter Eastgate — $85,000

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over 8 years ago

Winnr take all and 9 people cashed. Love it.


over 8 years ago

LOL - I thought the exact same thing. Winner take all eh?


over 8 years ago

Its Bountys fellas.


over 8 years ago

And a shoot out, do you ever play online. Win your table you win money. That's what a shoot out is. Winners move on to the next table.