The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship is one of North America’s premier poker events, with some of the best poker pros from across the country as well as overseas being a part of it each year. This year, the Main Event had a buy-in of $5,250 and a massive field of 914 entries smashed the $3 million guarantee, creating a new prize pool of $4,432,900.
The 5-day tournament came to an end on Tuesday night and overcoming this massive field was cash game player Brandon Eisen, who took home a career best prize of $771,444 for this remarkable effort. He had a few 6-figure scores in the past, but this was his best by a long way, also having doubled his live winnings, going past the $1.5 million mark. His previous best was $283,895 that he won for finishing 3rd in the Little One for One Drop in the 2014 WSOP.
The festivities in Florida came to an end as Eisen beat a tough final table, while big names like Mike Leah, Jason Mercier, John Racener, Loni Harwood and others also cashed out in the tournament. The top 115 places were paid out a part of this big prize pool, taking home minimum cashes of $7,758.
This big win for the player from Hawaii took him to #1 on Hawaii’s all-time poker earnings list, after having beaten countryman Jeremy Ausmus in heads-up. The battle began with Ausmus having a 1:5 chip disadvantage, but he still managed to hold in there for a long battle before ultimately settling for second place, for which he won over half a million dollars.
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