Jake Schindler won the $100,000 buy-in Seminole Super High Rollers event last night after controversy over the payout structure dominated the tournament.
Due to several potential high rollers still being involved in the $10 million guaranteed Seminole Hard Rock “Championship” tournament, the Seminole SHR event attracted just nine players when the action got underway on Monday.
Play in the $100,000 buy-in tournament was stopped after just four levels of Day 1, when the field was reduced to just five players, as PokerStars.tv had an agreement to live stream the final table – and they needed some players left to film.
Consequently, the five remaining players returned to the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Florida yesterday with the following chip stacks:
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Overnight Controversy about the Prize Money
During the night a very public row developed over the payout structure for the event. The players had been told during Day 1 that – with an entry of just nine players – just the first two would get paid on a 65-35 split. That information was contradicted at the end of play when the tournament director provided the
official payouts indicating that three players would get paid on a 50-30-20 split.
The news of this
new payout structure upset chip leader Scott Seiver; who allegedly discussed the revisions with Seminole´s Head of Operations after all the other players had left the playing area. According to a post by Ryan Fee on the 2+2 forum:
With less than a level to go in day 1 we are told that they are paying two places. We bag at 5 people and are told its 3. Scott argues, the TD says his decision is final, everyone but Scott leaves. I check twitter and see that they are paying two spots an hour later.
Fee also went on Twitter to express his displeasure; claiming that it was outrageous that the structure should be changed from the
official payouts just to suit the chip leader. Fee indicated that he would be making his opinions vocal during the live stream of the final table, but the controversy was finally resolved when the management of the Seminole Hard Rock Casino admitted that there had been a
miscommunication and added $50,000 to the prize money to pay out a third place.
Fee Gains his Revenge – Seiver Starts to Fall
Play resumed at the final table with blinds of 1,000/2,000 (ante 300), and Ryan Fee – seated immediately to the left of Scott Seiver – immediately got his revenge on the chip leader by turning trip Fives to make a dent in the chip leader´s stack.
Seiver took another big hit to his stack in the hand which saw the elimination of Josh Arieh – Seiver (A♥ K♥) had both Arieh (A♦ K♣) and Jason Mo (A♠ Q♠) covered, but the board dealt out 6♠ 5♥ 3♠ / 9♠ / 9♣ to give Mo an ace-high flush in spades and practically triple up.
Mo So Unlucky – Busts in Fourth
Unbelievably, Jason Mo had the worst bad luck after the hand which eliminated Josh Arieh. Having already lost a big pot to Ryan Fee (10♥ 7♠ > J♥ 8♠}) when Mo´s Queen-high straight was bested by Fee´s Full House, Mo then ran J♦ J♠ into Ryan Fee´s A♥ A♦ to be reduced to 70,000 chips.
Mo managed to double up once against Fee (K♦ 9♦ > Q♥ 9♣) when his King was a better kicker on a nine-high board, but ran into Ryan Fee´s pocket Aces once again when shoving with A♠ Q♣ and was eliminated from the Seminole Super High Rollers event in fourth place.
Vengeance is Sweet – Fee Busts Seiver in Third
Irrespective of who was right and who was wrong in the overnight controversy about the payout structure, there was a certain amount of irony about Scott Seiver´s departure in third place. Ryan Fee had doubled up into the chip lead against Seiver when his pocket Queens held against Seiver´s pocket Jacks, and Scott Seiver had been reduced to just eleven big blinds.
The last of his chips went in with A♣ Q♥ and Seiver received a call from Ryan Fee (A♥ 8♣). Seiver looked good for a double-up after the flop and turn of J♠ 6♠ 10♣ / A♦, but the 8♥ spiked on the River to give Fee two pairs, and bust Scott Seiver in third place.
Schindler Grinds Down Fee to Score Seminole SHR Success
Going into the heads-up of the Seminole Super High Rollers event, Ryan Fee had a 581,000 -v- 319,000 chip advantage against Jake Schindler, but the roles were reversed when Schindler doubled-up into the chip lead 10♠ J♦ > A♠ K♦ on a Ten-high board.
Play continued for a further two hours, with Schindler increasing his advantage through some aggressive play. Fee eventually moved all-in for his last chips and was snap-called by Schindler:
Ryan Fee: 8♠ 9♠
Jake Schindler: K♥ K♦
The flop of 4♣ 8♦ 9♦ could not have been better for Ryan Fee, who took the lead in the hand with two pairs; but the K♣ on the Turn gave Schindler a set of Kings. The A♠ on the River blanked for both players and Jake Schindler had won the Seminole Super High Rollers event for $570,375.
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