WPT SEMINOLE HARD ROCK POKER SHOWDOWN (TV)

April 16-22 | Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Hollywood | Hollywood, Florida
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Hand #117: Griffin Paul Wins the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown! ($1,000,000)

09:15 PM, 04/22/15

Coming Up This Summer: WPT Choctaw

09:01 PM, 04/22/15

Hand #92: Griffin Paul Doubles Thru Joe Ebanks

08:30 PM, 04/22/15

Next Stop: WPT World Championship

07:41 PM, 04/22/15

Official Chip Counts Before Heads-Up Play

07:39 PM, 04/22/15

Hand #83: Andre Crooks Out in 3rd Place ($383,000)

07:23 PM, 04/22/15

Hand #77: Shawn Nguyen Out in 4th Place ($323,500)

07:05 PM, 04/22/15

Hand #74: Shawn Nguyen Wins a 5.3M Pot vs. Andre Crooks

06:53 PM, 04/22/15

Hand #70: Brian Green Out in 5th Place ($269,000)

06:43 PM, 04/22/15

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06:40 PM, 04/22/15

Hand #68: Griffin Paul Retakes the Chip Lead

06:38 PM, 04/22/15

Hand #57: Ryan Rivers Out in 6th Place ($217,500)

06:10 PM, 04/22/15

Hand #49: Shawn Nguyen Doubles Thru Joe Ebanks

05:55 PM, 04/22/15

Shawn Nguyen Wins the Skrill Last-Longer Contest

05:13 PM, 04/22/15

Hand #22: Joe Ebanks Wins a 4.6M Pot vs. Andre Crooks

04:57 PM, 04/22/15

Hand #9: Andre Crooks Takes the Chip Lead

04:23 PM, 04/22/15

Meet the Six WPT Final Tablists

03:45 PM, 04/22/15

Griffin Paul Leads Final Six into the WPT Final Table

06:58 PM, 04/21/15

Hand #84: Sean Syed Shah Bubbles in 7th ($168,550)

06:49 PM, 04/21/15

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06:14 PM, 04/21/15

Hand #65: Dan Heimiller Out in 8th Place ($123,000)

06:06 PM, 04/21/15

Hand #61: John Thrower Out in 9th Place ($88,500)

05:52 PM, 04/21/15

WPTDeepStacks Player of the Year: Ryan Smith

05:39 PM, 04/21/15

Check Out the WPT Photo Gallery on Flickr

04:53 PM, 04/21/15

Hand #32: David Peters Out in 10th Place ($58,500)

04:36 PM, 04/21/15

Ely Levy Out in 11th Place as Griffin Paul Takes the Lead

03:03 PM, 04/21/15

Mohsin Charania Out in 15th Place ($39,000)

01:15 PM, 04/21/15

Cornel Cimpan Out in 17th Place ($26,500)

12:56 PM, 04/21/15

Day 4: Skrill Last-Longer Update

12:15 PM, 04/21/15

Ely Levy Leads the Final 18 Players

01:01 AM, 04/21/15

Cornel Cimpan Triples; Steven McKoy Out 19th ($22,100)

12:35 AM, 04/21/15

Final 19 Players: Official Chip Counts

12:14 AM, 04/21/15

Coming This Summer: WPT500 at ARIA

11:32 PM, 04/20/15

Ravi Raghavan Out in 21st Place ($22,100)

11:05 PM, 04/20/15

Raj Vohra Out in 22nd Place ($22,100)

10:57 PM, 04/20/15

Final 24 Players: Official Chip Counts

10:30 PM, 04/20/15

Tony Cousineau Out in 26th Place in an Unusual Situation

10:12 PM, 04/20/15

Vince Van Patten Out in 27th Place ($22,100)

10:00 PM, 04/20/15

Esther Taylor-Brady Out in 45th Place ($15,900)

05:45 PM, 04/20/15

The Hublot WPT Player of the Year Race

05:09 PM, 04/20/15

Jared Jaffee Out in 50th Place ($13,750)

04:21 PM, 04/20/15

Faraz Jaka Out in 52nd Place ($13,750)

03:51 PM, 04/20/15

Noah Schwartz Out in 57th Place ($12,000)

03:32 PM, 04/20/15

ClubWPT’s Ernest Evans Out in 62nd Place ($12,000)

03:21 PM, 04/20/15

Official Seating & Chip Counts for Day 3

02:40 AM, 04/20/15

Darren Elias Gets His Record 8th Wpt Cash This Season

11:44 PM, 04/19/15

Coming Soon: WPTDeepStacks Iowa (May 1-4th)

11:38 PM, 04/19/15

Vince Van Patten Is in the Money

10:50 PM, 04/19/15

Next Stop: WPT World Championship

06:41 PM, 04/19/15

Royal Flush Girls Bounty Tournamant on ClubWPT.com

04:46 PM, 04/19/15

Joey Weissman Eliminated by Kevin Eyster

02:58 PM, 04/19/15

Win a $6,000 Package to WPT Choctaw Main Event on ClubWPT Today!

02:53 PM, 04/19/15

WPT Monster Invitational Airs Tonight!

01:51 PM, 04/19/15

Official Prizepool: $5 Million

01:41 PM, 04/19/15

Day 2: Skrill Last-Longer Update

01:29 PM, 04/19/15

Eli Levy Knocks Out 2 Players to Reach 442K

01:02 PM, 04/19/15

Day 2: Official Seating & Chip Counts

10:30 AM, 04/19/15

Coming Soon: partypoker WPT Canadian Spring Championship

11:57 PM, 04/18/15

Win a $6,000 Package to WPT Choctaw Main Event

10:57 PM, 04/18/15

DraftKings Qualifiers Chip Update

08:21 PM, 04/18/15

Save 25% on Monster Headphones with "WPT25"

06:34 PM, 04/18/15

ClubWPT Qualifier Ernest Evans

05:41 PM, 04/18/15

Royal Flush Girls Bounty Tournamant on ClubWPT.com

03:56 PM, 04/18/15

Win Your Buy-In Back with Skrill's Last-Longer Contest

01:26 PM, 04/18/15

Official Chip Counts for Day 1B

11:11 AM, 04/18/15

Next Stop: WPT World Championship

12:08 AM, 04/18/15

Aaron Massey Has Played One Hand Since Dinner

10:19 PM, 04/17/15

Jared Jaffee Returns to the Tournament

09:23 PM, 04/17/15

Win a $6,000 Package to WPT Choctaw Main Event

08:56 PM, 04/17/15

Jaffee Not Feeling Well, But Leading

07:59 PM, 04/17/15

The Magical Blue Hair of Ebony Kenney

06:14 PM, 04/17/15

The Hublot WPT Player of the Year Race

06:09 PM, 04/17/15

Aaron Massey Doubles Up

06:06 PM, 04/17/15

Travell Thomas Eliminated by Nipun Java

06:05 PM, 04/17/15

Win Your Buy-In Back with Skrill's Last-Longer Contest

02:58 PM, 04/17/15

WPT-N Johannesburg Underway in South Africa

12:36 PM, 04/17/15

Official Chip Counts for Day 1A

11:43 AM, 04/17/15

Win a $6,000 Package to WPT Choctaw Main Event

11:44 PM, 04/16/15

Dan Heimiller Open-Raises to 17,000 (21 big blinds)

11:10 PM, 04/16/15

Next Stop: WPT World Championship

10:00 PM, 04/16/15

DraftKings Qualifier Joey Weissman Gets Quads

06:40 PM, 04/16/15

Barry Hutter Crosses 200K

06:16 PM, 04/16/15

WPT Monster Invitational Airs on Sunday!

05:23 PM, 04/16/15

Sign Up for the Skrill Last-Longer Promotion

04:06 PM, 04/16/15

Save 25% on Monster Headphones with "WPT25"

01:48 PM, 04/16/15

Photo: Shuffle Up & Deal!

12:27 PM, 04/16/15

Live Tournament Updates

Griffin Paul Wins First WPT Title at 22 Years Old

Level 35: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

Champion Griffin Paul
Griffin Paul entered the final day of the $3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown with a sizeable chip lead among the final six players and by the day's end, the 22-year-old poker professional held all the chips in play.

Paul earns his first WPT title, $1,000,000, a Hublot Oceanographic 4000 watch and a pair of gold, Monster 24k headphones after defeating Joe Ebanks in an action-packed heads-up battle that lasted just 34 hands.

Paul waded his way through a massive field of 1,476 players filled with top pros to take a chip lead to the final table.

Early in the final table, the chip lead was traded back and forth between Paul, Ebanks, and eventual third-place-finisher Crooks. But after Ryan Rivers was eliminated in sixth, Brian Green in fifth and Shawn Nguyen in fourth, Ebanks and Paul were neck and neck at the top of the counts.

Griffin took the lead back on the second hand of three-handed play, but headed into heads-up play with a chip deficit after Ebanks' pocket nines defeated Andre Crooks' pocket kings.

Paul scored a double up on the ninth hand of heads-up play, winning a flip with his ace-jack against Ebanks' pocket sixes. An ace on the flop gave him the chip lead back for good and he parlayed it into his first title.

Paul has a quick turnaround in his upcoming tournament schedule since his win earns him a seat into the $15,000 WPT Championship event, which starts this Saturday at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, NJ.

Here is a look at the final table results:

1. Griffin Paul - $1,000,000
2. Joe Ebanks - $615,000
3. Andrew Crooks - $383,000
4. Shawn Nguyen - $323,500
5. Brian Green - $269,000
6. Ryan Rivers - $217,500


All photography provided by Joe Giron / pokerphotoarchive.com

Sorted In: Griffin Paul, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
09:53 PM, 04/22/15

Hand #117: Griffin Paul Wins the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown! ($1,000,000)

Level 35: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

Champion Griffin Paul
Griffin Paul limps for 400,000, Joe Ebanks raises to 1,500,000, and Paul quickly calls.

The flop comes KdiamondJclub4heart, Ebanks bets 1,000,000, and Griffin Paul thinks for a bit before he moves all in.

Ebanks quickly calls all in for 8,475,000 with AdiamondJheart for a pair of jacks, but Paul turns over Kclub9diamond for a pair of kings. Ebanks needs to improve to stay alive.

The turn card pairs the board with the 4diamond, the river card is the 6spade, and Griffin Paul wins the pot — and the WPT title — with two pair, kings and fours.

Joe Ebanks finishes as the runner-up, earning $615,000.

Griffin Paul wins the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, earning $1,000,000. That amount includes his $15,400 entry into the season-ending WPT World Championship, which starts this weekend at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Paul also receives a pair of gold Monster 24K Headphones, a Hublot Oceanographic 4000 Watch, and a WPT Champions Trophy. Paul’s name will also be engraved on the one-and-only WPT Champions Cup, alongside all the other WPT champions from all 13 seasons.

Congratulations to Griffin Paul!

1st:  Griffin Paul  -  $1,000,000
2nd:  Joe Ebanks  -  $615,000
3rd:  Andre Crooks  -  $383,000
4th:  Shawn Nguyen  -  $323,500
5th:  Brian Green  -  $269,000
6th:  Ryan Rivers  -  $217,500

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Griffin Paul, Joe Ebanks, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
09:15 PM, 04/22/15

Hand #116: Joe Ebanks

Level 35: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

Joe Ebanks min-raises to 800,000, and Griffin Paul folds.

Griffin Paul  -  34,200,000
Joe Ebanks  -  10,025,000

Sorted In: WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
09:05 PM, 04/22/15

Hand #115: Joe Ebanks

Level 35: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

Griffin Paul folds, giving Joe Ebanks a walk.

Griffin Paul  -  34,650,000
Joe Ebanks  -  9,575,000

Sorted In: WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
09:05 PM, 04/22/15

Hand #114: Griffin Paul

Level 35: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

Joe Ebanks min-raises to 800,000, Griffin Paul moves all in, and Ebanks quickly folds. Paul takes the pot.

Griffin Paul  -  34,900,000
Joe Ebanks  -  9,325,000

Sorted In: WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
09:04 PM, 04/22/15

Hand #113: Griffin Paul

Level 35: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

Griffin Paul min-raises to 800,000, and Joe Ebanks calls.

The flop comes 9spade4club2club, Ebanks bets 800,000, Paul raises to 1,800,000, and Ebanks tanks for nearly a minute before he folds. Paul takes the pot.

Griffin Paul  -  34,050,000
Joe Ebanks  -  10,175,000

Sorted In: WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
09:03 PM, 04/22/15

Coming Up This Summer: WPT Choctaw

Level 35: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

WPT Choctaw
The World Poker Tour has added a new stop to the Season XIV schedule, visiting the state of Oklahoma for the first time for WPT Choctaw at the Choctaw Casino Resort.

The tournament runs from July 31st until August 4th, and the buy-in is $3,700 with two starting days. The prizepool is guaranteed to be at least $2,000,000, so this is an event you won’t want to miss.

For more information, check out the tournament information page for WPT Choctaw by clicking here.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, WPT Choctaw, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, Mazagan Casino, WPT Mazagan
09:01 PM, 04/22/15

Hand #112: Griffin Paul

Level 35: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

Joe Ebanks limps for 400,000, and Griffin Paul checks his option.

The flop comes AheartKspadeKclub, Paul checks, Ebanks bets 400,000, and Paul check-raises to 1,100,000. Ebanks calls.

The turn card is the 5heart, Paul bets 2,100,000, and Ebanks tanks for nearly a minute before he folds. Paul takes the pot.

Griffin Paul  -  32,400,000
Joe Ebanks  -  11,825,000

Sorted In: WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
09:00 PM, 04/22/15

Hand #111: Griffin Paul

Level 35: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

Griffin Paul limps for 400,000, and Joe Ebanks checks his option.

The flop comes 10spade3heart2club, Ebanks checks, Paul bets 550,000, and Ebanks folds. Paul takes the pot.

Griffin Paul  -  30,850,000
Joe Ebanks  -  13,375,000

Sorted In: WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
08:56 PM, 04/22/15

Hand #110: Griffin Paul

Level 35: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

Joe Ebanks folds, giving Griffin Paul a walk.

Griffin Paul  -  30,400,000
Joe Ebanks  -  13,825,000

Sorted In: WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
08:55 PM, 04/22/15

 

RANKING

1
Griffin Paul
$1,000,000
2
Joe Ebanks
$615,000
3
Andre Crooks
$383,000
4
Shawn Nguyen
$323,500
5
Brian Green
$269,000
6
Ryan Rivers
$217,500

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Payout Structure

Place Prize
1 $1,000,000
2 $615,000
3 $383,000
4 $323,500
5 $269,000
6 $217,500
7 $168,550
8 $123,000
9 $88,500
10 - 12 $58,500
13 - 15 $39,000
16 - 18 $26,500
19 - 27 $22,100
28 - 36 $18,600
37 - 45 $15,900
46 - 54 $13,750
55 - 63 $12,000
64 - 72 $10,250
73 - 81 $9,300
82 - 90 $8,650
91 - 100 $8,000
101 - 110 $7,700
111 - 120 $7,500
121 - 130 $7,300
131 - 140 $7,100
141 - 150 $6,900

Blind Structure

Level Blinds Ante
1 50-100 0
2 75-150 0
3 75-150 25
4 100-200 25
5 150-300 50
6 200-400 50
7 250-500 75
8 300-600 75
9 400-800 100
10 500-1,000 100
11 600-1,200 200
12 800-1,600 200
13 1,000-2,000 300
14 1,200-2,400 400
15 1,500-3,000 500
16 2,000-4,000 500
17 2,500-5,000 500
18 3,000-6,000 1,000
19 4,000-8,000 1,000
20 5,000-10,000 1,000
21 6,000-12,000 2,000
22 8,000-16,000 2,000
23 10,000-20,000 3,000
24 12,000-24,000 4,000
25 15,000-30,000 5,000
26 20,000-40,000 5,000
27 25,000-50,000 5,000
28 30,000-60,000 10,000
29 40,000-80,000 10,000
30 50,000-100,000 15,000
31 60,000-120,000 20,000
32 75,000-150,000 25,000
33 100,000-200,000 25,000
34 150,000-300,000 50,000
35 200,000-400,000 50,000
36 250,000-500,000 75,000
37 300,000-600,000 75,000
38 400,000-800,000 100,000
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