Patrick Mahoney Ships Seminole Hard Rock 'Rock 'n' Roll' Poker Open Main Event

Minnesota pro Patrick Mahoney scooped his biggest lifetime win last night as he topped a 760 strong field in the $3,500 Seminole Hard Rock 'Rock 'n' Roll' Open for a tasty $564,227, as well as a seat in next August's Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open worth $5,250.

The event easily surpassed the $2m guarantee, with the eventual prizepool reaching $2.432m, and the field was packed with talent and big names. Among those to ante-up were three former WSOP Main Event Champions in Ryan Riess, Joe McKeehen, and this year's winner Qui Nguyen.

After the two day 1's were in the bag the chip leader going into day 2 was none other than 3 time WSOP bracelet winner and the man who to date holds the record for the biggest single winning day in online poker after his $4.2m demoltion of Viktor "Isildur1" Blom back in December 2009, Brian Hastings. There were to be no more records for Hastings at this particular event, however, as he crashed and burned during day two.

One multiple WSOP bracelet winner who fared a little better than Hastings was 5 time WSOP champ Jason Mercier who made it to the money. Incredibly Mercier finished in 35th place for $11,430, a mere one place ahead of his new bride Natasha Barbour (sorry, Natasha Mericer!) who cashed for the same amount in 36th place.

Higher up the table we see the likes of Matt Glantz (21st), John Racener (20th) and Ari Engel (9th), but none of the major name players made it to the final table, although with over $5m in cashes between them, the final six were certainly no slouches, and they included WSOP bracelet winner Upeshka De Silva who was among the chip leaders for over half of the tournament.

There were no upsets during the first half of the final table as the shortest stacks ended up on the rail. Despite an early double up, short stack Bill Jennings fell in 6th after running his A5 into Billy Pilossoph's AJ. He was soon followed in similar fashion by Mark Dube as his A5 was also dominated by Pilossoph who called Dube's all in with A7.

Pilossoph's luck run out soon after, however, when he shoved on the button for 3m only to be called by Matt Humphrey in the big blind with KK. The board gave no help to Pilossoph and he was left with less than one big blind, losing that to Patrick Mahoney on the next hand.

Despite going into 3 handed play with a considerable chip advantage, Upeshka De Silva was next to fall after losing a 12m chip pot to Mahoney. De Silva flopped top pair on a King high flop but lost out after going all-in on the river only to find that not only had Mahoney gone ahead with two pairs (j's and 9's) on the turn, but that he had improved further to a flush on the river. De Silva picked up just over $200k for his third placed finish.

Despite winning a 6m chip pot straight out of the blocks in heads-up play, Matt Humphrey's challenge to Patrick Mahoney ended soon after when the players got it all in preflop. It was off to the races as Mahoney's JJ needed to hold up against Humphrey's AK for the victory. The board bricked and Humphrey was ousted in 2nd spot for a $328,320 payday.

Mahoney took the trophy, the $564,227 prize money, and his most prestigious win to date.

Final Table Results, $3.5k Seminole Hard Rock "Rock 'n' Roll" Poker Open 2016

Place Player Prize Money
1 Patrick Mahoney $564,227
2 Matt Humphrey $328,320
3 Upeshka De Silva $200,640
4 William Pilossoph $165,376
5 Mark Dube $133,760
6 William Jennings $109,440



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