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Seminole Hard Rock announces winner of WSOP Circuit Main Event

3 October 2017

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood in Florida concluded its first ever World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit in the early hours of Tuesday. The first time partnership between WSOP and Seminole Gaming featured a $1 Million Guarantee Main Event. The Main Event boasted a final prize pool of more than $1.3 million, with local Hollywood resident Joseph Gotlieb taking home the evening's top prize.

Local business owner Gotlieb, 52, bested 904 total entries in the $1,675 Main Event, earning $257,638, a WSOP Gold Ring and a $10,000 entry into the WSOP Circuit season-ending Global Casino Championship (GCC).

The Main Event Final Table Results:
1st: Joseph Gotlieb (Hollywood, Florida) $257,638
2nd: Asher Conniff (Brooklyn, New York) $159,357
3rd: Mauricio Ameller (Miami, Florida) $117,619
4th: Brian Hastings (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) $88,004
5th: Brett Bader (Boca Raton, Florida) $66,675
6th: Chad Eveslage (Ramsey, Indiana) $51,148
7th: Jack Shea (Hallandale Beach, Florida) $39,717
8th: Daniel Genachte (Deerfield Beach, Florida) $31,229
9th: Michael Amato (Boca Raton, Florida) $24,842

In addition to Gotlieb, other signature Circuit event winners include:
  • Niovel Chirino Alvarez (Miami Lakes, Florida), winning the $580 NLH Circuit Opener for $135,022.
  • Anton Wigg (Sweden), winning the $3,250 High Roller NLH for $111,719.
  • Ryan McAllister (Charleston, South Carolina), winning the $1,125 NLH for $48,600.
In addition to the 14 WSOP gold ring events, a Casino Champion is awarded at each Circuit stop with a free $10,000 entry into the WSOP GCC. At Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Nagui Yassa (Deerfield Beach, Florida) was the series Casino Champion with the highest number of eligible points, according to WSOP's points model.

The WSOP Circuit boasted combined prize pool guarantees of more than $2 million. With more than 6,000 overall entries, total cash payouts exceeded the guarantee, topping out at more than $3.5 million. Throughout the two week series, a total of five players won six-figure prizes headlined by Gotlieb's victory.

The 2017/2018 WSOP Circuit schedule highlights a record number of stops globally, including two stops in Florida. WSOP will return to Florida on 8-19 February 2018, with a second Circuit event at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. A total of 13 states will be visited this season with the cumulative entries expected to surpass the WSOP event in Las Vegas.

Poker action will return to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, with the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Rock 'n' Roll Poker Open (RRPO) on 15-29 November 2017, headlined by a $2 Million Guaranteed Championship.

Future tournament information and poker hotel rates are available at SHRPO.

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