Closing out the big buy-in events at the 2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open was Event #43: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em. The tournament drew a field of 101 entries, of which 13 would finish in the money. Topping them all was Sam Soverel (pictured). He picked up the event’s $293,205 first-place prize, defeating Farhad Jamasi in heads-up play.

With 20,000 chips to start and 40-minute levels, the action was fast and furious throughout the day. Action slowed a little bit once the field was down to two tables, but once the money bubble burst it picked right back up. Joseph Cheong, who was fresh off his sixth-place finish in Event #39: $25,500 “The Big 4” High Roller for $139,680 became the “bubble boy” when he busted in 14th place. After he went out, Katie Wier fell in 13th place, Conrad de Armas busted in 12th, Chad Eveslage (who also made the final table of Event #39: $25,500 “The Big 4” High Roller with Cheong) was eliminated in 11th place, and Sean Perry hit the rail in 10th. That sent the final nine players to the final table and it was Soverel out in front of the pack.

On the way to heads-up play, Soverel knocked out Ray Qartomy in eighth place, James Calderaro in sixth place, Anthony Hu in fourth place, and Tomas Soderstrom in third place. At the start of heads-up play, Soverel had the chip lead with 1.775 million to Jamasi’s 245,000. Jamasi wouldn’t make things easy, though, doubling on the very first hand of the duel.

The final table payouts are as follows.

Event #43: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Payouts
Place Name Prize PokerGO Tour Points
1st Sam Soverel $293,205 293
2nd Farhad Jamasi $181,800 182
3rd Tomas Soderstrom $111,505 112
4th Anthony Hu $72,720 73
5th Brock Wilson $56,720 57
6th James Calderaro $45,375 45
7th Matthew Sabia $38,590 39
8th Ray Qartomy $33,450 33
9th Scott Ball $28,120 28

On the PokerGO Tour presented by Guaranteed Rate leaderboard, Soverel moved from fifth to third thanks to winning this event and picking up 293 points. With the move, he jumped ahead of Sean Winter, who went from third to fourth, and Cary Katz, who went from fourth to fifth.

Updated PokerGO Tour Top 10
Rank Name Country Total Earnings PokerGO Tour Points
1 Ali Imsirovic Bosnia and Herzegovina $3,004,960 2,394
2 Sean Perry USA $2,572,578 1,819
3 Sam Soverel USA $2,366,501 1,598
4 Sean Winter USA $2,557,920 1,539
5 Cary Katz USA $2,310,800 1,347
6 Andrew Moreno USA $1,460,105 1,200
7 Clayton Maquire USA $1,443,757 1,200
8 Toby Lewis UK $1,235,204 1,200
9 Chris Brewer USA $1,615,520 1,095
10 Alex Foxen USA $1,207,786 1,023

That concludes our coverage from the 2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. Next up is a group of high roller tournaments from the Venetian in Las Vegas, with the first of the four starting on Thursday, August 12. We’ll see you right back here on PokerGOnews.com for coverage of those events.

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